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School board agrees to hear teachers’ ESL concerns
March 13, 2007
After an uproar at last night’s school board meting, officials agree to let teachers have a say in major educational changes at their school.
Kansas rolls over Penn State, 18-5
March 13, 2007
Mother nature provided a beautiful afternoon on the diamond as the Kansas baseball team hosted Penn State.
Sebelius credited for campus repair efforts
March 13, 2007
The board of regents’ chief executive officer gives Governor Sebelius some credit for tackling a backlog of repairs on university campuses.
Witness says victim identified Belone as attacker
March 13, 2007
Testimony resumes today in the trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Popular campus wedding spot getting overhaul
March 13, 2007
A KU institution is getting an overhaul as work started on a 600-square foot addition to Danforth Chapel - a popular wedding location for KU students and Lawrence residents.
Mangino, team ready for start of spring ball
March 13, 2007
This time tomorrow, head coach Mark Mangino and the Kansas football team will have one spring practice under their belts.
Tonganoxie commission approves two city projects
March 13, 2007
Months of debate about two city projects come to an end in Tonganoxie.
Windy conditions help ‘Hawks win two over UMKC
March 13, 2007
To the diamond now, where the Kansas Athletics Department picked a perfect day to schedule a softball double-header with UMKC.
City prepares to crack down on bars, nightclubs
March 13, 2007
Lawrence City Commissioners prepare to crack down on problem bars and nightclubs.
K-10 leading candidate for next toll road
March 13, 2007
I-70 may not be the only toll road linking Lawrence and Kansas City in the future.
State leaders consider tax cuts for seniors
March 13, 2007
State leaders are looking into tax cuts for seniors. House Bill 22-64 would mean seniors would not have to pay income tax on social security retirement benefits.
KU learns opponent, prepares for Niagara
March 13, 2007
In 2001, the NCAA basketball tournament committee expanded its field from 64 to 65. That on added team added on game to the big dance. Tonight, the tournament opens in Dayton, Ohio, with that game - the winner of which will travel to Chicago to take on the No.1 Jayhawks of Kansas.
City commission candidate leaves ministry
March 13, 2007
Lawrence City Commission candidate James Bush will soon leave his job as pastor of a Lawrence church.
Three men arrested for downtown beating, robbery
March 13, 2007
A beating and robbery in a downtown Lawrence alley lands three men behind bars.
Play-in opponent first for Kansas team
March 13, 2007
For the first time ever, the University of Kansas plays the victor of the opening round game.
New licenses may be required for bars
March 13, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence city commissioners are looking into requiring bar and nightclub owners to obtain new licenses, and a profile of retiring Parks & Recreation director Fred DeVictor.
KU Hospital: Agreement nears with KU Medical Center
Agreement follows weekslong fight over the future
March 13, 2007
The hospital’s president and CEO, Irene Cumming, delivered that message this morning in Kansas City during a briefing to the hospital’s board. The tentative agreement includes a commitment by the hospital to contribute roughly $12 million more to the medical center next year for an additional 39.5 residency positions, with the goal of adding 75 more in coming years, KU Hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch said.
Press release: Speaker asks Regents to hire arbitrator
March 13, 2007
Kansas House of Representatives Speaker Melvin Neufeld Monday sent a letter to the Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, requesting the board hire an arbitrator to assist the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Medical Center (KUMC), the University of Kansas Hospital Authority (KUH), and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, reach an agreement that is in the best interest of Kansas involving KUMC’s current affiliation negotiations with St. Luke’s Hospital and other Kansas City-area health care providers.
It’s only a test
Sirens to get workout
March 13, 2007
If you’re not from around here, don’t freak out at 1:30 p.m. today - those sirens are only a test.
President showcases U.S. efforts to fight poverty in Guatemala
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush’s message of good will in Latin America ran into a wall in Guatemala on Monday, as he defended his efforts to establish a temporary worker program but gave no ground on the deportation of illegal workers.
