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2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade The day in photos, March 17, 2009
Podcasts
Polls
Where are you going to watch the KU-North Dakota State game on Friday morning?

Poll results

Response Percent
At home
 
33%
Can’t watch it because I’m working
 
23%
At work
 
18%
I’m not watching because I don’t care
 
14%
At a restaurant or bar
 
10%
Total 842
How far will KU advance in the NCAA Tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sweet 16
 
39%
Elite Eight
 
27%
All the way
 
14%
Second Round
 
7%
Final Four
 
6%
First Round
 
3%
Championship Game
 
1%
Total 529
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kansas Jayhawks go wild after their 2008 NCAA National Championship win over Memphis at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Bracket hoopla: Lawrence fans offer their tourney strategies
March 16, 2009
Now that March Madness is upon us, millions of people are jumping into the NCAA Tournament pool. And you’re wondering how to swim.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas Senators John Vratil and Vickie Schmidt confer before Senate deliberations on a bill to repeal the death penalty. Death penalty debate under way in Senate
2:05 p.m., March 16, 2009 Updated 5:50 p.m.
The Kansas Senate this afternoon will start debate on whether to repeal the death penalty. Check back to LJWorld.com after 2:30 p.m. for a live blog from the hearing.
7:53 a.m.
Kansas Senators John Vratil and Vickie Schmidt confer before Senate deliberations on a bill to repeal the death penalty. Kansas death penalty survives but will be studied for possible repeal
March 16, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas death penalty will live on, but continue to be studied for possible repeal.
10:00 a.m.
Jessica Rose and her son Jadan in the apartment they have been moved to after discovering their previous apartment was infested with mold. There is a lack of federal regulation to protect mold victims. Mold can pose health hazards, remains unregulated
March 16, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Patrick Salsbury noticed the dark green mold lining his walls the first day he moved into his Stadium View apartment last August. After one night in the room, Salsbury and his girlfriend Shelby Lewis, both Kansas University sophomores, woke up with fevers, runny noses and nausea.
2:00 p.m.
Michael Pomes, who is running for a seat on the Lawrence school board, sets up his table as candidates for City Commission and the school board gathered Wednesday for a casual meet-and-greet event with voters at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive. Candidate brings persistence to school board race
March 16, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Michael Pomes has been in the hunt for a seat on the Lawrence school board before and he’s hoping his third time is successful. “With this being my third time running for the school board, I don’t give up easily,” Pomes said.
6:00 p.m.
Teresa MacDonald, director of education at the Kansas University Natural History Museum, shows off Anatomy Alex, a lifesize version of the "Operation" board game. Body of fun: KU exhibit offers inside glimpse at human structure
March 17, 2009 in print edition on 1C
A 7-foot-tall nose is just one of the exhibits at “Body Science: Blood, Boogers and Bones” this week at the Kansas University Natural History Museum.

