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KU releases drawings of proposed Olympic Sports Village The day in photos, March 25, 2009
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Polls
Do you support an Idaho high school teacher's idea of selling advertising for a local pizzeria on her tests and class handouts to raise money to buy classroom supplies?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
53%
No
 
38%
Not sure
 
7%
Total 853
Do you support a bill in the Kansas Legislature to require random drug testing of those receiving public assistance?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
68%
No
 
28%
Not sure
 
3%
Total 1211
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Development of additional wetlands at the southern edge of Lawrence is visible in this aerial photo, which looks west down North 1250 Road toward Iowa Street, which runs from left to right near the top of the photo. The bridge that marks the eastern end of the South Lawrence Trafficway is in the upper left corner; the large building with the dark roof in the upper right is Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa. Cutting across the center of the photo from left to right is the extension of Louisiana Street. Above that is an area of new wetlands, to be planted this spring and summer. At the bottom: the existing Baker Wetlands, including an original, never-before-plowed area at the bottom left. New wetlands taking shape
March 25, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The Ziploc bags are all lined up, each filled with seeds designated for swales being carved into former corn and soybean fields north of the Wakarusa River. By this summer, the 57 water-filled depressions will receive their plantings — floatings, really — for germination into a new 142-acre expanse of wetlands. A boardwalk also will be installed, a trail system created, a parking lot established and a picnic pavilion erected. Of course, the actual impetus for all this wetlands work — construction of the remaining stretch of the South Lawrence Trafficway — remains mired in legal limbo.
10:00 a.m.
Law enforcement personnel from the area are in Lawrence for a two-day conference put on by the International Association for Identification at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott at 1 Riverfront Plaza. Vendors including Jerry Kramper of Forensics Source were on hand to show off some of the latest technology on Tuesday. Lawrence hotel plays host to crime scene investigators from across Kansas
March 24, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Dozens of law enforcement officers are investigating a crime scene at a Lawrence hotel, as part of a two-day crime conference.
6:00 p.m.
Pair tortilla chips with a delicious, made-from-scratch guacamole dip, which is cheaper (and often healthier) than the premade dips sold in stores. Healthy madness: Sweet 16 snacking needn’t be expensive
March 25, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Last year about this time, Kansas University fans were dancing in the streets celebrating a men’s basketball national championship. The parties were endless, the games exciting, and the economy had yet to foul out and hurt the home team.

All stories

Teacher contract negotiations underway
March 25, 2009
Teaching negotiations are officially underway for the Lawrence school district.
Questions and reponses from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce poll about a proposed coal power plant
March 25, 2009
Following are questions and results from a poll commissioned and released by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. The statewide survey of 600 voters was conducted March 17-19 by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, according to the chamber.
Lawrence man bound over for trial in alleged rape of 11-year-old
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge ruled that there is probable cause to believe a 21-year-old Lawrence man raped an 11-year-old girl whom he was baby sitting.
Jayhawks depart for Sweet 16
Family helps send off team to Indianapolis
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
Maria Graves nearly tripped as she sprinted to her parents and sister, pink hat clutched in her hands, the black scrawl of Tyrone Appleton’s signature barely legible on the bill.
Fundraiser this weekend seeks to raise funds for paralyzed Free State student
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B10
More than 200 people have signed up for a weekend run to benefit a paralyzed Free State High School student.
Kansas judicial retirement age bill rejected
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
Senators have rejected a bill that would remove the mandatory retirement age for the Kansas Supreme Court justices and other judges.
Kansas leaders to fight for more federal stimulus funds
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas will receive approximately $1.8 billion under the federal stimulus package, but state officials Wednesday said they hope to get more.
House advances proposed change on gun rights
March 25, 2009
A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual’s right to own a firearm is one step from going to a statewide vote.
Jayhawks’ first-round foes back in North Dakota battling flooding river
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A5
After battling the Kansas Jayhawks, members of the North Dakota State men’s basketball team returned to campus and found themselves taking on another challenge: fighting the threat of flooding.
