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Archive for Saturday, March 1, 2008

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6:00 a.m.
ESPN's College GameDay cast, at center from left, Rece Davis, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps visit between tapings while the KU men's basketball team has a shoot-around before practice Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. The ESPN crew will air two GameDay shows live from the Fieldhouse today before the KU-K-State game at 8 p.m. ESPN crew broadcasting from KU as Jayhawks host Wildcats
February 29, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The doors of Allen Fieldhouse swing open at 8 a.m. today for ESPN College GameDay, but the line begins forming earlier. Students hoping to be spotted by their parents watching at home want first crack at prime air-time positions. The event is free to the public, and there is open seating in the east stands for the morning portion of the show. An ESPN SportsCenter tease airs at 9 a.m., and the live show airs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Wesley Bonner and his wife, Sara, cradle their new baby girl, Piper Ellen, who was born on leap day at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Piper weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces and is 18 inches long. Area parents welcome babies born with unusual birthdays
March 1, 2008 in print edition on 1B
The chances are one in about 1,500, but on Friday three baby girls joined the special population of people born on leap day, Feb. 29. It was a long-anticipated day for a Lawrence couple who welcomed their baby and Lawrence’s first 2008 leap day baby at 8:19 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Piper Ellen Bonner, 5 pounds 8 ounces, has been presented with a novel birthday, one that won’t happen every year.
12:00 p.m.
Marble artist Mark Matthews demonstrates his craft Friday at Marble Crazy in Bonner Springs. Matthews made his "Super Jetson 3" marble at the eighth annual show. Glass artists shine in Bonner Springs
March 1, 2008 in print edition on 3B
Glass art of every imaginable color and shape is on display in Bonner Springs this weekend. The eighth annual Marble Crazy show kicked off Friday with marble-making demonstrations at Moon Marble Co., 600 E. Front St. The event attracted a few hundred guests by late afternoon. Glass artist Mark Matthews, who gave a one-hour demonstration making his “Super Jetson 3” marble, seemed to draw the biggest crowd.
7:30 p.m.
Jayhawk fans go wild as the cameras pan the crowd during a taping of ESPN's College Gameday from James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Students were let in around 8 a.m. Best served cold: KU exacts revenge on KSU in 88-74 Fieldhouse thumping
5:42 p.m., March 1, 2008 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Revenge came quick and hard in Allen Fieldhouse, as Kansas University may have officially busted out of its February mini-slump with an 88-74 thumping of Kansas State Saturday night. KU withstood a 39-point, 11-rebound barrage from K-State standout freshman Michael Beasley with a deep, balanced effort, points coming from several reliable sources. Brandon Rush led the Jayhawks with 21points, including a 5-of-9 showing from long-range. As a team, the Jayhawks hit 11 of their 23 three-point attempts.

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Best served cold: KU exacts revenge on KSU in 88-74 Fieldhouse thumping
05:42 p.m., March 1, 2008 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Revenge came quick and hard in Allen Fieldhouse, as Kansas University may have officially busted out of its February mini-slump with an 88-74 thumping of Kansas State Saturday night. KU withstood a 39-point, 11-rebound barrage from K-State standout freshman Michael Beasley with a deep, balanced effort, points coming from several reliable sources. Brandon Rush led the Jayhawks with 21points, including a 5-of-9 showing from long-range. As a team, the Jayhawks hit 11 of their 23 three-point attempts.
KU drops fourth straight, falling 51-42 at ISU
March 1, 2008
Senior Taylor McIntosh led KU in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and also ripped down 16 rebounds. Freshman Krysten Boogaard also had seven boards, as KU won that battle, 41-29. But an 0-for-8 showing from three-point range hurt Bonnie Henrickson’s club, as did 17 turnovers.
Man drowns at Lone Star Lake
03:11 p.m., March 1, 2008 Updated 05:03 p.m.
