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The day in photos, April 2, 2009
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Would you attend the WNIT championship game Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
74%
No
 
25%
Total 1028
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Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas players Marija Zinic, left, Sade Morris, center, and Porscha Weddington hustle to celebrate with their teammates on the court after the Jayhawks 75-72 victory over Illinois State Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. ’Hawks fly past Redbirds to WNIT final
April 2, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Sade Morris and her teammates looked outside more than an hour before game time and saw people lined up at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket windows. “We’d never seen that before,” said Morris, a Kansas University junior basketball player. “We were excited.” KU officials had been expecting a crowd of around 3,500 for Wednesday night’s WNIT semifinal against Illinois State.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University sophomore Adam Vossen, of Tecumseh, makes his way to the top of the hill Wednesday at the intersection of 15th Street and Engel Road on campus. KU should renew its commitment to preserving historic portions of campus as the university grows, according to a campus heritage plan that was discussed at an event Wednesday. KU unveils master plan, aims to preserve campus history
April 1, 2009 in print edition on 3A
A campus heritage plan at Kansas University is calling for a renewed focus on preservation of the historic campus while recognizing that growth is inevitable.
2:00 p.m.
Quail Run School second-graders Ashley Coup, left, and Caitlynn Grammer show off the large worm they found under a log during an outing in the woods Friday with their class. It is the goal of the Nature Education for Kids Task Force to provide children with more opportunities to enjoy and learn from being in natural settings. Youngsters shouldn’t overlook outdoors, CEO says
April 2, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Young people should have less screen time and more experiences in the natural world. That’s the message Cheryl Charles, president and CEO of The Children and Nature Network, is hoping to spread to younger generations. During a lecture Wednesday evening at Free State High School, Charles expressed concern about the amount of time children are spending with electronic devices.
6:00 p.m.
Westar Energy plant smokestacks billow behind a windmill in North Lawrence against the backdrop of a Kansas sunset Nov. 26, 2007. Westar rates projected to rise again
April 1, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Westar Energy Inc. customers are likely to see their rates rise $80 million or more over the next year, on top of a significant increase Kansas regulators approved about two months ago.

All stories

Kansas Commerce Department looking for workers to come to Kansas
More than 22,000 jobs are available in state right now
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
Despite the recession and a 6.2 percent unemployment rate, Kansas is looking outside as well as inside the state to fill thousands of job openings.
Bill to make it easier to track cell phone signals on way to governor
April 2, 2009
A bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to track down a missing person through a wireless device is on its way to the governor.
City looking at increased fees for parks and recreation to balance department’s budget
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
When you pump that iron at city recreation centers, you might need to pump your wallet a bit too.
Mortgage scams becoming more common
April 2, 2009
Scams perpetrated by people claiming to assist with modifying mortgages are showing up across the state, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said.
WNIT to affect traffic flow on campus Saturday
April 2, 2009
Traffic control following the WNIT championship game on Saturday will be similar to traffic control following a men’s basketball game, according to the Kansas University Public Safety Office.
Bicycle helmet fair set for April 11
April 2, 2009
Free bicycle helmets for children will be available at an upcoming city event.
KU Endowment Association continuing long-term investment strategies, despite economic crunch
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University Endowment Association continues to feel the crunch of economic realities, but is continuing its long-term investment strategies, leaders said this week.
Weather-related cancellations
01:02 p.m., April 2, 2009 Updated 11:13 a.m.
Thursday’s weather leads to cancellations
Fundraising kids hope to bring in big bucks for breast cancer at ‘gynormous garage sale’
April 2, 2009
They’re two little girls with a big goal, and even though they’re only 11, they’ve already been involved in putting on fundraisers for several years.
Brew-to-brew run comes to town Sunday
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Organizers expect about 2,000 runners to participate in the 15th Brew-to-Brew Run 43-mile solo and relay run on Sunday that starts in Kansas City, Mo., and ends in downtown Lawrence.
Lawrence, Tampa make WNIT wager
11:32 a.m., April 2, 2009 Updated 03:27 p.m.
In a sign that WNIT fever is growing in the city, Lawrence Mayor Mike Dever will make a wager with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at 1 p.m. today.
