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Are you disappointed that the Lawrence City Commission decided against considering a proposal to rename a portion of Missouri Street after former KU football coach Don Fambrough?

Poll results

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67%
Yes
 
32%
Total 1291
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12:00 a.m.
Kansas center Cole Aldrich screams in jubilation after getting a bucket and a foul Dayton during the first half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. At right is Kansas forward Mario Little, Dayton center Kurt Huelsman and Dayton forward Chris Wright. 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 a.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins charges up the court, followed by Dayton guard London Warren during the first half Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Collins provides plenty to love
March 23, 2009 in print edition on 1B
For some fans of Kansas University, watching Sherron Collins play basketball can amount to a hate-love relationship with their television sets. When he makes his defender look like a klutz and finishes with a bucket at the hoop, you scream “Wow!” at your TV. Then you scream “Bad shot!” Then “Wow!” Then, “Bad turnover!” Then, “Wow!” Then, “Bad shot!” Then, “Wow!”
10:00 a.m.
The former Farmland Industries site on the east edge of Lawrence has been vacant for several years. The city must decide whether to pursue ownership of the property or turn it over to private development interests. Candidates discuss former Farmland site’s prospects
March 23, 2009 in print edition on 5A
When voters go to the polls next month to select three new city commissioners, they may be doing more than pulling the lever for their favorite candidates. They also may be pushing a big reset button on the long-simmering issue of whether the city should buy the vacant Farmland Industries fertilizer plant and convert it into a business park.
2:00 p.m.
Randy Schimmel, manager of Mobile Village mobile home park, 110 Mich., says the park’s storm shelter may not be much to look at inside but it’s a safe place for people to be in a storm. The underground structure, in the 100 block of Maine Street, used to be part of an old brewery and offers shelter from storms for residents of the mobile home community. Preparing shelter plan before a storm most important key to safety
March 23, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Thousands of area residents live without ready access to a basement, but that doesn’t mean they need to exist in fear as severe weather season approaches. Jillian Blair, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management, notes that the best protection from nature’s wrath comes before Mother Nature can whip up a storm.
6:00 p.m.
A large branch of a flowering Bradford Pear tree near the Lawrence Memorial Hospital parking lot was split off the tree during Monday's winds. Hobbs Park siren is not working
March 23, 2009
Douglas County Emergency Management officials said Monday afternoon that construction at Hobbs Park has a storm warning siren at 11th and Delaware out of service, so they are advising residents in the area to have an alternate method of receiving a tornado warning.

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KU women top Creighton in WNIT
09:02 p.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 09:42 p.m. in print edition on B1
Her name contains 16 letters, but it really takes a 17th to describe Aishah Sutherland. “She’s our X-factor,” teammate Ivana Catic said. “It’s no secret that when she plays well, we play well.” Sutherland scored a career-high 15 points and matched her career-high with 12 rebounds to help Kansas spill Creighton, 79-64, in a WNIT basketball game Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
House advances spending plan
Chamber gives boost to health care, snubs schools, cuts own pay
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Amid budget uncertainty, state House members voted Monday to cut their own pay and to increase funding for children’s health care and services for Kansans with disabilities. But they kept in place funding reductions to public schools, public safety and higher education.
Convicted murderer Martin Miller claims ineffective assistance of counsel
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence man convicted of murdering his wife in 2004 was back in a Douglas County courtroom Monday.
Hobbs Park siren is not working
March 23, 2009
Douglas County Emergency Management officials said Monday afternoon that construction at Hobbs Park has a storm warning siren at 11th and Delaware out of service, so they are advising residents in the area to have an alternate method of receiving a tornado warning.
Suspect charged in 2008 robbery and kidnapping case
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors charged a 41-year-old man Monday with robbing and kidnapping a Lawrence woman in February 2008.
Commissioner Hack drops proposal to rename part of Missouri Street after coach Fambrough
03:52 p.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 04:24 p.m. in print edition on A1
City commissioners won’t debate, after all, whether a portion of Missouri Street should be renamed in honor of a former Kansas University football coach.
Hallmark plant employees to get mandatory days off at end of year
Plants to close between Christmas, New Year in cost-saving move
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Soon after Americans have cared enough to send the very best greeting cards for the winter holidays, employees at Hallmark Cards Inc. will be taking a mandatory rest.
