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Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Births
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On the street
Photo galleries
All-Area Girls Basketball KU women vs. Oklahoma State
Podcasts
Polls
Do you agree with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's decision to resign in the wake of reports that he was a customer of a prostitution ring?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
83%
No.
 
12%
I don’t know.
 
3%
Total 362
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Sedimentation and pollution have transformed Potter Lake at Kansas University into a shadow of its former self. Some KU students are leading an effort to revive the lake, which is slowly drying up. On Tuesday, Steve Connelly, a Leavenworth senior, and Michelle Balducci, relaxed atop the stone walkway on the north side of the lake. Students intend to return Potter Lake to past glory
March 13, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Potter Lake, lined with trees and nestled in the slope of Mount Oread, is one of the most peaceful spots on the Kansas University campus. But often that picturesque atmosphere is disrupted by beer bottles, garbage and sometimes even the odor of rotting algae.
1:00 p.m.
Kansas University senior Stephanie Meehan, Topeka, will be cycling across the country this summer with Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for affordable housing. Meehan will set out from Boston on June 11 and plans to finish in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Aug. 15. Along the way she will stop in various towns with other riders to help with charitable home-building projects. KU students to cycle coast to coast
March 13, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Two Kansas University students plan to spend this summer pedaling for a cause. Stephanie Meehan, a senior from Topeka, will ride from Boston to Santa Barbara, Calif., with Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that helps provide affordable housing.
4:00 p.m.
The Journal-World's All-Area girls basketball team, from left to right, is: Nicole Rockhold and Hailey Kelly, Oskaloosa High; Chantay Caron, Free State; in foreground center from Lawrence High are Tania Jackson, coach Kristin Mallory, Danielle Bird and Taylor Bird; in background center from Tonganoxie High are Liz Baska and Shannon Carlin; and at right are Missy Rome, McLouth, and Kara McFarland, Ottawa. Journal-World All-Area Girls Basketball First Team
March 13, 2008 in print edition on 5B
A listing of the best area girl’s high school basketball players, as selected by the Journal-World.
10:00 p.m.
Steve Stewart, fleet manager for the city, shows off Lawrence's electric car in this 2008 file photo. City commissioners are being asked to apply for up to $250,000 in federal stimulus funds that would create new “fueling stations” for electric-hybrid cars, and also allow the city and county to add four new electric vehicles to their fleet. City’s electric vehicle hits road
March 13, 2008 in print edition on 1A
It looks funny to everybody but the person who pays the fuel bill. Since November, the city’s parking control unit has been using a red-and-white, bubble-looking, small-wheeled machine that acts like a golf cart on steroids.

All stories

6News video: Project Graduation to give away car
March 13, 2008
One lucky graduating senior from a local high school will walk away with a set of wheels in May.
6News video: City weighs benefits of electric car
March 13, 2008
It’s an attention getter for sure, but now city leaders are trying to determine whether it’s a money saver. Late last year the city purchased its first all-electric car.
6News video: Last Call shooter pleads guilty
March 13, 2008
One month after a shooting injured three people outside a downtown nightclub, a 26-year-old man admits he pulled the trigger.
6Sports video: CU squeaks by Baylor in double OT
March 13, 2008
No 12-seed mark has ever won a game in the Big 12 tournament — until today.
6Sports video: Kansas softball team glad to be home
March 13, 2008
For the second week in a row, the Kansas softball team will stay put.
6Sports video: Jayhawks await opponent
March 13, 2008
Nebraska, Missouri, or does it even matter? The Kansas men’s basketball team plays its first Big 12 conference tournament game tomorrow.
6Sports video: Firebirds host track meet
March 13, 2008
The prep spring sports season is underway at Free State High School.
6News video: Natural History Museum hosts sound exhibit
March 13, 2008
When it comes to spring break, many KU students head to the beach or vacation overseas. But as 6News reporter Cory Smith shows us, the university offers a fun and educational way to spend the week off.
6News video: KU tests emergency system
March 13, 2008
Safety is a constant concern on college campuses nationwide, and KU wants to make sure it’s ready in case officials need to spread the word of a dangerous situation. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more.
