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Kansas could hit the jackpot
March 29, 2007
A bill to allow gambling in Kansas is on its way to Governor Sebelius’ desk after a lengthy session in the Kansas Legislature.
Free State softball squad victorious against the Ravens
March 29, 2007
The Free State softball team defeated the ONW Ravens squad, 6-5.
Don’t leave home without your dancing shoes this Saturday!
March 29, 2007
KU has partnered with the city to celebrate the art of movement with an entire day of dance. The event is called Dance Across Lawrence.
Lawrence attorney working to get city leaders to fight proposed interchange project near Tonganoxie
March 29, 2007
Price Banks represents about 20 landowners near the site about 8 miles East of Lawrence - who believe the project will drastically change the rural character of the area.
One Lawrence resident stops traffic in honor of her birthday
March 29, 2007
Billy Keefe decided to celebrate her birthday in an unusual way.
Purple Martins late to arrive in Lawrence
March 29, 2007
Each spring, a new flock of tenants take up residence in one couple’s backyard, but this year, the Purple Martins have not arrived and that has at least one person feeling blue.
Lawrence High baseball teams blows out Olathe South in home opener
March 29, 2007
The Lawrence High baseball team began the home portion of its 2007 schedule against Olathe South, and walked away with a 12-2 victory.
Police shoot two dogs - now the families want answers
March 29, 2007
According to police, animal control responded yesterday to a report that three Pitbulls were running loose in the 700 block of N. 3rd st. Animal control spent an hour trying to round them up, then called police for backup. The incident ended with police shooting two dogs - killing one of them.
10 practices and counting until the KU football team takes the field
March 29, 2007
Head KU football coach Mark Mangino plans on simplifying the offense for his quarterbacks, among other items the team has been working on during spring training.
Students at SJHS prepare for their final performance in their circular school
March 29, 2007
Dress rehearsal for this weekend’s performance was held this afternoon for students at South Junior High School as they prepare for their final performance.
Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Committee makes 3 organizations feel lucky
March 29, 2007
The group celebrated its month-long fund-raising efforts today by handing out checks matching last year’s total of $50,000.
Tonganoxie softball team knocks off Jefferson West with ease
March 29, 2007
The Tonganoxie softball squad had no problem defeating Jefferson West Thursday afternoon.
KU basketball recruit Cole Aldrich debuts in McDonald’s game
March 29, 2007
The McDonald’s High School All-American game isn’t the best showcase for big men, but the 6-11 Cole Aldrich still had a decent showing.
Lawrence man to spend more than 11 years in prison after breaking and entering
March 29, 2007
Louis Galloway was found guilty last month of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery in an incident that occurred in September, 2005.
KU’s Brandon Rush adds another honor to his resume
March 29, 2007
The 6-6 sophomore out of Kansas City averaged nearly 14 points per game this season and was named to the Wooden All-American Team.
Andy Petz named Hy-Vee High School Scholar Athlete of the Month
March 29, 2007
For the last three years, Free State High’s Andy Petz has been a star for the Firebird baseball team, but he isn’t too shabby in the classroom either.
Planning scenic stretch of nearby highway 24-40 has been a bumpy road
March 29, 2007
It’s a frequent route for commuters and after a year of surveys, engineer studies, and a lot of money, the Mid America Regional Council put their ideas before public eyes.
Challenge to gambling expansion expected
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Gambling supporters Thursday were stunned by their success, opponents licked their wounds, and the prospect of playing video slot machines at racetracks and new destination casinos in Kansas seemed a possibility.
Preparing for ‘Dance Across Lawrence’
March 29, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the city partners with KU to have a day of dance this Saturday, and a look at this year’s Wakarusa Festival.
National Symphony Orchestra lifts Lied
March 29, 2007
Under the capable baton of Associate Conductor Emil de Cou, the evening began with a stirring rendition of the national anthem that patriots of all political views could appreciate. It also was an effective preview of the NSO’s rich assets.
Sebelius confirms she’ll sign casino bill
Announcement follows 21-19 Senate vote in wee hours
06:54 a.m., March 29, 2007 Updated 11:01 a.m.
Approval of the House-passed bill also ended 15 years of failure by gambling promoters.
Lawrence Datebook
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
March 29, 2007
KU signee Aldrich so-so in showcase
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Future Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds with two blocks, one assist and three fouls in the West’s 114-112 victory over the East in Wednesday night’s McDonald’s High School All-American game in Louisville, Ky.
Police chief to assess sergeant hopefuls
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Not only does Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna interview suspects, but his colleagues as well.