Legislature approves bill to expand Kansas’ rape shield law
March 23, 2009
A bill expanding Kansas’ rape shield law has cleared the Legislature.
Suspect in 2008 robbery and kidnapping case to make first court appearance
March 23, 2009
The man accused in a February 2008 robbery and kidnapping of a Lawrence woman is scheduled to have his first appearance Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court.
Stimulus package to speed upgrades at Second and Locust streets in Lawrence
12:30 p.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 10:05 a.m. in print edition on A1
The federal government is speeding up plans to rebuild the intersection of North Second and Locust streets in North Lawrence.
Kansas House debating proposed state budget
Fight over financing for education a major discussion
March 23, 2009
The Kansas House is debating a proposed state budget, with aid to public schools a big issue.
Senate renews Open Records Act exemptions
March 23, 2009
Senators have sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill to renew 30 exemptions to the Kansas Open Records Act.
Kansas House approves expansion of health insurance program for children
12:22 p.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 01:15 p.m.
By a significant margin, the Kansas House on Monday approved funding an expansion of a health insurance program for children from working families.
Senate advances bill to create ‘Rainy Day Fund’
March 23, 2009
Senators have given tentative approval to a measure that would ask voters to change the Kansas Constitution’s provisions on state budgeting.
Basketball writers group gives Self national coach of the year award
11:43 a.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 05:09 p.m.
The U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association today gave Bill Self its national coach of the year award.
Douglas County won’t get any federal stimulus funds for road construction
March 23, 2009
Douglas County leaders said Monday morning the county will not receive any federal stimulus funds administered by the state for road or bridge improvements.
House committee advances part of bill on jobless benefits
10:07 a.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 12:45 p.m. in print edition on B7
A House committee Monday recommended approval of part of a proposal to draw down federal stimulus funds for unemployment benefits.
Spring’s fury unleashed as storms whip across state
Hail, 51 mph wind gusts reported as storm blows through Lawrence
08:07 a.m., March 23, 2009 Updated 05:25 a.m. in print edition on A1
Just four days into spring, Kansas has already experienced many of the season’s infamous tribulations. 6News Meteorologist Matt Elwell said that Monday’s storm system produced 11 tornadoes, 12 reports of wind damage and more than 75 reports of hail across across the region.
Scouting thrives as it nears century mark
March 23, 2009
Scouting is alive and well in Douglas County. Five troops — 52, 53, 59, 61 and 62 — comprise the Pelathe District, which serves the cities of Lawrence, Eudora, Linwood, Baldwin City and Lecompton. Scouting has gone through many changes since its founding in 1910. Today’s Scouts learn everything from first aid to Web design. Yet the tenets of Scouting remain the same.
An ounce of scents: Locals weigh in on men’s cologne
March 23, 2009
It’s a product for men. But when it comes to cologne, it’s no secret that it’s really for women. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when it comes to what kind to wear, women have a good deal of input.
Families face hard decisions about soft drinks
March 23, 2009
Kids drinking the occasional soda may not be on a parent’s radar so much as their school performance or social adjustments. But according to at least one nutritionist, it should be an important family issue.
Horoscopes
March 23, 2009
Whatever you believe, the world will prove you right. This week offers the chance to decide where you want to be on the scale of optimism to pessimism. Pluto poses ominous questions as he and the sun square off. Then Mercury enters Aries, and the new moon in Aries follows to refute negativity with a fresh view. Those who consciously take charge of their attitudes will be able to resonate at a more cheerful frequency.
Area writer’s story good for the soul
March 23, 2009
It was 15 years ago, and Jennifer Lawler was feeling overweight and out of shape. She was walking by a tae kwon do studio in Lawrence and, on a whim, decided to sign up for classes.
Inns offer unique bed-and-breakfast experience
March 23, 2009
Some people collect stamps. Elizabeth Taylor collects inns. Taylor is the proprietress of The Woodward Inns on Fillmore, seven uniquely different bed and breakfasts in the historic Holiday Park neighborhood of Topeka.
Bacon, shrimp do nicely on bed of soft polenta
March 23, 2009
On its own, instant polenta is just a poor impostor of the real — and more labor intensive — thing.
