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KU vs. Michigan State Louisville vs. Arizona March 27 winter storm The day in photos, March 27, 2009
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Who was KU's first-half MVP against Michigan State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Cole Aldrich
 
46%
Sherron Collins
 
26%
Brady Morningstar
 
20%
Other
 
6%
Total 60
Other than Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich, which Jayhawk will have the best game against Michigan State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Brady Morningstar
 
37%
Marcus Morris
 
22%
Mario Little
 
18%
Other
 
14%
Tyrel Reed
 
7%
Total 27
How much snow will we get in Lawrence with this storm?

Poll results

Response Percent
3-5 inches
 
22%
1-3 inches
 
20%
The sun’s going to break out any minute now.
 
15%
Less than an inch.
 
13%
7+ inches
 
13%
5-7 inches
 
10%
Just ice.
 
2%
Total 202
Videos

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KU women to play at New Mexico
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will travel to New Mexico on Monday for a WNIT quarterfinal game. Tipoff is 8 p.m. (CDT).
KU baseball stumbles at A&M
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University pitcher Shaeffer Hall scattered eight hits over 61⁄3 innings and allowed two earned runs, but he was outdueled by Texas A&M starter Brooks Raley in a 3-0 baseball loss Friday night.
Meier getting more work as receiver
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
During a four-year career in which he has been unseated as Kansas University’s starting quarterback and subsequently reinvented himself as a viable collegiate receiver, junior Kerry Meier has developed a reputation as the consummate team-first player.
FSHS soccer tops Lansing, 1-0
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
It was cold. Nobody was disputing that. But not once during Friday’s 1-0 victory against Lansing High did the Free State High girls soccer players question why they were out there.
MU makes splash on national scene
March 27, 2009
On one side of the cavernous domed stadium, Missouri fans were still on their feet, stomping and laughing, cheering and hugging. All they wanted to do was revel in this indescribable moment where their once-woebegone Missouri Tigers had emphatically shocked the college basketball world.
Gillispie out at Kentucky
March 27, 2009
Kentucky deserves a coach who understands “this is not just another coaching job,” and so Billy Gillispie was fired after just two years on the job.
North Carolina rolls past Gonzaga 98-77
March 27, 2009
Ty Lawson sat on the sideline with both feet propped up on a chair, shooting an occasional glance toward the court as his left ankle was re-taped. He went back in the game a few moments later, but there was no rush. North Carolina had this one well under control.
Lawrence residents stock up before storm
March 27, 2009
This spring blizzard has had Lawrence residents preparing - and shopping - all day long.
Winter weather related closings and cancellations
10:05 p.m., March 27, 2009 Updated 06:30 p.m.
A list of cancellations due to the winter weather.
Oklahoma downs Syracuse 84-71, advances to final
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
Blake Griffin saw 6-foot Jonny Flynn plant his feet near the basket, trying to draw a charge near the end of the first half. So Oklahoma’s bullish power forward changed his plans. Oh, he still drove through Flynn, flattening the point guard. The change came as Griffin switched from another thundering dunk to a simple layup — and when a blocking foul was called, he got the added bonus of a free throw.
Louisville dominates Arizona in 103-64 victory
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
Rick Pitino enjoyed watching Friday night’s game almost as much as his Louisville players enjoyed celebrating. Fun-loving forward Terrence Williams danced on the sideline. Guard Edgar Sosa posed for the television camera. Even backup Kyle Kuric dunked. For the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, this was more fun than a team scrimmage or a pickup game.
Briscoe, Greene suspended for spring practice
March 27, 2009
Dezmon Briscoe, who earned second-team all-Big 12 honors after an historic sophomore season in 2008, has been suspended from the team indefinitely after violating unspecified team rules.
FINAL: Michigan State uses late comeback to take down KU, 67-62
06:08 p.m., March 27, 2009 Updated 01:37 a.m.
The Spartans finished the game on a 12-2 run, ending the Jayhawks’ season in the Sweet 16.
Suspect in shooting outside the Hawk has lengthy criminal record
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
The 22-year-old Overland Park man accused of firing a gun into a crowd of people outside a bar near the Kansas University campus has a history of threatening people with a weapon.
Sebelius signs legacy tuition bill
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday signed into law two bills sought by Kansas University.
Regional extension agent says plants should make it through cold snap
March 27, 2009
The return of cold weather is no fun for humans, but it could be even more devastating for vegetation.
Volunteers prepare for what they’d do in an emergency
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B3
A tornado (or a blizzard, if you wish) has hit Lawrence hard. Amid the chaos, someone needs to remain calm and to organize the volunteers.
State Democratic leaders call for end to budget cuts