People in the news
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Trump wagers his hair ¢ Premiere date set for Bindi Irwin’s show ¢ Meltdown blamed on medication
University towns could see higher taxes
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Living in a county with a public university, such as Douglas County, could mean higher taxes under a plan proposed by House Republican leaders Wednesday.
Gambling supporters, opponents use various tactics to delay vote
House speaker refuses to bring chamber to order; senators conduct filibuster
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday bogged down over expanded gambling as supporters sought to advance the issue, while opponents tried to derail it.
Clerk’s office open Saturday for voting
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for people wanting to cast advance ballots.
Sabathia struck by line drive
Indians hurler says he still plans to start opener
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
Brett Myers and John Patterson looked sharp as they tuned up for their opening-day starts. Erik Bedard, Dan Haren and Aaron Harang weren’t as good, but at least got through their last spring appearances healthy.
TV ads for children push junk food
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
In a child’s buffet of food commercials, more than 40 percent of the dishes are candy, snacks and fast food. Nowhere to be found: fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry or seafood.
Time treatments for yard
March 29, 2007 in print edition on D2
The noisy rumble of a lawn mower, the fresh look of a nicely cared-for yard: These are the signs that spring has arrived for our fields of green. Now that the days are warm and the sun is bright, many gardeners are tending to their yards and gardens.
You sow tomatoes, I sow tomahtos: Just get them in the dirt
March 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
Whether you refer to it as a tomato or a tomahto makes no difference in the world of edible gardening: Tomatoes take the cake.
Fresh perspective
Photo group offers men new ways of seeing world
March 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
Jerry Adams had never imagined himself as a photographer. But after several months of shooting familiar Lawrence locales with a disposable, point-and-shoot camera, he’s starting to change his mind.
Choosing a legacy of life
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
What I keep remembering during the long conversation about cancer and politics, about ambition and parenting, about Elizabeth and John Edwards, is the video I watched the day before their announcement.
Politics, justice
Partisan election of district judges continues to raise uncomfortable conflicts of interest questions.
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
A situation unfolding in Wichita again points out how the judicial branch of government functions best when it is removed as far as possible from the vagaries of partisan politics.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
As cleanup operations began, the manager at the FMC Corp. plant in North Lawrence estimated the damage from a fire at about $100,000.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 29, 1907: “There are number of amusing stories about people who feared that a comet, as some predicted, would hit the earth yesterday and destroy it.
Proposal dealing with fetal homicides revived in Senate
Alexa’s Law’ has implications for abortion
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B8
A proposal allowing prosecutors to charge someone with murder or other crimes for harming a fetus has advanced in the Senate after abortion opponents who support it maneuvered around a committee that hadn’t planned to vote on it.
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, March 29
Former Gonzales aide upholds prosecutors’ firings
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush’s priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff says in remarks prepared for delivery to Congress today.
Marine Corps bans large tattoos on arms, legs
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Five tattooed skulls stretch from Marine Cpl. Jeremy Slaton’s right elbow to his wrist, spelling out the word “Death.” He planned to add a tattoo spelling “Life” on his left arm, but that’s on hold because of a Marine policy taking effect Sunday.
Our town sports
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C7
Oprah’s book club hits ‘The Road’
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Before Wednesday, few could have imagined the names “Oprah Winfrey” and “Cormac McCarthy” appearing in the same sentence.
Dinosaur demise didn’t spur evolution of today’s mammals
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
Maybe you learned this in school: The big dinosaur die-off 65 million years ago was a liberation for mammals, and they quickly produced a bunch of new species that included ancestors of humans and other modern-day creatures. Remember? Well, a new study says forget it.
Gore candidacy just a dream
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
No conversation about the presidential campaign is complete these days until someone pops the burning question: Is Al Gore going to run?
Diving meet on tap
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
The U.S. Junior Diving Region V Championships, featuring divers age 9 to 18 from all over the country, will take place Friday through Sunday inside Robinson Natatorium on the campus of Kansas University.
City candidates share their views
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
The six candidates seeking seats on the Lawrence City Commission have wide-ranging views on how much new oversight is needed for the Lawrence Police Department.
Professor helps cut rising cost of books
Effort to lower prices of required texts getting nationwide attention
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
When Kansas University professor Craig Martin battled publishing companies to ensure the lowest textbook price for his students, he joined a growing movement to make textbooks more affordable.
On the record
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas is working under a modified offense, though it’s not a complete makeover that schools such as Baylor have undergone recently.
Youth dominates city squads
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
It will be a youth-filled year for the Free State and Lawrence High soccer squads, with most of the probable starters being underclassmen. In Seabury Academy’s case, there will be athletes new to soccer in general.
