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Archive for Friday, March 14, 2008

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Would you buy an electric-powered car?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
65%
No.
 
34%
Total 294
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Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
Mark Samuels, who runs his business from his home, points to his inventory on temporary shelves in his office in New Orleans in this file photo. Samuels, president and founder of New Orleans-based Basin Street Records, is haggling with ICF's Road Home aid program over the amount of compensation he is due. Thousands of Katrina victims still waiting for relief checks
March 14, 2008 in print edition on 7A
Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of miserable homeowners are still waiting for their government rebuilding checks, and many complain they can’t even get their calls returned.
1:00 p.m.
Juan Ortiz, a Lenexa resident and 2007 Kansas University graduate, plays Whack-a-Mole on Thursday in KCLive!, the area that is the centerpiece of the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Basketball fans are converging on the newly revitalized district just west of the Sprint Center for this weekend's Big 12 basketball tournament. New KC attractions lure fans
March 14, 2008 in print edition on 1A
It’s about time. This precisely is what a vibrant downtown begins to look like. The first day of the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament was being played next door at the Sprint Center, and basketball fans not inside were enjoying the mild weather Thursday and hanging out in the new Power & Light District just west of the arena.
4:00 p.m.
Miles Bonny is the organizer behind INnatesounds, a hip-hop crew that is releasing its debut disc. The roots of the crew can be traced to Lawrence, where Bonny developed his producing/performance skills. Crew call
March 14, 2008 in print edition on 1C
For the first half of this decade, Miles Bonny came to exemplify the Lawrence hip-hop scene. Now the singer/producer has expanded his reach in all directions.
5:40 p.m.
Kansas guard Mario Chalmers takes a pass on the wing during warmups Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. A true survive-and-advance story: KU downs NU, 64-54
5:38 p.m., March 14, 2008 Updated 8:14 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It took about 20 minutes longer than would have been expected, given how Kansas University looked in its final four regular season outings, but the Jayhawks survived and advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. The key 10-2 run in the Jayhawks’ 64-54 win over Nebraska came immediately after halftime, with KU trailing 27-22. KU shot just 8-of-17 in the first 20 minutes, failing to find any offensive flow with leading scorer Darrell Arthur having hoisted just one shot. The run was keyed by a Darnell Jackson dunk right off the bat thanks to a Mario Chalmers steal. Chalmers then cashed a three from atop the key, and following a Brandon Rush reverse layup while drawing a foul, Nebraska was never officially back in it, despite technically staying within range until the closing minutes.

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Extra Minutes: Kansas 64, Nebraska 54
March 14, 2008
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks’ ugly 64-54 win over Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament Friday. None of the top seeds who had Thursday byes looked particularly solid, and KU’s rough offensive showing had plenty to do with Nebraska’s scrappy defense and the Jayhawks not getting Darrell Arthur going early on (or the rest of the night).
6Sports video: Fighting Manginos kick off spring practice
March 14, 2008
The Kansas football team works out for the first time this spring with an audience.
6Sports video: Oklahoma to face Texas
March 14, 2008
Colorado kept it close, but the Sooners pulled away just in time.
6Sports video: Texas moves to semis
March 14, 2008
This afternoon Oklahoma State tried and failed to knock off the 1-seeded Texas Longhorns.
6Sports video: KU softball creams Buffalo
March 14, 2008
Today the Kansas softball team played host to the Buffalo Bulls in the Kansas Invitational.
6News video: Sebelius: coal plants holding up legislative agenda
March 14, 2008
Governor Kathleen Sebelius says legislators supporting two local coal-fired power plants in southwestern Kansas appear to be playing “Let’s Make a Deal.”
6News video: Fans flock to downtown KC
March 14, 2008
Big 12 fans are enjoying the conference tournament in a brand new venue this year.
6News video: KU class brings project to Greensburg
March 14, 2008
Packing and moving 402 miles is no easy task, but a group of KU students and their professor, along with a crane and fleet of semi trucks, will do just that next week. 6News reporter Jonathan Kealing has more information on the effort to bring hope to Greensburg, KS.
6Sports video: Hawks have Huskers nervous
March 14, 2008
The last time Nebraska and Kansas locked up, the Jayhawks walked away with a 84-49 win that left Husker coach Doc Sadler at a loss for words.
6Sports video: Cornhuskers can’t escape
March 14, 2008
If there was one team Doc Sadler and the Nebraska Cornhuskers would have liked to avoid, it would have been Kansas. Kevin Romary has more from the Sprint Center.
6News video: Defense lab must include power plant
March 14, 2008
A new wrinkle developed today in the state’s efforts to land a $450 million biodefense lab.
