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KU fans arrive in San Antonio Final Four in San Antonio - Paparazzi style Clinton Lake dam
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Polls
Do you support arming law enforcement with Tasers?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
57%
No.
 
42%
Total 450
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Brian Turk, left, a civil engineering technician for the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and Kipp Walters, a park ranger with the corps at Clinton Lake, inspect tunnel walls inside the dam at Clinton. A comprehensive five-year inspection of the dam was done this week. Clinton Lake dam gets 5-year checkup
April 3, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The small stream of water made a garden hose-like hiss as it forced its way under the steel gate and into the nearly 700-foot tunnel that is the closest thing Lawrence has to a massive cannon. The constant spray provided an ominous hint of what lay on the other side.
12:00 p.m.
Members of the Sullivan family of Lawrence take great pride in their downstairs room that is a tribute to everything Jayhawk. From left are Bailey, 11, her father, Dan Sullivan, and sister Reagan, 8. Fans have ‘Big Dance’ steps of own
April 3, 2008 in print edition on 1A
There isn’t one Kansas University basketball fan who can precisely predict or control the outcome of Saturday’s Final Four match-up against North Carolina. But that doesn’t stop every fanatical fan decked out in crimson and blue from trying.
4:00 p.m.
Haskell Indian Nations University president Linda Warner, center, walks Wednesday on campus with students, from left, Recinda Adams, Albuquerque, N.M., senior; Tashina Tahdooahnippah, Lawrence junior; Rebecca Jamison, White Swan, Wash.; and MayAnne Mitchell, Warm Springs, Ore. Warner been the president for one year. Haskell president reflects on first year
April 3, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Since arriving on Haskell Indian Nations University’s campus one year ago, Linda Warner has endured praise and flak. That’s expected when a new university president comes aboard and wants to make changes, especially at a 124-year-old school that runs deep in tradition.
10:00 p.m.
Keith Loneker rehearses a locker room scene on the set of "Leatherheads." The actor earned All Big Eight honors three times while playing football for the Kansas Jayhawks. Field position
April 3, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Keith Loneker is on TV right now punching the bejesus out of a hapless referee. His mug is on the homepage of Yahoo.com, grimacing and readying for a showdown. As of today, he’s also appearing in a couple thousand theaters around the country. The Lawrence resident is a cast member of the new film “Leatherheads.”

All stories

6Sports video: KU baseball team prepares for Baylor
April 3, 2008
Last night, the Kansas baseball team barely broke a sweat after cruising to a 13-0 victory over Saint Mary. Unfortunately for the ‘Hawks, their next series will present a much bigger challenge.
6Sports video: Sunny weather bountiful in San Antonio
April 3, 2008
Kevin Romary and D.J. Whetter have found themselves in sunny San Antonio right in the middle of a Final Four frenzy!
6News video: Suspects plead ‘not guilty’ in beating death case
April 3, 2008
Two suspects plead ‘not guilty’ this afternoon in the beating death of a 62-year-old Lawrence man.
6News video: Does basketball’s roots have religious ties?
April 3, 2008
Many Jayhawk fans treat basketball like a religion - which may bring them right in line with the intentions of founder James Naismith.
6News video: Local students ready for their film debuts
April 3, 2008
Some local students get their film debut - but you won’t see them on camera.
6News video: Senate votes to override coal veto
April 3, 2008
The Senate votes to override Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in Southwest Kansas.
6News video: Stephen Six helps promote crime victims awareness
April 3, 2008
April is crime victims awareness month and Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six is traveling the state visiting with the people who assist those victims.
6News video: City leaders tackle touch budget issues
April 3, 2008
The economy is struggling - growth in Douglas County is slowing - times are tight. And it will leave city leaders with some tough decisions to make as they tackle next year’s budget here in just a few weeks.
6News video: Lawrence already a winner in Final Four of real estate!
April 3, 2008
The home of the Jayhawks is already a winner in the Final Four…or so says a property-information website, which has Lawrence winning the National Championship of the NCAA housing market.
Leatherheads’ a likable drill
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Slapstick meets screwball in “Leatherheads,” an amiable valentine to an era of breakneck repartee, bathtub booze and anything-goes gridiron warfare.
Field position
Former KU lineman joins Clooney’s cinematic team in Hollywood
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Keith Loneker is on TV right now punching the bejesus out of a hapless referee. His mug is on the homepage of Yahoo.com, grimacing and readying for a showdown. As of today, he’s also appearing in a couple thousand theaters around the country. The Lawrence resident is a cast member of the new film “Leatherheads.”
