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KU vs. Missouri The day in photos, March 1, 2009 KU women vs. Nebraska Breaking down the data Evidence collection at LMH Investigating sexual assault Learning about prevention
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Who gets the game ball after KU's 90-65 victory over Missouri?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sherron Collins
 
58%
Cole Aldrich
 
35%
Tyshawn Taylor
 
3%
Tyrel Reed
 
2%
Other
 
0%
Total 1228
Who was KU's first-half MVP against Missouri?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sheron Collins
 
40%
Cole Aldrich
 
40%
Tyrel Reed
 
10%
Marcus Morris
 
6%
Markieff Morris
 
1%
Other
 
0%
Total 161
What's your prediction for the KU-MU basketball game?

Poll results

Response Percent
KU wins by 11 or more
 
44%
KU wins by 6-10
 
40%
KU wins by 1-5
 
11%
MU wins by 6-10
 
3%
MU wins by 1-5
 
2%
MU wins by 11 or more
 
0%
Total 100
Has the economy made you more or less likely to look for a new job?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’m not looking for a new job
 
40%
Less likely to look for a new job
 
25%
More likely to look for a new job
 
20%
I don’t have a job, but I’m looking
 
12%
Total 807
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius enters the House chamber as she prepares to deliver her State of the State address on Jan. 12. Kansas officials react to Sebelius’ departure
February 28, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ departure for Washington could upset the political balance in Kansas like “putting state politics in a blender.”
10:00 a.m.
At far right, from left, Allison Babbit, 5, her sister Katie, 8, and their father, Kevin Babbit, Lawrence, are framed by rowing shells as they pass through a rowing shells bay on the lower floor the new Kansas Rowing boathouse during an open house Saturday at Burcham Park. The facility totals more than 16,000 square feet. KU dedicates boathouse just in time to celebrate 40-year athletic legacy
March 1, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Kansas University rowing captain Emily Martin and her teammates in the past have often left a practice on the Kansas River muddy, freezing and tired. Thanks to the recent completion of a $6 million boathouse at Burcham Park, the team now has locker rooms, a place to work out inside and much space to store their boats. “You come here, and you can go home clean after practice,” said Martin, a Wellington senior.
1:00 p.m.
Kansas center Cole Aldrich puts up a shot during warmups before tipoff against Missouri Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. FINAL: Collins scores 25 as Jayhawks rout Tigers, 90-65
11:59 a.m., March 1, 2009 Updated 4:25 p.m.
Cole Aldrich added 19 points and 14 rebounds as KU took down No. 11 Missouri.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical personnel run to take a dip Saturday into Clinton Lake for the Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics. Several teams braved the single-digit temperatures and stiff wind to participate in the event at Bloomington Beach on the west side of Clinton Lake. Community members brave chilly plunge for special cause
March 1, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Just another Saturday on the beach at Clinton Lake. Dozens of people prepared to take a quick dip in the water just off Bloomington Beach. A typical Saturday afternoon swim with the temperature steady at 20 degrees, the wind blowing snow throughout the area. You know, firefighters dressed in coconut bras and grass skirts — an average event for late February in Douglas County.

