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6Sports video: LHS boys headed to state!
March 2, 2008
The Lawrence High boys basketball team is headed to the state tournament after narrowly defeating Olathe North by a final score of 50-48.
6News video: Local women speak out against email scams
March 2, 2008
A KU student is bilked out of more than $3,000 - another student almost loses thousands more. Two women are victims of scam artists operating out of Nigeria and other overseas countries - who prey on unsuspecting victims over the internet.
6News video: Two injured in house fire near Lecompton
March 2, 2008
Crews responded to a house fire on Highway 40 Saturday night. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, two women who lived in the home were taken to LMH for treatment.
6Sports video: Eudora girl’s hoops season over
March 2, 2008
The Eudora girl’s basketball season is over after a 62-44 loss to the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats.
6News video: Missouri man drowns at Lone Star Lake
March 2, 2008
A Pleasant Hill, Missouri man drowns Saturday afternoon after falling into the frigid water at Lone Star Lake.
6News video: Rock Chalk pride comes out for ESPN visit
March 2, 2008
The national spot light was shining on KU this weekend as ESPN hosted College GameDay live from Allen Fieldhouse. 6news reporter Cory Smith was on campus to see rock chalk pride at its best.
6News video: Learning through play
March 2, 2008
Banging sticks together while singing songs, getting familiar with the letter D, reading stories about going to the dentist - and it isn’t even noon yet. It’s been a busy morning for this group of four-year-olds who are part of the pre-kindergarten pilot program. In what might look like play, early childhood educators say there is lots of learning going on.
6News video: Local politicians look to ‘promote the vote’
March 2, 2008
Local politicians look to promote the vote - and to get Lawrence teens to register and learn about the election process.
6News video: Last Call shooting suspect back in Lawrence
March 2, 2008
The man arrested in Kentucky in connection with a shooting at a downtown Lawrence nightclub is back in Lawrence and now in the Douglas County Jail.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie girl’s basketball season finished
March 2, 2008
The Tonganoxie girl’s basketball season is over after a 67-52 loss to the Holton Wildcats.
6Sports video: K-State’s Beasley falls short of guarantee
March 2, 2008
Well it wasn’t decided in Africa - yet round one went to Kansas State just a little over a month ago. But on Saturday - with payback on their mind - the Kansas men officially welcomed Michael Beasley to Allen Fieldhouse.
6News video: Pastor returns home to lead services
March 2, 2008
A pastor returns home today to lead the Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Lawrence.
Warm weather short-lived
05:42 p.m., March 2, 2008 Updated 10:02 p.m.
The warm weather that spawned springtime longing Saturday and Sunday morning was short-lived, as the temperature dropped 18 degrees in about 40 minutes Sunday afternoon.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 88, Kansas State 74
March 2, 2008
Tying up loose ends from KU’s 88-74 victory over Kansas State, in which the stat sheet was filled with things worth mention on the Kansas side. What isn’t as visible, though, is the mixture of defense and crowd noise which helped take Kansas State out of its rhythm, compared to how KSU looked in downing KU in Manhattan on Jan. 30.
E-mail scam artists prey on trusting souls
KU student loses thousands of dollars
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s called the Nigerian scam, and it comes in many forms. But it’s more like a Nigerian nightmare for those who fall prey to the overly polite, poorly written e-mails and write checks for thousands of dollars. “I’m continually checking my bank account and my credit card because I have no idea what they are capable of,” said Meaghan Osa, a Kansas University senior from Denver.
Fisherman drowns on windy lake
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
A man died at Lone Star Lake just before 1 p.m. Saturday after falling into the frigid lake. The 67-year-old man from Illinois was in a small fishing boat with a 46-year-old man from Eudora. Douglas County was under a wind advisory until 4 p.m. Saturday, and wind gusts were reported up to 40 mph. The strong wind caused high waves that began to fill their boat with water, said Kari Wempe, the Douglas County Sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Ex-Congressman weighs U.S. Senate run
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Former Congressman Jim Slattery is interested again in running for the U.S. Senate.
Pump patrol
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.07 at several locations.
Improbably, Lions make state
Seventh-seeded Lawrence sweats out final seconds, stuns Olathe North
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
Who needs records, rankings and seedings, anyway? Certainly not this year’s Lawrence High boys basketball team. The seventh-seeded Lions defied the odds yet again Saturday night, busting the Class 6A sub-state bracket for a second straight game.
