Archive for Sunday, March 23, 2008

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Birds of Kansas Eggstravaganza
Who do you think presents the biggest challenge to KU this weekend in Detroit?

Poll results

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No. 3 Wisconsin
No. 12 Villanova
No. 10 Davidson
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Ellington helps North Carolina rout Arkansas 108-77
March 23, 2008
North Carolina made everything look easy in its first two NCAA tournament games, from running out to big early leads to cracking the 100-point mark with plenty of time left on the clock. The only people who don’t sound all that impressed are, well, those same Tar Heels.
Pitino, Louisville rush into next round
March 23, 2008
Louisville got so revved up, Rick Pitino settled down. No need for the Cardinals coach to shout, stomp his foot or stalk the sideline. He simply watched and enjoyed the show Sunday while his team played to near-perfection, romping past Oklahoma 78-48 in the second round of the East Regional.
Dorsey key to Memphis’ 77-74 win over Mississippi State
March 23, 2008
Everyone knows Memphis can crank up the tempo and play a fast-paced game. But if someone wants to get down and dirty? Well, the Tigers can slog it out with the best of ‘em, too.
Lee carries W. Ky. to round of 16 with 72-63 win over San Diego
March 23, 2008
Western Kentucky blew another big lead, then responded with another clutch performance. Behind Courtney Lee’s dazzling array of shots early and his free throws late, the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years with a 72-63 victory over No. 13 San Diego on Sunday.
Davidson’s comeback stuns Georgetown
March 23, 2008
Stephen Curry looked tired. His soft, feathery shot was clanging off the rim. The slender, baby-faced sophomore seemed to be just another in a long line of stars bottled up by Georgetown’s ferocious defense. Davidson’s run was certainly over. A good season was coming to a fitting end against one of college basketball’s elite programs. Then, as quick as Curry can get off a turnaround 3-pointer, the Wildcats staged a comeback.
Smith’s free throws help Vols ice Butler in OT, 76-71
March 23, 2008
The Tennessee Volunteers scrapped, pounded and grabbed. They also survived. No coincidence in that. The second-seeded Vols mostly ditched the glamorous 3-pointer and got physical in Sunday’s second-round, moving on with a 76-71 overtime victory over Butler.
6News video: The hunt is on - for Easter Eggs!
March 23, 2008
Peter Cottontail made two stops on his way through Lawrence: the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center and South Park.
6News video: Lack of flood insurance haunts many Kansans
March 23, 2008
For those without flood insurance, homes can be lost in a matter of minutes. Compared to other parts of the country, Kansas homeowners are less likely to purchase the protection.
6News video: City leaders have concerns with former Farmland Industries site
March 23, 2008
City officials say they want to establish a new business park at the Southeastern edge of town - but wonder whether nearly a half-century of chemical production might get in their way.
6Sports video: Jayhawks advance to Sweet 16
March 23, 2008
The Kansas Jayhawks move on to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. DJ Whetter has more on the Jayhawks’ win over UNLV in Omaha.
6News video: Keep informed during severe weather
March 23, 2008
Severe weather season is upon us - and being informed of threatening weather in the area is a key to staying safe. 6News meteorologist Matt Elwell has more on the first line of defense for Douglas County.
Abrams shoots Texas to 75-72 win over Miami in second round
March 23, 2008
After 75 minutes of smooth shooting, poised ball-handling and a quiet crowd of Longhorn-haters in Arkansas, Texas nearly let its entire season slip away.
Wildcats cruise into date with KU
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
The hardest part for Villanova was getting into the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have always known they have what it takes to stick around for a while. Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Stokes added 20 Sunday, helping the 12th-seeded Wildcats reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years with an 84-72 victory over tiny Siena.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 75, UNLV 56
March 23, 2008
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks’ grind-it-out second round win over UNLV, in which KU held the Rebels to 12-of-45 shooting in a foul-ridden game. Offensively, KU was pulled along late by Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins, lifting KU to its second straight Sweet 16 appearance.
