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Archive for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Also from March 5

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
American Basketball Association Otters return
Podcasts
Polls
Do you still take a taste of freshly fallen snow?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
47%
Yes.
 
36%
I never did eat snow.
 
16%
Total 286
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas University Air Force ROTC cadets Jaimie Wappelhorst, Andover sophomore, left, and Stephanie Koenig, St. Louis sophomore, run through a series of defensive techniques during an instructional session on hand-to-hand combat Tuesday at KU's Robinson Gymnasium. Army and Air Force hand-to-hand combat specialists were on hand for the training. Air Force cadets learn the basics of combat
March 5, 2008 in print edition on 3A
A group of Kansas University students set aside their books Tuesday for a little hand-to-hand combat training. On the syllabus: kicks, chokes, punches and other maneuvers that, if executed properly, will maim or kill.
6:00 a.m.
George Frazier and his daughter, Chloe, captured a northern river otter on film at the Baker Wetlands on Friday. The species was last seen in Douglas County in 1904. The Lawrence father and daughter are pictured on Tuesday at the wetlands just south of Lawrence. Otter spotted in wetlands waters
March 5, 2008 in print edition on 1A
George Frazier and his daughter, Chloe, were walking along a path near the Baker University Wetlands when they noticed some odd animal tracks.
11:00 a.m.
Lawrence residents Debbie Galbraith and Joel Wasson make their way down the line depositing their recyclables Tuesday at the Wal-Mart Recycling Center, 3300 Iowa. The city of Lawrence offers many resources for those who wish to recycle. City to gauge support for curbside recycling
March 5, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Tammie Finney isn’t sure she’d be willing to pay more than a few dollars each month for the city to pick up her water bottles, soup cans, detergent containers and other discarded-but-recyclable materials at her curb. But she wouldn’t mind being asked.
4:00 p.m.
Like many other Lawrence residents, Cody Belles, 17, who lives at 766 Locust St., had to shovel the snow accumulation off his driveway Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Possible snow-clearing changes get cold shoulder
March 5, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Call them a bunch of snow angels. City commissioners want city residents to know that clearing sidewalks of snow in a timely manner is an important neighborly act, but a majority of commissioners and staff showed little interest Tuesday in adding any teeth to the city’s existing snow shoveling ordinance.

All stories

6News video: Senate reviews officers’ injury accident protocol
March 5, 2008
A Senate subcommittee will study a bill requiring officers to test drivers for alcohol or drug use in accidents involving death or serious injury.
6News video: City leaders happy with Eagle Bend finances
March 5, 2008
For the second year in a row, city leaders are pleased with the finances at the city-owned Eagle Bend Golf Course.
6News video: United Way names campaign chair
March 5, 2008
United Way of Douglas County accounced it’s 2008-09 fundraising campaign chair on Wednesday.
6News video: LHS Lions prepare for state tournament
March 5, 2008
The number eight seed Lawrence Lions will play the role of underdog when the 6A state tournament kicks off on Thursday night.
6News video: Law enforcement continues search for shooter
March 5, 2008
The Leavenworth County sheriff’s office continues their investigation after a five-year-old girl was shot over 10 days ago.
6Sports video: KU falls to KSU on senior night
March 5, 2008
The KU women’s basketball team took on KSU on senior night.
6Sports video: KU opens home schedule vs. LeMoyne
March 5, 2008
The Kansas baseball team opened their home schedule on Wednesday night against the LeMoyne Dolphins.
6Sports video: Lady Lions take on Tigers at state
March 5, 2008
The Lawrence High girl’s basketball team played in the state tournament on Wednesday night for the first time since 1993.
6Sports video: Basehor begins state play
March 5, 2008
The Basehor girl’s basketball team played in the state tournament on Wednesday night for the first time since 1995.
6News video: Cancer survivor followed instincts
March 5, 2008
Tonight, in our 6News Friend 2 Friend report, a reason to trust your instincts.
6News video: P.E. may influence academics
March 5, 2008
While elementary schoolers are scored on math and science in standardized testing, another class may influence how well they do.
