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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. Texas Tech How they all stack up Statehouse renovation
Podcasts
Polls
Following Kansas' 88-74 win over Kansas State, do you consider the Wildcats still an NCAA Tournament-bound team?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
40%
Depends on what they do this week
 
36%
No
 
23%
Total 1269
Have you ever donated money to a candidate for political office?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
54%
Yes.
 
45%
Total 321
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas Rep. Melvin Neufeld, pointing, talks about the House of Representatives chamber during a tour in the west wing of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka. A fixer-upper
March 3, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Built in stages over more than 30 years, and repaired thereafter, the Kansas Capitol is a monument to both the best and worst in craftsmanship. Legislative leaders, architects and construction managers beam with pride when they talk of some of the art and precision handiwork that they have uncovered as part of the current renovation and restoration project.
12:00 p.m.
Presidential candidates, clockwise from top left, Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, all received donations from Kansas communities such as Lawrence, however Topeka residents top all when it comes to emptying their wallets into the campaign coffers. How much did they give?
March 3, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Many Lawrence residents will declare with pride their status as the lone patch of blue in the big red state of Kansas. And they’ll toot their horns when it comes to telling the rest of the state just what they think. But when it comes to transforming those words into candidate donations, Lawrence isn’t quite the lone ranger. According to a Lawrence Journal-World/6News analysis of election contributions in northeast Kansas since the last congressional election, Lawrence has one of the highest rates of donations per person of any community in the state, $2.04 per person.
8:00 p.m.
Presidential candidates, clockwise from top left, Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, all received donations from Kansas communities such as Lawrence, however Topeka residents top all when it comes to emptying their wallets into the campaign coffers. Seniors go out in style, each contributes in 109-51 thumping of Texas Tech
7:21 p.m., March 3, 2008 Updated 10:10 p.m.
The five Kansas University seniors started the night running things on the floor in Allen Fieldhouse Monday, and by the time they walked off - one by one to standing ovations - business had been taken care of and then some. The class of Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Rodrick Stewart and Jeremy Case finished their home careers as KU waxed Texas Tech 109-51, improving to 27-3 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 play. Chants of ‘Thank-you-seniors’ replaced the Rock Chalk hymn in the final minute, as each senior played a role in the most emphatic win of the season.

All stories

6News video: Robbery suspect arrested
March 3, 2008
Police have arrested a man suspected of wielding a machete during a home invasion and robbery last month.
6Sports video: Lawrence Lions prepare for state run
March 3, 2008
The LHS boy’s basketball team is getting itself ready for a run in the state tournament.
6News video: Kidcast
March 3, 2008
A bit of weather history from a local youth.
6News video: Shooting victim remains in intensive care
March 3, 2008
A five-year-old Linwood girl remains in intensive care at Children’s Mercy Hospital nine days after being shot in the head.
6Sports video: KU sends seniors, Red Raiders out with a bang
March 3, 2008
The KU men’s basketball team may not have been able to script it’s five seniors’ last night in Allen Fieldhouse any better.
6News video: Fans will miss Jayhawk seniors
March 3, 2008
Monday night marked the final home game for five seniors on the Kansas men’s basketball game.
6Sports video: Bobcats three wins away from championship
March 3, 2008
For the Basehor girl’s basketball team, 2008 has been quite a season for first-year head coach Noah Simpson.
6News video: Intersection construction delayed
March 3, 2008
Plans to improve a north Lawrence intersection with a history of accidents are now on hold until at least 2010.
6Sports video: Useless Trivia
March 3, 2008
Useless trivia with Kevin and D.J.
6Sports video: Rush named ‘Player of the Week’
March 3, 2008
For the first time this season, Kansas junior Brandon Rush is the Big 12 Player of the Week.
6News video: Last Call shooting suspect appears in court
March 3, 2008
The man suspected of shooting three people outside a downtown Lawrence nightclub appeared before a Douglas County judge on Monday.
6Sports video: Lady Lions take streak to state
March 3, 2008
The LHS girls basketball team will go in to the state tournament with a six-game winning streak.
6News video: Shawnee leads local counties in campaign donations
March 3, 2008
If political campaigns run on money, local and national candidates do their filling up in Shawnee County, at least among northeast Kansas communities.