Protests justified
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: About protesters marking the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Ferrari said, “By law, it’s their right (to protest) : There’s a fine line between their rights and disrespecting the troops.”
Obama shows how to talk about race
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
For a people so obsessed with race, we are exceptionally bad at talking about it.
Wildcats feel like underdogs
Villanova, Siena meet today; winner to face KU
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C4
The cozy feeling Villanova has heading into its second-round NCAA Tournament game against tiny Siena has nothing to do with overconfidence.
Soccer mom’ stars in show that offers her dream job
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
When it comes to motherhood, sacrifices often come with the territory, be it sleep, a clean shirt or a career. Stephanie Terlizzi, 38, knows best.
Four U.S. casualties in Iraq nudge toll toward 4,000
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq edged closer to the milestone figure of 4,000 dead Saturday as a roadside bomb claimed the lives of three soldiers.
Oodles of eggs enthrall hunters
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Whether it was over land or under water, no eggs were safe from the scouring children of Lawrence on Saturday afternoon.
Cheney says US will not threaten Israel’s security
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday the U.S. has an “enduring and unshakable” commitment to Israel’s security and its right to defend itself against those bent on destroying the Jewish state.
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D5
Express your innate enthusiasm and high energy this year. Drop the word “impossible,” especially if you are willing to incorporate others’ ideas and assets. If you are single, you might feel overwhelmed, as there are so many people to choose from. Take it one day at a time.
2 US coalition soldiers killed by roadside bomb
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition have been killed in southern Afghanistan.
With news flow stanched, China puts out its own story
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
With restive Tibetan areas swarming with troops and closed to scrutiny from the outside world, China’s government turned up efforts Saturday to put its own version of the unrest before the international public.
Scandal politics
It seems that no one’s reputation is so perfect that it couldn’t be trashed as part of a presidential campaign.
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
Occasionally, in a vintage movie, parents looked lovingly at their newborn child (always a boy) and declared, “Someday, he will be president.”
No’ to LOB
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The taxpayers who will pay for the school board’s action on the special election shouldn’t be hoodwinked by all the promises being made by the board.
Ad Astra Poetry Project: Patricia Traxler
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D6
Patricia Traxler has supported poetry in the Salina and Smoky Hills area of Kansas for almost 30 years.
Behind the Lens: Special techniques help with photos shot in fading light
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D2
I took this picture last week while vacationing in Colorado. The photo is of the Strawberry Park natural hot springs north of Steamboat Springs, Colo. My host urged me to bring my camera. After a late start and a bumpy four-wheel drive ride into the mountains, my friends and I arrived. One problem, though: It was getting dark.
Rain cancels double dip vs. Northwestern
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Due to rain in the Bradenton, Fla. area, the Jayhawks canceled their doubleheader with Northwestern on Saturday.
KU signee shines in final contest
Little leads Chipola (Fla.) to 7th place at NJCAA tournament
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Mario Little was not about to finish his career at Chipola (Fla.) College with a mediocre performance in the seventh-place game of the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Championship on Saturday.
Orioles name Guthrie starter
Marlins pick Hendrickson for opener
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C10
For Jeremy Guthrie and Mark Hendrickson, Saturday was unforgettable. And it had nothing to do with the rain in Florida that wiped out four games.
Democratic fundraiser features chocolate
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Douglas County Democratic Party will be host to a Chocolate Extravaganza from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.
KU graduate highlights needs for school in Moldova
Volunteer asks for funds to replace 20 windows
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B4
A Kansas University graduate is trying to raise money in Lawrence for students in Europe. Elizabeth Gray, 25, is in her second year of the Peace Corps volunteer program.
Police investigate reported rape
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in west Lawrence.
NBA Roundup
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C8
Scores from around the league.
FDA issues warning about cantaloupes
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
People should throw away cantaloupes from a Honduran manufacturer believed to be linked to a salmonella outbreak, the government said Saturday.
