Archive for Saturday, March 8, 2008

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LHS boys vs. Wichita Southeast LHS girls vs. Goddard KU vs. Texas A&M LHS boys vs. Wichita Heights People & Places LHS girls vs. Olathe South
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Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Bottom row, from left, Lawrence High School seniors Kelly Renfro, Kim McDonald and Kaylen Fleming root for the Lions with other high school fans Friday during the LHS girls basketball team's 62-51 semi-final state victory against Olathe South High School in Emporia. The LHS girls basketball team will play in the championship game at 4 p.m. today. The LHS boys team also won, defeating Wichita Heights High School 61-58, and will play in the state championship game at 6:15 p.m. today. Girls advance to finals with ease
March 8, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Well, that was easy. Lawrence High’s girls basketball team was certain it would be forced into a rough-and-tumble, scrap-to-the-end struggle against third-seeded Olathe South Friday afternoon in the Class 6A state tournament semifinals.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence High's Dorian Green pumps his fist after sinking a free throw with three seconds left to clinch the Lions' victory. LHS upended Wichita Heights, 61-58, Friday in Emporia to advance to the 6A state title game. Semi pros
March 8, 2008 in print edition on 1C
It’s almost too good to be true at this point. With a Class 6A state championship berth hanging in the balance and seconds left in a tie game, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team knew its season rested on one player’s shoulders.
2:45 p.m.
The Jayhawks shoot around prior to tipoff Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Reed Arena in College Station. KU clinches share of fourth straight Big 12 title at A&M, 72-55
1:38 p.m., March 8, 2008 Updated 5:06 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Proving on the road that the February swoon is out of its system, Kansas University went on the road and clinched at least a share of its fourth straight Big 12 regular season title Saturday at Texas A&M, 72-55. KU finishes at 28-3 overall in the regular season, and 13-3 in conference play. With that mark, KU can be no lower than the No. 2 seed at next week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City’s Sprint Center. If Texas defeats Oklahoma State in Austin Sunday, KU will take the No. 2 seed, playing at 6:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals Friday. If OSU should win, KU will draw the top seed and play at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
10:00 p.m.
Lawrence High School sophomore Jasmyn Turner, right, guards Goddard High School senior Alysia Hart on Saturday, March 8, 2008 during the Class 6A State Championship game in Emporia. Lawrence High girls win state
March 8, 2008
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team won its first state title in 16 years, toppling Goddard, 54-52, Saturday afternoon.

All stories

Lawrence High boys lose state championship game
07:58 p.m., March 8, 2008 Updated 08:23 p.m.
Lions fall short in final.
Lawrence High girls win state
March 8, 2008
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team won its first state title in 16 years, toppling Goddard, 54-52, Saturday afternoon.
KU clinches share of fourth straight Big 12 title at A&M, 72-55
01:38 p.m., March 8, 2008 Updated 05:06 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Proving on the road that the February swoon is out of its system, Kansas University went on the road and clinched at least a share of its fourth straight Big 12 regular season title Saturday at Texas A&M, 72-55. KU finishes at 28-3 overall in the regular season, and 13-3 in conference play. With that mark, KU can be no lower than the No. 2 seed at next week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City’s Sprint Center. If Texas defeats Oklahoma State in Austin Sunday, KU will take the No. 2 seed, playing at 6:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals Friday. If OSU should win, KU will draw the top seed and play at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Mayer: Self’s seniors shine
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Bill Self talked the talk about citizenship training early in his second season as Kansas University basketball coach, and his 2008 senior class proves he also walks that walk.
Richardson: Talks ongoing
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C2
Nolan Richardson says he’s still in talks with Arkansas State about the school’s coaching vacancy after a quick visit to Jonesboro, where the school’s campus is located.
Young goes three hitless innings in Padres’ 6-3 win
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
San Diego Padres starter Chris Young pitched three hitless innings and scored all the way from first on a double, sliding in ahead of the throw.
