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Births
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Photo galleries
The day in photos, March 9, 2009 Jana Mackey Day
Podcasts
Polls
Do you support President Barack Obama's decision to lift restrictions on funding for human embryonic stem cell research?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
71%
No
 
25%
Not sure
 
3%
Total 977
Which team do you think would be the toughest matchup for KU in the Big 12 Tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
Oklahoma
 
80%
Missouri
 
8%
Kansas State
 
6%
Texas
 
4%
Other
 
2%
Total 50
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Farhang Khosh and his brother Mehdi Khosh both fled Iran several years ago to escape persecution because they are followers of the Bahai religion. Bahais try to help others escape persecution in Iran
March 8, 2009 in print edition on 1A
It’s been nearly a year since seven leaders of the Bahai faith in Iran were arrested and accused of spying for Israel. Now, Bahai followers in the United States — including a group in Lawrence — are asking for help. They want the U.S. and other nations to condemn the detention and send a message to the Iranian government.
10:00 a.m.
Curt Brungardt, father of slain Kansas University student Jana Mackey, passes by a portrait of his daughter in the United Way building on Sunday during the first observance of Jana Mackey Day. Volunteers completed a number of tasks related to Eleven Hundred Torches, a domestic violence prevention project established by Mackey’s parents in her memory. Slain student’s mission shines on in volunteer service to community
March 9, 2009 in print edition on 3A
After 25-year-old Kansas University law student Jana Mackey was found slain in her ex-boyfriend’s home last July, her parents wanted to make sure her legacy of volunteering and advocacy lived on. They received some help from the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who declared March 8 Jana Mackey Day in the state. It is no coincidence that it falls on the same day as International Women’s Day.
2:00 p.m.
First- through third-graders practice opening their mouth wide to sing during a rehearsal with Cadenza, a group affiliated with the Lawrence Children’s Choir directed by Janeal Krehbiel. Nurturing talent: Prodigies or not, kids thrive on arts
March 9, 2009
The piano keys come to life. The crescendo builds as the chorus of “Red River Valley” echoes through the rehearsal room. If you close your eyes, you’d never guess the sound was coming from the mouths of child in first, second and third grades.
6:00 p.m.
The vertical wind turbine on the roof of the Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels Station at Ninth and Iowa is part of the station's ongoing green initiatives. Wind turbine spinning atop Lawrence fuel station
March 9, 2009 in print edition on 7B
The goofy-looking white thing spinning on the roof of the Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels station at Ninth and Iowa isn’t just a fancy-looking top.

All stories

McCray wins second straight Big 12 player of the week award
March 9, 2009
KU junior Danielle McCray earned the Big 12 player of the week award, the conference announced Monday. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward shared the award with Kansas State’s Shalee Lehning.
Kansas senate considers giving dog, horse tracks bigger cuts of slot revenue
March 9, 2009
A Senate committee will consider a bill giving horse and dog tracks a bigger percentage of slot machine revenues.
Stimulus funding helps prevent further cuts to Kansas public education
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A1
It appears Kansas public schools are going to avoid deep cuts, thanks to the federal stimulus package.
Three charges, including rape, filed against Lawrence man
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
Charges of rape, aggravated burglary and intimidation of a victim were filed Monday against a 26-year-old Lawrence man, prosecutors said.
Wind turbine spinning atop Lawrence fuel station
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
The goofy-looking white thing spinning on the roof of the Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels station at Ninth and Iowa isn’t just a fancy-looking top.
Fire chief looking for deeper community involvement
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Mark Bradford was considering an end to a 23-year career in fire service when he got a call from Lawrence. The call was from then Lawrence fire chief Jim McSwain, who asked if Bradford would apply for his department’s deputy chief position.
Man arrested in connection with double stabbing
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 27-year-old Lawrence man arrested in connection with a double stabbing Saturday morning was released from jail on $30,000 bond, pending a March 24 hearing in Douglas County District Court, law enforcement officials said.
Investigation continues into KU freshman’s death at fraternity
March 9, 2009
Few details emerged Monday about a Kansas University freshman’s death Sunday inside Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house.
