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Archive for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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KU departs for Minneapolis The day in photos, March 18, 2009
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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
The trio escorting the Irish flag at the head of the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade crosses the intersection of Seventh and Massachusetts streets Tuesday in downtown Lawrence. Thousands turn out for annual St. Pat’s Parade
12:00 a.m., March 18, 2009 Updated 10:10 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Irish eyes were smiling in Lawrence on Tuesday, as thousands of people lined Massachusetts Street for the 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
10:00 a.m.
This aerial photo looks east along the Kansas Turnpike at a new interchange being built at Leavenworth County Road 1, the road that crosses the turnpike using a new bridge about eight miles east of Lawrence. New turnpike interchange, plans for its use both under construction
March 18, 2009 in print edition on 3A
A new six-mile stretch of Leavenworth County Road 1 remains on track for opening by the end of the year. But the path of its future traffic, use and development remains to be mapped.
2:00 p.m.
Michael Riley Candidate emphasizes parents’ importance in school system
March 17, 2009 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Sweet and Sassy meatballs are a featured recipe in “The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue,” by Missy Chase Lapine. A base of Orange Puree, made with carrots and sweet potatoes, packs a vitamin punch to the dish. Sneaky + nutritious: Cookbooks slip veggies into children’s meals
March 18, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Missy Chase Lapine’s newest cookbook includes a chapter on holiday recipes, but in her kitchen, every day is April Fools’ Day.

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Debate continues over cuts to school funding
GOP proposal takes $26M out of state education budget
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
Democrats say a Republican budget plan to cut public schools by $26 million will jeopardize $367 million in federal stimulus funds.
Lawrence man’s motorized wheelchair stolen after accident
Sidewalk bump leads to insurmountable setback
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Monday was a bad day for Pat Helbert. First he crashed his motorized wheelchair and then it was stolen, all in less than an hour.
Jayhawks head to Minneapolis in quest to repeat NCAA national championship
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University Jayhawks began their road Wednesday afternoon to defend the 2008 NCAA championship.
Kansas could miss out on stimulus funding without a primary seatbelt law
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
Transportation Secretary Deb Miller says Kansas is in danger of losing $11 million in federal highway funds.
Reseeding project planned for Vinland Airport landing strip
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
With state backing for a $44,504 project to reseed the Vinland Airport runway, aviators will have a greener and much better place to take off and land in southern Douglas County.
Two KU debate teams now qualified for nationals
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University has qualified two teams to compete in the National Debate Tournament championships, scheduled for March 26-31 at the University of Texas-Austin.
House committee tables statewide smoking ban; may be dead for session
01:53 p.m., March 18, 2009 Updated 03:07 p.m. in print edition on A4
A House committee has tabled a statewide ban on indoor smoking in public places.
House committee prepares for hearings on how Sebelius administration handled Medicaid funding
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
Officials of a nonprofit group that serves the developmentally disabled told legislators Wednesday its perceived pull with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration isn’t the real issue in a dispute over its state funding.
House committee advances bill requiring random drug tests for some receiving state aid
March 18, 2009
Some Republicans in the Kansas House are pushing for random drug testing for people who receive cash assistance from the state.
New face in town diving in to school board race
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
One of the main reasons Vanessa Sanburn, her husband, Jake Lowen, and 6 year old daughter, Nadia, chose to move to Lawrence this summer from Wichita was the Lawrence public school system. “The most compelling reason we had for moving up here to Lawrence was the caliber of … public schools that they had,” Sanburn said. “The schools there weren’t good enough for us.”
Spring mating season gets birds so excited they might be charging into your windows
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
It sure can be nice to enjoy that view as spring — crash — approaches. Unless of course a robin or cardinal is repeatedly flying into the pane, ruining your peaceful glance outside.
Organizers expecting big turnout for this year’s Ironman Kansas
March 18, 2009
Organizers expect a much larger field of more than 2,000 triathletes in the Lawrence area when the Ironman 70.3 Kansas returns June 14 for a second year.
Kansas House committee recommends increasing state’s minimum wage
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
A House committee Wednesday recommended a bill to raise Kansas’ state minimum wage, which at $2.65 per hour is the lowest of states that have a minimum wage.