New abortion regulation bill advances out of legislature
11:16 a.m., April 2, 2009 Updated 03:16 p.m.
Abortion opponents in Kansas renewed a push Thursday to impose new reporting requirements on providers and allow patients and others to sue them over potentially illegal late-term abortions.
Sebelius not expected to be confirmed until after Congress returns from recess
Sebelius takes questions about taxes, none on abortion
09:53 a.m., April 2, 2009 Updated 05:07 p.m. in print edition on A10
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is pledging to improve Medicare and Medicaid with an increased focus on prevention and primary care.
Lawrence baseball shuts out T-Birds
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s baseball team shut out Shawnee Heights, 8-0, Wednesday at Lake Shawnee. Three Lions pitchers combined for the one-hit shutout. Albert Minnis got the win, striking out six in five innings. Mitch Witson took over in the sixth, striking out the side. In the seventh inning, Taylor Gentry struck out two.
Anderson pact has bonus
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
Mike Anderson’s new $1.35 million annual contract provides the Missouri coach a healthy raise as well as a big bonus if he stays at the school. Athletic director Mike Alden told the Columbia Daily Tribune that an additional $1.4 million bonus awaits if Anderson sticks around the full seven years of the deal.
‘Guiding Light’ switching off
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
CBS is pulling the plug on the soap opera “Guiding Light” after a 72-year run that predates television, the show a victim of the economy and changed viewing habits. The drama’s final episode will air on Sept. 18.
Horoscopes
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
Tap into your personal history and learn how to harness events and situations. You will be empowered once you detach. If you are single, the person you begin the year with might not be the same one you end it with. If you are attached, greater sensitivity will open new vistas.
Youngsters shouldn’t overlook outdoors, CEO says
Put away electronic devices and enjoy nature, leader urges
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Young people should have less screen time and more experiences in the natural world. That’s the message Cheryl Charles, president and CEO of The Children and Nature Network, is hoping to spread to younger generations. During a lecture Wednesday evening at Free State High School, Charles expressed concern about the amount of time children are spending with electronic devices.
Calipari takes over at Kentucky
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
John Calipari cautioned the Kentucky faithful that he was not the “grand poobah” or “emperor” — even if his eight-year, $31.65 million contract as the Wildcats’ new coach pays him like one.
Reports suggest contractions within economy are slowing
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
New economic reports on construction spending, manufacturing and pending home sales suggest the recession may be moving closer to a bottom. But most analysts think the low point is still months away, with more bad news likely before the economy stabilizes and begins to rebound.
Candlelight vigil recognizes 3 ill students in Tonganoxie
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A5
A few bald teenagers stood Wednesday outside Tonganoxie High School at the Chieftain Remembrance Walk. The youths shaved their heads in support of classmate Connor Olson, a junior at Tonganoxie High School who has a form of bone cancer and will begin chemotherapy Friday.
Advance voting numbers remain low
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A5
Advance voting numbers for Tuesday’s general election have picked up some this week, but they’re still slow, leaving Douglas County election officials pessimistic about voter turnout. At the end of Wednesday, 257 people had cast advance ballots in person at the courthouse, and 290 voters had returned advance ballots by mail, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.
Pantyline Project highlights assault
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Underwear lined Jayhawk Boulevard on Wednesday as part of a project aimed at increasing awareness about sexual assault and violence. “I think for a lot of people, they’re not accustomed to walking across campus or walking up Jayhawk Boulevard and seeing underwear, and from afar people are seeing the underwear and wondering what it is,” said Annie McKay, assistant director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center/Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.
Interim dean named for School of Music
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas University has tapped a longtime music faculty member to serve as interim dean of its new School of Music. Alicia Ann Clair, a Kansas University professor of music education and music therapy, will assume the position effective July 1 during a time of transition for KU’s fine arts programs. Plans call for a national search for a permanent dean to launch in the fall.
Hateful cartoon
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Pat Oliphant has plumbed new depths with his latest “oeuvre,” a headless, jackbooted, goose-stepping figure wielding a sword and pushing a shark-toothed Star of David toward a cringing Palestinian mother and child (Journal-World, March 28).