Take that, ‘Cats!
Jayhawks get even with KSU
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
Revenge, payback - whatever you want to call it - certainly is sweet. “Everybody was looking forward to this game since we lost at K-State. We didn’t like what happened at K-State,” Kansas University junior Brandon Rush declared after exploding for 21 points off 7-of-16 shooting (five of nine threes) in the Jayhawks’ 88-74 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday at wild, crazy Allen Fieldhouse. “Then this week they were talking again. We wanted to come out and prove a point,” Rush added.
Keegan: Kansas negates Walker
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
Identify the weakness. Go after it. At the first sign of blood, turn up the ferocity. It’s the oldest trick in sports, and man oh man, did the revived Kansas University basketball team ever execute it Saturday night inside an Allen Fieldhouse so loud that 32,600 ears remain ringing today.
LHS girls third at state bowling
Stack plays through illness; Lions nab trophy
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s girls bowling squad never had cracked the top three at the Class 6A state championship to receive a team trophy.
Eudora girls fall
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Eudora High’s girls basketball team lost, 62-44, to Basehor-Linwood in a 4A sub-state championship game after being outscored 17-5 in the second quarter.
Texas Tech stuns Longhorns, 83-80
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C6
Pat Knight ratcheted up practice his own way after Texas Tech lost by 44 points earlier this week. It seemed to make a difference in his players’ efforts as the Red Raiders beat No. 5 Texas, 83-80, on Saturday.
Wooden remains in hospital
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
John Wooden remained hospitalized in good condition Saturday, having undergone blood transfusions after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke two bones when he fell at home.
Royals’ Maroth ailing
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Left-hander Mike Maroth, who is competing for a spot in the Kansas City rotation, did not pitch in the Royals’ 15-7 loss Saturday to the Texas Rangers because of soreness in his throwing shoulder.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
People who want more information on how their tax dollars are spent by Kansas have a new online resource called KanView.
Ship built out of steel from World Trade Center christened
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened Saturday as a source of strength and inspiration for the nation.
Pentagon: Military divorce rate unchanged
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
The divorce rate in the armed forces held steady last year at 3.3 percent, a surprising finding given the stress that marriages are under during persistent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama gains support among white men
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
For months, the story line of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary was women voters, black voters, Latino voters. But a strange thing has happened on the trail to the Democratic nomination: Beginning most notably with Super Tuesday voting in California, and in subsequent contests leading to what could be Tuesday’s final showdown in Texas and Ohio, white men have flocked to Barack Obama.
Democratic voters more diverse this year
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Democratic presidential race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama has not only coaxed far more people to vote than in the past, it’s also changed the mix of those showing up.
Hotel reopens after $400M renovation
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E12
Hundreds of New Yorkers and tourists alike flocked to The Plaza Hotel on Saturday for the landmark’s reopening after a three-year, $400 million renovation.
People in the news
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D5
¢ Jennifer Lopez names twins Max and Emme¢ Schwarzenegger helps kick off fitness festival
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
Fiction 1. “The Appeal,” by John Grisham (Doubleday, $27.95).Nonfiction 1. “In Defense of Food,” by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, $21.95).
Japan making robots part of daily life, more human
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A6
At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.
Labor-saving devices out of control
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
A television ad features a man firing bursts of water from a garden hose onto the windshield of his car. A woman - somewhat blurred, presumably his wife - appears in the background. He steals a furtive, shamefaced glance at her. She turns away, more disgusted than angry. As soon as she’s out of sight, he starts up the obsessive squirting again.
Catch-22’ a nearly perfect adaptation
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D6
Among American war literature, Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” is a seminal work. Its blend of absurd humor, surreal horror and nonlinear storytelling has made it a classic commentary on the nihilistic nature of war.
Inroads into the mind
Lawrence forensic psychologist solves mysteries - even those left by deceased
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
This week two years ago, John Spiridigliozzi was checking in for the night at a bed and breakfast in Wichita when an inn employee started quizzing the Lawrence resident. “Are you here about BTK?” she asked.
Jayhawks’ Collins plays like a ‘beast’
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C4
The pain that lingers less and less each passing day in his right knee was the farthest thing from Sherron Collins’ mind Saturday night. Sure, the adrenaline of the situation once the game got under way had something to do with that. It was flowing for about two straight hours as Kansas University trounced Kansas State, 88-74, in Allen Fieldhouse. But, as Collins admits, the presence of family made the ultimate difference.
