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Archive for Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
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Spring game
Podcasts
Polls
Are you getting money back from your federal tax return?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
60%
No.
 
36%
I don’t know because I still haven’t completed my taxes.
 
2%
Total 519
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Blue team cornerback Kendrick Harper (24) looks to snag a fumble by White team running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson as he is trailed by linebacker James Holt. Harper ran the recovery in for the Blue team's first touchdown. The Blue team defeated the White team, 17-3, on Monday at Memorial Stadium. Spring slopfest
April 15, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Kansas University’s spring football game ended fittingly - a bullet pass by Todd Reesing down the middle of the field, right off Dezmon Briscoe’s hands and to the turf. An oopsie. One of many.
9:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Joshua York was tased by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper after the Kansas-North Carolina game on Saturday after he refused to throw away his glass beer bottle. York said the officer never explained that glass bottles weren't allowed downtown and that the situation could have been avoided with better communication. Tasing interrupts basketball celebration
April 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Joshua York was ready to celebrate. Kansas University’s men’s basketball team had just defeated North Carolina in the Final Four, and he was heading to downtown Lawrence to join the crowd. But his chance to join the approximately 20,000 Jayhawk fans on Massachusetts Street ended quickly April 5 when he was tased twice by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on hand to assist Lawrence police with crowd control.
1:00 p.m.
Kathi Firns-Hubert, of Lawrence, raises her tax return overhead as she hustles through gauntlet of local residents gathered to cheer on last-minute tax filers at the downtown post office in Lawrence in this file photo. The tax day tradition, now more than 20 years strong, includes a performance by the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band in the post office. More filers going online
April 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
For two decades, they’ve been procrastinators’ best friends on Tax Day. They are the musicians and cloggers who lighten the mood at the Lawrence post office, 645 Vt., for those rushing in, as late as midnight, to send off their tax returns.
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Kitty Gray is pictured on the playground of Hillcrest School named after her son, Ryan Gray, who died in 1990 of a brain tumor. Ryan was adopted as the unofficial mascot of the 1988 Kansas University national championship basketball team. Gray matters
April 15, 2008 in print edition on 1C
The accomplishments of the 1988 Kansas University basketball team ensured names such as Danny Manning and Larry Brown were placed into the annals of Jayhawks lore. But another name became just as synonymous with that national championship team to the people of Lawrence.

All stories

6News video: Judge allows past sex-crime conviction as evidence in case
April 15, 2008
A judge made the decision that a past sex-crime conviction can be brought up in the trial of a man accused of exposing himself to West Junior High students in December.
6News video: Tax day burden eased with entertainment
April 15, 2008
Tax day can bring a lot of stress to Lawrence residents, but several entertainers at the downtown post office are hoping to relieve some of that tension.
6News video: City leaders concerned with road work
April 15, 2008
With a full plate of road work scheduled in Lawrence, city leaders are shifting their priorities to make it less of a headache for you.
6News video: Biosolids used as fertilizer
April 15, 2008
Over the past week, farmers have been reaping the benefits of our waste. Enough biosolids are being used to cover 150 football fields as they are being spread on crop land.
6News video: Governor receives second coal plant bill
April 15, 2008
Governor Kathleen Sebelius has received a second bill allowing coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
6News video: KU’s athletic achievements hard to ignore
April 15, 2008
It’s been hard to ignore KU this year. Athletic achievements - like the Orange Bowl victory and the NCAA National Championship in men’s basketball - have put KU in the national spotlight and ramped up school spirit.
6News video: Security camera photo of robbery suspect released
April 15, 2008
Lawrence police release a security camera photo of a gunman who robbed the Glass house Liquor Store last week.
6News video: Edwardsville City Council votes in favor of casino
April 15, 2008
The Edwardsville City Council votes to allow a huge casino-resort project along I-70, just south of the Kansas Speedway.
6News video: Annexation request sent to County Commission
April 15, 2008
A developer’s request for annexation of 155 acres into the city of Lawrence is now in the hands of the Douglas County Commission.
