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KU practices in Minneapolis Girl injured in accident south of Eudora The day in photos, March 19, 2009

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
KU men's basketball coach Bill Self signs a poster for Children's Learning Center students Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Fans greeted the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse as they boarded a bus to begin their journey north to Minneapolis, where Kansas will play the North Dakota State Bison in its first game of the 2009 NCAA tournament on Friday. Jayhawks head to Minneapolis in quest to repeat NCAA national championship
March 18, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The Kansas University Jayhawks began their road Wednesday afternoon to defend the 2008 NCAA championship.
10:00 a.m.
Dick Stuntz, president of Alvamar Inc., walks along a dock that should be floating in Lake Alvamar, formerly called Yankee Tank Lake, on March 18, 2009. The lake was drained two years ago and was not refilled, although recent rains have left about a foot of standing water. Property owners in the area, including Stuntz, are unhappy with the dry lake bed now in their neighborhood. Lake draining riles neighbors
March 19, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Several Lake Alvamar area property owners are banding together to save what they consider an aesthetic asset to southwestern Lawrence. About 20 people met Wednesday night at the Alvamar Country Club to discuss how to get the lake refilled after it has intentionally been kept mostly dry for nearly two years.
2:00 p.m.
Pat Helbert sits in the doorway of his apartment, in a wheelchair that he had to borrow after his motorized wheelchair was stolen on Monday. Disabled man’s stolen wheelchair found in two pieces
11:02 a.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 12:13 p.m. in print edition on 3A
A disabled Lawrence man’s stolen wheelchair was recovered Thursday morning in two pieces, police said.
6:00 p.m.
Vanessa Sanburn New face in town diving in to school board race
March 18, 2009 in print edition on 3A
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.”

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Griffin leads Sooners to easy win over Morgan State
March 19, 2009
An inadvertent blow to the jaw last month left Blake Griffin with a concussion and sent Oklahoma stumbling into the NCAA tournament. In the first round of the South Regional, Griffin got flipped over the back of a Morgan State player and landed hard on the court in an ugly incident that earned the other guy an ejection.
LHS opens baseball season Friday
March 19, 2009
The Lawrence High Lions head to Edmond, Okla., to start the 2009 campaign.
Body of Perry man missing since December reportedly found
07:33 p.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 08:14 p.m. in print edition on A3
Thursday afternoon proved to be another emotional one for Dale and Judy Fowler. Multiple sources said Thursday that a body found in the Delaware River was believed to be that of their son, Shawn Fowler, 44. He has been missing since December.
Police say text message about gang initiation at Wal-Mart is a hoax
March 19, 2009
A telephone text message circulating nationwide indicated there would be a gang initiation and shooting at a Wal-Mart store Thursday night though it doesn’t identify where, police said.
Proposed equal rights amendment lacks support for now
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
A proposed equal rights amendment to the Kansas Constitution will have to wait another year.
Census: Douglas County sees population bump of 1.2 percent
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Despite the drag of a down economy, the gears of Douglas County growth turned a little faster in 2008, according to new population estimates from the Census Bureau.
KU men’s basketball team ranks as fifth most valuable on Forbes list
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Riding the wave of a National Championship, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has been ranked the fifth most valuable in the nation by Forbes magazine.
Motorcyclist injured in accident south of Clinton Lake
05:08 p.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 05:36 p.m.
A Topeka man suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance late Thursday afternoon to Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a motorcycle accident near Lone Star in southwestern Douglas County.
Topeka man now faces federal charges in sexual exploitation case
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
A 48-year-old Topeka man accused of coercing a 14-year-old Baldwin City girl into sending him nude pictures of herself now faces federal charges, prosecutors said.
Darrell Arthur’s high school used cage fights to help students settle differences
March 19, 2009
Workers at a high school staged cage fights among troubled students, making them settle their differences with bare-knuckled brawls in a steel utility cage inside a boys locker room, school district documents show.
Topeka media outlets cutting employee pay
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B11
The Topeka Capital-Journal and WIBW radio are cutting employee salaries 5 percent to 10 percent.