Fouls both good, bad for Rebels
UNLV scores 27 from stripe, but two players foul out
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C6
The officials may have been out of breath. Whistling 46 fouls in 40 minutes of basketball is a good workout of the lungs. In the end, it helped - and hurt - Nevada-Las Vegas in a 75-56 loss to Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
KU fans bounce around ways to fill their basketball brackets
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Strategies for filling out an NCAA basketball bracket are about as diverse as the teams playing in the tournament and the fans who love them. Random picks, height, coaches, Big 12 loyalties and luck make for a March Madness blend that frustrates, excites and unites fans across the country.
How sweet it is!
Robinson sparks Kansas past Rebs
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
Russell Robinson whispered in the ear of his backcourt buddy, Sherron Collins, as Kansas University’s dynamic duo headed to the podium Saturday in a chilly Qwest Center interview room. “I was telling Sherron, ‘I needed this game,”’ Robinson said after breaking out of a personal scoring slump, and, along with Collins, pretty much saving the day in No. 1-seeded KU’s 75-56 second-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over No. 8-seed UNLV.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C7
Kansas University senior Rodrick Stewart, who had complained of a sore throat Friday, was unable to attend Saturday’s KU-UNLV game. Saddled with a tonsillitis, Stewart watched the game at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Marine reunited with dog he rescued in Iraq
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
A San Diego-based Marine major was reunited on Saturday with one of his closest war buddies - a 2-year-old dog named Nubs.
John McCain’s ties to Airbus could cost him votes in Kansas
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
As a reliably red state, Kansas has backed a Republican in each of the last 10 presidential elections. But Democrats say things could be different in 2008.
Expectations high for city swimming teams
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Lawrence High girls swimming coach Kent McDonald isn’t kidding when he says his team will be a force to be reckoned with at the state meet this year.
Vacation chaos reflects life’s detours
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D1
I am careening down the road - on the wrong side of the street - riding shotgun with a maniac behind the wheel.
Motown bound!
Jayhawks secure Sweet 16 spot on march to Final Four
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s time for Motown. Kansas University’s men’s basketball team secured its slot in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, outlasting Nevada-Las Vegas, 75-56, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
Keegan: Self knows his stuff
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
One week from today, in the event Kansas fifth-year basketball coach Bill Self takes scissors to nylon in Detroit and moves onto his first Final Four, much will be made of him breaking into the ranks of elite coaches for finally getting past the Elite Eight.
Foul shots seal deal for Iowa St.
Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State enjoy easy victories
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C4
MaChelle Joseph and Jacqua Williams saw a clean steal. The official saw a foul.
Compelling speech may propel Obama
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
In the days following Barack Obama’s address on race last week in Philadelphia, there was broad agreement among politicians and journalists that “A More Perfect Union,” as he titled his speech, was the most important he has delivered since his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Easter’s better when you don’t have to give up fun stuff
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D8
“Please, please, please let me find an Easter egg! Just one egg!” It was my most fervent prayer as a 7-year-old.
Commentary: One-and done freshmen bad idea
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C2
If freshmen are the story of college basketball this season, then it’s a short story. Indiana’s Eric Gordon, Memphis’ Derrick Rose, USC’s O.J. Mayo, Kansas State’s Michael Beasley and UCLA’s Kevin Love arguably were among the 10 most popular players in the nation.
Artwork by ‘In Cold Blood’ killer displayed
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
After nearly 50 years spent rolled in a newspaper, a drawing of Christ by convicted killer Perry Smith sits in a display case in the atrium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
Bhutto’s party names candidate for PM
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto named former parliament speaker Yousaf Raza Gilani as its candidate for Pakistan’s next prime minister on Saturday.
On the record
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
A 10-year-old boy was flown by air ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, after a semitrailer rolled over on the Kansas Turnpike near Bonner Springs and Kansas Highway 7.
Raises key to high-quality judiciary
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B7
On New Year’s Day, Chief Justice John Roberts, pursuant to his duty to report annually on the condition of the federal judiciary, issued a short and persuasive plea. It was lost in the cacophony of political news.
