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WNIT Championship Free State baseball vs. Blue Valley North The day in photos, April 4, 2009
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Following KU's run to the WNIT championship game this season, do you plan on attending a KU women's game next season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
34%
No, I live too far away
 
32%
No
 
26%
Undecided
 
6%
Total 676
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A sizable crowd showed up for Wednesday night's game. Attendance was recorded at 8,360. KU fans hope buzz about WNIT fills the fieldhouse
April 3, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Bill Hougland says there’s been a change in his coffee conversations. The Lawrence resident, who gathers with friends each morning at McDonald’s at Sixth and Michigan streets, said the group has started talking about the Kansas women’s basketball team.
6:00 a.m.
Beanies Ann is back home this week after a short trip to San Diego after she crawled into a neighbors moving van. Beans the cat safely back, after accidental trip to California
April 4, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Most pets normally don’t go on the family vacation. But one Lawrence cat just needed some sun, and headed west while the rest of the family headed east during spring break.
10:00 a.m.
Team pulls together in inspiring fashion
April 4, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Attaching labels is often mere oversimplification. Not when it comes to Kansas University’s women’s basketball season, however.
1:00 p.m.
KU's Krysten Boogaard goes for a rebound against South Florida's Jazmine Sepulveda in the second half of the WNIT championship game at Allen Fieldhouse. USF won the game, 75-71. FINAL: South Florida takes down KU women in WNIT championship, 75-71
12:48 p.m., April 4, 2009 Updated 4:28 p.m.
The two teams played in front of a Kansas and Big 12 record announced attendance of 16,113.
6:00 p.m.
From left, Eve Levin, Ammaarah Haq, Danielle Price and Asra Haq will attend a Women’s Seder at Lawrence Jewish Community Center. Seder sisterhood: Interfaith group staging women’s gathering for Jewish holiday
April 4, 2009 in print edition on 1D
It’s an ancient tradition with a double twist: a Passover seder just for women, open to all faiths.

All stories

KU’s Self adds to coaching awards
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s Bill Self continues to pile up coaching awards for his work during the 2008-09 season.
KU baseball team shuts out No. 7 Baylor, 6-0
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
KU right-hander T.J. Walz threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just five baserunners in the Jayhawks’ 6-0 victory over No. 7 Baylor on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Severe thunderstorm watch expires
02:16 p.m., April 4, 2009 Updated 08:10 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County. The watch will expire at 8 p.m. Saturday.
FINAL: South Florida takes down KU women in WNIT championship, 75-71
12:48 p.m., April 4, 2009 Updated 04:28 p.m.
The two teams played in front of a Kansas and Big 12 record announced attendance of 16,113.
Mike Gaughan picked as next Douglas County commissioner
11:46 a.m., April 4, 2009 Updated 10:46 a.m. in print edition on B1
A group of Douglas County Democrats tapped Mike Gaughan, an aide to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, to fill an open seat on the Douglas County Commission.
Wind mandate
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The U.S. will likely fail to develop renewable energy cost-effectively and fairly. Renewable portfolio standards allow utility monopolies to award contracts to themselves and their affiliates.
Jayhawks mindful of pesky Bulls ‘D’
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
Sometimes basketball statistics can be skewed by nuances like injuries, blowouts and schedule strength.
Anna in the Tropics’ shows family fragility in modern era
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B4
The struggle between traditional and modern forms the conflict of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Anna in the Tropics,” which opened Thursday at University Theatre at Kansas University.
Former Senator lauded for his talents
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Former Sen. James B. Pearson was remembered for his diverse abilities and his way of life during a memorial service Friday.
KU’s Self wins AP coach of year
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas coach Bill Self took a long look at the college basketball coach of the year trophy he received Friday from The Associated Press and wondered how he would ever get through airport security on the way home.
Gunman kills 13 at community center
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
A gunman barricaded the back door of a community center with his car and then opened fire on a room full of immigrants taking a citizenship class Friday, killing 13 people before apparently committing suicide, officials said.
Around and about
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D3
Marcelle Madl will celebrate her 80th birthday at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of Dale and Phylis Schwarz.
Obama tries American-style campaign on Europe
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A5
Courting Europe with an American-style campaign, President Barack Obama on Friday talked up his plans — popular here — to eliminate nuclear weapons, close the Guantanamo Bay prison and tackle global warming.