’Hawks fly past Redbirds to WNIT final
Students help provide fifth-largest turnout
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
Sade Morris and her teammates looked outside more than an hour before game time and saw people lined up at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket windows. “We’d never seen that before,” said Morris, a Kansas University junior basketball player. “We were excited.” KU officials had been expecting a crowd of around 3,500 for Wednesday night’s WNIT semifinal against Illinois State.
People in the news
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Fans inundate Natalie Cole with kidney offers • Sam Lutfi’s sister says Britney wanted help
Find the best online shopping deals
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Most people know to first search the Web for deals before they buy anything, but it takes some talent (and tips) to make those online searches as fruitful as can be.
Free State softball sweeps
Firebirds take two from Leavenworth, 8-1, 12-2
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B4
The best example of Free State High’s dominance over Leavenworth during Wednesday’s softball doubleheader at FSHS came in the first inning of Game 2. After the first three Free State batters reached base — a Rosie Hull double, a Lauren Fox triple and a Maggie Hull walk — freshman shortstop Samantha O’Brien lifted a high fly ball to center field.
Linebacker gets his shot
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
In his four seasons as a member of the Kansas University football team, backup linebacker Jake Schermer hasn’t exactly enjoyed the clearest pathway to football glory. In his first season, he found himself buried on the depth chart behind former standouts Nick Reid and Banks Floodman. Later, he wound up stuck in the shadow of the three-headed monster of James Holt, Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen.
Driving danger
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: While driving along a rural two-lane highway, I was passed by a pickup truck bearing an insignia supporting the conceal and carry law. He was driving at least 15 miles over the speed limit when he passed me and others on this notoriously dangerous rural highway.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 2, 1909: “In the past two days, the administration of the university college of liberal arts and sciences has undergone radical reorganization. Dean Templin had handed in his resignation and that led to a drastic revision in his powers that led him to reconsider and return as dean. Templin said he needed, and deserved, more powers, particularly in the hiring and promotion of teachers.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
It was estimated that more than 100,000 attended funeral services for former president Dwight Eisenhower in Abilene, a town with a permanent population of about 8,000. Eisenhower had grown up in Abilene before beginning his public service career at West Point.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
Allen Neuharth, chairman and chief executive of the Gannett Co., and Cathleen Black, president of USA Today, were in Lawrence for the debut printing of USA Today at the Journal-World plant.
Fine arts loss
A fine arts advisory group that will be disbanded as part of the School of Fine Arts reorganization will be a huge loss for Kansas University.
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
For the past 31 years, a group called the Kansas University School of Fine Arts Advisory Board has been promoting the growth, development and excellence of the school and the university. Its members have focused on how to advance school programs by endorsing excellence in teaching, research and service and seeking recognition for the KU students, faculty and staff.
Obama flexes muscles on auto bailout
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
Last week’s edition of the Economist, the shrewd British journal, had a lead editorial expressing serious misgivings about Barack Obama. “His performance has been weaker than those who endorsed his candidacy, including this newspaper, had hoped,” it said.
Authorities seize Madoff’s home, boats in Fla.
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C8
Federal authorities seized disgraced financier Bernard Madoff’s Palm Beach mansion, his vintage yacht and a smaller boat Wednesday, part of an effort to recoup assets to pay back investors he swindled. Barry Golden, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said about five U.S. marshals arrived at the 8,753-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion late Wednesday afternoon, hours after marshals seized the boats.
1 in 5 Medicare patients readmitted within a month
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C8
One in five Medicare patients ends up back in the hospital within a month of discharge, a large study found, and that practice costs billions of dollars a year. The findings suggest patients aren’t told enough about how to take care of themselves and stay healthy before they go home, the researchers said. A few simple things — like making a doctor’s appointment for departing patients — can help, they said.
Trapping is still most effective mole control
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Stepping into the loose soil of a mole tunnel in the yard may be enough to wage war against the tiny burrowing mammals, but choose your weapons wisely. Despite the large number of remedies on the market, trapping is still the most effective method of mole control, and spring (and moist soil) is a good time to begin the battle.
