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Archive for Friday, March 7, 2008

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Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Youth of the Year LHS boys vs. Manhattan
Podcasts
Polls
Do you think that Lawrence schools could be doing more to reduce truancy?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
64%
No
 
27%
Undecided
 
8%
Total 228
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Twelve female students from Blue Valley Northwest High School participated in the documentary TV series "High School Confidential" that debuts nationally Monday. Of those featured dozen, seven are currently students at Kansas University. Student affairs
March 6, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Sharon Liese was preparing to take an active part in one of the most turbulent and influential periods of her child’s life: high school. So six years ago the single mom decided to pick up a camera on the eve of daughter Justine’s freshman year at Blue Valley Northwest High School. “I knew she was going to launch on this new adventure, and I wanted to document what goes on in high school. But I quickly abandoned the idea of documenting her and instead decided to follow other girls through the high school she went to,” Liese says.
8:00 a.m.
Trouble with truancy
March 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence schools overall have a good track record on student attendance compared with other districts in the state. But school administrators, staff and law enforcement still aren’t shy about flexing their muscles when it comes to truancy. So far this school year, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office has filed 50 new “Child in Need of Care” court cases for 16- and 17-year-old Lawrence students, which has forced parents to deal immediately with the issue.
12:00 p.m.
Sunflower School third-graders James Reeder, center, and Gavin Greenwood react as their classmates are featured during a photo slide show Thursday in the school cafeteria. The school organized an Olympic-themed assembly for the students to motivate them for their upcoming state assessment tests. Lawrence resident and 1996 Olympic pole vaulter Scott Huffman also attended the assembly. School trains students for test marathon
March 7, 2008 in print edition on 3A
The 2008 Olympics are still five months away, but Sunflower School had its own opening ceremony Thursday - for state assessments. Former Olympian and Lawrence resident Scott Huffman gave the students a motivational speech to get them geared up for the tests.
4:00 p.m.
Players on the Kansas bench go wild celebrating a late three-pointer by Jeremy Case against Texas Tech on March 3, 2008. KU basketball reaps benefits of players meeting
March 7, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Darrell Arthur ordered hot wings off the menu at Henry T’s Bar and Grill. Sherron Collins selected the turkey club sandwich. “My teammates would never let me eat hot wings … you know, the weight (issue),” the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Collins said with a smile. Russell Robinson chose the shrimp basket, while Sasha Kaun just sipped on water. “I wasn’t hungry. I already had a late lunch. This was an early dinner,” Kaun said.
10:00 p.m.
Tom Ewing, an employee with Nebraska Furniture Mart, left, delivers a chair to a downtown business while passers-by shield themselves against the snow and cold Friday. When will winter give up?
March 7, 2008 in print edition on 1B
It finally may start to look like - and more importantly, feel like - spring.

All stories

6News video: Road to close for bridge repairs
March 7, 2008
Bridge work in western Douglas County will shut down portions of a county road for nearly two months.
6News video: Loaded gun found in accused child solicitor’s car
March 7, 2008
Prosecutors say police found a loaded gun in the car of a man accused of trying to lure a West Junior High School girl into his vehicle in December.
6News video: State asks Congress to block French contract
March 7, 2008
The Kansas Senate adopts a resolution asking Congress and the President to block an air force tanker contract with a French company.
6Sports video: Hawks take on Aggies tomorrow
March 7, 2008
Tomorrow afternoon the Kansas men’s basketball team would like nothing more than to finish their regular season schedule with a win.
6Sports video: Lions eye championship
March 7, 2008
After a triumphant win last night over Manhattan, tonight the Lawrence High boys will try to continue their momentum against Wichita Heights. DJ Whetter has more.
6News video: Woman fakes labor to scam Topeka man
March 7, 2008
It started as an emergency trip to deliver a bundle of joy, but a Topeka man just trying to help a pregnant woman get to the hospital wound up being threatened into giving her a bundle of cash. 6News reporter Jesse Fray explains.
6News video: Ground broken on new boathouse
March 7, 2008
About 100 KU leaders and students gathered at Burcham Park this afternoon to break ground on a new rowing boathouse.