6News video: KU grad’s home design to become reality
March 13, 2008
A KU architecture graduate’s final project is about to get the real-world treatment. Jon Red Corn’s design for an energy-efficient home will be built in East Lawrence on a lot owned by Tenants to Homeowners.
6Sports video: Aggies face ISU for chance to play K-State
March 13, 2008
In the late game tonight, 6-seed Texas A&M battles the 11-seed Iowa State. The winner gets K-State in the quarters.
6Sports video: OSU crushes KU women
March 13, 2008
The upset run ended for Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday night.
6Sports video: OSU edges past Texas Tech
March 13, 2008
In the closing seconds, Texas Tech was down just two to Oklahoma State.
6Sports video: Nebraska bests MU
March 13, 2008
As for KU’s Friday opponent, Nebraska took on Missouri in the 7-10 game for the right to play the Jayhawks.
6Sports video: Hawks hope for 3 in 3
March 13, 2008
Bill Self’s squad knows the drill well: three wins in three days means a third-straight Big 12 Tournament title for the Jayhawks.
6News video: Bank awards Sunflower Elementary music teacher
March 13, 2008
One local teacher is singing after being named February’s teacher of the month.
6News video: Former AG eager to defend self
March 13, 2008
Former Attorney General Paul Morrison says he’s anxious to have a chance to defend himself against allegations of criminal misconduct.
City’s electric vehicle hits road
Parking control unit using vehicle that needs no gasoline
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
It looks funny to everybody but the person who pays the fuel bill. Since November, the city’s parking control unit has been using a red-and-white, bubble-looking, small-wheeled machine that acts like a golf cart on steroids.
6News Now: Afternoon update
March 13, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the man who pulled the trigger in a shooting at Last Call plead guilty today.
Last Call shooter pleads guilty
March 13, 2008
Jackson: “I didn’t mean for it to happen.”
KU tests its emergency alert system
02:14 p.m., March 13, 2008 Updated 03:04 p.m.
Kansas University today tested another tier of its emergency notification, the new public address system.
People in the news
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Judge tosses suit against De Niro¢ Redford narrates new IMAX film¢ George Strait gets XM Radio station¢ Nicky Hilton gets fashionable support¢ Mariah Carey replaces Janet Jackson on ‘SNL’¢ MTV villain Pratt to offer advice
Guy named Brain has all the answers
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
A school of thought exists that names determine our destiny and that someone named Jimmy Quick is fated to become a track star or a bike messenger or a fast-talking operator. Marshall Brain appears to have lived up to his moniker. He’s the author of the popular book “How Stuff Works” and acts as host on the new series “Who Knew? with Marshall Brain” (8 p.m., National Geographic).
Horoscopes
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
The intensity of your focus defines your success this year. Prioritize knowing what is important and what is frivolous. You often reverse directions out of the blue. If you are single, you might have many choices, so much so that you might become overwhelmed. If you are attached, the two of you will be updating your digs, creating much more of what you both desire.
Patients who wake up during surgery studied
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A7
Patients say it feels like being trapped in a corpse: They wake up during surgery, unable to move or scream. Some remember hearing their surgeons talk, and a few recall feeling intense pain.
Our town sports
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Lawrence Amateur Golf Assn. will conduct its annual championships on July 12 at Alvamar and July 13 at Eagle Bend.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Utility man Kerry Meier will keep a similar role for the time being - backup quarterback and part-time wide receiver on offense.
TapStats to make a play at Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
A statistics program and display package developed by two information-technology professionals in Kansas University’s athletics department is getting its big shot this week in Kansas City, Mo.
Water report has states scrambling
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A7
The governor of Illinois ordered screening of the state’s waterways for pharmaceuticals Wednesday in reaction to an Associated Press investigation into the presence of trace amounts of medicines in U.S. drinking water.
Use caution in helping others
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Mortgage Bankers Association has delivered more bad news about the housing market.
Rising pollution
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: “A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.”
KU to test emergency communication today
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University will test its new emergency communication system at 12:30 p.m. today.
Commodities
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures mostly traded lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery rose 59.5 cents to $12.825; May corn fell 5.25 cents to $5.6725; May oats declined 0.75 cent to $4.0175; May soybeans shed 12.75 cents to $13.95.