6News video: KDHE secretary speaks at lecture series
March 5, 2008
Rod Bremby, KDHE secretary, spoke at the Dole Institute of Politics as a part of a KU global warming lecture series.
6News video: Coal plant bill passes
March 5, 2008
A bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas won House approval on Wednesday.
6News video: Price tag rising on December storm
March 5, 2008
State officials say the price tag for the December ice storm that knocked power out to thousands of customers across Kansas continues to rise.
KU women overwhelmed by Lehning, K-State, fall 61-50
March 5, 2008
Despite a late comeback effort, the Jayhawks could not overcome the 29 points and 17 rebounds supplied by K-State point guard Shalee Lehning. The loss was KU’s fifth straight, ending KU’s Big 12 season with a mark of 4-12. The Jayhawks are 15-14 overall, and will next play Tuesday in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.
House OKs coal plant bill; governor reiterates veto threat
March 5, 2008
The Kansas House on Wednesday approved a bill allowing the construction of two coal-fired power plants, but failed to get enough votes to override a promised veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
LHS girls upset Blue Valley 59-48, advance to 6A semifinals
March 5, 2008
EMPORIA - Haley Parker and Danielle Bird scored 17 points apiece as the seventh-seeded Lawrence High girls’ basketball team upset second-seeded Blue Valley 59-48 Wednesday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals in Emporia.
6News Now: Eagle Bend outlook improves
March 5, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, for the second year in a row, city leaders are pleased with the earnings at Eagle Bend Golf Course, and the latest on state lawmaker efforts to approve legislation for coal-fired power plants.
Four Jayhawks named to NABC All-District 12 team
March 5, 2008
Junior guards Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers were placed on the first team, with sophomore forward Darrell Arthur and senior forward Darnell Jackson landing on the second team.
City to gauge support for curbside recycling
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A1
Tammie Finney isn’t sure she’d be willing to pay more than a few dollars each month for the city to pick up her water bottles, soup cans, detergent containers and other discarded-but-recyclable materials at her curb. But she wouldn’t mind being asked.
Americans for Prosperity unveils state budget plan
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity on Tuesday unveiled a state budget proposal that would cut taxes and spending, but calls for higher college tuition.
McCain clinches; Clinton still alive
Huckabee drops out, while Democratic race remains tight
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A1
Hillary Rodham Clinton scored comeback primary wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island Tuesday night, denting Barack Obama’s delegate lead in a riveting Democratic presidential race. Arizona Sen. John McCain, an unflinching supporter of the war in Iraq, clinched the Republican nomination.
Air Force cadets learn the basics of combat
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
A group of Kansas University students set aside their books Tuesday for a little hand-to-hand combat training. On the syllabus: kicks, chokes, punches and other maneuvers that, if executed properly, will maim or kill.
Don’t eat the white snow, either
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the list of simple childhood pleasures whose safety has been questioned, add this: eating snow. A recent study found that snow - even in relatively pristine spots like Montana and the Yukon - contains large amounts of bacteria.
Flat colon growths shown more likely to be cancerous than polyps
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C10
Flat growths on the colon wall are more common in Americans than previously thought and more likely to be cancerous than the more familiar knobby masses known as polyps, a new study finds.
Officials: Pre-K prevents crime
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B10
Putting more children in prekindergarten classrooms now will prevent having to build more prisons later, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
People in the news
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B9
¢ Paris Hilton to appear on ‘My Name is Earl’¢ Anna Nicole’s toddler daughter made sole heir¢ Actress Jeri Ryan gives birth to daughter¢ Music mogul will plead guilty in fraud case
Senior Night leaves mark on coach
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
Upon further review, there’s absolutely nothing Bill Self would have changed about Monday’s Senior Night festivities in Allen Fieldhouse.
Woodling: Kansas women stuck
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
Even the most hardcore Kansas University women’s basketball fan must concede the program is treading water.
Lions eye payback at state
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
Members of Lawrence High’s girls basketball team all seem to have their own take on what went wrong the first time the Lions squared off against Blue Valley High six weeks ago.
Little giant killers
Texas boasts one of nation’s most appealing resumes
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B4
It might be difficult for the Texas Longhorns to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after the loss to Texas Tech.