6News video: Film festival showcases American Indian problems, accomplishments
March 7, 2008
It’s lights, camera, action this weekend at Haskell Indian Nations University as students, filmmakers and even a TV star gather to celebrate American Indian cinema.
6News video: Shamrock Shuffle 5K kicks off tomorrow
March 7, 2008
Local runners will brave the elements tomorrow for a good cause.
6Sports video: LHS boys edge out Falcons
March 7, 2008
The game went back and forth right down to the wire, but Lawrence High is going to the state championship tomorrow.
6News video: Drivers feel pain at pump
March 7, 2008
Car owners around the country are reeling from the high price of gasoline, and things could get even worse. 6News reporter Cory Smith has more.
6Sports video: One more to go
March 7, 2008
The Lawrence High girls are only one win away from a state championship.
6Sports video: LHS girls on their way to the top
March 7, 2008
This afternoon in the semis of the state championship, the Lady Lions knocked off the Olathe South Falcons. Kevin Romary has more.
6News video: Weekend forecast
March 7, 2008
Sarah Jones has this weekend’s forecast.
6News video: Semi accident snarls traffic
March 7, 2008
An overturned semi ties up traffic on the Kansas Turnpike this afternoon.
When will winter give up?
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
It finally may start to look like - and more importantly, feel like - spring.
6News Now: Lawrence shivers in cold temperatures
March 7, 2008
Temperatures in the 20s and snow showers have Lawrence in the cold, but the weekend outlook is for warmer weather.
Lawrence girls defeat Olathe South High at state, 62-51
03:56 p.m., March 7, 2008 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team advanced to the Class 6A state championship Friday afternoon with a 62-51 victory over Olathe South.
Medical center, KU hospital sign agreement
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
For all the time and energy put into crafting an affiliation between Kansas University Hospital and KU Medical Center, final approval came so quietly it almost escaped notice. Dennis McCulloch, KU Hospital spokesman, said sometime last weekend the five-year affiliation was signed by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, KU Hospital CEO Bob Page and KU Physicians Inc. President Kirk Benson.
KU expected to name new Knight Chair professor
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
Several years ago, Kansas University’s School of Journalism asked Pam Fine if she’d be interested in its vacant Knight Chair on the Press, Leadership and Community.
Fertilizer from sludge poisoning land
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
It was a farm idea with a big payoff and supposedly no downside: ridding lakes and rivers of raw sewage and industrial pollution by converting it all into a free, nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Woodling: Green simply the best
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Darren Green held out his cell phone so I could read the words. Earlier in the day, Green had sent a text message to his son Dorian, and he was gracious enough to allow me to read it as he stood outside the Lawrence High locker room in White Auditorium. “Play hard,” the message read. “Leave no doubt who the best guard is.”
KU women likely to play in WNIT
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Taylor McIntosh and Jamie Boyd haven’t played for the last time in Allen Fieldhouse. Although McIntosh and Boyd, the only two seniors on Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, were feted following Wednesday night’s 61-50 loss to Kansas State, the pair will have at least one more home game.
Horoscopes
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Life will present many options this year. Also, friends will present many strong arguments and opinions. If you’re questioning what is important for you, pull back if you’re unsure of yourself. If you are single, your life will take many interesting twists and turns. If you are attached, loosen up and allow different ideas into your life. Avoid power plays.
Bush fails test as Average Joe
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Here’s how it is out there. A while back, I was at the self-checkout counter of a hardware store. A young man approached and offered to put my $20 purchase on his store gift card if I would give him $10 in cash. He said he had no money for gas.
Can Clinton sustain bump?
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
Voters in Texas and Ohio, as they did in New Hampshire, have halted Barack Obama’s headlong surge toward the Democratic presidential nomination and sent a signal that the race should go on.
LHS girls on other side of revenge coin
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Kristin Mallory knows all about playing up the revenge angle to motivate players. It was a model Mallory used with her Lions to help defeat Blue Valley High, 59-48, in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament on Wednesday - six weeks after LHS lost to the Tigers in the regular season.