One man is dead after a fishing outing on Lone Star Lake turned tragic.
Author of Holocaust memoir admits hoax
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Almost nothing Misha Defonseca wrote about herself or her horrific childhood during the Holocaust was true. She didn’t live with a pack of wolves to escape the Nazis. She didn’t trek 1,900 miles across Europe in search of her deported parents, nor kill a German soldier in self-defense. She’s not even Jewish.
Construction finished on world’s largest scientific instrument
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A6
Engineers on Friday fitted the last major piece into what they say will be the world’s largest scientific instrument - a nuclear particle accelerator in a 17-mile tunnel under the Swiss-French border.
Thriving drug trade grim sign of how far Afghanistan has slid
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Taliban have built a huge and profitable drug operation in Afghanistan while provincial governors look the other way, the latest grim sign of backsliding in a country the U.S. has spent six years and billions of dollars trying to salvage.
Bite-mark expert’s testimony under attack
Forensic specialist’s analysis proves false in 2 murder cases, possibly many more
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
At a small-town courthouse in one of rural Mississippi’s poorest counties, Dr. Michael West swore under oath that a dead girl had bite marks all over her body and that they were made by the two front teeth of the man charged with murdering her.
Scouting news
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D3
Boy Scout Troop 59, chartered to First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, went skiing Jan. 17 at Snow Creek near Weston, Mo.
Military news
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D3
Army Spc. Cecil Lee Parker has returned to Alaska after being deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier is assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion, a subordinate unit of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Anchorage.
Area parents welcome babies born with unusual birthdays
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
The chances are one in about 1,500, but on Friday three baby girls joined the special population of people born on leap day, Feb. 29. It was a long-anticipated day for a Lawrence couple who welcomed their baby and Lawrence’s first 2008 leap day baby at 8:19 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Piper Ellen Bonner, 5 pounds 8 ounces, has been presented with a novel birthday, one that won’t happen every year.
Longtime KU donor Bud Weir, 86, dies
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University alumnus and longtime KU supporter, Ralph L. “Bud” Weir Jr., 86, died Wednesday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Neufeld: Gov. may hurt shot at NBAF
House speaker says criticisms of president’s budget could hinder state’s chances to win $450M lab
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said Friday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ criticisms of President Bush’s fiscal proposals could hurt Kansas’ efforts to land a national security laboratory. “I’m worried about what that might do” to Kansas in the contest to win the $450 million National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said.
Westar volunteers to cut CO2 emissions
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas’ largest electric company volunteered Friday to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, signing the first such agreement between a utility and the state. The agreement between Westar Energy Inc. and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment doesn’t set specific emissions targets. But the utility committed itself to measuring greenhouse gases and looking for ways to lower them.
Firebirds never close in sub-state loss
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
It was apparent early on that the scoreboard would not matter. In a game where athleticism and experience won out over size and youth, No. 1 seed Olathe South jumped to a 14-point lead and ran away from the fifth-seeded Free State girls basketball team, 60-39, Friday at Lawrence High.
KU football great Gale Sayers in town for book signing
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Gale Sayers, the greatest football player in Kansas University history, returns to campus today to sign his new book, “Sayers: My Life and Times,” from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the KU Bookstores on the second floor in the Kansas Union.
In like a Lion
LHS caps February with state berth
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Reaching the state tournament was more than just a lofty goal for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team this season. It had been an expectation for more than three months. Now, it’s a reality. Friday night, No. 2 seed Lawrence gritted out a 39-34 victory against No. 3 Olathe Northwest on the Lions’ home floor to claim the sub-state championship players had coveted all year.
GameDay guys gush over KU
Recent struggles don’t hurt team’s luster, Bilas says
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C3
If you’re looking for Rece Davis in Lawrence this afternoon, your best bet is to post up east of the Kansas University campus. “The Wang Burger at The Wheel, can’t miss it,” the host of ESPN College GameDay said of the famous ground beef morsel topped with fried egg, cheese and bacon. “I’ll be doing that at some point.”