Several hundred rally outside Kansas Capitol against coal-plant legislation
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B11
Several hundred people Thursday rallied outside the Capitol to oppose a bill that would allow construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning power plants
Emergency crews rescue man from private lake
12:40 p.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 02:47 p.m.
Emergency crews responded Thursday afternoon to a private lake in North Lawrence, where they rescued a man from the water.
Leavenworth girl injured in accident south of Eudora
11:48 a.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 02:20 p.m.
An emergency helicopter has been dispatched to a location just south of Eudora High School, where a person is reportedly trapped in a vehicle, 911 dispatchers said.
Disabled man’s stolen wheelchair found in two pieces
11:02 a.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 12:13 p.m. in print edition on A3
A disabled Lawrence man’s stolen wheelchair was recovered Thursday morning in two pieces, police said.
Senate committee recommends bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
10:57 a.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 12:10 p.m. in print edition on A3
A Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but the legislation’s prospects of going further was up in the air.
Memorial service to honor former U.S. senator from Kansas
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
A public memorial service is planned in April in Baldwin City for former U.S. Sen. James B. Pearson, a former Baker University trustee.
Kansas wind industry booming
March 19, 2009
Kansas has tripled its wind generating capacity in the last 15 months, and wind power supporters are hoping that is just the beginning.
Senate committee considers state budget
10:22 a.m., March 19, 2009 Updated 04:07 p.m.
A Senate committee so far has stuck with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to use federal stimulus dollars to bolster the next state budget, but it is departing from other proposals for avoiding a deficit.
New gold rush is to sell at parties
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A6
The women gathered in the kitchen, enjoying brie and chocolate tortes as they told stories about their high school rings and pieces of jewelry given to them by ex-husbands and boyfriends. But they weren’t just reminiscing for old times’ sake.
What to look for on first day of NCAAs
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B4
When the NCAA Tournament tips off in Greensboro, Butler and Louisiana State will begin to answer the season’s age-old question: Would the Bulldogs have been even better in the SEC?
Afenir, Faunce up for awards
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B5
Two members of the Kansas University baseball team — senior catcher Buck Afenir and senior outfielder Nick Faunce — are in the running for national awards.
Get in shape for the gardening season
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
Oh, how the gardening muscles weaken in the winter months! Diligent trips to the compost pile, re-potting houseplants and building worm bins does little to prepare bodies for unloading mulch, raking leaves and cleaning up perennials.
Midwest Region, a breakdown: One man’s look at how the region shakes out
March 19, 2009
Here’s who and what to look for in the Midwest Regional.
Despite losses, KU improved quickly
Jayhawks of ’08-09 behind national title team, but not by much
March 19, 2009
Kansas University’s loyal basketball fans were sure their beloved Jayhawks would earn a 2009 NCAA Tournament berth, despite the fact the Jayhawks lost all five starters off last year’s national championship team. Some national pundits weren’t as certain. Remember, KU was considered a “bubble team” as late as Jan. 10 when the Jayhawks returned from a 75-62 loss at Michigan State with an 11-4 record.
Tandem terrors rare among titlists
March 19, 2009
Searching 40 years of mental archives from watching NCAA title games — 39 on television, one in person — doesn’t lead to many national champions remembered most for featuring two terrific players. The last three national champs — Kansas and Florida twice — featured balanced teams that could survive and advance if a couple of starters had off nights.
Morrises inseparable: Twins Marcus, Markieff rarely apart
March 19, 2009
Early last week, in the bowels of Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse, Marcus and Markieff Morris were busy agreeing with each other. This was not exactly breaking news. Marcus and Markieff, identical twins and KU freshman basketball players, are pretty much in agreement on everything. They agree on favorite historical figure (Martin Luther King, Jr.) and what school subject is the most interesting (math) and how best to prepare for an upcoming basketball game (listening to music).
Collins, Aldrich key duo for Kansas
March 19, 2009
Bill Self knew early-on there was one way — and only one way — for Kansas University’s basketball team to survive the loss of five starters from the 2008 national title team. Quite simply, it was for junior guard Sherron Collins and sophomore center Cole Aldrich to combine for monster seasons both on the court and in the locker room in 2008-09.