Pastor urges school ‘exodus’
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
As one group attempts to use California public schools as laboratories to assist children in “coming out” with their nontraditional sexual orientation, another is urging parents to come out from these schools and educate their children with their values at home or in private schools.
Lawmaker: Keep immigrant tuition
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
A key legislator said Thursday he opposes efforts to repeal a state law that allows in-state tuition for some undocumented students. “That’s a nonstarter, I think,” state Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, and chairman of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, said of repeal attempts.
Ex-city manager to lead museum for now
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
Former Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen now is part-time interim director of Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Pump patrol
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.05 at several locations.
Commentary: Knight on ESPN may hold surprises
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Props to ESPN for hiring Bob Knight as an analyst during the network’s coverage of championship week and the NCAA Tournament. If nothing else, it should give new meaning to the term “bracket-buster.”
Lions shake Manhattan
Lawrence boys reach Final Four at state
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Cinderella’s glass slipper came tantalizingly close to cracking against No. 1 seed Manhattan High on Thursday night in the first round of the Class 6A boys basketball tournament. Lawrence High’s 6-foot-7 senior John Schneider sat on the bench with five fouls. The Lions’ nine-point lead had evaporated completely with just over a minute left. Manhattan’s student section was growing more boisterous by the second. But for the third consecutive playoff game, the eighth-seeded Lions found the reserves of character to hold off a higher-ranked team.
People in the news
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Goldberg says Swayze’s why she won an Oscar¢ Singer feels ‘complete’ after plastic surgery¢ Springsteen to raise money for theater¢ Bai Ling enters plea deal in shoplifting case¢ Paris Hilton’s brother charged with DUI¢ Estate will give Spears’ dad $2,500 a week
Good, bad and ‘Coyote Ugly’
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
How did we get to season three of “The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search” (8 p.m., CMT)? Where did the time go? For the uninitiated, or deeply uninterested, Coyote Ugly refers to a saloon in New York made famous some 15 years ago for inviting women to dance provocatively on the bar, often wearing little more than their undergarments.
Sebelius ‘stunned’ by energy bill process
Coal-plant legislation approved; governor accuses lawmaker of veto override ‘auction’
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Legislators upset by a state regulator’s decision to block the construction of two coal-fired power plants in Kansas passed a bill Thursday to overturn his decision and reduce his power. But Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to veto the bill, and she accused a legislative leader of starting an “auction” in hopes of picking up enough votes to override a veto. The Senate passed the bill, 31-7, a day after the House approved it.
Net Worth: Celebrity look-alikes get within reach
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
In my college years, I was often told I bore a striking resemblance to Live Aid guru Bob Geldof. It must have been that giant crop of spiked hair … and my face. Then somewhere between the release of the movies “The Fly” and “Jurassic Park,” people started comparing me to lanky actor Jeff Goldblum.
NBA Roundup
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Scores from around the league.
Youth of the Year honored
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
Many of 14-year-old Megan Tunget’s peers don’t think it’s cool to go to Boys and Girls Club after school as a teen. But she does, perhaps because the club is a kind of home for her. The Boys and Girls staff, including Roger Ross, program director at her club, 1520 Haskell Ave., and all the younger children who look up to her are like her family, she said.
Pub owner bans ‘Danny Boy’ in March
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
It’s depressing, it’s not usually sung in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, and its lyrics were written by an Englishman who never set foot on Irish soil.
Suit dismissed in ‘pill mill’ case
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B10
A federal judge threw out on Thursday a civil lawsuit filed by a patient advocacy group over the prosecution of a Kansas doctor accused of running a “pill mill” linked to 56 deaths. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown granted a motion by the Pain Relief Network for voluntary dismissal without prejudice.
Sonic tips to grant wishes to children
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
A fundraiser for the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City will be Saturday at Sonic Drive In, 3201 W. Sixth St.
Curses! Town declares itself a cuss-free zone
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
What the $%? This community on the edge of Los Angeles has become a cuss-free zone.
Gunman kills 8 at seminary
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A gunman walked into a prominent Jewish seminary in Jerusalem on Thursday evening and opened fire on students as they read in the library, killing eight and wounding nine in one of the deadliest attacks on Israeli civilians in years.
