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Archive for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Also from March 2

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Friends and Neighbors, March 2010
Podcasts
Polls
Should Lawrence residents be allowed to keep non-working vehicles in their driveway?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
59%
No
 
36%
Not sure
 
4%
Total 1471
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Isaac Hartz, 4, plays on a toy keyboard at his Lawrence home.
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.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Bob Kania gets a visit from Rondi Erickson, his case manager who is employed by communityworksinc. They were discussing topics ranging from Medicaid to Johnny Cash. Due to the recent Medicaid cuts, Erickson's wages and benefits were cut. She also had to file an extensive report in January that justified why Kania needs more than 10 hours of care per day. So far, the state is paying for his care. Lawrence paraplegic, home health agency pleading for end to Medicaid cuts
February 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence resident Bob Kania’s home health care was put into jeopardy when Gov. Mark Parkinson cut the Medicaid reimbursement rate by 10 percent on Jan. 1. His case manager had to fill out paperwork to justify his needs, so he could remain at home and not in a nursing home.
10:00 a.m.

Lawrence High vocal teacher Cathy Crispino, left, is surprised with a dozen roses from her husband, Ron Hathorn, after being named the Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year on Monday. District honors vocal teacher as secondary educator of the year
March 2, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence High School vocal teacher Cathy Crispino had a lot of work to do with her a cappella choir class Monday.
2:00 p.m.
The Lawrence Board of Education discussed their study of budgets ideas for the school district Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll, left,  spoke during the study session meeting. Emotion runs high at school forum
March 2, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Near the end of the Lawrence school board’s budget hearing Monday night at Central Junior High, an audience member yelled out.
6:00 p.m.
Author and Lawrence native Steven Church. Apocalypse on the Kaw: Memoir explores Lawrence’s history of violence and the nuclear paranoia of ‘The Day After’
March 2, 2010
When Steven Church sat down to write his memoir about growing up in Kansas, he recalled fond childhood memories of mushroom clouds, irradiated ghouls and the total collapse of human civilization.