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Mark’s on the Move: Life Star helicopters
March 1, 2009
Mark’s on the Move is back, and we start the spring season off with a company that provides a very important service to those needing the most critical care.
FINAL: Collins scores 25 as Jayhawks rout Tigers, 90-65
11:59 a.m., March 1, 2009 Updated 04:25 p.m.
Cole Aldrich added 19 points and 14 rebounds as KU took down No. 11 Missouri.
KU softball drops two games
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
Despite two hits from Val Chapple and Liz Kocon, the Kansas University softball team fell to North Texas, 5-2, at the North Texas Invite.
KU swimming places 4th at Big 12’s
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the 2009 Big Championships at the Mizzou Aquatics Center on Saturday.
Haskell women fall, 77-75
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
Haskell Indian Nations University gave College of the Ozarks all it could handle. But the Indians dropped a 77-75 decision on Saturday in the championship game of the Midland College Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament.
Sub-states announced
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
After splitting the regular season series, one game apiece, the Lawrence High and Free State High girls basketball teams will get a chance to break the tie at sub-state.
Veritas wins, 54-35
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
Jeremiah Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Veritas Christian boys basketball team defeated Flint Hills Christian, 54-35, in the seventh-place game of the KCAA 2A state tournament on Saturday.
Seabury boys fall
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
The Seabury boys basketball team lost, 64-52, to Troy on Saturday in the Class 1A regional championship.
Market for romance goes from bullish to sheepish
March 1, 2009 in print edition on E10
See the tall, gregarious young man in the Eighteenth Street Lounge here, moving easily toward a group of receptive women as the floor vibrates with reggae music? He’s dressed in a sharp Hugo Boss suit, and he knows that the minimum for a table is $240.
Lawrence bowling wins regionals
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
Lawrence High’s boys bowling team won the 2009 KSHSAA Regional Tournament, while the Free State girls placed third on Saturday. Both teams will advance to the March 6 state tournament in Olathe.
Indian-American profile up, from politics to film
March 1, 2009 in print edition on E10
Jai Ho! The years-long wave of immigration from India is creating a rising tide of visibility for Indian-Americans in the United States. The past few weeks have underscored their increasingly high profile: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave the Republican response Tuesday night to President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress, while Dr. Sanjay Gupta is under consideration to be Obama’s surgeon general.
Researcher turns cameras on U.S. hunger
March 1, 2009 in print edition on E10
An office party goes on without her, across town in an affluent world vastly different from the one where Mariana Chilton now finds herself. Her husband’s tried calling. Twice. And still she sits in dress slacks and stocking feet, gray suede shoes tossed aside, on the drab carpet of a row house in the Philadelphia projects, playing with someone else’s children while her own three kids wait for Mom to come home.
Three Lions earn 5th-place medals at state wrestling
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Although none of them wound up where they wanted to, three members of the Lawrence High wrestling team decided to exit Saturday’s Class 6A state tournament fighting like dogs.
KU dedicates boathouse just in time to celebrate 40-year athletic legacy
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University rowing captain Emily Martin and her teammates in the past have often left a practice on the Kansas River muddy, freezing and tired. Thanks to the recent completion of a $6 million boathouse at Burcham Park, the team now has locker rooms, a place to work out inside and much space to store their boats. “You come here, and you can go home clean after practice,” said Martin, a Wellington senior.
Depth key vs. Mizzou
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Smokin’ Joe Frazier had a way of working the body, working the body, working the body, until his opponent’s aggressive ways gave way to his survival instincts.
Ogilvy, Casey reach final
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C2
Geoff Ogilvy made five birdies on the back nine Sunday to outlast teenage sensation Rory McIlroy in the quarterfinals, then played his final four holes in 5-under par against Stewart Cink for a 4-and-2 victory to reach the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship for the third time in four years.
Community members brave chilly plunge for special cause
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Just another Saturday on the beach at Clinton Lake. Dozens of people prepared to take a quick dip in the water just off Bloomington Beach. A typical Saturday afternoon swim with the temperature steady at 20 degrees, the wind blowing snow throughout the area. You know, firefighters dressed in coconut bras and grass skirts — an average event for late February in Douglas County.
Morbid memories
Mizzou Arena defeat motivates Jayhawks for round two
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Mario Little and his Kansas University basketball teammates have been haunted by memories of a 62-60 loss to border rival Missouri on Feb. 9 at Mizzou Arena.