6Sports video: KU softball squad hopes for top 4 seed
April 15, 2008
The Kansas softball team continues to tip-toe it’s way through the Big 12 Conference season. With 10 league games left on the schedule, the ‘Hawks find themselves in position to snag a top 4 seed in next month’s Big 12 Tournament.
6Sports video: Jayhawks top Baker Wildcats; Marciel out for season
April 15, 2008
The Kansas University baseball team defeated the Baker Wildcats by a final score of 11-6, but lose pitcher Wally Marciel for the season due to injury.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie High has a new boys basketball coach
April 15, 2008
Tonganoxie High has a new boys basketball coach. 1994 THS graduate Shawn Phillips takes over for David Walker.
6Sports video: Free State softball team catches a break from ‘Mother Nature’
April 15, 2008
A cold and stormy Spring has allowed the Free State softball team to play only five games so far this season.
6News video: Jayhawk sign in downtown Lawrence receives much attention
April 15, 2008
Ron and Jessica Schneider came up with the idea to make a post a ‘Mario For President’ sign in the 6th floor of the US Bank building to honor Mario Chalmers during Sunday’s parade.
6News Now: Second coal-burning power plant bill sent to governor
April 15, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Governor Kathleen Sebelius has received a second bill for coal-burning energy plants, which observers expect her to veto.
Woodlawn music program canceled
April 15, 2008
Woodlawn School has canceled the kindergarten through second-grade music program for today due to a staff member’s illness.
Frontline’ examines global healthcare
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
“Frontline: Sick Around the World” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) looks at the healthcare debate from a different perspective.
People in the news
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Swift, Pickler among CMT award winners¢ Rowling testifies in copyright case¢ Rumsfeld memoir due in 2010¢ Blanchett gives birth to third son
For drying clothes, it’s all on the line
Conserving energy, lengthening life of clothes among benefits
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Katherine “KH” Harris likes the smell and feel of clothes that have been hung to dry outside. She likes knowing that drying clothes on a line requires no electricity or natural gas and that her clothes last longer when air-dried. She likes all these things so much that she chooses to live without a dryer.
New law creates riverfront authority
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday signed into law a bill that establishes the De Soto-Johnson County Riverfront Authority.
Standoff suspect charged with battery
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
A misdemeanor charge of domestic battery was filed Monday against a Lawrence man who allegedly kept police in a standoff for more than eight hours Sunday.
Pharmacy support
Additional state funding should allow Kansas University to better meet an important state health care need.
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Perhaps the best news Kansas University has gotten from the Kansas Legislature this year was approval of $50 million to expand the KU School of Pharmacy.
Tasing interrupts basketball celebration
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Joshua York was ready to celebrate. Kansas University’s men’s basketball team had just defeated North Carolina in the Final Four, and he was heading to downtown Lawrence to join the crowd. But his chance to join the approximately 20,000 Jayhawk fans on Massachusetts Street ended quickly April 5 when he was tased twice by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on hand to assist Lawrence police with crowd control.
Woodling: Hoops dream remains
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Has it really been a week? How many of you woke up last Tuesday morning with a start, wondering if it had all been a dream?
Pope’s visit likely to focus on matters of substance, not style
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
In an era saturated with entertainment and politics, a key question looms as Pope Benedict XVI arrives Tuesday in Washington: Is his style too dense to get Americans’ attention?
Groups offering HIV tests this week
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
College-age students increasingly risk contracting HIV, but many don’t want to confront that uncomfortable fact, according to 15 Seconds, a student group at Kansas University.
FSHS tennis rolls, 12-0
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Whether it was attempting a return shot between the legs or chiming in on a conversation held by the crowd, Free State High’s boys tennis squad had to find some way to make Monday’s dual against Olathe South a little more exciting.
Obama rhetoric demeans working class
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Barack Obama may be exactly what his supporters suppose him to be. Not, however, for reasons most Americans will celebrate.
Horoscopes
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
Expand your horizons personally or professionally this year. Newfound precision teams up with a lot of drive. When you are focused, you could be hard to stop.
