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KU vs. Dayton Emergency crews life-flight one after four-wheeler rollover KU vs. Dayton pregame pep rally The day in photos, March 22, 2009 Lawrence Fruit Tree Project at New York Elementary School
Podcasts
Polls
Other than Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich, who had the best game for KU against Dayton?

Poll results

Response Percent
Mario Little
 
67%
Tyrel Reed
 
22%
Markieff Morris
 
7%
Other
 
2%
Total 468
Who was KU's first-half MVP against Dayton?

Poll results

Response Percent
Cole Aldrich
 
68%
Sherron Collins
 
26%
Mario Little
 
5%
Other
 
0%
Total 97
Will KU hold Dayton's Chris Wright under 20 points?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
54%
Yes
 
41%
Not sure
 
3%
Total 31
Should the state or federal government be responsible for providing health care to uninsured citizens?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
50%
No
 
49%
Total 963
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Pictured are Douglas County residents, clockwise from top left, Linda Gleasure, Paul Halford, Anna Doktor and Steve Pitnick. Faces of the uninsured
March 22, 2009 in print edition on 1A
They are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Often, they are workers who are struggling to make ends meet. They are the uninsured. “A lot of our patients have to choose how to spend their limited income, and obviously having groceries and a place to live and basic needs are going to come first, over an insurance policy that they may or may not need,” said Nikki King, executive director of Health Care Access.
10:00 a.m.
From left, Skyler Adamson, Eric Farnsworth, Kait Head and Byron Wiley, members of the Lawrence Fruit Tree Project, tamp topsoil around a fruit tree they planted Saturday on the playground of New York School, 936 N.Y. The group planted six trees to help provide more locally grown produce. Fruit tree project gains ground at school
March 22, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Byron Wiley looked up from his work, wiped his brow and smiled. Wiley was satisfied, and a bit short of breath: He had just extracted a hefty rock from the soil. But unearthing that chunk of stone was the only real challenge Wiley and his Lawrence Fruit Tree Project companions faced Saturday while planting fruit trees at New York School, 936 N.Y.
1:00 p.m.
Kansas center Cole Aldrich pulls up for a jumper during warmups Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. FINAL: Aldrich gets first “official” triple-double in school history, helps KU to 60-43 victory
12:05 p.m., March 22, 2009 Updated 5:33 p.m.
The KU center had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will play Michigan State.
6:00 p.m.
Athletes crest a hill in western Douglas County during the Ironman 70.3 Kansas triathlon in this June 15, 2008, file photo at Clinton Lake.  The event will return to Lawrence for its second year on June 14. Organizers expect bigger Ironman triathlon
March 22, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Organizers expect a large field — more than 2,000 triathletes — when Ironman 70.3 Kansas returns to Lawrence for a second year. “After last year, we had a great response,” race director Ryan Robinson said. “People came in, they got to see the city. We got to correct any stereotypes they had of Kansas. It’s not flat. Lawrence is definitely not a sleepy town. Everybody came in, had a great time, and the response is showing that.”

