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KU vs. North Dakota State The day in photos, March 20, 2009 Trying to watch the NCAAs at the station
Who was KU's first-half MVP against North Dakota State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sherron Collins
Cole Aldrich
Tyshawn Taylor
Marcus Morris
Total 282
How do you feel heading into today's game against North Dakota State

Poll results

Response Percent
Somewhat scared
Somewhat confident
Neither scared nor confident
Extremely scared
Extremely confident
Total 146
Have the recent changes in mortgage rates or other incentives prompted you to consider buying a home or refinancing your mortgage?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 485

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.”
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self signs autographs for kids as the Jayhawks leave the court following practice Thursday, March 19, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. KU men’s basketball team ranks as fifth most valuable on Forbes list
March 19, 2009 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:42 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor stretches with his teammates before the Jayhawks' first-round game against North Dakota State on Friday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. FINAL: Bison have no answer for Aldrich in KU’s 84-74 victory; Jayhawks to meet Dayton Flyers Sunday afternoon
10:22 a.m., March 20, 2009 Updated 4:25 p.m.
Cole Aldrich posted 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ first-round victory.
6:00 p.m.
Folks carrying signs at rally in opposition to two 700-megawatt coal-burning plants in southwest Kansas. Several hundred were at the Clean Energy Day event. Several hundred rally outside Kansas Capitol against coal-plant legislation
March 19, 2009 in print edition on 11B
Several hundred people Thursday rallied outside the Capitol to oppose a bill that would allow construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning power plants

All stories

Elementary students record song for ailing friend
March 20, 2009
A group of elementary school students is rallying around a sick friend through music.
Transit sees influx of riders
March 20, 2009
Just a short time ago, the very existence of the Lawrence bus system was in question. But this year the number of city bus riders has increased.
KU baseball knocks off No. 1 Texas, 5-4
06:54 p.m., March 20, 2009 Updated 12:37 a.m. in print edition on C8
Considering that the Kansas University baseball team had dropped four of its past five heading into a three-game series with Texas, and considering that Texas happens to be the nation’s No. 1 team according to Baseball America, Friday’s series-opening matchup with the Longhorns at Hoglund Ballpark didn’t exactly look a recipe for success.
KU overcomes ‘best guard we’ve played’ in advancing to second round
March 20, 2009
For every blue shirt in the Metrodome there were about 10 gold ones in what felt like a road game Friday for No. 3 seed Kansas University and a home one for No. 14 seed North Dakota State University.
Local businesses help people find a second home for their prom dress
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Prom might be memorable, but Heather Noble thinks it can also be wasteful when times are tough. To bring a bit of frugality to the annual spring rite, Noble will have a prom dress exchange at 9 a.m. March 28 at the Broers Flower Shop she owns at 729 Main St., in downtown Eudora.
Man treated and released from hospital after car hits house
March 20, 2009
An 18-year-old Lawrence man complained of minor injuries, after crashing a car into a house Thursday night, authorities said.
Working fans manage (mostly) to watch KU victory on the job
March 20, 2009
While many Lawrence residents headed to their favorite bar or restaurant to watch Kansas University play North Dakota State Friday morning, it was business as usual for those who had to work.
Judge says Sebelius deposition will not be rushed
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
A federal magistrate judge has rejected a utility’s demand to depose Gov. Kathleen Sebelius before she is confirmed as health and human services secretary.
Douglas County judges beefing up jury instructions to avoid improper use of cell phone, Internet technology
Twittering and Googling while on duty becoming a problem
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
Douglas County judges plan to beef up their instructions to jurors, after emerging technologies have caused chaos in courtrooms throughout the country.
Police officer testifies during child pornography hearing
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence police detective testified Friday that he found several images and videos of children being molested on a former Lawrence man’s computer.
Commissioner: Proposal to rename Missouri Street ‘petty and childish’
Highberger says Don Fambrough should be honored in another way
02:47 p.m., March 20, 2009 Updated 05:16 p.m. in print edition on A1
There’s just something about Missouri that puts everybody on edge here. City commissioners on Tuesday will take up a proposal to change the name of a portion of Missouri Street to Fambrough Drive, in honor of former Kansas University football coach and eternal Missouri hater Don Fambrough.
Legislators reach agreement on new legislation to allow coal plants
March 20, 2009
Legislative negotiators agree on a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
Precinct committee members to select replacement for County Commissioner Charles Jones
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
Precinct committee members of the Douglas County Democratic party will meet April 4 to select a replacement for County Commissioner Charles Jones, who recently resigned.