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Democratic legislative leaders said Friday that after this round of budget cuts, no more. “We’ve cut as far as we need to cut,” Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said.
KU student reports robbery outside residence hall
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University student was hit in the head and robbed, in what appears to be a random crime, police said.
Lieutenant governor to speak at KU about climate change
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson is scheduled to visit Kansas University Tuesday to speak on “National Policy and Climate Change.”
Sebelius: HHS confirmation could come next week
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that she could be confirmed secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as early as next week.
Governor signs law implementing graduated drivers’ licenses
March 27, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a bill banning most novice drivers from using their cell phones while driving.
Abortion provider George Tiller found not guilty
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
Jurors have found one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers not guilty of violating Kansas law requiring an independent, second opinion for the procedure.
Leadership in both parties pleased with higher ed funding
Proposed cuts fall from 12% to 2.5%
01:10 p.m., March 27, 2009 Updated 05:43 p.m. in print edition on B1
Given what could have happened, state elected leaders from both parties said Friday that higher education did OK in a House-Senate budget conference committee.
Competition for Jones’ County Commission seat heating up; Highberger confirms interest
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
One candidate has begun campaigning to fill the Douglas County Commission seat that will be open by the resignation of Charles Jones, and another candidate may soon start.
Seminar to focus on prevention of osteoporosis
March 27, 2009
Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of people 50 and older. Douglas County Senior Services will be having a seminar about how to prevent the disease.
Summer Job Fair scheduled for April 4
March 27, 2009
People looking to work this summer as lifeguards, fitness instructors, camp counselors, sports umpires and in other recreation-related capacities soon will have a chance to get in the game.
Zumba Jam Party set for Sunday
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Fun-and-fitness enthusiasts are invited to enroll for a Zumba Jam Party, set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
Congressional help sought for rehabilitating Lake Alvamar dam
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B3
Congressional help is being sought to find federal funding to pay for rehabilitating the Lake Alvamar dam in southwestern Lawrence.
Local businesses touted for accommodating employees who serve in Kansas National Guard
Area companies nominated for Freedom Award
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
When his country or state calls, Matt Davids responds. The Lawrence man knows he’ll have no trouble leaving or returning to his full-time civilian job because of deployments or training requirements with the Kansas Army National Guard.
Kansas economy continues poor performance in Feburary.
March 27, 2009
A new Kansas Department of Labor report shows that trends plaguing the Kansas economy for several months continued in February.
House Democrats resigned to some cut in education funding
March 27, 2009
Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature appear resigned to a modest cut in aid to public schools as part of the budget.
KU football practice moved inside, will be closed to public
Weekend softball series with A&M also called off
March 27, 2009
The Kansas football team’s scheduled open practice today has been moved indoors and, because of construction around the Anschutz Sports Pavilion, will be closed to the public.
Live weather updates: KDOT phone number, Web site responding slowly, if at all
5-10” of snow expected in Lawrence
12:27 a.m., March 27, 2009 Updated 10:18 p.m.
A winter storm watch is in effect for Douglas County.
Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
Kansas University guard Brady Morningstar enters having hit nine of his last 35 shots over seven games, including six of 25 threes.
Supporting actors need to step up
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
The talk du jour around the Kansas basketball team centers on the need for better performances from supporting actors, none of whom joined Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich in producing a double-figures scoring effort in either of the victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament played in Minneapolis.
Collins keeping Spartan up at night
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
For a typical game, Travis Walton watches three full game tapes of the player he’s defending. This week, he’s says he’s going to make it to five.
LHS swimmers win Emporia Invite
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Emma Reaney stood out as Lawrence High won the Emporia Invitational swim meet.
Gillispie’s status unclear
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Billy Gillispie says he’s positive Kentucky is close to becoming a “great” team. Whether the embattled second-year coach gets a chance to find out is anybody’s guess.
Padres introduce Moorad