Driver tries to elude police, rolls car near 25th and Ousdahl
01:47 a.m., March 18, 2009 Updated 09:32 p.m. in print edition on A4
A driver who attempted to flee police rolled his car near 25th and Ousdahl about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Medical personnel arrived at the scene at 1:38 a.m. Officers reported that the man suffered minor cuts to his head in the accident.
Fresh can be cheaper
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C1
Marcie Rothman, a San Diego author who calls herself The $5 Chef, offers a few tips regarding fresh food vs. pre-packaged meals:
Some similarities exist between leadership searches at Oregon, Kansas universities
Oregon search resulted in KU provost taking reins
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
The recently concluded University of Oregon president search that ended with the hiring of Kansas University Provost Richard Lariviere could provide insight into the KU chancellor search.
Sneaky + nutritious: Cookbooks slip veggies into children’s meals
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C1
Missy Chase Lapine’s newest cookbook includes a chapter on holiday recipes, but in her kitchen, every day is April Fools’ Day.
Delays expected Wednesday on highways in Topeka
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence commuters traveling to and from Topeka on Wednesday could face delays.
Kansas House committee completes state budget
Would include $26 million in education cuts
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee approved a state budget for next year that would trim public school funding by $26 million.
Hotel pioneer to give Vickers Memorial Lecture at KU
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Jack DeBoer, chairman of Consolidated Holdings, Inc., is scheduled to deliver a lecture next Tuesday at Kansas University.
Thousands turn out for annual St. Pat’s Parade
Thousands enjoy parade, great weather downtown
12:00 a.m., March 18, 2009 Updated 10:10 a.m. in print edition on A1
Irish eyes were smiling in Lawrence on Tuesday, as thousands of people lined Massachusetts Street for the 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
New turnpike interchange, plans for its use both under construction
Tonganoxie exit should open by end of year
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
A new six-mile stretch of Leavenworth County Road 1 remains on track for opening by the end of the year. But the path of its future traffic, use and development remains to be mapped.
Horoscopes
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
This year, you are more in control of the external elements of your life than you have been in a while. You exhibit strong leadership tendencies and have a way and a style that draw many to you. If you are single, you’ll meet your next sweetie through a social event or through friends. If you are attached, working together on a mutual project brings you closer.
Housing shows signs of turnaround
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase in February, bolstered by strength in all parts of the country except the West.
Kids can enjoy spring break in the kitchen
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C1
Here it is, day three of the five-day fun-fest known as spring break. Well, it’s fun as long as you haven’t run out of something exciting to do, of course.
Reader questions safety of baby carrots
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C1
Is the e-mail going around true that says that baby carrots are made from “deformed carrots” and soaked in chlorine, and that the white blush on them is the chlorine surfacing?
Bush won’t criticize Obama
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A10
Former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that he won’t criticize Barack Obama because the new U.S. president “deserves my silence,” and said he plans to write a book about the 12 toughest decisions he made in office.
Extra rest doesn’t always translate to NCAA Tournament success
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s early Big 12 tournament exit last week ruled out the possibility of the Jayhawks sweeping the regular and postseason conference men’s basketball titles. The sudden departure from Oklahoma City did, however, provide the Jayhawks with plenty of rest before their first-round tilt in the NCAA Tournament with North Dakota State. Will the added rest make a difference?
Boschee’s allegiance firmly with Jayhawks
N. Dakota native not going for upset
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
Native North Dakotan Jeff Boschee is thrilled North Dakota State University has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in its first year of Div. I postseason eligibility.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
KU coach Bill Self said sophomore Cole Aldrich (stress reaction left ankle) practiced full speed Monday and Tuesday and will practice again today in preparation for the N.D. State game.
KU stats reveal youth
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Walt Michaels, once the coach of the New York Jets, didn’t help his job security by using a most insensitive analogy about statistics. It certainly is neither worth repeating nor even googling, and he deserved the consequences of his poor judgment, but his basic premise, that numbers can be twisted, was accurate.
Ex-Bison coach has Lawrence ties
Miles thrilled with North Dakota State’s NCAA Tournament invite
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Before the 2008-09 season, second-year Colorado State University head basketball coach Tim Miles was plenty familiar with Lawrence, but knew little about the town that is home to one of college basketball’s most storied programs.