All stories

KU baseball sweeps No. 1 Texas
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
In the aftermath of the Kansas University baseball team’s weekend performance against top-ranked Texas, it was hard to ignore the novelty of it all. It was a series of firsts for the Jayhawks: The first victory over a No. 1 opponent since 1993; the first series victory over a ranked opponent since 2006; the first sweep of the Longhorns in school history.
KU men’s basketball scheduled to arrive in Topeka at approximately 7:30 p.m.
04:13 p.m., March 22, 2009 Updated 05:45 p.m.
The Kansas University men’s basketball team will fly out of Minneapolis at 6 p.m. Sunday. The team is scheduled to arrive at about 7:30 p.m. at Forbes Field in Topeka.
Emergency crews life-flight one after four-wheeler rollover
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Emergency crews responded late Saturday morning to a one-vehicle rollover accident at 967 E. 1500 Rd.
FINAL: Aldrich gets first “official” triple-double in school history, helps KU to 60-43 victory
12:05 p.m., March 22, 2009 Updated 05:33 p.m.
The KU center had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will play Michigan State.
Smoking collectibles a hot commodity
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D4
Smoking was an important part of the life of a well-to-do gentleman in the 19th century. A cigar after dinner was routine. Smoking paraphernalia was created not only to be useful but also to show off wealth.
How to navigate a destination wedding
March 22, 2009
“Destination weddings” can be fun. And time-consuming. And terribly expensive. Those most likely to be invited to a lot of weddings — people in their 20s, say — also tend to have the least seniority at work and the least disposable income.
Four ways to save on your wedding
March 22, 2009
Creating a budget for your wedding day can become really overwhelming. The excitement of a new engagement is often overshadowed by the anxiety of keeping the couple’s finances from crashing and burning. Thankfully, there are lots of little ways to save along the way, but did you know there are things you can do right now to cut your total wedding costs nearly in half? Here are four ways to save big.
Post-wedding blues normal for couples
March 22, 2009
You’ve spent months (maybe even years!) planning your wedding. And now it’s all over. The dream dress has been worn, the vows have been spoken, and the guests have gone home. What’s a bride to do? Don’t worry. Post-wedding blues are a normal part of the wedding process. If you’re feeling down, follow these guidelines to help you perk up and enjoy the best part of the post-wedding experience — being married!
Spring is time to protect pets from pests, parasites
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D2
Parasites are already starting to come out. If mosquitoes are on the wing, you know the ticks will be dropping, too, given just a warm day or two, and that means fleas (sigh) won’t be far behind.
One single registry simplifies steps for your guests
March 22, 2009
Whether you’re having your engagement party a few weeks or even a couple of months after the actual engagement, many of your guests might like to bring a little gift to celebrate. One way to tell them what you’d like (for this party and any other pre-wedding festivities that may pop up) is to create your registry soon after your engagement. This way, your guests have plenty of choices and time to decide what they’re going to get you.
Wedding demands: where even the best friendships are tested
March 22, 2009
From obscene requests to crazy antics, here are the most horrifying wedding stories courtesy of real brides and bridesmaids who lived, breathed and barely survived these “I do” disasters.
‘Perfect’ weddings gone awry still tend to be pretty fun
March 22, 2009
Getting married? Here’s some advice on surviving — and enjoying — the ceremony from the book “Where to Seat Aunt Edna and 500 Other Great Wedding Tips,” straight from people who’ve done it.
Etiquette — even for ‘idiots’
March 22, 2009
Getting engaged is easy — one ring and one question later, and you’re done. Getting married is so much harder, and if you don’t have a clue where to begin, this book is for you.
Designer Isaac Mizrahi brightens fashion’s outlook
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D1
Even fashion’s good-time Isaac is feeling the weight of the economy.
Lawrence offers variety of dance classes for couples
March 22, 2009
Tiffany Jackson Russell loves to dance — in the car, at the grocery store and, well, pretty much anywhere. But when it came to her wedding, the physical education teacher knew she would have to step it up. And that meant bringing in a professional to improve her moves.
Taking care of your ring
March 22, 2009
Your engagement ring is one of the most valuable investments your future groom will make, so it’s extremely important that you care for it properly to ensure that the stone and metal retain their brilliance.
Poll: Brides nationwide tighten budgets
March 22, 2009
Does anyone hear just one wedding bell? That’s right, even brides-to-be are re-evaluating their budgets in this recession. About 25 percent of couples plan to slice their wedding budgets in half, and 1 in 10 intend to cut back costs by 75 percent, according to a nationwide survey recently released by retailer David’s Bridal. Does that mean open bar for just 20 minutes?
Vendors note couples are becoming more cost-conscious
March 22, 2009
Lauren Wilkinson has been crunching numbers since last summer. She’s compared dresses, flowers, food, transportation and photography. You name it, she’s crunched it.
