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KU vs. Oklahoma State Earthquake in Chile, Feb. 27, 2010 People and Places, February 27
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Polls
Which was more responsible for Oklahoma State's offensive performance against KU on Saturday?

Poll results

Response Percent
Hot shooting
 
60%
Poor defense
 
36%
Undecided
 
2%
Total 2573
Does it matter to you if Kansas beats North Carolina to 2,000 wins?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
62%
No
 
37%
Total 287
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Art House founder Matt Christenot, left, sits with engineer Jim Barnes, center, and co-engineer Isaac Flynn, right, inside of the Art House, 912 Illinois St. Creative space: Musicians, filmmakers, artists and more become roommates at the Art House
February 26, 2010
Record a song. Edit a movie. Paint a picture. Take a guitar lesson. Get a haircut. All these options are readily accessible in a town like Lawrence. Now, all can be found in one house…
6:00 a.m.
Sculptor Elden Tefft, Lawrence, has completed his latest sculpture: a bronze casting of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. The statue is headed to Springfield College, in Springfield, Mass., where Naismith invented the game before coming to Kansas University. Naismith to live on in bronze
February 27, 2010 in print edition on 1A
James Naismith rests in peace at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, but a bronze likeness of the inventor of basketball soon will live on near the place the game was born.
10:00 a.m.

Kyle Thompson is past president of the Oread Neighborhood Association and has seen the decline of owner occupants in the area over the 20 years he has lived there. The house next door to his is a multi-occupant rental property. As City Hall considers a plan for the future of the Oread Neighborhood, the neighborhood association finds itself at a crossroads
February 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
It is an important time for the Oread Neighborhood. City Hall planners are sketching out a new vision for what the neighborhood will be like for the next 20 to 30 years, and they are doing so at a time when pressure is increasing to convert many older Oread homes into boarding houses that can be rented out to large amounts of people.
3:00 p.m.
Kansas center Cole Aldrich warms up before taking on Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 FINAL: Oklahoma State knocks off No. 1 Kansas, 85-77
2:00 p.m., February 27, 2010 Updated 6:48 p.m.
The Cowboys made 60 percent of their field goals and 53 percent of their three-pointers to send the Jayhawks to their first Big 12 loss.
7:00 p.m.

The Arensberg’s Building, 825 Mass., is in the process of being remodeled into three condos on the top floor and retail space below. Orthodontist’s ‘labor of love’ refashions a city landmark
February 27, 2010 in print edition on 1B
It’s been a bakery, a Montgomery Ward and most recently a shoe store. Now a Lawrence resident has grand plans for the historic Arensberg’s building on Massachusetts Street.