All stories

Young team of Firebirds prepares for season start
March 17, 2009
The Free State baseball team lost 11 seniors who won 19 games a year ago. Now, they’re left with just one senior on the team.
Kansas lawmaker says it’s time to abolish KTEC
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, has introduced legislation to move the functions of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. into the Kansas Department of Commerce and state universities.
Upcoming presentation to focus on homelessness in Lawrence
March 17, 2009
Homeless outreach workers in Lawrence will make a presentation next week about issues facing the homeless.
Inspections of child care centers in dispute
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
Private agencies that provide foster care and other youth services want to exempt themselves from state inspections, saying they already must abide by rigorous accreditation standards.
County clerk to receive open government award
March 17, 2009
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is getting special recognition from the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters.
House renews exceptions to Open Records Act
March 17, 2009
The House has passed a bill renewing 30 exceptions to the Kansas Open Records Act for five more years.
Candidate emphasizes parents’ importance in school system
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Michael Riley grew up in and around Lawrence and is a product of Lawrence High. He entered the Air Force and came into contact with an organization for which he now works. “I met the Salvation Army when I was in the service,” Riley said. He is now SA’s children’s ministry director in Lawrence.
Six pleased that death penalty stands
March 17, 2009
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is pleased that a bill repealing the state’s death penalty law has failed to advance in the Senate.
Police arrest three people in connection with shots fired at vehicle
05:54 a.m., March 17, 2009 Updated 12:07 p.m. in print edition on A3
Lawrence police have arrested three people in connection with an altercation early Tuesday morning during which gunshots were fired in the 1300 block of New Jersey Street.
Big turnout expected for June triathlon
March 17, 2009
Organizers hope several thousand athletes will attend the 2nd annual Ironman 70.3 Kansas triathlon
Road construction to close dog park
March 17, 2009
One of the city’s most popular dog parks is closed because of road work.
6 Sports Top 6 plays
March 17, 2009
The Top 6 area sports plays from the past week
Kidcast: Michael Hernandez
March 17, 2009
The record high is 81 degrees, and the record low is eight.
St. Pat’s parade begins at 1 p.m.
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence’s 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at South Park. The parade heads north along Massachusetts Street, continuing through downtown and ending in North Lawrence. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at 12th and Rhode Island streets. This year’s parade honors former mayor and jazz musician John Weatherwax, who died last August.
Kings’ guard breaks cheek
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Sacramento Kings guard Bobby Jackson will undergo surgery to repair a broken cheekbone. Jackson broke his left cheekbone late in the Kings’ overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Louisville No. 1 in poll
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Louisville added one more thing to a week that saw it sweep the Big East titles and earn the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament: the school’s first appearance atop the Associated Press’ college basketball poll.
Wichita prep picks…Vols
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Top high school recruit Bryce Brown signed a letter of intent with Tennessee on Monday, ending weeks of speculation after he let a scholarship offer from Miami expire.
Five teams to watch in women’s NCAAs
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B5
Detroit Free Press sports writer Mick McCabe picks his five favorite teams to cut down the nets at the Final Four in St. Louis.
Royals rough up Colon
K.C. claims 11-7 victory over Chisox
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B6
Bartolo Colon struggled in his spring debut for the Chicago White Sox. Colon gave up four runs and three hits over 12⁄3 innings in Chicago’s 11-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The right-hander walked two and struck out one in his first appearance since offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.
Health department braces for painful cuts
Uncertainty about funding further aggravates budget headaches
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is awaiting word from city and county commissioners on funding. The health department, which provides everything from health screenings to food inspections to health education, is bracing to raise fees and cut staff positions in 2010. But it has no idea by how much or how deep.
KU scores high academic marks in assessment
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Though Kansas University’s basketball success has yet to be determined in the tournament field this year, it has already achieved some academic victories in the classroom. An annual study released Monday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida examined the academic performance of all 65 teams in the 2009 NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament.
Pump patrol
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.79 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Candidate forums set for city, school board
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Three more voter education forums are scheduled for candidates seeking seats on the City Commission and the school board. Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates will participate in a forum hosted by the Voter Education Coalition on Wednesday at Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.
Obama tries to loosen credit to help small businesses
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama freed billions of dollars to help the nation’s small businesses on Monday, hoping to get credit flowing again to Main Street, not just Wall Street. He heaped praise on the little guys of American industry, often overshadowed in the blitz of government bailouts.
Researchers discover ankle-biter size dinosaur
March 17, 2009
Imagine a vicious velociraptor like those in “Jurassic Park,” but only as big as a modern chicken. That’s what Canadian researchers say they have found, the smallest meat-eating dinosaur yet discovered in North America.
Thousands of languages face extinction
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
The traditional Irish language is everywhere this time of year, emblazoned on green T-shirts and echoing through pubs. But Irish, often called Gaelic in the United States, is one of thousands of “endangered languages” worldwide. Though it is Ireland’s official tongue, there are only about 30,000 fluent speakers left, down from 250,000 when the country was founded in 1922.
Post-Intelligencer paper ends printing
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has chronicled the news of the city since logs slid down its steep streets to the harbor and miners caroused in its bars before heading north to Alaska’s gold fields, will print its final edition today.
White House: Obama to appear on Leno’s show
