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Archive for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Also from March 25

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU women vs. Evansville Who's in and who's out Being frugal in Lawrence
Podcasts
Polls
What's the best way to save a buck in Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
Use store coupons.
 
23%
Buy used merchandise.
 
19%
Other.
 
19%
Use the public library.
 
10%
Start a garden.
 
8%
Join a car pool.
 
7%
Increase your insurance deductibles.
 
5%
Go to restaurants that have kids eat free nights.
 
4%
Total 289
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Allen Fieldhouse MySpace page Building a network
March 25, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Allen is 53 years old, male and lives in Lawrence. He blogs, posts video and audio and writes about his history. He’s in a relationship, but he sure cuts a striking stance in his official MySpace photo - tall and handsome with flowers at his feet, er, foundation. Allen - last name Fieldhouse - has a MySpace page, just like many students at Kansas University.
8:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Darrell Arthur delivers a dunk during the first half against Portland State on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. They did the math, and KU wins
March 25, 2008 in print edition on 1A
If 1+1=2 and 2X3=6, then Kansas will win the NCAA championship this year. No joke.
12:00 p.m.
Shopping at used clothing stores, working out at the city's Community Building, planting food in a garden and checking out books, movies and music from the local library are all ways to save money in Lawrence. Ideas on saving money
March 25, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Sure, there are ramen noodles. Yes, there are those funny-looking light bulbs that require a home equity loan to purchase, but energy experts swear they will save you money in the long run. And, of course, there’s a seat waiting for you on the bus.
4:00 p.m.
This aerial photo, looking east over the northern end of the former Farmland Industries Inc. fertilizer plant site east of Lawrence, shows a holding tank in the foreground and holding ponds to the east. They are part of a system to remove nitrates from groundwater at the site, then pump the water into North Lawrence for use irrigating and fertilizing fields. At the top right of the photo is the East Hills Business Park. City cool to firm’s offer on Farmland
March 25, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A private company was strongly eyeing the former Farmland Industries site as a new biodiesel and ethanol production center but scrapped the plans after receiving a cool reception from city leaders.
10:00 p.m.
State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, right, speaks with family members of the late John J. Conard Sr. on Tuesday, when the Kansas Legislature approved a resolution honoring the former House speaker. From left are John Conard Jr., Conard's son; granddaughter Katie, 13; Virginia Conard, his widow; and grandson Spencer, 10. John Conard Sr., of Lawrence, died Oct. 12, 2007. Legislature honors former statesman
March 25, 2008 in print edition on 5A
It was the kind of bipartisan spirit John J. Conard Sr. would have enjoyed.