Senate bill would increase benefits
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Adjusting the caps on workers’ compensation benefits to coincide with the cost of living will be considered by lawmakers this week. “I think it’s real important for families,” said state Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, who will introduce Senate Bill 258 at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Speaker to tout potential ‘green grid’
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Susan Eisenhower is coming to Kansas University on Thursday to speak about the future of electrical transmission in the United States and address the potential of a national “green grid.” Eisenhower, chairwoman of the Eisenhower Strategy Forum, will speak at 1:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics as part of a nationwide speaking tour.
Breast-feeding driver cited for endangerment
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Police in Ohio say a woman has been charged with child endangering after another motorist reported she was both breast-feeding a youngster and talking on a phone while driving. Police in the Dayton suburb of Kettering say the caller told them he saw the woman Thursday. Officer Michael Burke says authorities used a license plate number to track down 39-year-old Genine Compton.
Officer gets 25 years for detainee murder
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
An Army officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a military jury Saturday for shooting and killing an Iraqi detainee during an interrogation. First Lt. Michael Behenna of Edmond, Okla., was convicted a day earlier of murder and assault, but acquitted of making a false statement. He had faced up to life in prison. “We are disappointed at the jury’s verdict and the sentence,” Behenna’s attorney Jack Zimmermann said.
7 arrested in brash, $9M bank robbery
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Police recovered millions in stolen cash and interrogated seven suspected robbers Saturday, a day after a gang took a bank employee’s family hostage and forced him to rob his own branch. Police said that shortly before midnight they raided a house in the inner north Dublin district of Phibsborough and stopped a car on a highway ringing Dublin. A third of the stolen money has been recovered.
Berkshire has worst year, but Buffett still optimistic
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Warren Buffett remains optimistic about the prospects for his company and the nation even though Berkshire Hathaway Inc. turned in its worst performance in 2008 and the widely followed investor says the economy will likely remain a mess beyond this year.
Mideast peace up next for Clinton
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is using her second overseas trip to assess Mideast peace prospects, reconnect with European allies and remind her Russian counterpart that U.S. efforts to rebuild relations with Moscow have their limits.
U.S. deaths spike in Afghanistan as more troops deployed
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
U.S. deaths in Afghanistan increased threefold during the first two months of 2009 compared with the same period last year, after thousands more troops deployed and commanders ramped up winter operations against an increasingly violent insurgency.
Unions try to heal deep wounds after bitter split
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Union leaders are talking about reuniting under a single, more powerful federation, nearly four years after a nasty breakup split organized labor. Leaders from 12 of the largest unions, along with rival federations AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have held three meetings since January aimed at setting aside differences and taking advantage of the most favorable political climate for unions in 15 years.
Safety of infant car seats questioned
Unpublicized federal testing ‘reveals flaws’ in current standard
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
In a government crash-test video, the infant car seat flies off its base, smashing the baby dummy — still strapped into the carrier — upside down and face-first into the back of the driver’s seat. Think what could happen in a real crash.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 1, 1909: “Eighteen deputy assessors gathered this morning and got instructions for the taking of the tax assessment in Douglas County this year. The job will take about two months and they will again list all personal property. Only one class of real estate will be listed this year, large improvements made since the last assessments.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Amid State Department concern over the possibility of an escalated Iran-Iraq war leading to U.S. involvement, a Navy destroyer fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol plane that came too close to American warships in the Persian Gulf. It was the first time a U.S. warship had opened fire in the area although there had been several occasions where Iranian planes were so close that shots had been considered.
Minority power
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: During the recent debate over President Obama’s stimulus plan, Republican members of Congress argued passionately in opposition to the bill. Of course it’s not difficult to oppose a plan that further mortgages the stability of future generations — even in a self-serving city such as Washington.
Nonpartisan plea