Seder sisterhood: Interfaith group staging women’s gathering for Jewish holiday
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D1
It’s an ancient tradition with a double twist: a Passover seder just for women, open to all faiths.
Faith Forum: What’s a good way to introduce a child to faith?
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D1
Kids thrive on variety in education
Beans the cat safely back, after accidental trip to California
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Most pets normally don’t go on the family vacation. But one Lawrence cat just needed some sun, and headed west while the rest of the family headed east during spring break.
Red Cross chapter sets $25K goal
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B3
Douglas County has had an American Red Cross chapter since 1916 that has provided disaster relief and filled other emergency needs in the community.
Luke leads Cards to state
Coach of the Year
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C4
To hear Ryan Luke tell it, his job was easy this season.
Griffin AP player of year
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin is the runaway choice as The Associated Press’ college basketball player of the year.
Giants release Burress
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C2
The New York Giants released Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress on Friday, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub.
Graduation party to give safe option for seniors
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Parents of Lawrence high school seniors are gearing up to provide the graduates with a safe celebration after they receive their diplomas in the 2009 version of Project Graduation.
People in the news
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D7
Levi Johnston says ex-fiance Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, allows him to visit their 3-month-old son but won’t let him take the baby out.
Club news
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D5
The Knights of Columbus Council 1372 donated $560 for the purchase of a new mini computer at St. John Catholic School. It’s the first mobile convertible computer that incorporates touch functionality in a bi-directional LCD screen. It also allows one to navigate through applications with a stylus to create and watch documents, sketch objects and scenes, and collaborate with others using the built-in Webcam and microphone.
Japan plans moon-walking robot - literally
April 4, 2009 in print edition on E6
Japan hopes to have a two-legged robot walk on the moon by around 2020, with a joint mission involving astronauts and robots to follow, according to a plan laid out Friday by a government group.
Homeland Security boss says cartels under pressure
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Beefed-up vehicle inspections, more drug-sniffing dogs and improved surveillance should help curb the flow of guns and drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday.
Civility
Could it be that the problems in the economy are causing us to be a bit nicer to one another?
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
Have you recently noted a little warmer reception in local stores and businesses as well as in telephone conversations regarding service activities?
Milk labeling requirement sent to governor
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream may be unavailable in Kansas if legislation restricting dairy labels is put into law, a state legislator said Friday.
Amtrak adds signs to depot restoration
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
A new platform isn’t the only upgrade that will be pulling into the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway depot in Lawrence.
Plymouth Congregational church offering Spanish-language service
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D1
Last summer, Spanish speakers in Lawrence found their way to the offices of Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., looking for a Spanish-language Bible study.
Stay healthy while looking for a new job
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D8
After “find a job,” put “stay healthy” on your to-do list if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands who have lost a job in the past month or if you fear a layoff coming on.
Henry wants to go to KU, father says
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
Things are looking positive for Kansas University in the crazy, ever-changing Xavier Henry sweepstakes.
Emergency crews assist two capsized kayakers at Clinton Lake
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical pulled two kayakers Friday evening from Clinton Lake.
Jayhawks For a Cure game scheduled
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
The University of Kansas softball team will help out in the fight against breast cancer when it hosts Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, for its Jayhawks For a Cure game.
Former Baker player joins K.C. Chiefs
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
Former Baker University football player Tanner Purdum will be competing for the job of starting long snapper this season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Free State loses two
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Free State softball team dropped a doubleheader to Olathe East on Friday at College Boulevard Activity Center.
LHS wins
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kaley Tesdahl and Marley Sutter each scored a goal and the Lawrence High girls soccer team defeated Andover Central, 2-1, on Friday in the second round of the McPherson Invitational.
Journal-World All-Area First Team girls basketball
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C4
Taylor Bird - Lawrence High, Sr. - While being named to the all-Sunflower League’s first team for the third straight season, Bird delivered the best all-around campaign of her career. She was the only player in the Sunflower League to rank in the Top 8 of all four major categories — 2nd in points (17.5 ppg), 2nd in rebounds (9 rpg), 8th in assists (3 apg) and 6th in steals (3.1 spg) — and one of just two players to rank in the Top 6 in points, rebounds and steals.