6News video: Free State searches for new principal
March 14, 2008
Lawrence’s superintendent says he hopes to select a new Free State High School principal by the end of April.
A true survive-and-advance story: KU downs NU, 64-54
05:38 p.m., March 14, 2008 Updated 08:14 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It took about 20 minutes longer than would have been expected, given how Kansas University looked in its final four regular season outings, but the Jayhawks survived and advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. The key 10-2 run in the Jayhawks’ 64-54 win over Nebraska came immediately after halftime, with KU trailing 27-22. KU shot just 8-of-17 in the first 20 minutes, failing to find any offensive flow with leading scorer Darrell Arthur having hoisted just one shot. The run was keyed by a Darnell Jackson dunk right off the bat thanks to a Mario Chalmers steal. Chalmers then cashed a three from atop the key, and following a Brandon Rush reverse layup while drawing a foul, Nebraska was never officially back in it, despite technically staying within range until the closing minutes.
6News Now: Greensburg to get new house built at Studio 804
March 14, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, students in KU’s Studio 804 class are heading for Greensburg.
Feds want power plant for NBAF
March 14, 2008
The federal government has asked Kansas and other states vying for a new Department of Homeland Security laboratory to commit to building a power plant for the facility, officials confirmed Friday.
New technology goes affordable
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B11
Jon Red Corn is putting his education to the test with a new environmentally friendly home to be built in east Lawrence.
Initiative pays off
Lucrative development in Wyandotte County has set an example Douglas County should study.
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A10
A great deal is being made about the redeveloped Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City and how the Sprint Center is going to pump new life and excitement into the area.
NU player enters no plea
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nebraska football player Andy Christensen enters no plea at his arraignment on a charge of first-degree sexual assault.
Horoscopes
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B10
This year you could easily swing from closed to open, from fatigue to energized, from domestic issues to your community standing.
People in the news
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Snoop Dogg to make cameo on soap opera¢ Spears ‘having a blast’ on set of sitcom¢ ‘Deathly Hallows’ movie to be split in two¢ Novelist donates $1M to Alzheimer’s research¢ Jackson lawyer says Neverland Ranch saved¢ Prince Charles, Camilla jam with Rastafarians
Jayhawks to compete at NCAA Indoor
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kansas University will send eight athletes to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships today and Saturday.
Any suggestions?’
NU coach excited about win, not about playing KU today
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler has the white flag tucked away in his back pocket. Just in case he needs it tonight when his team plays Kansas University in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.
Mayer: Big 12 comes around
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Big 12 Conference is big-time in most categories, and next year it will abolish one of its most bush-league habits: the postseason basketball tournament with a Thursday-Sunday run.
Colon, Beltran back in swing
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
For Bartolo Colon, it was almost as if he’d been pitching all spring. Carlos Beltran, however, felt as if he hadn’t played center field before.
KU preparing for long stay
Jayhawks hunker down in Kansas City
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B4
A massive black charter bus carrying Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches pulled out of an Allen Fieldhouse parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
WVU sends UConn home
Pittsburgh gives boot to No. 13 Louisville
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
One year has made a remarkable difference for Joe Alexander and West Virginia.
New gadgets could be carrying a virus
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
From iPods to navigation systems, some of today’s hottest gadgets are landing on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory - preinstalled viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew spam.
Charges recommended in toilet case
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
The sheriff is recommending charges in the case of a western Kansas woman who sat on her boyfriend’s toilet for so long that her body became stuck to the seat.
Difficult’ times: Retail sales plunge while oil prices surge
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A9
Oil hit a record high, the dollar sank again, and consumers stopped buying pretty much everything.
Disgraced governor could take plea deal
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A6
As Gov. Eliot Spitzer prepares to leave office, the disgraced politician faces a tangled battle with prosecutors that will send lawyers into murky legal territory.
Last Call shooter pleads guilty
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The man who shot three people last month outside a Lawrence nightclub pleaded guilty Thursday, and then apologized to his victims.
Public messaging system tested at KU
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
A test of Kansas University’s public messaging system Thursday worked for some and not for others.
Regents consider aid for center in Wichita
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Board of Regents agreed Thursday that increasing funding to the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education is a critical issue for the state.
Horton’ stretches, strains tiny Seuss tale
March 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
Horton may hear a Who, but the rest of us may hear a lot of hoopla, and it’s not all the charming sort you expect from a benign Seussian world.
The Clintons hide, while others seek
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A10
The campaign manager for Sen. Barack Obama has a point.
Contest offers awards
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Douglas County high school seniors can enter to win scholarships in the first essay contest sponsored by the county’s law library and bar association.