Haskell crushed in finals
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
College of the Ozarks established itself early and ran away with a 92-56 victory against Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team Saturday in the finals of the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference tournament.
Life’s scars obscure real Hillary, hurt campaign
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
In the final moments of what may turn out to be the last debate of the Democratic presidential campaign, Barack Obama paid gracious tribute to his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records
Make ham centerpiece of your Easter feast
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D8
More tips on choosing and preparing a ham
Big business rule
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: When President Bush took office, oil was $28 a barrel; it is now over $100 a barrel. President Bush, Vice President Cheney and their Republican Congress passed the energy bill that reduced taxes for the oil companies. They called it their energy policy. These same oil companies are now recording all-time, over-the-top, out-of-sight profits, billions of dollars per quarter.
Youngsters thrive at 4-H Club Day
Event at South Junior High School judges performances in 15 categories
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Just minutes before their performance, two young Lawrence sisters stood outside South Junior High School’s auditorium doors, anxious to begin their dramatic American Sign Language signing performance. “Oh my gosh, it’s almost 9:10 a.m.,” said Martha Keslar, 14. Martha and Maggy Keslar were among the 71 youths at the Douglas County 4-H Club Days event Saturday.
KU tennis swept
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
BYU swept Kansas University’s tennis team, 7-0, Saturday. KU’s top tandem of senior Elizaveta Avdeeva and junior Edina Horvath fell for only the second time in the dual-match this season.
Butcher’s daughter creates memoir of dad’s wisdom
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B5
When Mary Bichelmeyer Lucas started writing a book about her father, John Bichelmeyer, she originally planned for it to be a gift to her siblings. Bichelmeyer was a longtime butcher at his Kansas City, Kan., meat shop.When John Bichelmeyer died in 2004, Lucas was trying to cope with the loss of her father. She helped the healing process through her writing.
Google to track medical records
Privacy advocates urge caution on Cleveland pilot project
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
Searching the Internet for movies playing locally is just plain handy, but the idea of Googling your own medical records is raising privacy concerns.
Jack Nicholson uses film roles to say Clinton is as good as it gets
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
He was The Joker in Batman, but Jack Nicholson says he wasn’t fooling around when he said in “A Few Good Men” that there was nothing sexier than saluting a woman.
On the record
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel from the county responded to a house fire at 247 U.S. Highway 40 in Lecompton about 9 p.m. Saturday.
Victoria’s Secret CEO thinks company’s too sexy for itself
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D5
Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie company that introduced the Very Sexy bra, the Fantasy Bra, and the Internet server-crashing fashion show, has become “too sexy” for its own good, its top executive said.
Bush asks Congress to end Internet drug sales
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
President Bush on Saturday urged Congress to pass legislation aimed at ending illegal sales of highly addictive prescription drugs on the Internet, citing a growing number of fatal overdoses.
Veterinarians offering free weigh-in
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D7
About 25 percent to 40 percent of all dogs in this country are overweight or obese, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Just as it is in humans, excess weight is associated with health problems, including heart disease, arthritis and breathing problems. Studies have shown that many owners have no idea what the ideal weight for their breed of dog is.
Crop prices rise in development downturn
Record, near-record increases may help defray holding costs for landowners
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Developers who bought land at the edge of Lawrence hoping for a windfall by building homes, shops, offices or anything else to feed a growing population now are finding themselves on the cusp of turning a profit for the most unexpected of reasons. Among them: Wheat selling for more than $12 a bushel.
Hutchinson salt museum hopes to break even
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
Pomona high school students, Girl Scouts from Salina and Rosalyn Blackmore, a grandmother from Leicestershire, England, all contributed to the turnaround happening at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum.
Muskrat fur flies at beauty pageant
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E12
Contestant No. 1 sashayed down the catwalk, her hair bouncing in blonde curls, and smiled a radiant beauty-queen smile. She picked up a furry dead rodent about the size of a football.
Clinton turns her attention to turnout
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton turned her attention Saturday to the mechanics of delivering voters to the polls in a round of primaries Tuesday that could hold the key to the future of her presidential ambitions.