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I could not be drawn away from hearing what President Obama was going to explain to the country last night. The speech was very good, in my opinion. Not everything was there, and we could not expect that. BUT I was distracted to observe who stood or who sat at the times of applause. How often did both sides of the aisle stand for the same point?
Library priority
The Lawrence Public Library continues to be an important community resource.
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
The recent report of dramatic increases in Lawrence Public Library usage is a reminder of what an important continuing resource the library is for our community. Especially in tight economic times, local residents turn to the library for a variety of services. Books that inform and entertain are the library’s traditional fare, but the library now also circulates many video and audio items.
All the news that’s fit to print?
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Few phenomena generate as much heat as disputes about current orthodoxies concerning global warming. This column recently reported and commented on some developments pertinent to the debate about whether global warming is occurring and what can and should be done.
Tips help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D2
This disorder of the wrist and hand happens when inflamed tissues press against a major nerve, causing pain, numbness and weakness. People whose jobs require repetitive hand motions, such as typing, are at higher risk. Here are some tips from doctors.
For trucks and automakers, it’s survival of the fittest
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
I bought my truck in 1987, back when men wore powdered wigs and wrote sonnets to their paramours with quill pens. Old Blue featured an antiquated device known as a clutch: a shaft protruded from the floor for shifting gears. Old Blue had no air-conditioning. The windows were raised and lowered by hand. It had no computer. It was not what you’d call “high tech.”
Like FDR, Obama gives America reason to hope
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
For more than a year, Barack Obama ran as the man from hope — or at least a man of hope. The implicit notion was that Americans could feel free to hope again, that they could dare to believe, and that the very act of hoping could be redemptive, and effective, too. Obama has been in office for little more than a month, and it is clear that hope is the thing with feathers. It flew away.
Bankruptcies
March 1, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Rowe Corp. to make jukeboxes in Mexico
March 1, 2009 in print edition on E1
Rowe International Corp. says it will move the production of its jukeboxes to Mexico after nearly a century of making them in Grand Rapids. The iconic music-machine maker told about 100 factory workers that the change will take place in August.
Treating pets for cancer is becoming big business
March 1, 2009 in print edition on E1
Weekday mornings, Mona Rosenberg joins about a dozen technicians and fellow oncologists in a circle in the back room of her clinic to prepare for the day’s cancer patients. They open the patients’ files and fire off questions and suggestions about treatment. It’s the kind of meeting that could happen in any clinic but with an important difference: The patients at Rosenberg’s Veterinary Cancer Group have four legs.
Auction turnout surprises organizers
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B8
Organizers of the major fundraiser for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade awoke with fear Saturday morning. Snow had covered the city 12 hours before the 2009 Charity Auction was to begin. But as evening came — and the roads cleared — auction chairwoman Deb Drummet started to breathe easier. “I’m very happy,” she said at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway.
Chiefs trade for Patriots QB Cassel
Kansas City gives up second-round draft pick
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
The New England Patriots sent Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs and a message to their own fans: don’t worry about Tom Brady’s knee.
Catic lifts KU women to 70-57 win
Jayhawks winners of three straight conference games for first time in nine years
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Kansas University women’s basketball team defeated Nebraska, 70-57, on Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
How sentences vary for sex offenses
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Judges use a grid that classifies offenses by level of severity to determine sentences for sex offenders.
Widening the bounds of sexual assault prevention
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lock your doors, beware of strangers, park your car in well-lit parking lots. From a young age, women are given messages about how to stay safe and protect themselves. However, the reality is that in most cases survivors of sexual assaults know their attacker.
What to do after an attack
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Survivors should go to a hospital as soon as possible so evidence can be gathered with a sexual assault kit. Within 72 hours, biological evidence from an assault can disappear, sexual assault nurse examiner Gail Ciesielski said.
Timeline of attacks
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Here are the attacks that police believe are the work of a serial rapist.
Red carpet treatment: Lawrence residents view Oscar night festivities firsthand
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
The Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. Every year I gather with friends to watch the stars arrive on the red carpet and then the show itself. It’s the highlight of my entertainment year. This year was a tad different, though, as my friend, Shelly Cline, and I found ourselves experiencing the glamour and excitement of the Oscars live (!) from the red carpet.
Family’s Lenten notions shaken, stirred
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
The last time I gave anything up for Lent was in 1966, when I was 11. The 5 1/2 weeks from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday that year were interminable. OK, I honestly don’t remember it that well, but knowing my penchant for sugar at the time, and my father’s fondness for martinis, I’m sure it was a hellishly torturous month and a half. It’s a wonder we didn’t kill each other, our family and all of our fellow parishioners.
Journal-World featured in book of front pages documenting Obama’s election
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
The Lawrence Journal-World is one of dozens of newspapers featured in the new book, “Obama: The Historic Front Pages” (Sterling Publishing). The book features newspaper front pages from Nov. 5 — the day after the presidential election — from around the world, as well as copies of several of Obama’s speeches.
‘Irreplaceable’ turns grief into a living thing
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D3
Stephen Lovely must have seen his share of emotional trauma. His new novel, “Irreplaceable” (Voice, $24.95), makes the reader feel grief and longing so tangibly that you wonder what the author has gone through himself. The novel’s plot is truly unique. Isabel — a happily married plant biologist who lives in Iowa — is killed in a car accident.
Poet’s Showcase: Painting With Words
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D3
In my writing class, a collection of minds, where we focus on true or imagined stories of love, as we painfully sketch our way to new insight, and hang our varied thoughts on a page.
Start clearing your garden to prepare for spring activity
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D8
You may be ready for spring, but is your garden? The final weeks of winter offer the last chance to clear away the remnants of last year’s garden before new growth sprouts. Shrubs and small trees are still dormant and can be pruned safely, and the absence of leaves makes the branch structure easier to see.
‘Folk art’ definition has evolved over time
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
If you look up the definition of “folk art,” you’ll run into confusion. That’s because the term’s meaning has changed since the 1920s, when it gained widespread use, thanks to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948). She was a collector of crude but charming paintings, sculptures and other folk art. Her husband, John D. Rockefeller Jr., helped restore Colonial Williamsburg.
Survivors find strength to deal with aftermath of assaults
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Thirty years ago on a chilly December night, Kathy dozed off on the living room couch in her east Lawrence home. She awoke to a stranger on top of her.
Anatomy of a rape kit
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Sexual assault evidence collection kits are a crucial in helping to solve sex crimes. Here’s what’s inside a kit.
Pursuing justice in cases of sexual assault
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
The criminal justice system can be cruel to those victimized by sexual assault. Victims are required to revisit what are oftentimes the most traumatic moments of their life by describing their assault to police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and sometimes to a jury of strangers.
KU community wary due to serial rapist reports
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Women at Kansas University have installed security systems, hung make-shift curtains, readjusted their blinds and purchased Mace. All this since early December, when the Lawrence Police Department announced a 19-year-old Kansas University student was raped by an unidentified male who entered her home with a handgun at 2 a.m.
Bonds sets KU track record at Big 12’s
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C7
Kansas University’s Lauren Bonds set a school record in the women’s 1,000 meters and Charity Stowers ran a top 10 national time in the women’s 600 yards on Saturday at the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The reality of rape in Lawrence
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
On average, a sexual assault is reported in Lawrence every four days. Most assailants are not the knife-wielding stranger jumping out of alleyways or lurking behind bushes. The offender is usually someone the victim knows, often quite intimately. The attack happens inside a house or in an apartment and, with the exception of physical force, no weapon is used.
Rare ‘Earth’: Recovered original manuscript of Buck’s ‘The Good Earth’ goes on display
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D3
It was her publisher — and future husband — who gave her the title. She had planned to name her novel after the lead character, “Wang Lung.” He persuaded her that, for one, nobody was going to buy a book that sounded like “One Lung.” And, for another, so epic a book deserved a title to match.
Hinrich’s toughness stood out
