Archive for Monday, March 31, 2008

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Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse Celebrating the Final Four
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Polls
Are you planning to vote in Tuesday's Lawrence Public School District Local Option Budget election?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
60%
No.
 
28%
I’m not registered to vote.
 
10%
Total 138
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Through a grant, Tami Albin, Lawrence, has created a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer oral history collection titled "Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of GLBTIQ People in Kansas." Albin was photographed in her Lawrence home with her cat Maggie. KU librarian reaches out to gay Kansans for untold stories
March 31, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Tami Albin was always very careful. The 11-year-old didn’t go to the library with friends. She never wrote down the call numbers of the books she was looking up. She dodged well-meaning librarians whenever possible. She trolled the aisles, constantly in a state of childhood fear of anyone knowing she might be up to something.
7:51 a.m.
Through a grant, Tami Albin, Lawrence, has created a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer oral history collection titled "Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of GLBTIQ People in Kansas." Albin was photographed in her Lawrence home with her cat Maggie. Final(ly) Four
March 31, 2008 in print edition on 1B
All of the Jayhawks were happy after this one, from Russell Robinson, who didn’t score, to Chalmers and Sasha Kaun, who led the way with 13 points apiece on a day points were tough to come by. Everybody seemed most happy for coach Self, who will finally get to experience a Final Four when the Jayhawks meet Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels in the second of two games next Saturday in San Antonio.
12:00 p.m.
Fans "wave the wheat" Monday, March 31, 2008 while waiting the Jayhawks to return to Allen Fieldhouse from Detroit. Jayhawks back at Allen Fieldhouse
March 31, 2008
It was like game day all over again. An estimated 6,000 fans waited for several hours to welcome the Kansas University men’s basketball team to Allen Field House, following their Elite Eight victory over Davidson.
10:00 p.m.
Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy, who was on a leave of absence to run former Sen. Fred Thompson's campaign for president, is back at work at the institute. Lacy will share stories from the campaign trail during "An Evening with Bill Lacy" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the institute on Kansas University's West Campus. Dole Institute director proud of campaign accomplishments
March 31, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Bill Lacy set his alarm for 7 a.m. Monday, the first time in seven weeks it had even been used at all. It was his first day back on the job at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, and it wouldn’t be good to be late.

All stories

6News video: Final Four tricky for friends of Roy
March 31, 2008
What do you do when the biggest obstacle standing between your favorite team and a shot at the national championship is your best friend?
6News video: Local business leaders unveil new alliance
March 31, 2008
An employment center in Lawrence turns 20 this year, and local officials are looking to keep the momentum going.
6News video: Voters to decide on LOB
March 31, 2008
Voters in Lawrence head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to give the Lawrence School Board the authority to raise the local option budget and property taxes.
6News video: Sebelius appoints new District Court Judge
March 31, 2008
She’s no stranger to the Douglas County Courthouse, and now she’s the Seventh Judicial District’s newest judge.
6News video: KidCast
March 31, 2008
Allison Wilson gives tonight’s KidCast.
6News video: City leaders weight budget, building
March 31, 2008
City Commissioners tomorrow will be asked to decide whether to move forward with a $1.1 million construction project to allow the 104-year-old Carnegie Library building at 9th and Vermont streets to be used as new space for the Parks and Recreation Department.
6News video: Local health project wins $500k grant
March 31, 2008
On average, children in Lawrence take their first drink of alcohol at the age of 13. The statistics are staggering, but those are numbers the Douglas County Health Department is hoping to improve on.
6News video: Fans seek Final Four gear
March 31, 2008
From official NCAA apparel to shirts that bring a little humor to the game, 6News reporter Lindsey Slater found that Jayhawk fans are looking to suit up in full support of their team.
6News video: Crews clean up after victory bash
March 31, 2008
The celebration from Sunday’s big win lasted into the wee hours of the morning, leaving a trail of beer cans, cups and bottles in downtown Lawrence.
6Sports video: Beasley, Augustin first-team picks
March 31, 2008
It was a pretty good day today for the Big 12 conference: K-State’s Michael Beasley and UT’s DJ Augustin were selected to this year’s AP All-America First Team.