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Former agent Jeff Moorad has been introduced as the CEO and vice chairman of the San Diego Padres, and he confirms that ex-NFL quarterback Troy Aikman is a partner in his ownership group.
Michigan QB breaks leg
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan will miss the rest of spring drills because of a broken leg.
Veritas team triples this season
Lawrence High, Free State forced to juggle practice locations
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’s funny, but the city’s three high school track and field squads have a distinctly different view of depth heading into the spring.
Sebelius’ hearing for Cabinet post set for next week
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius faces a confirmation hearing next week in Washington on her nomination as U.S. secretary of health and human services.
Sunflower principal will be missed, colleagues say
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
Jason Jones has been walking the halls in Sunflower School for three years. Even with nearly 500 students at the southwest Lawrence elementary school, he knows the name of each student. And while he’s an authority figure, none of the youngsters is afraid to strike up a conversation with their principal.
Heavy snow moves into Colorado
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
A major spring snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow across the Colorado-Wyoming state line on Thursday, canceling hundreds of flights, shutting down schools and making roads treacherous.
Somali pirates hijack 2 tankers in 24 hours
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pirates armed with machine guns hijacked a Norwegian chemical tanker Thursday off the coast of Somalia, the ship’s owner said, an attack that came less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area.
Democratic budget clears committee
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Senate Democrats pushed a recession-era budget backed by the Obama administration through committee on Thursday after rejecting Republican attempts to cut spending and reduce mammoth deficits.
N. Korea positions rocket for April liftoff
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea’s positioning of a rocket on its east coast launchpad has ratcheted up tensions with Washington on Thursday, which warned that pushing ahead with the April launch would violate a U.N. ban and have serious consequences.
House approves gay marriage, sends bill on
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
The state House on Thursday voted narrowly to make New Hampshire the third state to allow gay couples to marry.
Crude closes above $54 for first time this year
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Oil prices hit a new high for the year Thursday and retail gasoline rose above $2 per gallon for the first time since November as investors wagered that there would be a new run on crude stocks.
Sources: More U.S. troops for Afghan war
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Confronting an inherited and faltering war, President Barack Obama plans to dispatch thousands more military and civilian trainers to Afghanistan by the fall on top of the 17,000 combat troops he has already ordered, senior administration officials said Thursday.
Deadline for caregiving class is today
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B12
Kansas Advocates for Better Care is offering a training class for caregivers.
Dole to help lead KU Hospital fundraiser
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B12
Kansas University Hospital announced Thursday that former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole will serve as the honorary chairman for its eighth annual “Treads and Threads” fundraising event.
Closing arguments planned today in state abortion case
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B12
Jurors deciding the fate of one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions will be asked today to consider whether he essentially acted as the employer of another doctor who provided second opinions required under Kansas law.
Kansans seeking funds for NBAF
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Department of Homeland Security awarded the project to Kansas in January, choosing a site at Kansas State University in Manhattan over four other finalists. The lab will conduct research on deadly plant and animal diseases, replacing an aging lab at Plum Island, N.Y.
KU professor to speak at science meeting
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B12
Johannes Feddema, professor of geography at Kansas University and contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will speak at the Kansas Academy of Science’s 141st annual meeting.
Online town hall latest example of Obama harnessing technology
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Chatting on late-night shows. Beaming bilingual messages via satellite. Even lingering in your inbox. If the new president is anything, he’s this: digital and ubiquitous.
Life terms given in 2005 store slaying
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
Two men were sentenced Thursday to life terms for the Nov. 11, 2005, murder of an employee at the Dollar General Store in Bonner Springs.
KU regatta delayed
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s scheduled regatta at Oklahoma City was postponed a day.
Repeal penalty