Seed in demand as corn prices climb
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
With ethanol demand driving corn prices to levels not seen in a decade, the nation’s farmers are gearing up to plant massive amounts of the crop this spring, creating shortages of some popular biotech hybrid seeds.
Incoming Haskell president sets 90-day agenda
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Haskell Indian Nations University’s next president hasn’t started her job yet, but she already has sent a list of priorities for faculty and students.
Technology group sets Thursday mixer
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Lawrence Technology Association will conduct its March Mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at J.B. Stout’s, 721 Wakarusa Drive.
Victim worried abuser could strike yet again
March 13, 2007 in print edition on D1
Q: Dear Dr. Wes & John: Is there a statute of limitations before taking action against the state foster care system for abuse that happened during my stay before I was 18? I’m now 25. I just want it so the abuse won’t continue. If so, who would I contact?
As leading carbon polluter, America owes effort to planet
March 13, 2007 in print edition on D1
Lately, the media has focused on the problems associated with global warming. Not only have Americans been urged to educate themselves, they have been urged to change. Americans need not panic over this crisis, as lifestyles can change and drastic improvements can be made.
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, March 13
Closing frustrates residents
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kansas River bridge at Lecompton closed Monday, and while residents and businesses in that area are reconciled to dealing with it, they still aren’t happy. “It sucks,” said Mae Siroky, manager at Golden Pizza Co. in Perry.
Who is next bracket buster?
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C3
Butler did it. So did Santa Clara, Vermont, Bucknell and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. George Mason redefined the art of the NCAA Tournament upset last season with its improbable Final Four run.
Gagne faces hitters; Pavano pain-free
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C4
Eric Gagne got back on the mound, and Carl Pavano was pain-free in the latest installment of Yankees-Red Sox.
Carrasco stymies K.C. offense
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C4
If the Los Angeles Angels need Hector Carrasco to fill in for one of their injured starters, he looks perfectly capable of doing so.
On the record
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Conradt resigns, soon after win 900
Legendary Texas coach passing reins on to new leader
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
When Jody Conradt won her first game as a coach, women played six-on-six basketball, and only two players could go the length of the court. How times have changed.
Candidates weigh in on library proposals
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
It’s old, it’s cramped and parts of it are just plain worn out. The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission agree on those points when it comes to the Lawrence Public Library. But they do have differences on whether and how the city should move forward on building a new $30 million library and parking garage.
Crews end investigation of unidentified powder
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Several pounds of an unidentified powder found Friday in a trash can at a Kansas Turnpike service center were disposed of and won’t be investigated further, Kansas Turnpike Authority spokeswoman Lisa Callahan said Monday.
Self orders players to rest
Arthur, Kaun banged up in Sunday’s win
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
After claiming three victories in three days and working overtime Sunday, Kansas University’s basketball players were awarded a day of rest Monday. “Today was a day to get their batteries recharged,” said KU coach Bill Self. He had a busy day with media obligations, including his weekly Big 12 media conference call and hourlong Hawk Talk radio show.
Tech center clients bank $60M
Incubator in Lawrence passes financial milestone
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C8
High-tech companies receiving advice, support and even office space from a business incubator in Lawrence now have attracted more than $60 million in investments.
KU team’s graduation rate lags seeding
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University may be a No. 1 seed, but it’s in the middle of the pack among NCAA Tournament teams for players’ graduation rates.
We’ve seen this before on ‘Heiress’
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Is there any story more enduring (or cliche) than that of the damsel in distress? The new series “American Heiress” (7 p.m., MY Network) stars Alicia Leigh Willis as Elizabeth, the baby of the megabucks Wakefield family. When her plane goes down over the jungle of Guatemala, she must rely on Capt. J.D. Bruce (Carter MacIntyre) for survival. Will dependence lead to love? I’ll never tell.