As employers slash jobs, thousands of workers drop out of labor force
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Dangerous cracks in the nation’s job market are deepening. Employers slashed jobs by the largest amount in five years, and hundreds of thousands of people dropped out of the labor force - ominous signs that the country is falling toward a recession or has already toppled into one.
Local lawmakers split on coal-plant bill
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
A legislative battle over a coal-burning power project 300 miles away has split the Douglas County delegation and is sure to spill over into this year’s elections.
Israel willing to talk after seminary attack
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Israel signaled a willingness Friday to move ahead with peace talks despite a deadly attack on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem.
Man who lost arm to gator tempts one again
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Adrian Apgar apparently didn’t learn the first time what can happen when you wade naked in a Central Florida lake in the middle of the night.
Consumers heavily using credit cards
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Consumers increased their borrowing in January, especially relying on credit cards to finance their purchases.
It’s time to change smoke alarm batteries
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
While you are changing your clocks Sunday for daylight saving time, be sure to change the batteries in smoke alarms.
Search for NYC bomber continues
Authorities say ‘We Did It’ letter not connected to Times Square blast
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Times Square returned to business as usual Friday as police investigating the explosion at a military recruiting center looked at dozens of security videotapes, hoping to identify the bicycle-riding bomber.
Commodities
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
As of Friday’s close: Ottawa Elevator - Wheat, $11.24; corn, $5.07; milo, $4.97; soybeans, $12.94.
Stocks fall sharply on jobs report
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
Wall Street ended a dreadful week with another big loss Friday after the government surprised investors with a report that employers eliminated 63,000 jobs last month.
Polar bear decision delay investigated
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Interior Department’s inspector general has begun a preliminary investigation into why the department has delayed for nearly two months a decision on listing the polar bear as threatened because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.
CEOs involved in mortgage crisis defend high pay
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
Three corporate executives called in for a shaming by Democratic lawmakers Friday defended raking in hundreds of millions of dollars despite contributing to the subprime mortgage crisis that has their companies reeling from losses and the nation on the edge of recession.
Other elections for Americans to watch
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
It’s election season. I’m not talking about Tuesday’s big primaries in Ohio and Texas.
Feds target Pain Relief Network’s president
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
Federal prosecutors claim the president of the Pain Relief Network has a “parasitic” relationship with a Kansas physician indicted for running a “pill mill” linked to 56 deaths.
KU Fall 2007 Honor Roll
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D5
Kansas University announces area students who made the fall 2007 honor roll.
Managing multiples
More than 1 baby calls for extra planning, flexibility
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D1
An organizer by nature and profession, Rachel Rosenthal Strisik’s impulse toward order hit full throttle when she learned she was pregnant with twins.
Energy for Kansas
March 8, 2008
I have received many communications regarding the proposed energy bill and my vote on SB 327’s Conference Committee Report. The decision to support the measure was not taken lightly.
Bold vision of ‘Night’ proves successful
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D8
Shakespeare is no stranger to the modern stage, particularly at theaters like Kansas University’s. The challenge comes in making an Elizabethan play relevant to a modern audience.
Big 12 title on the line today
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C4
One way or another, there will be a celebration after today’s Kansas-Texas A&M basketball battle at Reed Arena.
Commentary: Frazier still relishes one big moment
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C2
Joe Frazier’s moment in time is frozen on the wall behind his head. The famous left hook has found its target, and the target is in that strange half-standing, half-sitting posture that fighters assume when their next stop is the floor.
J-W seeking your photos
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D4
The Journal-World wants photos of you at club events and social parties, gatherings, benefit fundraisers - any event where you, your friends and colleagues might gather.
Around and about
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D3
Around and about Lawrence
Slaying derails Spanish politics
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
The brazen murder of a Basque politician two days before elections threw Spanish politics into turmoil Friday, conjuring painful memories of the last national ballot - when a bombing onslaught by Islamic radicals killed 191 people on Madrid trains.
Dear Taxpayer: This letter cost you $42 million
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
At a cost of nearly $42 million, the IRS wants you to know: Your check is almost in the mail.
Francisco to run again
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, has filed for re-election.