Team pulls together in inspiring fashion
KU in history-making game today
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Attaching labels is often mere oversimplification. Not when it comes to Kansas University’s women’s basketball season, however.
Area towns offer advance voting today
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B8
About 100 people cast ballots on Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse during a busy day for advance voting.
KU men’s hoops notebook
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C6
KU coach Bill Self will begin the process of gathering information from NBA sources next Tuesday and then sit down with both Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich to discuss their plans.
Bird keeps it in family
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C4
A little while after Danielle Bird was named the Journal-World’s All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year after last season, Bird’s father, Troy, congratulated her and then turned his attention to younger daughter Taylor.
Royals demote Shealy
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Royals outrighted first baseman Ryan Shealy to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, trimming their roster to 30.
Three share Houston lead
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C2
Paul Casey shot a 2-under 70 on Friday for a share of the lead with Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden at 8 under during the suspended second round of the Shell Houston Open. Casey was one of only five players to complete two rounds Friday.
Socialism creeps into U.S.
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B7
The plot of the 1956 cult classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” seems remarkably similar to the storyline of the Obama administration, which is invading, and appears eager to take over, corporate America. Unfortunately, the reality of the threat to American corporations is far creepier than any science-fiction film could ever be.
McCray in elite company
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
Her teammates and coaches call her “D,” as in short for Danielle, not as in short for defense. It’s her offense that makes Danielle McCray a legitimate All-American candidate, heading into next season.
Funding considererd for planned KU incubator facility
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B4
City commissioners will consider providing $75,000 in funding to the Lawrence Douglas County Bioscience Authority for construction and operation of a new incubator facility that is planned for Kansas University’s West Campus.
Fair to highlight alternative education
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
An alternative education fair for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be from 10 am. to 3 p.m. April 11 at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Rock Chalk Revue raises record donation
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
This year’s $60,000 donation to the United Way from proceeds from the annual Rock Chalk Revue set an all-time record, the show’s executive producer said Friday.
Organ, tissue donations focus of LMH event
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is hosting an event to raise awareness about organ and tissue donations as part of National Donate Life Month.
Substitutes honor Pinckney principal
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
Pinckney School Principal Lesa Frantz has been named Principal of the Year.
Hiring right chancellor for KU is important to school, state
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Do the men and women serving on the search committee to identify, interview and select candidates for the chancellorship at Kansas University realize the critical importance of their mission?
Pump patrol
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several locations.
English villagers ssend Google Street View snapper packing
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
You’re never far from a camera in Britain, a country that has accepted the presence of millions of surveillance cameras in its streets, shopping centers and public spaces.
13 million now jobless in U.S. amid signs of improvement
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Unemployment zoomed to 8.5 percent last month, the highest in a quarter-century, as employers axed 663,000 more workers and pushed the nation’s jobless ranks past 13 million. The hard times were only expected to get harder — a painful 10 percent jobless rate before long.
Boy drives 1,300 miles to Texas rodeo grounds
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
A 13-year-old Virginia boy apparently loaded his family’s pickup truck with food, clothes and his dog, hitched up a trailer with two horses in tow and drove nearly 1,300 miles to Texas, police said. The teen’s parents found him safe Friday.
Boston Globe issued ultimatum by Times
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Union leaders say The New York Times Co. has told The Boston Globe’s unions they must agree quickly to $20 million in concessions.
Kraft: Salmonella found in trail mix last year
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Kraft Foods Inc., the company whose testing led to the nationwide pistachio recall, said Friday it first heard there was salmonella in its trail mix in late 2007, but could not trace the possible source to tainted nuts from California until two weeks ago.
N. Korea says satellite launch coming ‘soon’
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea said preparations to launch a satellite were complete today and liftoff was imminent, as U.S., Japanese and South Korean warships with radar plied waters near the communist nation to monitor what they fear is a long-range missile test.
Live grenade found by roofers on the job
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
Workers removing a roof in Texas nearly had the job done for them by accident.
Man given 10 years for insulting monarchy
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Thai citizen was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison on charges of insulting the king and his family by posting edited photos of the monarchy on the Internet, a court said.
Firefighter accused in arsons held for trial
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
A firefighter accused of setting a pair of small fires in an arson-plagued steel town near Philadelphia initially told police he had not left the house on the night of the blazes, but later said he had been out buying cocaine, an investigator testified Friday at a preliminary hearing.