NDSU’s fun short-lived
March 19, 2009
To hear North Dakota State University men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips tell it, his excitement at earning the first NCAA Tournament bid of his head-coaching career lasted all of a couple of nanoseconds.
KU history filled with dynamic duos
March 19, 2009
This season’s Kansas basketball team has easily one of the best 1-2 punches in the Jayhawks’ illustrious court history. Ultimately it might even lay claim to being the best. Guard Sherron Collins and center Cole Aldrich can measure up to about any KU Dynamic Duos you can name. Fortunately, they’ll have even more chances to cement their potent-pair reputation as the 2009 Jayhawks try to defend their 2008 NCAA championship.
FSHS to begin season at Ice Field
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B5
Free State High won’t be leaving town for its season baseball opener Friday, but the Firebirds won’t be playing at home.
Madoff’s accountant is charged with fraud
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B9
Federal authorities arrested financier Bernard Madoff’s accountant Wednesday on charges of securities fraud, the first person besides Madoff to be charged in the $65 billion investment scandal. In a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney’s office in New York, David G. Friehling, 49, was charged with securities fraud, aiding an investment adviser fraud and four counts of filing false audit reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
IBM reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B9
Sun Microsystems Inc. shares soared almost 80 percent Wednesday on a report that the company is in merger talks with IBM Corp., which may pay $6.5 billion in cash to acquire the struggling high-tech giant. If the deal is finalized at that price, it would be the largest purchase ever for Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM, whose last big acquisition was the $5 billion purchase of Canadian software maker Cognos in 2007.
Lawyers take aim at ‘March Madness’
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B9
College basketball fans are preparing for today’s tip-off of March Madness, the annual tournament that lowers productivity in the workplace, raises blood pressure and drains wallets of cash. March is also a busy month for the lawyers in charge of enforcing the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s trademarked properties, which include “March Madness,” “Elite Eight” and “Final Four.”
TV host’s whupping reveals money lessons
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B9
I was mesmerized by the most fascinating financial program recently. Surprisingly, it was not on one of the business cable networks. It was on Comedy Central, where Jon Stewart took down the host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” Jim Cramer.
U.S. births in 2007 set all-time record
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Remember the baby boom? No, not the one after World War II. More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any other year in the nation’s history — and a wedding band made increasingly little difference in the matter.
$165 million: What could it buy for you?
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Employees of American International Group’s Financial Products division collectively received $165 million in bonuses as a reward for failure. Ever wonder what $165 million would buy these days?
Lake draining riles neighbors
Homeowners: Land values at risk
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Several Lake Alvamar area property owners are banding together to save what they consider an aesthetic asset to southwestern Lawrence. About 20 people met Wednesday night at the Alvamar Country Club to discuss how to get the lake refilled after it has intentionally been kept mostly dry for nearly two years.
LHS shines
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: On March 12 and 13 my wife and I drove to Orlando to enjoy the Lawrence High School Symphony and Concert Bands as well as Dance Squad at the Disney Festival Competition. What a great presentation by all three, and the fact that they were judged at the top is statement enough as to the quality of their presentations.
Grievous error
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: In the headline of the March 15 newspaper, you proclaim “Big 12 championship —Tigers take title,” and the sub-headline to the article states, “MU claims first league crown in 16 years.” I would have expected a Missouri newspaper to have printed this false information, but not the Jayhawks’ hometown paper.
Newspapers will be missed
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A9
On the day the last newspaper is published, I expect no sympathy card from Kwame Kilpatrick. Were it not for a newspaper — The Detroit Free Press — his use of public funds to cover up his affair with one of his aides would be unrevealed and he might still be mayor of Detroit.
On the record
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman reported a theft from her vehicle at 2:54 a.m. Wednesday. Among items stolen was a wallet valued at $500. She reported a total of $903 in damaged and lost property. The incident occurred on Monday morning shortly after midnight in the 900 block of Vermont Street.