Legislative committee endorses gun rights amendment for Kansas constitution
March 20, 2009
A Senate committee has endorsed a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual’s right to own a gun.
Legislators work on new long-term transportation plan
March 20, 2009
Kansas legislators are working on developing a new state transportation plan to replace the 10-year program that ends June 30.
FINAL: Bison have no answer for Aldrich in KU’s 84-74 victory; Jayhawks to meet Dayton Flyers Sunday afternoon
10:22 a.m., March 20, 2009 Updated 04:25 p.m.
Cole Aldrich posted 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ first-round victory.
Man flees police near downtown, arrested on auto theft charges
12:32 a.m., March 20, 2009 Updated 09:43 p.m.
A man accused of fleeing from police was arrested for auto theft Thursday morning, though charges will not immediately be filed against him, a spokeswoman for Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said.
Waltz with Bashir’ a spellbinding nightmare
March 20, 2009 in print edition on C1
If you expect documentaries to be dry doctoral dissertations with talking heads and archival film footage, prepare to be electrified. The Israeli animated war documentary “Waltz With Bashir” is a phantasmagorical record of Mideast chaos, a cartoon that echoes the hallucinatory power of “Apocalypse Now.”
Cowboys loving trip to NCAAs
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
No two-hour bus ride over Oklahoma’s flat, scruffy landscape to reach the airport, followed by another two-hour ride after touchdown to complete the odyssey and make it to the gym for tipoff. Direct flight? Sweet!
MU gets Ivy League’s latest sacrifice: Cornell
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
In one of those wryly uncomfortable episodes of “The Office,” it’s hard to tell if all those Cornell Men out there are in on the joke, or just the butt of it. Maybe the same thing can be said about Cornell when NCAA Tournament time rolls around, too.
Dayton faces familiar nemesis: Huggins
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
Brian Gregory has spent six seasons coaching the Dayton Flyers, and little calling cards are appearing all over the court that tell him the program is headed in the right direction.
Bowden: Penalties harsh
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden believes the NCAA sanctions calling for the school to give up wins in 10 different sports are too harsh. Bowden, 79, said he supports the decision by Florida State president T.K. Wetherell to challenge the NCAA’s ruling to vacate the victories in the wake of an academic cheating scandal.
Tejada probation suggested
March 20, 2009 in print edition on C2
A federal prosecutor on Thursday recommended that All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada get probation and no prison time for misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Cavaliers recall Jackson
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled rookie forward Darnell Jackson from Erie of the NBA Development League on Thursday. Jackson, a Kansas University product, has averaged just 1.0 point and 1.2 rebounds in 37 games for the Cavaliers.
Furyk tops Transitions
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
After a late start to the year, Jim Furyk might be getting up to speed.
Browns WR implicated
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian, according to published and broadcast reports Thursday.
Concussion discussion Thursday at Tonganoxie
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Tonganoxie High will play host to a presentation on concussions and other football-related head injuries at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.
KU golfers in sixth at Desert Shootout
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Two top-20 performances by Jayhawk golfers helped the Kansas University men’s golf team shoot a 282 on Thursday to finish in sixth place after day one at the Desert Shootout.
KU’s Mertz seventh in NCAA diving
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Kansas University sophomore Erin Mertz earned All-American status with her seventh-place finish on the one-meter board Thursday night at the NCAA swimming and diving championships. Mertz scored 298.40 points.
Senate passes bill to expand wilderness
March 20, 2009 in print edition on C8
For the second time this year, the Senate has passed a long-delayed bill to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness, from a California mountain range to a forest in Virginia.
Waterless urinals: Cheap, green, but some say gross
March 20, 2009 in print edition on C8
Sanitary fixtures in men’s rooms don’t make for polite conversation. Nor would many people want to read about them over a morning cup of coffee.
Last call for arcane drinking laws
March 20, 2009 in print edition on C8
Guy walks into a bar in Utah — and easily gets a drink. Come this summer, that simple scenario will become a reality: No special fees, club memberships or partitions required.
Pump patrol
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.79 at several locations.
Bonus tax could withstand legal battle
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
The AIG employees who got big bonuses last weekend and now could face a 90 percent tax bill may feel they have been singled out for unfair punishment by angry lawmakers.
House passes bill taxing bonuses for AIG, others
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
Denouncing a “squandering of the people’s money,” lawmakers voted decisively Thursday to impose a 90 percent tax on millions of dollars in employee bonuses paid by troubled insurance giant AIG and other bailed-out companies.