K-State rematch tonight
Robinson hopes for instant classic
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
ESPN’s Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis, Rece Davis and Digger Phelps sat in director’s chairs Friday afternoon in the southeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse, filming a promo for today’s morning and evening GameDay telecasts. Watching the proceedings while stretching and shooting baskets at the other end of the court were Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches, their eyes wide open to the reason the cable TV giants are in town.
Keegan: Start day right, with flapjacks
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Lawrence resident Melissa Arnett’s father, Walter “Wolf” Montgomery, died Jan. 14, 2007. A group of her father’s friends pooled money for a memorial fund in his name and asked Arnett to choose the benefactor. It wasn’t until Arnett read in the newspaper about the 58th Pancake Day, put on by the American Legion to raise funds for Post 14’s baseball uniforms, that Arnett knew where the money needed to go.
KU softball on road - again
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s road-weary softball team will conclude its monthlong travels this weekend at the Southern Illinois Invitational.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s football team will open two of its practices to the public this spring, not including the April 12 spring game at Memorial Stadium.
HINU women in league finals
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team avenged a pair of double-digit losses to Oklahoma Wesleyan on Friday and has advanced to the finals of the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference Tournament.
Vandy handcuffs Jayhawks
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Vanderbilt starting pitcher Mike Minor held the Jayhawks to just three hits, while the Commodore offense played small ball against Kansas starting pitcher Nick Czyz to post a 7-1 victory over the Jayhawks on Friday in the first game of the Music City Classic at Hawkins Field.
Tonganoxie man killed in highway collision
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Tonganoxie man has been identified as the person who was killed Thursday night in a collision on U.S. Highway 24-40 just east of the city limits.
Jayhawks in 4th
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team stands in fourth place after Day Three of the Big 12 championships.
Baldwin boys ousted
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
Kansas City Ward nudged Baldwin, 47-45, in a Class 4A boys basketball sub-state semifinal on Friday night.
End of presidency will not be the end of Putin’s influence
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
When Vladimir Putin was elected president in 2000, Russian television was a rough-and-tumble place, broadcasting fierce debates and biting satire. One by one, those programs were taken off the air.
Patients’ plea for restraining order denied
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
A federal judge on Friday said an advocacy group for chronic pain patients has no standing to sue on behalf of patients of a Kansas doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers.
Execution approved for Saddam cousin ‘Chemical Ali’
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Saddam Hussein henchman known as “Chemical Ali” for gassing thousands of Kurdish civilians is due to hang within the month, following the endorsement of his death sentence Friday by Iraq’s presidential council.
Afghanistan deployment gave prince chance to be ‘normal’
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D7
Prince Harry wanted to be “one of the lads,” an ordinary soldier sharing risk and hardship with his men. For 10 weeks, he got his wish - and that may be enough to advance his career in the military.
HBO format allows Carlin to speak freely
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D7
Every time it seems safe to file George Carlin in the ‘70s nostalgia bin, he comes out with another best-selling book or hit stand-up special. The man who explored the seven words you can’t say on television returns with “George Carlin: It’s Bad for Ya” (9 p.m. Saturday, HBO), a roundup of observations on life and absurdity, including the advantages of getting old and the apparent failure of the self-esteem movement.
Bill inspired by sealed abortion case approved
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday limiting courts’ power to seal documents and close hearings, a measure inspired by two sealed, abortion-related lawsuits before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Southern women’s roles examined in ‘Cover of Life’
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D5
In Lawrence Community Theatre’s “The Cover of Life,” three young women in rural Mississippi - Tood, Weetsie and Sybil - have married the three Cliffert brothers, who promptly enlisted in the World War II military.
Pump patrol
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.07 at several locations.