Flyers in awe of mountainous Aldrich
Dayton impressed by Jayhawks’ shot-blocking center
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
One of Dayton’s greatest strengths this season had been attacking the basket. It didn’t work Sunday against Kansas University and center Cole Aldrich. “You get past the first guy and you look up and there is a mountain in the middle of the lane,” Dayton forward Charles Little said after his team’s 60-43 loss. Aldrich recorded 10 blocks against the Flyers, which tied for the second-most in NCAA Tournament history.
Kansas tennis falls to Missouri, 5-2
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
Coach Amy Hall-Holt wasn’t all that thrilled with the performance of her Kansas University tennis team in its 5-2 loss to Missouri on Sunday at First Serve Tennis Center. But at least she’s finally starting to reap some rewards, however small they may be, on her doubles pairing plan — one finally based more on personal preference than necessity.
Pork Loin with Cherry Glaze
March 23, 2009
“What’s for Lunch?” Jayni Carey visits with Corpus Christi Catholic School chef Susan Schmidtberger
English sparks MU to Sweet 16 berth
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Four unbelievable minutes. Two gargantuan free throws. Freshman Kim English came off the bench to “pinch shoot” for the hurting J.T. Tiller and made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left Sunday to give Missouri the go-ahead points in an 83-79 victory over Marquette. It was quite an encore for English, who had an out-of-body 41⁄2-minute shooting spree in the first half, scoring 15 points and helping third-seeded Mizzou (30-6) turn a six-point deficit into a 16-point lead.
Next up for Kansas: Michigan State
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
An unexpected scoring binge from the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year propelled Michigan State to a familiar place. Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points to lift the second-seeded Spartans to a victory over 10th-seeded USC in the Midwest Regional, putting Michigan State in the round of 16 for the eighth time in 12 years. MSU (28-6) advanced to the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team besides Duke.
Royals, L.A. combine for 15 home runs
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
Matt Brown went 6-for-6 with two home runs. He wasn’t the only batter to have a good day. The Angels and Royals combined for 15 home runs and 40 hits Sunday in Los Angeles’ 18-12 victory. With wind gusting up to 36 mph, Juan Rivera homered and drove in four runs, and Mike Napoli had three hits, including a home run. Brandon Wood, Robb Quinlan, Jeff Mathis and Ryan Budde also homered for the Angels.
Tooth fairy tales: How kids get excited about a time-honored tradition
March 23, 2009
When the Douglas County Dental Clinic sends the Tooth Fairy out to visit children, she really gives them something to chew on.
Triple delight
Aldrich records rare triple-double
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Walter Aldrich adjusted his glasses. His vision was blurred Sunday afternoon as he attempted to watch a CBS-TV reporter interview the star of Kansas University’s 60-43 second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Dayton. That would be his son — hometown hero Cole Aldrich. “Grown men aren’t supposed to cry,” Walter Aldrich said, his eyes welling with tears as he stood in front of his fifth-row seat in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Yet he couldn’t help but be gripped by emotion on on a day his son recorded the first official triple-double in KU history.
Collins provides plenty to love
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
For some fans of Kansas University, watching Sherron Collins play basketball can amount to a hate-love relationship with their television sets. When he makes his defender look like a klutz and finishes with a bucket at the hoop, you scream “Wow!” at your TV. Then you scream “Bad shot!” Then “Wow!” Then, “Bad turnover!” Then, “Wow!” Then, “Bad shot!” Then, “Wow!”
The Edge
March 23, 2009
• ‘Nothing But a Smile’ (books) • ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ (DVD) • ‘A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers’ (books)
Help wanted on job front
Candidates must apply new ideas to reverse losses
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Forget the National Championship. Forget the football team’s recent bowl successes. Forget whatever victory it was that caused you to do that funny looking dance on Massachusetts Street. The truth is, Lawrence is mired in a losing streak — at least according to federal statistics that measure jobs.
Planning for baby: Bundle of joy need not break bank
March 23, 2009
The pregnancy test is positive, and it’s time to celebrate. But as you and your spouse are clinking champagne glasses (filled with sparkling grape juice, of course), one thought keeps nagging you both: “How on earth are we going to afford a baby?”