Obama makes appearance on ‘Tonight’
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama told Jay Leno on Thursday that he was stunned when he learned of the bonuses that bailed-out insurance giant AIG was paying its employees.
Ex-Bush official: Many at Gitmo are innocent
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
Many detainees locked up at Guantanamo were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants, a former Bush administration official said Thursday.
Senate panel endorses budget with no ed cut
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
A Senate committee endorsed a state budget proposal Thursday night that avoids cuts in public school aid and uses federal stimulus funds to remain balanced.
Wind farm industry in Kansas growing, 2 farms open
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
Two new wind farms in Kansas will make the state one of the few in the country with more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity generated every year by wind power.
Senate passes limit on predator placement
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
State senators approve a bill limiting the number of violent sexual predators that can be housed in a single county while they’re waiting to be released from custody.
Man charged with having 2 wives
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
An Overland Park man faces a bigamy charge after allegedly being married to two women who lived in the same apartment complex.
Indictment: Pot found among cookie boxes
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
A plan to stash more than 200 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of cookies leads to federal drug charges.
1 injured in motorcycle wreck near Lone Star
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
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. He was treated and released from the hospital a few hours later Thursday.
Challenges to food safety inspections
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
The food industry’s private inspection system failed to catch filthy conditions at a peanut company blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak because the firm itself hired the inspectors, lawmakers said Thursday.
NDSU’s Woodside not all that different from Collins
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
One point guard came from the same playgrounds of Chicago where so many college basketball superstars battled. Everybody wanted him to sign on the dotted line. The other came from Albert Lea, Minn., where the lake freezes over and it seems as if stress is on a permanent vacation. His only Div. I scholarship offers came from South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
Community college to give day of free classes
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B12
A suburban Kansas City community college is offering classes for a price even the most cash-strapped student can afford.
AIG bonuses reveal envy
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A11
When politicians get on their high horses about something, it is almost certain that a considerable amount of horse manure will get spread around.
Other side of class warfare
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A11
As a member of the board of directors of the American International Group, I am pained by the hailstorm of fecal matter raining on our company for the $450 million in bonuses we are paying out to the traders in credit derivatives after receiving billions from the U.S. Treasury to rescue us from going over the cliff that the derivative traders were driving us toward.
13 companies getting bailout money owe back taxes
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
At least 13 companies receiving billions of dollars in bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.
Fed drives down mortgage rates; inflation may loom
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Mortgage rates tumbled to historic lows Thursday after the Federal Reserve’s sudden decision to print $1.2 trillion and pump it into the economy, a move that also triggered warning signs of inflation — a weaker dollar and the highest oil prices of the year.
EPA reports uptick in some toxic chemicals
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Toxic chemical pollution from the nation’s industrial plants, mines and factories declined by 5 percent in 2007, the government said Thursday.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins today will be matched against N.D. State guard Ben Woodside, a 5-foot-11 senior who averages 22.8 points and 6.3 assists a game.
Rec calendar
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Lawrence Bicycle Club: Various rides Tuesday through Sunday.
Report: Birds endangered by energy development
March 20, 2009 in print edition on C8
As the Obama administration pursues more homegrown energy sources, a new government report faults energy production of all types — wind, ethanol and mountaintop coal mining — for contributing to steep drops in bird populations.
KU Natural History museum event thrills
March 20, 2009
Larger-than-life exhibit focused on how the body works.
Many Iraqis held by U.S. to go free
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links to insurgents or militants are being freed by this summer because there is little or no evidence against them.
Reports: North Korea detains U.S. journalists
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two American journalists were missing today after they reportedly were detained by North Korea for ignoring warnings to stop shooting footage of the reclusive country.
N.J. considers ‘Brazilian’ wax ban
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
New Jersey is drawing the line when it comes to bikini waxing. The state Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is moving toward a ban on genital waxing after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line.
Fritzi gets life in psychiatric prison
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Numbers told the story of one of Austria’s most notorious crimes: A father locked his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years. He raped her 3,000 times. She bore him seven children. And he let one — an infant — die in captivity.
Commerce nominee reports 7-figure income
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary will take a pay cut should he get the job. Gary Locke’s income topped $1 million over the past year, according to a financial report released Thursday.
Aldrich has fond memories of Metrodome
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B7
A batch of reporters from Cole Aldrich’s home state of Minnesota huddled in front of, and to the side of, the 6-foot-11 Kansas University center, who was seated comfortably Thursday afternoon in the Minnesota Twins’ spacious locker room.
Bin Laden exhorts Somali militants
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Osama bin Laden urged Somalis on Thursday to overthrow their new president, issuing a statement that clearly outlines al-Qaida’s ambitions in a nation long feared to be a haven for the terrorist network.