With nomination sewn up, McCain lacks strategy
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B7
Lucky for John McCain that he is the senior senator from Arizona, not the governor. He doesn’t have to worry about the state revenue shortfall, which has been the angry preoccupation of Phoenix for weeks.
Police rule father killed himself, 3 children
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Police in western Georgia have determined that a father whose body was found in a wooded field next to those of his three children shot them and himself.
March 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records
Olson taken back to prison after error
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Just days after her release on parole, a former 1970s radical was headed back to prison Saturday to serve at least one more year after corrections officials said a miscalculation resulted in her early release.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 23, 1908: “Jury selection is under way for the second trial of Ephraim Vancil, charged with the murder of his wife, Villa, by poisoning.
Police find stolen head from bunny costume
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B3
A Wichita man dressed in a bunny outfit was jumped by pranksters who took off with the head of the costume.
Herrmann improves KU breaststroke record
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Kansas junior Danielle Herrmann improved her KU all-time 100-yard breaststroke mark in NCAA Swimming and Diving action Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State University campus.
Petty revisits first band
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D7
The Quarrymen of Gainesville? In a nutshell, that’s Mudcrutch, the band Tom Petty played in before forming the Heartbreakers.
Jayhawks trying to shake off rust
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Danielle McCray feels like it’s mid-October all over again. “It seems like we’re getting ready for a whole new season,” McCray said. “It’s like we’re starting from scratch.”
Airport to change rules for filming
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Officials at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport are rewriting their policy on commercial filming inside the terminal after a film crew stripped down and started dancing at the airport.
Census: More women obtain college degrees
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D1
March is National Women’s History Month. Here is a capsule view of the status of women in the United States today, as provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
KU golfers move up three spots to 11th
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Freshmen Brad Hopfinger and Nate Barbee fired a pair of 68s to lead the Kansas University men’s golf team during the second round of the Ron Moore Invitational.
Oklahoma upholds beer quality
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
State liquor regulators don’t want Oklahomans to drink skanky beer.
KU softball blanked
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
After losing a 3-2 decision on a walk-off single in Friday’s conference opener against 11th-ranked Oklahoma, the Kansas University softball team fell, 8-0 in six innings on Saturday.
Coffee consumers face price jolts
Americans look for ways to keep affording daily java break
March 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
Lisa Spruill is fighting inflation with a secret stash of coffee. The office building manager has six cans of Don Francisco coffee squirreled away, all purchased with double coupons at local supermarkets in recent months.
Musician ‘Cachao,’ who developed mambo, dies
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A7
Cuban bassist and composer Israel “Cachao” Lopez, who is credited with pioneering the mambo style of music, died Saturday. He was 89.
Survey: Americans ‘addicted’ to debt
March 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
Most consumers claim that Americans are “addicted” to debt and many say they can’t do much about it because their savings are too low and they live paycheck to paycheck.
Bright makeup fits spring trends
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D2
Color - big, bold, bright color - is one of the easiest trends to spot this fashion season. That makes the first order of business finding a shade that works for you and your wardrobe. Next, you have to find the makeup that complements it.
Retired general defends Obama’s patriotism
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Former President Clinton is using divisive tactics and unfairly trying to question Barack Obama’s patriotism, a retired general who has a prominent role in the Democrat’s campaign said Saturday.
Prosoco leader joins trade group’s board
March 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
David W. Boyer, president of Prosoco Inc., Lawrence, was elected to the board of directors of the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute.
Ogilvy holds on to CA golf lead
Scott trails by one, Woods by three at rain-plagued event
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C2
Adam Scott picked up five shots in five holes against a faltering Tiger Woods, then Geoff Ogilvy came to life and regained the lead Saturday before storms suspended play for the day in the CA Championship.
Body found in rubble from tornado
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A6
Workers found a body on Saturday while clearing rubble from a building damaged over a week ago when a tornado slammed into downtown Atlanta, police said.
