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The day in photos, March 31, 2009
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Which do you think would be harder to win, a national collegiate championship in debate or basketball?

Poll results

Response Percent
Debate
 
51%
Basketball
 
48%
Total 649
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The psychology of a recession: Here are tips on how to cope
March 30, 2009
Fixating on the Dow Jones dips and spikes can be disorienting and a little nauseating. But there are plenty of ways to reduce the stress associated with Dow’s daily fluctuations. Here’s some advice from Lawrence experts on how to beat the Dow Jones blues.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson hugs Katie Smith after defeating New Mexico 78-69 in the WNIT basketball game on Monday, March 30, 2009 in Rio Rancho, N.M. Henrickson signed a three-year extension with KU on Thursday. KU women advance to WNIT semifinals for first time in school history
March 30, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Danielle McCray scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds, helping the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 78-69 victory over New Mexico in the WNIT on Monday night in Albuquerque, N.M.
10:26 a.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius meets with Sen. Ted Kennedy before her first confirmation hearing. President Barack Obama nominated Sebelius to be his health and human services secretary. More hearings await Sebelius on Thursday. Sebelius, in confirmation hearings, says healthcare reform is her ‘mission’
10:13 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 4:21 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, said Tuesday that if confirmed, “health reform would be my mission.”
2:00 p.m.
Frank DeSalvo, associate vice provost for student success and chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association self-study, leads a panel in a town hall meeting Monday afternoon in the Kansas Union. The meeting focused on an internal report completed by KU and its athletic department. KU fields questions about master plan
March 31, 2009 in print edition on 1A
About 30 people listened as university and athletics officials described a Kansas University Athletic Department that was strong but had areas for improvement. A town hall meeting Monday afternoon in the Kansas Union focused on an internal report completed by KU and its athletic department.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University debate team members Nate Johnson, left, and Brett Bricker led the to its first National Debate Tournament victory in 26 years. KU debaters faced fierce competition and came out national champs
11:55 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 5:19 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The road to Kansas University’s first debate national title in 26 years didn’t come easy.

All stories

Royals’ Ponson ineffective
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B2
Sidney Ponson didn’t do much to help his bid for a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ rotation.
Microsoft SUV captures images around town
March 31, 2009
If you noticed a strange SUV driving all over Lawrence on Tuesday, there’s a good explanation.
Jeremy Case lands assistant coaching job at Southeast Missouri State
March 31, 2009
Former Kansas University basketball guard Jeremy Case has landed a job as assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State University.
More stimulus funds heading to Lawrence, Franklin County
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
A brick street restoration project on New York Street and a pedestrian-bicycle path on Clinton Parkway will receive federal stimulus funding, officials said Tuesday.
Regents, KU call state budget ‘tough’ but acknowledge it could be worse
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B8
Higher education officials said Tuesday that the budget heading to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will be tough, but they were thankful that it wasn’t worse.
County Road 1055 to be closed through part of Baldwin City
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A4
Detour and road closed signs will be making a return to Sixth Street starting Monday.
Sebelius says she corrected tax returns to fix ‘minor’ error
04:52 p.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 05:00 p.m. in print edition on A6
Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding “unintentional errors” — the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee.
Bert Nash to honor community volunteers
March 31, 2009
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will be honoring community leaders during its Pioneer Celebration on April 14.
Video documentary about Lawrence veteran who opposes the war to debut
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A4
A short video documentary about a Lawrence Army veteran who spoke out against the War in Iraq will make its debut Wednesday.
Memorial service to honor former U.S. senator from Kansas
March 31, 2009
Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum will be among the speakers at a memorial service for former Sen. James B. Pearson at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.
Tax on cigarettes to increase Wednesday
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
For Andrew Imel, a 62-cent tax increase on every pack of cigarettes isn’t going to curb his habit.
Coal plant supporters are urging passage of ‘comprehensive energy bill’
02:41 p.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 04:25 p.m. in print edition on A3
As a showdown over proposed coal plants approaches, the project’s supporters are urging Kansans to tell legislators to vote for the “comprehensive energy bill.”