Sorrentino: Barnes revitalizes program
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B4
There’s a reason Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes is locked into a contract that would keep him in Austin until 2017. Simply put, he’s the best basketball coach in the history of the program.
Commentary: Coaches have it rough in March
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
By now you may have seen the video making the rounds of Michigan basketball coach Kevin Borseth throwing a tantrum after his team blew a 20-point lead and lost a game that might have cost it a chance at the NCAA Tournament. If not, watch it, if only for a glimpse into the often tortured state of mind of college coaches this time of year.
Soup recipes
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C3
Chilled Sweet Pea Bisque, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup with Spring Herb Gnocchi and Potato and Green Garlic Chowder
No limits to the loaf
Contest pays homage to variety in homemade dish
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
It can be made with hamburger. Pork. Turkey. Shrimp. It can contain oatmeal. Bacon bits. Ketchup. Saltines. It can be dressed up, dressed down, dressed in mashed potatoes. It is - what else? - meatloaf.
Big talents, egos successful on TV
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B9
The best and worst reality shows confront viewers with personalities and types they know from their school days or office. As “Project Runway” (9 p.m., Bravo), one of the best of the genre, concludes tonight, it’s pretty clear that the choice is between Christian and Jillian.
68 voters fueled political sea change
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
For many of them it was the time of their lives. It certainly was the cause of their lives. It may still be the center of their lives. And though it happened 40 years ago this month, it remains one of the pivot points of our politics.
Possible snow-clearing changes get cold shoulder
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
Call them a bunch of snow angels. City commissioners want city residents to know that clearing sidewalks of snow in a timely manner is an important neighborly act, but a majority of commissioners and staff showed little interest Tuesday in adding any teeth to the city’s existing snow shoveling ordinance.
ABA cadabra
Short-lived hoops league sparked some magic before NBA merger
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
George Mikan, the league’s commissioner, insisted on a red, white and blue ball because his flawed vision made it difficult for him to see the basketball.
Benefits urged for domestic partners
KU faculty, staff need more benefit options, committee says
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s past time to offer domestic partnership benefits. That was the consensus reached Tuesday at a meeting of Kansas University’s University Senate Executive Committee. But more than domestic partnership benefits, the committee concluded that KU’s entire benefits system needs to be revised to give faculty, staff and even students more options.
City Commission briefs
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A5
¢ Freenet proposal seen as too risky¢ Revisions approved to Bauer Farms plan¢ Commission quorum remains at 4 members
Boeing questions Air Force pact
Contractors who won air-refueling tanker bid to use European planes
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
The Boeing Co. on Tuesday questioned the Air Force’s awarding a $40 billion contract for aerial-refueling tankers to a team of defense contractors who’ll use a European plane.
The price you pay for pain relief
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C10
How do you spell relief? P-A-Y … M-O-R-E. In a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that people given identical pills received greater pain relief from the one they were told cost $2.50 than from one supposedly costing 10 cents.
Horoscopes
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B9
This year you exude an aura of mystery and feel much better about yourself than you have in years. You relax more easily with people and enjoy them on a whole new level. If you are single, someone quite alluring could enter your life this year. If you are attached, you make a profound difference in your sweetie’s life.
This week in the Big 12 Conference
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B4
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon wasn’t exactly pleased with the Aggies’ recent inconsistencies. For instance, A&M beat Texas Tech by 44 points on Feb. 27, then lost to Oklahoma, 64-37, the next game.
Home opener today - maybe
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University baseball squad plans to play its 2008 home opener today against LeMoyne College (Syracuse, N.Y.) at Hoglund Ballpark. Weather permitting, of course.
Cancer risk, though smaller, continues after women stop hormone therapy
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C10
Menopausal women who took estrogen and progesterone faced a small increased risk for cancer for more than two years after they stopped, according to the latest results of a major federal study that has revealed a series of sobering findings about the once-popular hormone therapy.
Brazilian company to buy No. 4 US beef processor
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
National Beef Packing Co., the nation’s fourth-largest beef processor, said late Tuesday it is being acquired by Brazilian giant JBS S.A. in a cash and stock deal worth $560 million.