All stories

Warm souls ‘plunge’ into Clinton Lake to help Special Olympics
Volunteers turn to ‘piracy’ for good cause
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Dozens jumped into Clinton Lake Saturday as part of Special Olympics annual “Polar Plunge.”
Sentencing delayed for abortion provider’s killer
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
The sentencing for the convicted killer of a Kansas abortion provider has been delayed.
Moore’s wife, potential hopeful in Kansas 3rd
02:25 p.m., February 27, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B2
Prominent Kansas Democrats talked up retiring U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore’s wife Saturday as a potential successor for him in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.
Kansas health care exec mulling Congressional race
February 27, 2010
A health care executive from Topeka is considering running as a Democrat in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District.
FINAL: Oklahoma State knocks off No. 1 Kansas, 85-77
02:00 p.m., February 27, 2010 Updated 06:48 p.m.
The Cowboys made 60 percent of their field goals and 53 percent of their three-pointers to send the Jayhawks to their first Big 12 loss.
Chile earthquake one of strongest ever
01:04 p.m., February 27, 2010 Updated 11:27 p.m.
A devastating earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.
Battery, attempted carjacking suspect arrested after leading authorities on three-hour, two-county pursuit
Suspect was arrested on charges of attempted carjacking, aggravated battery
12:11 a.m., February 27, 2010 Updated 04:57 a.m.
A man was arrested early Sunday east of Lawrence after allegedly battering multiple people and attempting a carjacking in Leavenworth County before fleeing on foot into Douglas County.
Hill carries FSHS girls hoops past Lions, 43-40
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C1
Ashli Hill was too much of a, yes, hill to climb for Lawrence High. Hill, a 6-foot-5 senior, dominated the paint and lifted Free State to a 43-40 victory over the Lions in girls hoops Friday night in the LHS gym.
Area hoops wrapup
Tonganoxie boys fend off Pirates, 68-62; Tongie girls fall to Piper
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C8
Senior Night wasn’t very sweet for Tonganoxie High’s girls basketball team Friday.
A job, but there’s a catch: a 1,000-mile commute
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
In the early dawn, after another week building cars, Michael Hanley leaves his job in Kansas. He quickly zips into Missouri, then heads up a ribbon of highway past grain silos and grazing deer, across the frozen fields of Iowa, over the Mississippi River and into the rolling hills of Wisconsin. Finally, he pulls into his driveway — 530 miles later.
Edge inside? Kansas
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C1
The long arm of the law comes in multiple forms in Lawrence.
Bakery pulls lemon Girl Scout cookies
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
They promise to entice the senses with a “hint of cinnamon-ginger spice” and a “refreshingly zesty lemon creme filling,” but some batches of Lemon Chalet Creme Girl Scout cookies didn’t quite turn out that way.
Club news
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D3
The Wednesday Afternoon Duplicate Bridge Club’s game on Feb. 10 was directed by Chris Lane.
It’s magic
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
May I suggest that everyone take their aluminum cans to the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th, where they are, miraculously, changed into dog and cat food. Amazing how that works.
Great Lakes worthy of federal attention
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
If you want to be a stickler for journalistic ethics, I shouldn’t even be writing about the Great Lakes, because I have a huge bias — especially when it comes to Lake Michigan.
Two Lions in finals at state wrestling
February 27, 2010
Lawrence High’s Hunter Haralson and Reece Wright-Conklin reached championship matches Friday in the Class 6A state wrestling meet.
Naismith to live on in bronze
Lawrence artist pays tribute to inventor of basketball
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
James Naismith rests in peace at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, but a bronze likeness of the inventor of basketball soon will live on near the place the game was born.
Seed savers: Heirloom seeds become a library of past plants
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D1
A seed is a curious thing — a window to both the past and the future. A local group is hoping to use this special property to nurture the history of the Kaw Valley, one plant at a time.
Firebirds’ offense comes alive in win
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C1
Chuck Law didn’t exactly toss the whole “defense-wins-championships” ethos out the window Friday night.
Orthodontist’s ‘labor of love’ refashions a city landmark
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
It’s been a bakery, a Montgomery Ward and most recently a shoe store. Now a Lawrence resident has grand plans for the historic Arensberg’s building on Massachusetts Street.
KU baseball wins
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C5
Junior outfielder Brian Heere collected a pair of hits and saved a run with a diving catch in the fourth inning, and senior pitcher Brett Bollman scattered seven hits over 62⁄3 innings to earn his first win of the season as Kansas University’s baseball team edged Sacramento State, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Jayhawks win 2 track titles
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C5
Two Kansas University athletes won Big 12 titles and two school records fell Friday at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Kuzhil sets record for KU swimming
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C5
Junior Iuliia Kuzhil set a Kansas University record in the 100-yard backstroke Friday at the Big 12 Championships. With a 52.80-second runner-up finish, Kuzhil beat her previous KU record of 53:06, set last season. The finish qualified Kuzhil for the NCAA Tournament and put the Jayhawks in fourth place going into the last day of competition.
Haskell women rally, but fall
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C8
Haskell Indian Nations University almost overcame a 10-point defict with four minutes remaining but fell to Peru State, 84-82, on Friday night in the MCAC women’s basketball tournament.
Diligent Muonelo ready for KU
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C4
Obi Muonelo has played in some hostile arenas in his four seasons at Oklahoma State. The toughest?
OSU just another game for Xavier Henry
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C1
Freshman Xavier Henry, who led Kansas University’s basketball team to a rousing victory over Oklahoma on Monday, today goes for a season sweep of Big 12 teams from his home state.
Rough diamond sold for record $35M
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A 507-carat diamond as big as a chicken’s egg sold for $35.3 million, breaking the record for the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond, the supplier said Friday.
Association cleans out board of directors
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
The latest sign of change in the Oread neighborhood came Thursday night.
U.S. rice doesn’t help struggling Haitian farmers