Greensburg home features divided dome
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B11
SIPsmart Building Systems, of Lawrence, is preparing to put another of its innovative designs into the built environment, this time in Greensburg.
Realty Executives honors 4 Realtors
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B11
Four Realtors with Realty Executives-Hedges Real Estate, Lawrence, ranked among the top 50 of more than 1,200 Realty Executives professionals in the national company’s Mid-America region during 2007.
Sellers ask for help of St. Joseph in slow market
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B11
When sales slow, many homeowners look for help from St. Joseph.
3 dean candidates await provost’s pick
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The final two candidates for Kansas University’s dean of the School of Fine Arts are William Vernon May and Aaron Horne.
Free State track gets started
Firebirds work outdoors earlier than usual
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Free State High track coach Steve Heffernan was a busy man Thursday afternoon. Whether he was compiling times, pep-talking runners or herding others to their next event, he did his best to rein in the chaos of the Firebirds’ first track meet of the season.
News of the Weird
March 14, 2008 in print edition on C2
A 25-year-old woman was arrested for assault in Bremerton, Wash., in December after fighting with her boyfriend in the shower over whether the man’s dog could join them.
Cowgirls hold off upstart Texas
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B5
Andrea Riley had 23 points, including the game-winning layup with 1:18 to play, in No. 18 Oklahoma State’s 75-72 victory over Texas in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
Congress endorses tax raises, rejects earmark moratorium
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Even with the backing of all three presidential candidates, Senate old-timers in both parties decisively killed a proposed one-year ban on lawmakers’ home-state pet projects.
Rice urges nations to keep terrorists out
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that all U.N. nations, including Venezuela, have an obligation to go after terrorists and keep them from operating within their borders.
County approves higher bridge costs
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A5
Repairing one of two bridges that were closed this week is going to cost about $40,000 more than expected, Douglas County commissioners were told Thursday.
Free enterprise
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: In the March 6 Journal-World, there was a very clear editorial concerning public or private recycling. As pointed out in the editorial, there are a number of private companies that offer curbside recycling at varying prices.
Panel to put funeral picketing bill on fast track
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
The House Federal and State Affairs Committee’s chairman says a new funeral picketing bill to replace a law struck down by the Kansas Supreme Court is on the fast track in his committee.
Crew call
Miles Bonny assembles regional hip-hop talent for INnatesounds debut
March 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
For the first half of this decade, Miles Bonny came to exemplify the Lawrence hip-hop scene. Now the singer/producer has expanded his reach in all directions.
Morrison speaks about allegations
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B12
Former Attorney General Paul Morrison said Thursday that he looks forward to proving that he’s innocent of criminal misconduct allegations raised against him as he became embroiled in a sex scandal.
Sudan, Chad sign deal to end rebel support
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
The presidents of Sudan and Chad have signed a peace deal aimed at preventing armed groups operating along their shared borders from destabilizing the region.
Gunmen at center of land dispute targeted
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
The military sealed off a region of western Kenya where land disputes have flared into violence, and witnesses said helicopter gunships were strafing the area Thursday to try to drive gunmen from forests and caves.
Boozing, smoking will cost more after ‘sin tax’
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A12
Many Britons were resigning themselves to more puritanical lifestyles Thursday as they faced the prospect of “sin taxes” that will increase the cost of alcohol, cigarettes, gas-guzzling cars and, potentially, plastic bags.
Medical professionals reassess soothing power of sugarless gum
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Maybe this explains why only four out of five dentists recommend sugarless gum to their patients who chew gum: Turns out the first ingredient in most sugarless gums is a known laxative - sweet-tasting sorbitol.
Buffs put BU on bubble
A&M, OSU advance
March 14, 2008
Baylor was hoping for at least one more victory, a little padding to make sure of its first NCAA Tournament berth in 20 years. Colorado put a big dent in those plans, likely giving the Bears some anxious moments when the NCAA field is announced on Sunday.
Couples tied atop Palmer
Henry shares lead at 65; Woods cards 70
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
Fred Couples made four birdies in his opening six holes, shot 5-under 65, and golf finally felt fun. Tiger Woods couldn’t hit the green with a wedge, struggled to shoot even par, and he finally looked human.
Suspect in student leader’s slaying charged with murders
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A6
Two days before Eve Carson was shot near UNC-Chapel Hill, a man now charged in her killing showed up at a Wake County court for a probation violation hearing that could have landed him in jail, officials said Thursday.
Haskell softball swept by Ottawa
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Haskell Indian Nations University softball squad was trying to swing for the fences in Thursday’s doubleheader against Ottawa University, but came up short.
Old technology
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I recently returned from an extended trip throughout the southwestern states. Because I planned to visit friends and relatives along the way, I didn’t fly, as I would have preferred.
