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Even with no graduating seniors, the Jayhawks may not have same squad returning
March 26, 2007
With the NCAA Tournament now out of the minds of most Jayhawk fans, all attention has turned to the KU players who may enter into the NBA draft.
Kidcast for March 26, 2007
March 26, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
Supporters of expanded gambling hit the jackpot!
March 26, 2007
The Kansas House approved a bill today that could bring casinos to Kansas - as well as slot machines at dog and horse tracks.
KU players reflect on loss to UCLA
March 26, 2007
After the Jayhawks disappointing loss to UCLA in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament, Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers speak about what went wrong.
Lawrence man charged with felony aggravated assault after early morning disturbance
March 26, 2007
Twenty-seven year old Aubrey Gilbert had his first court appearance today stemming from charges from an incident that happened early Sunday morning in downtown Lawrence.
Law Enforcement Center approved for renovations
March 26, 2007
Douglas County Commissioners today approved spending nearly $350,000 for renovations to the Law Enforcement Center.
Eudora students start the Kansas Assessment Test on Tuesday
March 26, 2007
Students in Eudora start the Kansas Assessment tests tomorrow and they’ve never been more excited!
Seabury students spending Spring Break with those in need
March 26, 2007
Unlike most students in Lawrence, those who attend Bishop Seabury are still on Spring Break - but instead of spending their extended time off sleeping in - these students are using the extra hours to help others.
City leaders may try to preserve a few pieces of Lawrence history
March 26, 2007
Commissioners will consider adding three 19th century buildings to the Lawrence register of historic places.
Volunteers work to remove a hidden danger from Lawrence playgrounds
March 26, 2007
A group of volunteers work to remove a hidden danger from Lawrence playgrounds, but you may be surprise by what they’re trying to eliminate.
Two Lawrence men shot in Colorado during Spring Break visit
March 26, 2007
A tragic end to Spring Break for several area college students as two Lawrence men are among those shot during an armed robbery in Colorado over the weekend. The incident occurred Sunday morning following a concert in Denver.
Lawrence High baseball team back in Lawrence after opener in Oklahoma
March 26, 2007
The Lions finished 1 and 2 in contests against three nationally ranked programs, now LHS must leave the road behind and concentrate on it’s Kansas competition.
Jayhawk baseball team not off to a great start
March 26, 2007
Two series into the Big 12 baseball season and the KU baseball team finds itself 2 games under .500.
Lawrence residents among victims of shooting
March 26, 2007
Two Lawrence men were among the victims of a robbery-and-shooting incident early Sunday outside a Denver light rail station.
Volunteers push for chemical-free parks
March 26, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a group of local volunteers want to expand a program aimed to keep chemicals out of city parks and legislators debate expanded gambling in the state.
Renovations planned for the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center
11:46 a.m., March 26, 2007 Updated 02:32 p.m.
County commissioners today accepted a bid from B.A. Green Construction Co. of Lawrence to be the main contractor of the work. Green submitted a bid of $39,370.
Kansas House approves expanded gambling bill
March 26, 2007
Kansas moved a step closer to a major increase in legal gambling as the House on Monday approved a bill that would allow top-tier casinos and slot machines at racetracks.
Jefferson County Catholic school clinging to hope for salvation
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
The 30 elementary students who attend St. Joseph’s Catholic School have been emptying their piggy banks in recent weeks.
Like it or not, UF in Final Four
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Go ahead, hate Florida all you want. But you can’t beat these Gators. Not in the NCAA Tournament. Not yet, anyway.
Ethanol boom creates dilemma for farmers and small towns
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
This tiny western Kansas town, with its single-story frame homes that sidle up to neatly plowed fields, looks like just the place for one of the new ethanol plants that have been turning up across the Midwest.
United States remains top food source for sanctioned Cuba
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Since 2003, one country has been the main supplier of food to Fidel Castro’s Cuba: the United States. Surprised? You have good company.
Blair says sailors’ capture ‘unjustified’
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday called the Iranian seizure of 15 British sailors and marines “unjustified and wrong,” saying in his first remarks on the escalating confrontation that London saw it as a “very serious situation.”
Hunt targets hog haven at Clinton Lake
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
A federal biologist armed with a shotgun and riding in a helicopter last week put a dent in the wild hog population around Clinton Lake. During two days of aerial hunting, 50 hogs were killed.