Five tips to negotiate with children
March 23, 2009
Children are natural-born negotiators. At a very early age, they realize the word “no” is not the end of the discussion, but the beginning. If you ask a toddler to eat his broccoli and he says no, he intuitively knows you will start making deals. “If you eat your veggies, I’ll give you some ice cream,” is a typical parental response.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Kansas University’s 60-43 victory over Dayton put a smile on the face of junior guard Tyrone Appleton, who has been mourning the loss of his buddy Dennis Williams, who was murdered late last week in Gary, Ind. “It’s been tough, real tough,” Appleton said after scoring one point versus the Flyers.
Gardner rail hub put on hold
Environmental impact of project debated
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
Development of a $750 million freight hub in Gardner is on hold as federal regulators determine the project’s effect on the environment. BNSF Railway wants to build an intermodal facility that would allow the movement of goods between trucks and trains. Warehouses would be built next door to store the cargo before being shipped out.
Know where to go
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
During a tornado warning, where you should go depends on where you are. Some advice from Jillian Blair, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management.
U.S. knocked out of WBC
Matsuzaka still undefeated after 9-4 win
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
America’s national pastime took a major hit Sunday night. On home turf, no less. Daisuke Matsuzaka remained undefeated in the World Baseball Classic, and defending champion Japan beat the United States, 9-4, in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium.
Mentally ill posing threat to other nursing-home residents
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Ivory Jackson had Alzheimer’s, but that wasn’t what killed him. At 77, he was smashed in the face with a clock radio as he lay in his nursing home bed. Jackson’s roommate — a mentally ill man nearly 30 years younger — was arrested and charged with the killing. Police found him sitting next to the nurse’s station, blood on his hands, clothes and shoes. Inside their room, the ceiling was spattered with blood.
China to send pandas to new home
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Eight pandas were being readied for their journey back to central China on Sunday, ending a 10-month stay at the Beijing Zoo that was extended after their nature reserve was badly damaged in last year’s massive earthquake, state television said.
Cargo plane crashes on landing at airport
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A FedEx cargo plane burst into flames after bouncing off a runway in unusually high winds at Tokyo’s main international airport today, killing the pilot and co-pilot and closing a major runway for several hours. The flight from Guangzhou, China, skipped along the main runway at Narita Airport before skidding to a fiery halt, footage from airport security cameras showed.
DEA looking for cash tossed onto freeways
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Federal drug agents plan to review video of a freeway chase in San Diego to identify motorists who haven’t turned over thousands of dollars in cash that fleeing suspects threw out of their truck. Television and surveillance cameras captured the scene of two men throwing out fistfuls of cash while leading police on the wild chase Thursday.
New search planned for missing U.S. teen
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
The father of a U.S. teen who went missing nearly four years ago in Aruba said Sunday that a private investigator will scour a retention pond for answers that have eluded the family throughout numerous false leads and fruitless searches.
4 charged in deadly biker airport brawl
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Police defended security levels at Australia’s largest airport today after a man was beaten to death during a brawl by suspected rival biker gangs in one of Sydney’s busiest terminals. Four men were charged with affray — fighting in a public place — for the violence that occurred as terrified passengers watched on Sunday. They could face two years in prison.
Volunteers are sought as flood takes hold
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Officials in Fargo and Minnesota issued urgent pleas for volunteers to help with sandbagging as a storm on Sunday increased the threat of flood in an area already expected to be swamped by a record river crest. The National Weather Service said the Red River was about 3 feet above flood stage Sunday in Fargo and more water was on the way.
FAA: Kids among 14 to 17 dead in plane crash
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A small plane — possibly carrying children on a ski trip — crashed Sunday as it approached the Butte airport, killing 14 to 17 people aboard, a federal official said. The single engine turboprop nose-dived into a cemetery 500 feet from its destination.
Space shuttle moves to avoid space junk
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
Confronted with orbiting junk again, NASA ordered the astronauts aboard the linked space station and shuttle Discovery to move out of the way of a piece of debris Sunday. Discovery’s pilots fired their ship’s thrusters to reorient the two spacecraft and thereby avoid a small piece from a 10-year-old Chinese satellite rocket motor that was due to pass uncomfortably close during today’s planned spacewalk.