Rock Chalk Revue results announced
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
At last weekend’s Rock Chalk Revue, the show “Once Upon a Rhyme,” performed by Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Upsilon, earned eight of the 15 awards presented for performances.
King crowned 2009 St. Patrick’s Day queen
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Kansas University junior from Oskaloosa is the new Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen.
KU falls two spots to No. 11 in both polls
March 9, 2009
The Kansas men’s basketball team, following a 1-1 week, fell two spots to No. 11 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.
Hays man sentenced to 10 years for planting pipe bomb at East Hills Business Park
March 9, 2009
A man will spend a decade in federal prison for planting a pipe bomb under a rival’s truck in Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park.
Federal stimulus plan will provide better unemployment, food stamp assistance to Kansans
01:54 p.m., March 9, 2009 Updated 05:21 p.m.
State officials say the federal stimulus package means additional benefits for unemployed Kansans and an increase in food stamp benefits.
In good company
McCray named to All-Big 12 first team
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas junior forward/guard Danielle McCray was one of 10 players selected for first-team Big 12 honors, the conference announced Monday.
Colorado prevails in dispute over legal fees in water case
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B8
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected claims from Kansas that Colorado should be forced to pay $9 million in legal fees from their century-long dispute over water from the Arkansas River. The court, in a unanimous ruling Monday, said Colorado must reimburse Kansas only for about $163,000 in payments to expert witnesses.
Debate under way over state’s Medicaid program
11:47 a.m., March 9, 2009 Updated 05:19 p.m.
As Gov. Kathleen Sebelius waits to become U.S. secretary of health and human services, some Kansas officials are debating whether state oversight of its Medicaid program is strong enough.
Jenkins takes aim at stimulus package, calls it ‘liberal wish list’
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on Monday described the new federal stimulus package as a “long, liberal, wish list.”
Douglas County OKs contract for road repair materials
March 9, 2009
Douglas County will stock up on asphalt for summer maintenance season.
Start time changed for KU women’s Big 12 opener on Thursday
March 9, 2009
Big 12 Conference officials have shifted the starting time for Thursday’s first-round game between Kansas and Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference women’s basketball tournament in Oklahoma City.
Hemenway appoints Steinmetz as interim provost at KU
09:26 a.m., March 9, 2009 Updated 09:51 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will appoint Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as the interim provost.
Flash Flood watch in effect this afternoon into evening
March 9, 2009
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Douglas County as well Franklin, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in northeast Kansas.
Hwy. 24 closed most of morning near Topeka
March 9, 2009
The Kansas Department of Transportation has shut down U.S. Highway 24 near the Goodyear Tire plant in Topeka after an accident badly damaged a guardrail.
Legislators consider bill to regulate Internet fundraising
March 9, 2009
Democrat Sean Tevis of Olathe lost a Kansas House race last fall. But his Internet campaign gained notoriety for raising more than $50,000 in contributions of less than $50. Under Kansas law, he didn’t have to identify his donors.
Bond vote scheduled for Chapman schools
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
Nearly a year after a tornado roared through this northeast Kansas town, voters will decide whether to approve a bond issue to pay to rebuild its three public schools, which were damaged and destroyed. Students go to modular classrooms that were installed last summer to keep the school year on track after the June 11 twister that killed one woman.
KDHE boosts vaccine schedule
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has boosted the immunization requirements for the 2009-2010 school year. The new requirements affect students in preschool through ninth grade. In 2010, there will be new requirements for all students. “The need for vaccination coverage, based on the disease outbreaks that we’ve had, overrode the need to gradually phase in requirements,” said Sue Bowden, director of KDHE immunization program.
Private school forecast optimistic
Lawrence educators confident economy won’t hit enrollment
March 9, 2009
While the sagging economy is raising worries and lowering corporate profits, it doesn’t seem to be affecting enrollment at private schools in Lawrence.
Post-winter exercise
March 9, 2009
Even if you have to use a can of peas or an old paint can to exercise your biceps and triceps, Rick Sells knows it’s possible to become a healthier, leaner person.