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kirk Hinrich not only is one of the best point guard/shooting guards to play basketball at Kansas University, but also one of the toughest competitors to ever wear the Crimson and Blue. Hinrich — his jersey No. 10 today will be hung in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse at halftime of the 1 p.m. KU-Missouri game — once played 31 minutes against Florida in the 2002 Preseason NIT consolation finals after severely wrenching his back in the semis against North Carolina.
Road map for leaving Iraq taking shape
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A9
The U.S. military map in Iraq in early 2010: Marines are leaving the western desert, Army units are in the former British zone in the south and the overall mission is coalescing around air and logistics hubs in central and northern Iraq.
Obama’s call of college for all: Can it be done?
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
In his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Barack Obama called for every American to pursue some form of education beyond high school. It’s an ambitious goal — some might say impossible. Currently, only two of every five American adults have a two- or four-year college degree.
Pump patrol
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.75 at several locations.
City plans massive sidewalk program
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
The city is set to launch its largest sidewalk construction program in recent memory, with eastern Lawrence neighborhoods slated to get the bulk of the work. Public Works Director Chuck Soules said Wednesday that work could begin in late March or early April on $371,000 worth of construction to fill in gaps in the city’s sidewalk system.
Next stop: Social network users moving next to Twitterverse
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D2
Although Facebook took a few years to grow from adolescent chat site to its current broader appeal (no doubt to the displeasure of the college kids), Twitter has leapt into the public consciousness in a much shorter time. About a year ago, the free micro-blogging service was getting about 100 mentions in all media in a given week.
Husband has penchant for rehabilitating raptors
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D8
On a recent drive down a county highway, I saw something that made me think my imagination was working overtime.
Behind the numbers of this series
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
For the past two months, the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News have been seeking to compile data to provide our audience a more accurate picture of trends related to sexual assaults in our community.
MU bus involved in wreck
March 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
A 19-year-old Overland Park man was hospitalized after a three-vehicle accident involving the the University of Missouri men’s basketball team’s charter bus on K-10 near DeSoto, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
People in the news
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D5
• Bruce Willis being sued for $4 million • Coen brothers take aim at ‘clean coal’
Horoscopes
March 1, 2009 in print edition on D5
This year, you will complete an 11-year cycle. Look back at where your life was roughly then and what you have welcomed into your life since. Changes become possible, especially if you understand and see that an adjustment is necessary. You have a strong hand. State the facts. Communication becomes stronger. If you are single, get to know someone completely before committing. Everyone puts his or her best foot forward.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
Projects that could affect travel this week include work at The Oread, construction at Sixth and Wakarusa and work on railroad crossings in North Lawrence.
Contest draws area students
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
The snow-packed roads kept some schools away, but more than 600 students braved the weather Saturday to attend the 25th annual regional Science Olympiad at Johnson County Community College. The competition, which takes place in 47 states every year, is open to grades six through 12, and though students who participate come from all different schools, backgrounds and levels of experience, they usually have at least one collective thought in common: Science really is the spice of life.
Breakfast to benefit foundation for schools
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
Mark Dominik, new general manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Lawrence High School graduate, will be keynote speaker at September’s Community Education Breakfast. The annual breakfast, which benefits Lawrence Schools Foundation, will be Sept. 18 at the Lawrence Holidome. Dominik graduated from LHS in 1989 and is a graduate of Kansas University.
City Commission agenda: Design changes for multi-story hotel to be reviewed
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
City commissioners will consider approving some design changes to The Oread, a multi-story hotel under construction near 12th and Indiana street near Kansas University. Commissioners also will review timelines for how long streets in the area should remain closed to accommodate construction of the building.
Golf classic to raise money for diabetes
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B4
The 14th annual Cosmopolitan Diabetes Golf Classic will be May 22 at Alvamar Public Golf Course. The Golf Classic is organized annually by Lawrence River City Cosmopolitan Club and is funded by corporate and private sponsors. This year’s corporate sponsors are KU Credit Union, Black Hills Energy and radio stations KLZR/X92.9/KLWN.
Kansas Marathon planned for April 19
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B4