Congressman will speak at meeting
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore is scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the Kansas Advocates for Better Care, set for noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
A prize for fitness
Employers’ incentives help workers stay healthy
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Megan from marketing got two televisions, a DVD player, an Xbox 360 and two iPods. Vicki from training got a digital camera, a GPS navigation system and a Bose speaker dock with her iPod. Ben and So Youn, the couple from the lab, got a 42-inch flat-screen TV for their living room.
Untimely tickets
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Thank you to all the people involved in the planning and execution of the 20th annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Once again you put on a wonderful show and raised money for a good cause in the process. From the flyover to all the fun entries, a good time was had by all.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Anger becoming defining trait for America
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
During the divisive War of 1812, a livid woman famous for her long hair rode to the White House, stood in her carriage, let down her tresses and proclaimed that she would gladly be shorn of them if they would be used to hang President James Madison.
World harmonies
KU choir members sing international music while learning about cultures around the globe
March 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
The music of the Balkans is starting to grow on Alberto Avezuela. He grew up in Puerto Rico, and now he’s a graduate student at Kansas University. He sings in the university’s World Music Choir, a group devoted to learning about music and cultures from a variety of countries.
Hoyas upend Heels in OT
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
John Thompson III shook hands with coach Roy Williams and everyone else on the North Carolina side, never showing a smile. Tough game, good game, he told them.
NYPD image needs work
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
New York City, whether it likes it or not, has earned a name for a particularly ugly kind of police crime, in which officers use particularly ugly or excessive force in attacking unarmed black men. There’s no reason to believe it’s going to end soon.
After splendid season, KU loss hard to swallow
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
For many Kansas University basketball fans, Saturday night’s tough season-ending NCAA Tournament loss to UCLA felt like a kick to the gut.
Is Fido’s life worth $25,000? For some owners, it is
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A5
About a month ago Tony, a dog, ruptured a disc and started fighting to breathe. His owner, Jane Phipps, rushed him to a veterinary hospital. He underwent surgery and spent 30 days on a ventilator.
Rebels too fast for Oklahoma
Paris has 31 points, 20 boards in loss
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
Mississippi’s frantic and frenetic defense sure bothered Courtney Paris and Oklahoma. Next up, the surprising Rebels will try to run top- seeded Tennessee out of the tournament.
KU softball sweeps OSU
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University softball team shut out the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 2-0, Sunday to take its first league series sweep of the season.
Greinke earns third spot in Royals’ rotation
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
Thirteen months after he left the Kansas City Royals’ camp to deal with social anxiety, Zack Greinke is back in the Kansas City Royals’ starting rotation.
Events calendar
March 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
Organization helps Kenyan children stay in school
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Either miss lunch for school, or miss school for lunch. Many primary-school students in rural Kenya face this choice daily. They often travel long distances and beg or work for meals.
This year’s Gators love the haters
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
Last year, Joakim Noah felt the love, becoming the intriguing, enigmatic poster boy for the champion Florida Gators. This year, Noah pleads for hate.
Request for pesticide-free parks to be heard
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will hear from a group of residents who want all parks in the city maintained without the use of pesticides.
Countries to fight with WHO over bird flu vaccine
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Children rarely die from measles or other preventable diseases in the West, but in the developing world lifesaving drugs and vaccines are still out of reach for many. Will access to bird flu vaccines be any different?
Dude! ‘Turtles’ take top spot with $25M
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
The ninja turtles are back, and they’re winning. The Warner Bros. adventure “TMNT,” a computer-animated update of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comics, cartoons and 1990s live-action movies, debuted as the top weekend flick with $25.45 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Gibson at center of campus uproar
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Mel Gibson exchanged angry words with a university professor who challenged the accuracy of his film “Apocalypto” at an on-campus screening.
City golf teams balance youth, savvy
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High’s new golf coach, Dirk Wedd, has made the transition from the unforgiving surface of Haskell Stadium to the lush greens of Alvamar Golf Course.
Lawrence Datebook
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
March 26, 2007
OSU pitching stifles Jayhawks
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Although Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price spent the weekend praising the potency of the Oklahoma State University offense, the Cowboys’ pitching stymied the Jayhawks on Sunday afternoon.
Figures show state barely funding abuse treatment programs for inmates
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
Parolees with substance abuse problems are getting little or no help from the state to overcome their addictions, which increases the chances they will return to crime or prison, experts say.
Candidate seeks to help district improve community relations
Phasing in all-day kindergarten could help performance, Pomes says
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Michael Pomes says he’s seen several problems in the last year with Lawrence’s public schools. And they could have been avoided if school district leaders had talked first to parents and neighborhood leaders, Pomes said.
