Archive for Monday, March 1, 2010

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On the street
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Sherron Collins, senior PG Stranger Creek through the years
Are you more likely to watch Jay Leno at 10:30 p.m. than in prime time?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t watch Jay Leno
Total 1305
Do you think you will follow hockey after watching Sunday's U.S.-Canada gold medal game?

Poll results

Response Percent
I didn’t watch the game
Yes, but I was already a hockey fan
Total 532

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State considering proposal to capture winnings at state-owned casinos if the winner owes back child support
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A1
Deadbeat parents who hit the jackpot at a state-owned casino would see their winnings go to pay child support, under a bill heard Monday.
State Senators to consider making changes to school finance formula
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A4
State senators want to know more about a proposal to change the way Kansas distributes aid to its 293 school districts.
What Keegan says: You’re right, I am biased when it comes to Syracuse
March 1, 2010
Guilty as charged. I’m a little biased when it comes to Syracuse University. But unlike the e-mailers who bombarded me Monday when they discovered I had put the Orange No. 3 on my Associated Press ballot, my bias is in favor of Syracuse, not against it.
Douglas County taking orders for dust-reducing road treatments
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A5
Douglas County officials are accepting applications for keeping down dust this summer on sections of rural roads.
Property value notices mailed to Douglas County residents contain error
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A1
The 2010 change of value notices mailed Friday to Douglas County property owners contain an error, county appraiser Steve Miles said.
Lawrence scores well in KC metro area development study
City quickest to approve construction projects among area communities
02:11 p.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 05:08 p.m. in print edition on A3
A new study is out that contradicts frequent developer complaints that Lawrence is a costly and time-consuming city in which to construct a project.
Regents plan special meeting in light of Robinson’s departure
12:05 p.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 12:06 p.m.
Robinson announced last month that he was stepping down to become a law professor and director of the Center for Law and Government at Washburn University.
Are you throwing an Oscar party? Let us know!
March 1, 2010
Whether you plan to recreate storied Oscar fashion (Hello, Cher!), cook up an all-blue “Avatar”-themed buffet or cram all 10 best picture nominees into your pre-show entertainment, if you’re hosting an Oscar party in Lawrence, we want to hear about it…
Jayhawks fall one spot to No. 2 in both polls this week
KU still grabs six first-place votes
11:28 a.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 11:49 a.m.
After falling in Stillwater to Oklahoma State, the Kansas Jayhawks found themselves falling to second place in the AP Top 25 poll out Monday morning.
National Guard set to close three armories this week
March 1, 2010
The Kansas National Guard says three of its armories are scheduled to close this week.
State defers payment to school districts again
March 1, 2010
A cash crunch has forced Kansas to delay aid payments to its public schools for the fifth consecutive month.
Kansas House approves bill to expanded tax breaks for businesses that create jobs
10:44 a.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 01:23 p.m. in print edition on B10
The Kansas House gave its final approval Monday to a proposal to expand a business tax break that aims to create new jobs, while an ongoing cash crunch forced a delay in aid payments to public schools for the fifth consecutive month.
House budget committee rejects Parkinson’s proposed increase for higher education
10:31 a.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 04:48 p.m. in print edition on A3
If enacted, the move would essentially keep state funding of post-secondary institutions, including Kansas University, flat and at 2006 levels, officials said.
Living stories: Free State students will travel to Kenya for Miriam’s Circle team
March 1, 2010
Ruaa Hassaballa loves the power of a good story. Hassaballa, born in Sudan, is a senior at Free State High School. She’ll be traveling to Kenya this summer to listen to the stories of the families displaced by the country’s internal struggles, and of mothers of disabled children.
U.S Supreme Court declines to prohibit transit taxes on natural gas shipments
March 1, 2010
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from an energy company over a court ruling that could allow counties in Oklahoma to collect taxes on natural gas that is shipped by pipelines that run through the counties.
Kansas House committee to vote next week on ‘Health Care Freedom Amendment’
08:17 a.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 10:35 a.m.
A Kansas House committee may vote this week on a proposed “Health Care Freedom Amendment” to the state constitution.