Helping hands
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I want to give a sincere thanks to all of those who have helped my family members Raymond and Debra Cassella, who lost their home and the family pets on Feb. 22 in a mobile home fire.
Heating issue
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I read with great interest the Jan. 16 article concerning the heating bills of our county courthouse. I don’t know its square footage, but I can tell you mine is a whole lot smaller. It is a modest slab home of 1,730 square feet.
The vital trey
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I am not writing to suggest coaching techniques. I am sure that sports writers, callers and other writers have emphasized the importance of the trey. I am writing to relieve my frustration and to prevent ulcers.
Kansas’ 8 Wonders of Architecture sought
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B10
The Kansas Sampler Foundation is out to find the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
Author, film-maker and photographer Gordon Parks spoke to more than 500 in crowded Woodruff Auditorium at Kansas University as a feature of the Black History Month observance here.
Commodities
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
Agriculture futures traded lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery lost 15 cents to $10.875; March corn shed 12.5 cents to $5.43; March oats declined 17.5 cents to $4.165; May soybeans plummeted 48.75 cents to $15.1075.
Spring produce adds intense flavor to soups
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
An emerald bisque with a texture so luscious you’d never guess it was made without cream. A chunky chowder rich with the earthy flavor of fresh potatoes and the pungent sweetness of green garlic. A shrimp broth enlivened by artichokes and gnocchi perfumed with fresh spring herbs.
GOP target
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I am disappointed, (but not surprised) that America’s media have failed once again in their appointed task of informing the electorate. The latest evidence of willful neglect (by an increasingly corporate-owned fourth estate) regards the lack of coverage on a recent “60 Minutes” news report about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, now in prison.
Dungeons & Dragons co-creator dies
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B9
Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and is widely seen as the father of the role-playing games, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.
Program to offer tips on dining out
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C3
Q: Don’t you think that consumers are starting to be more “nutritionally smart” when eating out?
Cooperative effort
Westar had more than an altruistic motivation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but it’s still good to see them voluntarily taking that step.
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
It is, indeed, good news that Westar Energy has agreed to voluntarily reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from its generating plants in Kansas.
Longevity pay
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The Kansas House Committee on State Employee Pay (HSCSEP) has recommended that state employees receive a 2.5 percent COLA and that longevity be CUT by 20 percent below the governor’s recommendation. While it is extremely unlikely the proposed COLA will pass the Legislature (not since 1998), it is possible the Legislature will slash one of the few benefits left to underpaid senior state workers.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 5, 1908: “They say the distillers controlled the election of a U.S. senator in Kentucky. Well, if distillers can’t control an election in Kentucky, where can they control anything?”
Be charitable with plastic
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
In 2006, Americans donated nearly $300 billion to charities and other nonprofit organizations by using affinity credit cards, which make a small donation to a charitable group with every purchase. But according to the editors of Consumer Reports’ Money Adviser, users could feel a decidedly uncharitable pinch in the form of high finance charges, depending on the card and their payment habits.
Deadly web
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: This will likely seem a bit “tree hugger-ish” to many, but I want to alert the community to a troubling environmental hazard. When I bought my wonderful house two years ago, I noticed a fine green netting kicking up here or there between clumps of grass throughout my yard. Obviously, someone had used the netting to protect the ground when laying down grass.
Five-OT game to be shown
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
The first Baylor-Texas A&M meeting was the best game of the season that nobody saw.
Sorrentino scale
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B4
Staff writer Eric Sorrentino ranks the Big 12 basketball teams from best to worst.
Pump patrol
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.05 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU football adds to slate
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s football team has added Southern Mississippi to its 2009 and 2010 schedules, the athletic department announced Tuesday. It will be the first time the two schools will meet in football.
More troops moved to Colombian border
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
Venezuela and Ecuador reinforced their borders with Colombia on Tuesday as the three nations traded increasingly bitter accusations over Colombia’s cross-border strike on a leftist guerrilla base in Ecuador.