Kansas Chamber releases poll showing significant support for coal-burning power plants
Kansas Chamber survey shows 51% of residents favor plants
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday turned up the political heat for a bill to allow the construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning power plants with the release of a poll that indicates significant support for the proposal.
Kansas House endorses bill limiting casino location
01:35 p.m., March 25, 2009 Updated 04:42 p.m.
The House has given first-round approval to a bill to undo the city of Mulvane’s controversial annexation of land for a state-owned casino in Sumner County.The city of Mulvane’s disputed annexation of land for a state-owned casino near the Kansas Turnpike in Sumner County would be undone by a bill that received first-round House approval Wednesday.
Jayhawk still alive among top 10 ‘pet’ mascots
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
An online site ranks Kansas University’s Jayhawk as the No. 10 mascot in this year’s NCAA Tournament field, but the mythical bird already has survived longer than four higher-ranked animals — including the pre-tournament No. 1, Dubs the Husky from the University of Washington.
Young movie directors seeing stars as LHS film festival approaches
March 25, 2009
Luke McDaneld set up his camera facing a set of stairs in Lawrence High and got ready to roll. But not before he had a few last-minute tips for his actors. “Be more like, ‘Hey!’” McDaneld said, with an enthusiastic wave. His actress and girlfriend, Elise, who is the inspiration and namesake behind McDaneld’s film, replies, “OK. Got it.”
House approves increase in minimum wage
12:57 p.m., March 25, 2009 Updated 05:46 p.m. in print edition on B9
An increase in the state minimum wage, which is a national low in Kansas at $2.65 per hour, moved a step closer to the federal minimum wage level on Wednesday.
KU Athletics releases report that includes plans for $24.6 million Olympic Village
12:24 p.m., March 25, 2009 Updated 05:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas University Athletic Department released a draft of a self study Wednesday detailing information on budgets, master plans and many other aspects of its operation.
Police investigating report of aggravated indecent liberties with a child
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are investigating a report that a 47-year-old Lawrence man illegally touched a 14-year-old Ottawa girl, a police report said.
House wants to speed up delivery of budget
March 25, 2009
The Kansas House wants to speed up work each year on the state budget.
House approves bill that would mandate random drug testing of those receiving state aid
March 25, 2009
The Kansas House has approved a bill mandating random drug tests for about 14,000 Kansans who receive cash assistance.
Legislature approves bill to lure renewable energy companies to Lawrence
March 25, 2009
Kansas legislators approve a bill designed to attract companies that manufacture equipment for solar and wind energy production to the state.
Kansas Senate advances bill to eliminate judicial age limits
March 25, 2009
Senators have given tentative approval to a bill that would remove the mandatory retirement age for the Kansas Supreme Court justices and other judges.
Douglas County appraiser to retire after 18 years
11:20 a.m., March 25, 2009 Updated 05:12 p.m. in print edition on A3
Longtime Douglas County Appraiser Marion Johnson will retire in June, he announced Wednesday.
Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to raise money to serve more kids
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A5
Shai Jackson gained her only sister when she was 5 years old. Granted, her new sister, Mary Seyk, was 46 at the time, but in the past eight years, the two have formed a bond as deep as actual siblings.
KU softball hammered
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B6
The softball mercy rule in college is set up to serve one purpose — to avoid any further humiliation by the losing team when the game clearly has become out of reach. The rule states that a game ends when one team holds an eight-run lead after any inning beyond the fourth.
Teams to draw on experience
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B1
The last time the Free State High girls swimming team hit the water for a meet, they were challenging for a Class 6A state championship and breaking state records in the process.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B4
Cole Aldrich needs eight blocks to pass Greg Ostertag as KU’s single-season block leader. “I’m just going to go out and play the same game I played all year, try to block shots, rebound, get opportunities to score,” said Aldrich, who has 90 blocks.