Bill would help develop study abroad programs
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
College tuition doesn’t come cheap, at home or abroad. Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco, director of the Kansas University Office of Study Abroad, said cost was one of the main factors in preventing students from studying overseas.
Capitol Report
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Phantom amendments ¢ Sloan named to group ¢ Thimerosal bill killed ¢ Medicaid on horizon ¢ Sebelius chides pace
Senior property tax relief should be top priority
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
For the past two months, members of the Kansas Legislature have been debating a number of tax proposals that would benefit various groups.
Activity the fountain of youth for older pets
March 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
All pet owners want their cats or dogs to be bright-eyed and frisky forever. But the fact is, by the time an animal is 6, it has hit middle age - even earlier for large breeds of dogs - and the downward slide has begun. And with that decline come additional challenges for an owner.
Cautionary tale likely to cause laughter
March 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
With spring-break season upon us, Lifetime presents “The Party Never Stops” (8 p.m., Lifetime), a cautionary tale of binge drinking on college campuses.
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Heart failure drug helps symptoms, but not survival
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A9
An experimental drug is the first to substantially and safely improve shortness of breath and other symptoms in people hospitalized with severe heart failure, an epidemic that is growing as baby boomers age, doctors reported Sunday.
Kline doubts he’ll run again
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A9
Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline may be getting out of politics, at least as an elected official.
Physician to take leadership position
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Dr. Donald Hatton, a Lawrence physician, will take office as chairman-elect of the American College of Physicians’ Board of Governors at the college’s annual Internal Medicine scientific meeting next month in San Diego.
A race for ‘crazy people’
Sunflower 24-Hour brings adventure to town
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C7
What kind of person enters a race that involves running, hiking, orienteering, traversing, rappelling, mountain biking and paddling : for nearly 100 miles : for up to 24 straight hours?
Technology center reunion is April 1
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
An informational meeting and reunion for people who were involved in the Appropriate Technology Center and Collective is set for 3 p.m. April 1 at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass.
Lack of tourney upsets is upsetting
March Madness thrives on the unexpected, not the predictable Final Four march of top seeds
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
The NCAA tournament as a whole has disappointed, raising a temperature that’s fallen several degrees shy of madness.
National Merit scholars advance in competition
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
Thirteen local seniors have advanced in the annual National Merit scholarship competition.
Roadside bombs kill 5 U.S. soldiers in Iraq
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Roadside bombs killed five U.S. soldiers in Iraq on Sunday, including four in a single strike in a volatile province northeast of the capital, the military said.
Beijing’s favorite wins easy leadership victory
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Beijing’s favored candidate was selected for another term as Hong Kong’s leader, spawning calls for universal suffrage after the former British colony’s first contested leadership race since its return to Chinese rule.
Study: Dark chocolate improves blood vessels
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Feeding chocolate to a bunch of middle-age, overweight people for weeks on end may not be as unhealthy as it seems.
Teen killed at same roadside spot as friend
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
A teenager was killed by a hit-and-run driver at the same spot where his 14-year-old friend had died in a car crash just hours earlier.
Study links child care to aggressive behavior
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A9
Children who got quality child care before entering kindergarten had better vocabulary scores in the fifth grade than did youngsters who received lower quality care.
People in the news
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Colts’ Manning hosts NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” ¢ Poitier, others among Common Wealth awards winners
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Waiting for a final answer
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
J.T. and Dale talk jobs.
Britain may extend power-sharing deadline
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Britain said Sunday it intends to try to hand power immediately to a new Catholic-Protestant administration for Northern Ireland - but is open to Protestant demands for an extension to May.
Ankle injury shelves SuperSonics’ Allen
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
Ray Allen’s career season is ending early. Unable to tolerate the pain anymore and concerned about doing further damage, the Seattle SuperSonics’ All-Star decided to undergo season ending surgery on his left ankle.
Starting fives power Final 4
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
So much for depth. Forget about 10-man rotations. Next weekend’s Final Four in Atlanta is all about team play.
KU senior plans to teach in Kenya this fall
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
John Randtke, Kansas University senior, is, at age 22, the youngest board member of Teach My Kenyan Children.
Hit and run, gun bring three arrests
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Several officers from the Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that a pedestrian had been hit by a car early Sunday morning in Lawrence.