The Edge
March 9, 2009
• ‘No Line On The Horizon’ (music) • ‘The Writing on My Forehead’ (books) • ‘Hell on Wheels’ (DVD)
Kansas City Star expected to lay off 150 employees
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas City Star expects to lay off 150 employees as its parent company, The McClatchy Co., looks to shed about 1,600 full-time jobs. The Star is reporting on its Web site that publisher Mark Zieman told employees of the plans in a memo Monday morning. The cuts represent about 15 percent of The Star’s work force and corresponds with a 15 percent reduction McClatchy announced earlier Monday.
Contest will crown Salt Queens
March 9, 2009
Plenty of Hollywood glamour already endures for the ages inside Underground Vaults & Storage, but the business soon will be celebrating its own golden anniversary with a live pageant.
Veterinary service: Lawrence vet spays, neuters animals abroad
March 9, 2009
Robin Michael is used to most people in the United States knowing the importance of spaying and neutering pets. After all, Bob Barker pounded it into our heads after every episode of “The Price is Right.”
Yankees in one word? Desperate
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Yankees are acting as if Alex Rodriguez is Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle, the kind of player they can’t win without, despite the sorry fact that so far, he has only been the kind of player they can’t win with. By announcing that A-Rod will undergo a scaled-down surgical hip repair this morning, then be rushed back into the lineup ASAP, the message they are sending out is an SOS. As in, Save Our Season. How misguided is that?
Marathon volunteers sought
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
Volunteers are needed for the 2009 Lynn Electric Half Marathon, a benefit for Health Care Access, on April 19. Many positions are available; contact Sally Zogry for more information at zogrys@healthcareaccess.org
Prom Dress Drive to benefit LHS and FSHS students
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is organizing a Prom Dress Drive to benefit the young women of Lawrence High School and Free State High School. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. If you have a dress you would like to donate, clothing racks you could lend, or would like to help organize donations, contact Paige at 865-5030 or by e-mail at volunteer@rhvc.org.
Center offers exercise in volunteer screening for disasters
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
Two hundred volunteers are needed to attend a volunteer reception center exercise on March 27 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, Building 21. This exercise is to practice screening volunteers in the event of a major disaster, which would require hundreds of volunteers to be screened, interviewed, and referred to agencies needing assistance.
Volunteer center seeks help for Day of Caring
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is preparing for Day of Caring 2009, lining up volunteers for the April 25 communitywide day of service. To get involved, visit rhvc.org, or e-mail info@rhvc.org.
Babcock Place seeks help with meal preparation
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
Babcock Place needs volunteers Monday through Friday to prepare meals for residents from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will receive a free meal. If you would like to help out, call Shirley Brown at 842-8358.
Volunteers needed for shelter fundraiser
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Community Shelter needs two volunteers to serve on a fundraising committee for its annual fundraising event, Chocolate and Tea at 3. The event is on Sunday, Nov. 8, and the committee meetings are starting now. The committee meets once a month on a Monday during the lunch hour, which may increase to two meetings a month as the event gets closer. Duties will be low-stress and not too time-consuming.
On the record
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 44-year-old homeless man on charges of robbery and battery at Dillons, 1740 Mass. He was booked into jail at 2:47 p.m. Saturday. Bond was not set.
Recession finds even those with jobs losing pay
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B10
In cubicles, factories and stores these days, anxious workers are trying to ease each other’s economic fears with something akin to, “Well, at least we still have a job.” Yet for many, that’s becoming small comfort as more employers cut hours or hire only part-timers. People paid on commission, meanwhile, are suffering as sales dry up. And state workers around the country have been put on unpaid leaves.
Security tightens to prevent unrest
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A6
Military convoys rumble along winding mountain roads, the Internet has been cut in potential trouble spots and motorists must run a gantlet of inspection checkpoints as Beijing mounts a show of force in Tibetan areas to prevent a repeat of uprisings against Chinese rule.
Outside buyers drawn to homes on sale
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A10
Welcome to Landlord Nation, where foreclosure notices are plentiful and for-sale signs offer at least 1,800 homes for under $10,000 that once were worth at least 10 times more. In extreme cases, homes are on sale for $1 or less, which has enticed investors to Detroit from as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia.