The business of marriage: Long-term planning to talk about
March 22, 2009
It’s not all fun and fantasy. Before and after bride and groom tramp down the aisle to say “I do,” they have to leap through a few bureaucratic hoops and lunge over a couple of financial and emotional hurdles. We’ve come up with a list of components every couple should think about before and after the wedding ceremony.
Online tools have a limited place in wedding planning
March 22, 2009
For the couple on a tight budget, duo planning a brief engagement or twosome hoping for an eco-friendly event, the Internet can be an instrumental tool. It can save money, time and paper. But even in today’s highly digital age, when nearly anything can be done online, tradition has some pull. Etiquette dictates the Internet is not suitable for all aspects of wedding planning.
Bachelor/bachelorette parties: fun within everyone’s comfort zone
March 22, 2009
Before Meredith Carr Cathey of Lawrence got married last July, she had one more night on the town with her girlfriends. They went to a bar in Kansas City for drinks, food and a cabaret show. They also went to the Lucky Strike bowling alley in the Power and Light District.
Safety steps
New restrictions on teen drivers will put Kansas more in line with the rest of the nation.
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
A bill that’s on its way to the governor’s desk will place some reasonable new restrictions on new drivers in Kansas. The restrictions put Kansas in line with 48 other states and seek to respond to some of the greatest dangers facing young drivers. Strong enforcement of the new restrictions should add to the safety not only of teen drivers but everyone on Kansas roads.
Medical experts wary of mail-order DNA tests
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D2
With a little spit and a few keyboard strokes, you can unlock the secrets of your DNA. At least, it seems that simple at an array of Internet sites that are pitching genetic tests directly to consumers.
Schedule stress relief amid wedding planning
March 22, 2009
It’s common to find the wedding planning process overwhelming, but you shouldn’t let it affect your health. If you find yourself at your limit before you’ve even walked down the aisle, it’s time to get things under control. Take a moment for yourself and check out these top five ways to manage and reduce your stress level.
More couples requesting ‘green’ wedding services
March 22, 2009
When Steve Maceli is asked to cater an eco-friendly wedding, he brings in the china and linen napkins, and he does away with the plastic forks and spoons. “We’re pretty versatile,” says Maceli, owner of Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. “If someone comes in and says we want a green wedding, we can do it.”
Soldier without Armor’: Raintree students produce CD for classmate with cancer
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D1
When friends of Annika Knudson learned she had cancer, they had to do something to help. So they wrote a song.
Alternatives make engagement rings more affordable
March 22, 2009
Don’t despair if two months’ salary won’t buy your sweetie that diamond solitaire she’s been eyeing. Here are some engagement ring trends that won’t break the budget.
On the record
12:00 a.m., March 22, 2009 Updated 05:52 a.m. in print edition on B2
A Lawrence woman reported that she was raped Saturday night about 11:15 p.m. She advised police that she had been out drinking earlier in the evening. She didn’t know how she got back to her home in the 2200 block of Harper Street, she said.
Baylor cruises in NIT
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C2
Kevin Rogers and Curtis Jerrells scored 16 points apiece to lead Baylor past Virginia Tech, 84-66, on Saturday in the second round of the NIT.
Mark’s on the Move: ‘Doody Dude’ serves pet owners
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
This week we chose to strip away some of the glamour from the media business and get to work with a family that started up Doody Dude, a company that cleans up after household pets. Carol Seivley is a retired school teacher of 31 years and needed a way to help pay for her health insurance. She started up the company with her nephew, who lost his job around the holiday season.
KU golf team takes fourth place
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C8
Nate Barbee’s fifth-place finish helped propel the Kansas University men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Desert Shootout.
Obama pursues ‘ambitious’ agenda after rough week
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Knocked off balance by the bonuses brouhaha, President Barack Obama is relying on direct appeals to the public to refocus attention on his ambitious agenda and drive the debate. The president has shouldered responsibility for the mess, and in his radio and Web address Saturday, sought to put the financial finger-pointing behind in favor of his policy pillars — deficit cutting, overhauling health care and energy, improving education.
Treasury secretary’s job secure
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama says treasury secretary is one job that’s not up for grabs. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” Obama said that if Treasury chief Timothy Geithner offered his resignation, the answer would be, “Sorry buddy, you’ve still got the job.”
Country considers decriminalizing incest