Difficult draw
NDSU guard presents plethora of challenges
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Steven Davis, who worked as a Kansas University basketball team manager from 2002-05, just completed his first season as the radio play-by-play voice of UMKC’s Kangaroos. As such … he worked a pair of North Dakota State’s basketball games: UMKC’s 65-60 overtime loss to the Bison on Jan. 17 in Kansas City and the Roos’ 87-49 blowout defeat in the rematch on Feb. 12 in Fargo, N.D
O’Bama? President claims Irish heritage
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Call him Barack O’Bama. As White House fountains ran green for St. Patrick’s Day, the president saluted strong U.S.-Irish ties in a warm welcome for Ireland’s leaders and turned to a critical campaign backer, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, to fill the post of U.S. ambassador to Ireland.
Former 1970s radical released from prison
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
A former 1970s radical associated with the group that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst finished her California prison sentence Tuesday, ending a legal drama that harkened back to a violent era of social unrest.
U.S. orders diplomats to leave Madagascar
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
The State Department on Tuesday ordered all nonessential staff at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and the families of all American personnel there to leave the country due to the uncertain security situation after the ouster of the Indian Ocean island’s president.
KU’s D-Line coach motivated
Sims looking to fill gaps on defense
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Tom Sims’ entrance into the coaching world came, quite by accident, during the fall of 1990.
Pope says condoms won’t solve AIDS
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI said condoms are not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and can make the problem worse, setting off criticism Tuesday as he began a weeklong trip to the continent where some 22 million people are living with HIV.
Being obese shortens your life
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Being obese can take years off your life and in some cases may be as dangerous as smoking, a new study says.
U.S. rallies for WBC win
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Hobbled and humbled in the World Baseball Classic, Team USA is still swinging. David Wright sliced a two-run single that capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, and the injury-plagued Americans qualified for this weekend’s semifinals with a 6-5 win over Puerto Rico.
SDSU shuts out KU
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman Lee Ridenhour pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits, but the Jayhawks offense couldn’t score.
Homers propel Jayhawks, 9-4
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B3
Sara Ramirez may not be Irish, but she wasn’t taking any chances on St. Patrick’s Day.
Treasury to dock AIG $165M
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
In an effort to quell a mounting furor, the Treasury Department said late Tuesday that it would require American International Group to repay the government more than $165 million for bonuses doled out last week to the executives blamed for driving the firm to insolvency.
Health care overhaul may cost about $1.5T
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A7
Guaranteeing health insurance for all Americans may cost about $1.5 trillion over the next decade, health experts say. That’s more than double the $634 billion ‘down payment’ President Barack Obama set aside for health reform in his budget, raising the prospect of sticker shock at a time of record federal spending.
Wakarusa museum has new Web site
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum has a new Web site. The site, wakarusamuseum.org, was developed with a $3,000 grant from the Network to Freedom National Park Service. It was designed with the help of Lawrence designer Trent Flory.
Upsetology: KU vulnerable
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Wall Street Journal has pegged KU as the three seed most vulnerable to a first-round upset.
Relay for Life seeks participants
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Relay For Life is having an informational meeting for anyone who would like to participate in the annual overnight event that raises awareness about cancer. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. March 24 in Meeting Room A at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
IRS to offer tax filing assistance
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Internal Revenue Service’s taxpayer assistance centers will be open Saturday in Kansas and Missouri. Taxpayers can get assistance preparing basic tax returns if they make less than $42,000.
Oklahoma still Big 12’s best hope
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Big 12 needed more than a decade to produce an NCAA men’s basketball Tournament champion, when Kansas won last season.
People in the news
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
• Amy Winehouse pleads not guilty to assault • Antonio Banderas buys stake in Spanish winery • Broadway theaters to dim lights for Silver
Injured actress reportedly in NYC
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Tony-winning actress Natasha Richardson, part of the Redgrave dynasty of British actors, was flown to New York on Tuesday after apparently being injured in a skiing accident.