Top designers make discount fashion stylish
March 23, 2009
I am a college student stuck in the mindset of a middle-class woman. As my father would say, “Caitlin, you have to live within your means. Don’t be such a yuppie-swine.” While I wait around for my money-tree to bloom, nationwide outlets provide some relief for my fashion woes.
KU softball falls to Oklahoma State, 6-2
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
KU fell to Oklahoma State, 6-2, in Big 12 Conference softball.
Family: Suspect in cop deaths feared jail
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
Relatives of the man suspected of fatally shooting three Oakland police officers said Sunday the 26-year-old parolee was frustrated about not finding work and feared returning to jail. The suspect, Lovelle Mixon, was slain in a gunfight with police during which two officers were killed Saturday, authorities said. Another officer was fatally shot earlier in the day and a fourth gravely wounded after the two of them pulled Mixon over for a routine traffic stop, police said.
Toxic asset plan could cost $1 trillion
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Obama administration’s latest attempt to tackle the banking crisis and get loans flowing to families and businesses will create a new government entity, the Public-Private Investment Program, to help purchase as much as $1 trillion in toxic assets on banks’ books.
KU women face familiar foe: Creighton
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will open the Women’s NIT witih a familiar foe: Creighton.
City Commission agenda: City seeks ownership of train depot
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
City commissioners will discuss sending a letter to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway asking it to enter negotiations to transfer ownership of its depot to the city. The city is asking the railway to transfer ownership of the east Lawrence building to the city for little or no cost, in exchange for the city taking over responsibility of maintaining the building.
Candidates discuss former Farmland site’s prospects
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
When voters go to the polls next month to select three new city commissioners, they may be doing more than pulling the lever for their favorite candidates. They also may be pushing a big reset button on the long-simmering issue of whether the city should buy the vacant Farmland Industries fertilizer plant and convert it into a business park.
What’s next for the beloved and beleaguered peanut?
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B12
One Sunday afternoon this month, an unusual scene played out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Partisans of a particular product waded into the crowd, distributing tiny sacks of snacks. By day’s end, they had handed out 64,000 bags of skinless roasted Georgia peanuts.
Acts twitter at SXSW festival
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B12
It wasn’t just the legions of concertgoers wandering the streets who were twittering at South By Southwest. Many of the acts were posting tweets throughout the music conference and festival, sometimes even on stage or during interviews.
Social Web sites facing questions about transparency
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B12
Yelp.com prides itself on being a site where people can write reviews about pretty much anything and connect with similarly critical peers. Yet as the site grows, some of the businesses scrutinized on Yelp are turning the tables and griping about the company itself.
Some Muslim clergy are joining battle against polio
March 23, 2009 in print edition on B12
In 2003, imams in northern Nigeria fomented a boycott of polio vaccinations, claiming they were a Western plot to make Muslims infertile or infect them with AIDS. The result: The number of newly crippled children rose by more than double the following year, and the disease would soon spread into a dozen neighboring countries.
Volunteers for Walk MS Lawrence needed
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Walk MS Lawrence will be April 4 at Sunflower School, 2521 Inverness Drive. Volunteers are needed for our 21st annual Walk MS event, in areas including registration and participant check-in, start and finish line festivities, flair team, rest stop workers, VIP hosts and prize distribution.
Dresses needed for Prom Dress Drive
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Prom dresses are needed for the inaugural Prom Dress Drive, hosted by the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. Dresses are being collected now at 2518 Ridge Court. Contact Paige at volunteer@rhvc.org or call 865-5030 for more information.
Volunteers needed for meal preparation
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Babcock Place needs volunteers Monday through Friday to prepare meals for residents from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will receive a free meal. If you would like to help, call Shirley Brown at 842-8358.
About 200 volunteers sought for disaster-relief training
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
About 200 volunteers are sought for a disaster-relief training program this week. The Volunteer Reception Center Exercise on March 27 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds Building 21 is an event designed to practice screening volunteers in the event of a major disaster, which would require hundreds of volunteers to be screened, interviewed and referred to agencies needing assistance.
Volunteers lined up for Day of Caring
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is getting ready for Day of Caring 2009, and lining up volunteers for the April 25 communitywide day of service. We have projects including gardening, building a puppet stand, painting a playground and even doing crafts. To get involved, call 865-5030, visit www.rhvc.org or e-mail info@rhvc.org.