Simons: KU puts best foot forward in recruiting prospective student
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
What kind of a job does Kansas University do in telling its story to students considering coming to Mount Oread for their college education? Based on an experience this writer had last week, KU does a great job. Granted, those who did the “selling” and visiting with this particular potential student were senior members of the university’s administrative staff.
Huge Democratic fundraising gives GOP reason to worry, regardless
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
For Republicans, watching Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama fight for supremacy in fundraising is not just a spectator sport. It is a look into the future, and the GOP isn’t cheering. Obama and Clinton together raked in as much as seven times as much cash in February as John McCain, the all-but-certain Republican nominee.
KU hits road for ISU
Jayhawks smarting from coach’s rips
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Bonnie Henrickson threw her Kansas University women’s basketball players under the bus the other night. Henrickson, now in her fourth season as the Jayhawks’ coach, made little effort to hide her displeasure following Wednesday’s 57-53 home loss to Texas.
Court sets April 8 to hear arguments in Tiller case
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday it will hear arguments April 8 in three cases challenging subpoenas from a Sedgwick County grand jury for patient records from Dr. George Tiller’s Wichita abortion clinic.
3 school finance proposals fail, creating uncertainty
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Three school finance proposals failed in the House in two days, raising uncertainty about where members stand on education funding issues.
Tolerance clears way for religious exploration
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
Just below the text there was a Google ad inviting me to take a quiz. “Christian? Jewish? Muslim? Atheist? See which Religion is Right for You.”
NBA Roundup
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C4
Scores from around the league.
EPA explains denial of Calif. greenhouse gas waiver
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday justified blocking California from cracking down on auto emissions by saying global warming isn’t unique to the state.
Spiritual homecoming
New Ninth Street Missionary Baptist leader has roots in Lawrence
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D1
For the Rev. Delmar White, coming home meant coming full circle. All the way back around to the place he used to hang out with neighborhood children, where his best friend held the attention of hundreds every week and where he came to say farewell to his mother. Full circle to Lawrence. Full circle to Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church.
Glass artists shine in Bonner Springs
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
Glass art of every imaginable color and shape is on display in Bonner Springs this weekend. The eighth annual Marble Crazy show kicked off Friday with marble-making demonstrations at Moon Marble Co., 600 E. Front St. The event attracted a few hundred guests by late afternoon. Glass artist Mark Matthews, who gave a one-hour demonstration making his “Super Jetson 3” marble, seemed to draw the biggest crowd.
Three nominees for county judge have KU ties
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Three people have been nominated to fill the Douglas County District Court judicial vacancy that was created by the appointment of Stephen Six as Kansas’ attorney general.
Kansas claims 3 league titles
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kansas University seniors Egor Agafonov, Crystal Manning and Kate Sultanova became Big 12 champions in their respective events during day one Friday of the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Faith Forum: How does a person know if he or she is called into the clergy?
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D1
The Bible gives us many examples of people who were called by God. In the Old Testament, God called Moses in flames of fire from within a bush. Samuel heard the voice of God calling him before he was about to go to bed. What about the prophets like Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah?
Ricin found in Las Vegas motel poses mystery to investigators
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Firearms and an “anarchist type textbook” were found in the same motel room where several vials of the deadly toxin ricin was found, police said Friday.
Turkey withdraws troops after 8-day offensive
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
Truckloads of weary and unshaven Turkish troops returned Friday from Iraq as Turkey ended an eight-day cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels, meeting U.S. demands for a quick campaign.
New camps help kids shed weight, gain skills
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D8
When Tony Sparber started running weight-loss camps 30 years ago, the campers were mostly teenage girls, 100 pounds plus overweight. The menu consisted of food like liver, fish and alfalfa sprouts and the exercise was running and sit-ups. The goal was to lose as much weight in as short amount of time as possible.
Faith briefs
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D8
Religion briefs from around Lawrence.
Women lawmakers set global record
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
A record number of women are serving in parliaments around the world this year, but they aren’t even halfway to achieving equality with men in national legislative bodies, the Inter-Parliamentary Union said Friday.