As Haitians starve, tons of food sit at country’s ports
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
While millions of Haitians go hungry, containers full of food are stacking up in the nation’s ports because of government red tape - leaving tons of beans, rice and other staples to rot under a sweltering sun or be devoured by vermin.
On the record
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman reported an auto burglary to Lawrence police Tuesday. Items reported stolen include a MyPal Pocket PC, Apple iPod and a U.S. passport. Estimated loss is $1,230. The incident occurred between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of West Sixth Street.
Shealy hits walkoff bomb
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Ryan Shealy is making a case to break camp as Kansas City’s starting first baseman - with his bat. Shealy led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run Thursday to give the Royals a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mystery bomber strikes Times Square
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
For the third time in as many years, someone riding a bike and armed with a small explosive has struck in Manhattan, this time in the highest-profile location by far: a landmark military recruitment station in the heart of Times Square.
President: Cross-border raid was justified
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Colombia’s president says he repeatedly asked Ecuador to deal with Colombian rebels operating from its territory before he ordered the cross-border raid that has set off an international crisis.
Commodities
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery rose 20 cents to $11.25; March corn traded flat at $5.57; May oats rose 8.75 cents to$4.1925; May soybeans declined 49.75 cents to $14.5875.
Rivals no more
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
If Joe Torre and Terry Francona had hugged at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, it might have been seen as an act of treason.
Analysis: Clinton highly unlikely to pass Obama
Even if she wins out, Hillary won’t have enough delegates to take lead
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
Hillary Clinton won’t catch Barack Obama in the race for Democratic delegates chosen in primaries and caucuses, even if she wins every remaining contest.But Obama cannot win the nomination with just his pledged primary and caucus delegates either, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
Google Earth teams banned from bases
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
The Pentagon has banned Google Earth teams from making detailed street-level video maps of U.S. military bases.
Bombs kill over 50 in Shiite neighborhood
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a crowded shopping district in the capital Thursday, killing at least 53 people and wounding 130 - a reminder that deadly attacks are a daily threat even though violence is down.
US commander warns of al-Qaida threat
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Al-Qaida terrorists may be plotting more urgently to attack the United States to maintain their credibility and ability to recruit followers, the U.S. military commander in charge of domestic defense said Thursday.
Brits overrun town for training exercise
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
Thursday may have seemed like any other day for most in Leavenworth, but for about 180 British officers, an enemy was on the loose threatening civilians. Tactical forces were moved in, and soldiers took their positions outside schools and churches preparing to isolate the terrorist activity.
Cowgirls deny Bears title
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Andrea Riley scored 27 points, and Shaunte Smith added 17 as No. 20 Oklahoma State beat No. 8 Baylor, 72-68, Thursday night to dash the Bears’ chance of sharing the Big 12 regular-season championship.
Grand Canyon millions of years older than generally thought, study says
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A10
Gazing into the majestic Grand Canyon, awe-struck visitors inevitably ask: “How old is it?” Far older than generally thought, says new evidence that scientists culled from caves lining the canyon’s red limestone cliffs.
Nonprofits get grants
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Community Foundation has awarded 35 local nonprofit organizations nearly $146,000 in grants.
Oh, the pain!
American voters are likely to see eight more months of charging, counter-charging and, perhaps, ugliness.
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
John McCain has the Republican presidential nomination in his pocket, and we can expect him to step back and observe what is happening in American politics for a while. He will be quizzed, as he should be, on given issues, but he no longer has to concern himself about debates and whistle-stops despite the fact he must keep raising a lot of money.
Castro joins ranks of Marxist relics
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
The letter from a 12-year-old to “my good friend Roosvelt” is dated Nov. 6, 1940, one day after FDR won a third term. Saying he is “very happy” FDR won, he adds: “If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american.” The letter, an enlarged copy of which is on display in the National Archives, ends: “Good by. Your friend, Fidel Castro.”
K-State lawsuits filed
March 7, 2008
Two figures in Kansas State football are the subjects of separate civil lawsuits.