All stories

6Sports video: Hawks advance in WNIT
March 25, 2008
It’s on to round three of the women’s NIT for the Kansas Jayhawks.
6News video: Principal kisses pig
March 25, 2008
Have you ever kissed a pig? One lucky faculty member at New York Elementary can now answer “yes” to that question.
6News video: KU celebrates Women’s History Month
March 25, 2008
March marks Women’s History Month, and KU is celebrating with events on campus all week long.
6Sports video: Hawks travel north
March 25, 2008
The Motor City is calling on the Kansas men’s basketball team. Tomorrow the top seed in the Midwest Regional boards a plane for Detroit.
6News video: House approves funeral protest restrictions
March 25, 2008
A bill reinstating a state law restricting protests at funerals wins first-round approval in the House.
6News video: Candlelight vigil mourns American, Iraqi deaths
March 25, 2008
Lawrence activists gathered this evening to mark a tragic milestone in the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
6News video: Local residents skeptical of LOB
March 25, 2008
State and district officials talk about the local option budget today, which could raise property taxes for Lawrence residents.
6News video: Citizens should file tax return to get stimulus check
March 25, 2008
The IRS could be looking for you, but that’s a good thing.
6News video: Students spend spring break volunteering
March 25, 2008
Some students at Bishop Seabury Academy are working their way through the vacation.
6News video: ‘Amanda’s Law’ heads to full Senate
March 25, 2008
‘Amanda’s Law’ takes a step closer to becoming a state law today.
6News video: Paint thinner spill causes Lecompton blaze
March 25, 2008
A spill inside a rural Lecompton home sparks an afternoon fire Monday, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
6Sports video: KU baseball to face Aggies
March 25, 2008
The Kansas baseball team plays three midweek non-conference games at home before welcoming Texas A&M for a Big 12 battle this weekend.
6Sports video: Self under pressure
March 25, 2008
Kansas head coach Bill Self is no stranger to the second weekend of the NCAA tourney.
6News video: City OK’s outdoor concert
March 25, 2008
The Lawrence City Commission votes to allow downtown Lawrence to host a new outdoor concert.
6Sports video: LHS track team hosts Free State, Leavenworth
March 25, 2008
Lions, Firebirds and Pioneers got together on the track at 19th and Louisiana streets this afternoon.
6News video: WJHS 9th-grader found with gun
March 25, 2008
Marlena Porter knew something was wrong yesterday as she picked up her brother from school.
6Sports video: KU to play late game
March 25, 2008
By the time the Kansas men’s basketball team takes the court on Friday night in Detroit, the NCAA tournament will be down to roughly 10 teams.
6News video: Written confession will serve as evidence in rape trial
March 25, 2008
A judge will allow a rape suspect’s written confession and the police search of his Lawrence apartment to be presented as evidence at trial.
Legislature honors former statesman
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
It was the kind of bipartisan spirit John J. Conard Sr. would have enjoyed.
6News Now: Bishop-Seabury students work through Spring Break
March 25, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, some students at Bishop-Seabury Academy are working their way through Spring Break, and commissioners are scheduled to consider a permit for a downtown concert.
Regional tickets available
Expanded Ford Field not sold out yet
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Tickets still remain for the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional at Ford Field in Detroit, a venue that will play host to three games this weekend.
Commentary: Reynolds puts fine point on Villanova’s run
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
One time, just one time, Jay Wright asked Scottie Reynolds, his star player, to stop being unselfish for a minute.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
KU senior Rodrick Stewart, who missed Saturday’s game against UNLV game because of tonsillitis, attended practice Monday, but did not take part in drills.
Lecompton house fire causes no injuries
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
Fire ravaged a rural Lecompton home but caused no injuries Monday afternoon.
Ideas on saving money
10 ways to be frugal in Lawrence
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Sure, there are ramen noodles. Yes, there are those funny-looking light bulbs that require a home equity loan to purchase, but energy experts swear they will save you money in the long run. And, of course, there’s a seat waiting for you on the bus.
Committee revives statewide smoking ban bill
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
A statewide ban on smoking in indoor public places, which appeared dead in recent days, was revived Monday, with many of the pleas on behalf of the bill coming from Lawrence.
Communication key to handling creditors
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Right now, there are folks who cringe when their telephones ring. These people get a sick feeling knowing that the caller is likely a creditor trying to collect on an overdue bill.
Ceremonial Olympic torch facing rough road to China
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
The head of Beijing’s Olympic committee had just started his speech. The high priestesses in flowing robes were waiting to start the ancient ceremony to kindle the Olympic flame.
People in the news
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Rowling once had ‘suicidal thoughts’¢ Corinne Bailey Rae’s husband found dead¢ Johnny Knoxville’s divorce finalized¢ Wham! George Michael announces US tour¢ Timberlake donates to Memphis institutions¢ Tejano singer critical after surgery
Bush reflects on losses in Iraq
President says 4,000 dead have laid foundation for peace
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C8
Marking a grim milestone, a determined President Bush declared Monday the lives of 4,000 U.S. military men and women who have died in Iraq “were not lost in vain.” The White House signaled anew that additional troops won’t be pulled out soon.
They did the math, and KU wins
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
If 1+1=2 and 2X3=6, then Kansas will win the NCAA championship this year. No joke.
City cool to firm’s offer on Farmland
Private company previously wanted to buy site, take over its cleanup
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
A private company was strongly eyeing the former Farmland Industries site as a new biodiesel and ethanol production center but scrapped the plans after receiving a cool reception from city leaders.
Pump patrol
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several locations.
Building a network
KU, Lawrence organizations take advantage of social Web site opportunities
