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KU women vs. Oklahoma The day in photos, March 13, 2009 Memorial service for Jason Wren
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Polls
Will the KU women make the NCAA Tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
61%
Yes
 
32%
Undecided
 
6%
Total 131
Does your household have a severe weather disaster plan?

Poll results

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No
 
60%
Yes
 
39%
Total 368
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Rick Doll has been selected as the new superintendent of the Lawrence public schools. Doll, seen Wednesday, will start his new job in July. Lawrence school district picks next superintendent: Rick Doll from Louisburg
March 11, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Rick Doll will be the sixth superintendent to lead the consolidated Lawrence public school district.
6:00 a.m.
Baylor center Josh Lomers whips a pass around Kansas defenders Marcus Morris and Cole Aldrich during the first half Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. Kansas regressed in tourney opener
12:00 a.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 12:00 p.m. in print edition on 1B
Saying that the Kansas University basketball team regressed to playing playground basketball Wednesday in the Ford Center would be giving the team too much credit. The game they played did come straight from the playground, but it was called keep-away. Cole Aldrich was it.
10:00 a.m.
Dr. Marc Scarbrough and emergency room nurse Gail Ciesielski talk Monday about alcohol-related emergencies they could face on New Year’s Eve at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in this file photo. Alcohol cases a daily event at hospital
March 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and spring break could give Lawrence residents an excuse to drink more than usual during the next week. Green beer will be flowing, and Hawk bombs — a mixture of vodka, Red Bull and cranberry juice — will be downed. But health professionals urge common sense.
11:44 a.m.
Kansas guard Danielle McCray warms up before tipoff against Oklahoma Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. FINAL: Courtney Paris leads OU women to 76-59 victory over KU
1:28 p.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 2:41 p.m.
OU forward contributed 27 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in top-seeded Sooners’ victory.
5:00 p.m.
Mourners gather at a memorial service Thursday for Jason Wren in front of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house of which he was a member. Wren was found dead Sunday at the fraternity house after a night of drinking, his family has said. Hundreds honor fraternity student’s legacy
March 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Friends, family and fraternity brothers of Jason Christopher Wren remembered him as an intelligent, loyal person Thursday but asked the hundreds of attendees of a memorial service to not let him die in vain. The front lawn of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house was packed with shivering mourners during the cold March evening, remembering Wren, 19, who died Sunday at the house, 1301 West Campus Road, after a night of drinking, according to his family.

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Portion of U.S. 59 to be closed next week
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
Drivers should expect delays early next week on U.S. 59 south of Lawrence. A lane will be closed on the highway so crews can relocate utilities.
State leaders praise proposed tuition freeze
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday praised a plan by the Kansas Board of Regents to freeze tuition rates next year.
Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones to resign
03:58 p.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 05:35 p.m. in print edition on A1
Charles Jones plans to resign his seat on the Douglas County Commission in order to devote more time to his job at Kansas University, he announced Friday. Jones, a 10-year member of the commission and its chair, said his duties as director of the KU Public Management Center are becoming more time-consuming as the center expands its reach into Kansas City.
No date set for Sebelius confirmation hearings, but governor thinks it will be ‘fairly quickly’
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said no date had been set for confirmation hearings on her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sebelius said she spent Wednesday and Thursday meeting with members of the two Senate committees that will conduct hearings on her selection by President Barack Obama.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade to honor late musician John Weatherwax
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
John Weatherwax and his Junkyard Jazz Band never missed a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence. He’ll be there again Tuesday for this year’s parade, at least in spirit and name. Weatherwax died in August. The parade will be in honor of him.
FINAL: Courtney Paris leads OU women to 76-59 victory over KU
01:28 p.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 02:41 p.m.
OU forward contributed 27 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in top-seeded Sooners’ victory.
KU Provost Lariviere officially named as president of University of Oregon
March 13, 2009
Kansas University Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere has been officially named as the new president of the University of Oregon.