Daylight saving time has gone too far
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A9
I pounced on the brief news item. “Daylight saving time can affect your health,” said the small headline in the New York Times last week. The short, all-too-modest article states: “It does seem clear from studies that a one-hour time adjustment can have unintended health consequences.”
County clerk honored for promoting voting
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is getting special recognition from the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters. Shew is this year’s recipient of the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. “He is extremely dedicated to giving every voter every opportunity to vote at election time,” said Ruth Lichtwardt, who nominated Shew for the award.
CBS returns to its spring ritual
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
CBS takes time out from its ratings-dominating schedule to broadcast March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament (6 p.m.). Some years back, when CBS lacked for viewers, this was a highlight of its schedule. Now you have to wonder how many people they will be losing by not airing “CSI.”
Richardson, 45, dies after fall on ski slope
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
Natasha Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film “Patty Hearst” and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of “Cabaret,” died Wednesday at age 45 after suffering a head injury during a beginners’ ski lesson.
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
Be aware of what you have to offer. Sometimes you sell yourself short. Don’t. On the other hand, be aware of what doesn’t work for you anymore. Try to make a needed adjustment. If you simply cannot tinker with a situation and adjust it, you might have to let it go. If you are single, do check out anyone you want to hook up with. If you are attached, spend more time together as a couple.
School candidates discuss many issues
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
The seven Lawrence school board candidates gathered at City Hall for their second of three open forums Wednesday night. Questions from the Voter Education Coalition and the audience touched on many topics including the budget, student homelessness, collaborating with other local governmental entities and school boundaries.
Senate advances changes for Kansas teen drivers
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B10
Senators gave tentative approval Wednesday to a bill raising the age for obtaining unrestricted Kansas driver’s licenses to 17 from the current 16. Adopted on a voice vote after a lengthy debate, the measure also places limits on teen drivers while they are gaining experience. The bill has already cleared the House, and final approval on a second Senate vote — expected today — would send it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Jury selected for Tiller trial
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B10
Jury selection in the Kansas case of one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers ended after three days with a panel evenly split between the sexes. A jury of six with two alternates was chosen Wednesday in the case of Dr. George Tiller, who is accused of violating the state’s late-term abortion law. The alternates will not be designated until the end of trial testimony.
LHS, Free State enter season with state aspirations
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
One of the most anticipated high school baseball seasons in city history will begin Friday when Lawrence High opens at the Edmond, Okla., Invitational.
Jayhawks arrive in Minneapolis
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich was the first Kansas University basketball player to hop off the team bus and head into the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hotel early Wednesday evening.
KU softball to make up game on Tuesday
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B5
The Kansas University softball team, which had its game against Missouri State canceled last Thursday because of cold temperatures, will make up the game at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Antarctica research shows Earth heading toward periodic thaw
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
Scientists studying the geophysical mechanisms behind the periodic cycles of freezing and melting at the polar ends of the Earth reported Wednesday that Earth is headed toward another thaw, though it might take a thousand years or more for it to happen.
Landing on his feet
Ex-Missouri State coach glad to be reunited with KU’s Self
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Nobody involved with the Kansas University athletic department has looked forward to this week with more enthusiasm than Barry Hinson, director of external relations for the school’s basketball program.
Incestuous father pleads guilty to all charges, faces life in prison
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
Josef Fritzl abruptly pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him Wednesday — a surprising twist amid disclosures that the daughter he imprisoned for 24 years in a dungeon where she bore him seven children secretly sat in on the trial.
Iraq getting better, but future shaky
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the end of America’s costly mission is in sight, but the future of this tortured country is much less clear. With violence down sharply, most Iraqis feel more secure than at nearly any time since the war began March 20, 2003 — March 19 in the United States. But violence still continues at levels that most other countries would find alarming.
Pinch-hit walkoff dooms Jayhawks in 9-8 loss
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B5
Guy Willeford’s pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted San Diego State to a 9-8 triumph over the Kansas University baseball team on Wednesday evening and completed a two-game sweep of the Jayhawks at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
KU needs Collins at his best
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’s D-Day-, Battle of the Bulge- and Iwo Jima-time for Gen. Sherron Collins. As he goes, so, probably, will the Kansas basketball team go in the NCAA Tournament.