United Way hits campaign goal
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
United Way of Douglas County closed its 2008-2009 campaign with $1.72 million in donations, reaching its goal for the year. The money collected in the campaign — a full $20,000 above the original estimated total, and right on target with the $1.72 million goal — will be invested into after-school care, shelter programs and other community improvement projects.
One-on-one challenge
Self holds individual talks with Taylor, Morris twins
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2009 Updated 04:59 p.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self summoned three Jayhawks to his office on Monday afternoon. His message to Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris during one-on-one chit-chats? That they ought to be loose, carefree and primed to produce top-quality minutes in Friday’s Sweet 16 battle against Michigan State (approximately 8:37 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis).
Scouting food drive set for Saturday
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
The annual Scouting for Food drive is under way in Eudora. Canned and packaged nonperishable food items will help supply the Eudora Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry at St. Paul United Church of Christ.
City to ask BNSF to transfer ownership of depot
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to renew efforts to gain ownership of the 1950s-era Santa Fe Depot in eastern Lawrence, despite lingering concerns about repair and renovation costs. Commissioners at their weekly meeting agreed to send a letter to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway asking the company to make transferring ownership of the depot to the city a high priority.
Rematch looks promising
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B1
Few things make a sports columnist feel cheesier than writing nice words about the local coach, especially one as celebrated as Bill Self. So when it’s unavoidable to do so, the easy route involves stepping out of the way to let the numbers do the talking.
Insurers offer to stop charging sick people higher premiums
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A1
The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems. The offer from America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a potentially significant shift in the debate over reforming the nation’s health care system to rein in costs and cover an estimated 48 million uninsured people.
Technology association to host luncheon
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Technology Association will host a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Jade Mongolian BBQ, 1511 W. 23rd St. Cost to attend is $12 for LTA members and $14 for nonmembers. Guest speaker for the event will be Joseph Roetheli, entrepreneur, mentor and creator of Greenies dog treats.
Central National Bank names executive
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B9
Central National Bank has named Jay Smith as its vice president of commercial lending. Smith has 11 years of banking experience. He earned a business administration degree from Pittsburg State University, majoring in finance and business management.
Agricultural Center presents lecture series
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B9
The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame presents the “Ask the Expert” lecture series from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs.
Independence Inc. to host award ceremony
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B9
Independence Inc. will host an open house from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 for the Community Access Awards, with the awards ceremony to follow at 5:30 p.m. Two awards will be given: The Community Access Award will honor individuals and businesses; and the Roger Williams Community Access Award, named after pioneering disability advocate Roger Williams, will honor an individual with a disability whose advocacy efforts have made a positive impact on the community.
Burglarproof a house on the cheap
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B9
As if the economy didn’t cause enough anxiety, we also have to worry about someone breaking in and stealing our stuff. Yes, it’s true — after years of decline, some cities are seeing a rise in burglary and other property crimes. Many metro areas, almost half of the 124 cities that responded to a survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, are seeing an uptick in crime, including residential burglary.
Channel anger into election
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A9
One of the more familiar sayings in politics is “don’t get angry, get even.” The anger caused by using millions in taxpayer bailout money to pay “retention” bonuses to current and former AIG employees and to fund banks that mostly won’t tell what they did with the money is an object lesson for all of us.
Congress’ mob mentality
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A9
In the best of times I’m not a great fan of our federal government. I subscribe to the Jeffersonian notion that the government which governs least governs best. Thus, I have never had great admiration for our Congress, since for the most part, it seems to me that its members exist primarily to constitute a mutual admiration society dedicated to bringing home as much funding as possible regardless of the merit of the funded projects.
Senate OKs changes in wireless laws
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B10
Senators approved a bill Tuesday that would make it easier for law enforcement to track down a missing person through a wireless device. The measure, adopted 40-0, says cell phone companies must release caller location information promptly to police when asked. Cell phone signals, known as pings, can be used to track a phone’s location.
DNC appoints Kansas chairman to post
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B10
The head of the Kansas Democratic Party has been asked to serve on a panel that will set the rules for the party’s 2012 national convention. Larry Gates was asked on Monday by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to serve on a 37-member Democratic Change Commission.