Efforts to persuade may rile unpersuadable
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
Last week, a fellow journalist wrote to ask me for help. His name is David Tintner, and he’s a senior at Cooper City (Fla.) High South, where he’s the editor of the school paper. Recently, he wrote a column criticizing those who wear what he regards as “an extremely offensive symbol:” the Confederate battle flag.
Road work petitions on county agenda
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
The pros and cons of establishing or extending county roads - if property owners submit a petition - will be among topics discussed tonight by the Douglas County Commission.
Police look for clues to shooter’s motive
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
Recordings of 911 calls made as a gunman rampaged through a fast-food restaurant capture the screams, moans and banging that ensued after he killed a paramedic at the counter and fired at panicked customers.
Life sentence again given in 2004 murder
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
Four years after a Lawrence man was murdered, the man responsible once again was sentenced to life in prison.
Palestinians reject resuming peace talks
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
The U.S.-backed Palestinian leadership Tuesday rebuffed an appeal by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to resume peace talks with Israel, saying they would remain suspended until a truce takes hold in the Gaza Strip.
Texas survives NU scare
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B5
A.J. Abrams spent the last week trying to work out of a shooting slump. On Tuesday night, it took him 39 minutes and 19 seconds.
Kansas to face KSU in home finale
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
Bonnie Henrickson is looking for something, anything to shake Kansas University’s women’s basketball team out of the doldrums. Senior Night might be the answer.
Favre reveals his retirement
Green Bay quarterback says he’s ‘just tired’
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
After flirting with retirement for years, Brett Favre means it this time. The Green Bay Packers quarterback quit a 17-season career in which he dazzled fans with his grit, heart and rocket of an arm.
Gardening bond among strangers
March 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
One of the indisputable perks of writing this column for more than a decade is that I have met an astonishing number of people who share my passion for vegetable gardening. I’m using the word “met” loosely here, as many of these acquaintances have been fashioned casually through e-mail or over the phone.
Memphis police spin wheels in slayings probe
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
A day into one of the city’s biggest murder investigations in decades - two men, two women and two boys shot and stabbed - police conceded Tuesday they had virtually nothing to go on.
Marjanovic named soccer assistant
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
Antoinette Marjanovic has been named an assistant soccer coach at Kansas University. Marjanovic spent last season as the interim head coach at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Suicide bombers attack naval war college
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
The latest in a series of suicide bombings has raised concerns that militants are trying to gain ground in Pakistan as the country waits for the winning opposition party to cobble together a coalition government.
Drake guard Valley MVP
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
Drake guard Adam Emmenecker, the surprise element on the surprise team in the Missouri Valley, on Tuesday was named the conference’s player of the year. Emmenecker, a 6-foot-1 senior who started only two games his first three seasons, totaled 177 assists with a conference-best 6.1 per game for No. 20 Drake.
On the record
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following fire calls
Tar Heels trip FSU in return to No. 1
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B5
North Carolina didn’t put on much of a crowd-pleasing show to celebrate its return to No. 1.
Giants’ Lowry has ailing wrist
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B5
The San Francisco Giants hope they’ve found what was driving Noah Lowry wild. A day after Lowry walked nine of 12 batters, he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his left wrist Tuesday and sent home to San Francisco to see a hand specialist.
Otter spotted in wetlands waters
Critter not seen in these parts for a century; sighting shows restoration projects working
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A1
George Frazier and his daughter, Chloe, were walking along a path near the Baker University Wetlands when they noticed some odd animal tracks.
Calif. Supreme Court appears divided in gay marriage case
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
The California Supreme Court is seemingly as divided as society is over gay marriage. For more than three hours Tuesday, the seven justices of the state’s high court shifted back and forth on whether to uphold California’s ban on same-sex marriage, at times appearing to spar with each other as they weighed their most important civil rights case in decades.
Royals roll past Rockies
March 5, 2008 in print edition on B5
Troy Tulowitzki hit his second home run of spring training Tuesday in the Colorado Rockies’ 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Plant support
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I would like to give some facts concerning Sunflower’s Holcomb expansion project that have not yet been presented in this paper.
Global warming skeptics gather in NYC
March 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
When Christopher Monckton, who served as a special adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, ponders the current political push to curb greenhouse gases linked to climate change, he thinks of King Canute.