Panel ponders extending benefits
New report to discuss whether domestic partners should qualify
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Leaders at Kansas University are concerned that not offering benefits to domestic partners of faculty and staff may end up costing the university the ability to recruit some of the most talented candidates. On Monday, the University Senate Executive Committee will receive a report on the possibility of extending benefits to domestic partners. Paul Farran, president-elect of KU’s Unclassified Staff Senate and an advocate for the proposal, said several peer institutions already extend benefits to domestic partners.
Grandmother, grandchild both born on leap day
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
It was the perfect gift for someone born on Feb. 29 - a leap day grandchild.
Federal appeals court upholds Navy sonar ban
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Navy must abide by limits on its sonar training off the Southern California coast because the exercises could harm dozens of species of whales and dolphins, a federal appeals court ruled.
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D5
Eye what you want, knowing that this year you could make it happen. Having a strong sense of direction will help you realize your hopes. Expand your horizons, network and broaden your circle of friends. This year could be a year never to be forgotten, as dreams could happen. If you put 100 percent into whatever you do, you will see dynamic results. If you are single, you could meet that special person this year.
Jury convicts man in wife’s shooting death
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Sedgwick County District jury on Friday found Reginald Johnson guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in the shooting of his wife.
Kansas swimming 4th at Big 12 championships
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team lost a back-and-forth battle with Missouri for third place Saturday at the Big 12 championships and finished fourth.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C5
A KU student could be seen three hours before the game making a sign that read, “Bill Walker, the bathroom is this way.” It was in reference to the KSU freshman urinating into a towel on the KSU bench late in a preseason game at Bramlage Coliseum, rather than racing out of the tunnel to use the bathroom.
Transfer snares first win
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Shaeffer Hall pitched seven shutout innings, while Preston Land helped the Kansas University offense back him up, as KU’s baseball team flummoxed Xavier, 12-4, Saturday.
No. 20 A&M stops No. 8 Baylor
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C6
Morenike Atunrase had 24 points, and No. 20 Texas A&M claimed a surprisingly easy 72-53 victory over eighth-ranked Baylor to extend its Big 12 conference-best winning streak to five games.
KC woman charged in death of pedestrian
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
A Kansas City woman is charged in a November accident that killed a woman who was crossing the street against the light. The Jackson County prosecutor’s office says 22-year-old Jordan B. Fugate is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 64-year-old Frances Liebisch. Fugate also is charged with driving while her license was revoked.
K.C. falls in opener, 51-49
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Brett Dietz threw two touchdown passes, and Torrance Marshall ran for four scores in the Tampa Bay Storm’s season-opening 51-49 victory over the Kansas City Brigade on Saturday night.
Kansas drops 4th straight despite double-double
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team dropped its fourth straight game, 51-42, at Iowa State on Saturday.
Early childhood educations gaining ground
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
The first kindergarten was established in 1856. And, early childhood education has been gaining ground ever since. As researchers publish more and more findings that critical learning and developmental skills are formed years before kindergarten, the push for educating children earlier has grown. Here’s a timeline of some of the key events that has brought the early childhood education movement to where it is today.
Top 25 Roundup: Duke rallies past N.C. State, gives Coach K 800th victory
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C6
Duke faced another deep deficit and was staring at yet another road loss, but these Blue Devils had an even bigger problem: They weren’t following the instructions of their Hall of Fame coach. So during some late breaks, Mike Krzyzewski turned control of the huddle over to the players, and that strategy led to his latest milestone victory.
Emergency declared after violent protests
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Armenia’s president imposed a state of emergency Saturday after police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in last month’s presidential election.
Family members killed in attack on house
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
A mother and two children were killed in a predawn attack at their remote East Texas ranch, which burned to the ground, and three high school students who knew the family will be among those charged with murder, authorities said.
NBA Roundup
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C8
Scores from around the league.
Career Advantage owner speaks at show
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
Carol D. Rau, owner of Career Advantage LLC, Lawrence, served as a presenter during the 2008 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America National Educational Conference, conducted as part of the recent Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Fla.
Jayhawks split pair of 2-0 decisions
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
After dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 5/6 Northwestern earlier in the day, Kansas University’s softball team bounced back with a 2-0 victory against Southern Illinois as pitcher Valerie George notched her second shutout of the season.
Martin causes wreck, wins
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Mark Martin took Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Victory Lane by winning the Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, then immediately apologized for an accident he started in the closing laps.