Walgreens to offer free healthcare to unemployed
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
Drugstore operator Walgreens will offer free treatment to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year through its walk-in clinics.
KU’s Danielle McCray named honorable mention All-America
March 31, 2009
Kansas junior Danielle McCray was chosen as an honorable mention All-America selection, the Associated Press announced Tuesday.
LHS, Free State baseball and softball games canceled
March 31, 2009
Lawrence High and Free State High’s baseball and softball games scheduled for today have been canceled.
Senate passes smoking-ban bill that is stricter than Lawrence’s
Legislation would prohibit smoking near access points to buildings
12:58 p.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 02:45 p.m. in print edition on A1
The city of Lawrence started the public smoking ban movement in Kansas, but a proposed statewide ban is stricter than Lawrence’s ordinance.
KU debaters faced fierce competition and came out national champs
11:55 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 05:19 p.m. in print edition on A1
The road to Kansas University’s first debate national title in 26 years didn’t come easy.
McCain presses Sebelius on whether she’d support tax credit for insurance
March 31, 2009
Republican Sen. John McCain is asking President Barack Obama’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary if she would support giving Americans a $5,000 tax credit for health insurance — the same plan he offered during his failed presidential bid.
Two KU juniors, FSHS grad win prestigious Goldwater scholarships
10:33 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 04:19 p.m. in print edition on A3
Two juniors at Kansas University and a Lawrence Free State graduate have won national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships.
House, Senate agree to budget legislation; Bill now goes to governor’s desk
But there’s already a catch — state tax revenues already missing projections
10:17 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 05:06 p.m. in print edition on B8
Legislators approved a $13 billion state budget Tuesday that uses federal stimulus dollars to protect higher education funding and avoids all but a modest reduction in aid to public schools. But almost immediately, the Department of Revenue released preliminary figures showing that general tax collections for March were $57 million less than expected. The numbers suggest the spending that legislators approved can’t be sustained.
Sebelius, in confirmation hearings, says healthcare reform is her ‘mission’
Sebelius calls for fraud crackdown
10:13 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 04:21 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, said Tuesday that if confirmed, “health reform would be my mission.”
Worker hurt at Kansas Turnpike construction site
March 31, 2009
A worker was injured Tuesday morning at the Kansas Turnpike bridge construction site at the north edge of Lawrence.
Low-speed chase leads to arrest
05:52 a.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 03:16 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 24-year-old man for attempting to elude officers early Tuesday morning, police said.
Festival planned for fans of Liszt
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
Steve Spooner once asked his high school piano teacher if he could spend some time working on a piece by Franz Liszt.
Change due
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: In your Saturday editorial, you make the claim that President Obama’s promise of change had turned into “more of a revolution.” Were it only true. If so, we would have captured the Treasury and the banking system from the thieves of Wall Street, instead of allowing them to double down to the tune of trillions of dollars on their speculative gamble on imaginary derivatives and credit swaps.
Newest version of ‘Cupid’ misses mark
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
If you’re among the viewers still mad at ABC for canceling “Eli Stone,” you’re in luck. “Cupid” (9 p.m., ABC) features the same brand of supernatural cuteness and lots of irrepressibly quirky characters who just can’t stay out of the karaoke bars.
Freshmen thrive on independence, even if they stay in town
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s the time of the year when final decisions on college are made.
Playing it by Ear: Free State senior honored for versatile musical skills
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
If music were a popularity contest, Lauren Crandon might have stopped playing the violin years ago.
On the record
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A4
• Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence man accused of four counts of aggravated robbery. • Lawrence police determined that alcohol was to blame for a rollover accident early Saturday morning. • Police are still looking for the suspect in a double stabbing Friday night at an east Lawrence restaurant.
FDA: Pistachios should be avoided
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Federal food safety officials warned Monday that consumers should stop eating all foods containing pistachios while they figure out the source of a possible salmonella contamination. Still reeling from the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts, the Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation’s second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling a portion of the roasted nuts it has been shipping since last fall.