Korean War records to be shared with US
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
A window has opened for families of the 8,100 American servicemen missing since the Korean War, with China agreeing on Friday to allow access to sensitive military records - but only to Chinese researchers at first.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
The city approved leasing office space in the proposed new First National Bank building.
Bush’s brother guest of Moon-founded group
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Neil Bush, younger brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, called on Paraguay’s president as the guest of a business federation founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Liquid assets
China compounds its questionable Olympic Games salesmanship by encountering a massive pure water problem.
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
The closer China gets to hosting the Olympic Games, the more one has to wonder how in the world the selection committee let itself get scammed into awarding the sports extravaganza to Beijing. There were other notably eager venues bidding for the August events, and they had nothing resembling the distractions surfacing in China.
On the record
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:
U.S. foreign policy needs break from past
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
Back in 1991, when Bill Clinton was running for president, he came to talk with the Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board. After wonkish discussions of domestic issues, I asked him about the Middle East. He started talking and wouldn’t stop, even as his handlers dragged him to the elevator and his car. Clearly, he was new to foreign affairs; his ramble indicated he hadn’t yet mastered the big picture even as he reveled in the details.
Linwood girl shot in head has surgery
Police seeking help to locate where bullet originated
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
A Linwood-area girl went into surgery Friday afternoon, as the investigation into who shot her continues. Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner said Friday that detectives hope to determine what direction a bullet came from that struck 5-year-old Katherine Cook in the head. Officials have said they believe the shooting could be accidental and are seeking the public’s help in unraveling the mystery.
AG refuses to order grand jury probe
Pelosi to pursue lawsuit against former White House aides Miers, Bolten
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to refer the House’s contempt citations against two of President Bush’s top aides to a federal grand jury. Mukasey said White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers committed no crime.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
Many local groups gathered to say farewell to the popular Korean War era television show, “M*A*S*H,” which ended with a 2.5-hour special watched across the nation, and particularly on the Kansas University campus by a self-styled group called Mashies.
Santana roughed up in Mets debut
Bedard also struggles, allows three runs in first start
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C5
Johan Santana and Erik Bedard definitely showed something in their debuts for new teams: Even baseball’s best pitchers need time to tune up in spring training.
Lions trying to keep run alive
Victory tonight would send LHS to state tourney
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
Minutes after a jubilant Lawrence High boys basketball team emerged from the visiting locker room with a first round sub-state upset victory over Leavenworth High on Thursday night, Lions point guard Dorian Green waxed nostalgic. He remembered the first day of tryouts little more than three months ago.
Boeing loses out in $35 billion deal
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
In a stunning upset, Boeing Co. lost out to Northrop Grumman Corp. and the maker of Airbus planes on Friday in the battle to win a $35 billion contract to build military refueling planes for the Air Force.
Veteran bowlers head to 6A state
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
Competing in the Class 6A state bowling championships is nothing new for most of the members of the state-bound Free State High boys and the Lawrence High girls teams.
Meche helps Kansas City trip San Diego, 13-9
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C5
Shawn Estes was roughed up in his first big-league outing in nearly two years, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Diego Padres, 13-9, on Friday.
Four fired from station claim age discrimination
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
Four former deejays have filed age-discrimination complaints naming Kansas City radio station KYYS-FM.
Coaching legend injured
UCLA’s Wooden breaks wrist, collarbone
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C2
John Wooden broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall, leaving the former UCLA basketball coach hospitalized Friday.
China airport terminal sets size record
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A6
China inaugurated the largest airport terminal in the world on Friday, a soaring golden-roofed structure evoking a flying dragon, after a race to finish it to cope with the expected deluge of visitors to the Beijing Summer Olympics.
Eagles land CB Samuel
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Philadelphia Eagles landed what was considered the biggest prize in this year’s NFL free-agent sweepstakes.