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Haiti’s rice farmers are dismayed. It’s nearly harvest time in this fertile valley where the bulk of Haiti’s food is grown, and they’re competing once again with cheap U.S. imported rice.
Lawmaker: Toyota withheld evidence
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A House lawmaker said Friday that internal Toyota documents show the automaker deliberately withheld key vehicle design and testing evidence in lawsuits filed by Toyota drivers injured in crashes.
Calipari: SEC title means ‘nothing’
February 27, 2010
John Calipari is one victory away from clinching a Southeastern Conference championship in his first season at Kentucky — just what he was brought in to do.
Rough diamond sold for record $35M
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A 507-carat diamond as big as a chicken’s egg sold for $35.3 million, breaking the record for the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond, the supplier said Friday.
Obama jobs agenda stalled in Congress
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
One month after President Barack Obama declared jobs his “number one focus,” Congress has been unable to push through a single measure aimed at putting people back to work, as lawmakers haggle over how best to create jobs and how much to spend in the face of soaring budget deficits.
Mistakenly released inmate caught
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A man serving three life terms conned his way out of a Baltimore prison with help from his cellmate, an extraordinary escape that raised questions about Maryland’s procedures for releasing inmates.
Ex-leader’s supporters denounce $1.4B verdict
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Supporters of populist former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra denounced a court order to seize $1.4 billion of his assets, and vowed today to pursue a nonviolent struggle for what they said would be a people’s democracy.
Stroke study finds that neck stents safe, effective treatment
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
People at risk of a stroke because of narrowed neck arteries can be safely treated with a less drastic option than the surgery done now, the largest study ever done on these treatments concludes.
Health care overhaul odds long, but Democrats push ahead
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Democrats pushed hard to revive President Barack Obama’s stalled health care overhaul on Friday — and pointed to glimmers of hope — but the long odds facing them seemed little changed after Obama’s extraordinary summit with both parties’ leaders.
Artist’s home receives historical society grant
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
The John Steuart Curry Boyhood Home in Oskaloosa has been awarded funding from the Kansas Historical Society’s Heritage Trust Fund.
Veritas boys upended by Defenders
February 27, 2010
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team fell to the Wichita Defenders, 65-59, on Friday night in the semifinals of the KCAA state tournament.
Free shred-a-thon set for Wednesday
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will be host to an Identity Theft Prevention Shred-a-thon from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Court blocks Uribe from seeking 3rd term
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Colombia’s Constitutional Court shut the door Friday on President Alvaro Uribe’s aspirations for a third straight term, ruling unconstitutional a law that would have let voters decide in a referendum whether he could run again.
Briscoe speeds up
Ex-Jayhawks in NFL combine Sunday
February 27, 2010 in print edition on C5
When former Kansas University wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe declared himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, he knew there were aspects of his game he would have to improve. So without hesitating, Briscoe’s agent got him in touch with former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson, a man known the world over for his wheels. During the time he and Johnson spent training together, Briscoe learned more than he thought was possible about the proper way to run.
KU softball drops pair
February 27, 2010
Kansas University’s softball team had a rough first day Friday at the Frost Classic.
Pieces of rare biblical manuscript reunited
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Two parts of an ancient biblical manuscript separated across centuries and continents were reunited for the first time in a joint display Friday, thanks to an accidental discovery that is helping illuminate a dark period in the history of the Hebrew Bible.
Another blizzard smacks East; over a million without power
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
A slow-moving winter storm smacked the Northeast on Friday, unleashing heavy snow, rain and hurricane-force winds as it knocked out power to more than a million homes and businesses. It turned Maine beachfront streets into rivers and piled on the misery in places hit by three major blizzards in less than a month.
Iraq to bring back 20,000 Saddam-era military personnel
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Iraq on Friday announced the reinstatement of 20,000 former army officers who were dismissed after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, in a gesture toward healing sectarian resentment over the disbanding of Saddam Hussein’s military.
N.Y. governor abandons election bid under pressure
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Less than a week after declaring he would seek a full four-year term, New York Gov. David Paterson abruptly dropped his election bid Friday under pressure from fellow Democrats concerned about his faltering agenda and his handling of a domestic abuse case involving a trusted aide.
Tonganoxie students lead by mentoring
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Shane Lewis wasn’t crazy about reading. He was maniacal about rock ’n’ roll and wrestling. Reading? Not so much.
After gold, girls just want to have fun
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
They worked hard, they triumphed, and then they played hard — the way athletes so often do.
Donated meals are special gift to homeless shelter guests
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
For the past several years, there has been a great deal of discussion about the homeless situation in Lawrence.
Pump patrol
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.45 at BP, 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
80-year-old burglar gets 3 years in prison
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
An 80-year-old woman with a criminal record stretching back to 1955 has been sentenced to three years in state prison for ransacking and stealing cash from a Southern California medical office.
After tragedy, shows to go on at SeaWorld
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
Shamu is big business at SeaWorld, which owns more killer whales than anyone else in the world and builds the orca image into its multimillion-dollar brand, and the killing of a trainer this week won’t change that.
Online debate rages over white group’s step victory
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
Visit any of the nation’s more than 100 historically black colleges or universities and you’ll see clusters of men and women engaged in the rhythmic clapping and foot stomping routines known in black Greek circles as “stepping.”