Kansas congressional delegation ups pressure to get Boeing a tanker contract
Refueling project would bring jobs, money to state
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Obama administration is getting pressure from the Kansas congressional delegation to act quickly on awarding a new contract for Air Force refueling tankers. Rep. Todd Tiahrt and Sen. Pat Roberts insist that a decision to build the next generation of tankers is vital to national security and the Kansas economy.
Salina man asks that kill-traps be banned from public hunting land
March 13, 2009
A Salina man is calling on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to ban kill traps on public hunting land to protect pets — and people.
Train collides with car northeast of Lawrence
05:12 a.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 05:47 a.m. in print edition on B1
A train collided with a 1995 Ford Explorer at 2:44 a.m. Friday at the tracks near 1685 E. 1600 Road, northeast of Lawrence. The driver said she had minor neck pains, but declined medical attention at the scene. Sgt. Blake McCall of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said officers took her to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to evaluate her condition and determine if alcohol was involved in the accident.
Kansas regressed in tourney opener
12:00 a.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 12:00 p.m. in print edition on B1
Saying that the Kansas University basketball team regressed to playing playground basketball Wednesday in the Ford Center would be giving the team too much credit. The game they played did come straight from the playground, but it was called keep-away. Cole Aldrich was it.
One and done
Top-seeded KU stunned by Bears
12:00 a.m., March 13, 2009 Updated 10:04 a.m. in print edition on B2
Sherron Collins’ head was bowed as he mumbled responses to a batch of reporters’ questions Thursday afternoon in a somber Ford Center locker room. “This hurts … bad,” Collins, Kansas University’s junior point guard, said after the Jayhawks’ 71-64 Big 12 tournament quarterfinal loss to Baylor. “I’m not shocked, just upset,” Collins added after feeling the pain of “one and done” in the postseason for the first time in his college career.
Collins a Wooden candidate
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas Unversity’s Sherron Collins is among the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year. The final ballot was announced Thursday.
Missouri to pay $2 million
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B2
The University of Missouri will pay $2 million to the family of a former reserve linebacker who collapsed on the field and then died during a 2005 preseason workout.
Helicopter carrying 18 ditches in Atlantic
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
Canadian rescuers searched freezing waters for 16 missing people Thursday after a helicopter heading to Atlantic oil fields reported mechanical problems and ditched in the sea off Newfoundland. Of the 18 people aboard, one man was rescued and one body was recovered. Officials said the others were missing about 30 miles out to sea.
Bears’ Rogers called it … sort of
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B4
Baylor’s Kevin Rogers was either being forgetful or humble. After his team’s 71-64 Big 12 tournament basketball victory over top-seeded Kansas University on Thursday, the forward said he didn’t remember making the prediction Wednesday that his team would beat the Jayhawks. “I said we would try, and fortunately for us, we were able to,” Rogers said. “I don’t make guarantees, because you never know what could happen. I never make guarantees.”
Bill could lower birth control costs at colleges
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
The estimated 39 percent of American college women who use birth control pills could enjoy relief from big price increases over the last two years thanks to a provision in the budget bill signed by President Barack Obama.
Texas gov. rejects some stimulus money
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he turned down $555 million of federal stimulus funding that would expand the state’s unemployment benefits, saying the money would have required the state to keep paying for the expanded benefits after the stimulus money ran out.
Space station experiences near miss
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
The three-member crew aboard the international space station was ordered Thursday to seek refuge in their Russian Soyuz lifeboat, minutes before a chunk of space debris narrowly missed the station. According to NASA, a 5-inch piece of a spent rocket motor came within striking distance of the station. NASA ordered the precautionary measures after managers decided the debris was too close to maneuver the station to dodge the orbiting junk.
Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush jailed for 3 years
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
A court convicted an Iraqi journalist of assault Thursday for hurling his shoes at George W. Bush and sentenced him to three years in prison, prompting an outburst from his family and calls for his release from Iraqis who consider him an icon for a nation decimated by war.
