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Extra Minutes: Kansas 77, Texas A&M 71
March 15, 2008
Tying up loose ends from KU’s Big 12 Tournament semifinal win over Texas A&M. In the 77-71 triumph, Brandon Rush’s career-high 28 points on 9-of-13 points may have marked the best single game performance by a Jayhawk this season.
KU survives another Sprint Center scare, ousts A&M, 77-71 in semis
03:13 p.m., March 15, 2008 Updated 05:36 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It may sound redundant, but here it goes … KU started slow in the Sprint Center, using an early second half run to build a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, advancing in Big 12 Tournament play. It was the case Friday night in a 64-54 win over Nebraska, and was again Saturday in a 77-71 semifinal triumph over pesky Texas A&M, giving KU its 30th win of the season and a berth in Sunday’s title game against Texas, who earlier knocked off Oklahoma, 77-49. It marks the third straight year the league’s tournament will end with a KU-UT showdown. KU won each of the past two years.
Arthur nonfactor
Sophomore takes just four shots
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
Darrell Arthur’s a man. He’s (almost) 20. That’s why 22-year-old Kansas University junior guard Brandon Rush won’t get after the sophomore forward following Arthur’s six-point performance on just 1-of-4 shooting in a 64-54 escape from Nebraska’s first-half grasp in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday at Sprint Center.
Red scare
KU forced to rally past Cornhuskers
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Maybe it’s because Kansas University’s basketball players had pummeled Nebraska by 35 points at home and 21 on the road this season and expected to pound NU again without breaking a sweat.
Keegan: Big 12 merely so-so
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
From where I’m sitting, the Big 12 looks like a four-bid league. Then again, I would need a significant upgrade to sniff the Bob Uecker seats on press row at the Sprint Center, a brand-new facility that best could be summed up in two words: nothing special.
KU basketball notebook
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
Kansas University and Texas A&M will meet today for the second time in eight days. The Jayhawks stopped the Aggies, 72-55, a week ago today in College Station, Texas.
Rice coach dismissed
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Longtime Rice coach Willis Wilson was fired Friday, two days after the Owls finished 3-27 overall and 0-16 in Conference USA.
LSU rewards Miles
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
LSU will make Les Miles the highest-paid head football coach in the Southeastern Conference under a renegotiated five-year contract agreement signed Friday.
Finding top-notch deans is vital to Kansas University
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Wade Hobgood, a professor of mass communications at North Carolina-Asheville, was in Lawrence last week interviewing for the job as dean of the Kansas University School of Fine Arts.
Obama denounces his pastor’s 9/11 remarks
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday denounced inflammatory remarks from his pastor, who has railed against the United States and accused the country of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.
Pentagon: Top al-Qaida figure in custody
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
After secret interrogations, the CIA transferred to U.S. military custody a high-level al-Qaida figure who helped Osama bin Laden escape from Afghanistan in 2001, the Pentagon announced Friday.
Effectiveness of Washington’s 31-year handgun ban unclear
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
On Sept. 24, 1976, one of the toughest gun laws in the nation took effect in the District of Columbia, essentially outlawing the private ownership of new handguns in a city struggling with violence.
Iraqi mourners attend funeral of kidnapped archbishop
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
Carrying flowers and olive branches, mourners wept and wailed as they carried a wooden coffin holding the body of one of Iraq’s most senior Chaldean Catholic clerics for a proper burial in northern Iraq on Friday.
Colorado player arrested
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Police in Boulder say they have arrested University of Colorado football player Lynn Katoa for investigation of second-degree assault on another CU student.
Bluegrass blues
Kentucky is facing an excruciating invasion of one of its much-admired ways of life.
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
One can drive through the “horse country” of Kentucky, perhaps visit a stable for thoroughbred breeding and get a wonderful taste of a genteel and traditional way of life that has survived in the area for hundreds of years.
Around and about
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Around and about Lawrence
Scouting news
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Scouting news around Lawrence
Lawmakers consider creating own guest-worker programs
Arizona, Colorado say more immigrant laborers needed
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
As a labor contractor in the nation’s winter lettuce capital, Francisco Chavez struggles to hire enough workers to pick and package the produce.