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Surprising as it may seem, incest is not always a crime in Europe. Three European Union nations — France, Spain and Portugal — do not prosecute consenting adults for incest, and Romania is considering following suit. The shocking case of Austrian Josef Fritzl, found guilty last week of holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering her seven children, has focused new attention on incest — which is a crime in itself in Austria even if the acts are consensual.
Brazen turkeys ruffle feathers at business
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Wild turkeys are turning into bullies in one Michigan town. Tri-County International Trucks employee Dave Dodes told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that three of the birds scared a truck driver so much he stayed in his vehicle when he stopped at the truck service shop Friday.
Many want strip club jobs at door, not stage
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Scores of people have applied to work at a Rhode Island strip club — but the vast majority don’t need to show any leg to get the job. Providence’s Foxy Lady held a job fair Saturday, seeking to fill about 35 positions for dancers, masseuses, bartenders and bouncers.
Spill of dangerous acid prompts evacuation
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
A tractor-trailer carrying a dangerous acid overturned on a highway Saturday, prompting authorities to order thousands of residents to leave the area for almost nine hours. The tanker, carrying 33,000 pounds of corrosive hydrofluoric acid, a component for household detergents, flipped on a sloping curve in the road at about 3 a.m. on the edge of Wind Gap, about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and began leaking slowly.
N. Korea believed to be questioning reporters
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two American journalists detained by North Korean soldiers are believed to have been sent to Pyongyang for questioning, a news report said today. North Korea said Saturday it was investigating two Americans it detained Tuesday for “illegally intruding” into its territory after crossing the border from China.
Pope urges conversion; stampede kills 2
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Tens of thousands of Angola’s Catholics lined the streets of the capital Saturday for a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, who urged the country’s faithful to reach out and convert people who believe in witchcraft. But a stampede at a stadium before one of the pope’s speeches left two people dead and others injured.
WaMu holding company sues FDIC
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Washington Mutual’s former holding company is suing federal regulators for billions of dollars, saying the fire sale of the bank’s assets to JPMorgan Chase violated its rights. The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District court in Washington, D.C., against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which seized the Seattle-based savings-and-loan in September. It was the largest bank failure in U.S. history.
Darfur refugee camp hit hard by aid groups’ expulsion
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Every day, a peacekeeper truck pulls into this teeming camp carrying loads of water, and is greeted by long lines of refugees. It’s not the troops’ job — but after the expulsion of many aid groups in Darfur, everyone is scrambling to fill the gaps in the safety net that keeps millions of refugees alive.
Tourists allowed to see Iraq one checkpoint at a time
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Western tourists had their own reasons for joining the sightseeing tour: One wanted a glimpse of ancient ruins, another liked to visit countries in the news. But traveling Iraq for two weeks in the first organized tour since 2003 wasn’t quite all they had hoped, what with the hours wasted at checkpoints, and visits cut short or scrapped altogether because of security concerns.
Bride says wedding night arrest humiliating
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
A woman who claims she was humiliated on her wedding night because she had to spend it in jail in her wedding gown has filed a complaint with Texas authorities. Jade Puckett, 26, filed the complaint midweek over a picture taken while she was in a courtroom in her wedding dress.
Octuplets’ mom won’t reveal ID of kids’ father
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets apologized in a video posted Saturday to the father of all 14 of her children and promised that she would never reveal his identity. “I’m sorry for all this mess, and I hope he isn’t scared it’ll come out because it won’t,” Nadya Suleman said in the RadarOnline.com video. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ll never disclose who he is.”
Hungary’s P.M. quits as popularity tumbles
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Hungary’s prime minister stunned the country Saturday by announcing his resignation because he had become an “obstacle” to the reforms needed to pull the country out of its worst financial crisis since the end of communism nearly 20 years ago.
Boys and Girls Club plan week of activities
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B2
National Boys and Girls Club Week is this week, and the Lawrence chapter is hosting events to celebrate. Members will clean up parks in their area Monday as part of the Boys and Girls Club Torch Club Park Clean Up. Fifth- and sixth-graders will research and cook a recipe Tuesday for Kids Can Cook.
Whittler finds joy in hobby
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B2