Bison players look up to Boschee
Former Jayhawk shooting guard admired in his native North Dakota
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
North Dakota State center Lucas Moormann had to smile when talking about the jersey he wore 10 years ago in his hometown of Dickinson, N.D.
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B10
For Friday, March 20: Pursue the practical this year, but not at the expense of letting go of creativity. Experiment and merge these two assets. If you are single, listen to your inner voice, which points you in the right direction. If you are attached, you might find a common goal or community commitment important to your health as a couple.
Where’s the outrage for Iditarod?
March 20, 2009
Two dogs died in the name of sport this week, and this time it wasn’t Michael Vick’s fault.
Time to dance
Jayhawks’ younger players nervous for tourney debut
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Sherron Collins remembers being frozen in fear before his first NCAA Tournament game. “My palms were sweaty. I could hardly grip the ball,” Collins, Kansas University’s junior point guard, said of his emotions before KU’s 107-67 victory over Niagara on March 16, 2007, in his hometown of Chicago.
Tourney thrilling in Vegas
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
There’s a place where seeds don’t matter nearly as much as scores, and “madness” isn’t nearly strong enough to describe the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament experience.
Autopsy: Richardson died from bleeding in brain
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B10
Natasha Richardson died from bleeding in her skull caused by the fall she took on a ski slope, an autopsy found Thursday.
Texas school accused of staging fights in cage
Former Jayhawk basketball player Darrell Arthur attended South Oak Cliff in Dallas
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Dallas school system was rocked by allegations Thursday that staff members at an inner-city high school made students settle their differences by fighting bare-knuckle brawls inside a steel cage.
So needed
The Army is taking significant action to prevent holding people beyond their legal service commitments.
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A10
The Defense Department and the Army are finally getting something right in dealing with the unpopular practice of holding troops beyond their enlistment dates.
Federal data to be released unless harm foreseen
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Obama administration advised federal agencies Thursday to release their records and information to the public unless foreseeable harm would result.
Bush team still pushing agenda
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A10
Nature abhors a vacuum, the philosopher Spinoza wrote. So does politics. And in politics, there is no vacuum like the leadership of a defeated party.
AIG bonuses both legal and trivial
March 20, 2009 in print edition on A10
A $14 trillion economy hangs by a thread composed of (a) a comically cynical, pitchfork-wielding Congress, (b) a hopelessly understaffed, stumbling Obama administration, and (c) $165 million.
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B11
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures rose Thursday. Wheat for May delivery rose 25.25 cents to $5.5525; May corn rose 8.25 cents to $3.965; May oats rose 7.75 cents to $2.01; and May soybeans rose 25.5 cents to $9.405. Beef futures advanced and pork futures traded mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. April live cattle rose 1.2 cents to 84.75 cents; May feeder cattle advanced 1.67 cents to 95.72 cents; April lean hogs lost 0.2 cent to 62.05 cents; and May pork bellies gained 1.53 cents to 91.75 cents.
Owners need to clear paid loans from title
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B11
It’s the owner’s job to ensure that his or her mortgage is removed from the title to their home when the final payment has been made.
Starbucks assures investors about future
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B11
CEO Howard Schultz assured investors at the company’s 18th annual meeting that “Starbucks Coffee Company will not only survive, but we will succeed during this environment. I promise you that.”
In a down market, hybrid sales holding up
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B11
Sales of hybrid gasoline-electric cars and trucks have fallen along with gasoline prices, but in a market that looks like a train wreck they’re holding up relatively well, analysts say.
Dentist makes ‘bail’ for fundraiser
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B11
Dr. Kelli Henderson was chosen as one of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Most Wanted.”
Party Down’ caters to awkward laughs
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B10
The loosely scripted, improv-style comedy “Party Down” (9:30 p.m., Starz) revolves around six cater-waiters and employees of the Party Down Corp., who work the local Hollywood circuit while awaiting their next big break.
New jobless claims drop nationwide, beating forecasts
March 20, 2009 in print edition on B11
New jobless claims fell more than expected last week, but continuing claims set a record for the eighth straight week and few economists expect the labor market to improve anytime soon.
He’s a character, man: Former Jayhawk Paul Rudd thrives in comedic roles
March 20, 2009
Paul Rudd keeps viewers on their toes with his roles.
March Madness incites all manners of ‘bracketology’
12:00 a.m., March 20, 2009 Updated 04:02 p.m.
It might be basketball. Or maybe just crazy names. But brackets abound this time of the year.