House OKs proposed constitutional amendment on fishing, hunting
April 3, 2008
Kansans would be able to vote on whether to add to the Kansas Bill of Rights a constitutional right to hunt and fish, according to a proposal before the Legislature.
State Senate overrides Sebelius coal plant veto
April 3, 2008
The Kansas Senate today voted to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a bill that would allow the construction of two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
Final Four wager: Sebelius looks forward to North Carolina barbecue
April 3, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she’s looking foward to tasting North Carolina barbecue.
6News Now: Coal-fired energy bill veto override uncertain
April 3, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, legislators think supporters of two coal-fired plants may have enough votes to override Gov. Sebelius’ veto, and the forecast may improve from today.
Extra! Extra! Write the headline
02:51 p.m., April 3, 2008 Updated 11:07 a.m.
So, just how would you capture the euphoria of victory — or, god forbid, the agony of defeat — in just a few words?
Speaker of Kansas House: Votes sufficient to override veto of coal-plant legislation
April 3, 2008
Supporters of two coal-fired power plants said today they may have enough votes to get around a veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Governor signs funeral picketing bill
April 3, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed legislation to replace a funeral picketing law invalidated by the Kansas Supreme Court. The new law goes into effect next Thursday.
Coach Self asks Jayhawk fans to celebrate safely
Jayhawks fans urged to show class to nation
April 3, 2008
Kansas University Coach Bill Self doesn’t mind his players celebrating after a win, and that goes for supporters of the program, too.
School sports events canceled
April 3, 2008
The Lawrence High School junior varsity boys tennis matches scheduled for today at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka have been canceled.
Horoscopes
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
Think and evaluate before you take action this year. Power issues come to the forefront. Refresh your thoughts before making a statement or taking an action. If you are single, you grow and evolve to a new level this year. If you are attached, your relationship will open up given nurturing and understanding.
Courthouse beam needs to be replaced
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
A rotting wooden beam in the attic of the Douglas County Courthouse has county leaders taking a fast track to get it repaired.
Oklahoma State starts coach search
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma State’s first basketball coaching search in 18 years began in earnest Wednesday as the university looked for a replacement for Sean Sutton, who resigned a day earlier.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 3, 1908: “A stockholder in the Weber Brothers Piano Co. here has secured an injunction against allowing moving of equipment from the factory here.
Medical board staff step down
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B10
The state medical board’s top two staffers resigned Wednesday amid criticism that it had mishandled cases, including that of a doctor accused of running a “pill mill” linked to 56 deaths.
Fans have ‘Big Dance’ steps of own
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
There isn’t one Kansas University basketball fan who can precisely predict or control the outcome of Saturday’s Final Four match-up against North Carolina. But that doesn’t stop every fanatical fan decked out in crimson and blue from trying.
NU forward Ping leaving
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nebraska forward Shang Ping will transfer to another school after the spring semester, coach Doc Sadler announced Wednesday.
Aviation to be emphasized at event
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
You’ll never have more fun crashing an airplane. Area residents looking for a unique way to work off some nerves prior to the big Kansas University-North Carolina basketball game on Saturday can find it at Lawrence Municipal Airport as part of the state’s All Kansas Air Tour.
Haskell president reflects on first year
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Since arriving on Haskell Indian Nations University’s campus one year ago, Linda Warner has endured praise and flak. That’s expected when a new university president comes aboard and wants to make changes, especially at a 124-year-old school that runs deep in tradition.
Labor union endorses Obama
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed Wednesday by a labor union and two Democratic superdelegates as a poll showed he has cut Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania almost in half since mid-February as he strives to deny her a resounding victory in the state’s presidential primary.
LOB vote hinges on provisional ballots
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The final outcome of Tuesday’s election on the school district’s local option budget hinges on 75 provisional ballots. These ballots - which were called into question because voters changed their addresses or went to the wrong polling place - now are under review.
Political spouses’ roles examined
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
If you wonder what it would be like to be the woman behind the man - or the man behind the woman - in a political power couple, an event tonight at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics is for you.
18 states take EPA to court
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Officials of 18 states are taking the EPA back to court to try to force it to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush administration for inaction on global warming.
Thrifty ideas make summer getaway affordable
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
The ailing domestic economy has a lot of Americans planning to scale back summer vacation plans.
Haskell invites public to events
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The community is invited to an Indigenous Empowerment Summit that includes presentations, tours, a concert and pow wow.
NBA Roundup
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Scores from around the league.
State Senate approves aid for intermodal hub
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
A giant shipment and distribution hub planned for southwest Johnson County is getting financial help from the Kansas Legislature.