6News video: Local students learn lifesaving techniques
March 3, 2008
Members of the Douglas County Fire and Medical team are no strangers to saving lives, and now they’re teaching all Lawrence fifth graders how to do the same.
Seniors go out in style, each contributes in 109-51 thumping of Texas Tech
07:21 p.m., March 3, 2008 Updated 10:10 p.m.
The five Kansas University seniors started the night running things on the floor in Allen Fieldhouse Monday, and by the time they walked off - one by one to standing ovations - business had been taken care of and then some. The class of Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Rodrick Stewart and Jeremy Case finished their home careers as KU waxed Texas Tech 109-51, improving to 27-3 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 play. Chants of ‘Thank-you-seniors’ replaced the Rock Chalk hymn in the final minute, as each senior played a role in the most emphatic win of the season.
6News Now: North Lawrence intersection upgrades delayed
March 3, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, plans for improving a north Lawrence intersection with a history of accident are now on hold for at least three years, and a man accused in last month’s shooting at a downtown night club has his first court appearance today.
Zombie debt’ won’t die
More old loans coming back to haunt consumers
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
After Kim Mullen filed for bankruptcy in 1993, she cut up all her credit cards in her lawyer’s office. Since then, she has managed to obtain a good credit rating. But in December, a debt collector contacted her, saying she had an unpaid card balance of $5,655 from 1992. With interest, the letter claimed, the debt had grown to $19,400.
Anxious parents going organic - at a cost
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
There’s a six-week wait for a $15 stainless steel sippy cup made without harmful compounds. At the annual toy show in New York last month, retailers lined up to put in orders for a children’s tea set made of recycled plastic milk jugs. And some big box chains are eager to start selling a $300 organic crib mattress that was tested in a special chamber to ensure it doesn’t emit any dangerous gases.
Horoscopes
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
Stay focused, and this year could be one for your memoirs. You could achieve a lot, yet you could decide to instrument some major life reversals. If you are single, you draw many people partly because of an eccentric and magnetic personality. If you are attached, work together, whether it is throwing a party, donating time to a key charity or zeroing in on a goal.
Bryant drops 52 in win
Effort lifts Lakers over Mavericks
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Scores from around the league.
On the record
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported no calls Sunday night.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 3, 1908: “J.V. Zerby, a traveling man from Lawrence, was seriously injured in Ottumwa, Iowa, when he fell on an icy platform while trying to catch a train. He was carrying a heavy bag and that helped prevent his sliding beneath the train.”
A fixer-upper
Capitol repairs uncover classic features, cheap work
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Built in stages over more than 30 years, and repaired thereafter, the Kansas Capitol is a monument to both the best and worst in craftsmanship. Legislative leaders, architects and construction managers beam with pride when they talk of some of the art and precision handiwork that they have uncovered as part of the current renovation and restoration project.
How much did they give?
For political campaign donations in state, Shawnee County is capital
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Many Lawrence residents will declare with pride their status as the lone patch of blue in the big red state of Kansas. And they’ll toot their horns when it comes to telling the rest of the state just what they think. But when it comes to transforming those words into candidate donations, Lawrence isn’t quite the lone ranger. According to a Lawrence Journal-World/6News analysis of election contributions in northeast Kansas since the last congressional election, Lawrence has one of the highest rates of donations per person of any community in the state, $2.04 per person.
Iran’s president gets warm welcome in Iraq
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday became the first Iranian head of state to visit Iraq in three decades and immediately became the focus of demonstrations that underscored Iraq’s sectarian split.
Jennings, Rangers slip past Royals, 8-7
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Making his first start for his hometown Texas Rangers, Jason Jennings was more nervous than he had been in a long time - even though it was only spring training in Arizona.
E-mails available from City Hall
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
Contractors looking for information and others interested in planned construction projects citywide may subscribe to a new e-mail service available from Lawrence City Hall.
Retirees can find right job
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
Q: What are your thoughts on part-time employment for older retirees? I’m in good health, and frankly, I’m bored. I have a B.S. in engineering, have taught automotive engineering, operated an automotive business, and am a certified auto technician.