Police: Ill. pastor deflected first gunshot with Bible
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A6
A pastor shot and killed during his Sunday sermon deflected the first of the gunman’s four rounds with a Bible, sending a confetti-like spray of paper into the air in a horrifying scene that congregants initially thought was a skit, police said.
State gets high marks for shots
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
Kansas’ childhood immunization rates have garnered national recognition. The state had the second-highest increase in immunization rates for the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series between 2004 and 2007. The series consists of four doses of DTaP, or diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis, vaccine, three doses of polio vaccine, one dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, three doses of haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine, three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, and one dose of varicella vaccine.
Get ready: new vaccinations required for 2009-2010 school year
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is requiring new vaccinations for students for the 2009-2010 school year. They are as follows.
Clark helps Kansas to split in softball
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s softball team beat North Dakota State, 12-1, but fell to Northern Iowa, 9-6.
KU women’s golf takes title
March 9, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas’ Meghan Gockel won the individual title, and the KU women’s golf team won the team crown at the Duramed Collegiate Invitational.
More Americans say they have no religion, study reveals
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.
KU baseball thumps Wildcats
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s baseball team muscled up to pound Northwestern, 10-1.
U.S. says 12,000 troops to leave Iraq by September
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
About 12,000 U.S. soldiers will leave Iraq by September, officials said Sunday, hours after a Baghdad suicide bomber killed about 30 people in a chilling reminder of the nation’s still-shaky security. The withdrawals, which will most likely come from Baghdad and Anbar province, once main battlefields of the war, are the first step in keeping with President Barack Obama’s pledge to end America’s role in the war.
Big 12 loaded after all
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
It took filling out an All-Big 12 ballot for the Associated Press to realize that the conference might just be pretty good, even with all the talent lost in the NBA Draft and with such young rosters facing each other on a nightly basis.
Holder observes Selma anniversary
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
The nation’s first black attorney general and Gov. George C. Wallace’s daughter celebrated the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march Sunday — 44 years after state troopers from her father’s administration beat marchers as they started the landmark journey.
Pope Benedict to visit Holy Land in May
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he would visit the Holy Land from May 8-15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000. The visit would be the second official trip by a pope to Israel. Announcing the dates of the long-planned pilgrimage, the pope said he would go to sites Jesus visited and would pray for “the precious gift of unity and peace for the Middle East and all of humanity.”
N. Korea pledges to act if satellite shot down
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea ordered its armed forces on standby and warned today it will retaliate against anyone seeking to block its planned satellite launch, which many fear will disguise a missile test. The threat was the North’s latest attempt to escalate tensions on the divided peninsula and a strong sign that the communist nation intends to push ahead with the launch despite mounting international pressure to drop the plan.
Busch dominates in Atlanta
Driver leads race for 224 of 330 laps
March 9, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kurt Busch grabbed the checkered flag, shifted his car into reverse and headed off on a unique victory lap. Backward.
Randall family shares their hilltop retreat
March 9, 2009
Jeff and Kelly Randall combined the charm of an existing 1920s Craftsman-style bungalow with an extensive remodel and addition to create a hilltop retreat in south Lawrence.
Budget director says economy is weak
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
The White House’s top budget official declared on Sunday that “fundamentally, the economy is weak” while saying the administration’s own financial predictions could need a revision by midyear. Peter Orszag, President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget director, said in television interviews that the economic downturn has been years in the making but cautioned that the new administration wasn’t yet looking at a second economic stimulus package.
Something new to try and do: Deep-Dish Pizza Redux
March 9, 2009
There is nothing subtle about this rethinking of deep-dish pizza, a term that usually refers to pizza baked in a rimmed pan and loaded with toppings, most particularly cheese.
Seriously good shrimp: Sweet, spicy snack hits the spot
March 9, 2009
Tyler Florence promises this will be the best fried coconut shrimp you’ve ever had, especially if you’ve only ever had this dish at a chain restaurant. He says the natural sweetness of the coconut is the perfect foil for the spicy peanut dipping sauce.