Get the celebrity treatment by hiring your own paparazzi
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C10
It’s become a celebrity cliche — a pack of paparazzi following a starlet’s every move, shouting out personal questions as the A-lister (or, in some cases, F-lister) tries to deflect their flashing lights. It’s the price you pay for fame.
Will gas prices stay put for long?
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C10
Each year around this time gas prices begin to rise and continue to do so well into summer, but this is not your typical year. A severe economic downturn has spoiled our appetite for gasoline, with millions of Americans no longer commuting to work or planning summer trips.
Pump patrol
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.79 at several stations.
Easy recipes let children take a turn in the kitchen
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C3
S’more cookie bars; Easy peanut butter cookies; Chocolate french toast
Home economics: Frugal families doing own chores
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C10
Beth Rogers is taking the family’s finances into her own hands — literally. The 35-year-old from Fayetteville, Ark., ditched her weekly housekeeping service and now mops her own floors. She and her husband, Stanley, work in the yard after canceling their lawn care contract.
Jurors’ online posts concern lawyers
March 18, 2009 in print edition on C10
Eric Wuest’s post late Friday to Facebook friends teased: “Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday everyone!” Wuest wasn’t hinting at an engagement or new job. Instead, the law firm benefits coordinator was suggesting the verdict was near after five months as a juror in a high-profile criminal case.
Ted’ manic and ‘Mad’ but not always funny
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
The new comedy “Better Off Ted” (7:30 p.m., ABC) was probably not intended as a “Mad Men” parody, but it sure looks like one. Jay Harrington stars in the title role as the buttoned-down team leader in a modern and amoral corporation that manufactures and markets everything from office chairs to cluster bombs.
Madoff ‘evil’ is in us all
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
The bilked have provided numerous soundbites denouncing Bernie Madoff as “evil,” a word whose true meaning is sometimes difficult to grasp in our “nonjudgmental” age. The definition of evil can be imprecise. Dictionary.com makes a run at it: “morally wrong or bad.” According to whom and according to what?
IRS giving relief to some Madoff investors
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
The Internal Revenue Service issued guidelines Tuesday that will allow tax relief and refunds for some Bernard Madoff victims who were levied for investment earnings that turned out to be nonexistent.
Homeland security to take NBAF bids
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued its request for preliminary construction bids on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan.
Commodities
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
Agriculture futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery rose 8.25 cents to $5.525; May corn lost 1 cent to $3.905; May oats gained 4.5 cents to $1.93; and May soybeans rose 2 cents to $9.13. Beef and pork futures also traded mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Clean energy
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: March 19 is Clean Energy Day and I would like to impress upon all Kansans the importance of our state leading in policy that promotes clean energy and discourages air-polluting forms of energy.
Finding the best low-cost organizers
March 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
Step into an organizing store and the promise of a place for everything can seem so appealing — until big-time sticker shock sets in.
Monstrous acts
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: In response to Craig Tucker’s letter in the March 16 Journal-World: Human beings are not monsters, although, unfortunately, they may perform monstrous acts. I encourage our state legislators to reject the death penalty because it makes our society, Kansas and all of us, complicit in a monstrous act.
Parking issue
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I parked the car, paid the meter, took the children to the library. I came out to find a $40 ticket on my windshield. “Improper stall parking,” it said. I look at the lines. Was I over the lines? No. Then I noticed the back of my car was hanging over the sidewalk. At first it was upsetting, then I had to laugh. Was this in the driver’s license handbook?
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 18, 1909: The athletic committee of Missouri University has decided that Missouri should cast her vote in the Missouri Valley Conference for the retention of the training table for athletes. Kansas and Nebraska favor the table even though the past January conference meeting decided to abolish it.
U.S. action in Mideast needed soon
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
Hillary Rodham Clinton tiptoed oh-so-carefully around the Israel-Palestine issue on her recent trip to the Middle East. But she and President Obama will have to make some tough decisions soon, as Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to form a right-wing government.
Parking plans
Even with proposed fee increases, people who park in Downtown Lawrence have little to complain about.
March 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
Congratulations to members of Downtown Lawrence Inc. for leading the way on a plan to increase downtown parking revenue. The plan they put on the table earlier this month has many positive features but might benefit from a little additional tweaking.