KU officials already may be planning 2009 game in KC
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Rightly so, great attention is being focused on college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks about to enter the post-season Big 12 Tournament, followed by the NCAA Tournament.
Immigration laws affect mixed families
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
When Kecia Sales and Juan Marquez were married, they were like scores of other couples: very much in love with plans to live together for the rest of their lives. But it wasn’t to be.
Scientist makes most of bus ride
Former Kansan advocates education on wheels
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
There is no time to waste when it comes to a child’s education, according to Billy Hudson, the man who hopes to change children’s lives one busload at a time.
S. American leaders reach compromise
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
South American presidents reached a testy compromise Friday to resolve a dangerous crisis triggered by a Colombian military attack in Ecuador, stepping back from a week of insults, troop movements and talk of war.
People in the news
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ China: Bjork’s ‘Tibet!’ cry hurt our feelings¢ Boy band mogul pleads guilty to federal charges¢ Violinist injured, cancels performance¢ Rihanna helps woman find bone marrow donor¢ Is Lisa Marie Presley fat? No, just pregnant
Hillary could help party by bowing out
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Hillary? Hillary? What? It’s 3 a.m.? Yes, I know that. Look, I’m sorry if I woke you up. But you said you were fine with 3 a.m. calls.
Faith Forum: How should Christians view the apocrypha of the Bible?
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D1
‘Hidden things’ may expand perspective: The Rev. Josh Longbottom, associate pastor, Plymouth Congregational ChurchHistorical accuracy largely established: The Rev. Barry Watts, associate pastor, Lawrence Heights Christian Church
Rowing facility under way
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Amid blowing winds and snow flurries, Kansas University leaders broke ground on a new building to protect student athletes from such elements.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
U.S. casualties for the past week in the Vietnam War were the second highest on record - 470 killed and 2,675 wounded.
Mean ‘Ogre’ just another big lug
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D7
Forget “Shrek.” Here comes the made-for-TV shocker “Ogre” (8 p.m., today, Sci Fi), featuring a creature who is anything but lovable.
Hats off!
A ministerial edict in 1908 reminds us just how much things have changed in our churches.
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Back in the days when local people apparently focused far more attention on church services than they do now, the local ministerial alliance passed a resolution against, of all things, hats.
NFL gets tough on spying
Commissioner plans more inspections
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C2
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to crack down on spying next season with more inspections and harsher penalties, steps that follow the disciplining of the New England Patriots for taping opponents’ signals.
Canine couture among offerings at Lawrence’s Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D1
Sometimes, Griffon - a male Brussels Griffon dog - has to try on dresses.
Girls advance to finals with ease
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Well, that was easy. Lawrence High’s girls basketball team was certain it would be forced into a rough-and-tumble, scrap-to-the-end struggle against third-seeded Olathe South Friday afternoon in the Class 6A state tournament semifinals.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce asked the City Commission to delay consideration of an updated anti-discrimination ordinance until local employers could review the measure more thoroughly.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 8, 1908: “The building committee of the Christian Church met yesterday and let the contract for the construction of their new church.”
Patterson, Paris honored
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C2
Kansas State’s Deb Patterson was chosen as the Big 12 coach of the year Friday after leading the Wildcats from last place to the conference championship.
Football awards ceremony set tonight at fieldhouse
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C5
Kansas University will hold its long-awaited football awards ceremony today at Allen Fieldhouse, to celebrate the 2007 season.
Baker volleyball signs two players
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
Kayla Anderson, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter from Wabaunsee High, and Elizabeth Schraad, a 5-7 outside hitter from Topeka Hayden, have signed letters of intent to play volleyball at Baker University.
US, Iraq to begin negotiations on long-term relationship
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
The United States and Iraq are opening negotiations in Baghdad on a blueprint for a long-term relationship, plus a narrower deal to define the legal basis for a U.S. troop presence, a Pentagon official said Friday.
Quarry near water plant riles Lake of Ozarks residents
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
The summer playground for boaters across the Midwest could soon have an unwelcome neighbor: a limestone quarry next to a municipal sewage treatment plant.