Consciousness model enhances coping skills
March 9, 2009
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in 1776. What was so relevant a comment on the American Revolution seems relevant again when considering the past several years, and, perhaps most pointedly, the past year. Each of us (albeit some more than others), are bearing the burden of this chaotic time. The increased burden we all experience manifests in increased fear, anger or sadness, and therefore we are much more reactive to our environment. Little things bother us more, and we experience increased depression, anxiety, overeating and substance use. It may also show up in more physical illness, relationship conflicts and performance struggles at work and school.
Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Lunch Menu
March 9, 2009
Slain student’s mission shines on in volunteer service to community
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
After 25-year-old Kansas University law student Jana Mackey was found slain in her ex-boyfriend’s home last July, her parents wanted to make sure her legacy of volunteering and advocacy lived on. They received some help from the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who declared March 8 Jana Mackey Day in the state. It is no coincidence that it falls on the same day as International Women’s Day.
Pump patrol
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.86 at several stations.
Scouts to collect donations of food
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
The annual Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts communitywide food drive is about to get under way this month in Lawrence and Eudora. On March 21, fliers about the “Scouting for Food” event will be distributed throughout the communities. Residents are asked to set out nonperishible goods in bags provided by the Scouts.
Compost sale begins Thursday
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Area gardeners will have a chance to buy compost from the city of Lawrence this week. The city’s Solid Waste Division will sell the organic material Thursday through Saturday. The first two days of the sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final day of the sale is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but could end early if supplies are depleted.
LHS students will work for donations
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
The college prep engineering class at Lawrence High School will work for money to help finance a trip to the Global Construction Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn. The students qualified at the Kansas City regionals a few weeks ago.
Dry winter weather threatens state’s wheat crop
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
A dry winter has raised concern among farmers in some parts of Kansas about the condition of their wheat crop. Last week’s report by the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service showed 15 percent of the wheat crop was in poor to very serious condition because of dry weather. About 35 percent was in fair shape while 45 percent was good. Only 5 percent was rated excellent.
Foreclosure in the future for this ‘Castle’
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A9
Is “Castle” (9 p.m., ABC) DOA? I couldn’t find a pulse. Mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is so bored with his career that he kills off a major character behind a bestselling mystery franchise. Even his professional rivals (real-life mystery writers James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell, who cameo as themselves) seem dumbfounded.
‘American Idol’ leaves mark all across popular culture
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A9
In 2001, Simon Cowell figured a singing contest snapped up by British TV would be an easy sell in America. Instead, network responses ranged from lukewarm to hostile. “I was thrown out in one pitch meeting. After 30 seconds, the guy told me to get out,” recalled Cowell, making the rounds with entertainment mogul Simon Fuller.
Obama pledges administration will be guided by science
Embryonic stem cell policy to be overturned today
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama’s planned to reverse President George W. Bush’s limits on federally funded stem cell research through the National Institutes of Health and to put in place safeguards through the Office of Science and Technology Policy so that science is protected from political interference.
Sebelius has forged a healthy legacy
Kansas better off in many respects under her leadership in state offices
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A1
Joan Fowler credits Health Care Access for helping save her husband’s life. Without the clinic’s medical staff, the couple probably wouldn’t have found out that he had cancer. Nikki King, executive director of Health Care Access, points to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for helping direct more money to “safety net” clinics in Kansas. Those clinics provide a place for the uninsured to find free or inexpensive medical treatment.
National optimism is uniquely American
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
When people outside the United States ask me to tell them about this country, I describe one aspect of it that I have always found extraordinary — and strikingly different from the rest of the world. America, or more precisely, Americans, are the most optimistic people on Earth. That’s what I told an Iraqi refugee last year in Amman, Jordan, as she eagerly awaited the papers that would allow her to move to America.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 9, 1909: “With the members of both houses asleep at their desks, the closing hours of the Kansas Legislature came and adjournment was tied up over some appropriations bills. Only about $15,000 was at stake but there had been a 12-hour deadlock.