6News video: Dole Institute director back at work
March 31, 2008
After spending six months running the presidential campaign for Senator Fred Thompson, followed by nearly two months recovering from that work, Bill Lacy returns to the Dole Institute today.
6Sports video: Hawks thank fans at Fieldhouse
March 31, 2008
For the first time since 2003, the Kansas Jayhawks are headed to the Final Four.
6Sports video: Jayhawks reflect on Elite Eight win
March 31, 2008
The Kansas men share their thoughts on their tricky victory over Davidson.
Dole Institute director proud of campaign accomplishments
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Bill Lacy set his alarm for 7 a.m. Monday, the first time in seven weeks it had even been used at all. It was his first day back on the job at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, and it wouldn’t be good to be late.
6News Now: Fans go wild for Jayhawks
March 31, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a crowd of about 6,000 partied into the wee hours of the morning until the Jayhawks returned home to Allen Fieldhouse, and the forecast drops overnight.
Reminder: Few polling sites changed for Tuesday’s election
March 31, 2008
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew has consolidated a few polling sites for Tuesday’s special Lawrence school district local-option budget election. The voters should have been notified in February by the clerk’s office.
Sebelius names Kittel new 7th Judicial District judge
01:35 p.m., March 31, 2008 Updated 01:51 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Peggy Carr Kittel as 7th Judicial District Judge in Douglas County.
Special school election set for Tuesday
Map shows where to vote
March 31, 2008
Lawrence school district patrons will head to the polls on Tuesday, where they’ll be asked to give the school district the authority to raise property taxes.
Crews finish Downtown Lawrence cleanup following basketball bash
10:01 a.m., March 31, 2008 Updated 11:31 a.m.
Parts of Massachusetts Street were a mess following Sunday evening’s basketball celebration, but city crews largely had the mess cleaned up by mid-morning today.
6Sports video: Fans greet triumphant Jayhawks
March 31, 2008
Tonight, shortly after the clock struck midnight, the Jayhawk faithful were awake and waiting as the Kansas Jayhawks made their way back to Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawks back at Allen Fieldhouse
March 31, 2008
It was like game day all over again. An estimated 6,000 fans waited for several hours to welcome the Kansas University men’s basketball team to Allen Field House, following their Elite Eight victory over Davidson.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 59, Davidson 57
March 31, 2008
Tying up loose ends from Kansas’ 59-57 win over Davidson in Sunday’s Elite Eight finale, giving KU its first trip back to the Final Four since 2003 and Bill Self his first trip to the NCAA Tournament’s final weekend after getting to the doorstep for the fifth time.
Williams, Heels loom
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
The dream matchup everybody has been talking about for five years is finally on the schedule. Kansas versus Roy Williams.
Public increasingly drawn toward weight-loss tales
March 31, 2008 in print edition on C2
Kaeli Madill is obsessed with dieting. She subscribes to magazines like Self, Shape and Runner’s World for their “I-Lost-40-Pounds” success stories. She watches pound-shedding transformations on “The Biggest Loser.” She flips through diet books, and buys those with glowing testimonials.
UNC keeps winning close ones
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
Ty Lawson got the ball beyond the three-point arc and reset the offense as the shot clock wound down. North Carolina desperately needed a basket to hold off Louisville’s second-half push and keep itself on course for the Final Four.
KU tennis turns tables on OSU
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
Exacting a little revenge against a Big 12 Conference opponent sure is sweet.
Missing soldier’s death in Iraq confirmed
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The father of a soldier listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004 says the military has informed him that his son’s remains were found in Iraq.
Shiite cleric al-Sadr pulls militia fighters off streets
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
In a possible turning point in the recent upsurge in violence, Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Shiite militiamen off the streets Sunday but called on the government to stop its raids against his followers.
New fence, bison calves could be headed to wildlife area
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B12
Between possible new fencing and two possibly pregnant cows, there’s a lot going on at the Bison Wildlife Area north of Frontenac.