Networking group elects officers
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
Douglas County Connection, a local networking organization, announces the election of three officers to its Leadership Team.
Slattery to challenge Sen. Roberts
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
After more than a decade away from Kansas and its politics, former Rep. Jim Slattery is jumping back in.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 13, 1908: “Charles Longfellow, a cousin of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is very ill at the home of his daughter 11 miles southeast of Lawrence.
Ten tips to ready your garden for spring
March 13, 2008 in print edition on C1
Spring is on its way - finally! I am anxious to get to work in the garden, and there are plenty of things to do to get ready for the growing season. Here are some ways you can prepare your lawn and garden for the season.
Panel to focus on food
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence Sustainability Network is hosting a panel discussion and community potluck Saturday.
Pump patrol
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.09 at several locations.
Mother’s trial fuels child safety debate
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A10
Treffly Coyne was out of her car for just minutes and no more than 10 yards away. But that was long and far enough to land her in court after a police officer spotted her sleeping 2-year-old daughter alone in the vehicle; Coyne had taken her two older daughters to pour $8.29 in coins into a Salvation Army kettle.
Media pressure
Protecting the news media’s right to shield sources in certain cases is an essential element in protecting America’s democracy.
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A8
The need for reporters shield laws like the one currently under consideration in the Kansas Legislature may not be immediately apparent to many observers. For those who don’t understand the connection between such laws and constitutional provisions that protect freedom of the press, a current case in Washington, D.C., offers a vivid illustration.
Legion celebrates birthday
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
Members of Lawrence’s American Legion are preparing to celebrate the national organization’s 89th birthday next week.
Kevorkian plans run for Congress
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
Jack Kevorkian in Congress?
Two charged in shooting death of UNC student president
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man charged with murdering the University of North Carolina student body president was arrested Wednesday as detectives hunted for a second suspect.
District settles with ex-principal
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
Former Baldwin High School principal Allen Poplin will be paid $42,000 as part of a lawsuit settlement he reached with Baldwin school district.
Breast cancer plates available for vehicles
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
Breast cancer awareness license plates are available to the public at the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office.
On the record
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Taco Bell employee reported $1,000 in lawn damage at the business. The crime occurred about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday at 1220 W. Sixth St.
View from the Kansas Legislature: Corporate tax package a positive step for state
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A8
Tax policy is one of the more important - and controversial - issues the Kansas Legislature wrestles with each year. One of the most daunting objectives in this process is balancing ongoing economic competitiveness with fairness.
NBA Roundup
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B6
Scores from around the league.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A8
City Manager Ray Wells had his 5 percent pay hike for city officials approved by the commission and was granted a $1,500 annual raise himself.
Work to close K-7 interchange at US 24-40
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A4
All ramps at the interchange of Kansas Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 24-40 in Wyandotte County will close at 8:30 a.m. today so that construction can begin on a new interchange.
8th-grader suspended for buying Skittles at school
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A10
Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student in Connecticut.
Former senator from Ohio dies at 90
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A6
Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, an Ohio Democrat who was a feisty self-made millionaire before he began a long career fighting big business in the Senate, died Wednesday night. He was 90.
Right Start’ seminar scheduled for Friday
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center will offer an edition of “The Right Start,” part of an ongoing seminar series for startups, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the center, 734 Vt., Suite 104.
Ferraro resigns as Clinton fundraiser
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A6
Geraldine Ferraro, the newest member of the 2008 Foot-in-Mouth Club, stepped down from a fundraising role in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign Wednesday but refused to recant controversial comments about Barack Obama’s race being a factor in his success.
Keegan: Instincts serve Green
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Two days after leading his basketball team into the Class 6A state-title game, Lawrence High junior Dorian Green was back on the baseball diamond, covering a bunt. He pounced off the mound, whistled a laser to first base and left his baseball coach shaking his head.
NU player released from jail
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nebraska football player Andy Christensen is out of jail after posting bond. Christensen was arrested last weekend outside a downtown Lincoln bar on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.
Family cat source of repeat infection
March 13, 2008 in print edition on C8
People struggling to get rid of recurrent staph infections might want to consider an often-overlooked source: the family pet.