Registration continues for races of the Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon on April 19 in Lawrence. The 2009 races include a half-marathon, 10K and 5K. Organizers plan to include a full marathon in April 2010. The races benefit the Health Care Access Clinic, which serves uninsured and low-income patients in Douglas County.
‘How to Succeed’ won’t fail to delight
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B4
What better time to laugh at the foibles of the business world than now? Take a break from anxiety over trillion-dollar bailouts and see University Theatre’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which opened Friday, where corporate scheming and incompetence are obvious but safely contained within an entertaining evening of music and dance.
Woman with 2 wombs delivers twin daughters
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
A Michigan woman with two wombs has given birth to twin daughters — one from each uterus. The Mining Journal and WLUC-TV report that Sarah Reinfelder’s two healthy babies were delivered seven weeks premature Thursday by cesarean section at Marquette General Hospital in the Upper Peninsula.
Army raises emphasis on electronic warfare
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Army is updating its plans for electronic warfare, calling for more use of high-powered microwaves, lasers and infrared beams to attack enemy targets and control angry crowds.
Amid change, there’s more of the same
Obama similar to Bush on tax cuts, wiretapping
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
For all the sweeping changes that President Barack Obama has delivered, there also has been an ample helping of more-of-the-same. The Bush policy of imprisoning enemy combatants in Afghanistan without trial? The Obama White House is OK with that. The Bush tax cuts for the rich that candidate Obama promised to wipe out early? President Obama will let them run their course.
Airliner crash shattered lives, united a community
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A5
Natasha Marciano holds her breath when planes fly overhead on approach to Buffalo’s airport. Matthew Doherty says he’s still “somewhat in shock” after watching from his bedroom window as a commuter plane crashed and burned.
On the record
March 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
• A tow truck driver had to be taken to the hospital Saturday evening after he was struck by a vehicle. • An 18-year-old Olathe woman was hospitalized after a head-on collision on I-35 near the Wellsville exit in Franklin County. • Police are looking for a man who they say beat a 22-year-old Lawrence resident, stole his wallet and took off in a white SUV. • A 32-year-old transient man was arrested on charges of battery early Saturday morning.
President challenges lobbyists
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama challenged the nation’s vested interests to a legislative duel Saturday, saying he will fight to change health care, energy and education in dramatic ways that will upset the status quo. “The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long,” Obama said in his weekly radio and video address.
Obama’s budget: gigantic ambitions, huge obstacles
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Breathtaking in its scope and ambition, President Barack Obama’s agenda for the economy, health care and energy now goes to a Congress unaccustomed to resolving knotty issues and buffeted by powerful interests that oppose parts of his plan.
Harvard to restore FDR’s student suite
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Harvard University is planning to restore the luxury suite where Franklin Delano Roosevelt lived during his four years at the school. The Boston Globe reports that the 600-square-foot suite will be the first campus memorial to the four-term president. A benefit gala is planned Saturday to help raise the $250,000 needed to restore the suite where Roosevelt lived from 1900 to 1904.
Robbery suspect tries to become policeman
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Authorities in California say a man wanted for a store robbery was arrested when he showed up to take a test to become a police officer. Chula Vista police spokesman Bernard Gonzales said investigators had identified Romeo Montillano as a suspect in a Dec. 8 robbery at a Kmart. Gonzales says investigators learned that Montillano had signed up for the February Police Department entrance exam.
Avalanche kills 3 snowmobilers
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
A mile-long avalanche near the Wyoming-Idaho state line swept three snowmobilers to their deaths, authorities said Saturday. Lincoln County officials said the three victims were among four snowmobilers caught by the snow slide Friday near Alpine Mountain in the Snake River Range. Sgt. Shane Tindall said the fourth person walked out and used his cell phone to call for help.
Commanders: Taliban close to beaten
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pakistan has beaten the Taliban in a major stronghold close to the Afghan border, is close to victory in another and expects to pacify most of the remaining tribal areas before the end of the year, commanders said Saturday. The upbeat assessment of conditions in the arid, mountainous regions of Bajur and Mohmand follows international criticism of Pakistan for accepting a cease-fire with militants behind a bloody campaign in Swat Valley, just next to the tribal regions.
Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at 90
March 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90. Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.