African adoptions a growing trend
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C8
Madonna’s efforts to adopt two youngsters from Malawi have put her in the media spotlight. But she isn’t alone: a growing number of Americans are bringing home children from Africa as countries like China and Russia cut back on adoptions by foreigners.
Making the cut: Check out pros, cons for different types of mowers
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Love it or loathe it, lawn care season is upon us. And after decades of making lawnmowers bigger, more powerful and easier to push, manufacturers now are touting self-powered mowers and electric models just big enough to get the job done.
Pump patrol
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several locations.
Our town sports
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
Boston Marathon: Ten runners from Lawrence will be participating in the Boston Marathon on April 20. They are Keith Bates, Jorge Carvajal, Christi Douglas, Chris Lounsbury, Chris Nyberg, Alex Rock, Elise Rock, Robert Schmidt, Michael Zabel and Erika Nilles-Plumlee. Nilles-Plumlee will be running for the Alz Stars team to heighten awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.
ER,’ must-see staple since 1994, departs
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
The end finally comes for “ER” with a one-hour retrospective (7 p.m., NBC) and a two-hour finale (8 p.m.). Not that the last six months haven’t been backward-gazing enough. To put the longevity and long-toothedness of “ER” into some perspective, the show debuted the same week as “Friends” in September 1994.
Homeless receive one-way tickets out of town
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
Andrea and Greg Killgore were living on the streets in Las Vegas when they decided to relocate to Lancaster in early March. They thought their job prospects would be better in California. But they were unable to find work and feared they would end up back on the streets.
Media panel says constant Obama coverage warranted
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
Constant news coverage of President Barack Obama since he took office less than three months ago is warranted considering the economic crisis facing the country, panelists at a media symposium said Wednesday. “Obama’s doing it all at once so our judgments are coming at a fast and furious rate,” New York Times columnist David Brooks said before a panel discussion
Pakistani militant poses growing threat to U.S.
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
The son of a poor potato farmer who once worked as a fitness instructor has grown into one of the most powerful militant leaders along the Pakistan-Afghan border, his rise fueled by alliances with al-Qaida and fellow Pakistani militants.
Look for bump in pay soon
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
Most workers will start seeing about a $10 bump in their weekly paychecks this week. The “Making Work Pay” tax credit, which took effect Wednesday, was enacted as part of the economic recovery package that Congress passed in February.
Women’s games in vogue
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
The bandwagon that is Kansas University women’s basketball welcomed 8,360 people on board Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, the fifth-largest audience in the program’s history.
Failing to file taxes will likely cost you
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
Hard economic times can bring out the worst in people. As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, you may be thinking of not filing a return. Or you may be tempted to file a fraudulent return to boost your refund by taking deductions you know you aren’t entitled to claim.
Local businesses offer job assistance
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
Minuteman Press, Logan Business Machines and Career Advantage have teamed up to reduce expenses for community members seeking employment. For the month of April, those interested may bring a hard copy, CD or flash drive of their résumé to Minuteman Press, 501 Gateway Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Resident makes honor roll, gets scholarship
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
Judy A. Near, Lawrence interior designer and professional organizer, was named to the president’s honor roll for part-time students at Johnson County Community College for the fall 2008 semester. In addition, she received the second-prize scholarship in the NKBA/GE 2009 Student Charette Design Competition at JCCC in December.
Edward Jones opens new office in Lawrence
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
Dru Hull has opened another Edward Jones office in Lawrence, at Orchards Corner, 1410 Kasold Drive, Suite A-4. Hull has been working with financial adviser Liz Kundin to serve investors throughout the Lawrence area. James D. Weddle, managing partner of the St. Louis-based financial services firm, said the company wants to extend its reputation for unparalleled client service to Lawrence, which is why Hull is opening the office.
Bert Nash to honor community leaders
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will honor community leaders during its Pioneer Celebration on April 14. Lawrence schools Superintendent Randy Weseman will receive the Pioneer Award for his efforts to secure community mental health services. Dave Adams, a retired community president of Emprise Bank, will receive the Lyn Smith Distinguished Service Award.
Economist: Regional recession marks the worst in 25 years
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Nebraska economist says his regional business conditions survey suggests the recession is the worst in the past 25 years. Creighton University professor Ernie Goss says the overall index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Survey of supply managers and executives has been wallowing in negative territory, although it has been rising.