Double Take: Lawrence teacher shares perspective on school district’s handling of IEPs
April 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dr. Wes and Julia: I’m a local teacher, and I’ve read Double Take since its inception. I’ve been impressed by the range of topics that you’ve tackled and the balance of your perspectives. I appreciate that you provide a strong voice and valuable service to Lawrence’s adolescents, parents and educators.
Delta, Northwest agree to combine
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., squeezed by record high fuel prices and a slowing economy, are combining in a stock-swap deal that would create the world’s biggest carrier.
Lawmakers demand Iraq pay its own way
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s financial free ride may be over.
Blockbuster offers $1B for Circuit City
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Blockbuster Inc., which has been busy trying to fix its own movie-rental business, is making a hostile takeover bid of just over $1 billion for Circuit City Stores Inc. with dreams of creating a huge chain that would sell electronic gadgets and rent movies and games.
Commentary: Subway slump: N.Y. teams staggering
So far, all that money not buying victories for Yankees, Mets
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Mets and Yankees have spent a combined $346,874,953 on ballplayers for the 2008 season. So far, this is what it has gotten them: going into Monday night, 11 wins, 13 losses, third place in the National League East and the basement in the American League East.
Berlusconi wins third stint as leader
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi won a decisive victory Monday in Italy’s parliamentary election, setting the colorful conservative and staunch U.S. ally on course to his third stint as premier.
Missouri man faces child rape charges
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A 36-year-old Columbia, Mo., man has been brought back to Douglas County to face charges of child rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Brigade stumbles at end
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Travis LaTendresse caught Russ Michna’s 15-yard TD pass with six seconds remaining, lifting Chicago past Kansas City in Arena Football on Monday night.
Homicide investigated at rehabilitation center
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Police Monday were investigating the death of a 48-year-old resident at Bonner Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as a homicide.
Mexico violence prompts travel alert
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
The State Department on Monday issued a new travel alert warning of rising violence in northern Mexico, but stopped short of suggesting that Americans avoid traveling in the border region.
Saving for retirement takes pressure off kids
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
For years I’ve been telling my kids they better take care of me in my old age.
Renowned members of dance scene collaborate with KU performers for shows
April 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Works by a Lawrence-native choreographer and a well-known tap dancer will highlight performances this week by the University Dance Company at Kansas University.
Chiefs add returner, FB
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs on Monday signed return specialist B.J. Sams to a one-year contract and fullback Chris Manderino to a two-year deal.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Decked out in KU gear, incoming running back Jocques Crawford watched the spring game Monday from the stands.
Commodities
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures mostly traded higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
KSU freshmen declare for draft
Beasley going pro; Walker eligible but may withdraw
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
After putting together one of the best freshman seasons ever, Michael Beasley is headed to the NBA.
Threats close colleges, schools in Midwest
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A message scrawled in a university bathroom - “Be prepared to die on 4/14” - left not just the college’s campus empty Monday, but also those of two adjoining high schools and a pair of nearby elementary schools.
Firebirds outhit Hawks, win 14-10
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Olathe East, the school that ended Free State High’s run of four straight Sunflower League baseball titles last season, came to town Monday night, and the Firebirds delivered the kind of performance that showed the Hawks they shouldn’t get too comfortable with the title of Sunflower League champions.
Small construction projects get go-ahead
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school board on Monday gave the green light to several small construction projects at area schools.
Pump patrol
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.16 at Fuel Stop, 2200 Harper St.
Suspect sentenced in firearms case
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man and a suspect in a Douglas County murder case was sentenced Monday to 63 months in federal prison in an unrelated firearms case.
Lions blank Ravens
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Funny that a starting pitcher named Tom Schuh should thrive on pulling the string on opposing hitters.
K-State president sends congratulations to KU
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Coach Self, on behalf of K-State, I want to congratulate you and your excellent 2007-2008 University of Kansas men’s basketball team for winning the NCAA championship.
Ignored effort
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Noticeably missing amidst the euphoria surrounding the recent national championship won by our Kansas Jayhawks was even a simple public “thank you” to the Kansas University band and Spirit Squad from the chancellor, the director of athletics or the head basketball coach.