Poet’s Showcase
Loquacious Soldier” by John Clifford
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
“Loquacious Soldier” by John Clifford
Kansas earns 3 more titles
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University senior Crystal Manning and junior Nickesha Anderson claimed Big 12 Conference championships to propel the KU women’s track and field team to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Recital to feature work of Rodger Vaughan
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D4
Kansas University’s music and dance department will present a recital featuring the low brass works of Rodger Vaughan, a KU alumnus and renowned composer, originally from Pretty Prairie.
Selig: There’s no ban on Bonds
Commissioner says Astros can make Clemens decision
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Bud Selig says he isn’t trying to keep Barry Bonds out of baseball, and the commissioner told the Houston Astros it’s up to them whether to have Roger Clemens in their spring training camp.
In fight against foreclosures, activists take bite out of nation’s biggest lender
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E12
Folks on Humphrey Hill Drive were still waking up on the icy Saturday morning the shark hunters came to town. They rounded the suburban traffic circle in two school buses, rumbling to a stop at the Garmone family’s driveway. Forty-two caffeinated Clevelanders piled out, their leaders carrying bullhorns.
The great mouse hunt
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
I am down on all fours, sniffing around my kitchen like a hound on a fox hunt. The telltale odor in the air can mean only one thing: A rodent has died and is rotting somewhere in my home sweet home. I’m determined - check that - desperate! - to seek and destroy it. Or - better yet - swathe it in a hundred paper towels and pitch it into the trash. Or - even better - have someone else do it for me.
Ellison, Mench doom Royals
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Jason Ellison and Kevin Mench signed with Texas this winter with no guarantee of making the team in an already-crowded outfield. The non-roster invitees have to make the most of their opportunities to impress - and so far they have.
CornerBank Cohorts’ show to open
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D2
“CornerBank Cohorts: Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Music by CornerBank Employees and their Relatives” is the upcoming art show at CornerBank.
More than 50 die in Gaza City attacks
About half of casualties are civilians caught in crossfire of intense fighting
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A7
It was the middle of the night when the battle between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants reached Tareq Dardouna’s house in northern Gaza. Tending to four wounded people as children cried and screamed, he told of a relative who was killed.
Behind the Lens: Photographer catches cat fever
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D2
Call me crazy, but the idea of photographing a cougar, a puma - a mountain lion - would be one of the most exciting subjects for my lens.
Loyal Jayhawk fans brandish their school spirit for ESPN
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Scott Lienemann has thick skin. Clad in a purple Kansas State basketball jersey, he stuck out in a sea of blue Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, when ESPN filmed its popular College GameDay program for the third time since 2005. The taping preceded an evening basketball match-up, where Kansas University looked for payback after losing to Kansas State on Jan. 30.
Kansas City Union Station officials support a property-tax increase
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B8
Union Station wants a property-tax increase to help maintain the facility and become financially solvent. But the idea isn’t winning support from city officials, and it’s the City Council that would have to put the property-tax measure on the ballot.
Early fitness machines developed in late 19th century
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D4
Health clubs and workout machines are common today in the United States, but in past centuries, hard physical work was all that was needed to stay in shape. Although group exercises like Indian club or dumbbell drills were popular, machines were unknown.
Senior commander of guerrillas killed
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Troops killed a senior commander of Colombia’s largest rebel army in an air-and-ground raid Saturday, as the U.S.-backed military dealt a stunning setback to the nation’s leftist insurgency.
Attorneys outline at-home freelancing techniques
March 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
If you feel like you’ve hit a dead end with your employer and aren’t having any luck finding a telecommuting-friendly new job, one of the quickest remedies is to strike out on your own as a freelancer.
Police say shooting was an excuse to skip work
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
What happened to faking a cough? Sheriff’s detectives in Franklin County, Wash., say a man had his friend shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn’t have to go to work.
Guide provides advice on homemade pet food
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D7
After news reports about pet food scares last year in which dozens of dogs and cats died from commercial food laced with tainted ingredients, some pet owners decided to mix up homemade meals for their beloved family pets.
McCain in denial over ethical questions
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
Certain kinds of conservatives, distrusting Richard Nixon’s ideological elasticity, rejected him - until 1973. Although it had become clear his administration was a crime wave, they embraced him because the media were his tormentors. Today such conservatives, whose political compasses are controlled, albeit negatively, by The New York Times, have embraced John McCain.