Most people look at a tree and see branches and leaves reaching out to the heavens, but to 85-year-old Bill Abell, trees can be anything from a cowboy hat or a kicking mule to a loaf of a bread and a log cabin. That is because Abell is a carver, not for any sort of financial profit, but for the spiritual release he finds whenever he puts his metal blade to a block of wood.
Horoscopes
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D5
Accomplishments and gains naturally seem to happen this year. Your focus, thought and manner mix to become a winning combo, no matter what you do or who you are with. Network as much as you want, and broaden your circle of friends, associates and connections. Keep your goals in mind, and you won’t go wrong.
Doctor: Lack of medical helicopter cost actress time before she died
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D5
As a steady stream of celebrities pay their last respects to Natasha Richardson, questions are arising over whether a medical helicopter might have been able to save the ailing actress. The province of Quebec lacks a medical helicopter system, common in the United States and other parts of Canada, to airlift stricken patients to major trauma centers.
Budget debate to include expanding coverage for Kansas children
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A7
Providing health coverage to 8,000 Kansas children will be at the center of a budget battle this week. Last year, state lawmakers approved increasing income limits for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program so that more families could qualify for coverage, which in Kansas is called HealthWave.
Negative response to U.S. sign of leadership’s mind-set
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Iranian leader’s rebuff on Saturday to President Barack Obama’s offer for dialogue was swift and sweeping: Words from Washington ring hollow without deep policy changes. But Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s response was more than just a dismissive slap at the outreach. It was a broad lesson in the mind-set of Iran’s all-powerful theocracy and how it will dictate the pace and tone of any new steps by Obama to chip away at their nearly 30-year diplomatic freeze.
Missing Italian statue found in couple’s home
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A8
A 350-year-old statue of a saint and former pope, taken from an Italian church nearly two decades ago, has been found in the home of a North Carolina couple who had no idea it was stolen, authorities said. The intricately carved bust of St. Innocent will be returned to the church in Naples, Italy, U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agents said.
Astronauts go on 2nd spacewalk
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A8
Astronauts took another spacewalk at the international space station Saturday, this time to lighten the workload for future crews. As soon as they floated outside, Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba made their way all the way to the end of the space station’s power-grid framework. They loosened bolts holding down batteries that will be replaced on the next shuttle visit in June.
Organizers expect bigger Ironman triathlon
Projected influx of 2,000 athletes for second Lawrence race would boost city’s economy
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Organizers expect a large field — more than 2,000 triathletes — when Ironman 70.3 Kansas returns to Lawrence for a second year. “After last year, we had a great response,” race director Ryan Robinson said. “People came in, they got to see the city. We got to correct any stereotypes they had of Kansas. It’s not flat. Lawrence is definitely not a sleepy town. Everybody came in, had a great time, and the response is showing that.”
Fruit tree project gains ground at school
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Byron Wiley looked up from his work, wiped his brow and smiled. Wiley was satisfied, and a bit short of breath: He had just extracted a hefty rock from the soil. But unearthing that chunk of stone was the only real challenge Wiley and his Lawrence Fruit Tree Project companions faced Saturday while planting fruit trees at New York School, 936 N.Y.
Sexual orientation measure put on hold
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
A key legislator has signaled that a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation may not be considered by the full Senate this session. And according to Thomas Witt, a lobbyist for the Kansas Equality Coalition, which has been pushing for the bill, that’s OK.
State groups divided on embryonic stem cell policy reversal
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
President Barack Obama’s recent decision to lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is eliciting a variety of reactions in the region. Scientists said the new research that could be funded would help determine whether the cells could be used to prevent dangerous diseases or to regenerate tissue.
Protesters visit AIG officials’ lavish homes
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
A busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits Saturday to the lavish homes of American International Group executives to protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a massive federal bailout.
Leftovers can be unsafe if precautions not heeded
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
Eating leftovers has become a badge of honor in these tough economic times. Unfortunately, warmed-up food can make you sick if you don’t follow basic safety precautions to eliminate bacteria, such as salmonella. That leftover steak that’s been sitting in the refrigerator for six days?