On the record
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man reported an Apple MacBook laptop was stolen from the 800 block of Tennessee Street. The value of the computer is $1,000, according to a police report. The incident occurred between 10:35 p.m. March 30 and 1:15 a.m. March 31.
Survey: 3 to 13 minutes optimal for sex
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
Maybe men had it right all along: It doesn’t take long to satisfy a woman in bed.
Poor policy
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: On March 28, at approximately 6 p.m., my husband and I attempted to dine at a local restaurant. While the establishment was busy, we noticed a number of half-empty tables or groups of tables. We were told by the hostess that we weren’t guaranteed to get a table before the KU game. With a start time of 8:40 p.m.! This is absurd!
Allegations prompt PM to announce resignation
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, the common-touch Dubliner who tended Ireland’s economic boom and the blossoming of Belfast peace, announced his resignation Wednesday under a darkening cloud of financial scandal.
Ballot message
The closeness of Tuesday’s election tally sends a message that state lawmakers and local school board members shouldn’t ignore.
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Although provisional ballots are unlikely to alter the outcome of Tuesday’s school election, the closeness of the vote sends a powerful message on behalf of local taxpayers.
County government sets open house next week
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County government offices and courts will be on display for public inspection for one day next week.
Ruling party loses majority in parliament
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Robert Mugabe’s long-ruling party lost its parliamentary majority Wednesday, bolstering opposition claims that impoverished Zimbabweans voted for change in this struggling southern African nation.
Pump patrol
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.11 at several locations.
Highway bridge scaffolding collapses
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
The body of a construction worker was pulled Wednesday from the swollen Arkansas River, hours after he and two colleagues fell 100 feet when the scaffolding they were on along a highway bridge collapsed.
People in the news
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ ‘High School Musical 3’ to begin shooting soon¢ Winfrey ‘changed’ by show on puppy mills¢ TV, radio actors union to start negotiations¢ Gabriel Byrne to appear in ‘Camelot’¢ ‘Idol’ contestant goes to hospital after show¢ Mariah Carey surpasses Elvis in No. 1 songs
Clinton Lake dam gets 5-year checkup
Outside engineers brought in to examine every aspect of reservoir’s embankment
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
The small stream of water made a garden hose-like hiss as it forced its way under the steel gate and into the nearly 700-foot tunnel that is the closest thing Lawrence has to a massive cannon. The constant spray provided an ominous hint of what lay on the other side.
New types of roses are low-maintenance projects
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
If you ask me about growing roses, I will tell you that there are really only two types of roses: those that require a lot of care and those that do not. I consent to the fact that there are more classifications, but all roses can really be grouped into those two categories.
Studies find gene tied to smoking dependency
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
Scientists say they have pinpointed a genetic link that makes people more likely to get hooked on tobacco, causing them to smoke more cigarettes, making it harder to quit, and leading more often to deadly lung cancer.
KU routs Saint Mary
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak and defeated Saint Mary, 13-0, on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Kansas No. 10 pro-business state
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kansas is ranked in another top 10, and this time it has nothing to do with basketball.
KU softball splits
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s softball team split a pair of games against Creighton on Wednesday.
Self snub
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I can appreciate that the big story this week, at least in the newspaper, is Kansas University basketball vs. Roy. What I don’t understand is why the basketball team and Coach Self don’t seem to be getting equal press, (above the fold) and that daddy Dean’s influence on the decision five years ago is overlooked.
FSHS meeting on tap
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Free State High will have a meeting at 7 p.m. today for any players (and their parents) interested in playing football for the Firebirds this fall.
Seabury falls at home
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Seabury Academy’s girls soccer squad lost its season opener Wednesday at Youth Sports Inc.
American League Roundup: K.C., Bannister baffle Tigers
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
If Brian Bannister were a lefty, people would call him crafty. Instead, he’ll have to settle for effective.
Crean takes over at Indiana
Ex-Marquette coach calls IU post No. 1 in country
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Tom Crean couldn’t say “no” when Indiana offered him the coaching job.
Sexist ‘style’
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Last Saturday, my wife and I stopped in for lunch at our favorite Kansas City restaurant on the Plaza. As we were seated, the hostess told me I would need to remove my baseball cap.
Boy, 12, kills man who was attacking his mother
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A 12-year-old boy fatally slashed a man who was attacking his mother at the boarding house where they lived, authorities said.
FSHS sweeps SM East
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
That incessant whizzing sound Shawnee Mission East’s softball team kept hearing Wednesday afternoon must have been awfully obnoxious.