Education key to reducing STIs
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
Last Wednesday morning, Kansas University health educators stood in front of a classroom of Lawrence High School students answering questions about sexually transmitted infections. But the real education came after their presentation when the students - unabashedly - answered questions posed to them about the prevalence of STIs.
D’ puts KU among elite
March 31, 2008
Russell Robinson was hot early. Perhaps more important, he made sure his defensive responsibility, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, was not.
Audiences bet on ‘21’
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
Movie-goers laid their money down on “21,” a gambling romp that was the weekend’s box-office high roller with a $23.7 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Horoscopes
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
You have the ability to round up people and organize groups with the same cause or interests. You often find yourself doing just this next year.
Commentary: Final Four should live up to hype
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Perhaps the historic nature of the event, the first Final Four to include the top seeds from all four regions, will take on greater significance when the teams gather in San Antonio.
Kansas avoids opening upset
March 31, 2008
Kansas University coach Bill Self is a big fan of basketball history. He was determined the Jayhawks not end up on the wrong end of it.
Final(ly) Four
What a relief: Self gets first bid
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
All of the Jayhawks were happy after this one, from Russell Robinson, who didn’t score, to Chalmers and Sasha Kaun, who led the way with 13 points apiece on a day points were tough to come by. Everybody seemed most happy for coach Self, who will finally get to experience a Final Four when the Jayhawks meet Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels in the second of two games next Saturday in San Antonio.
Doctors leery of cholesterol drugs after key study flops
Vytorin, Zetia didn’t improve heart health
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A9
Leading doctors urged a return to older, tried-and-true treatments for high cholesterol after hearing full results Sunday of a failed trial of Vytorin.
Memphis shrugs off Texas
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Texas Longhorns’ 85-67 loss to Memphis proved once again that it doesn’t matter where you play, but who, and how well you play against them.
First inning dooms Kansas
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
If only Kansas University’s baseball team could pop out all the lights on the left side of the Hoglund Ballpark scoreboard, take a mulligan and begin its games in the second inning.
KU women’s golf 11th
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
Sophomore Emily Powers led the Kansas University women’s golf team to an 11th-place finish at the Mountain View Collegiate on Sunday.
Kansas soccer splits
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s soccer team split a pair of exhibition matches at the Nebraska Soccer Field Sunday.
Paralyzed pooch gets around with help of wee wheelchair
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
There’s something a little different about Duke, a dachshund who resides with the Linville family. Maybe it’s the wheels strapped to his rear end.
Street of dreams
Fans flood downtown, celebrate Final Four trip
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
Call it Mass. chaos. Massachusetts Street turned into a tangle of triumph after Kansas University’s Elite Eight victory over Davidson, sending the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.
Keegan: Kaun inspires hunted
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
The road to the Final Four took a detour to Tomsk, Russia, where a boy left home at the age of 16 to pursue a basketball dream.
Chamber schedules ribbon-cutting events
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the following ribbon-cutting events for April.
Exorbitant egg prices show no sign of cracking
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
If you haven’t shopped for eggs lately, get ready for some sticker-shock: A dozen eggs cost $2 or more in most U.S. cities, up about 45 percent in just eight months.
Proposed financial regulation plan expected to produce fierce debate
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
In proposing the broadest overhaul of financial oversight since the Great Depression, the Bush administration has kicked off a fierce debate. It pits those eager to revamp an antiquated system against an industry opposed to excessive regulation.
On the record
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical issued no report Sunday night.
Gunman in standoff reportedly intoxicated
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old man was in custody Sunday night after a nearly 10-hour standoff with law enforcement agents in Wellsville.
Pharmacy School expansion may be Rx for economy
Citing study showing high returns, KU asks Legislature for aid to increase enrollment
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Leaders at Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy are touting a new study that shows every dollar invested in pharmacy education not only creates more pharmacists but also generates a huge return for the state economy.
Tickets hard to find for UNC matchup
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s one of the toughest tickets in sports. So if you’ve got a ducat for this year’s Final Four, hold on for dear life.