Fatal shark bite off Bahamas draws attention to thrill diving
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
Ask any shark diver why they do it and the answer is quick and simple: the thrill. From Cape Town to California, Florida and the Bahamas, adventurous divers can slip into the ocean with an experienced guide to observe some of the world’s fiercest predators.
Stocks slump: Dow falls 300 points
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
U.S. stocks plunged on Friday, diving toward declines for both the week and the month of February after massive losses by American International Group Inc. shook Wall Street and poor results from Dell Inc. rocked the tech sector.
Horoscopes
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D7
Your drive soars and evolves to become your path to success this year. Even in the face of “no,” you find another end to the same results. Your creativity keeps bubbling forth. If you are single and you’re ready to give up that status, you could meet that special, long-fantasized-about person. If you are attached, at times romance blends with disagreements.
Jailer arrested, accused of sex with inmate
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Reno County jail deputy is accused of having consensual sex with a female inmate in a cell.
Report: GM wanted to fire Atlanta coach Woodson
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C4
Mike Woodson apparently will have the chance to finish out the season with the Atlanta Hawks despite reported efforts by general manager Billy Knight to fire the coach.
In oil-rich Alaska, residents struggle to pay their heating bills
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
One of the cruelest ironies of living in Alaska is this: The state is awash in oil money, but many residents of remote villages are struggling to heat their homes because of fuel bills that are two or three times the national average.
Commentary: Kentucky’s Gillispie does good deeds
UK fans might want to consider more than wins, losses of first-year coach
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C2
Billy Gillispie’s move from College Station to the Bluegrass State has generated a laundry list of stories. Kentucky fans have read about his team’s preseason conditioning work, non-stop recruiting, his house purchase, his unsigned contract, his wearing a tie that wasn’t Wildcats blue, his team’s injuries, its stumbling start that included two stunning homecourt losses.
Former Polish president receives pacemaker
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Surgeons successfully implanted a pacemaker in former Polish President Lech Walesa on Friday and hope it will keep the Nobel laureate from needing a heart transplant.
Commodities
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
Agriculture futures mostly traded higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Although wheat for May delivery dropped 79 cents to $10.86, March corn gained 2.75 cents to $5.46. March oats added 75 cents to $4.22, and May soybeans climbed 24 cents to $15.365. Beef and pork futures fell on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Aquila sale moving closer to approval
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
Great Plains Energy Inc. this week announced that it had settled all issues in Kansas pertaining to the company’s pending acquisition of Aquila Inc., the latest step toward securing a new owner for Aquila’s Lawrence-based natural gas operations in Kansas.
Judge unseals Bonds testimony; old drug test showed elevated levels
March 1, 2008 in print edition on C5
A federal judge told prosecutors Friday to redraft their indictment of Barry Bonds and made public his grand jury testimony, revealing a previously unpublicized drug test from seven years ago that showed an elevated testosterone level.
Chaldean archbishop kidnapped
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
Gunmen abducted a Chaldean Catholic archbishop soon after he left Mass in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the latest in what church members called a series of attacks against Iraq’s small Christian community.
Outages blamed on human error
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
A power failure that plunged large parts of Florida into the dark this week was caused primarily by human error, the state’s largest electric company said Friday.
Van driver charged with identity theft
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Federal prosecutors filed identity theft charges Friday against a woman who was driving a van that crashed into a school bus in southwestern Minnesota, killing four students.
Resident seeks help in getting transplant
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
A Lawrence man is asking the community for help to raise thousands of dollars that will be spent to save his life. Arthur Turner, 61, a former Lawrence firefighter and court-appointed special advocate, needs to raise $175,000 for a second stem-cell transplant in his battle against multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects his blood and protein cells.
Investigative reporter confined to airport
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Moldovan investigative reporter who has been banned from Russia since December spent a third day stuck inside a Moscow airport terminal Friday after flying in with her new Russian husband.