Shorter school weeks, fewer classroom hours, paying for busing just some of the tactics state school districts using to close budget deficits
March 1, 2010
Students will find larger classes, fewer teachers and fewer extracurricular activities next fall, based on budget cuts being considered by Kansas school districts.
Crews respond to structure fire west of Lecompton
06:46 a.m., March 1, 2010 Updated 11:22 a.m. in print edition on A5
A manufactured home several miles west of Lecompton was destroyed by fire early Monday morning.
Peace pipeline: KU’s Peace Corps week offers prospective volunteers a glimpse of adventure
March 1, 2010
The village of Mörön is approximately 6,250 miles from Lawrence in northern Mongolia. Its 40,000 inhabitants are served by an airport with two runways, one of which is paved with gravel.
Char to perfection: Angler’s chef shares delectable dish perfect for Lent
March 1, 2010
Restaurants, I love them all: bistros, cafes, steak or barbecue joints, bar and grills, hoity-toity French places, down-home country diners, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Thai, Chinese, sushi bars, new cuisine, old cuisine. You get the idea.
Cutting-edge fabrics set fashion into future
March 1, 2010
March marks exciting revelations in the realm of fashion, emerging notions with an entirely global effect. In 2010, fashion considers the use of science and technology in its own field. Innovations and discoveries in environmental and scientific fields are hinted at, if not incorporated into the designs of clothing and accessories.
Iran evades sanctions meant to deter nuclear plans
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A10
Early last year, a Chinese company placed an order with a Taiwanese agent for 108 nuclear-related pressure gauges. But something happened along the way. Paperwork was backdated. Plans were rerouted, orders reconfigured, shipping redirected.
Jazzercise turns 40 (and not a leg warmer in sight)
Popular fitness program keeps evolving with clients
March 1, 2010
If getting older is about knowing how to be comfortable in your own skin, Jazzercise is right where it should be.
40 years ago: New signs signify Haskell name change
March 1, 2010
New signs were being installed throughout the community heralding the change of the name of Haskell Institute to Haskell American Indian Junior College. The school had begun with tutelage for young Indians for all grades but had evolved to a high school and then a junior college institution.
Stranger Creek danger rising near Linwood
Leavenworth Co. creek’s erosion puts property, roadways at risk
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
A little more than a decade ago, Linwood resident Bill Jones could look out to his back yard and see an 80-foot storage shed just along Stranger Creek.
Get ‘big picture’ view of finances
March 1, 2010
Major financial decisions such as purchasing a home or taking out a business loan often require us to provide a statement of our current financial situation. This helps the lender or other interested parties in these transactions analyze their risk by obtaining a glimpse into an individual’s or business’s financial health. Unless prompted by an event that requires a statement of net worth, however, the average person typically does not take advantage of the benefits of this “big picture” view of his or her fiscal condition.
Kansas tennis rolls over UTEP, 4-1
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B3
Junior Maria Martinez, sophomores Erin Wilbert and Ekaterina Morozova and freshman Sara Lazarevic all recorded singles victories as Kansas University’s tennis team cruised past UTEP, 4-1, to stop a Miner seven-match winning streak Sunday.
Vertelka’s 1-hitter lifts KU softball, 9-0
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B3
Senior pitcher Sarah Vertelka limited Austin Peay to one hit, and Kansas University collected 10 as the Jayhawk softball team wrapped up the UTC Frost Classic with a 9-0, five-inning victory on Sunday.
Fathers know best
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B1
Any athlete who might equate a spot on the bench with a career death sentence needed to look a couple of rows into the stands at a recent Kansas University women’s basketball game to be reminded otherwise.
Johnson rolls to Vegas victory
NASCAR champ spoils Gordon’s dominant outing
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B2
Another race, another victory for Jimmie Johnson and yet another round of griping about the NASCAR champion’s dominance.
Spirit of Olympics overshadows sad start
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B2
They will be remembered as the Games where the fall cometh before pride.
Collins cautions tears will flow
Guard promises emotional Senior Day
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sherron Collins may need a tissue or two at the conclusion of Wednesday’s Sunflower Showdown in Allen Fieldhouse.