Affordable care
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: The week of March 22-28 marks the seventh annual staging of Cover the Uninsured Week. This nationwide effort aims at getting leaders to recognize the need for health coverage for all Americans. Numerous health care organizations will be sponsoring forums in our area (www.covertheuninsured.org).
Local support
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: The barrage of negative news and commentary about American banks prompts me, as a community banker, to comment. I trust that most people probably realize that the vast majority of community (local) banks and mid-sized (regional) banks are still sound and making loans in the communities they serve.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 25, 1909: “Lawrence is to have a real summer resort during the hot months where the people of the town can get out into the country and get a breath of fresh air. Cameron Bluff is to be used as a river park and a regular steam launch service will be maintained during the spring and summer from the Ohio Street landing to the bluff and back.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A8
Police could lawfully monitor and tape-record cordless telephone conversations heard over an ordinary FM radio and use the conversations as evidence in court, according to a precedent-setting decision by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Anger may undercut economic reform
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A8
Last fall, a European colleague asked me why Americans didn’t take to the barricades over economic injustice. I tried to explain that we didn’t do things like that, the United States wasn’t France, and Americans could make their protest felt at the polls. That was then.
Team values
Putting a dollar value on the nation’s college basketball teams draws attention to the unseemly amount of money being dedicated to athletics at U.S. universities.
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A8
Especially when the Kansas Jayhawks still are advancing through the NCAA basketball tournament, it’s hard to measure how much the team is worth to its fans and to Kansas University. Last year’s national championship and this year’s surprisingly competitive team create many good feelings for the university.
People in the news
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B8
• New Al Gore book coming this fall • George Lopez to host late-night talk show • Jennifer Hudson slated to sing on ‘Idol’ • Zac Efron drops out of ‘Footloose’ remake • Ethan Coen’s ‘Offices’ goes off-Broadway • Phil Spector’s attorney: Actress killed herself
Horoscopes
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B8
This year, you are able to clear out some major issues, if not problems. You discover that other opinions might not be as necessary as you originally thought. If you are single, take a full year before you decide you are even in a relationship. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from dinners for two and other such romantic dates and weekends.
Houston Chronicle cutting 12 percent of staff
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A10
The Houston Chronicle is laying off about 12 percent of its work force. In a story posted Tuesday on the Chronicle’s Web site, Publisher Jack Sweeney blamed the cuts on the troubles of the newspaper industry, though he noted that all kinds of companies are being forced to slash expenses.
TV station falls under government crackdown
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A10
The manager of an Afghan television network who refused to censor images of women dancing in short skirts and plunging necklines was arrested in what appeared to be a new sign of the government’s struggle to define the role of Islam in a country once led by extremists.
Justices hear anti-Clinton movie case
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A10
Supreme Court justices on Tuesday gave decidedly mixed reviews to efforts to regulate “Hillary: The Movie,” as they considered a case that will shape future election campaigns. Everyone agrees the 90-minute film is vehemently anti-Hillary Clinton. The justices disagree on whether it’s tantamount to a political ad that can be regulated, or a documentary that enjoys full free-speech protection.
Top officials ask for strong new control
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A10
Pointing with dismay to the AIG debacle, the nation’s top economic officials argued Tuesday for unprecedented powers to regulate and even take over financial goliaths whose collapse could imperil the entire economy. President Barack Obama agreed and said he hoped “it doesn’t take too long to convince Congress.”
McKellen takes on Shakespeare again
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B8
Ian McKellen, best known to popular audiences for his work in the “X-Men” and “Lord of the Rings” franchises, strides the boards in a three-hour “Great Performances” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presentation of William Shakespeare’s stage tragedy “King Lear.”
Salmon recipe easy, elegant
March 25, 2009 in print edition on C1
This may be the easiest salmon you will ever make.