Semi-truck slams into bookstore
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
A car transporter truck careened out of control at a busy intersection and smashed into a bookstore on Wednesday, killing two, critically injuring three and leaving several damaged and overturned vehicles strewn across the pavement.
Glimmer of hope for automakers in March
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Talk of government loans and bankruptcy and a 37 percent drop in March sales isn’t good news, but despite it all, there seems to be a little optimism returning to the U.S. auto industry. Carmakers’ March sales were dismal compared with last year, but consumers lured by record incentives pushed the February-to-March increase above the normal rise that comes at the end of winter.
Court sides with power plants over fish
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government can weigh costs against benefits in deciding whether to order power plants to undertake environmental upgrades that would protect fish. The court’s 6-3 decision is a defeat for environmentalists who had urged the justices to uphold a favorable federal appeals court ruling that could have required an estimated 554 power plants to install technology that relies on recycled water to cool machinery.
Justice Dept. seeks to reverse conviction
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Faced with embarrassing revelations about withheld evidence, the Justice Department on Wednesday moved to reverse the conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who lost his bid for re-election just days after a jury found that he had lied about gifts and home renovations.
GOP senator: Tax errors shouldn’t bar Sebelius
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
A $7,000 tax mistake shouldn’t disqualify Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius from serving as the nation’s top health official, a key Republican senator said Wednesday. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa told home state reporters in a conference call that he felt Sebelius made “a good-faith effort” to pay her taxes correctly in the first place, and errors discovered in a recent review should not count against her.
KU softball splits doubleheader with MU
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
Sure, the circumstances were a little more pressure-packed than some of their previous encounters, but Amanda Jobe sensed the familiarity of the moment as she stared into the pitcher’s circle Wednesday evening at Arrocha Ballpark.
April Fools’ Internet hoaxes launched
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
While the potentially dangerous Conficker worm was being tracked throughout April Fools’ Day, more harmless hoaxes were being fired out across the Internet. Everyone from Google to The Guardian were rolling out prank Web sites Wednesday. It’s become an April 1 tradition on the Web to showcase absurd technological breakthroughs and silly pseudo-innovations.
Obama, Brown say G-20 deal will fight worldwide recession
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Doggedly optimistic in the face of doubts, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown predicted today’s emergency G-20 economic summit would produce a significant global deal to tackle the deepening worldwide recession.
Free State swimmers win Manhattan Invite
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B4
Free State’s swimming team won the Manhattan Invitational with 448 points.
KU baseball rolls
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
Before his team’s 15-6 victory over visiting Northern Colorado on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price felt compelled to have a little chat with senior catcher Buck Afenir.
One win away
Jayhawks advance to WNIT championship
April 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
Nicollette Smith may not be able to buy a three-point basket, but she’s money from the free-throw line. Smith hit seven of eight free throws in the last 21 seconds as Kansas University squeezed Illinois State, 75-72, in a WNIT semifinal Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
On the record
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported a theft from his motor vehicle in the 2500 block of West 31st Street. • A 30-year-old Lawrence resident said somebody stole his 2001 Chevy Blazer, as well as an amplifier and speakers from the SUV.
Legislators pass bill on sexual predators
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas legislators have approved a bill limiting the number of violent sexual predators the state may house in a single county while they wait to be released from custody. The measure blocks Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to expand a treatment program for predators awaiting release at Osawatomie State Hospital. The number of such predators would be capped at eight per county, the exact number now living in Osawatomie.
Stifling speech
April 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Privacy and the First Amendment received a boost in Kansas when the Legislature dropped an effort to force independent citizens groups to disclose their donors if they run issue ads (“Worthy Effort,” March 30).
Orchid plants can be hardier than you think
April 2, 2009 in print edition on C2
I used to think orchids only were grown by rich matrons in grand manors, fine ladies in white gloves who had greenhouses in which to cosset the fragile, stemmed beauties, and servant gardeners to tend them. Then they started selling orchids in grocery stores and hardware stores, and I decided orchids must not be such forbidding plants after all.