KU buses seek input
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
KU on Wheels is taking public comments on route changes that would help the bus system reduce its more than $300,000 operating deficit.
Trouble with truancy
Crackdown on absenteeism not only answer to problem
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence schools overall have a good track record on student attendance compared with other districts in the state. But school administrators, staff and law enforcement still aren’t shy about flexing their muscles when it comes to truancy. So far this school year, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office has filed 50 new “Child in Need of Care” court cases for 16- and 17-year-old Lawrence students, which has forced parents to deal immediately with the issue.
UPS Store seeking donated books for tots
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Two UPS Store locations in Lawrence are among others nationwide teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to launch the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative to help children in need.
School trains students for test marathon
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
The 2008 Olympics are still five months away, but Sunflower School had its own opening ceremony Thursday - for state assessments. Former Olympian and Lawrence resident Scott Huffman gave the students a motivational speech to get them geared up for the tests.
Favre rules out return
QB holds farewell news conference
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Sitting by himself on an airplane ride up to Green Bay on Thursday morning, Brett Favre struggled to find a sincere and graceful way to say he was finished with football. In the end, his tears told the story.
McGrew names leader as broker becomes VP
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
The largest real estate agency in Lawrence now has a new, yet familiar, president and managing broker.
Recycling needs
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: In response to the article on curbside recycling, as a waste management professional and an advocate for city-sponsored curbside, I’d like to offer a different perspective.
Acting out against smoking ban
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
All the world’s a stage at some of Minnesota’s bars. A new state ban on smoking in restaurants and other nightspots contains an exception for performers in theatrical productions. So some bars are getting around the ban by printing up playbills, encouraging customers to come in costume, and pronouncing them “actors.”
Slow market looks even weaker
Foreclosures hit record; debt now exceeds equity
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Nervous homeowners and economic analysts have been wondering how much worse the national housing market could get, and on Thursday they got an answer: plenty.
KU basketball reaps benefits of players meeting
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Darrell Arthur ordered hot wings off the menu at Henry T’s Bar and Grill. Sherron Collins selected the turkey club sandwich. “My teammates would never let me eat hot wings … you know, the weight (issue),” the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Collins said with a smile. Russell Robinson chose the shrimp basket, while Sasha Kaun just sipped on water. “I wasn’t hungry. I already had a late lunch. This was an early dinner,” Kaun said.
Bond upheld in Last Call case
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge on Thursday refused to lower the bond for a Topeka man charged with shooting three people outside a former Lawrence nightclub.
New IRS rules could help homeowners
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
New rules published by the Internal Revenue Service could save huge amounts of money for millions of financially troubled homeowners, especially those who sell for less than their bank is owed.
Biodefense advocates laud bill signed into law
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law a bill Thursday that supporters see as important to helping the state attract a national biodefense laboratory.
Troupe an asset
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: As a former tour booking manager and past and current fan of Ric Averill and the Seem-To-Be Players, I have seen a lot of their plays for children over the years. Ric’s skillful and entertaining adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic, Tom Sawyer, was one of the best. Imaginative sets, live music, and great acting by community actors as well as those from Ric’s troupe made this a great event.
Fathers doing more at home, with kids, research finds
March 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Fathers are taking on bigger shares of chores and child care, recent surveys show, and marriage experts say that it’s probably good for their love lives.
10,000 B.C’ an epic bore
March 7, 2008 in print edition on C2
There are shaggy-dog stories, and then there are shaggy-mammoth stories. “10,000 B.C.” is a pachyderm-sized tall tale of prehistoric ardor and tribal warfare directed on an epic scale by Roland Emmerich, who subjected New York to an instant ice age in “The Day After Tomorrow.”
Top 25 Roundup: UCLA survives Stanford in OT
Saint Joseph’s turns back No. 8 Xavier
March 7, 2008 in print edition on B5
Darren Collison scored off his own miss for the go-ahead basket in overtime, helping No. 3 UCLA rally from a 14-point deficit to beat seventh-ranked Stanford, 77-67, Thursday night and clinch the Pac-10 title outright.