Report: Obama to ease Cuba restrictions
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama intends to lift the U.S. ban on family members traveling to Cuba and remittances to the island, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Public flogging video shakes Pakistan peace accord
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
Pakistani authorities ordered inquiries Friday into a video showing the public flogging of a screaming woman in a northwestern valley where officials have yielded to Taliban demands for Islamic law.
Urban legendary
LHS pitcher tosses no-hitter in 10-0 rout of SM North
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
A year ago, Andy Urban’s anxiety on the pitcher’s mound nearly destroyed his ability to play the game he loved.
KU in history-making game today
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Attaching labels is often mere oversimplification. Not when it comes to Kansas University’s women’s basketball season, however.
In Treatment’ back on the couch
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D7
Cloris Leachman may have an Oscar (“Last Picture Show”) and many Emmy awards, but she’s probably best known for her offbeat presence on “Dancing With the Stars,” a performance that has little on her cracked characters in the Mel Brooks’ favorites “Young Frankenstein” and “High Anxiety.”
Bears rally past Jayhawks, 8-6
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
Entering the ninth inning of the Kansas University baseball teams’ matchup with Baylor on Friday, Paul Smyth found himself in prime position to wipe a string of shaky outings from his mind.
Madonna to appeal court ruling on Malawi adoption
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D7
Wealthy, famous, fabulous at 50 — but not a mother of four.
FSHS christens field with win
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
Of all the firsts that took place at the Free State High baseball team’s slick and stylish new field on Friday, there was one that stood out above all the rest — the win.
Horoscopes
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, April 4: This year, your ability to get past restrictions proves to be remarkable. Many wish they had the same talent! If you are single, you’ll meet people with ease, but making a decision as to who you want as yours might be another long tale.
Scouting news
April 4, 2009 in print edition on D3
David Lawrence, of Lawrence, will receive his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Burgess Scout Cabin in Lawrence.
Nevada lawmakers squeamish about prostitution tax
April 4, 2009 in print edition on E6
Nevada taxes you when you have a drink, when you catch a show and when you buy some smokes — and of course it gets a piece of your action at the casino. But if you’re looking for a sin-tax haven, you could head to a brothel.
Jobless make ads to pitch themselves
April 4, 2009 in print edition on E6
Jayna Dinsmore dressed in a sharp pink blouse and black slacks and made the pitch she hoped would end her five months of unemployment: Experienced marketing manager and analyst. Diverse background. Trade show experience.
Iowa legalizes gay marriage
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Iowa’s Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state — and first in the nation’s heartland — to allow same-sex couples to wed.
Another honor
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It’s great that the Kansas University debate team won the national championship, but do not overlook the KU law school’s accomplishments in the American Bankruptcy Institute Moot Court Competition.
Keeping the care in health care
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
I was tickled to hear that the insurance industry is beginning to commence to start to think about lifting bans on the pre-existing conditions that keep a slew of Americans from getting health coverage. This has always been on the deep end of a pretty wacky system.
Climate protection efforts hit some bumps
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
“Fervently” is how America will henceforth engage in talks on global warming. So said the president’s climate change negotiator Sunday in Germany, at a U.N. conference on reducing carbon emissions.
Shoe drive to benefit Soles4Souls Inc.
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
Lawrence residents may donate gently worn shoes for people in need. Soles4Souls and Garry Gribble’s Running Sports will collect your gently worn footwear and/or donations at 839 Mass.
AG warns of scams regarding mortgages
April 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
Scams perpetrated by people claiming to assist with modifying mortgages are showing up across the state, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said.
YouTube video of queen, Italian leader popular
April 4, 2009 in print edition on A5
Was Queen Elizabeth II angry at Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for trying too hard to get President Barack Obama’s attention? Apparently not.
Carolina, Villanova shed stereotypes
April 4, 2009 in print edition on C2
They’re not quite who we thought they were. North Carolina isn’t exactly that group of kids who just couldn’t resist banding together to take another shot at winning the national title.
Investigation begins into corpse that was apparently cut to fit coffin
April 4, 2009 in print edition on E6
James Hines was a giant — a 6-foot-7, 300-pound preacher and funk musician so big that after he died in 2004, a macabre rumor began circulating in this small town that the undertaker had to cut off his legs to fit him in the coffin.