Local dealers express optimism about plans for auto industry
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A6
General Motors and Chrysler car dealers in Lawrence are optimistic about President Barack Obama’s plans for the troubled automakers. News that Italian automaker Fiat is forming an alliance with Chrysler pleased Junior Brubeck, owner of Jim Clark Motors, 2121 W. 29th Terrace.
Too soon to tell
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am concerned that the outcry concerning Mr. Obama’s program may be way too early and much too shrill. I commend him for putting his very optimistic and expensive agenda on the table early. We have yet to see the sacrifices he will demand to support his promise to cut the expanded deficit in half.
City’s loss
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: City commissioners, Dillons and my landlord decided last Tuesday that the beautiful old building north of Dillons on Massachusetts Street, where I live, will be destroyed and a parking lot put in its place. According to the commissioners, changing the zoning from residential to commercial is excellent analysis and planning by the planning department.
Know when to take the step to sleepaway camp
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
If summer camp is on your radar and your child has (sniff) outgrown those early, clingy years, you may be contemplating sleepaway camp. But how do you know whether your child is ready? We asked some camp experts.
Candidates tout stances at last major forum
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
It was kind of like choir practice. Candidates for the Lawrence City Commission largely stuck to familiar tunes Monday night as they participated in the last major public forum before the April 7 elections. Candidates Lance Johnson and James Bush both continued to tout the need for a new commitment to attract jobs and businesses to the city so that the tax burden on residents can shrink.
The Color of Money
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B7
Rick Rose did just about everything right with his finances. He worked hard. He saved well from the $85,000-a-year job he had as a communications director for a nonprofit here in Washington. He bought a home he could easily afford. In fact, he had saved about a year’s worth of living expenses.
Griffin leads AP All-America team
Hansbrough, Blair, Harden, Curry also on first team
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B2
Blake Griffin and Tyler Hansbrough spent a lot of time together on the court last weekend and were back together Monday as the top vote-getters on the Associated Press’ All-America team.
Anderson to Memphis?
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B2
University of Missouri officials want to increase basketball coach Mike Anderson’s $850,000 annual salary to at least $1 million and extend his contract for five more years.
Signs at UK point to Calipari
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B2
All indications suggest that University of Memphis coach John Calipari is Kentucky’s choice to lead its basketball program. Kentucky president Lee Todd declined to confirm that Calipari was the leading candidate Monday. But when asked about the process, Todd said, “It’s going to move quickly.”
Report support
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am writing in support of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Task Force. Mayor Dever, along with many dedicated citizens, have crafted a document to help guide our community toward less carbon output, greater energy efficiency and a more sustainable future. They are to be praised for the hours of volunteer time they invested toward our collective well-being.
KU men’s golf in 16th
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B4
Seniors Walt Koelbel and Andrew Storm led the Kansas University men’s golf team to 16th place after two rounds at the Western Intercollegiate. Koelbel and Storm each carded a 76 on Monday. Koelbel enters today’s final round tied for 22nd place, while Storm is tied for 27th place. Fresno State enters the final round with a four-stroke lead.
LHS to play Wednesday
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s baseball game at Shawnee Heights, postponed by weather Friday, will be made up at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the SCABA fields. The Lions will play host to Shawnee Mission North at 5:30 p.m. today at Ice Field.
People in the news
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Madonna’s adoption ruling is delayed • Hartnett hospitalized with stomach trouble • John O’Hurley battles feathers in ’Chicago’ • Matt Dillon pleads guilty to speeding • ‘Dr. Zhivago’ composer Jarre dies at 84
Horoscopes
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
This year, achievements will head in your direction if you are focused. No one doubts your drive and persistence. If you are single, someone quite special could enter your life. This person expresses energy and a positive attitude. If you are attached, focus on what the two of you love to do together most, rather than the negatives.