Red Cross Month kicks off with blood drive
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
In honor of Red Cross Month, which is celebrated every March, a blood drive has been scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 1000 Ky.
White House secretary to step down
Rogers had role in dinner crashing
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
White House social secretary Desiree Rogers is stepping down three months after an uninvited couple crashed the Obama administration’s first state dinner and she was heavily criticized for her role in allowing the embarrassing episode to happen.
Fannie Mae seeks $15.3B in more aid
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Fannie Mae needs another $15 billion in federal assistance, bringing its total to more than $75 billion. And worse, the mortgage finance company warned its losses will continue this year.
Growth likely slowing after big spurt
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
The economy is now likely expanding at just half the brisk 5.9 percent pace at which the government on Friday estimated it grew last quarter.
Horoscope for February 27, 2010
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
For Saturday, Feb. 27: Enjoy a new beginning this year. A new luck cycle promises exciting and dynamic change. At times, you could be overwhelmed by everything that is occurring. If you are single, you will meet several potential suitors. Date. If you are attached, let your significant other know how important he or she is in your life.
People in the news
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
Daniel Radcliffe is explaining why he has filmed a public service announcement for The Trevor Project, the leading organization focusing on suicide prevention efforts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.
Where has the Man Cave programming gone?
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
Is programming aimed at guys an endangered species? For years I have extolled the mindless pleasure of the cheaply made and often ridiculously cheesy and violent Sci Fi Saturday-night movie. From “Mansquito” to “Gargoyles: Wings of Darkness” and “Hammerhead Shark Frenzy,” these Z-rated movies mixed shocks and gore with tongue-in-cheek humor.
Iceberg breaks not where expected
February 27, 2010 in print edition on A8
With the dramatic crash of an iceberg against a glacier that dislodged a massive new chunk of ice, the mysterious continent of Antarctica once again did the unexpected.
Around and about
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D3
Hannah Robinson, daughter of Rita Beyer and Steve Robinson, received the dean’s award for academic excellence during the fall 2009 semester at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., by achieving a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.
Military news
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D3
Air Force Airman Henry A. Johnson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
4-H News
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D3
The regular meeting of the Douglas County 4-H Horse Project was Jan. 19 at the fairgrounds.
Social media taking credit for events’ soaring TV ratings
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D8
During January’s Grammy telecast, hip-hop drummer Questlove tweeted that “watching twitter tweets are better than watching the actual event.”
Equal sacrifice
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
Julie Kelemen asks the community to come together as one around the school budget crisis: “This is not about one school or building or a community being lost.”
Close Centennial
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
Notwithstanding my earlier letter (Jan. 28) decrying the possible closing of schools for budgetary reasons, there is one school which could be closed without any social, psychological, or detrimental effects to students or neighborhoods. This school has the district’s largest elementary enrollment at 833. Students could be transferred into any of 15 elementary schools to balance student-teacher ratios.
Oread coup
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
It was a coup. The annual election of officers and district representatives was held at Thursday’s meeting of the Oread Neighborhood Association. Normally a handful of people attend and, since serving involves a commitment of time and energy, it is sometimes difficult to fill all the spots.
100 years ago: Small fire breaks out in the Innes store
February 27, 2010
Because one of the boys who were sweeping out just had to smoke a cigarette this morning, the Innes store had a small fire when the cigarette ignited a preparation of oiled sawdust used to help clean the floors without too much dust. Fortunately, there were blankets handy to smother a fire that could have been disastrous.
Smoke-free state
Passage of a statewide smoking ban is the most important action the Kansas Legislature has taken so far this year.
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
A public smoking ban approved by the Kansas House this week will give the entire state the opportunity to share the same smoke-free environment Lawrence residents already enjoy.
25 years ago: Food cart consensus reached
February 27, 2010
The city commission reached a consensus on several rules for regulating sidewalk food-vending carts downtown. But another study session was scheduled for March 4 to refine the policies.
Faith Forum: How did you first address the subject of God with your children?
February 27, 2010 in print edition on D1
I can’t remember a time when I sat down with any of my three children and said, “Today, I’m going to teach you about God.”
40 years ago: City votes to annex proposed landfill site
February 27, 2010
The city commission voted to annex the site of the proposed new landfill on the North Lawrence flood control levee. The site had been a center of controversy due to opposition to its use as a “trash dump.”
Get the money out of politics
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
We the people. Those are, of course, the first words of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. “We the people of the United States …” It doesn’t say anything about corporations.
Leaving Congress
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
This is about the recent exodus of a significant number of politicians from the U.S. Congress. Many of the reasons for the above include: “Congress is dysfunctional,” “mean-spirited,” “partisanism,” “corrupt politics,” etc., etc.
GOP must prepare for U.S. revival
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
When Republicans regain a majority in the House and Senate — either this fall, as seems increasingly likely, or in the election following — they must learn from their mistakes when they last held power. In addition to focusing on overturning whatever health insurance “reform” proposal this Congress eventually passes (by a veto override, or a lawsuit challenging the measure’s constitutionality), a Republican congressional majority must help large numbers of the public unlearn the factual errors they have been taught to accept.
Black men in Waldo feel like suspects amid rapes
February 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
Black men in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood say they feel like they are under a microscope as area residents look for a serial rapist accused of attacking five women since late September.