Loyal Jayhawk
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The Jayhawk Nation has lost one of its premier citizens in Otto Schnellbacher. His name will live on in the stadium’s ring of honor; his picture and sports resume will forever be a part of the KU and Kansas Sports Hall of Fames; and his youthful face will continue to smile from the sports murals in the Adams Alumni Center.
Sustainability lecture to feature entrepreneur
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University’s School of Business will host “Sustainability in Action,” a lecture by environmental entrepreneur Ray Anderson. The 2008 William S. Sutton lecture is set for 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union. It is free and open to the public.
Barnes bags Big 12 coaching honor
Texas leader outpolls Baylor’s Drew for AP award
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B2
Texas coach Rick Barnes criticized his players publicly, only to back off later. He chastised himself for “coaching mad” during a midseason lull.
Kids survive being thrown off bridge
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
Two children struggled Wednesday morning before their mother threw them 22 feet from an overpass into oncoming Interstate 30 rush-hour traffic, Dallas police said.
Marquette stifles Seton Hall
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B3
Jerel McNeal scored 21 points, and No. 25 Marquette held Seton Hall scoreless over the final five minutes of a 67-54 victory Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
Shuttle docks with space station
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A6
Space shuttle Endeavour pulled up to the international space station and docked Wednesday, kicking off almost two weeks of demanding construction work.
Effort to evict bar owner delayed
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
Efforts to evict the owner of the former downtown nightclub Last Call from his New Hampshire Street location won’t materialize quickly.
Last WWI vet dies at age 110
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
France’s last remaining veteran of World War I died Wednesday at age 110 after outliving 8.4 million Frenchmen who fought in what they called “la Grande Guerre.”
Still not clean
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: We all use rationalization to justify our decisions to others and to ourselves. Politicians are called on to justify their decisions more often than most of us, and some become quite adept at stringing together irrelevant facts and joining half-truths to create the illusion that these somehow equal a real truth.
Lawrence High School Honor roll
March 13, 2008 in print edition on C8
Lawrence High School has announced its first semester 2007-08 honor rolls. To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must obtain at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
KU claims 8th straight baseball win
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Kansas University senior Ryne Price went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs, and Erik Morrison was a homer short of hitting for the cycle as Kansas University won its eighth straight, 11-7 over Missouri State on Wednesday afternoon at Hammons Field.
Researchers identify protein’s role in cancer cells
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
Scientists have pinpointed a key protein that causes cancerous cells to spread throughout the body, a finding that could enable doctors to better predict how aggressive breast tumors might be.
Coal waning
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Why would Kansas coal plant companies stoop to bribery, I mean memoranda of understanding, in a desperate attempt to gather support?
Iowa State women stun K-State in Big 12 quarterfinals
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B3
Alison Lacey drove end-to-end for a three-point play with 4.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting Iowa State to a 66-65 upset of No. 15 Kansas State on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference women’s basketball tournament.
Schools closed amid flu outbreak
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hong Kong on Wednesday ordered more than half a million primary and kindergarten students to stay home for two weeks because of a flu outbreak in one of the world’s most densely populated cities.
Lawmakers warn of aviation loss
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
Wichita lawmakers on Wednesday warned that Kansas could lose much of its aircraft manufacturing industry unless the Legislature spends more on aviation training. “The competition is real,” said state Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita. “If we lose these jobs, we’ll be hurting.”
Measure would give seniors tax break
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
About 900 Kansas senior citizens per year could defer paying their property taxes under a proposal that was discussed Wednesday. The measure - House Bill 2928 - is aimed at helping elderly Kansans on fixed incomes who face an unanticipated financial hardship, said state Rep. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City.
Call girl identified; doesn’t want to be ‘a monster’
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A7
The call girl at the center of the prostitution scandal that prompted Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign in disgrace has been identified as a 22-year-old aspiring musician who struggled in a broken home as a child.
Incoming governor praised
Man taking over after Spitzer’s resignation has friends on both sides in legislature
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
Replacing Eliot Spitzer, who rose to the governorship of New York after browbeating Wall Street titans, is David Paterson, a man so affable that the colleague he supplanted in an Albany coup now speaks of him in glowing terms.
Hochevar effective in K.C. victory
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B2
Luke Hochevar was impressive in his first spring training start, and Miguel Olivo’s homer and two doubles helped the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3, Wednesday.
Journal-World All-Area Girls Basketball First Team
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
A listing of the best area girl’s high school basketball players, as selected by the Journal-World.
KU students to cycle coast to coast
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two Kansas University students plan to spend this summer pedaling for a cause. Stephanie Meehan, a senior from Topeka, will ride from Boston to Santa Barbara, Calif., with Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that helps provide affordable housing.
Students intend to return Potter Lake to past glory
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
Potter Lake, lined with trees and nestled in the slope of Mount Oread, is one of the most peaceful spots on the Kansas University campus. But often that picturesque atmosphere is disrupted by beer bottles, garbage and sometimes even the odor of rotting algae.
Aldrich proves tough
KU hoops freshman shrugs off pain
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich looked like he was executing moves he learned in preseason boxing-conditioning workouts, bobbing up and down as he shuffled off the Allen Fieldhouse court. Actually, he was weaving over to the corner cut man - make that the team trainer - after suffering a right hand injury at a recent Kansas University basketball practice.
Juco wideout quickly got up to speed
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Hawking policies in a shirt and tie just wasn’t going to cut it for Rod Harris. He knew that in his first days at Blinn (Texas) Community College. “I came in and ran like a 4.71 (-second 40-yard dash), and the receivers coach was like ‘That’s gonna get you selling insurance,’” Harris recalled.
Ex-Jayhawk Hartwig let go by Panthers
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Former Kansas University offensive lineman Justin Hartwig has been released by the Carolina Panthers.
Rangers’ Metcalf out 6-to-8 weeks
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Texas Rangers third baseman Travis Metcalf was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday in Dallas to repair a torn hamstring muscle.
Lions’ coach delivers
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kristin Mallory now can relate to legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson. No, Mallory hasn’t adopted the ideals of the Far East or carved out a catchy metaphysical nickname like “Zen Master.” Instead, she finally experienced coaching a team with so much talent that winning became inevitable.
Senior rises to the occasion
Danielle Bird steps out of comfort zone to lead LHS
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
With her team trailing by seven points at halftime of the state championship game last week in Emporia, Lawrence High senior Danielle Bird did something nobody expected.
Environmental regulators tighten air quality standards
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
The air in hundreds of U.S. counties is simply too dirty to breathe, the government said Wednesday, ordering a multibillion-dollar expansion of efforts to clean up smog in cities and towns nationwide.
Sheriff: Woman on toilet 2 years
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
A 35-year-old woman who apparently spent two years in her boyfriend’s bathroom in Ness City had become stuck to the toilet seat, authorities said Wednesday.
Candidates fill gaps with running mates
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A8
Were it not for the 12th Amendment, ratified on June 15, 1804, presidential nominees could, and probably would prefer to, run alone, without being saddled with pesky vice presidential running mates, who can be embarrassments. Unfortunately, the presidential election of 1800 happened.
State should fight for Boeing
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A9
Lawrence is not loved in western Kansas nor by the people who represent them in Topeka. We’re seen as far too liberal and, these days, as meddling in western Kansas affairs as a result of the strong lobbying by Lawrence folks against the coal-fired power plants proposed to be built near Holcomb.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas to speak out on disabilities
March 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
When Amanda Steiner reflects on how her life has changed since an automobile accident left her quadriplegic, she comes up empty. “I don’t think it’s changed a whole lot,” the 23-year-old said. “I still try and do the same things.”
Wallowing in willows
Graceful landscape plants bloom into spring showstoppers
March 13, 2008 in print edition on C1
Willows are among the more interesting shrubs and trees, especially this time of year, when soft, gray pussycats curl up along their stems. Willows have other weirdnesses, too: Just look at the form of the branches.
Ground covers good alternative to lawn
March 13, 2008 in print edition on C1
The more I write about gardening and learn about our environment, the more I am converting my lawn from grass to beds of perennials or annual flower beds, patios and ground covers.
Color Studio adds stylists, therapists
March 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
Several new employees have joined Color Studio, 2330 Yale Road.