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I am disappointed that the state Senate failed to pass a bill to abolish the death penalty. Instead, they sent such a bill back to the Judiciary Committee for further study over the summer. Of the 36 states with the death penalty, New Mexico has repealed theirs and others are considering similar action.
Spring turns our thoughts to art
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A11
Spring is a time when we are one nation. In a few weeks, the South will head toward its air-conditioned caves and a cold summer chill will fall on San Francisco, but in spring and fall we are one people, more unum than pluribus, stepping gracefully to the music of photosynthesis, and not even a sour economy can change that, so Viva sweet spring.
Spartans may be starting to get it
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The team bus sat outside the Metrodome waiting for its principal occupant Sunday night, while coach Tom Izzo leaned against a wall near the Michigan State locker room. He couldn’t let go of the moment.
Born first to triple double
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
B.H. Born unofficially recorded Kansas University’s first triple-double, long before Cole Aldrich made it offical.
Tiger fires 68 at Bay Hill
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
In their own way, Jason Gore and Tiger Woods changed their fortunes Thursday at Bay Hill. Gore was not seeing any results from an overhaul to his swing until he ran off three birdies over the final four holes for a 5-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods was in the water, in the trees and in a foul mood until he had eight consecutive one-putts — including four straight birdies — that put him in a good frame of mind with a 68 on a course where he has won five times as a pro.
Commodities
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures were mixed Thursday. Wheat for May delivery rose 6.5 cents to $5.145.
USDA releasing dry milk to aid dairy farms
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
The Agriculture Department said Thursday it was releasing 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk in storage to feeding programs for low-income families, a move also designed to help dairy farmers.
Resident completes pizza training program
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Malory Hughes-Pfeifer has successfully completed Papa Murphy’s Pizza Shift Supervisor Training Program. She will work at the Papa Murphy’s Pizza location in Lawrence.
Jack Ellena Honda earns dealership award
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
American Honda Motor Co. Inc. announced Jack Ellena Honda is a recipient of the 2008 Honda President’s Award. The award is presented to top-ranking Honda dealerships across the country and recognizes excellence in all areas of operation — customer service, sales, training and facility operation. This is the second time Jack Ellena Honda has earned the award.
Law office changes name and location
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
The Law Office of Johnson & Johnson, LLC has changed its firm name to The Law Office of Johnson & Thadani, LLC.
Proposed financial regulations spur criticism from analysts
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Tough as they seem, will the Obama administration’s strict new Wall Street rules really work?
Human Rights Council OKs call to curb religious criticism
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
The U.N.’s top human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations Thursday urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism.
Cracks in levee force evacuations in N.D.
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
Officials ordered the evacuation of one Fargo neighborhood and a nursing home late Thursday after authorities found cracks in an earthen levee built to protect the area from the threat of the rising Red River.
Horoscopes
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
For Friday, March 27: Recognize how much you can accomplish this year. Saying no to power plays is the best way to come out ahead. Back off of people with that type of need for control. If you are single and you would like to “hook up,” know that it can happen. If you are attached, the two of you create much more of what you want through socializing and perhaps pursuing a new hobby.
People in the news
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
A man who police say had guns, duct tape and love letters in his car when he tried to jump a security fence in an attempt to meet “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Shawn Johnson pleaded not guilty Thursday to stalking and other charges.
Dateline’ exposes more money woes
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
“Dateline” (9 p.m., NBC) returns to its three-part expose of America’s economic woes with a look at consumer debt, out-of-control credit card companies and collection agencies that cross the line between diligence and harassment.
Job cuts planned for New York Times, Washington Post
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A9
A depressed economy and a shift in consumer behavior have taken another toll on the newspaper industry, with the latest round of job cuts planned at the New York Times and the Washington Post, two of the most widely read and influential dailies in the world.
Billions in stimulus for high-speed rail; anyone aboard?
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A9