Leap day cash giveaway turns into fiasco
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Even giving away something for free can turn into a hassle in New York.
Ahmadinejad’s Iraq trip highlights Iran’s influence
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A7
President Bush’s last trip to Iraq was kept secret until he arrived at a U.S. military base. Eight hours later he left, after Iraq’s leaders traveled to meet him there.
Scare tactics
Book recalls era in postwar America when comics came under attack by government
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
Hey, Kids! Dad was an abusive drunk, mom had a public boyfriend, and angelic, blond-haired little Lucy hated them all. So she shot dad, planted the gun, lied her face off in court, and the judge gave mom and paramour Stevie the hot squat. The last panels in the story “Orphan” show Mom and Stevie dying in the electric chair (separately) and one happy Lucy.
Prince Harry returns to UK from Afghanistan
Royal family says they’re relieved
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D5
Prince Harry returned home to his relieved father and older brother Saturday after a 10-week Afghan tour of duty that security officials fear could now make him a top target for extremists.
Snow strategy
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Recent published comments regarding sidewalk snow removal are interesting. Current regulations regarding snow removal are totally ludicrous, allowing five days after a complaint has been received!
Woman ensnared by Nazi’s birth project
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
The Nazis’ ghastly death machinery is widely known; its birth industry is seldom spoken of. “Lebensborn” was Heinrich Himmler’s secret project to use certain young women to help increase the population and breed a purer race.
Governor’s bias
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I have been a strong Democrat throughout my life, but this year has given me reason to question the party. When my husband and I received invitations to the Kansas Democratic presidential caucus, we decided to attend and make our vote count. Reviewing the evening’s experience, we wondered if serious consideration had been given to the needs of senior citizens, such as ourselves.
Beasley livid after loss
We just had no will to win’
March 2, 2008 in print edition on C4
The blue-clad hecklers tried to crack his shell after Kansas State’s 88-74 loss to Kansas on Saturday. But Michael Beasley was stone-faced walking by a line of them on his way to the locker room. Only one fan got Beasley’s attention - a little girl wearing a K-State jersey and asking for an autograph. Beasley obliged before being rushed inside.
Court to hear appeal in freezer murders
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for April 8 in Lisa Jo Chamberlin’s appeal of her capital murder conviction for her role in the torturing and killing of two people in 2004.
Symphony in the Flint Hills
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
Tickets for the third-annual Symphony in the Flint Hills go on sale Monday.
Planes collide, killing 2
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
An experimental plane that may have been having trouble landing struck another that was taxiing at an airfield Saturday, setting both on fire and killing two people, authorities said. Two people were critically injured.
Plan ahead for succulent Easter ham
March 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
Serving a holiday ham may seem like an easy choice. That is, until you get to the grocer.
McCain panned
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The recent repudiation by John McCain of talk show host Bill Cunningham illustrates more clearly than anything McCain has said that he will not be a conservative president in the mold of Ronald Reagan. In fact, McCain is simply another moderate Republican utilizing the old strategy of Richard Nixon to run to the right but govern from center-left.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 2, 1908: “The extreme northern section of Tampa, Fla., was destroyed today by a fire which broke out in a boarding house and raged for more than four hours. More than 300 buildings were destroyed and loss will run well over $600,000. One woman is reported dead as a result of excitement rather than any problem with the fire.”
Making the most of young minds
Advocates tout benefits of pre-K programs
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
The other day Sonya Lancaster and her 4-year-old son, Sam Sharp, had a discussion about enamel. Except, Sam didn’t use the actual word. He referred to it as something like “there is just one thing that doesn’t come off your teeth. It is the white part.” “Yes,” Lancaster said. “That’s enamel.” The conversation was brought to them courtesy of the letter D, which prompted a unit on dentists in Sam’s pre-kindergarten classroom at the Children’s Learning Center.
Legislative slog
New boards, new mandates, but not a lot of action on the issues that are most important to the state.
March 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
It’s not unusual for the Kansas Legislature to reach the halfway point of its annual session without coming even close to completing half of its work, but it’s nonetheless frustrating to note some of the ways state lawmakers have been spending their time.
Bush declines to promise troop returns before leaving office
March 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush declined Saturday to promise more U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq before he leaves office, and underscored the need for a strong military presence during Iraqi provincial elections in October.