Briscoe, Meier have OK showing at NFL combine
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sunday, in Indianapolis, former Kansas University receivers Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier ran decent but not dazzling times during their workout at the combine in front of scouts, coaches and doctors from all 32 NFL teams.
Marines, other troops to stay months in Marjah
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
More than 2,000 U.S. Marines and about 1,000 Afghan troops who stormed the Taliban town of Marjah as part of a major NATO offensive against a resurgent Taliban will stay several months to ensure insurgents don’t return, Marine commanders said Sunday.
‘Up-or-down’ vote urged on health reform
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
The White House called for a “simple up-or-down” vote on health care legislation Sunday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to House Democrats to get behind President Barack Obama’s chief domestic priority even it if threatens their political careers.
Obama in excellent health, doctors say
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama hasn’t kicked the smoking habit, takes anti-inflammatory medication to relieve chronic tendinitis in his left knee and should eat better to lower his cholesterol, his team of doctors concluded Sunday after the 48-year-old’s first medical checkup as commander in chief.
KU-Gonzaga baseball canceled due to rain
March 1, 2010 in print edition on B3
Because of heavy rain, Kansas University’s schedule finale in the Peoria Baseball Showdown on Sunday against Gonzaga has been canceled.
5,200 Australians bare all for photo shoot
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
About 5,200 naked people have embraced each other on the steps of Sydney’s iconic Opera House for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.
Rock ’n’ roll museum to expand reach with archives, library
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
There’s always been room at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the exciting, most popular relics, like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket and John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper uniform. But most of the not-so-flashy mementos were tucked away in storage.
Chile quake death toll passes 700 as rescue effort ramps up
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
Heroism and banditry mingled on Chile’s shattered streets Sunday as rescuers braved aftershocks digging for survivors and the government sent soldiers and ordered a nighttime curfew to quell looting. The death toll climbed to 708 in one of the biggest earthquakes on record.
Horoscope for March 1, 2010
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Monday, March 1: This year, you are ending one cycle and entering a new luck cycle. You often look at what is ahead and want to follow a nontraditional route. A partner could be overly serious, and you often feel that he or she rains on your parade. If you’re single, you might be ambivalent about many of your suitors. If you are attached, the two of you often forget how much fun you used to have.
Will NBC recover from Leno experiment?
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A9
As announced, Jay Leno returns to host “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC). Will all be forgiven, if not forgotten? His guests tonight include Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Vonn and Brad Paisley.
Whale trainer’s death jars safe world of adventure
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A9
It is billed as a leisurely boat tour. The shark surfaces, its fin slicing through the water.
Divorces granted
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted by the Douglas County District Court:
Marriage licenses issued
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued by the Douglas County District Court:
‘Shutter Island’ stays at top with $22.2M
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A9
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese continue to lure movie-goers to “Shutter Island,” while James Cameron’s “Avatar” has surpassed $700 million domestically.
How to Help: ECKAN food pantry needs help in several areas
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A5
Just Food of ECKAN is in need of volunteers to help organize the pantry, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Obesity risks begin early for minority kids
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A1
The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, provocative new research suggests.
Appeals keep executions a long way off
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas legislators recently completed an exhaustive review of the death penalty that resulted in a 20-20 vote in the Senate that left capital punishment on the books.
KU pushes to increase public access to published research
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University is trying to make the research done at the school available to a wider audience.
Capitol briefing: News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
News, notes and quotes from the week that was in the Kansas legislature.
Grand ladies
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of school children were blessed to have had a teacher like Miss Helen Norwood, and especially Lawrence school children where she taught 15 years at Pinckney School and was principal 21 years at Schwegler School.
Pothole city
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
I couldn’t help but laugh to myself when I looked over the city’s online Pothole Report Form today. I know the form asks for the specific location of the pothole, but could I just write in “Lawrence, Kansas”?
Insurance tyranny
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
Let’s hand it to health insurance companies. They’ve managed to convince many that surrendering 25 percent of health care dollars to profit-driven marketing is better than national health insurance. What health benefit do these companies provide for that 25 percent? According to the Washington Post (June 4, 2009), two-thirds of all bankruptcies have been linked to medical expenses, and of those, 80 percent had health insurance.