Plan ahead for multiple births
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D8
A list of tips and resources for those expecting multiple births
Bush plans to veto waterboarding bill
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
The White House says President Bush will veto legislation today that would have barred the CIA from using waterboarding - a technique that simulates drowning - and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.
Lawsuit accuses late Kansas City priest of sexual abuse in 1952
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
A 71-year-old suburban Kansas City woman has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph claiming that a priest had sex with her for about two years when she was a teenager.
Drake takes Valley opener
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C5
Most years, Drake is the school fighting fatigue in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Turgeon’s long road from KU to A&M
New Aggie coach was a key Jayhawk
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Larry Brown was shuffling papers in his Kansas University basketball head coach’s office in the spring of 1983 when a scrawny Topeka Hayden High School senior knocked on the door.
Club news
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D3
Club news around Lawrence
Obama adviser resigns after calling Clinton a ‘monster’
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
A former adviser to Barack Obama who resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster” said Obama may not be able to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within a year as he has promised on the campaign trail.
A-Rod restricted to DH until shoulder heals
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has a sore right shoulder and is expected to be limited to designated hitter until early next week.
Few immigration measures nationwide gain traction
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
State lawmakers around the country are proposing hundreds of bills this year aimed at curbing illegal immigration, but experts say the cost and public opposition will keep many from becoming law.
Weather woes force KU baseball, softball to change schedules
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C5
March Madness comes in two forms - the mania surrounding the end of basketball season, and the frustration of trying to play early-season spring sports.
Suspect accused of intent to abduct 13-year-old
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
A prosecutor argued Friday in court that evidence showed a man planned to possibly abduct a Lawrence junior high student in December.
Police find woman’s body on ice in hotel
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Police discovered the body of a woman packed in a large container with dry ice in a hotel room as they were serving a search warrant in a cocaine investigation, authorities said Friday.
Gasoline costs pinch consumers’ wallets
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Crude oil prices are passing record highs, and Lawrence drivers continue to feel the pain at the pump.
Scouting news
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D5
Scouting news around Lawrence
Military news
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D3
Air Force Airman Joshua R. Zachariah graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
Slain UNC student mourned
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
You couldn’t escape Eve Carson’s presence at the University of North Carolina.
Panel endorses corporate tax bill
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
A proposed cut in the state’s top corporate income tax rate and other changes in business tax laws won the endorsement Friday of the House Taxation Committee.
Mother delivers baby in bathroom
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Julie Pringle wasn’t due to have her baby until Sunday. But then again, it was her third child, and anything can happen.
Capitol thoughts from State Senator Roger Pine
March 8, 2008
The Energy Bill came to the Senate floor this week in the form of a conference committee report that ultimately passed the House on a vote of 75 - 47; 84 House votes will be required to override an expected governor’s veto. The Senate passed the measure 31 - 7, a comfortable margin over the 27 Senate votes needed to override a veto. The bill now goes to the Governor who has 10 days to veto it.
Today’s run rescheduled
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Luck-of-the-Irish Poker Run has been rescheduled from today to next Saturday.
Sacrifices
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I continue to oppose the building of coal plants.
Pump patrol
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
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.
County receives funds to help those in need
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Douglas County has been awarded $54,906 for utility assistance and other needs, according to an announcement by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Former PM Thatcher hospitalized for checks
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was hospitalized in stable condition in central London on Saturday and was undergoing medical checks, authorities said.
Sony deal allows music scholarships
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
The state’s six universities can now begin to award music scholarships based on a settlement from an antitrust lawsuit.
Inconsistencies
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Watching Kansas University basketball games is a lot of fun.
US troops suffering hearing damage in epidemic numbers
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home in epidemic numbers with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears, prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.
2 bridges to close until at least May 1
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Two bridges will be closed Monday morning for repairs, including one west of Stull on Douglas County Route 442, Douglas County Public Works Department announced.
Archaeologists unveil new finds at digs
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
A sixth-century copper factory, medieval kitchens still stocked with pots and pans, and remains of Renaissance palaces are among the finds unveiled Friday by archaeologists digging up Rome in preparation for a new subway line.