Faunce powers KU to baseball victory
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University baseball center fielder Nick Faunce went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while the Jayhawks used a five-run second to surge past Iowa, 9-5, Sunday in the final day of the Music City Classic at Hawkins Field.
Nominations sought for appreciation awards
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Kansas Department of Commerce will accept nominations through 5 p.m. April 4 for its annual Kansas Business Appreciation Awards, which honor business contributions to the state.
Sebelius campaigns for Obama in Ohio
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Democratic Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was in Steubenville, Ohio, on Sunday campaigning for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
CD Tradepost swaps locations
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
CD Tradepost, a retail store specializing in previously owned video games, game systems, DVDs and CDs, recently relocated its northwest Lawrence store to the Wakarusa Commons shopping center, which is southwest of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
On the Money: Understanding the alternative minimum tax
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
The alternative minimum tax (AMT) has gradually expanded to include more and more taxpayers.
Mother survives serious heart ailment
De Soto resident had lost health insurance just before incident
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Tara Dalton returned Feb. 15 to Overland Park Regional Medical Center as a celebrity. “It was kind of funny when we went back. It was a big thing,” Dalton’s fiance, Keith Hutchings, said. “Everybody knew her name, and they took her right up to a private room.” She was there for treatment for a bout with the flu. But what made her a celebrity was her visit less than three weeks before, when the 25-year-old De Soto woman was saved by the hospital staff - being pulled back from the brink of death several times during emergency heart surgery.
Orthotist picks up treatment credential
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
Bradley M. Oja, a Lawrence resident and certified orthotist for Performance Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc., recently completed an educational seminar offered through Innovative Neurotronics to become a credentialed practitioner of the WalkAide system.
Cause of fire remains under investigation
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The cause of a fire that broke out in a home near Lecompton on Saturday night is still under investigation, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Take care transplanting new trees, shrubs
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Young trees and shrubs that need relocating should be transplanted before breaking out of winter dormancy.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
The fans may give Jeremy Case extra applause tonight. Remember, the fifth-year senior from McAlester, Okla., was the only player to last from a recruiting class that included J.R. Giddens (New Mexico), Nick Bahe (Creighton), David Padgett (Louisville) and Omar Wilkes (Cal-Berkeley).
Palestinians suspend peace talks with Israel
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Palestinian president suspended peace talks Sunday as Israel brushed off international criticism and vowed to press ahead with its Gaza offensive until militants halt rocket attacks.
LHS girls fired up to face familiar field
State bracket includes four opponents from Lions’ regular-season schedule
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
With 22 games in its immediate past, the Lawrence High girls basketball team will take one advantage with it to state this week. When the top eight Class 6A girls teams from throughout Kansas collide in Emporia, the Lions (18-4) will arrive with the knowledge and comfort that they’ve faced four of the other seven teams in the bracket - including Blue Valley, their first opponent.
Linwood girl shot in head now in coma
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
The 5-year-old Linwood-area girl who suffered a gunshot wound to the head Feb. 23 is in a coma, according to an information hot line about her condition.
Dream Factory seeks boost with promotion
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
Dream Factory, an organization that assists children who have life-altering illnesses, needs assistance with fundraising and promotion. The organization conducts meetings at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, 802 W. 22nd Terrace. Interested people can contact Tina or Ken at 840-0044.
Russia begins new course with Putin still near helm
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
As Russia’s next president, Dmitry Medvedev appears set to play good cop to Vladimir Putin’s bad cop. Medvedev scored a crushing victory in Russia’s presidential elections Sunday, taking 69 percent of the vote with ballots from two-thirds of the polling stations counted. His victory was never in serious doubt once Putin backed him in December.
We want your severe weather stories
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
We’ve all heard the old joke: If you don’t like the weather in Kansas, wait 10 minutes and it’ll change.
News embargo of prince’s deployment held for months
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
News organizations are generally the worst places to keep a secret. But for months, news of British Prince Harry’s deployment to Afghanistan was kept from the public though many prominent journalists knew about it.
Unsung effort
It seems like a dirty job, but Lawrence city employees apparently do it far better than most.