Wall Street ends quiet Monday session lower
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Stocks finished a quiet session moderately lower Monday as investors grappled with concerns about the health of corporate profits after Wachovia Corp. posted disappointing quarterly results.
County ponders skylight repairs
Courthouse work may be $145,000
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Expensive options await the Douglas County Commission for repairing a leaky skylight and water damage caused to a beam and trusses in the 105-year-old courthouse.
Sect mothers forced to leave children
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Texas officials who took 416 children from a polygamist retreat into state custody sent many of their mothers away Monday, as a judge and lawyers struggled with a legal and logistical morass in one of the biggest child-custody cases in U.S. history.
K-State surpasses fundraising goal
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
Kansas State University and the KSU Foundation announced this week that $529 million had been contributed by 111,605 donors at the conclusion of the seven-year Changing Lives Campaign. The goal was $500 million.
Al-Sadr demands troops be rehired
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is demanding the Iraqi government reinstate all security forces fired for deserting during fighting in Basra.
Food costs rising at fast clip forces vendors to explain higher prices
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
The U.S. is wrestling with the worst food inflation in 17 years, and analysts expect new data due Wednesday to show it’s getting worse. That’s putting the squeeze on poor families and forcing bakeries, bagel shops and delis to explain price increases to their customers.
Long-term study shows diet benefits
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke.
Retail sales post modest gain in March
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Consumers, beset by a credit crunch, rising energy and food costs and a prolonged housing slump, boosted spending only slightly in March.
Ex-Westar executives try to avoid criminal charges
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
Attorneys for a former Westar Energy Inc. executive continued to seek records Monday that they say show that federal prosecutors coerced the utility into helping indict their client.
Carter defends talks with Hamas
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Former President Jimmy Carter defended his plan to meet with the top leader of the violently anti-Israel Hamas movement, saying Monday he hopes to become a conduit between the Islamic militant group and Washington and Israel.
Football Hawks
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I attended the parade Sunday and was in awe of the fantastic turnout for our national champion Kansas Jayhawks! Everyone there needs to be commended as the people, around us anyway, were polite and extremely nice. Not bad considering the amount of people there.
Gray matters
Young fan born with brain tumor willed Jayhawks to 1988 NCAA title
April 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
The accomplishments of the 1988 Kansas University basketball team ensured names such as Danny Manning and Larry Brown were placed into the annals of Jayhawks lore. But another name became just as synonymous with that national championship team to the people of Lawrence.
On the record
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
Authorities responded to reports of two shots fired in the 900 block of North 1950 Road about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to dispatch. A person apparently shot rounds in the direction of a neighbor, but there were no injuries, a dispatcher said. A report was taken, but authorities did not make contact with the person who fired the shots, the di
Spring slopfest
Players show rust at scrimmage
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s spring football game ended fittingly - a bullet pass by Todd Reesing down the middle of the field, right off Dezmon Briscoe’s hands and to the turf. An oopsie. One of many.
More filers going online
Post office to close at 5:30 p.m.
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
For two decades, they’ve been procrastinators’ best friends on Tax Day. They are the musicians and cloggers who lighten the mood at the Lawrence post office, 645 Vt., for those rushing in, as late as midnight, to send off their tax returns.
City’s waste not wasted
Biosolids used to fertilize area crops
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
It might be overstating it to say what is Lawrence’s trash is Roger Pine’s treasure. But the large piles of biosolids being dumped by the semitrailer load on the farmer’s corn fields last week definitely were appreciated.
Crime reports falling at KU
10 percent fewer incidents in 2007 than previous year
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The total number of crime reports to Kansas University’s Public Safety Office dropped 10 percent in 2007, according to figures released Monday.
KU to face Naismith’s alma mater
April 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
History buffs and basketball fans alike will pay heed to this matchup made in hoops heaven: Kansas University will open a two-day, three-game Labor Day trip to Canada with an exhibition against Montreal’s McGill University on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Carleton University’s gym in Ottawa, Ontario.
British journalist freed from captivity
April 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iraqi troops freed a kidnapped British journalist for CBS News on Monday after finding him hooded and bound in a house during a raid in a Shiite militia stronghold in Basra.