Dagunduro sharp early, but Huskers ‘wore down’
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
Nebraska guard Ade Dagunduro floated through the air and finished a wicked one-handed putback with 37 seconds left Friday.
Vols, Bruins withstand upset bids, posture for top seeds
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Tennessee hardly looked like a No. 1 seed, and South Carolina sure didn’t resemble the team that lost by 33 points to the Volunteers less than a week ago.
Sebelius: Legislators are doing ‘nothing’
Focus on coal plants distracting leaders from major issues, she says
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said the Legislature has failed on a number of major issues because of efforts to push through legislation that would require the construction of two coal-fired power plants.
Wanted: New top Firebird
Search is on for new principal at Free State
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
With advisory committees of teachers, parents and students coming together, Lawrence’s superintendent hopes to select a new Free State High School principal next month.
Requirements added to defense lab plan
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
The federal biodefense lab sought by Kansas will need its own electric power and wastewater systems, presumably at state taxpayer expense, state officials said Friday.
Longhorns hold off KU baseball
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
Ryne Price hit a pair of solo home runs, but Kansas University’s baseball team couldn’t upset Texas on Friday.
Anderson places second at indoor championships
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
Kansas University’s Nickesha Anderson finished second in the women’s 200 meters with the world’s second-fastest time at day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.
Greensburg structure is born in Lawrence
KU project takes to road on Monday
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Packing and moving 402 miles is no easy task, but packing and moving an entire building - walls and all - 400 miles is a task just short of Herculean.
CU sweeps KU tennis
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
After winning two matches against ranked opponents last week, Kansas University’s tennis team suffered a setback at Colorado, 7-0, Friday afternoon.
Chapple hits four homers
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
Junior Val Chapple collected four home runs and 10 RBIs as Kansas University’s softball team swept Buffalo in a doubleheader Friday at the Kansas Invitational.
4-H and FCE news
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
4-H and FCE news around Lawrence
Chess leader’s move saddens students
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Every Wednesday afternoon for the past eight years, Austin Kelly has commanded the attention of young chess players. Two weeks ago, it was clear Kelly also earned the admiration of students at Sunflower School.
General: British feeling strain of war, deployments
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
A top British general said Friday his nation’s army is feeling the same strains as American troops are facing after multiple deployments and almost six years of war.
Relay for Life seeks participants
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Douglas County invites residents to join its annual fundraiser.
McLouth police chief on leave
City’s dismissal of deputy called unrelated
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
McLouth’s police chief has been put on leave.
Habitat meeting set at Baker University
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will host a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 30 on Baker University’s campus in Baldwin City.
Fire damage set at $33,000
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Fires in two outdoor trash bins spread to a carport Wednesday night at a southwest Lawrence apartment complex.
Pump patrol
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.15 at several locations.
Gas-price gouging
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Cory Smith quotes AAA Executive President James Hanni in his article “Gasoline costs pinch consumers’ wallets,” (Journal-World, March 8): “Events overseas and the financial markets are just not breaking in the favor of the American consumer’s visit to the gas pump.”
Military news
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Military news around Lawrence
Cuba expected to ease consumer restrictions
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Opening a crack in Cuba’s closely controlled communist economy, the Cuban government reportedly will soon allow ordinary Cubans an unrestricted possibility to purchase items such as computers and microwave ovens.
At least 10 dead in protests led by monks against China
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Protests led by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule in Tibet turned violent Friday, bathing Lhasa in smoke from tear gas, bonfires and burned shops, and posing a challenge to China on whether its image can withstand a harsh crackdown ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
Tips for buying a tree
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D8
Most people shopping for a tree probably look closer at the top 90 percent of a candidate than the bottom 10 percent, the roots. That’s a mistake, says Matt Grubisich, a regional urban forester with the Texas Forest Service.
Iranian voters choose between reform, hard-liners in parliament elections
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Reformist leaders pushed for Iranians to vote in parliamentary elections Friday, hoping to prevent a sweep by hard-liners allied with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the country’s clerical leadership threw many liberal candidates out of the race.