Wood chips, mulch to be sold by city
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
Area residents soon will have the opportunity to purchase wood chips from the city of Lawrence. City crews will conduct their annual wood chip and mulch sales from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The sale will take place all three days at the city’s wood chip and compost facility at 1420 E. 11th St., which is just east of 11th and Haskell.
Dole events examine ‘Iraq: What Next?’
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Dole Institute of Politics will host an event linking Lawrence and Baghdad on Sunday. The two-part “Iraq: What Next?” event will hook up participants from Lawrence with people in Baghdad by video teleconference.
Sweeping to delay traffic on I-470
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
All that salt and sand that helped keep traffic moving during winter storms now will cause traffic delays today and Wednesday along Interstate 470 in Topeka. The left lane will be closed for traffic headed west on the interstate, from the Kansas Turnpike’s toll plaza in southern Topeka to the interstate’s interchange with Interstate 70 in western Topeka.
‘Green’ houses a hard sell in K.C.
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
Five new energy efficient homes in the city center are nice places to visit, but nobody seems to want to live there. A nonprofit community organization spent two years piecing together the land and finding tax credits, then came up with $825,000 in grants and other funding to build the houses in an older neighborhood.
New, combined local bus routes considered
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
The first round of recommended operational changes for the Lawrence Transit System — including a new, combined route serving downtown, the Kansas University campus and the retail area on South Iowa Street — awaits approval today from Lawrence city commissioners.
K-10 Connector bus rate increasing
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
The cost of riding the bus between Lawrence and Johnson County is going up. Rates for the K-10 Connector — a daily bus route connecting points at Kansas University and elsewhere in Lawrence with stops at KU’s Edwards Campus and Johnson County Community College — are among those proposed to be increased by Johnson County Transit.
Judge, Kansas native to talk trade law
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A4
A U.S. Court of International Trade judge who hails from Russell will return to her home state to present a public lecture and speak to students today at the Kansas University School of Law. Judge Judith M. Barzilay will deliver her talk, “Environmental Protection at the U.S. Court of International Trade: Walking the Tightrope between Protecting the Environment and Complying with our International Agreements,” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. at the Stinson Morrison Hecker Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall.
K-State lead grows in Truman Scholarships
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas State University student Dena Bunnel is K-State’s 31st Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner. Bunnel, of Welda, is a senior in political science and agricultural communications and journalism. As a 2009 Truman Scholar, she will receive up to $30,000 for graduate studies toward a career in public service.
Summer Job Fair set for Saturday
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A4
People looking to work this summer as lifeguards, fitness instructors, camp counselors, sports umpires and in other recreation-related capacities soon will have an opportunity to get in the game. Lawrence Parks and Recreation will conduct a Summer Job Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive.
Government puts GM and Chrysler on a short leash
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry Monday, bluntly rejecting turnaround plans by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, demanding fresh concessions for long-term federal aid and raising the possibility of quick bankruptcy for either ailing auto giant.
Mother pleads guilty in cult starvation death
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
A former religious cult member pleaded guilty Monday to starving her 1-year-old son to death after making an unusual deal with prosecutors: If the child is resurrected, her plea will be withdrawn. Ria Ramkissoon, 22, also agreed to testify against four other members of the now-defunct religious group known as 1 Mind Ministries. All four are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Javon Thompson.
12 die in bloody siege at police academy
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Black-clad Pakistani commandos overpowered a group of militants who had seized a police academy, took cadets hostage and killed at least six of them Monday in a dramatic challenge to the civilian government that faces U.S. pressure to defeat Islamic extremists.
New law protects wild areas in 9 states
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama signed legislation Monday setting aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness. Obama called the new law among the most important in decades “to protect, preserve and pass down our nation’s most treasured landscapes to future generations.”
Khmer Rouge horrors detailed during trial
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Prosecutors vowed today to get justice for the 1.7 million victims of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime, some of whom were thrown to their deaths, bludgeoned and their bellies slit, or whose lives were drained away by medics drawing blood.