Complete dino skeleton doesn’t sell at auction
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
A New York gallery says a 150-million-year-old complete skeleton of a dinosaur has failed to sell at auction. Josh Chait of I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers says two museums interested in the fossil failed to meet the minimum price of nearly $300,000 during the auction Saturday.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C5
Dayton’s basketball team is quick and athletic. The Flyers of the Atlantic 10 Conference, who play pressure man-to-man defense, resemble three teams the Jayhawks have met this season: Tennessee, Missouri and Michigan State.
Appleton attends funeral in Indiana
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C4
Kansas University junior guard Tyrone Appleton, as reported in Saturday’s Journal-World, attended the funeral of his buddy, Dennis Williams, on Saturday in Gary, Ind. Appleton will be back for today’s game against Dayton.
KU baseball takes down No. 1 Texas for second straight day in 4-3 win
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas junior Robby Price delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, helping the Jayhawks to a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over No. 1 Texas on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Police investigate arrest tactics
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
Hutchinson police are trying to determine whether three officers used excessive force on a suspect after video surfaced of his arrest. A police car videotape shows the arrest of 39-year-old Anthony White in his driveway on March 9, 2008. He was stopped for driving under the influence after he wrecked his motorcycle.
Salina novice body builder aims to turn pro
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
If Ryan Will succeeds in his life’s ambition, a great weight will have been lifted from his chest. In the meantime, he will lift another kind of weight from his chest, back, arms and legs and numerous other parts in his quest to become a professional body builder.
Faces of the uninsured
Workers juggle bills, health care
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
They are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Often, they are workers who are struggling to make ends meet. They are the uninsured. “A lot of our patients have to choose how to spend their limited income, and obviously having groceries and a place to live and basic needs are going to come first, over an insurance policy that they may or may not need,” said Nikki King, executive director of Health Care Access.
Dayton’s Perry familiar with KU
Flyers’ junior guard faced Collins in Chicago high school games
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
Mickey Perry says his journey to today began on April 7, 2008. He was at coach Brian Gregory’s house with his Dayton teammates. And he couldn’t take his eyes off Kansas’ Sherron Collins.
His time to lead
Spotlight shines bright on Collins in NCAA Tournament
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins, who is well on his way to becoming the most accomplished basketball alumnus of Chicago’s Crane Tech High School, learned the tricks of the point-guard trade from his idol, fellow Crane graduate Will Bynum.
Tires, beer kegs keeping zoo animals healthy
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
A lion rips open a paper bag stuffed with hay and meat. Giraffes chew up old Christmas trees. Asian black bears claw on empty beer kegs. It’s been a busy winter for zoo animals — and their schedules promise to be just as packed this spring. But this is not for show: Zoo keepers say games and other activities are essential to keeping animals physically and mentally healthy when they’re out of their natural environments.
Room to improve seen on alcohol issues
Community notes more to be done to curb binge drinking, sexual assaults
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
From its link to several sexual assault cases to the death of a Kansas University freshman, alcohol has come under scrutiny in Lawrence in recent weeks. It remains an issue where few changes have been made to limit its effect.
NCAA Tourney best event in sports
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C2
This NCAA Tournament is said to be dangerously low on star power. Thirty years after Magic and Bird changed the game in every literal and figurative way, people keep talking about a tournament lacking in transcendent stars.
Topeka church offers worship for the deaf
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B5
When discussing statistics that indicate 95 percent of deaf people in the United States are unchurched, Sara Hale doesn’t bat an eye. In fact, it makes perfect sense to her. “Deaf children would go to church with their hearing parents but wouldn’t understand what was going on,” said Hale, 32, of Topeka, who is deaf. “By the time they left their parents’ home, they didn’t want to go to church anymore. It was boring.”
Longtime school principal retires
First grandchild provides catalyst for decision
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B5
Mason Thomas Banks can’t even talk yet, but he’s one influential 3-month-old. Mason’s birth in mid-December changed everything for his grandfather, Tom Mundinger, a 26-year principal in Baldwin City. “My oldest daughter had our first grandchild,” Mundinger said. “His middle name is named after me. They live just about five to 10 minutes away from us. I want to play an active role in being his grandpa.”
Suspect charged after 2006 Topeka fatal fire