Nats open new park with walkoff
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
Nationals Park had quite an opening. Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking homer off Peter Moylan with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, Sunday night in the first regular-season game at the $611 million stadium.
Islam now world’s largest religion
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.
Cambodian ‘Killing Fields’ survivor dies
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Dith Pran, the Cambodian-born journalist whose harrowing tale of enslavement and eventual escape from that country’s murderous Khmer Rouge revolutionaries in 1979 became the subject of the award-winning film “The Killing Fields,” died Sunday. He was 65.
Opposition claiming electoral victory
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Robert Mugabe and his ruling party were defeated in presidential and parliamentary elections, according to the opposition and independent observers, but there was deafening silence Sunday from the Zimbabwe Election Commission, which released no results.
2 drivers shot on freeways, 1 fatally
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Rescue crews responding to a wreck on a Los Angeles freeway found a driver fatally shot in the head early Sunday, while another driver was shot and wounded in a separate attack about 30 miles away, authorities said.
Tibetan official calls for end to crackdown
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The speaker of Tibet’s parliament-in-exile called Sunday for China to end its “brutal” crackdown against Tibetans and to allow independent observers into the isolated Himalayan region.
Storied teams to converge
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
John Wooden gave us the basics of modern-day coaching. Dean Smith refined ‘em. James Naismith, well, he simply invented basketball. Now the schools these greats once coached - UCLA, North Carolina and Kansas - are in the Final Four, a once-in-a-generation convergence of three of college basketball’s most storied programs on the sport’s biggest stage.
Wiggins looks to cap career with Final Four
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Candice Wiggins bio is filled with almost every accolade available to a college basketball star - player-of-the-year this and all-everything that. There’s only one glaring omission: a trip to the Final Four.
Take a Stand: Board supports curbside recycling
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
The Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) would like to weigh in on the recycling survey that will soon be sent out by the city. Although the SAB did not originally intend to make any public comments on the survey before it came out, we are concerned that the front page article and the editorial in the Lawrence Journal-World may shed a negative light on curbside recycling.
Hamlin victorious at Martinsville
Burton’s late-race pit strategy backfires at Goody’s 500
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Denny Hamlin hopes he finally has put his frustration behind him, not only at Martinsville Speedway, but throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
County residents have hot idea for new type of biofuel - hay
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Hay may be the new coal. At least that’s what Bill Schaetzel thinks. And he’s ready to invest some big bucks to find out.
Learn how to deal with nasty co-workers
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
I love where I work - or I would, except for the fact that my job is being ruined by a nasty co-worker. She is rude and condescending to me and everyone else.
Moore lifts UConn to Elite Eight
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Maya Moore slipped into the post and stuck back a teammate’s miss. She pulled up and knocked down mid-range jumpers. She drifted outside and buried three-pointers.
Sign up now for Spring Day of Caring
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center will have its Spring Day of Caring on Saturday, May 3, to organize co-workers, friends and family into the act of volunteering.
Career tips
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
When recession looms, fear can drive people to take the first job that they’re offered - including some that turn out to be scams.
Election officials plagued by ballot shortages
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
It’s a simple question with no simple answer: Why do polling places across America keep running out of ballots when it’s no secret that this contentious primary season keeps breaking voter turnout records?
Police: Father kills children at Baltimore hotel
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man killed his three young children at a downtown hotel room, then called the front desk to report their deaths Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Corn’s role insidious in diets
March 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
I believe corn will be our undoing. Don’t get me wrong, I love corn. No summer picnic would be complete without corn on the cob. A movie is not as satisfying without popcorn. And cornbread? Nobody makes a better cornbread from scratch than I do.
Addiction counselors to address conference
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
Duane L. Olberding and Dr. Esther Maddux, of Professional Treatment Services, Lawrence, have been selected to present educational lectures during the annual conference for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals.
Screen actors guilds cut ties before upcoming contract talks
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
Unions representing film and television actors will negotiate separately with producers in upcoming contract talks after board members of the TV actors union voted Saturday to sever a long-standing agreement between the two guilds.