Visitor Center needs informational guides
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 N. Second St., is in need of greeters and informational guides to welcome guests to Lawrence. There are monthly training sessions, and shifts are typically two hours long. If you are interested in learning more about Lawrence and serving as a local ambassador, contact Sonia Reetz at 865-4499.
State offering grants for using waste tires
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is offering grants for purchasing playground cover and other products derived from waste tires. Through these grants, KDHE intends to encourage the production and sale of commercial products, including playground cover, made from recycled Kansas waste tires.
Presentation addresses issues for homeless
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Homeless outreach workers in Lawrence will make a presentation this week about issues facing the homeless. Homelessness in Lawrence: Report from the Frontlines will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. The presentation will include a discussion about the lack of available shelter space in the city, as well as the issue of allowing homeless campsites.
Candidate forums to be aired again
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Forums for Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates from March 18 will be replayed on Channel 6 before the election. The school board candidate forum can be seen at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and at 7:30 p.m. April 5. The City Commission candidate forum will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. April 5.
Feet bear exercise brunt
March 23, 2009
At the first of the year, many people resolve to get in shape. A month or two later, many of those same people who jumped full throttle into an exercise regimen are feeling the effects of running, walking and other new activities — particularly in their feet. But there are ways to treat and prevent foot pain, says Dr. Rebecca A. Cerrato, a foot and ankle surgeon at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.
Making the transition: Sixth-graders prepare for junior high
March 23, 2009
Sherry Vratil has a message for her sixth-grade students: Grow up. Not in a bad way. It’s just that they’re about to make a big transition to junior high, and there will be new demands on them.
On the record
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County District Dourt: Marriage licenses issued and divorces granted.
Pope decries African wars during Mass for 1 million
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A12
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the largest gathering of his African pilgrimage Sunday, telling a crowd on the outskirts of this seaside capital that reconciliation on the war-ravaged continent would come only with a “change of heart, a new way of thinking.”
Look at makeup goes beneath the surface
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A11
Few stories inspire like those of the business visionary. Steve Wozniak, the goofy guy striving to survive on this week’s “Dancing with the Stars” (7 p.m., ABC), helped create the first Apple computer and in doing so changed the world. Who cares if he can’t dance?
Warner Bros. brings film vault into digital age
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A11
Warner Bros. is reaching into its film vaults so it can sell old movies on made-to-order DVDs, in a move it hopes will goose sales of a vital product in a downturn. Starting today, the studio will sell copies of 150 films from the silent era to the 1980s Brat Pack that have never been released on DVD. Internet downloads of the movies will cost $14.95, while DVDs sent in the mail are $19.95. Both can be ordered at warnerarchive.com.
Quirky dictionary nears finish
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
If you don’t know a stone toter from Adam’s off ox, or aren’t sure what a grinder shop sells, the Dictionary of American Regional English is for you. The collection of regional words and phrases is beloved by linguists and authors and used as a reference in professions as diverse as acting and police work. And now, after five decades of wide-ranging research that sometimes got word-gatherers run out of suspicious small towns, the job is almost finished.
The big yawn: Why do we do it? Even scientists aren’t sure
March 23, 2009
Let’s start at the beginning. Who yawns? Everybody. Not just people, but cats, dogs and fish do, too!
Plant the seeds now for a fuller, healthy lawn
March 23, 2009
Spring is the perfect time to reseed those shady areas of your lawn. Although fall is the preferred time for overall reseeding, over-seeding your existing lawn in the spring is a good alternative.
When it came to napping, she slept to a different beat
March 23, 2009
I have a friend who is very pregnant, and that has me thinking about that nesting feeling many women get when they’re about to pop. It’s a natural inclination that really helps get a home ready for a new family member. When I was in my third trimester, my husband and father-in-law painted our second bedroom a soft pastel yellow with white trim. We transformed our office into a nursery with a pastel Noah’s Ark theme, pale pink and blue stuffed animals and yellow gingham bedding. It looked so sweet.
IRS doing fewer audits of wealthy
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Internal Revenue Service is not living up to its pledge to crack down on wealthy tax cheats, an IRS watchdog group says, citing a drop in audits of millionaires last year. The tax agency disputes the conclusion, ascribing the “slight” decline in audits to its focus on getting people their economic stimulus checks.