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
A 33-year-old Topeka man has been arrested in connection with a two-year-old cold case murder. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Friday that Frank Robinson was charged more than two years after 53-year-old Marvina Lee Washington was killed in a 2006 Topeka fire at an apartment house.
Volunteers sought for battlefield cleanup
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
April 4 is cleanup day at the country’s Civil War battlefields, cemeteries and shrines, and that includes Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park near Baldwin City. Volunteers are sought to remove dilapidated outbuildings, clean up trash, collect sticks and branches and spruce up the area.
Senior nutrition programs await stimulus funding
Money to be spread over 2 years
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas is set to receive more than $800,000 in federal stimulus money for providing meals to lower-income older residents. Just how effective the funds will be for increasing meal services is unclear, state and local representatives say. The funding will be spread over two years. “It’s good news. It’s good support for the seniors. It’s not a significant infusion of money over two years,” Kansas Secretary of Aging Kathy Greenlee said.
KU swimmer places 19th; diver takes 17th
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C8
Kansas University swimmer Maria Mayrovich placed 19th in the preliminaries of the 100 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
OSU shuts out KU
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C8
Senior Dougie McCaulley and sophomore Liz Kocon tallied the Kansas University softball team’s only hits in the Jayhawks’ 2-0 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday evening in their Big 12 Conference opener.
LHS baseball falls
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C8
Lawrence High’s baseball team fell, 2-0, to Midwest City (Okla.) on Saturday in the Edmond Festival.
Wheel genius: Road work this week
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
Among projects expected to affect travel in Lawrence and the region during the coming week, as Kansas University fans hope the road to the Final Four remains open for the Jayhawks.
3 officers dead, suspect killed after traffic stop
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Police say three officers and a suspect are dead and another officer is in grave condition after two related shootings, the first after a traffic stop and the second after a massive manhunt ended in gunfire. Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason says two officers were shot just after 1 p.m. Saturday after they stopped the suspect’s vehicle in east Oakland. One officer was killed and another badly wounded.
Protests on both coasts call for war’s end
March 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Before war protesters ended their demonstration Saturday afternoon, several placed cardboard coffins in front of the offices of northern Virginia defense contractors such as KBR Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. as riot police stood by. “Lockheed Martin, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!” they chanted as part of a demonstration that began in Washington to mark the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
K.C. pounds Arizona, 13-6
Royals garner 22 hits, 7 against Webb
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C3
Arizona ace Brandon Webb had another shaky outing in a 13-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
‘Rust’ proof: Meyer rides his own route to literary acclaim
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D3
It wasn’t apparent to anyone for the longest time that author Philipp Meyer had hopped the freight train to success — just like the protagonist of his acclaimed debut novel, “American Rust.” Every time Meyer’s line of boxcars seemed to be chugging along the straight and narrow, it would grind to a halt and shift into reverse.
Antique smoking collectibles a hot commodity
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D4
Smoking was an important part of the life of a well-to-do gentleman in the 19th century. A cigar after dinner was routine. Smoking paraphernalia was created not only to be useful but also to show off wealth. Collectors today still search for all kinds of tobacco-related items, although smoking has lost favor.
Former Dodgers’ boss O’Malley gets sympathetic bio
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D3
Crowds cheered along the streets of Brooklyn on Oct. 4, 1955. Children leaned out windows to clang on pots, and men took turns whacking an effigy hanging from a lamppost labeled “Yankees.” The Brooklyn Dodgers had finally won the World Series — against their dreaded Bronx rivals, no less.
Poet’s Showcase: Of God
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D3
I believe that God is blind. God does not see race, or religion, or gender. If God judges it is through thought and action, Not on name or title or wealth or possession.
Chuck Jones memoir premieres on TCM
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D7
Shortly before he died in 2002, animator Chuck Jones saw a test cut and described the program as “delightful.” He was biased, but he was right, too. “Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood,” which premieres at 7 p.m. Tuesday on TCM (Sunflower Broadband Channel 162), is slight, sweet and utterly charming.
Paris exhibit celebrates Warhol’s portraits
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D6