Mich. Democrats agree on do-over primary
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Michigan Democrats agreed Friday to push a do-over primary in early June to give them a say in the close presidential race between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
Man in ricin case wakes up in hospital
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man who may have been exposed to toxic ricin in his motel room a month ago has regained consciousness and was being questioned by investigators, authorities said Friday.
Investment bank rescued from near collapse
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
On the verge of a collapse that could have shaken the very foundations of the U.S. financial system, investment bank Bear Stearns Cos. was bailed out Friday by a rival and the federal government. The near-miss raised new alarm about the credit crisis - and whether other big firms might be in jeopardy.
1 in 3 military women allege harassment
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
One-third of women in the military and 6 percent of men said they were sexually harassed, according to the latest Pentagon survey on the issue.
Chavez dares US to put Venezuela on terrorism list
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
President Hugo Chavez dared the U.S. on Friday to put Venezuela on a list of countries accused of supporting terrorism, calling it one more attempt by Washington to undermine him for political reasons.
Horoscopes
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
You have a unique style that others like and respond to. Be careful: At times others could see you as flippant and become hard. If you are attached, add to your friendship, and the romance could become steamier. If you are single, don’t separate love and friendship; they need to go together.
Storm, possible tornado rip through downtown Atlanta
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A severe storm including a possible tornado ripped through downtown Atlanta on Friday night, injuring several people, causing at least two buildings to collapse and damaging skyscrapers, hotels and two major sports arenas that were filled with thousands of pro and college basketball fans.
King of Torts’ pleads guilty to bribe charges
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, the legendary trial lawyer who made Big Business tremble every time he set foot in court, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe a judge - a crime that could send him to prison and spell the end of his storied legal career.
Jayhawks driven by success
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Following its most successful season in school history, Kansas University’s football team could allow complacency to set in with its place in the record books secure.
Pea season
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
Sugar snap, snow and garden peas all make appearances in early spring. All three are at their sweetest and tastiest when served slightly crunchy.
Soaring wheat prices affect food costs in every grocery aisle
Crop has tripled in price during the last 10 months
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
If you think the cost of gassing up your car is outrageous, wait until you need to restock your pantry.
Weary Aggies to face KU in semis
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
With roughly 16 hours between games, Texas A&M men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon won’t have a whole lot to say to his team about Kansas University.
Troubled bank lends hand to Protection One
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Bear Stearns Cos. - the New York investment firm rescued from the brink of collapse Friday by an emergency financial bailout - successfully helped the operating subsidiary of Lawrence-based Protection One Inc. secure a $110.3 million loan of its own.
Alleged cat confession not enough to convict
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A retiree who allegedly confessed to a pair of cats that he had beaten his partner to death was cleared of murder Friday.
Registry regrets: Gifts couples wished they’d remembered
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D5
Planning a wedding can be a real challenge, and it’s true that some of the details can get lost in the shuffle. Make sure you don’t end up with any registry regrets by checking out our list of the most common registry items couples wish they had remembered.
Hallmark disconnects online flower, gift sales
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Customers no longer will be able to buy flowers from Hallmark by catalog or online.
HUD unveils clearer mortgage disclosure
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Prospective home buyers would get easier-to-understand information on mortgage terms and save an estimated average of $700 in closing costs under a proposal unveiled Friday by President Bush.
Adams’: Good or good for you?
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
Character actor Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) stars in the title role in the ambitious seven-part miniseries “John Adams” (7 p.m., Sunday, HBO), based on the best-selling biography by David McCullough.
Is that a house or a UFO for sale?
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A mountainside house being auctioned in Tennessee is perfect for anyone tolerant of gawkers and fascinated with outer space: It’s built like a flying saucer.
Astronauts fix robot power trouble, get energy to sleeping giant Dextre
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Astronauts got power flowing to the international space station’s new robot Friday night, overcoming a problem that had threatened to disrupt shuttle Endeavour’s construction mission.
Recycling choice
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Curbside service should not be for everyone. A single person does not have as much recyclable material as a family. A municipal service of $6 to $15 tacked onto our present curbside service will hurt a senior citizen.
Customer at doughnut shop didn’t have pants
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Careful with that coffee! Police say a man placing an order in a suburban New York doughnut shop’s drive-through lane didn’t have any pants on.