New KC attractions lure fans
Power & Light District creates festive atmosphere
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s about time. This precisely is what a vibrant downtown begins to look like. The first day of the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament was being played next door at the Sprint Center, and basketball fans not inside were enjoying the mild weather Thursday and hanging out in the new Power & Light District just west of the arena.
Net Worth: Song lyrics earn humorous interpretations on Web
March 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
There is little argument that the Internet has led to great advances in communication. But it also has helped exploit the comedic value of miscommunication.
History repeat?
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: The American-Spanish philosopher George Santayana once wrote that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. While his Old World pessimism is at odds with the “yes, we can” optimism of the New World, there is wisdom there that we would do well to heed.
St. Patrick’s Day parade to laud Irish firefighter
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Rick Laughlin won’t be wearing green during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, but he’ll be cruising in a green fire truck wearing a big smile.
Younger generation connects
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A11
It is unbearably bleak as winter lingers in March and a cold wind blows and the people on the obituary page seem better looking than yourself and your prostate feels like a hockey puck and you walk around with your wallet and car keys looking for your wallet and car keys and you read an article about bipolar disorder and think, “Hey, that’s me,” and so in desperation I flew out to San Francisco for a few days, where the winter rains had stopped and the city was bathed in Mediterranean light and everyone seemed very buoyant, as if the miasma was gone and the halcyon days were back, and suddenly I felt 30 again.
House closes doors for surveillance bill debate
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
The House held a closed session Thursday for the first time in 25 years to discuss a hotly contested surveillance bill.
L.A. hurler Saunders having strong spring
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
Joe Saunders is having the kind of spring he wished he had last year.
Agreement close on do-over primary
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Michigan Democrats are close to an agreement with presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama to hold a do-over primary.
Commentary: Don’t make Daly into a hero
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
The 8:40 EDT tee time arrived Wednesday morning, and John Daly didn’t. He stiffed three partners and Arnold Palmer, though that now qualifies as resume enhancement for Daly. The worse he behaves, the better his fans like it.
Return ‘Jezebel’ for a refund
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B10
Less than the sum of its parts, “The Return of Jezebel James” (7 p.m. Fox), sinks under the weight of its contrived plot and impressive pedigree.
Political wives can pay a high price
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A10
To think that I had never focused blame on this particular part of the male anatomy. But there was anthropologist Helen Fisher on the “Today” show explaining that Client 9’s destiny was in his eyebrows. And his cheekbones.
Body of kidnapped archbishop found
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A9
The body of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found in a shallow grave in northern Iraq on Thursday, two weeks after he was kidnapped by gunmen in one of the most dramatic attacks against the country’s small Christian community.
WVU players plead
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
West Virginia running back Noel Devine was among four Mountaineers’ football players to plead no contest to misdemeanor battery charges after being arrested Thursday.
KU softball tourney set this weekend
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kansas University’s softball team will play host to its second tournament in as many weeks beginning today in the Kansas Invitational.
Recreation calendar
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Sports and recreation in Lawrence
NASA goes ahead with late-night spacewalk
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
NASA pressed ahead with the first spacewalk of shuttle Endeavour’s space station mission Thursday night despite a problem getting power to a giant robot that needs to be assembled by astronauts.
Jayhawks to face Huskers again
Kansas has routed Nebraska twice
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s not often a first-team all-Big 12 basketball pick fails to score a single point in a pivotal league game. But that’s exactly what happened on Jan. 26, when Nebraska senior center Aleks Maric went 0-for-6 from the field and 0-for-2 from the free-throw line in the Cornhuskers’ 84-49 loss to Kansas University in Allen Fieldhouse.
Thousands of Katrina victims still waiting for relief checks
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of miserable homeowners are still waiting for their government rebuilding checks, and many complain they can’t even get their calls returned.
Altrusa International offers scholarship
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B11
Altrusa International Inc. of Lawrence, an organization of business and professional women whose members are committed to community service, is offering a scholarship to assist women in achieving their career goals and financial independence.
Commodities
March 14, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures traded mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Biobank could link genes, illnesses
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A12
Wanted: Your genes. Hoping to link illnesses to genetics and lifestyle, the federal government is exploring the possibility of recruiting a half-million Americans to contribute their DNA and health information to an ambitious national “biobank.”
On the record
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Toyota Camry caught fire about 7:30 p.m. near the West Lawrence interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.
Life on the Kaw’ edition to be unveiled
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Kansas River advocacy group will unveil the latest edition to the online Kansas River Atlas “Life on the Kaw” later this month at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Pump patrol
March 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.18 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St.