Administration defends budget plans
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B9
Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the economy Thursday, declaring the national crisis is “not as bad as we think” and his plans will speed recovery.
Accounting firm announces promotions
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B9
Summers, Spencer & Callison, CPAs, Chartered has promoted James R. Colahan, CPA, and Michele C. Hammann, CPA, CVA as shareholders. Colahan is the vice president of tax planning and preparation and has more than 24 years of experience.
ECKAN sets deadline for college scholarship
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B9
The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. announces that applications for its college scholarship must be received no later than April 3 for consideration. ECKAN will award a $500 scholarship to graduating high school seniors who reside within Anderson, Coffey, Douglas, Lyon, Miami and Osage counties. The scholarships are awarded annually each spring.
Regents seek more funds for Med program
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A4
Regents indicated that they would likely be recommending to the state an increase in funding for the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius line-item vetoed an increase of $2.9 million to the Wichita program for training doctors, which involves KU and two Wichita hospitals, and asked regents to look at the problems facing the agency.
Members displeased with audit results
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A4
Board of Regents members Thursday expressed displeasure that three state institutions that were the subject of a follow-up audit on computer security had implemented few recommendations from the original audit. A Legislative Division of Post Audit report, following up on a 2005 audit, found that Kansas University had implemented five of 33 recommendations.
On the record
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A4
Burglary and criminal damage were reported at Prairie Commons Retirement Community on Wednesday morning. The apartment manager told police that somebody stole $225 from the complex, 5121 Congressional Circle. The suspect also caused $500 in damage to an exterior door and $100 to interior office doors. The incident occurred at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
New district leader feels welcome in city
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A4
Rick Doll grew up on a farm just north of Wamego. His family had very few means and stressed education as a way to get ahead. That’s where a career was born. “My parents insisted on quality education,” said Doll, who will be leading the Lawrence public school system July 1. “They got me started.”
Plan for sex predators in state brings protests
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is trying to expand a program for violent sexual predators at Osawatomie State Hospital, but her plan is facing strong resistance from local legislators and residents. Critics suggest her administration has kept information hidden from local officials so that the expansion can occur quietly, and they question its legality.
Dogs detect body in K.C. fire rubble
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B10
Fire officials say search and rescue dogs have detected a body in the rubble of a burned home in Kansas City, Kan. The owner of the home has been reportedly missing since the fire broke out Wednesday night. The search of the rubble began Thursday. The fire department said the body found Thursday was human, but the identity was not immediately released.
Teen gives away $11K in cash he found
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
A 16-year-old Minnesota boy has given away thousands of dollars to fellow students and a school aide. The bag full of money he found was apparently tossed by a drug dealer. When asked how he got the $100 bills, the student first said it was his allowance. He later said he found it in a ditch — and led police to a spot by a highway where they also found marijuana and scales.
Lawmakers dodge chance to end automatic pay raises
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
Congress’ automatic pay raises are in little immediate danger of being scrapped for good, even with the economy slumping and millions of Americans unemployed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday would not commit to holding a vote on a bill to do away with the annual cost-of-living increases. She pointed out that Congress recognized the economic crisis by voting this week to skip next year’s raise.
Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer safety class
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety class March 28. The free class lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be at the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department Station No. 5, 1911 Stewart Ave.
Bowling event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
Registration has begun for the 18th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake campaign. The event raises one-third of Douglas County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters operating budget. Bowling teams consist of five members plus a team captain. The goal for each bowler is to raise $135. The organization hopes to raise $150,000 with this year’s campaign in an attempt to include the 100 Douglas County children still on the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ waiting list.
KU students’ research featured at Topeka summit
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
These Kansas University students displayed their research projects at the Graduate Student Research Summit on Thursday in Topeka.
Hundreds honor fraternity student’s legacy
Faith, sports characterized 19-year-old
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A1
Friends, family and fraternity brothers of Jason Christopher Wren remembered him as an intelligent, loyal person Thursday but asked the hundreds of attendees of a memorial service to not let him die in vain. The front lawn of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house was packed with shivering mourners during the cold March evening, remembering Wren, 19, who died Sunday at the house, 1301 West Campus Road, after a night of drinking, according to his family.