On the record
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
A 76-year-old Overland Park man told Ottawa police a prostitute stole some blank checks from him.
Book explores love’s expression in religion
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
“Encyclopedia of Love.” The title alone sounds like an author’s hot ticket to “Oprah” or “The View.”
Bush intervened to end dispute over smog rule
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected suggestions on Friday that the White House forced him to weaken a key part of its new smog requirement after intervention by President Bush.
Hamilton stays hot against Royals
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Josh Hamilton just keeps on reaching base.
Candidates agree to disagree on trash talk
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton can agree: They sometimes disagree with trash-talking supporters and will try to cool it.
House passes spying bill, rebuffs Bush
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A deeply divided House approved its latest version of terrorist surveillance legislation on Friday, rebuffing President Bush’s demand for a bill that would grant telecommunications firms retroactive immunity for their cooperation in past warrantless wiretapping and deepening an impasse on a fundamental national security issue.
Doctor, wife remain in jail pending review of phone transcripts
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Kansas doctor and his wife remained in jail Friday as they waited for a magistrate judge’s written decision on whether to release them pending their trial on a federal indictment alleging they ran a “pill mill” linked to at least 56 overdose deaths.
Commanders: Al-Qaida will survive despite US pummeling
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
Al-Qaida is in Iraq to stay.
Maui wowie: $4 average for gas
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Hawaiian island of Maui is on the verge of becoming the first area in the nation to average a price of $4 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.
Enjoy area’s natural wonders
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
A new study shows that participation in outdoor activities is on the decline. Americans are spending less time hiking, fishing, hunting and visiting national parks, and more time playing video games, watching movies and surfing the Web.
So, Gov. Spitzer, was the prostitute worth it?
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
I admit that I’m curious. What, exactly, is included in $5,500 an hour sex? Does the woman sweat Dom Perignon? Are you massaged with an oil distilled from the tears of virgins? Do you get a complimentary big screen?
Clinton, Obama unlikely to share ticket
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
One of the great surprises of my first presidential campaign, back in 1960, came on the final morning of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
Club news
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Club news around Lawrence
Men at work
Controversial male-bonding movement building momentum in Lawrence
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
Mark Zwahl is tired of men making lame excuses for not being responsible - such as being late to dates.
Faith Forum: Does the idea ‘original sin’ affect us today?
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
¢ ‘Power of sin has corrupting influence’ by The Rev. Darrell Brazell, pastor, New Hope Fellowship¢ ‘Writings of Paul make case clear to understand’ by The Rev. Marshall Lackrone, pastor, Calvary Temple Assembly of God
A puzzling Da Vinci code: Genius may have illustrated chess games
March 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Leonardo da Vinci drew everything from war machines to anatomy sketches. Now it seems he may have also been an early illustrator of the chess puzzle.
People in the news
March 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Court suspends arrest warrant against Gere¢ 2 doctors cleared in actor Ritter’s death¢ Minnie Driver confirms she’s having a baby¢ Hilton will choose new BFF on reality show¢ Sheryl Crow teaming up with Fleetwood Mac¢ Lynch to give $1M to fund scholarships
UT survives scare
Cowboys take ‘Horns to wire again
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
D.J. Augustin wiped out Oklahoma State’s halftime lead with a single shot. A few minutes later the quick and crafty point guard had obliterated all of the Cowboys’ hard-earned momentum and put No. 6 Texas on the road to a 66-59 victory Friday in the Big 12 tournament.
Storm rips Georgia Dome
SEC considering rare doubleheader
March 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
A severe storm ripped away two panels in the side of the Georgia Dome during the Southeastern Conference tournament, sending debris tumbling from the ceiling, halting the Alabama-Mississippi State game and prompting fans to flee for the exits.
Hutchinson battles growing pigeon problem
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
The experts agree: There are definitely more pigeons in Hutchinson these days. And with the increased population comes increased problems related both to public health and property maintenance.
Journal-World’s longtime production manager dies
Dallas Dolan known for mechanical aptitude, inventions, love of softball
March 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Dallas E. Dolan, who became the heart and soul of the Journal-World and The World Company mechanical operations during a period of 64 years, died Friday morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after more than 25 years of combating cardiovascular problems. He was 80.