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Allen is 53 years old, male and lives in Lawrence. He blogs, posts video and audio and writes about his history. He’s in a relationship, but he sure cuts a striking stance in his official MySpace photo - tall and handsome with flowers at his feet, er, foundation. Allen - last name Fieldhouse - has a MySpace page, just like many students at Kansas University.
County wants to have 31st Street extension discussion with city leaders
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
The eastward extension of 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road should be the subject of a meeting of city and county leaders, Douglas County commissioners say.
Fine arts dean search goes back to square 1
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
The six-month search for a new dean of the School of Fine Arts at Kansas University has run into a hurdle: The candidates who were brought to campus this month aren’t a good fit for the university.
Pa. experience suggests primary options
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
In addition to perhaps deciding the Democratic presidential nomination, Pennsylvania may put the lie to the notion that only small states like New Hampshire and Iowa can get to know White House candidates up close and personal.
NY governor continues revelations
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A7
New York’s new governor, who disclosed last week that he and his wife both committed adultery several years ago, said Monday that he used cocaine in his 20s and smoked marijuana when he was younger.
Spring cleaning 101
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Despite your best intentions, your garage or basement might be filled with a rummage sale’s worth of stuff and a maze of cobwebs. Time to play ball.
Kansas International event to address India
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
A Kansas University faculty member who led a study-abroad trip to India will discuss the program’s experiences during a Kansas International breakfast event at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club, 1600 Crossgate Drive.
Pakistan’s new PM frees detained judges
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C8
The deposed chief justice emerged from house arrest Monday after Pakistan’s new prime minister ordered police to pull back razor-wire barricades and release judges ousted last year by President Pervez Musharraf.
Bad investment
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The $164 million bond for the biodefense facility is not a good deal for Kansas taxpayers.
Home-field advantage for KU
Ford CEO says Detroit arena ready for Jayhawks
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Good seats are still available for Friday night’s KU basketball game in Detroit, to be part of what could be the largest crowd ever for an NCAA Tournament game. So says Alan Mulally, who knows a thing or two about the venue.
Cost affecting cancer treatment
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A7
You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, and the doctor is discussing treatment options. Should the cost be a deciding factor?
Passport scandal raises outsourcing questions
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C8
Struggling with a deluge in passport applications, the State Department did what much of the government does to deal with a manpower crunch: It hired more private contractors. But the practice of outsourcing allowed hired hands to snoop around in presidential candidates’ files.
Voters can voice opinions at forum
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school district voters can speak out this afternoon during a forum about the April 1 local-option budget election.
Double Take: Parent complains it’s difficult to obtain IEP for student
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes & Julia: Awhile back you suggested getting an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at school for kids with behavioral or psychological problems. We’ve been trying to do this for over a year, and it has been awful.
Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 90 days in jail
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
A judge Monday ordered a 25-year-old man to serve 90 days in jail followed by two years supervised probation after being convicted in a hit-and-run case.
Wife, 4 children found slain in home
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
A woman and her four children were found dead in their home Monday morning, and police later found a sixth body in a burning, wrecked van owned by the woman’s husband - a former bank executive who had been charged with embezzlement.
Bhutan becomes democracy, at king’s urging
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C8
Long known as a quirky holdout from modernity, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan ended a century of absolute monarchy Monday by electing a staunch royalist as its first prime minister. So it goes in Bhutan, possibly the first country in history where a king had to convince his people that democracy was a good idea.
Water system cleaned to wipe out salmonella
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Officials said Monday they have ruled out wastewater contamination, disgruntled workers and terrorism as sources of salmonella bacteria in drinking water that have sickened more than 200 people.
Bill regulating adult businesses may be shelved
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B10
Legislation that would prohibit alcoholic beverages at establishments where there is nude dancing was heard Monday but probably won’t be acted on this session.
Zagurski put on DL
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University pitcher Mike Zagurski will open the baseball season on the Philadelphia Phillies’ 15-day disabled list.
MSM Systems names Most Valuable Player
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kirk Hutson is winner of MSM Systems Inc.’s Most Valuable Player Award for 2007.
Royals rally for victory
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
Jorge De La Rosa failed to take advantage of an opportunity to win a spot in Kansas City’s rotation as he gave up four runs in four innings, but the Royals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Visiting nurses seeking volunteers for 3D event
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care is looking for volunteers to assist with its 3D program, Dining, Dancing and Donating.
Woodling: Roy still popular topic
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
I know many of you are still resentful about Roy Williams’ decision to leave Kansas University men’s basketball for his beloved Carolina in the pines and his perceived destiny along Tobacco Road. But that was nearly five years ago.
Create your own sled-kite for windy fun
