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Archive for Monday, March 8, 2010

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The day in photos, March 8, 2010
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Polls
What grade would you give the Kansas University community, including university and city police, when it comes to handling student drinking?

Poll results

Response Percent
F
 
27%
D
 
23%
C
 
20%
B
 
10%
A
 
7%
Not sure
 
6%
Incomplete
 
4%
Total 818
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Oscars. Oscar night: Academy Awards offer Lawrence movie fans an excuse to stage year’s most anticipated party
March 5, 2010 in print edition on 1C
For some, watching the Super Bowl or the Olympics or even the presidential election pales in comparison. That’s because the Academy Awards are still the ultimate touchstone for drama and glamour, sentiment and lunacy…
6:00 a.m.
Chuck Chapman had a big birthday last month. On Feb. 13, he turned 49 and received a heart transplant. The transplant, done at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, came nine months after he suffered a massive heart attack. New heart pumps new life into 49-year-old
March 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
On Valentine’s Day, while you may have been munching on candy hearts or your kids may have been cutting hearts out of red paper, Lawrence resident Chuck Chapman had a new heart beating inside his chest.
10:00 a.m.
Todd Peterson drags a “fire stick” behind a four-wheeler, dripping kerosene to spread fire, on the Joe Mushrush Ranch near Strong City in this 2004 file photo. Every spring, pastures in the Flint Hills are burned to clear the way for new growth.
Prairie fires create a heated debate
March 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The annual torching of the Flint Hills has ranchers and environmentalists at odds, with government officials caught in between.
2:00 p.m.
Susan Dark, left, helps customer Annette Cline of Onaga look for a perfect gift for a friend at Refurniche. Dark sells vintage clothing for her own business, Vintage Peacock, inside Lusk’s store. The more the merrier: A college student joins community of North Lawrence retailers
March 8, 2010
In North Lawrence, you’re both in and out of town. The river is a powerful psychological divide. North Lawrence feels like frontier country, a place far removed from the bustle across the river…
6:00 p.m.
Victoria Partridge, left, and Betsey Whited are the chefs and entrepreneurs behind Lawrence’s Atomic Bakery. The duo bakes pastries-to-order for special occasions and can be reached at atomic.bakery@hotmail.com or via their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/atomicbakery.
Bake sales: Startup Atomic Bakery offers treats in not so yummy economy
March 8, 2010
Economists, analysts and investors have struggled to find a solution to the economic turmoil of the last few years. Gold? Too volatile. Oil? Too dangerous. Cupcakes? Too … delicious?