Experts: No Child Left Behind hurts testing companies
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A9
To motivate juniors on last April’s assessment exams, Springfield High School offered coveted lockers, parking spaces near the door and free prom tickets as incentives for good scores.
6 cops accused in beating at bar
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors are investigating allegations that six off-duty Chicago cops were caught on a downtown bar’s video camera beating four businessmen, the second such incident in recent months, law enforcement sources said.
Tiger takes cautious path to title
Woods shoots 1-over in final round to win CA Championship
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
They can move this World Golf Championship around country and continents, change its name and stick it in a different spot on the calendar. Tiger Woods still seems to wind up with the trophy.
Senators question A.G.’s credibility
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded Sunday as three key senators sharply questioned his honesty over last fall’s firings of eight federal prosecutors. Additionally, two Democrats joined the list of lawmakers calling for Gonzales’ ouster.
Japan feels aftershocks day after strong earthquake
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Aftershocks shook a rural area of coastal central Japan today, a day after a powerful earthquake killed at least one person and injured 170 others as it toppled buildings, triggered landslides and generated a small tsunami along the coast.
Keegan: Future bright for KU
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Hangovers distort vision, and the one from the unsightly loss to UCLA is a wicked one. Kansas University scored a season-low 55 points, committed 21 turnovers, and for the first time in a long time looked like a young team.
Failure to launch
Explanations elusive for offensive collapse
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
In what forever may remain an unsolved mystery, Kansas University’s men’s basketball offense disappeared without a trace over the weekend in California and ultimately cost the Jayhawks a spot in the Final Four.
Dmitri Young back on top
Cubs’ Wood gets rocked in relief
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
Dmitri Young has a big-league job again. Kerry Wood is no sure thing. After a tumultuous 2006 marked by off-the-field problems, Young found out Sunday he’d be the starting first baseman for the Washington Nationals on opening day because his chief remaining competition, Travis Lee, asked to be released.
School allowed felons to work on campus
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind allowed felons to work on campus construction jobs during the past two years, according to interviews and documents.
Paris embraces plan to become city of bikes to enhance image
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Paris is for lovers - lovers of food and art and wine, lovers of the romantic sort and, starting this summer, lovers of bicycles.
Search needed
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In light of Irene Cumming’s resignation, the Kansas University Hospital Authority Board has a very important decision to make.
Attack against deputy seen as inside job
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
The suicide attack against Iraq’s Sunni deputy prime minister is now seen as an inside job carried out by a member of his own security detail - a distant relative who had been arrested as an insurgent, freed at the official’s request, then hired as a bodyguard, a senior security official and an aide to the victim told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Iran to stop cooperating with U.N. watchdog
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iran announced Sunday that it was partially suspending cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, citing the “illegal and bullying” U.N. Security Council sanctions imposed on the country for its refusal to stop enriching uranium.
Basketball’s odd couple
James, Buffett an unlikely pairing - except for incomes
March 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
LeBron James invited a buddy who has even more money than he does to watch him play. Billions and billions more.
Child care during workshop needed
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Success by 6 Coalition of Lawrence seeks volunteers to assist with child care on behalf of parents attending the Parenting with Love and Logic workshop. Several volunteers are needed to care for children from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings, from April 7 to May 12. Training will be provided.
Cheese, no deadbeats: Child-support suspects shown on pizza boxes
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A5
Customers at some suburban pizza parlors are getting something extra with their pepperoni and mushrooms: wanted posters of parents accused of failing to pay child support.
On the record
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
2 rescued after falling off cruise ship in Gulf
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man and woman fell overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, but both were rescued after a four-hour search and appeared to be in good condition, a cruise line spokeswoman said.
Rice: Slow and steady on Mideast peace
March 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday she is taking it slow and steady as she assembles the elements for what might be a new Mideast peace plan.
Patient issue
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Deceptive Doctor Act, House Bill 2530, was passed by the Kansas House of Representatives last week. Rather than being held to the same standard as a plumber, electrician or tow-truck driver, under the Deceptive Doctor Act a doctor who intentionally deceives a patient about medical care and treatment cannot be held responsible under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
CEO successor
Hiring an inside candidate to permanently fill the CEO’s job at Kansas University Hospital is the best strategy for KU and the state.
March 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
The mess with Kansas University Medical Center, KU Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital continues to sizzle. It appears KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, KU Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson and new KU Provost Richard Lariviere are intent on doing whatever they can to weaken KU’s interests in favor of bowing to St. Luke’s wishes.