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
It’s hard for the average person to get excited about wastewater treatment, but an honor announced at last Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting is worth noting.
Hello, goodbyes
After one-year hiatus, Senior Night back at KU
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Darnell Jackson, who hadn’t scripted his Senior Night speech as of midday Sunday, scheduled some serious soul-searching for Sunday night and all day today. “I’m not going to wing it. It’s coming from here, straight from my heart,” Jackson, KU’s 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward from Midwest City, Okla., said on the eve of the final home game of KU’s senior class of Jackson, Jeremy Case, Sasha Kaun, Russell Robinson and Rodrick Stewart.
Venezuela, Ecuador order troops to Colombian borders
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Hugo Chavez ordered tanks and thousands of troops on Sunday to the border with Colombia, accusing it of pushing South America to the brink of war by killing a top rebel leader on Ecuadorean soil.
Officials jail man after threats against Bush
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Charles Madrid has been struggling with anger management issues for years. The 50-year-old radio technician from Pacoima, a neighborhood on the northern edge of Los Angeles, has been known to lose his temper over everything from dirty dishes in the kitchen sink to the war in Iraq.
Wooden recovering from fall
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
John Wooden had the cast on his arm cut open because of swelling, but was otherwise in good health and high spirits on his third day in the hospital, the former UCLA basketball coach’s daughter said Sunday.
Tips yield best buys from thrift stores
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Secondhand shopping is not only economical, it’s recycling.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Developers told city officials it would cost their company $21.5 million to build a proposed shopping complex in downtown Lawrence but that it was unknown how much the development would cost the city. Sizeler Realty of New Orleans revealed the cost figure after bringing updated plans for a downtown shopping project.
Keegan: Seniors embody class
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Will he be back next season? Will he hire an agent, or do you think he’ll hold off on that, test the waters at the draft camp, and then decide whether he’ll enter his name into the NBA Draft?
Tracey Gold mines moms’ secret lives
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
Mothers, we are told, are pulled in many directions. Stay home and take care of the kids? Or pursue a career and raise children at the same time? The fantasy/reality series “The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom” (9 p.m., TLC) allows some stay-at-home-mothers to secretly return to the careers they left behind.
Pump patrol
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.05 at several locations.
Campaign may set new rules on fairness
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
If Barack Obama wins the Democratic presidential nomination, the flap over the picture in which he is dressed as a Somali elder is very likely to be just the first of a number of disputes about what constitutes a legitimate tactic in this new political era.
Voting list requirements cause confusion, delays
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
Welcome to the first presidential election in which nearly every state must have a list of every registered voter. Here’s the catch: if your name isn’t on it, you may have trouble casting a ballot in this historic race for the White House.
Feds search Utah home in ricin case
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
FBI agents on Sunday searched a Utah house and two storage units linked to a man whose hospitalization led to the discovery of deadly ricin in a motel room he had occupied on the Las Vegas Strip.
Ongoing effort
State leaders are doing the right thing by actively selling Kansas as the best site for a new biodefense lab.
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
It’s great to hear that state officials remain optimistic about Kansas being able to attract the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for Kansas State University.
High-schoolers are encouraged to make political voices heard
Boyda, Ballard and Francisco among leaders who speak at LHS event
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Saturday’s Promote the Vote rally at Lawrence High School netted more than two dozen new voters, while speakers from the halls of politics, education and the environment told LHS and Free State High School students about the importance of political involvement. U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda praised the students for their involvement, then blasted President Bush for continuing to use warrantless wiretaps as a means of surveillance.
Texas routs OU
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Brittainey Raven scored 16 points, and Texas beat Oklahoma, 65-50, to prevent OU from tying for first place in the Big 12.
Slick message
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am puzzled by the Kansas University Annual Report that I received as an insert in my paper Thursday morning. I presume it was one of thousands that went out to the community.
Ornate Nigerian English blends Victorian words with African grammar
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
In Nigeria, people felicitate the successful, police open cans of worms on cutlass-brandishing miscreants, and the criminal rascals meet their Waterloo.
Supreme Court may consider ‘fleeting expletive’ case for TV
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court this week may re-open for the first time in more than 30 years the debate over what qualifies as an “indecent” broadcast.