People in the news
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Regis Philbin says he’ll have heart bypass surgery this week ¢ Kris Kristofferson to receive Johnny Cash Visionary Award ¢ Fiancee found singer Brad Delp dead at their home, police say
Picking the field: Kansas to win it all
Jayhawks should top Georgetown to win their first NCAA title since 1988
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C5
Sixty-four games over three weeks whittle a field of 65 to one national champion. Here’s one way to look at the NCAA tournament:
Fresno juicy, but Dayton stacked
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Fresno regional is loaded with juicy story lines. The Dayton regional is just loaded. Tennessee - a No. 1 seed along with Duke, North Carolina and Connecticut - headlines an NCAA women’s tournament regional stuffed with defending champion Maryland and two conference winners.
Shiites demand militia protection
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of Shiite Muslims, beating their chests in mourning, accompanied 17 coffins through Baghdad’s main Shiite Muslim district Monday, demanding that militiamen be allowed to protect them after a wave of attacks blamed on Sunni Arab insurgents.
Lawrence Datebook
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Defendant to testify in fatal beating trial
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
The man accused of beating and killing his longtime girlfriend last summer in Lawrence will testify after prosecutors call up to 43 witnesses in a trial that began Monday. “The state will tell you what they think happened inside that trailer, but Christopher Belone will tell you what happened in that house,” Belone’s attorney Greg Robinson said during his opening statement.
Sebelius supports KUMC affiliation
Legislature urged not to interfere on St. Luke’s deal
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday said lawmakers shouldn’t interfere with the affiliation proposal between Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital.
Jayhawk fans face flight crunch
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s not too late to get game tickets. But it may be too late to get a good flight - unless you have some time to waste in Chicago.
Businesses may see tax relief from state
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Flush with surging tax revenues, Kansas legislators are bound and determined to hand out tax relief. But who will get the tax breaks? So far, business is good for business.
KUMC doctor supports Mo. affiliation plans
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
There is another side to the news stories and commentaries appearing on the front pages of the Lawrence Journal-World denouncing the proposal by the Kansas University Medical Center to expand its education and research programs into Kansas City, Mo.
Patience, change called for at forum
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
The need for patience squared off against the need for change at Monday night’s Lawrence City Commission candidate forum.
Library-media specialist receives Legacy Award
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Education Association and KU Credit Union recently presented the 57th Legacy Award to Mary Beasley, library-media specialist at Wakarusa Valley School.
Power outage hits during overnight hours
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
About 5,800 Westar Energy customers were without power early Monday after an equipment failure at a substation in western Lawrence.
Half of Van Halen absent from induction
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The incredible disappearing Van Halen created the biggest buzz as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gathered for its annual induction at the Waldorf-Astoria Monday night.
School board says yes to expansion of ESL
Parents, teachers voice strong opposition; administration promises to address concerns
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
Some veteran teachers called it a hardship - taking classes to be certified to teach English as a Second Language. And dozens of parents were worried about losing longtime teachers who didn’t want to get the training.
County OKs plan for CLO group home
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
The final plat for Midnight Farm, a facility for people with developmental disabilities, was approved Monday by Douglas County commissioners.
Tonganoxie principals return after suspensions
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two Tonganoxie school administrators who were suspended last week are back on the job today.
U.S. government should invest in renewable energy source
March 13, 2007 in print edition on D1
Many scientists believe that human carbon output will cause dramatic change to the weather patterns of Earth. Although dramatic climate change has yet to occur, it is not in our best interest to wait for it.
Middle school leader seeks top state post
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Tonganoxie Middle School Principal Steve Woolf is setting his sights on Topeka.
New coaches, same family
McDonalds will extend rivalry into spring sports season
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
Although both city high schools will have new head coaches for their girls swimming and diving teams this spring, the top dogs have obvious familiarity with each other. Annette McDonald leads the Free State High girls, while her husband, Kent, guides the Lawrence High girls.
Government jobs
Preserving marginal government jobs isn’t a good use of taxpayer money.