The Oread featured in two-part episode of ‘Home and Away’
March 1, 2010
Perched on the hallowed peak of Mount Oread, at the corner of 12th and Indiana streets, a striking limestone fortress now bookends the KU campus.
Sites seem to show true face
March 1, 2010
A prevailing theory in psychology has been that people use their social-networking pages to protect an idealized version of themselves, not the person they really are. That may not be so.
“Asian Wraps,” with chef Nancy Stark
March 1, 2010
Also on the menu: • Fresh vietnamese spring rolls w/ peanut dipping sauce • California rolls
Lawrence elementary school lunches
March 1, 2010
Stench of dog poo indelible
March 1, 2010
Like the minutemen of old, parents are conditioned to react to noise in the night. Whether stirred by a hungry newborn’s midnight cry or a child standing over our pillows uttering the words “my tummy hurts” (nothing propels me out of bed faster than the threat of being spontaneously covered in rotavirus), we are always ready to respond when we hear a call for help.
Let this sink in: DIY bathroom update a snap
March 1, 2010
Whether you are replacing an old sink or adding a new one, installing a self-rimming sink is a reasonable, do-it-yourself kind of job.
Put your tax refund to work
Lawrence, K.C. financial advisers offer smart strategies for windfalls great or small
March 1, 2010
Call it financial Christmas, a rainy-day fund, your yearly perk as a U.S. citizen: the tax refund. While it might not be much — or, for some, it might not exist at all — any, ahem, “windfall” hitting your bank account can mean a lot if you plan on bettering your financial situation in 2010, local money experts say.
Attitude changes go deeper than ‘thinking positive’
March 1, 2010
“You need an attitude adjustment!” We are sure you have heard that one before. We are also fairly certain you find that adjusting one’s attitude is much easier said than done.
Life in motion: Zumba class helps attorney reshape health
March 1, 2010
Zumba has helped Amy Ash put diabetes in abeyance, lose weight and embark on a third career path. Like many women, Ash gained weight with two pregnancies, and, despite dieting, walking and running couldn’t seem to shift the extra pounds. During a routine medical visit three years ago she learned she was pre-diabetic and needed medication.
Lawrence parents tackle nature deficit disorder
March 1, 2010
The wildest place my best friend Susan Sapper and I could think of was “the creek,” a concrete-lined drainage ditch behind her house in our new development in Raytown, Mo. The water it collected fed into a slate-bottomed tributary of the Little Blue River. I once found a hand mirror half-buried in the mud along its banks that we decided belonged to Sacagawea.
Scholar compares Obama to Carter
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
A conflict has broken out in American foreign affairs circles with angry charges about U.S. policy toward Russia and serious questions about the wisdom of initiating armed conflict with Iran. The fight is a third of a century old, and one of the principal combatants is the unlikely figure of Jimmy Carter.
Government gala?
Good government in Kansas is worth celebrating, but an expensive gala may not be the best way to do that — at least not this year.
March 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
Someone needs to tell the League of Kansas Municipalities that, during an economic crisis, it just doesn’t look good to spend $240,000 on events to celebrate “100 years of good government in Kansas.”
25 years ago: Enrollments decreasing across Big Eight
March 1, 2010
For most schools in the Big Eight conference, all the dire projections were coming true. Enrollments, affectd by demographics and the economy, were decreasing. and full-time equivalent enrollment figures, used by some state legislatures to determine university funding, mirrored the enrollment slumps at several Big Eight schools. Of the league universities surveyed by the Journal-World recently, only Kansas Unviersity and Iowa State University continued to defy demographics and other factors to achieve total headcount and FTE increases. KU’s spring enrollment set a record with 25,437. Iowa State had a comparable increase.
100 years ago: Congregation gathers to say goodbye to pastor
March 1, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 1, 1910: A large crowd packed the parlors of the Congregational Church to take leave of their pastor, Rev. Bolt, who is leaving to make his future home in Wichita. More than 400 attended the farewell event for Bolt and his wife.
Noise makers: New study looks into whether loud toys can harm children’s hearing
March 1, 2010
They’re loud and obnoxious and often go hand-in-hand with being a parent. No, not your kids (good answer, though!) — the little rascals’ toys.