Media impact
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: The media’s relentless obsession with the remarks of Obama’s pastor makes me wonder how they decide whose remarks to fixate on.
Rutgers returns to final
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
In a game where little was clicking offensively for Rutgers, Essence Carson carried the Scarlet Knights to another rematch with Connecticut - though this time with a Final Four berth at stake.
Oread Inn subsidies up for approval
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider giving formal approval to a pair of financial subsidies for the Oread Inn project, a hotel and condominium project at 12th and Indiana streets near the Kansas University campus.
Gene-hunting technique paying off with discoveries
March 31, 2008 in print edition on C8
Scientists are scanning human DNA with a precision and scope once unthinkable and rapidly finding genes linked to cancer, arthritis, diabetes and other diseases.
Auto designers hop into Hot Wheels
Mattel opens up competition for 40th anniversary series
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
General Motors Corp. designer Amaury Diaz Serrano still remembers the day in 1968 when his father bought him his first Hot Wheels car - a blue Camaro - at a Sears in his native Puerto Rico.
McCain outlines foreign policy stand
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
What Barack Obama tried to do with the sensitive issue of race, John McCain last week attempted on the no less important topic of foreign policy.
Kansas skier dies at Keystone Ski Resort
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 43-year-old Kansas man is dead after striking a tree while skiing on an intermediate trail at Keystone Ski Resort.
Party fears alienating women
Democrats temper calls for Clinton to drop candidacy
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
Debra Starks has heard the calls for Hillary Rodham Clinton to quit the presidential race, and she’s not happy about it.
Commentary: Handicapping the Final Four
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
From now on, picking all four No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four in your NCAA bracket isn’t foolishness. San Antonio is playing host to history, as all the top seeds - North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas - advanced to the semifinals for the first time.
Art meets environment at event
March 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Mother Earth often inspires those in the art world. Some of those who have been inspired will perform Saturday at an event at Watson Park.
Discussion due
Spurring statewide discussion of a proposed smoking ban is a positive first step.
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
Although its sponsor will be surprised if a statewide smoking ban clears the Kansas Legislature this year, the time spent working on the bill may not be a wasted effort.
Parker rescues Lady Vols
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Candace Parker sensed her team was in distress and rushed in for a Rocky Top rescue.
KU librarian reaches out to gay Kansans for untold stories
March 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Tami Albin was always very careful. The 11-year-old didn’t go to the library with friends. She never wrote down the call numbers of the books she was looking up. She dodged well-meaning librarians whenever possible. She trolled the aisles, constantly in a state of childhood fear of anyone knowing she might be up to something.
Contestant this week on ‘Millionaire’ hails from Bonner Springs
March 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Bonner Springs residents can watch one of their own try to win a million dollars on television this week.
Gant sits 2nd half, but A&M still rolls
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Danielle Gant was dehydrated and out of the game, and Texas A&M coach Gary Blair was sick about it. The rest of the Aggies made them feel better by advancing to their first regional final.
Last Eggs & Issues set for Saturday
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs & Issues series will close out its 2008 run with a session at 8 a.m. Saturday at HH Bar and Grill, southwest of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Guard play lifts KU past Rebels
March 31, 2008
Kansas University’s basketball players towered over their Nevada-Las Vegas counterparts.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Sasha Kaun tossed and turned all night. “I couldn’t fall asleep. I was so excited for the game I couldn’t calm myself down to go to bed. I finally fell asleep at 3 a.m.,” Kaun, Kansas University’s senior from Tomsk, Russia, said of Saturday night slumber time leading up to Sunday’s Elite Eight game against Davidson.
Davidson’s last gasp goes awry
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
One of college basketball’s most lethal shooters didn’t get the last chance to kill Kansas University. Davidson College phenom Stephen Curry had to defer the final shot to teammate Jason Richards.
Dress for Success helps makeover
March 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
The fashion makeover series “How Do I Look?” (8 p.m., Style) gets behind a good cause. Host Finola Hughes welcomes a fashion-challenged woman with a difficult past to highlight the charity Dress for Success.