McClinton hopes to prove he has game
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Now there’s more proof than ever video games are a big hit with college football players.
Duo guide armchair travelers
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Alban and Melanie Ulle host “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” (8 p.m., Travel).
Pump patrol
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Couple await purple martins’ return
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Franklin Bidinger’s house guests are running late. He’s never had to wait this long for the return of the purple martins.
Dog trainer pleads to aiding fugitive
Toby Young faces up to 10 years for charges of providing escaped inmate with firearms
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
The dog trainer who helped an inmate escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility entered a guilty plea for a federal charge of providing a felon and fugitive with firearms.
Paris named women’s All-American
Oklahoma center honored for second straight year
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Courtney Paris has been the model of consistency in her college career. It’s something she learned growing up.
Leadership Kansas fills 2007 class
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Six Lawrence residents have been accepted to enroll in the 2007 class of Leadership Kansas, a program to educate current and future leaders about issues facing business and government in the state.
Hawks could lose Johnson for season
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
Atlanta Hawks leading scorer Joe Johnson might be done for the season due to a right calf strain.
K.C. demotes Bannister; Duckworth fifth starter
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Kansas City Royals optioned right-hander Brian Bannister to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday after a rocky spring training.
This time of year, teams look suspicious
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
It’s easy to see how fans of the Memphis Grizzlies and just about every team in the NBA’s Atlantic Division could get the wrong impression.
Commentary: Jaguar’s racial comments cross line
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
No outrage whatsoever. No newspaper columnists calling for him to be suspended. No TV commentators calling for him to be fined. An owner and a coach who have essentially remained silent about comments so heinously offensive that they have painted an entire city as the racist, redneck capital of the country.
Landplan Engineering adds new employee
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Shannon Milburn has joined Landplan Engineering, Lawrence, as an engineer, providing design support for stormwater collection/detention, wastewater collection, water distribution and street projects for municipal, commercial and residential clients.
Richardson suspended as coach of CBA squad
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
Former NBA player Micheal Ray Richardson was suspended by the Continental Basketball Association on Wednesday for anti-Semitic comments the Albany Patroons’ coach made in a newspaper interview.
Marathon meeting slated for today
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
A meeting for the Lawrence 1/2 Marathon and 5K is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
Top Dodge
After a lackluster rookie season, Stremme leads all Dodge drivers in Cup standings
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C8
David Stremme is the top Dodge driver in the Nextel Cup Series this season and he has never finished better than 11th in a race.
Meche tagged in final tuneup
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
David Wells’ last spring training outing went a lot better than his previous one.
KU sophomores earn science scholarship
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two Kansas University sophomores are among the 317 nationwide winners of the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, considered the nation’s top undergraduate award to encourage excellence in science, math and engineering.
When cleaning, be sure to tackle financial clutter
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Spring is here, and for many people this means it’s time for spring cleaning. I’ve added something else to the annual frenzy. My husband and I use this time of year to clear the clutter when it comes to our finances.
Police, militants avenge bombings
At least 70 dead in town of Tal Afar
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Shiite militants and police enraged by deadly truck bombings went on a shooting rampage against Sunnis in a northwestern Iraqi city Wednesday, killing as many as 70 men execution-style and prompting fears that sectarian violence was spreading outside the capital.
Bush demands Iraq funds with no strings attached
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress lurched toward a veto showdown over Iraq on Wednesday, the commander in chief demanding a replenishment of war funding with no strings and Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi counseling him, “Calm down with the threats.”
Circumcision urged to reduce HIV risk
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Heterosexual men should be circumcised because of compelling evidence it reduces their chances of contracting HIV by up to 60 percent, U.N. health agencies said Wednesday.
Better question
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The March 24 “On the Street” column asked, “Do you agree with the House of Representatives’ decision to set a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq?”
Garciaparra, Hamm parents of twins
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
Former soccer star Mia Hamm, wife of Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, delivered twin girls late Tuesday.
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Saudi king condemns U.S. actions
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
King Abdullah denounced the American military presence in Iraq on Wednesday as an “illegitimate foreign occupation” and called on the West to end its financial embargo against the Palestinians.
Keegan: Happy feet bad for QBs
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Every sports fan has pet peeves. Mine: pitchers who fiddle around forever between pitches, acting as if they would prefer to be anywhere but standing on a hill of dirt. Post players who have bad hands and drop passes when everything else on the offense unfolded just right.
Medical response
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Recent letters to the editor about legislation (HB 2530) clarifying the application of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act to physicians and health care providers are very misleading.
FSHS baseball stops SM North; Free State swimmers win
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Caleb Gress and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Free State High baseball team remained unbeaten Wednesday with a 6-2 victory against Shawnee Mission North in the Firebirds’ Sunflower League opener.
Opposition leader arrested by police
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Police stormed the main opposition party headquarters Wednesday and arrested its leader shortly before President Robert Mugabe left for an emergency meeting in Tanzania of southern African leaders about the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Students to hold peace vigils in April
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
A group of students from the Ecumenical Christian Ministries at Kansas University will organize a series of peace vigils in April.
Ambassador nominee’s name withdrawn
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
More than two years after losing his bid for the White House, Democratic Sen. John Kerry exacted a measure of revenge against his political foes Wednesday by helping derail the diplomatic nomination of a Republican fundraiser.
County measure makes conveyances more convenient
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
A resolution approved by Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night allows the public works director to accept certain types of right-of-way conveyances on their behalf.
Hostage crisis ends with children unharmed
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Dozens of children were taken hostage on a bus Wednesday by a day-care center owner armed with grenades and guns, but the youngsters took the ordeal in stride, eating pizza, smiling and waving from the windows throughout the day.
Three die in Houston office blaze
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Fire broke out in a six-story office building Wednesday, killing three people and injuring at least six, while many others inside climbed down to safety on ladders, fire officials said.
U.N. chief urges Sudan to accept peacekeepers
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon tried to persuade Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to accept U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur on Wednesday, hours after al-Bashir flatly rejected the deployment.
Mayo’s miss helps West win McDonald’s game
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Michael Beasley saw O.J. Mayo pull up at the top of the key, and his heart sank.
Charges refiled in 1974 murder case
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B8
New murder charges have been filed against a former school janitor whose conviction for killing a 13-year-old was reversed last month by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Crashing the party
Rutgers, LSU make surprise runs to Cleveland
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
Half of the women’s Final Four turned out as expected, with top seeds Tennessee and North Carolina facing off in a national semifinal. From the other side of the bracket emerged two unlikely championship contenders.
Safety Office to give away bicycle gear
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University Public Safety Office will be giving away bike headlights and taillights at various locations on campus.
New boss for Hallmark plant
Incoming general manager returning to Lawrence
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Sixteen years after she started work for Hallmark Cards Inc. at its plant in Lawrence, Shannon Frost is set to return as the operation’s top boss.
House acts to improve veterans’ medical care
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Reacting to shabby treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the House on Wednesday created a coterie of case managers, advocates and counselors for injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
2 loose dogs shot; 1 killed by police
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police shot two dogs in North Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon, killing one of them.
Integration process
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: This letter was stimulated by an op-ed article in an area newspaper. The article dealt with the English language issue, that is, the official status of English in American life.
Self-defense lessons offered to children
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Premier Martial Arts will offer free safety courses as part of the national Kid Safe Program.
Encore’ opens tonight
March 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
Free State High School’s annual musical revue, “Encore,” begins tonight with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the school, 4700 Overland Drive. Tickets are $7.
Bush dishes out at dinner
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Tell us, Mr. President, how have things changed since the last broadcasters’ dinner?
School board forum issues ‘peaceful’
March 29, 2007
Four years ago, the city’s school board election was marked by a divisive battle involving a bond issue and the spectre of closing neighborhood schools.
Standing tall
Big men have played big roles in four finalists’ fortunes
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Final Four is big, really big, this year. With Ohio State’s Greg Oden, Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert and Florida’s Joakim Noah and Al Horford convening in Atlanta this weekend, college basketball’s signature event has become a showcase for the country’s best big men.
Tax comparison
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Regarding the March 25 J-W editorial on misplaced priorities in the Kansas Legislature this session and reducing taxes at all costs:
Wildcats fall in triple OT
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
Hanna Zavecz scored five of her 28 points in the third and final overtime as Wyoming beat Kansas State 89-79 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the WNIT.
Elementary students give gift of assisting children in crisis
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Children were helping children Wednesday afternoon at Langston Hughes School. They were painting and packing for other children who might not be as lucky.
KU softball takes two from Missouri State
March 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Three home runs and solid pitching carried Kansas University to a softball doubleheader sweep of Missouri State, 4-0 and 3-0, on Wednesday at the Missouri State Softball Field.
Star Wars stamp set due out in May
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi will do battle one more time - and the emperor, Han Solo, Princess Leia and others will join in the struggle.
The puzzling White House no-fire zone
March 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
In the midst of all the travails of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, suddenly David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s former budget director, burst into the news as the defendant in a big corporate fraud prosecution in New York.
Britain freezes Iran relations until 15 sailors are freed
March 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that Britain must admit that its 15 sailors and marines entered Iranian waters in order to resolve a standoff over their capture by the Mideast nation.