Healthy madness: Sweet 16 snacking needn’t be expensive
March 25, 2009 in print edition on C1
Last year about this time, Kansas University fans were dancing in the streets celebrating a men’s basketball national championship. The parties were endless, the games exciting, and the economy had yet to foul out and hurt the home team.
Shrimp burgers quick, delicious for dinner
March 25, 2009 in print edition on C1
Anyone who has eaten at the Hominy Grill in Charleston, S.C., knows that owners Robert Stehling and Nunally Kersh do great things with Southern food.
Consumers will soon see clear country-of-origin labeling
March 25, 2009 in print edition on C1
On March 16, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) became a final rule. You may have already seen labels on foods indicating the country of origin.
Mangino honored in Pittsburgh
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was inducted into the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame at the group’s 23rd annual awards and scholarship banquet on Sunday.
Aviles tees off to lift Royals
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B5
Mike Aviles hit a grand slam in the third inning and drove in five runs and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics, 8-3, on Tuesday night.
Bears advance to semifinals of NIT
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Baylor Bears made big baskets, grabbed timely rebounds and dodged a few bullets. Apparently, they’re getting the postseason formula down pretty well.
Source: Gonzalez wants trade
Hunt says Chiefs sticking with veteran tight end
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B2
Contrary to remarks by Kansas City owner Clark Hunt, Tony Gonzalez wants to be traded if the right deal can be made, a person close to the Pro Bowl tight end told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Relay for Life changes location
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Douglas County will be held at South Junior High School this year instead of Free State High School. The change in locations was announced during an informational meeting Tuesday night.
On the record
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 26-year-old Lawrence man who was being held at the Lansing Correctional Facility was taken into custody by Douglas County Sheriff’s officers Tuesday afternoon. Officers had a warrant for the man’s arrest. He was booked into jail on charges of aggravated battery. • Lawrence police arrested a 42-year-old Lawrence woman for aggravated battery early Tuesday morning.
KDOT surveys target property
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
Kansas Department of Transportation knows where the South Lawrence Trafficway is supposed to go. Now the department is conducting detailed surveys to pinpoint a specific alignment for the 5-mile stretch of highway, which would connect U.S. Highway 59 and Kansas Highway 10 at the southeastern edge of the city.
2 Komodo dragons kill fruit-picker
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
Two Komodo dragons mauled a fruit-picker to death in eastern Indonesia, police and witnesses said Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks on humans by the world’s largest lizard species. Police Sgt. Kosmas Jalang said 31-year-old Muhamad Anwar was attacked on Komodo, one of four islands where the giant reptile is found in the wild, minutes after he fell out of a sugar-apple tree on Monday.
Japanese man certified as double A-bomb victim
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
A 93-year-old Japanese man has become the first person certified as a survivor of both U.S. atomic bombings at the end of World War II, officials said Tuesday. Tsutomu Yamaguchi had already been a certified “hibakusha,” or radiation survivor, of the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing in Nagasaki, but has now been confirmed as surviving the attack on Hiroshima three days earlier as well, city officials said.
Prosecutors rest Tiller case
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A6
Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers after calling as their lone witness the consulting physician who provided the second opinion required by Kansas law for the procedure.
Report: U.S. journalists suspected of spying
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two American journalists seized by North Korean border guards are facing “intense interrogation” in Pyongyang for alleged espionage after illegally crossing into the country from China, a report said Tuesday. Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists working for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV, were at a guesthouse in Pyongyang’s outskirts run by North Korean military intelligence, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said.
Police: Baby snatched from clinic found OK
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
A 2-month-old is back in the arms of her parents and the wife of a top Pittsburgh Pirates minor league prospect is suspected of taking the infant from a health clinic outside Tampa, authorities said Tuesday. Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43, was being questioned by Florida detectives in Manatee County, where the girl was found unharmed Tuesday afternoon, a day after she was taken from the clinic.
Magnitude-4.8 quake near Salton Sea
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
A moderate earthquake struck Tuesday on the edge of the Salton Sea in Southern California’s Imperial County, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude-4.8 quake struck at 4:55 a.m. at a depth of about 3.5 miles, said seismologist Amy Vaughn of the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered two miles south of the small town of Bombay Beach on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea, about 90 miles east of San Diego.