Smiling, cherry-lipped princesses, rock royalty, politicians, artists in eye-popping hues and, of course, Marilyn Monroe, her melancholy face reproduced over and over. A vast new exhibition opening this week at Paris’ Grand Palais brings together Andy Warhol’s iconic celebrity portraits and works of those who had $40,000 to spare for a set of commissioned canvases.
Cash-for-clunkers could drive up sales, but has critics
March 22, 2009 in print edition on E1
To put a stop to sliding auto sales that were dragging down Germany’s stalwart automakers, the German government offered drivers a few thousand dollars to scrap their old cars and buy new ones. In February, while auto sales fell throughout Europe, German auto sales jumped 21 percent.
Bankruptcies
March 22, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Can new be cheaper?
Rethinking the math of buying a used car
March 22, 2009 in print edition on E1
For cash-strapped consumers shopping for a car, used would seem like the place to start. Not necessarily. A new one might actually be cheaper. Consider this: The average cost of a used 2008 Honda Accord EX sedan, certified by the dealership, was $21,544 earlier this month, according to a car-buying Web site. A new 2009 model cost $80 less.
State highway patrol clears trooper in fatal accident
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas Highway Patrol has cleared a trooper involved in a chase in Wichita last year where the fleeing driver hit another car, killing herself and two other people. The patrol said it had completed its investigation of the Nov. 15 accident and that the agency didn’t need to change its vehicle-pursuit policy.
Japan warming to foreign gadgets
March 22, 2009 in print edition on E1
The recession is causing a massive consumer shift in Japan: No longer do its famously finicky and brand-conscious consumers assume imported and no-name electronics are as cheap in quality as they are in price. As products from toasters to laptops carry increasingly similar components and special features — and as consumers increasingly seek bargains — price is becoming as important a distinction among electronics in Japan as it is in most countries.
Don’t overlook Dayton’s Wright
March 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
It didn’t take a 27-point, 10-rebound game against West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to appreciate the talent of Dayton’s 6-foot-8, 226-pound sophomore Chris Wright.
Plan contrasts
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
There is understandable confusion concerning the recent development possibilities at the Lawrence Municipal Airport by DAR Corp. The airport is already city property and, as such, is zoned and platted for future aviation-based industry.
Rallying support
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor:
Down in front
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We took our children to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, and boy were we disappointed when all of the adults, at least where we were at, stood in front of our children.
Phoenix police seek immigration help
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
Police Chief Jack Harris, a solid block of a man with a shock of thick gray hair, is stolid and patient but there are limits. Clearly he is weary of explaining that this is one of America’s safest large cities, with declining rates of violent crime and property crime, even though it has one of the nation’s highest rates of home foreclosures. Unfortunately, there are the kidnappings.
WWII monastery bombing a bitter lesson
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B7
So much to remember, so easy to forget. So it is not surprising that, amid our winter woes and worries, virtually no one has paused to reflect on what happened in Italy 65 winters ago, a time of perhaps the fiercest fighting of World War II, a time when intelligence and conscience collided, a time when the assumptions of the military led to the destruction of a monastery, a time of heroic combat and savage loss of life.
Cheap shot doesn’t add to dialogue
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B7
Perhaps someone will be good enough to tell me how fat you are allowed to be before your opinions no longer matter. Surely conservative radio host Laura Ingraham had a specific weight in mind when she attacked Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, essentially dismissing her for being, in Ingraham’s eyes, overweight.
Iraqis seek strong secular leadership
March 22, 2009 in print edition on B7
March 19 was the sixth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, but no one is paying much attention.
Supertunias blooming as flower pick of spring
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D4
A trip to any garden center this spring will likely show that petunias are increasingly popular. Though there are dozens of varieties from which to choose, one group rising to the top is the Supertunia.
Martha Stewart launches pet Web site
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D2
Dogs and cats have always been an important part of Martha Stewart’s world and this week, the always entrepreneurial lifestyle diva launched a new Web site dedicated to the world of pets.
Make each day ‘take your food to work day’
March 22, 2009 in print edition on D1
Brown-bagging your lunch can save you hundreds of dollars a year, and it might even help you lose weight if you make good choices. It takes some planning, but the grocery store and your stash of leftovers can be a more cost-effective choice than the daily special in the company cafeteria.