Winter storm latest test for Fargo’s levees
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
A blizzard battered North Dakota on Monday, threatening to create wind-whipped waves that could lash the patchwork levee system that has shielded much of Fargo from the swollen Red River. Engineers scrambled to shore up the dikes in hopes of averting the latest potential disaster nature has inflicted on this beleaguered city.
City matches family with home
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B8
The local housing authority is ready to ramp up its efforts to help homeless families who have fallen on hard times. After recently connecting one family who had fallen on hard times with a landlord who had space available, the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority is seeking more property owners who are interested in helping.
Lions have tennis lineup options; Free State adds depth
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High will have to decide if it wants to split up its accomplished top doubles team, while the return of its top singles player and addition of another has Free State enjoying its depth.
Rain, snow bolster crop soil moisture
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B7
All that rain and snow in Kansas over the past week has bolstered the soil moisture badly needed by farmers across the state. Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 65 percent of the state now has adequate to surplus soil moisture levels. Subsoil moisture levels are rated as 71 percent adequate to surplus.
Corliss reappointed to water authority
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B7
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has reappointed Lawrence City Manager David Corliss to a four-year term on the Kansas Water Authority. The authority advises the governor’s office, legislators and the director of the Kansas Water Office on water policy issues.
2 residents chosen for Leadership Kansas
March 31, 2009 in print edition on B7
Two Lawrence residents have been chosen to join the 2009 Leadership Kansas class. Susan Kang, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s assistant secretary for policy and external affairs, and Alexa Posny, the Kansas education commissioner, are members of this year’s class.
KU fields questions about master plan
‘Olympic Village’ still in preliminary stage
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A1
About 30 people listened as university and athletics officials described a Kansas University Athletic Department that was strong but had areas for improvement. A town hall meeting Monday afternoon in the Kansas Union focused on an internal report completed by KU and its athletic department.
‘Polypill’ may replace handful of heart drugs
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C8
It’s been a dream for a decade: a single daily pill combining aspirin, cholesterol medicine and blood pressure drugs — everything people need to prevent heart attacks and strokes in a cheap, generic form. Skeptics said five medicines rolled into a single pill would mean five times more side effects.
Insurers shun people taking certain meds and keep blacklist
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C8
Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You’ll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take Metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for anti-psychotic or sleep problems? Forget about it.
Palm Springs woos spring breakers
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C8
It wasn’t that long ago this city of aging snowbirds fought back a rising tide of scantily clad college students with the ultimate spring break buzz kill: no thongs, no amplified music and no dancing. How a troubled economy can change things.
Obama tougher on auto industry than banks
March 31, 2009 in print edition on C8
President Barack Obama is dealing with the beleaguered auto industry more sternly than he has with bailed-out banks and insurers as he takes the nation another step into uncharted government regulation of industry.
Pump patrol
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.92 at several locations.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 31, 1909: “During commencement week, June 5-10, Baker University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. Elaborate plans are being made under the direction of President Murlin. … College football is making the field goal a three-point rather than a four-point feat, to negate the chances that two field goals amount to more points than a hard-won six-point touchdown.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
Pete Whitenight succeeded Joel Jacobs as president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and called for continued effort and support for redevelopment of the downtown area. “What a marvelous project if we can make it work,” Whitenight said as he took over at the annual LCC banquet. Longtime local businessman and civic leader Arthur B. Weaver, 90, received the group’s “Citizen of the Years” award.
Obama tests diplomatic waters in Iran
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
If you want to know how President Obama is changing America’s foreign-policy strategy, watch the short video in which he wishes Iran’s people and leaders a happy Nowruz. Nowruz is the Persian new year, an ancient holiday celebrated on the first day of spring. The president’s greeting (www. whitehouse.gov/nowruz), broadcast last Friday, shows how he intends to fulfill his pledge to reach out to Iran.
Political backdrop
The selection of people to be seated behind an official speaker is an important part of crafting the message.
March 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
With television playing such a role in American politics, it is interesting to note how the handlers of President Obama and other political leaders, in both parties, arrange those who are seated behind their featured speakers.