Obama plays populist role in Calif.
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A10
In Washington, President Barack Obama is the ultimate insider, hosting White House parties to woo lawmakers and diplomats. Elsewhere, he increasingly plays the embattled and populist crusader, helping average Americans fight entrenched interests on Capitol Hill and Wall Street.
Dodd: Administration sought revision
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A10
For a while, the disappearance of an executive bonus restriction from last month’s economic stimulus looked like sleight of hand worthy of a Las Vegas stage. No one could explain how the provision faded into thin air. On Wednesday, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., acknowledged that his staff agreed to dilute the executive pay provision that would have applied retroactively to recipients of federal aid.
Kansas representatives criticize Liddy
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A10
Two Kansas members of Congress on the House Financial Services Committee are among the many Americans criticizing nearly $165 million in bonuses that American Insurance Group gave to executives. “We need to focus on repaying the taxpayers, removing the federal government from the private financial system, and preventing the shady practices that got us into this mess in the first place,” said Rep. Lynn Jenkins.
Our town sports
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
Bechtel Hole-in-One: Tom Bechtel used a pitching wedge to ace the 85-yard No. 8 hole Saturday at the Orchards Golf Course. Witnesses were Jay Rhodes, Alex Ketzner and Brad Chura.
U.S. falls to Venezuela
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
United States manager Davey Johnson was right to have reservations about playing Adam Dunn at first base.
Mariners clip K.C., 9-3
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
Jarrod Washburn had his longest and best outing of spring training for the Seattle Mariners.
Economic woes slow U.S. migration to Sun Belt region
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
Strapped by the nation’s economic crisis, fewer Americans are migrating to Sun Belt hot spots in Nevada, Arizona and Florida, instead staying put for now in traditional big cities. Census data released today highlight a U.S. population somewhat locked in place by the severe housing downturn and economic recession, even before the impact of rippling job layoffs after last September’s financial meltdown.
Divorcing wife says $43M not enough
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
A 36-year-old Swedish countess divorcing a former CEO says she cannot live on $43 million. Marie Douglas-David, a former investment banker, says she has no income and needs her 67-year-old husband, George David, to pay her more than $53,000 a week — more than most U.S. households make in a year — to cover her expenses.
Replay rules may change
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B2
The NFL will look into changing instant replay rules in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the blown call by referee Ed Hochuli that helped cost San Diego a game last season.
Study: Younger blacks have more heart failure
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
One in 100 black men and women develop heart failure before age 50, according to one of the first long-term studies to look at the life-threatening condition in younger adults. The research suggests blacks in that age group suffer the condition at a rate 20 times higher than whites do — an astounding difference more pronounced than earlier studies had indicated.
Union-Tribune being sold to equity firm
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
The parent company of The San Diego Union-Tribune said Wednesday that it agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to a private equity firm for an undisclosed price, a rare vote of confidence in an industry that’s hurting so badly that several other once-prized newspapers have been unable to find buyers.
AIG bonuses: Some repaid, Congress to vote on tax
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A10
Under intense pressure from the Obama administration and Congress, the head of bailed-out insurance giant AIG declared Wednesday that some of the firm’s executives have begun returning all or part of bonuses totaling $165 million.
World Baseball Classic’s timing bad
March 19, 2009 in print edition on B2
There are plenty of things to like about the World Baseball Classic. Just not enough to make it worth its considerable cost.
Fed launches $1.2T effort to revive economy
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
With the country sinking deeper into recession, the Federal Reserve launched a bold $1.2 trillion effort Wednesday to lower rates on mortgages and other consumer debt, spur spending and revive the economy. To do so, the Fed will spend up to $300 billion to buy long-term government bonds and an additional $750 billion in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
House backs bill to grow service opportunities
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
Tens of thousands of Americans could see more opportunities to mentor children, help rebuild homes and participate in other national service under a measure passed by the House on Wednesday. The House voted 321-105 to expand AmeriCorps and other national service programs by 175,000 participants. It would also create new groups to help poor communities with education, clean energy, health and services for veterans.