All stories

KU athletics director places Williams Fund official on administrative leave
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
A point man for helping Williams Fund donors connect with Kansas Athletics Inc. — including access to postseason basketball tickets — has been placed on administrative leave by Athletics Director Lew Perkins.
KU’s Collins, Aldrich selected to AP’s All-Big 12 first team
05:18 p.m., March 8, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, who were named to the Big 12 coaches’ first-team all-conference squad Sunday, were honored in the same way by conference media members Monday.
New Orleans housing project shows promise
March 8, 2010
Warren Buffett leads a troop of officials, reporters and a guy with a boom mike into the just-finished new apartment. Five years ago, after the levees failed, this area was 10 feet under water. Now, on this bitterly cold morning early in March, it is a construction zone ringed by chain-link fences, and one of the richest men in America wanders around what will eventually be some family’s home. Model furnishings have been placed just so. The smell of new is still in the rooms.
KU’s McCray, Davis earn All-Big 12 recognition
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Danielle McCray earned second-team All-Big 12 honors despite missing more than half of the conference basketball season due to a knee injury.
Shamrock Shuffle Results
March 8, 2010
Results from Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K
Next week is deadline for filing personal property assessment forms with county
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Owners of personal property have until 5 p.m. Monday to return assessment forms to the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office.
Some downtown Lawrence merchants want 15-minute parking meters to facilitate ‘quick business’
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
If a group of downtown merchants has its way, there soon may be a new twist to the parking meter system on Massachusetts Street.
Douglas County Community Foundation doles out $124K to nonprofits
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Community Foundation announced Monday the recipients of $124,000 in grants. Thirty-one nonprofit organizations received money for health, human service and educational projects. Grants ranged from $10,080 to $1,364. The Foundation gave away $24,000 more than last year, or 10 percent, but the number of applications was up 20 percent.
Self: KU assistant coach Dooley has not been offered East Carolina job
March 8, 2010
A Foxsports.com report that Kansas University basketball assistant Joe Dooley has been offered the head coaching job at East Carolina apparently is incorrect.
Kansans urged to prepare for severe weather
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
March 8-12 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas, and residents are being asked to prepare not only for the upcoming tornado season but also for other severe weather such as flash floods and thunderstorms.
KU back to No. 1 in both polls
01:19 p.m., March 8, 2010 Updated 01:32 p.m. in print edition on B4
After posting victories over Kansas State and Missouri last week, the Kansas men’s basketball team moved back into the top spot in both national rankings after previous No. 1 Syracuse fell to Louisville on Sunday.
Senate considering bill to allow victims of child pornography to sue for damages
March 8, 2010
A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill allowing victims to sue producers, promoters and users of child pornography.
Statehouse Live: Insurance proposal considered by committee
11:38 a.m., March 8, 2010 Updated 01:18 p.m.
State Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, said he proposed House Bill 2682 because many small businesses are dropping their group policies because the price is too high and businesses are trying to reduce expenses in the current struggling economy.
Statewide tornado drill pushed back to Thursday
11:30 a.m., March 8, 2010 Updated 03:00 p.m.
Citing the threat of actual severe weather Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Kansas has canceled the statewide tornado drill scheduled for that day.
Bowersock operators to speak at North Lawrence Improvement Association meeting Monday night
March 8, 2010
Stephen Hill and Sarah Hill-Nelson of the Bowersock Mills and Power Co. will be the guest speakers at Monday night’s meeting of the North Lawrence Improvement Association.
Kansas ready to pass out grants so local governments can improve energy efficiency
March 8, 2010
Kansas will award $3 million in grants to cities and counties so that they can make their public buildings more energy efficient.
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up case relating to Fred Phelps’ soldier funeral protests
09:47 a.m., March 8, 2010 Updated 02:38 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court is entering an emotionally charged dispute between the grieving father of a Marine who died in Iraq and the anti-gay protesters who picket military funerals with inflammatory messages like “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
The more the merrier: A college student joins community of North Lawrence retailers
March 8, 2010
In North Lawrence, you’re both in and out of town. The river is a powerful psychological divide. North Lawrence feels like frontier country, a place far removed from the bustle across the river…
Fashion show at Teller’s benefit for Haitians
March 8, 2010
Lawrence’s fashion community has joined the effort to raise money for Haiti’s earthquake victims. Local businesses and community members gathered March 1 for the Spring Home and Garden Fashion Show, drawing a crowd of more than 200 to Teller’s…
Bake sales: Startup Atomic Bakery offers treats in not so yummy economy
March 8, 2010
Economists, analysts and investors have struggled to find a solution to the economic turmoil of the last few years. Gold? Too volatile. Oil? Too dangerous. Cupcakes? Too … delicious?
Weather finally cooperates on school grand opening
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Students missed the first bell at the brand-new Basehor Intermediate School, but that’s because the first few days they were supposed to be there, snow canceled school.
Recycled Christmas trees make a nice gift to wildlife
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
If you recycled your Christmas tree with the city of Lawrence this winter, chances are your tree is helping provide cover for deer, rabbits and other wildlife.
Pump patrol