All stories

City Commission rejects plan for more apartments in west Lawrence
08:38 p.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A5
A plan for a 161-unit apartment complex at the southeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness has been denied by city commissioners tonight.
Hillcrest teacher named Lawrence’s Elementary Teacher of the Year
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Longtime Hillcrest School teacher Leellyn Tuel sat in the school’s library Tuesday, listening to Superintendent Rick Doll rattle off positive attributes about a teacher.
Lawrence health department to offer class about child care licensing
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a free orientation class about operating a child care. The class will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the first floor meeting room at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine.
Blood donations needed, area drives upcoming
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Area agencies report low blood supplies.
Health Care Freedom Amendment’ advances to Kansas House floor for debate
March 2, 2010
A Kansas House committee has endorsed a proposed “Health Care Freedom Amendment” to the state constitution.
Douglas County to mail new valuation notices to most owners after error
Mistake likely to cost around $23,000
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Douglas County will resend corrected change of value notices to owners of about 28,600 real estate parcels after their 2010 notices contained an error, County Administrator Craig Weinaug said Tuesday.
Douglas County judge sentences Lawrence man in attempted murder case
03:11 p.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 04:10 p.m. in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday sentenced a man to 8 1/2 years in prison for trying to kill a Kansas City man in June, prosecutors said.
Lawrence woman injured in accident on Kansas Turnpike
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Heidlinda Kriner was slowing down for backed-up traffic when her car was rear-ended by a pickup truck just east of Topeka, according to police reports.
Stuckey shines at final day of NFL Combine
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University safety enjoyed a banner day Tuesday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Kansas’ congressional leaders urging Obama administration to address leadership issues at Haskell
01:04 p.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
Four Kansans in Congress are stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to address leadership concerns at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Ethics commission says campaign finance rules don’t apply to efforts to oust sitting judges
Group hoping to ‘Fire Beier’ doesn’t have to disclose donors
01:02 p.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 05:04 p.m. in print edition on A8
Kansas campaign finance rules and contribution limits don’t apply to activists who are unhappy with the state Supreme Court and trying to oust at least one justice in the November general election.
Final candidate for KU provost is a former provost at Texas A&M University
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Jeffrey S. Vitter is currently a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M in College Station. He has also been the dean of the College of Sciences at Purdue University.
House to debate bill that would impose state sales tax on residential utilities
10:39 a.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 02:07 p.m. in print edition on A3
The debate over whether to increase taxes to help lift the state from its current budget crisis will be held next week in the House, officials said Tuesday.
Topeka renames itself to ‘Google’ in an effort to lure tech company’s fiber optic plan
10:06 a.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 12:48 p.m.
Topeka’s mayor says the city shall temporarily be referred to as “Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics,” in an effort to persuade the Internet giant to test an ultra-fast connection in the state capital.
Brownback leads Holland in poll
08:59 a.m., March 2, 2010 Updated 09:02 a.m. in print edition on A5
The poll, with a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points, was conducted Feb. 24, a week after Holland officially announced his candidacy.
Senate approves bill to revise distribution of special education funding
March 2, 2010
A Senate committee has approved a bill that would change how some special education funding is distributed in the state.
Kansas National Guard troops dispatched to South Korea for training
March 2, 2010
About 145 National Guard troops from the 35th Infantry Division in Leavenworth will deploy to South Korea this week for annual training.
Wilt’s record revisited
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Where were you 48 years ago today?
Vehicle, other items reported stolen
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday burglary and the theft of a vehicle and other items.
Fraternity reports felony criminal damage
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, 1645 Tenn., reported Sunday felony criminal damage to property.
D.A.: No criminality caught on ACORN video
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
ACORN employees caught on video apparently advising a couple posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend to lie about her profession and launder her earnings did not commit a crime, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Pump patrol
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations.
Other nations make universal care work
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
One of the most bewildering aspects of the current health-care debate is the failure to learn key lessons from health systems abroad.
Double Take: Help! I think my kid is a bully
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
You’ve talked about how to handle bullying before. What do I do if my child is the bully?
Emotion runs high at school forum
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Near the end of the Lawrence school board’s budget hearing Monday night at Central Junior High, an audience member yelled out.
Apocalypse on the Kaw: Memoir explores Lawrence’s history of violence and the nuclear paranoia of ‘The Day After’
March 2, 2010
When Steven Church sat down to write his memoir about growing up in Kansas, he recalled fond childhood memories of mushroom clouds, irradiated ghouls and the total collapse of human civilization.
Lawrence High baseball team ranked nationally
March 2, 2010
Given its run to the 2009 Class 6A state championship, Lawrence High’s baseball team probably wasn’t going to sneak up on many opponents heading into the 2010 season.
Experts theorize on human migration
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Conventional wisdom says the first humans made their way into the Americas some 12,000 to 14,000 years ago, in a single mass migration from Africa to Asia to an area that now includes North America.
KU’s Bonds honored
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas senior Lauren Bonds was named to the Div. I Cross Country All-Academic list, announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
KU pitcher Selik recognized by Big 12
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior right-handed pitcher Cameron Selik has been named the Big 12 Conference’s co-Pitcher of the Week.
Ready for the rafters? Collins hopes to have jersey hanging in Allen Fieldhouse one day
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sherron Collins, who promises to give a heartwarming speech after Wednesday’s Senior Day/Sunflower Showdown clash against Kansas State, just might be back for an encore presentation in, say, 2015.
Area Roundup: Baldwin, Perry-Lecompton win
Eudora, De Soto, Tonganoxie fall
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Rami Burkhark scored 12 points, and strong second and third quarters helped the Baldwin High girls basketball team to a first-round victory in the Class 4A sub-state tournament Monday.
Color of Money: Wise women share their financial advice
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Except for the occasional special coin or the Martha Washington $1 silver certificate, I always wondered why the face of a woman isn’t part of U.S. currency.
Free State’s Lisher earns $1,000 grant
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Free State High senior Michael Lisher has received a $1,000 scholarship given annually to the top 22 prep football players in the Kansas City Metro area.
Collins ‘pulse’ of KU men’s basketball team
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Sherron Collins says the most memorable game of his four-year Kansas University basketball career — besides the obvious 2008 national title game against Memphis — is an 80-77 home victory over Missouri his freshman year.
Orange go unranked to No. 1
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Syracuse took quite a route to its first No. 1 ranking in 20 years.
Big Ten told it’s safe to expand
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
An initial report commissioned by the Big Ten offered this suggestion to conference officials: Just say yes to expansion.