Library Top 10
March 23, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of March 8 to March 15.
Triple-double sweet!
Aldrich shines as KU advances to Sweet 16
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Saving the most dominant basketball weekend of his college career for his hometown fans, Cole Aldrich led Kansas University into the Sweet 16 by registering the first official triple-double in school history Sunday in the Metrodome.
Troop support: Chaplain recalls rewarding work in Army Reserve
March 23, 2009
The Rev. David Upchurch, a 62-year-old retired chaplain, feels privileged to have served his country in the U.S. Navy as well as in the U.S. Army Reserve. “My father was a career U.S. Air Force officer who served in North Africa during World War II,” he says. “My mother, younger sister and I followed him from place to place, so I was familiar with life in the Armed Forces. We came to Forbes Air Force base in Topeka in 1960.”
Lawrence elementary school lunches
March 23, 2009
Investigate Bush
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The former Bush/Cheney administration is the toxic pustule that keeps on giving. Respected, award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh stated on March 11 that, under former Vice President Cheney, there was an ongoing covert military operation that Hersh called an “executive assassination ring.”
Board decisions
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: We continue to hear and read something about the greed and enormous multimillion-dollar pay packages of the top executive officers of so many of our companies in our American economy today.
Ethics, greed
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The Republicans are having a field day criticizing the president and Treasury secretary concerning the AIG million-dollar bonuses. And in the midst of this financial crisis, it is fun to have a diversion as long as we don’t forget that it was the Republicans and their president who withdrew the financial safeguards that kept this country prosperous for the past 50 years.
Clean house
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The AIG fiasco is the consequence of not allowing a bankruptcy to occur. Congress is propping up a zombie company in order that anyone who made a bad decision suffers no loss. Congress has rewarded AIG for speculating on credit default swaps. If they make money, they keep all the profits. If they lose money, they are made whole again with taxpayer dollars. What a country!
Precious land
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I was lucky enough to take two trips this year, one to New Hampshire and the other to the San Diego and Los Angeles area. In both areas, I traveled many, many miles. It seemed we might have more farmland here in Douglas County than all of New Hampshire and for sure more than the desert of far Southern California.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 23, 1909: “The Union Pacific will refuse permission for the city to block up the culvert under their tracks just north of the depot. This is bad news for those working to improve flood protective work in North Lawrence.
Preparing shelter plan before a storm most important key to safety
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Thousands of area residents live without ready access to a basement, but that doesn’t mean they need to exist in fear as severe weather season approaches. Jillian Blair, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management, notes that the best protection from nature’s wrath comes before Mother Nature can whip up a storm.
Education basics haven’t changed much
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
Gosh, the sentiments sounded so familiar. “The foundation for American education has to be the home. No school can compensate fully for failure in the home. And we’ve had massive failure in homes in this country.” That was Terrel Bell, then U.S. education secretary, speaking in Dallas in October 1983.
Pinpointing
The money totals in the news these days are incomprehensible to the average citizen.
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
The enormity of the amount of money being tossed about during the current economic crisis creates figures that most Americans, including some alleged masterminds, can’t begin to comprehend. In the news of late have been stories about the exorbitant bonuses that have been allowed by firms even as they begged for federal bailouts. For example, employees of American International Group’s Financial Products division have received $165 million in bonuses.
Lariviere’s wife leaves own mark at KU with teaching program
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
As Kansas University Provost Richard Lariviere leaves for Oregon, he takes with him the project coordinator of a popular program at KU. His wife, Jan Lariviere, is the coordinator for UKanTeach, a four-year program that leads to a degree in math or science with a teaching license. They will both be leaving KU after Richard Lariviere was officially appointed earlier this month as president at the University of Oregon.
County prepares for commission transition
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Commission will lose its most experienced member when Charles Jones steps down soon because of his increasing job responsibilities at Kansas University. Although the remaining commissioners — Jim Flory and Nancy Thellman — are only two months into their first terms, both say they are confident the commission can move forward during this tough economic climate.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
All six candidates for the school board said they would work hard for higher salaries and better benefits for teachers. The 1969 candidates were William Bradley, Bob Gerard, Helen Gilles, Larry Hatfield, Emil Heck Jr. and Louise Lane.