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.
Online database can crack missing person cases — if used
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
A new online database promises to crack some of the nation’s 100,000 missing persons cases and provide answers to desperate families, but only a fraction of law enforcement agencies are using it.
U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman detained in Pakistan, sources say
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two Pakistani officers and a government official said Sunday that an American charged with treason for working with al-Qaida had been captured, a development that could deliver another significant blow in the U.S.-led battle against the terror network.
Voters: Abused animals don’t need lawyers
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The result was emphatic: Swiss voters don’t think abused animals need to have their own lawyers.
Earthquake strikes eastern province
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
A strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6, hit eastern Turkey Monday, killing at least 38 people, an official said.
Researchers: AIDS virus can hide in bones
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The virus that causes AIDS can hide in the bone marrow, avoiding drugs and later awakening to cause illness, according to new research that could point the way toward better treatments for the disease.
New heart pumps new life into 49-year-old
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
On Valentine’s Day, while you may have been munching on candy hearts or your kids may have been cutting hearts out of red paper, Lawrence resident Chuck Chapman had a new heart beating inside his chest.
Gill settling in
New Jayhawks coach making himself at home
12:00 a.m., March 8, 2010 Updated 08:45 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill wants you to know two things about his first few months in Lawrence. First, his new town does not yet feel like home.
Soothing spa treatments, hot nightlife part of Oread experience
March 8, 2010
Tonight “Home and Away” premieres the second in a two-part series previewing The Oread, the new luxury hotel located on the KU campus. From a day at the Lemon Bliss Spa to a night at The Cave nightclub, tonight’s installment also focuses on multi-purpose hotel amenities that cater to business functions and wedding celebrations.
The wisdom of ‘not-knowing’
March 8, 2010
There’s a quote I really love: “I like not to know for as long as possible because then it tells me the truth instead of me imposing the truth.”
Gun control case could have broad impact
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
It is said, more frequently than precisely, that the reasons the Supreme Court gives for doing whatever it does are as important as what it does. Actually, the court’s reasons are what it does. Hence, the interest in the case the Supreme Court considered last week.
State parks see increase in events, visitors; other news from the Kansas Statehouse
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The 24 state parks in Kansas have seen an increase in visits over the past several years.
Kansas baseball beats up on Hawkeyes
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
If nothing else, the Kansas University baseball team’s 15-7 victory against Iowa on Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark was a good indication that, with or without All-America third baseman Tony Thompson, the KU offense still can swing it.
Aldrich, Collins on All-Big 12 team
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich on Sunday were named first-team All-Big 12 by the conference coaches for the second straight season.
More than 200 dead in religious violence
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rioters armed with machetes slaughtered more than 200 people overnight Sunday as religious violence flared anew between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria, witnesses said. Hundreds of people fled their homes, fearing reprisal attacks.
Bombs don’t stop Iraqi voters
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Iraqis on Sunday defied insurgents attempting to intimidate voters taking part in elections that will determine whether their country can overcome deep sectarian divides as U.S. forces prepare to leave.
Prairie fires create a heated debate
Environmentalists say smoke’s polluting effects on air quality outweigh benefits
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
The annual torching of the Flint Hills has ranchers and environmentalists at odds, with government officials caught in between.
Kansas tennis rolls over New Orleans
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s tennis team blanked New Orleans, 4-0, on Sunday.
100 years ago: Major real estate deal completed
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 8, 1910: “An important deal in real estate was completed today when the Phi Delta Theta fraternity bought the C.W. Sparr home on south Tennessee for $12,000.
40 years ago: KU student found guilty
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
A Kansas University student from Emporia was found guilty on two misdemeanor charges after property damage had occurred during a Chicago Seven sympathy demonstration here.
KU women’s golf fifth at Duramed
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Senior Emily Powers fired a team-best 77 in the final round as she helped lead Kansas University to a fifth-place finish at the Duramed/Rio Verde Collegiate on Sunday.
Free State to meet Heights in 6A opener
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s girls have been seeded seventh and will face No. 2 seed Wichita Heights in the first round of the Class 6A state basketball tournament.
Kansas softball goes 1-1 on final day of tourney
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Allie Clark drove in two runs and limited Western Illinois to just one hit from the pitcher’s circle as Kansas University’s softball team blanked Western Illinois, 3-0, Sunday in the Coach B Classic. Later Sunday, Clark and teammate Brittany Hile each homered, but the Jayhawks suffered a 5-2 loss to SIU-Edwardsville.
Hearty Irish fare prepared on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
March 8, 2010
Lawrence resident Sorcha Hyland joins Jayni Carey in the kitchen this week to prepare some favorite Irish recipes, including Dingle Fish Pie, Buttered Brussels Sprouts and Irish Trifle.
New thermocouple may solve pilot light problems
March 8, 2010