War costs
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: In Thursday’s Journal-World, a Nobel laureate estimates the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at $3 trillion when all is said and done. The National Priorities Project has a running total of Iraq war costs (based on Congressional Budget Office estimates) currently at $498 billion. The same site shows the cost of the Iraq war to the citizens of Lawrence as $99 million, our share goes up about $1 per second.
Identity of victim in drowning released
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who drowned in Lone Star Lake on Saturday as Gerald A. Hedenberg, 67, of Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Juvenile detention centers record 13,000 abuse claims
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
The Columbia Training School - pleasant on the outside, austere on the inside - has been home to 37 of the most troubled young women in Mississippi. If some of those girls and their advocates are to be believed, it is also a cruel and frightening place.
Suspect in Last Call shooting back in town
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Topeka man suspected of shooting three people outside a Lawrence nightclub last month arrived at the Douglas County Jail on Sunday night after being transferred from Kentucky.
Semi-Pro’ scores at box office
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
Will Ferrell’s basketball comedy “Semi-Pro” dribbled to the top of the weekend box office, but it fell short of his previous blockbuster openings in the sports spoof genre, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Pettitte, Hampton in fine form
Scrutinized left-handers have effective outings
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Andy Pettitte looked focused, and Mike Hampton was healthy. Everything went just right Sunday for two left-handers with plenty to prove this spring.
Campaign seeks to reduce light pollution
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B10
Robert Wagner says he’s tired of not being able to see the stars at night. In response to the thousands of yard lights, streetlights and other signs that blot out the sky, Wagner has started a campaign to dim the lights at night, starting with state parks in Missouri and Kansas.
Back East’ not just matter of geography
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
I was leaving the post office the other day, and I made brief accidental eye contact with a young woman just getting out of her car. I didn’t know her. But she smiled at me. Just smiled for no reason other than that we were both part of the human race. I couldn’t believe it. That’s something you never see Back East.
Milk bottle battle emerges
Small dairies, grocers want to keep labels touting organic quality
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Got milk? Got big fight. A bruising agricultural battle has formed in the Legislature pitting a giant corporation and some dairies against other dairies, grocers and consumers. And the war is over the information on labels on containers of milk and other food products.
Task force to tackle underage drinking
Several agencies join forces after survey results raise concern
March 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence parents have an opportunity to help curb underage drinking. “As our children become more independent, we all have a responsibility to ensure they are provided the tools to make healthy choices around the use of alcohol,” said Rich Minder, a Lawrence school board member.
Stewart slowed by cramps
Senior’s twin brother will be on hand today
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
It’s a good thing Rodrick Stewart, who played nine minutes the first half, wasn’t needed in the second half of Saturday’s 88-74 victory over Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. “I cramped up so bad from halftime until the end of the game,” said Stewart, KU’s 6-foot-4 senior guard from Seattle.
McCaulley on fire as KU softball wins 2
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University junior Dougie McCaulley went a combined 7-for-8 on the day with two runs and two RBIs, and pitcher Valerie George picked up a win and a save as the Jayhawks claimed two victories Sunday to conclude the Coach B Classic.
Top 25 Roundup: Tennessee holds off Kentucky
Michigan State thumps 12th-ranked Indiana
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Chris Lofton scored 14 points, including a jump shot with 1:15 left, and top-ranked Tennessee beat Kentucky, 63-60, on Sunday to stay atop the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee lost to No. 18 Vanderbilt on Tuesday, three days after beating then-No. 1 Memphis to take over the top spot in the poll for the first time in school history.
Commentary: Yankees manager feels at home
March 3, 2008 in print edition on C2
The office is his now, and so is the Yankees’ blue leather chair. Small, framed photos of his wife and kids line the shelves, and his face also appears in the team photos of three late ‘90s World Series winners that fill one wall. Joe Girardi is back home.
OU’s Griffin has surgery
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin had surgery Sunday on his right knee and will miss the Sooners’ final two regular-season basketball games.
A familiar flip in Victory Lane
Edwards wins NASCAR race for second time in a week
March 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Making his second visit in six days to Victory Lane, Carl Edwards triumphantly raised the glittering gold belt he earned at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.