Semi pros
Boys pull another stunner
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
It’s almost too good to be true at this point. With a Class 6A state championship berth hanging in the balance and seconds left in a tie game, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team knew its season rested on one player’s shoulders.
Springing forward tied to car crashes
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Our watches and wall clocks will be springing forward Sunday with daylight saving time, but our biological clocks will be lagging behind.
Bird believed extinct found on island group
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
A pale-bellied bird species last seen in the 1920s and long thought to be extinct has been rediscovered near Papua New Guinea.
Missing former model found in Brussels
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Authorities say Waris Dirie, the Somali-born model who launched a worldwide campaign against female genital mutilation, has been found.
Kansas City falls to Colorado
Bannister rocked for five runs in 10-7 loss
March 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
Brian Bannister’s poor September has not scared him into thinking about how he’s going to pitch at the end of the 2008 season. He’s focused on starting off strong.
Bush calls for democracy in Cuba
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
President Bush chastised most other countries Friday for “a sad and curious pattern” of doing little to speak out against human rights and political abuses in Cuba.
Results show Medvedev won 70 percent of vote
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Dmitry Medvedev has won Russia’s presidential election with over 70 percent of the vote, according to final results released Friday.
4-H and FCE news
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D5
4-H and FCE news around Lawrence
On the record
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
An employee of Presto Convenience Store, 1030 N. Third St., reported $14,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from the business since Nov. 1, 2007.
Islamist fighters seize strategic towns
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Islamist insurgents killed five government soldiers while briefly taking a strategic town in central Somalia, police and residents said, the second such seizure within 24 hours.
Bishops: Sex abuse down in 2007
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
The number of sex abuse claims against Roman Catholic clergy dropped for the third consecutive year, but total payouts to victims nearly doubled to reach their highest level ever, according to a new report for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Moby Dick sighting? White whale spotted
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A8
The white killer whale spotted in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands sent researchers and the ship’s crew scrambling for their cameras. The nearly mythic creature was real after all.
Journal-World wins 43 Awards of Excellence
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Journal-World won 43 Kansas Press Association 2008 Awards of Excellence, the press association announced Friday.
Reporter in contempt over anthrax stories
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
A federal judge held a former USA Today reporter in contempt of court Friday and ordered her to pay up to $5,000 a day if she refuses to identify her sources for stories about a former Army scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Mystery foot belonged to bear, not human
March 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
A severed foot found in a South Hutchinson discount store parking lot came from a black bear, not a human.
Lawmaker wants Bud to be Mo.’s official brew
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A state lawmaker wants to give the “King of Beers” its own kingdom by making Budweiser the official beer of Missouri.
Merchant of Death’ may face terrorism, war crime charges
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Thai officials said Friday they might file terrorism charges against a reputed Russian arms dealer arrested at U.S. behest, and a war crimes prosecutor expressed a desire to try the man dubbed the “Merchant of Death” for fueling African civil wars.
Woman discovers music gives her seizures, has surgery
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Stacey Gayle of Queens loved reggae. Hip-hop was cool, too. And she loved to sing alto in the Saddle Rock Tabernacle Choir. One problem: Her beloved music was giving her epileptic seizures.
Experts hope ‘killer’ bee attack is a fluke
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
A swarm of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of bees attacked an 80-year-old man and killed his pet beagle Thursday, and agriculture officials said it could be the state’s first brush with the infamous Africanized “killer” bees.
Twin bombing shows even better neighborhoods vulnerable
March 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
The death toll rose Friday to 68 from twin bombings whose blow also reverberated beyond the body count: showing that insurgents can still bring bloodshed into the heart of Baghdad and rattle the fragile confidence that is returning nightlife and commerce to parts of the battered city.
Horoscopes
March 8, 2008 in print edition on D7
This year you will have the ability to meet changing goals and needs. Focus on building financial security. Your immediate circle of friends changes as you change. If you are single, romance easily could knock on your door. This bond could be a very different experience. If you are attached, the two of you need to stay focused on the same big picture.