Dodgers coach Bowa suspended three games
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa was suspended for three games and fined by the commissioner’s office Wednesday following a wild argument.
New coal-plant bill emerges in Senate
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
A new bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas emerged Wednesday in the Senate, and legislators prepared for another round of debate on energy policy.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino will throw the first pitch at the Kansas City Royals’ home opener Tuesday.
Hawk House’ benefit scheduled tonight
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C2
Kansas University’s Habitat chapter will stage “Lawrence Act! Speak! Build!” from 8 p.m. to midnight today at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.
Cards’ sellout streak ends at 165 games
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
The St. Louis Cardinals’ regular-season sellout streak ended at 165 games Wednesday night with an announced attendance of 39,915 in 51-degree weather for a game against the Colorado Rockies.
Our town sports
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Information about local sports.
McNamee plans to sell Clemens memorabilia
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Brian McNamee was planning to dump all his mementos of his relationship with Roger Clemens.
Charges filed in child sex crime
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
A 34-year-old Lawrence man was charged Wednesday with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Baldwin City woman wins $20,000 on lottery ticket
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Two doughnuts and a winning lottery ticket, please. Cindy Sesker, 33, of Baldwin City, treated herself and a co-worker to a doughnut Saturday at Santa Fe Market Inc., a convenience store in Baldwin City.
National League Roundup: Brewers’ Suppan checks Cubs
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jeff Suppan held Chicago to two runs and six hits in 61â3 innings.
Wetlands fundraiser concerts planned
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
KU Environs is sponsoring two benefit concert that will raise money to help maintain a highway-free Baker Wetlands.
Ex-Jayhawks firmly in Tar Heels’ corner Saturday
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Jerod Haase, who has worked at the University of North Carolina for five seasons, still has great affection for his alma mater, Kansas University.
Commodities
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures closed higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery jumped 41.5 cents to $9.365; May corn added 11.75 cents to $5.9575; May oats rose 9 cents to $3.97; May soybeans gained 32 cents to $12.43.
Nebraska rewards Sadler
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Doc Sadler received a two-year contract extension on Wednesday after coaching Nebraska to its first 20-win season in nine years.
It’s time to file, even if you usually don’t
Income tax deadline April 15
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
April 15 is nearly here, and you know what that means: You’ve got to get moving if you haven’t already filed your tax return.
Jayhawks ‘at an even keel’ upon arrival in Texas
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Strumming a guitar, a guy wearing a black cowboy hat, jacket, slacks and spurs serenaded Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches to the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” as the Jayhawks streamed off shuttle buses into the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Best year ever?
Success in 2007-08 just the beginning of juggernaut, KU A.D. says
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Rodrick Stewart watched the Orange Bowl as a big Kansas University football fan on Jan. 3. But after seeing the Jayhawks beat Virginia Tech, 24-21, Stewart’s feelings of elation soon subsided. They were replaced with a bit of anxiety.
Keegan: Sarcastic answers for Self
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Final Four news conferences are piped across the nation on television, so more than just the players need to be at the tops of their games. Don’t count on it. A guide for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on how to answer questions that could surface this weekend in San Antonio:
Politician proposes toad-hunting day
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
An Australian politician on Wednesday proposed designating a special day for residents to hunt and kill what he called one of the world’s most disgusting creatures: the poisonous cane toad.
Bernanke acknowledges ‘a recession is possible’
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Ben Bernanke knows a recession when he sees one, and he’s starting to sound like that’s just what he expects to see.
Details of Taser incident emerge
Man suspected of having head injury shocked three times, died soon after
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
It started as a call to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office late Saturday night for help in getting medical attention to a 59-year-old employee at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant, officials said Wednesday.
Showbiz: A world without shame
April 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
In a world without shame, the search for absolution takes on curious forms. And it gets more curious with each passing year. Faced with a fiasco in the shape of Gennifer Flowers, candidate Bill Clinton and his then-unknown wife appeared on “60 Minutes” to tell their stories. That was so 1992.
Military paying same price at the pump as drivers in US
April 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
Think you’re being gouged by Big Oil? U.S. troops in Iraq are paying almost as much as Americans back home, despite burning fuel at staggering rates in a war to stabilize a country known for its oil reserves.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
State Rep. Jessie Branson thanked the Lawrence community for its support of the Warm Hearts emergency heating program she and the Rev. Al Bramble had instituted. The drive had raised nearly $72,000 in contributions.
Economic woes will force culture shift
April 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
“The central conservative truth,” Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”