Consider this: NPR achieves record ratings
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
At a time when newspapers, magazines and TV news continue to lose readers and viewers, at least one part of the traditional media has continued to grow robustly: National Public Radio. The audience for NPR’s daily news programs, including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” reached a record last year, driven by widespread interest in the presidential election, and the general decline of radio news elsewhere.
Government loses no-confidence vote
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Czech government collapsed Tuesday after losing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over its handling of the economic crisis. It was a huge embarrassment for Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, coming just days before a planned visit by President Barack Obama and midway through the Czech Republic’s six-month European Union presidency.
China calls for new global currency
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
China is calling for a new global currency to replace the dominant dollar, showing a growing assertiveness on revamping the world economy ahead of next week’s London summit on the financial crisis. The surprise proposal by Beijing’s central bank governor reflects unease about its vast holdings of U.S. government bonds and adds to Chinese pressure to overhaul a global financial system dominated by the dollar and Western governments.
Parrot honored for warning of choking
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
A parrot whose cries of alarm alerted his owner when a little girl choked on her breakfast has been honored as a hero. Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the local Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award. In November, Willie’s owner, Megan Howard, was baby-sitting for a toddler. Howard left the room and the little girl, Hannah, started to choke on her breakfast.
Senate passes its version of budget
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A5
Senators and House members took different positions Tuesday on cutting funding for public schools as they approved rival versions of a $13 billion-plus budget for the state’s next fiscal year. The House’s spending plan, approved 70-54, would reduce aid to Kansas’ 295 school districts by almost $26 million during fiscal 2010, which begins July 1.
Free State soccer falls to Washburn Rural
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B5
Free State High dropped its season opener to Washburn Rural, 3-0, on Tuesday night, but FSHS coach Jason Pendleton saw a silver lining.
Fieldhouse will be closed to public
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B5
Allen Fieldhouse will be closed to the public once the Kansas University men’s and women’s basketball seasons end.
Magnate shares stories of success, and failure
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A5
Jack DeBoer’s message Tuesday night at the Lied Center was clear and concise: Move to success and move to significance. The 78-year-old entrepreneur graced the stage for the 40th anniversary of the Vickers Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the Kansas University’s School of Business.
Former Firebirds reunite in Jayhawks’ win
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B1
Robby Price and Brett Lisher found a familiar face staring back at them Tuesday when they stepped to the plate during Kansas University’s matchup with visiting Western Illinois. For the first time since leading Free State High to the 2006 Class 6A state championship, they found themselves on the same field as former prep teammate John Sneegas, a junior pitcher at WIU making just his third Division-I start against the Jayhawks.
Pump patrol
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.87 at several stations.
New wetlands taking shape
Trafficway still in legal limbo; mitigation plan forges ahead
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Ziploc bags are all lined up, each filled with seeds designated for swales being carved into former corn and soybean fields north of the Wakarusa River. By this summer, the 57 water-filled depressions will receive their plantings — floatings, really — for germination into a new 142-acre expanse of wetlands. A boardwalk also will be installed, a trail system created, a parking lot established and a picnic pavilion erected. Of course, the actual impetus for all this wetlands work — construction of the remaining stretch of the South Lawrence Trafficway — remains mired in legal limbo.
Some still choosing to spend in frugal times
March 25, 2009 in print edition on B9
Alexa Choi did something recently that most Americans are avoiding: She spent money. Lots of it. On Christmas Eve, Choi went to a BMW dealer and bought a black 2009 sedan. Her mother’s objections did not deter her. Nor did the fact that the value of her investments had shrunk by 40 percent. And that $48,000 price tag? No sweat.
Obama claims U.S. making gains in economic recovery
March 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama claimed early progress Tuesday night in his aggressive campaign to lead the nation out of economic chaos and declared that despite obstacles ahead, “we’re moving in the right direction.”