Woods opens with 71
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods returned to stroke play for the first time since winning the U.S. Open, and so much of it felt familiar except for the leaderboard. His name was nowhere to be found Thursday at the CA Championship.
Will 100th ‘Wife Swap’ be different?
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B8
Few things are more forgettable than the “anniversary” episodes of TV shows. Sure, they have meaning to the cast and crew, but I can’t imagine that the audience really cares whether it’s the 300th episode of “ER” or the 297th.
People in the news
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B8
• Joaquin Phoenix confronts heckler • Anna Nicole Smith associates charged • Jay Leno may consider 2nd show in Detroit • Conviction of ‘Peanuts’ voice actress is voided • Jack White forms yet another new band • ‘Dog Whisperer’ becomes U.S. citizen
Horoscopes
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B8
This year, your greatest strength is relating on an individual level. You can help others see your perspective. Meetings might not be as easy. If you are single, the person you are attracted to might not be emotionally available. If you are attached, start sharing more of your dreams with your sweetie. Long walks together also feed your bond.
Disabled writer on his own
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A9
In hard times a man must consider new options, and right now I’m thinking about going on disability. I read in the Washington Post about the wonderful deals that police in Montgomery County, Md., negotiated for themselves way back when, whereby after a few years on the force if you twist your back reaching for a jelly doughnut and are no longer able to dash down dark alleys and leap picket fences while firing your revolver with deadly accuracy, you apply for disability and a committee of gentlemen who report to nobody whomsoever and whose deliberations are highly confidential award you $50,000 per year tax-free.
Change of heart
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Mere months ago, I challenged Rep. Tom Sloan for his seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. While policy differences between us were many, our most dramatic disagreement involved his support of two massive coal-fired power plants in Western Kansas.
Retrenchment
Northern Ireland sent out a strong beacon of hope for peace in troubled regions, but the light flickered off last weekend.
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A8
Northern Ireland had become one of the brighter spots for international affairs. While ethnic, racial and political conflicts continued to rage, as they have for decades, even centuries, in other regions, it appeared that the warring factions in and around Belfast had been able to reach an accord that was inspiring to many.
Obama falls short on science reasoning
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A8
Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President’s Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics.
Hazards abound in Falls plunge
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C8
vThe 30-year-old man had been shoved 180 feet down through a thundering curtain of water with a force greater than gravity and now bobbed in the frigid water below Niagara Falls. Only two people had ever been known to survive such a plunge unprotected by a barrel or other contraption.
Deleting the paper from mail
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C8
The post office doesn’t deliver mail to Steven Stark’s Santa Maria, Calif., home anymore. It’s not that Stark, the 36-year-old owner of an Internet company, is unpopular. He just decided that he’d rather deal with all of his correspondence online.
4-day school week gains momentum
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C8
With the nation’s school districts strapped for cash, more are considering a schedule that delights students and makes working parents cringe: Class only four days a week. By extending school hours and eliminating a day of classes each week, education officials say they could save busloads of money on transportation and utilities.
Pump patrol
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.83 at several locations.
Jayhawks rally past Cornhuskers
Big 12 tournament victory earns KU matchup with Oklahoma; might an NCAA bid follow?
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
Sade Morris scored 24 points, while Danielle McCray added 22 as the eighth-seeded Kansas women’s basketball team took a 61-56 victory over ninth-seeded Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ screenwriter speaks to Lawrence students
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C1
Jay Wolpert didn’t start writing movies until after he’d spent years working in Hollywood as a producer. But he calls his late-in-life career change “unbelievably rewarding.” A group of film, drama and creative writing students at Free State High School assembled Thursday to interact with Wolpert.
Alcohol cases a daily event at hospital
LMH treats more than 400 per year
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A1
St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and spring break could give Lawrence residents an excuse to drink more than usual during the next week. Green beer will be flowing, and Hawk bombs — a mixture of vodka, Red Bull and cranberry juice — will be downed. But health professionals urge common sense.