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama has landed a spot on Jay Leno’s late-night talk show, a chance for the president to add a light touch to his effort to get the economy back on track.
Leftist president promises moderation
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two decades ago, the United States backed Salvadoran governments as they battled leftist guerrillas who ultimately laid down their arms. Now the former U.S. enemies are back — this time as El Salvador’s first elected leftist government.
NASA: Space station safe from debris
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
NASA gave the all-clear to the international space station Monday, telling its astronauts they would not need to steer away from an orbiting piece of satellite junk.
Casino-motivated annexation blocked
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B10
The House approved a bill Monday that would block an attempt by Mulvane officials to attract a casino to their south-central Kansas community.
On the record
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A6
A 39-year-old Grantville man was arrested for kidnapping and criminal damage to property less than $1,000. The incident, which stemmed from a dispute over money, took place in the 1000 block of North Third Street. According to Lawrence police, the man would not allow his ex-wife to leave his car and broke her car’s windshield. He was arrested at 2:33 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of Michigan Street.
Gorillas pass heart exams
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B10
Two 10-year-old gorillas at the Sedgwick County Zoo passed their heart exams with flying colors over the weekend.
Police response at bank just a drill
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
Residents should not be alarmed if they see multiple law enforcement officers with their weapons drawn Wednesday afternoon.
Low-flying helicopter to do survey work
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A6
During the next few days, a helicopter is scheduled to hover over several areas of Douglas County — sometimes low to the ground. The helicopter will be collecting data about county buildings, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s department spokesman.
Driver injured in one-vehicle rollover
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
A Leavenworth County man was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after a rollover accident early Monday morning near his home, Undersheriff Ron Cranor said.
Commission takes spring break recess
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
Lawrence city commissioners will not meet this week.
Jury selection starts in Tiller case
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
Potential jurors in the trial of one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers were told Monday to set aside their personal views about abortion, and at least one was dismissed after she said she couldn’t.
What Keegan says
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B4
Trades don’t take place in college basketball, but that doesn’t mean they can’t behind the scenes.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins on Monday was named second-team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin was a first-teamer with DeJuan Blair (Pitt), Stephen Curry (Davidson), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) and James Harden (Arizona State).
Aldrich’s high school coach might cut class
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Jeff Evens plans to take a long lunch on Friday. “I’m not supposed to tell, but I may try to sneak out of school. There’s a game in the morning. I may get to that. Our principal knows my intentions as well,” Evens, boys basketball coach at Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High, said with a laugh. He desperately wants to support one of his former Jaguars — Kansas University center Cole Aldrich, who played for him for four years at the school located 10 miles from the Metrodome, site of Friday’s 11:30 a.m. first-round NCAA Tournament game between KU and North Dakota State.
FSHS senior in scholarship race
Thames in regionals of Web-based March Madness contest
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B5
Free State High’s Lauren Thames is in the running for a $20,000 scholarship as part of a Web contest by zinch.com.
KU left out of NCAAs, to play in WNIT
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
For the ninth year in a row, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team failed to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Jayhawks taking baby steps
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Let’s talk about some positives for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. And why not?
Boaters’ final hours grim
Players might have died soon after capsizing
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Coast Guard report on the incident involving two NFL players and their capsized boat painted a grim picture of the men’s final hours.
Commodities
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B9
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures rose Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade
Unbeaten UConn women land top seed
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B5
UConn will attempt to become the fifth team in NCAA history to complete a perfect season.
Personal revolution
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The time has come for all Americans to ask ourselves how we arrived at this point in our history. We need intellectual honesty to accept personal responsibility, honesty to acknowledge our own faults. We need a screening process about what the media is telling us. They have become outlets for persuasion, instead of an industry reporting the facts. They have lost the ability to remain neutral, they opine instead.
Law on the books
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Your recent editorial concerning Jason Wren’s tragic death included the statement “Solutions are elusive, but the nation has to try to attack the alcohol culture on too many college campuses.” Solutions are indeed elusive, but the problem has been long identified, even by the U.S. Congress. Since 1989, a federal statute has required colleges and universities to seriously address underage and excessive use of alcohol on campus.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 17, 1909: The measles continue to cause problems for hundreds in Eudora and schools are to be closed until there is a letup. More than 200 cases have been reported for children and adults and a number of entire families are battling the problem.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
March 19 finally had been set as the occupancy date for the long-delayed South Junior High School. Students had been forced since last fall to operate on a make-do basis at the old McAllaster grade school building behind Central Junior High.
Resident appointed to military board
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B9
A Kansas National Guard officer from Lawrence has been appointed to the Kansas Military Disability Board.
MSHA targets 15 mining opportunities
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B9
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday it has warned 15 mining operations to clean up their health and safety practices or face stricter enforcement.
The World Company announces promotions
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B9