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Take advantage of the windy March weather. The Washington Post offers this how-to on how to make a sled-kite.
Developers to make case for annexation
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners on Wednesday will hear a request to annex into Lawrence nearly 155 acres near the Lecompton interchange on Interstate 70.
On the record
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 53-year-old Lawrence man reported an incident of aggravated burglary and theft on March 18.
Ogilvy ends Tiger’s perfect season
Australian wins weather-delayed CA Championship
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
So much for that perfect-season talk. Not only has Tiger Woods been beaten, Geoff Ogilvy did it on a course where the world’s No. 1 player looked unstoppable in recent years.
Judge orders sex offender to post signs
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Kansas judge has ordered a man who has admitted molesting a boy to post signs around his house and a decal on his car proclaiming that he is a sex offender.
City squads return with depth
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
With the season set to kick off today, Free State High girls soccer coach Jason Pendleton still is not sure what to expect from his team.
Mayor accused of lying about affair
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury and other offenses Monday after a trove of raunchy text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with his chief aide.
LHS golfers 10th, FSHS 18th at opener
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High boys golf team opened the spring Monday with a 10th-place finish at the Blue Valley West Invitational. Free State placed 18th out of 20 teams at Lions Gate Country Club.
Commodities
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures closed mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
NASA budget cuts limit Mars rovers
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Scientists plan to put one of the twin Mars rovers to sleep and limit the activities of the other robot to fulfill a NASA order to cut $4 million from the program’s budget, mission team members said Monday.
Shuttle undocks from space station
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Shuttle Endeavour pulled away from the international space station on Monday and headed for home.
Sox open season in Japan
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
Complete games were common for Daisuke Matsuzaka in Japan. Then he came to the United States, where pitch counts and caution forced him out of games before he wanted to leave.
Jays add Ryan to injured list
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
Pitcher B.J. Ryan will miss the start of the season, adding to a long list of key players burdened by injuries during the final week of spring training.
Edgerton bank robber sentenced to 17 years
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 55-year-old man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to serve more than 17 years in prison for robbing an Edgerton bank.
KC contractor in Iraq 1 of 2 found dead
March 25, 2008 in print edition on C8
Authorities have recovered the remains of two U.S. contractors who were kidnapped in Iraq more than a year ago, the FBI said Monday.
Jayhawks cope with late tipoff
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball players who answered 7 to 7:15 a.m. wake-up calls on Game Day last Thursday in Omaha, Neb., will be allowed to sleep much later Friday in Detroit.
Oklahoma State, A&M advance
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B4
Andrea Riley sank a free throw with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to give Oklahoma State a 73-72 victory over a gritty Florida State team Monday night in the second round of the New Orleans Regional.
Good decision
Even if it requires additional effort, Kansas University deserves the best possible dean for its School of Fine Arts.
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
Congratulations to members of the Kansas University search committee given the assignment to screen candidates for a new dean of the School of Fine Arts.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
Jayhawker Towers was under construction at 15th and Engel Road and the complex was due to be completed by the coming fall.
Smoking aces
KU drills Evansville in WNIT
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
See you in Michigan, boys. Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has earned a trip to the Wolverine State, too.
Global food shortages growing
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A10
If you’re seeing your grocery bill go up, you’re not alone. From subsistence farmers eating rice in Ecuador to gourmets feasting on escargot in France, consumers worldwide face rising food prices in what analysts call a perfect storm of conditions.
Energy expense
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Responding to the governor’s recent veto, Sen. Steve Morris asserted that “not allowing clean coal technology to be part of Kansas’ energy future will result in a devastating increase in the average Kansan’s electric bill.” He is right that a future without coal will be expensive. Here’s the thing: A future with coal will be expensive, too.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 25, 1908: Scientists at the university continue to warn about the bad quality of water in the city system and contend we are fortunate there have not been serious ailments because of the pollution and scum that can be found.”
Musical’ takes on a serious disorder
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
The documentary “Autism: The Musical” (7 p.m., HBO) offers a thoughtful look at children with the neurological disorder as well as the toll autism has taken on many parents and families.
Horoscopes
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
Partners play an unusually strong role in your year. Evaluate before solidifying these ties - be it business or personal. Should your partner not be in sync with you, more problems could arise. If you are single, you will learn to work with others much better. If you are attached, really be a team. Your life will show the difference.
Flashy rookies yield to veterans
In ‘year of the freshmen,’ upperclassmen have upper hand in NCAAs
March 25, 2008 in print edition on B4
On the eve of the NCAA Tournament, Tim Floyd surveyed the college basketball landscape and commented: “If we’re going to look back on this year, we’re going to say it was the year of the freshmen.”
Settlements proposed in Va. Tech shootings
March 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Families of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre would receive $100,000 each under a settlement the state is proposing to prevent lawsuits, according to a victim’s relative who received a copy of the proposal.