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Responding to news that the Morton County Farm Service Agency office in Elkhart was among the offices scheduled for closing, Vienna Lee, head of the Morton County Economic Development office, said, “This will have a large economic impact on our community. We’re really up in arms about it, and we plan to say so.”
Thomas to return to Knicks
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
Isiah Thomas got a multiyear contract extension Monday, nine months after he was warned the Knicks needed to show “evident progress” or he’d be out of a job.
Credit card policies have teeth
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C8
My son had a problem recently with a classmate who was acting very aggressively when they played tag. Whenever it was this little boy’s turn to chase the kids, he always ran after my son to tag him out first.
Army’s top doctor told to resign, sources say
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Army’s top doctor became the latest casualty in the flap over shoddy treatment of wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Officials: Video discredits alleged rape victim
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
The case of an Iraqi woman who went on Arabic satellite television last month to charge that three Iraqi policemen raped her continues to roil the country, and government officials now are debating whether to release a video that they say will show the episode was a fabrication.
Rattlers: We didn’t get fair shake
Windy City waiting
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
The last time Florida A&M’s basketball team participated in the NCAA Tournament play-in game, it was just fine with coach Mike Gillespie Sr. “We were ecstatic,” Gillespie said, “because we played our way into the tournament.”
Democrats retreat on Iran limits in military spending bill
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush’s authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.
Rescue crews free horse from muddy pond
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lecompton Fire & Rescue crews were able to free a horse trapped up to its neck in a muddy pond Monday in northwest Douglas County.
Eyeing children’s competition
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
Someone sent me a file of photos of Costa Rican beaches and surf and beautiful languid people in shorts and sandals - sent it to me - here - on the frozen tundra where this morning my sandy-haired gap-toothed daughter and I struggled through the sleet and snow toward school, like Washington crossing the Delaware or Little Eva on the ice floes.
Man steals $28M in diamonds from bank
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man stole $28 million worth of diamonds from an Antwerp bank where he had been a trusted customer for a year using a stolen Argentine passport, officials said Monday. Prosecutors say the suspect broke into safety deposit boxes in an ABM Amro bank in the city’s diamond quarter last week. He made off with diamonds weighing 120,000 carats, police said.
Staying in step
Siblings, former KU students strengthen family ties touring with ‘Riverdance’
March 13, 2007
A comedian once described “Riverdance” as the perfect career for someone if paralysis affected the body in the opposite direction.
Public seek shift in foreign policy goals
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
When President Bush, in his second inaugural address, pledged to “support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world,” he seemed to be speaking for the whole country.
A key to happiness: Don’t get divorced or fired
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
When it comes to your long-term happiness, it’s worse to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, at least according to a review article by Michigan State University psychologist Richard Lucas.
Old Hometown - 100 years ago
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 13, 1907: “The big season for traveling salesmen has begun earlier this year. Today alone there were 35 men here and the hotel keepers say this is extremely early for the “drummers” to be out.
Pa. town defends crackdown on illegal aliens
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Leaders of a Pennsylvania town that cracked down on illegal immigrants went to court to defend their practices Monday, as a judge in Missouri ruled that nearly identical ordinances in a St. Louis suburb violate state law.
Old Hometown - 25 years ago
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
The “killer bees” seemed to be moving north. Recent evidence, according to Kansas University expert Orley Taylor, had put the bees on schedule for an unwelcome appearance on the southern U.S. border in 1988.
Hospital bills
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The article in the March 8 Journal-World on uncollected bills at Lawrence Memorial Hospital interested me greatly. During the past six years I have received bills for more than $200,000 from not-for-profit hospital/medical centers for my wife’s medical care.
Ohio State stays on top
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
Ohio State, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina - the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament - held the top four spots in the final Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday.
Sixth-grader would like Big Brother
March 13, 2007 in print edition on D2
Jacob, a sixth-grader in Lawrence, is waiting for a Big Brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Woodling: Royals not quite a fantasy
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
While watching the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” on the tube not too long ago, I couldn’t help but notice the last word uttered in the movie is “madness.”
Obese men less prone to suicide, study finds
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
A new study has found that obese men have a much lower risk of suicide, a finding that scientists believe might be related to their higher production of insulin and other hormones that affect mood.
Report: Penguins staying in Pittsburgh
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Penguins’ future is in Pittsburgh, not Kansas City or Las Vegas, according to a television report.
Godless coins
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I would like to know whose stupid idea it was to take “In God We Trust” off our new dollar coins.
Cookie sale set to support soldiers
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Treats for Troops, a cookie booth that is sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 745, is scheduled for Saturday at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St.
Plane makes successful emergency landing
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
An All Nippon Airways passenger plane with 60 people aboard made a successful emergency landing today in southwestern Japan after circling the airport for nearly two hours with faulty front landing gear.
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C8
Ex-FEMA director to speak at Dole Institute
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Dole Institute of Politics has added programs to its list of speakers and events for March and April.
Gambling coalition seeks bill changes
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
Even before its bill is out of committee, a coalition of gambling supporters is pushing to change the legislation to focus more on casinos than slot machines at pari-mutuel racetracks.
U.N. panel calls for more civilian aid in Darfur
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A U.N. human rights team criticized the international community Monday for failing to halt atrocities in Darfur, saying in a sharply worded report that the United Nations must act now to protect civilians from a violence campaign orchestrated by Sudan’s government.
School workers attend food meeting
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C8
Eileen Young, Sandy Barnes, Susie Curtiss and Amanda Guengerich, who work in food service and school nutrition for the Lawrence school district, attended an annual conference for the Kansas chapter of the School Nutrition Association in Topeka.
Big 12 coaches support expansion
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C5
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has plenty of support from Big 12 coaches for expanding the NCAA Tournament.
FDA to bolster safety of prepackaged fresh food
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
In an effort to prevent more illnesses from bacteria-tainted produce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced voluntary guidelines for processors of prepackaged fruits and vegetables, the fastest-growing sector of the produce industry.
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The vitriol of Cal Thomas continues unabated. His latest rant (on Bill Clinton) provides more red meat for his far-right followers. He begins, “No president before him has managed to cash in from his time in office with such shameless abandon.”
School severs ties with image-obsessed sorority
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
DePauw University’s president on Monday ordered a sorority off campus by fall after Delta Zeta kicked out nearly two dozen members and drew accusations that only attractive, popular students were asked to remain.
FSA sets deadline for crop coverage
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C8
Thursday is the deadline to pay the applicable service fee and obtain the Noninsured Crop Disaster Program coverage for coarse grains, vegetable and melon crops, amaranth, chestnuts, cotton, pecans, pumpkins, safflower, sesame, squash and walnuts.
Teahen’s switch ‘no huge deal’
Royals’ former third baseman making most of move to right field
March 13, 2007 in print edition on C4
He worked hard all his life to become a good third baseman, and Mark Teahen did.
KU group builds rape awareness
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Rape isn’t just a women’s issue, according to Kansas University student Will Sellers.
Wildfire should be contained today
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A stolen Honda Civic that was set ablaze sparked a wildfire that threatened houses in the hills southeast of Los Angeles and forced hundreds to temporarily evacuate, officials said Monday.
Governor signs bill outlawing cockfighting
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Gov. Bill Richardson signed a measure Monday that outlaws cockfighting in New Mexico, leaving Louisiana as the only state where the centuries-old blood sport remains legal.
Fire officials turn up heat on use of grills
Ban on open flames sought in some apartment complexes
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
George Foreman has to be smiling somewhere. The king of the electric grill soon might do more business in Lawrence.
Rocky Mountain High’ adopted as a state song
March 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Coloradans have a new state song: “Rocky Mountain High.”
Pledge of Allegiance challenger to speak
March 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
A California man who gained fame for suing the government because of the inclusion of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance will speak tonight on the Kansas University campus.