Ann Niccum, longtime production manager at Free State Studios, has been promoted to director of video media for The World Company’s Media Division.
Share your abundance in hard times
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B9
At 66, Connie Neuman is doing OK financially. So when she found out a friend was out of work, she offered to send her $40 every month. The friend, also 66, had lost her long-established bookstore. Like so many other small businesses around the country, the store went out of business.
Latin American in denial on economy
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
New estimates from the World Bank predict that the world financial crisis will produce 6 million new poor people in Latin America this year, triggering a new fear — that, in addition to economic stress, we may see social explosions in some countries.
Book distributor coming to town
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B9
“Hank the Cowdog” can now call Lawrence home. Western International Inc., a distributor for the popular children’s book, has moved its corporate offices and warehouse from Reno, Nev., to Lawrence.
Super model: Walking, talking ‘female’ robot to hit Japan catwalk
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C8
A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 95 pounds to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn’t cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.
Texas jail was an Animal House, authorities say
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C8
For months, perhaps longer, the Montague County Jail was “Animal House” meets Mayberry. Inside the small brick building across from the courthouse, inmates had the run of the place, having sex with their jailer girlfriends, bringing in recliners, taking drugs and chatting on cell phones supplied by friends or guards, according to authorities.
Austrian admits incest, but not murder
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C8
An Austrian who fathered seven children with a daughter he held captive for 24 years refused to even speak to her for years, coming into the squalid cellar only to rape her, often in front of the youngsters, a prosecutor said Monday.
Counseling can help pregnant 16-year-old maintain strength
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
Dear Annie: My situation is tough. I am a pregnant teenager, 16 to be exact. Aside from my family and a few friends, no one knows the whole truth, which is that I was raped.
My ‘big, fat Persian wedding’
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
The WE network has dedicated half of its schedule to high-stress weddings. But they are a far cry from the celebration captured in “Arusi Persian Wedding” on “Independence Lens.”
Horoscopes
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Tuesday, March 17: You cannot be too precise or direct this year. Keep talking and asking questions if you’re uncomfortable with a specific situation. If you are single, check out a new member on the scene with care, especially if you want to become involved. If you are attached, plan several retreats together. Sagittarius encourages you to lead.
Hero sought for 12-year-old
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C1
Sieana, 12, is seeking a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Internet safety for children begins with lessons at home
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that life’s problems are “out there” with other people and other families, that our children are influenced by external factors or sucked into seedy plots, when the answers are usually closer to home.
Body of fun: KU exhibit offers inside glimpse at human structure
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C1
A 7-foot-tall nose is just one of the exhibits at “Body Science: Blood, Boogers and Bones” this week at the Kansas University Natural History Museum.
Baker president urges students to look beyond technology
12:00 a.m., March 17, 2009 Updated 04:45 p.m. in print edition on C1
Pat Long, Baker University president, recently urged Academic All-Stars to “look up.”
Cheap booze? British tradition under threat
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
Two-for-one specials. Alcopops to make booze tasty to teens. Supermarket prices that reward buying in bulk. And pubs on every street corner, making it easy to start your day with a liquid lunch.
More evidence links diabetes to Alzheimer’s risks
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
You’ve heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.
Despite record, Big 12 feels it gets no respect
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B4
After fuming for years that an East Coast bias hurts their league, Big 12 Conference coaches have picked up a credible ally. Jeff Capel, who played at Duke and coached in Virginia before becoming head coach at Oklahoma, says they’re right.
On the record
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A6
Law enforcement report: A 39-year-old Grantville man was arrested for kidnapping and criminal damage to property less than $1,000.
KTEC tango
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
Officials with the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. are dancing around a state senator’s request for public information on the agency’s operation. The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. may have nothing to hide, but its reaction to a local legislator’s request for information on KTEC operations makes us wonder.
Cleaning T. rex requires expert touch
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C2
For some 67 million years, the Tyrannosaurus rex now known as “Sue” was allowed to sit in the South Dakota ground, layer upon layer of rock attaching to its bones. Now, picked clean, patched and perched in the Field Museum’s vast entry hall, those same bones can’t go six months without being brushed free of accumulating sediment.
Woods takes Tavistock win
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods finally made some meaningful putts, even if they were for par, as he teamed with John Cook to win a fourballs match Monday in leading Isleworth to a 6-4 lead over Lake Nona in the Tavistock Cup.
Lions’ Green decides on CSU
March 17, 2009
When Lawrence High senior Dorian Green and his father, Darren, made an official visit to Colorado State University on the final day of February, they made a stop at the university bookstore and picked up a T-shirt and a hat.
QB Cutler wants out of Denver
March 17, 2009
Jay Cutler was a no-show for the Broncos’ first team meeting and has requested a trade.
Outraged, Obama tries to prevent AIG bonuses
March 17, 2009 in print edition on A1
Joining a wave of public anger, President Barack Obama blistered insurance giant AIG for “recklessness and greed” Monday and pledged to try to block it from handing its executives $165 million in bonuses after taking billions in federal bailout money.
Airports’ homeless resist removal efforts
March 17, 2009 in print edition on C8
Life has taken Roger Gleen up and down the East Coast, and on this night the weary traveler settles into a chair in the corner of the world’s busiest airport.
People in the news
March 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
• Judge quashes arrest warrant for Lohan • Bristol Palin’s ex-fiance hopes to reunite • Don Imus says he has prostate cancer • Nathan Fillion proud of soap opera roots • Anna Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist posts bail • Actor Ron Silver dies at age 62 of cancer