Free advertising
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: How much more free advertising is the Journal-World going to provide for Kathleen Sebelius’ son John’s raunchy, prison-theme board game “Don’t Drop the Soap”?
Hair test can trace geographic moves
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Scientists have devised a way to determine roughly where a person has lived using a strand of hair, a technique that could help track the movements of criminal suspects or unidentified murder victims.
High-tech games
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: How comforting to learn that our wanna-be Clauswitzes are using their “critical-thinking skills’” to learn how to best defend and maybe even stabilize an oil-rich sand trap (“High-tech war games put premium on readiness,” Journal-World, Feb. 25).
Workshops will promote severe weather safety
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
Douglas County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service in Topeka will offer four severe weather workshops in the county in the next month.
Woman accused of trying to have husband killed
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
A southwest Kansas woman is facing charges that she tried to hire someone to kill her husband.
Take a hike! Fewer Americans get outdoors
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
It’s windy. Rain is imminent. The path is muddy. But Patricia Zaradic is loving it all. What’s important is that she is out in nature, a place her research tells her fewer and fewer Americans are heading.
Treasury secretary not big fan of the penny, would like to end it
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
A penny for your thoughts? Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson thinks the answer to that question should be not much. In fact, if he had his way, he would like to get rid of the penny.
Plan chill-proof outfits for children for extra-early easter date
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D1
The picture-perfect moment of children in their Easter best probably takes many more moments of compromise.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 1, 1908: “In Indiana recently, the farmers helped the American automobile in the New York to Paris race but refused to help the foreign cars.
Man charged in relation to underage sex sting
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
Federal grand jury indictments were announced on Friday, charging a Missouri man with attempting to entice a child into having sex.
Bush aide resigns over plagiarism
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
A White House official who served as President Bush’s middleman with conservatives and Christian groups resigned Friday after admitting to plagiarism. Twenty columns he wrote for an Indiana newspaper were determined to have material copied from other sources without attribution.
Israel warns Palestinians of ‘disaster’
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A6
Israel’s deputy defense minister warned of disaster in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian rocket fire grew more ominous Friday with an assault on an Israeli city. Gaza’s unbowed Hamas rulers promised to fight on.
House passes campaign finance bills
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Four campaign finance bills were approved Friday by the House after its Republican majority blocked a stronger Democratic proposal to require interest groups to disclose more information.
Club news
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D3
University Bridge Club announces results of its Feb. 23 meeting. Hosts were Mary and Dave Gaumer. Blue winners were Florence McNicoll, first; Rhetta Jo Noever, second; Ray Ikenberry, third; Marc Kuepker, fourth; and Walt Hicks, fifth. Pink winners were Donna Riehm, first; Alice Akin, second; Jo Anne Kready, third; Edna Galle, fourth; and Lois Liebert, fifth.
Around and about
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D3
Mark and Karen Overstreet, Nixa, Mo., announce the birth of their daughter Nora Cedar Overstreet, born Feb. 11 in Springfield, Mo. Nora’s maternal grandparents are Calvin and Shirley Spencer, Lawrence.
Buying silence
March 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: “Politics is a funny, sometimes dirty, raw business” (“Money Talks,” Journal-World, Feb. 24). Many of us would agree that Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s offer to give Kansas State University $2.5 million is, to say the least, “almost a bribe.” Isn’t it interesting, however, that the editors were silent when Baker University was offered $8.5 million to pretend there would be no environmental consequences to letting eight to 10 lanes of concrete cross the Wakarusa Wetlands!
Obama dismisses Clinton ad’s scare tactic
March 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Democrat Barack Obama accused rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday of trying to “play on people’s fears to scare up votes” with a television ad showing sleeping children and asking who would be more qualified to answer a national security emergency call at 3 a.m.
People in the news
March 1, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Winehouse cleared of witness tampering ¢ McCartney divorce ruling due March 17