Stuckey ready for his turn at NFL combine
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Darrell Stuckey always has been one of those cerebral football players.
Theft of electronics reported
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 31-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday the theft of various electronics, tools and accessories.
Commodities
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Market report from Monday, March 1:
Provost candidate wants to raise quality, not costs
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s second candidate for provost said he supported healthy skepticism, shared governance and research that makes an impact in the world.
Workers furloughed after senator blocks bill
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Department of Transportation furloughed nearly 2,000 employees without pay Monday as the government began to feel the impact of Republican Sen. Jim Bunning’s one-man blockage of legislation that would keep a host of federal programs operating.
Parents: Doctors sped death for dying kids
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
It’s a situation too agonizing to contemplate — a child dying and in pain. Now a small but provocative study suggests that doctors may be giving fatal morphine doses to a few children dying of cancer, to end their suffering at their parents’ request.
9 Democrats who voted ‘no’ on health bill may reconsider
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Nine House Democrats indicated in an Associated Press survey Monday they have not ruled out switching their “no” votes to “yes” on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, brightening the party’s hopes in the face of unyielding Republican opposition.
Chile deploying troops to contain chaos after quake
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Security forces struggled to contain looting and clashes in this country’s second-largest city Monday, as tens of thousands of Chileans who lost their homes in Saturday’s earthquake camped out in the streets and waited for relief.
Impressive cast can’t save ‘Parenthood’
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
Beware of a Hollywood producer trying to tell you about “real” life. Fifty years ago, Ron Howard played Opie on a famous sitcom filmed on a Hollywood set and set in a small town. He then played a famous teen from the 1950s and became a notable director and producer.
People in the news
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
Toxicology tests will determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the death of Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son, who police said jumped to his death from a downtown apartment building, a coroner’s official said Monday.
Hello again to Jay Leno, back as ‘Tonight’ host
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
Jay Leno started Monday’s show by spoofing the end of “The Wizard of Oz,” where Dorothy awakens to find all those crazy goings-on were only a dream. Leno, seen in sepia tones in what was meant to be a Kansas farmhouse, said, “I went away to the strangest place. It was wonderful, but some of it wasn’t so nice.”
Horoscope for March 2, 2010
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Tuesday, March 2: This year, focus on what works both for you and for others. You might notice that what was suggested in a meeting and/or among friends might not work. Learn to look at problems directly and find the unusual solution. If you are single, you will want a close relationship. You are also likely to meet several different suitors. If you are attached, defer to your sweetie more often.
Testing of athletes’ hearts could save lives
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A10
Using electrocardiograms to test the hearts of young athletes before they participate in sports could be a cost-effective way to reduce sudden deaths, a Stanford University study concludes.
Baylor holds bye edge
March 2, 2010
Baylor coach Scott Drew can attest to the difficulty of trying to make a run through the Big 12 tournament without the advantage of having the first day off.
Karadzic: Militants to blame for bloodshed
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A10
Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, defending himself against charges of Europe’s worst genocide since the Holocaust, told judges Monday he was not the barbarian depicted by U.N. prosecutors, but was protecting his people against a fundamentalist Muslim plot.
Targeting inflammation could reduce diabetes, heart disease in obese people
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A10
What if you could be fat but avoid heart disease or diabetes? Scientists trying to break the fat-and-disease link increasingly say inflammation is the key.
Mexican drug gangs taking over U.S. public lands
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A10
Not far from Yosemite’s waterfalls and in the middle of California’s redwood forests, Mexican drug gangs are quietly commandeering U.S. public land to grow millions of marijuana plants and using smuggled immigrants to cultivate them.
Teen pot, alcohol use rising, study finds
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Alcohol and marijuana use among teens is on the rise, ending a decadelong decline, a study by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America found.
New general taking Leavenworth command
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen will officially take command this week of Fort Leavenworth.
JCCC to expand culinary programs
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
Increasing interest in food, cooking and hospitality careers is prompting Johnson County Community College to consider building a new center for such academic programs.
Closed juvenile center to go to community
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
Kansas is preparing to transfer ownership of its former juvenile correctional facility for girls in Beloit to the city, at no cost.
District honors vocal teacher as secondary educator of the year
Instructor comes up roses
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence High School vocal teacher Cathy Crispino had a lot of work to do with her a cappella choir class Monday.
Two city teams enter spring season as defending champs
March 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
City prep teams will kick off their spring seasons later this month. Only two, however, will do so carrying the rather daunting title of “defending state champion.”
City takes aim at abandoned vehicles
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
It soon may become more difficult for Lawrence residents to store that old fixer-upper vehicle in their driveway.
Westar offers aid on utility program
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence residents who need help paying energy bills can go to Ballard Center on Wednesday and Thursday to see whether they qualify for a federal program.
Haig a hero
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Our country has suffered a great loss with the passing of Gen. Alexander Haig.
Driving hazard
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
On a normal weather day, driving on U.S. 59 highway, having construction delays, I drive under the work zone speed limit and follow the rules for work zones. My question is: Why can’t the construction workers, when driving their personal vehicles, do the same?
EnronCare?
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
I just can’t take this socialist ObamaCare. I much prefer the Republican’s EnronCare. You see, the government just can’t be trusted to do anything right, so we gotta leave it to private industry and free markets to get us the best possible care. You know, private companies like Enron, AIG, Tyco, or business guys like that Madoff character.
KPERS concern
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature is always paying lip service to their fiscal prowess and responsibility. Granted, they are outstanding in their ability to withhold even modest pay raises, let alone cost-of-living allowances to the state employees, whom they love to flog whenever they think it is politically expedient. But where does their responsibility lie when we discover that they have not been properly funding state employees’ retirement funds?
Credit due
New restrictions on credit card solicitations and applications could save young people from some painful financial lessons.
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Remember when people had to provide some evidence that they could pay their debts before credit card companies were interested in their business?
Stolen jewelery reported Friday evening
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 46-year-old Lawrence woman reported Friday burglary and the theft of jewelry.
Theft reported Friday afternoon
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 25-year-old Lawrence man reported Friday burglary and the theft of a computer.
KU police investigate weapons violation
March 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University police early Thursday morning took a report that someone was in possession of a shotgun on state property in McCollum Hall, 1800 Engel Road.