Butler homers, but K.C. falls
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C10
Billy Butler went 3-for-3 with his team-leading fourth home run in the Kansas City Royals’ 3-2, 10-inning loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
Finishing touch
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D1
You’ve found a great paint color for your home improvement project, but what about a finish? Flat paint hides flaws, but higher sheen is easier to clean.
Astronauts complete mission’s final spacewalk
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Endeavour’s astronauts embarked on the fifth and final spacewalk of their mission Saturday, this time attaching a 50-foot inspection pole to the international space station for use by the next shuttle visitors.
Fed’s moves to stabilize economy brings praise, new scrutiny
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Federal Reserve has taken its boldest action since the Great Depression, invoking rarely used powers in an effort to contain a panic threatening to undermine the economy. The central bank acted with speed the White House and Congress only could envy.
River crests, but Mo. town’s new levee holds back flood
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Residents of small towns along the Meramec River breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as the stream finally crested following days of flooding caused by torrential rainfall across the Midwest.
Technicality upsets speller’s journey to national contest
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Seventh-grader Morgan Brown thought her dream to compete in the national spelling bee was about to come true when she won her regional contest.
4 ideas for curbing cell phone spam include limiting ringtones, games
March 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
Cell phone spam still trails computer spam, with the average cell phone user receiving no more than a few spam text messages per year. But in some ways, it can be even more intrusive, causing your phone to ring or vibrate at inopportune times and cost you money - 10 cents to 25 cents per message if you don’t have a data plan.
Pope baptizes prominent Muslim
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
Italy’s most prominent Muslim commentator converted to Catholicism by being baptized by the pope at an Easter vigil, the Vatican announced Saturday.
Lawmakers clash over sex offender policy
Costly program keeps inmates for treatment
March 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas’ controversial program that indefinitely holds sexual offenders past their prison sentence continues to produce friction among lawmakers. Last week, a move to require an audit of the program was defeated by legislators who said the request was a threat to public safety and jobs.
Sen. demands ‘straight talk’ from Bush
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
With U.S. troops entering their sixth year of combat in Iraq, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez demanded Saturday that President Bush give an honest assessment of the costs of the conflict.
Lack of insurance haunts victims of floods
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
At night, the images return. Surreal and Dr. Seuss-like, a couch is stacked on a glass table that’s propped on a snow globe. The front door opens, and a bag of Doritos drifts by in waist-high water. An aloe vera plant follows. A table floats with an empty wine glass from the night before still in place.
Soaring egg prices reflect ‘perfect storm’ in market
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
The massive henhouses plopped into a cornfield here resonate with the clucking of hundreds of thousands of birds. Across the U.S., cash registers beep, ringing up eggs for more than $2 a dozen.
So much for empty nests: Economy forcing children to move back home
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
After being laid off from her job as an events planner at an upscale resort, Jo Ann Bauer struggled financially. She worked at several lower-paying jobs, relocated to a new city and even declared bankruptcy.
Opposition candidate wins Taiwan’s presidential vote
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
Taiwan’s opposition candidate won the presidential election Saturday, a victory many hope will defuse tension with China over the neighboring island’s aspirations for independence.
Downy characters
New book makes bird-watching more accessible to Kansans
March 23, 2008 in print edition on D1
Pete Janzen is irritated that Kansans don’t spend more time outdoors in their own state. “It’s just the whole interaction with nature thing, and society is really moving away from that,” Janzen says. “People are worried about bugs and germs - the media makes you so nervous. People would rather stay home and play Nintendo or something.”
Self, KU having a ball
March 23, 2008 in print edition on C7
Pinned against a Qwest Center wall with two dozen print, TV, radio and Internet reporters in his face, Bill Self did not feel like a man facing a firing squad.
Inmates, officials at odds over food
March 23, 2008 in print edition on A6
When shooting suspect Christopher Williams acted up in prison, he was given nutraloaf - a mixture of cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes.