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Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2007

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People in the news
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Usher ready to be a groom ¢ CMT drops Miss America ¢ Ricky Martin says stars shouldn’t hide homosexuality ¢ Alec Baldwin offers tuition for soldier headed to Iraq ¢ Britney, K-Fed negotiate divorce settlement
Horoscopes
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D7
Kids Choice rolls out orange carpet
20th annual award show fun for audience, celebrities
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Forget who won this year’s Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, there are millions of movie, music and TV fans out there just dying to learn which celebrity burps the loudest.
NBA briefs
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C4
¢ Randolph out for season ¢ Richardson has surgery ¢ Dallas signs big man
KU announces arts career day
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D8
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts Career Services Office will present its third annual “Your Life in the Arts,” formerly known as “Careers in the Arts,” on April 14.
Report: AIDS initiative needs long-term plan
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
The U.S. global AIDS initiative has provided therapy and brought testing and counseling to millions around the world. Now the challenge is to move from emergency to sustained efforts, the Institute of Medicine said Friday.
Fire sends 2 to hospital
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
A fire at Berry Plastics in North Lawrence sent two employees to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Friday evening.
Sebelius to sign funeral picketing bill into law
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday she would sign into law legislation to restrict funeral picketing.
Nun’s return to health focus of Pope John Paul sainthood
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Parkinson’s - the same disease her beloved Pope John Paul II suffered - robbed Sister Marie Simon-Pierre of her ability to walk, drive or even write.
Teen captured after detention center escape
Woodlawn School on lockdown during manhunt
March 31, 2007
A teen who escaped from the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center on Friday was found hiding under a turnpike bridge after an 80-minute manhunt that used police dogs and a helicopter.
Levee recertification will cost city
After Hurricane Katrina, federal regulators want intensive inspections
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Hurricane Katrina strikes again - and this time its reach is being felt far outside of traditional hurricane country.
State pay raise decision delayed
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
State employees may not know until late April about what, if any, pay raise they can expect from the Legislature.
Lions rediscover stroke in dominant victory
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence High girls swimming team soundly defeated Shawnee Mission South during a home dual meet Friday afternoon, but more importantly, the squad returned to work mode following its March vacation.
Keegan: Ratings hold up quite well
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Autumn of 1977. Introduction to Journalism class at Marquette University, which, by the way, had four returning starters from a national championship team. Frank Clines teaching. He had us all read our stories out loud. After mine, he burst out laughing.
Aldrich already embracing rivalry spirit
KU recruit had plenty of banter for future Big 12 foes during McDonald’s week
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Teammates at the 2007 McDonald’s All-America basketball game, Cole Aldrich and Michael Beasley will be bitter rivals next season.
FCE News
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D5
Douglas County Family and Community Education is offering the program “Liquid Assets: The Value of Fluids to Your Health” at 9:30 a.m. April 13 in the Deal Six Auditorium at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.
Northern Ireland pact inspires hope for Mideast
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Long ago, I decided Northern Ireland was a hopeless conflict.
Faith briefs
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D8
Commentary: Big names abound at Final Four
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C2
Gonzaga was always a good story about the little college that could, until George Mason came along and made it even better. There’s nothing like a spirited underdog in the NCAA Tournament to remind us of simpler times when players enrolled for four years and anything seemed possible.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
FSHS boys flaunt fleet feet
Mill Valley’s Woods sets meet records in sprints
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Free State High boys track and field squad ran away with the team title at the Ottawa Relays on Friday despite winning just four of 18 events.
Event to celebrate Girl Scout history
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
An event today will celebrate a collection of historical papers and materials from a local Girl Scout troop that has been donated to Kansas University’s libraries.
Sebelius: No legislative interference
Governor hopes lawmakers will stay out of KU negotiations
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday urged legislators to back off proposals to oversee efforts by Kansas University Medical Center to form partnerships with other hospitals.
Simons: As deadline passes, will St. Luke’s seek other affiliations?
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
By now, Rich Hastings, president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Hospital; Irv Hockaday, a successful Kansas City business leader; and Bill Hall, a senior representative of one of Kansas City’s major philanthropic entities, should be working on travel plans to Boston, St. Louis and Houston.
Toledo player implicated
Point-shaving recruitment alleged
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C2
Federal authorities charged a University of Toledo football player Friday in connection with a point-shaving scheme.
NAACP dinner to raise funds for scholarships
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
The local NAACP branch will host its annual Soul Food Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive.
UF, OSU have edge at line
Gators, Buckeyes most experienced foul shooters
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
National championship on the line. Two free throws, one-point deficit, three seconds left. Who do you want to take the shots?
Lawrence man charged in drug trafficking case
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B8
A 49-year-old Lawrence man was charged Thursday with four federal counts related to drug trafficking in U.S. Federal Court in Kansas City, Kan.
Baltimore school works for students
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Consider the neighborhood. Words tumble to mind by way of description. Words like desolate. Words like tough. Words like hard and mean and grim and sad. Words like dead. Bail bonds and liquor stores are what passes for industry here. Ragged row houses, many boarded and abandoned, crowd one another like strangers in a bus shelter.
T-shirts take ‘I’ out of championship team
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
Ouch! These T-shirts are hardly worthy of the NIT champions.
Nation of faith
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Because we are a nation of people accountable to one another, when conscience seems to have gone awry, it is the duty of others to point it out.
Baker students receive regional honors
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D8
Two Baker University students recently received Commendations for Excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V in Ames, Iowa.
Back-to-back blasts lift Kansas in ninth
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C6
Juniors Erik Morrison and Ryne Price hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning as the Kansas University baseball team rallied for a 7-5 victory over Missouri on Friday.
Terror suspect: Torture spurred confessions
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
A Saudi terror suspect says U.S. interrogators tortured him for five years and he confessed to involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole just to satisfy them and “make the people happy,” according to a Pentagon transcript of a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay.
Pesky loses his spot in Red Sox dugout
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C8
Boston Red Sox icon Johnny Pesky will have to leave the dugout during games this season because of a major-league rule that limits the number of coaches allowed in uniform.
Judge frees defendants, citing attorney shortage
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
A judge Friday ordered the release of up to 42 criminal defendants, saying they aren’t being adequately represented by the city’s financially struggling indigent defenders office, but he immediately delayed the order to mid-April.
Stojakovic ailing, still not playing
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C4
New Orleans Hornets guard Peja Stojakovic said Friday a setback in his rehab from back surgery will delay his return to the court, hurting his chances of helping the team make a stretch run for a playoff spot.
Baylor sweeps KU tennis team
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s tennis squad fell to No. 16 Baylor, 7-0, Friday, dropping the Jayhawks to 4-10 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play. The loss snapped KU’s streak of two straight conference victories.
Bush apologizes at Walter Reed
President promises to fix failed health services for veterans
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush apologized to troops face to face Friday for shoddy conditions they have endured at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He shook the artificial hand of a lieutenant and cradled a newborn whose father is nursing his remaining, severely injured leg back to health.
Durant, Bennett honored by AP
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
A couple of rookies swept the national college basketball awards.
Giuliani says wife wouldn’t be in Cabinet
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani said Friday his wife will not be a member of his Cabinet or attend most high-level meetings as he sought to clarify previous statements suggesting she would play a significant role in his administration.
Former city manager of Ottawa held in rape case
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B5
A former city manager in Ottawa who resigned three weeks ago remained in jail Friday on rape charges.
Three boys held after attack on homeless man
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
A homeless Army veteran was recovering Friday in a hospital after two 10-year-old boys and a teenager were accused of attacking him on a street and smashing a concrete block into his face.
It’s sprung
Be sure not to miss some of the most colorful springtime displays we have ever enjoyed around here.
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
It makes no difference if your calendar coincides with what has been happening in our great outdoors. Seize the moment and enjoy.
Democrats question FDA chief’s testimony
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
House Democrats are investigating whether FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach lied under oath about the antibiotic Ketek, which has long been under scrutiny by Congress.
Man who drove car into traffic charged
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B8
A man who police say drove head-on into oncoming traffic during a police chase has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.
MLB celebrates civil rights history
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C8
Major League Baseball began an effort to emphasize its place in the history of America’s struggle for racial equality just one day after a study said only 8.4 percent of its players last season were black, the lowest level in at least two decades.
Around and about
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D3
Pearl Hadl, Eudora, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a gathering of friends and family from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Eudora Nursing Center, 1415 Maple St. No gifts, please.
Innocence Project film to screen at KU
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D8
A film about a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing wrongfully convicted people from prison will be shown at Kansas University.
Commodities
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
On the record
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Frenchie Davis lends voice to AIDS fight
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Frenchie Davis, performing in the Broadway version of the play “Rent,” a story of young people with HIV and AIDS, helped her deal with the loss of a college friend who died from the disease.
Novartis to stop selling constipation drug
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG will stop selling a drug to relieve constipation after it was linked to a higher chance of heart attack, stroke and worsening chest pain that can become a heart attack, federal health officials said Friday.
Governor: Gambling bill should win court battle
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
With the promise of a lawsuit on the horizon, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday she believes legislation allowing resort casinos and slot machines at horse and dog tracks can withstand a court challenge.
General tried to warn Bush on Tillman
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Just seven days after Pat Tillman’s death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.
Lawrence Datebook
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Faith Forum: Is there a difference between a sin and a wrongdoing?
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D8
In order to compare the differences, we need to define the terms. What is a sin? A sin is breaking God’s law. What is God’s law; rather, what is the basis of all God’s laws?
Club news
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Pilot Club of Lawrence invited the Altrusa and Soroptimist clubs of Lawrence for a Friendship Dinner on March 26. Entertainment was provided by DAZL Entertainment, a group of young people with disabilities.
Architect digs into pyramid secret
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
A French architect claimed Friday to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Khufu was built - with use of a spiral ramp to hoist huge stone blocks into place.
Working class
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: After 14 years of President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton, working-class Americans continue to be without affordable health care.
Passover meal gets veggie makeover
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D1
When Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and her guests sit down for their seder meal Monday night, they’ll do it without meat.
Gonzales says he won’t step down
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales vowed Friday to remain on the job, digging in even as lawmakers questioned whether he could effectively run the Justice Department with no letup in the controversy over the firings of prosecutors.
Lawmaker aims to allow third term for Putin
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
The head of Russia’s upper house of parliament, speaking immediately after re-election to that post, declared Friday that the country’s constitution should be revised to allow President Vladimir Putin to serve a third consecutive term.
Movie board decisions hard to rate
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
The documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated” (10 p.m. today, IFC) challenges the movie ratings system and the MPAA ratings board. The board is said to consist of moms and dads who get paid by the studios to assign ratings based on their subjective notion of each film’s content.
Detained marine apologizes; Britain denounces Iran
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
A captive Royal Marine was shown in new TV footage Friday apologizing for being in Iranian waters, and Tehran made public a third letter supposedly written by the only female prisoner among 15 Britons seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Gillispie nets new contract
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
Texas A&M’s Billy Gillispie has agreed to a new contract that makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in the Big 12.
Iraqi government says it’s in race to save residents from ‘despair’
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
Suicide bombers and militiamen fought back ferociously in the seventh week of the Baghdad security crackdown, killing at least 508 people in the past six days, but the government vowed Friday it would win the race against terrorism and despair.
U.S. imposes trade sanctions on China
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Bush administration, facing increasing anger about soaring trade deficits, announced Friday it would impose sanctions against Chinese paper imports, opening a new avenue for beleaguered American manufacturers to seek government protection.
Authorities charge 2 in fatal immigrant ambush
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gunmen apparently trying to seize a smugglers’ truckload of drugs attacked a pickup hauling 23 suspected illegal immigrants early Friday, killing two people and wounding another, authorities said.
Insurgents shoot down Ethiopian helicopter
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Insurgents shot an Ethiopian helicopter gunship out of the sky and mortar shells slammed into a hospital Friday during the heaviest fighting in the Somali capital since the early 1990s, leaving corpses in the streets and wounding hundreds of civilians.
Jayhawk softball prepares for home series - a rarity this year
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C6
That’s not a typo. Kansas University’s softball team is playing at home this weekend. Really.
Pedestrians hit by cars
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Separate incidents of pedestrians being struck by vehicles occurred within moments of each other on New Hampshire Street on Friday night.
Australian detainee gets nine-month sentence
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
A U.S. military tribunal sentenced an Australian to nine months in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism - the first conviction at a U.S. war-crimes trial since World War II.
Agency rejects ‘.xxx’ address for porn sites
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
For nearly seven years Stuart Lawley has tried to build a red-light district on the Internet, one that could help, at least nominally, keep pornographic Web sites away from curious underage eyes.
Corn prices drop after report
Farmers expected to plant largest crop since 1944
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
Driven by demand from the ethanol and cattle feeding industries, Kansas farmers joined growers across the nation in plans to plant the biggest corn crop since 1944, a report released Friday showed.
Firefighters battle fire near Hollywood sign
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Flames allegedly ignited by two teens sent smoke seeping into the Warner Bros. studios and towering high in the sky behind the famous Hollywood sign Friday before losing intensity.
Called home
Ninth Street Baptist Church begins search as pastor departs to lead congregation in his native Louisiana
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D1
The first Sunday the Rev. Rene Brown preached at Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, there were only 17 people in the pews.
WHO: Lack of donors fuels market for organs
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Demand for human organ transplants far exceeds supply, fueling a growth in “transplant tourism” to developing nations where organs can be bought, the World Health Organization said Friday.
FDA tests find new chemical in pet food
Recall expanded to some dry food
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Federal testing of recalled pet foods turned up a chemical used to make plastics but failed to confirm the presence of a cancer drug also used as rat poison. The recall expanded Friday to include the first dry pet food.
Tornadoes, rain hit Texas, Oklahoma
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Another wave of storms swept through Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, spawning at least three tornadoes in central Texas, dumping rain into swollen creeks and rivers and forcing an evacuation at an assisted living center.
Leaders fearing Lenexa lab loss
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
Political leaders fighting to keep a Food and Drug Administration lab in this Kansas City suburb open say they have yet to get a response from the agency’s national officials concerning the closing.
Federal judge rejects new rules for forests
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
A federal judge Friday tossed out new Bush administration rules that gave national forest managers more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews.
Bridge closing takes its toll
Perry, Lecompton residents pay for detour in time, money
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
The people of Perry expect that Lecompton Road will take them to, well, Lecompton. These days it won’t.
KUMC affiliation negotiation deadline extended until May
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Friday was supposed to be the day that would seal the future relationships between Kansas University Medical Center, its longtime partner KU Hospital and a new partner hospital, St. Luke’s in Kansas City, Mo.
Still green after all these years
Lawrence environmental group to reunite
March 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
A shared vision of protecting the earth through energy conservation originally united them, and a desire to revitalize interest in those ideals is reuniting them.
Let’s get it on!
Forget Cinderella - it’s the big boys’ time
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
George Mason’s memorable run to the Final Four during last year’s NCAA Tournament captivated a nation. What people might forget is that the last three games of the season - the national semifinals and title game - were all decided by at least 14 points, making it the least competitive Final Four since the tournament field was expanded to 64 teams.
Society calendar
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D5
Three charities split $50,000
March 31, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Committee marked the end of a successful fundraising season Thursday by dividing $50,000 among three agencies that assist children.
Higher farming costs pump up milk prices
March 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
Celesta Powell buys four gallons of milk every week for her four children, and even with milk prices expected to rise, she says she has no plans to cut back.
Stuckey feels good
KU safety finally fully recovered from nagging ankle injury
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C3
Darrell Stuckey did make it onto the field last year. But not quite like this.
Rogers has surgery to remove blood clot
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kenny Rogers won’t start his season until summer - maybe later.
Greinke effective in K.C. loss
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C8
Astros starter Woody Williams got an unexpected jolt when he took the mound at Minute Maid Park on Friday night for the first time since joining the team.
Roy living up to name
Rookie of the Year award within reach
March 31, 2007 in print edition on C4
By a stroke of marketing luck, Brandon Roy’s last name is an acronym for Rookie of the Year.