To Americans, high-speed trains evoke the gee-whiz factor of a trip to Tomorrowland: Ride futuristic cars that zoom you to a destination in a fraction of the drive time — without having to fight your way through an airport. Read a book, do paperwork, take a nap while you whoosh ahead in high-speed comfort.
Energy-efficiency funds on way to city
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
The city of Lawrence will receive nearly $900,000 in federal stimulus money to undertake energy efficiency projects at city buildings.
Beam work to close lane on turnpike
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Another load of massive steel beams is on its way to Lawrence, and that means another temporary lane closure is expected on the Kansas Turnpike.
Pump patrol
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.96 at several locations.
Homeless advocates say crisis imminent
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
They work with Lawrence’s homeless population every day, and outreach workers on Thursday night presented a grim picture of a crisis facing the homeless in our community.
Doctors: Kidney stones increasing in children
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on kids’ love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods.
Pendulum swings to financial restraints
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
Capitalism can’t always be trusted. If you’re too big to fail, you’re too big to make all your own decisions, according to the emerging view in Washington.
The new financial rules and you
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
Proposed new regulations outlined Thursday by the Obama administration would rein in financial services companies like never before
‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ a laugh-out-loud riff on invasion thrillers
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
The animation wizards at Dreamworks leave “Shrek” and “Madagascar” sequels behind, and what do they come up with?
LHS softball drops two to SM North
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s softball team fell to Shawnee Mission North, 4-1 and 11-4.
Bailouts, not bonuses, are the problem
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A11
If you wonder why the U.S. stock market now resembles a blue-light special at Kmart, look no farther than the churlish reaction to the news that insurance company AIG paid a piddling $165 million in bonuses to its employees earlier this month. Call me naive, but I agree with AIG boss Edward M. Liddy when he says his guys are “the best and the brightest.”
Hulls return in FSHS softball split
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Maggie and Rosie Hull returned for the first softball doubleheader of their senior seasons, but Free State managed only a split with Shawnee Mission East.
Numbing numbers
Budgeting is a complex business, but the current confusion over cuts in the Kansas higher education budget doesn’t inspire confidence.
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A11
The officials reviewing and negotiating state budget allocations need to get on the same page.
Ready for rematch
Jayhawks expecting physical matchup
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball big-man coach Danny Manning met with walk-on center Matt Kleinmann prior to Tuesday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse.
Deed in lieu’ can ease foreclosure
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Q: My sister is having severe financial problems and hasn’t made her mortgage payments in several months. Her lender wants to foreclose, but has given the option of signing a “deed in lieu of foreclosure,” which would allow the lender to take the property back without putting her through the foreclosure process. Should she sign one?
KU likes Indy stadium
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
Lucas Oil Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 63,000 for football, just under 40,000 for hoops, has an elevated basketball court in the center of the massive facility.
Officer delayed player
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
A police officer was placed on administrative leave Thursday over a traffic stop involving an NFL player whom he kept in a hospital parking lot and threatened to arrest while his mother-in-law died inside the building.
Toxic toads targeted in Australia
March 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
For decades, the poisonous cane toad has plagued Australians, breeding rapidly, eating voraciously and bestowing death upon most animals that dare consume it.
Mizzou withstands Memphis rally
March 27, 2009
A career night by J.T. Tiller put Missouri one win away from its first trip to the Final Four. Memphis’ 27-game winning streak, meanwhile, is history.
What if the government bailed out of bailouts?
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
What if the government got out of the bailout business? The idea certainly seemed all right with throngs of Americans who were outraged by news that American International Group paid out millions of dollars in executive bonuses after it was rescued with taxpayer cash.
Dumpster diving: Found Footage Festival unearths hilarious and bewildering videos
March 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
While a high school student in Wisconsin, Nick Prueher inadvertently came across a McDonald’s corporate training video during his part-time shift at the restaurant.
Rec calendar
March 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
Lawrence Bicycle Club: Various rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com.