If the gas pilot light on a hot water heater refuses to stay lit, replacing its thermocouple may be the answer to the problem.
Up beats: Free State alumnus releases CD of positive children’s music
March 8, 2010
Charlie the Cheetah can’t seem to slow down and pay attention. Lori the Lion hogs the ball on the soccer field. Roy the Rhino suffers from a serious video game habit. Gary the Goose is a big bully.
Unlock the savings: Lawrence families cut costs on phone plans
March 8, 2010
Remember the days when your $30 per-month basic home phone bill (plus long distance) was all it took to keep in touch with friends and family?
Markieff secret weapon
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
No player has done a better job off the bench for Kansas than the team’s most underrated player, 6-foot-9 sophomore post man Markieff Morris.
Lucky charm: Banker leads St. Patrick’s Day charity efforts
March 8, 2010
Lawrence’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is on Deb Drummet’s mind year-round.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
March 8, 2010
The makings of champions
March 8, 2010
The madness of March is officially upon us. I am not just talking about the month of Lent, which leaves people like me regretting our Ash Wednesday declarations and wishing we had included an exemption allowing for consumption of chocolate after noon as the 40 days drag on.
Get ‘big picture’ view of finances
March 8, 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.
Healthy crop of phone apps tracks your wellness goals
March 8, 2010
Need an extra push to quit smoking? Next time grab your iPhone instead of a cigarette.
Recycle local
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Are you wondering how long Deffenbaugh can keep up their $4.95 a month recycling fee?
Shortsighted cut
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Let’s talk about the Legislature’s shortsighted cuts to Medicaid. A program funded through Medicaid with a 70 percent match from Washington, the traumatic brain injury waiver, saves the state money with focus on community-based services for TBI survivors versus more costly maintenance in a nursing home.
Flamingo support
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
As a past runner in the Shamrock Shuffle and an occasional patron of the Flamingo Club, I take exception with Mark Jarboe’s unfair, ridiculous criticism of the Flamingo’s association with the St. Patrick’s Day events. I really get tired of hearing self-righteous people pass judgment and try to force their values on others.
Painless gain
A stronger seat belt law would be a good idea even if it didn’t mean a financial windfall for the state.
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
This literally would be the most painless way Kansas could put $10 million into the state general fund.
Short-term benefit
A few 15-minute parking meters would be a good addition in downtown Lawrence.
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Lawrence city commissioners are being asked to reconsider their decision not to provide some short-term parking spaces in downtown Lawrence.
Gordon sidelined 3-4 weeks
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Royals third baseman Alex Gordon is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks due to a broken right thumb.
Busch wins in Atlanta
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kurt Busch won again at Atlanta Motor Speedway, pulling away on a second restart Sunday after a couple of wild wrecks to capture the Kobalt Tools 500.
Martin signs new contract
KSU coach to be paid $1.5 million annually
March 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Frank Martin’s grandmother sat in a small room for 12 hours a day and sewed. His uncle worked the docks in the hot Miami sun. His grandfather died of a heart attack while helping the family escape communist rule.
Residents return items stolen after quake
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A10
The officers came with bullhorns to impoverished neighborhoods near the epicenter of Chile’s devastating earthquake, warning looters to return what they stole or face police raids.
Plan would close half of public schools
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A10
Kansas City was held up as a national example of bold thinking when it tried to integrate its schools by making them better than the suburban districts where many kids were moving. The result was one school with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and another with recording studios.
Can the sanctity of TV marriage be preserved?
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
We’re gathered here today to join together “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding” (7 p.m., ABC) to its willing audience of emotional voyeurs. By the power invested in me by the horrible state of reality television, I now pronounce you perfect for each other.
‘Hurt Locker’ wins best picture; Bigelow takes directing award
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
The Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker” won best picture and five other prizes Sunday at the Academy Awards, its haul including best director for Kathryn Bigelow.
Horoscope for March 8, 2010
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, your creativity comes out over and over. The issue might lie in the fact that you are not sufficiently comfortable or self-confident. If you are single, you could discover that suddenly someone quite alluring is among your friends. If you are attached, you want to become more social and/or committed to a key cause as a couple. Capricorn is a friend indeed.
Senators’ attendance records sketchy
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
A handful of state senators have played hooky from the Statehouse more than a dozen times during the most recent two legislative sessions, blaming their absences on everything from illnesses to career obligations.
Newest ’8 Wonders’ focuses on history
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
An organization that educates people about Kansas is seeking nominations for its latest “8 Wonders of Kansas” contest.
Volunteers can make a Big difference to kids
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Big Brothers Big Sisters needs adult volunteers who will help make a difference in the life of an at-risk child.
Budget crisis stirs ghosts of politics past
March 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Budget problems have revived a political debate in Kansas about protecting working families and building prosperity that’s more than a century old.