Putting science over God
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A9
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Confucius. But a journey of whatever length presumes one has a destination in mind. With President Obama’s executive order authorizing expanded federal funding for research using stem cells, produced from the destruction of human embryos, the destination will be left up to scientists, as will any “speed controls.” The sky, or in this case the depths, will be the limit.
Loss likely cost KU trip to K.C.
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B5
Bill Self is a basketball coach, not a member of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. So he doesn’t know if Kansas University fell from a possible 2 seed, to a 3 seed or even a 4 seed by losing to Baylor, 71-64, in a Big 12 quarterfinal game on Thursday at Ford Center. He is positive of one thing, however.
‘Sorry and ashamed,’ Madoff pleads guilty, goes to jail
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
Bernard Madoff’s victims got what they wanted to see, but not what they wanted to hear. Saying he was “deeply sorry and ashamed,” the disgraced financier pleaded guilty Thursday to perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history and was led off in handcuffs to begin serving a sentence expected to be up to 150 years in prison.
Self-defense class set for March 21
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence Tae-Kwon-Do school, 1846 Vt., will offer a free self-defense class March 21. The class is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to female participants only. For more information, contact Grand-Master Ki-June Park at 841-5661.
FBI cited for poor freedom of information work
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C8
The FBI tells two out of every three Freedom of Information Act requesters that it can’t find the records they asked for — a failure rate five times higher than other major federal agencies, a private study has found. The FBI’s performance results from an outdated and deliberately limited search process, according to the National Security Archive, a private group that publishes declassified government documents and files many FOIA requests.
Haunting party: Friday the 13th timely for area ghost tour
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C1
In both cases, John LeRoy was freaked out. Story 1: LeRoy was trying to sleep late at night at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, 1501 Sigma Nu Place, when he heard loud footsteps in the hall. He looked out the room, and the motion-sensing lights were still turned off. Story 2: He was in his room and wanted to go to the restroom down the hall. But when he tried to open the door, it was locked.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s Sherron Collins said he banged his left leg in the second half. “I didn’t adjust to a screen, and we (he and an unnamed Bears player) ran into each other. It didn’t bother me. It didn’t have an effect on the outcome,” Collins said. “It’s the time of season you don’t have your legs under you all the time. I’m all right.”
Swindler’s wife likely to have trouble protecting her assets
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
If Ruth Madoff hopes to hold onto her fancy apartment, her millions in cash and her jetsetting lifestyle while her husband is in prison, experts have some advice for her: Get ready for an inquisition. Attorneys and investment specialists say Madoff will have a difficult time proving her assertion that up to $69 million of the couple’s wealth was unrelated to her husband’s Ponzi scheme.
Unmarried couple can expect home sale profit
March 13, 2009 in print edition on B9
My boyfriend and I are selling the home we have owned for six years. Prices in our area have dropped a lot, but we will still make about a $125,000 profit each from the sale because we bought it when prices started going up. How will our profit be taxed? Will we be punished because we are not married and file our tax returns separately?
Abusive partner will strike again
March 13, 2009 in print edition on A8
Dear Robyn Rihanna Fenty: I was maybe 7 years old when this happened. My old man had been kicked out of the house for being an abuser and a cheat. Now, here he came a few days later, begging forgiveness. Mom wouldn’t open the door, so he pleaded his case through the mail slot, promising to do better, promising to change.
‘Witch Mountain’ delivers kid-friendly action
March 13, 2009 in print edition on C1
“Race to Witch Mountain” is the first kids’ film in ages to have action beats that measure up to Hollywood’s grownup action fare. Inspired by but not really a remake of Disney’s much milder 1970s children’s hit “Escape to Witch Mountain” (based on Alexander Key’s novel), this “Witch Mountain” has a lot more in common with “Men in Black,” “WarGames,” “E.T.” and “Close Encounters.”