Utah lawmakers pass on $61M stimulus funds
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
Utah lawmakers have decided against changing state law to accept more than $61 million in federal stimulus money meant to help the unemployed. The Legislature would have needed to allow about 4,200 jobless residents to qualify for unemployment benefits, including part-time workers and those who quit to accompany a spouse changing jobs.
Social issue, services hot topics at forum
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
A majority of City Commission candidates favor creating a new anti-discrimination law that would provide legal protection to transvestites and other transgender individuals. Six of the eight candidates threw their support behind the newly proposed idea at a candidate forum Wednesday at City Hall. “The common denominator of our community should be that we are all simply equal,” said James Bush.
Manufacturers move to ban drop-side cribs
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A7
Crib makers have proposed a ban on drop-side cribs following infant deaths, injuries and a series of recalls. Members of a committee that sets industry standards say the proposal would end production of drop-side cribs — where one side moves up and down in order to more easily pick up and lay down a baby. Instead, it would require cribs to have four immovable sides.
Studies don’t end screening controversy
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A7
Screening for prostate cancer doesn’t necessarily save lives, and any benefits can come at a high price, according to two, big long-awaited studies. The findings are unlikely to end the debate over the usefulness of routine testing.
Charges filed in shooting incident
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against three people in connection with a Tuesday morning fight in which gunshots were fired, court records said. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident, which happened around 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of New Jersey Street. Samantha Schumock, 19, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage.
Pump patrol
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.79 at several stations.
Law team competes at international level
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Four Kansas University students have qualified to compete in the international finals of the European Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition in Taipei, Taiwan. Christina Elmore, Ben Sharp, Carrie Bader and Beau Jackson, all third-year law students, make up the first KU team to represent the university at the world level of the competition.
Universities seek community college links
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
Many college and university presidents live to debate subjects with peers, often deciding nothing but the need for further discussion. While E. Gordon Gee, the bow-tied president of Ohio State University, America’s largest state university, understands and respects the fundamental role of debate and discussion on the campus, he revels in action and studied risk-talking, the kind the average citizen often embraces.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 19, 1909: “The measles epidemic which has been raging in Eudora has reached Lawrence. Yesterday several cases were discovered among Lawrence Business College students and the school was ordered closed. The situation here is not regarded as serious so far and there are doubts of an epidemic such as we find at Eudora. School in Eudora may open in a few days after a thorough fumigation … “
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
A weekend ice storm left Lawrence littered with splintered trees, downed utility lines and power outages. The storm had taken the heaviest toll on trees in North Lawrence. “It’s looking pretty bad out there, everywhere,” said George Osborne, city forester. Kansas University called off classes as did a number of area schools, even though Lawrence schools conducted business at usual despite many absences.
Jones service
Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones has served the county well and will be missed.
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
The resignation of Charles Jones will be a significant loss for the Douglas County Commission. Although two well-qualified new commissioners took office in January, the body will lose important experience from Jones, who has been a commissioner for 10 years.
U.S. guns feed violent Mexican cartels
March 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
X-Caliber, a gun store in a nondescript neighborhood in this city’s northern section, has become embroiled in Mexico’s turmoil. The chaos there is the result of the Mexican government’s decision to wage war against rampant drug cartels that are fighting mostly against each other but also against the portions of Mexican law enforcement they have not corrupted.
Sweetening the pots: Container gardening adds bounty of local, fresh food
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
I’ve always been a little intimidated with the idea of growing a vegetable garden.
No-till practices applicable to home gardens
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
At bottom, gardening is all about dirt — its care and feeding, its microbes and fungi, bacteria and earthworms.
Real Simple: Fake-clean the house
March 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
Oh great. Your mother-in-law is on her way over (unexpectedly, of course), and your house is an absolute sty. It looks like a bomb went off in the living room, and you haven’t even had time to empty the kitchen sink.