Agriculture policies feed unhealthy diet
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
Tom Vilsack, Iowa’s former governor, calls his “the most important department in government,” noting that the Agriculture Department serves education through school nutrition programs and serves diplomacy by trying to wean Afghanistan from a poppy-based (meaning heroin-based) economy. But Vilsack’s department matters most because of the health costs of the American diet.
Gift of time
Supplying some volunteer sweat equity in the community can be a rewarding experience.
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
Even when there’s not a lot of money to spare, it’s often possible to carve out a little time to lend a helping hand. Douglas County residents will have a special opportunity to do just that on April 25 when the Roger Hill Volunteer Center sponsors its Day of Caring 2009.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
There was criticism about paying neighborhood coordinators and newsletter editors with Community Development funds. City Commissioner Ernest Angino favored cutting their allocations in half later in the year and phasing them out entirely the coming year.
Resort travel: Keep style simple, springlike
March 9, 2009
Sunshine and warmer days are upon us — at least for that one golden week in March: spring break. Whether you have vacation time or not, planning a fun holiday wardrobe can make the week something to look forward to, even right here at home. Why shouldn’t you dress a bit exotic for your desk job?
Nurturing talent: Prodigies or not, kids thrive on arts
March 9, 2009
The piano keys come to life. The crescendo builds as the chorus of “Red River Valley” echoes through the rehearsal room. If you close your eyes, you’d never guess the sound was coming from the mouths of child in first, second and third grades.
Library Top 10
March 9, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of Feb. 23 to March 1.
Review these questions before heading to vet
March 9, 2009
Here are some suggested questions for you to review for yourself before you head to the veterinarian.
Organized econovores: Save time and money without sacrificing nutrition
March 9, 2009
My friend Avril is a professional organizer. Her Web site www.sortandorder.com shows some pretty amazing pictures of how she helps people sort and order the “stuff’ in our lives.
Balancing the buffet of a child’s interests
March 9, 2009
My 10-year-old just informed me of her desire to play soccer. She’s never shown the slightest interest in sports before. In fact, she’s been pretty dang solidly disinterested. Once she told me that the only sport she was any good at was dodge ball. That’s because, she explained, the point is to run away from the ball, which is her “natural instinct.” Even so, she doesn’t like dodge ball. So this soccer thing is a change. And that’s the same.
Horoscopes
March 9, 2009
This week’s birthdays: You will be admirably reflective this year, unafraid to look within yourself to clear the ideas that held you back from the things you wanted in years before. Your commitment to a special person will give you a tremendous sense of purpose and fill your days with joy. There’s a good reason to travel in April. Friends and laughter fill June. July brings a financial breakthrough, possibly related to using your talents in a different way. Family reunions and additions are featured in the late summer.
Very superstitious: Eighth-grader considers lucky charms in sports
March 9, 2009
After Kansas University won the NCAA National Championship, people said it wouldn’t have happened without Mario Chalmers. He won the game with that shot, right? You’re wrong. I won it.
Students skipping oceans, sand to spend spring break at home
March 9, 2009
This year’s hot spring break destination is decidedly much closer to home — as in inside the house. The sagging economy means that many children and teens around Lawrence aren’t going to be having the spring breaks of the movies: big, beachy vacations where memories are made and brain cells killed. Instead, many will be doing more grown-up things, like saving money, during spring break, which begins March 16.
Women fake when flirting
March 9, 2009
A new Indiana University study finds that some women are extremely good at faking it.
Farm life: Lawrence resident recalls days of pigs, chicks, cows
March 9, 2009
Carolyn Lasher’s first foray into farming in her mid-30s resulted in her reviving a dying piglet with cold medicine, keeping 100 baby chicks in her garage and running for a school board seat to prevent children from pushing school buses.
93-year-old cook spices up YouTube
March 9, 2009
One of the hottest video hits on YouTube features a saucy, dark-haired Italian who knows her way around a kitchen.
Add power to your room with a handy combo outlet
March 9, 2009
Adding a much-needed outlet to any room may be as simple as replacing an existing wall switch with a combination switch outlet. This can be done if the switch to be replaced is wired with the power source coming to it first, before being routed to the light fixture it controls.