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Archive for Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Also from March 9

Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, March 9, 2010
Polls
If you were getting married today would you ask for a prenuptial agreement?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
62%
Yes
 
31%
Not sure
 
6%
Total 1096
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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?
6:00 a.m.
City leaders are trying to address the problem of drink prices in Lincoln, Neb., where the police chief says you can get drunk for just $10. Owners of bars like this one in the college town can receive a tavern violation if they serve alcohol to people who are already intoxicated. Holding their liquor in Lincoln
12:00 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 10:50 a.m. in print edition on 1A
As soon as Jason Goodwin gets out of his car and starts walking down O Street, he becomes an instant magnet for inebriated college students wanting to put their arms around him and ask him silly questions.
10:00 a.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. School board makes start on cuts
March 9, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence school board members on Monday night cut $3.2 million from the district’s budget — more than half of what they need to make up a $5 million budget shortfall.
2:00 p.m.
Some downtown Lawrence merchants want 15-minute parking meters to facilitate ‘quick business’
March 8, 2010 in print edition on 3A
If a group of downtown merchants has its way, there soon may be a new twist to the parking meter system on Massachusetts Street.
6:00 p.m.
Jason Barr (with mannequin) hosts the stand-up comic show "Sketch Bags Too!" Sketchy comedy: Standup revue is filled with a bunch of Sketch Bags
March 9, 2010
Did you hear the one about illegal narcotics in Mexico? How about the one about redneck stereotypes? Maybe the one about prostitution?

All stories

School board approves plan to close budget gap without closing schools
East Heights Child Development Center would still close
07:16 p.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 08:17 p.m. in print edition on A1
In a surprise announcement, Lawrence school board president Scott Morgan Tuesday evening proposed a plan to get the district through next school year by cutting $5 million without closing any elementary schools.
Saturday’s Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Day Parade will have a touch of pink
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
Most of Tonganoxie will be going green for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Leprechaun Games.
Live updates: School board set to meet again to make more budget cuts
March 9, 2010
The Lawrence school board will continue its meeting at 7 tonight, starting out with discussions on raising the student-teacher ratio and closing schools after their four-hour meeting Monday night when they cut $3.2 million before getting to those topics.
Police aren’t the only ones in Lincoln battling underage drinking, out-of-control parties
Greek community, student body, landlords all play a role
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
As Matt Pederson stood inside the main area of his well-kept campus fraternity, he gasped when he learned two Kansas University students died last year in alcohol-related incidents.
Drinking still a problem in Lincoln high schools
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
When Jessica Greer walks down the hallways of Southeast Lincoln High School, the sophomore hears fellow students talking about their weekend plans — where they’ll go to drink and smoke.
Local saturation patrol announced during Spring Break
March 9, 2010
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies announced they will amp up their patrols next week during spring break.
Lawrence woman arrested for child sex charges
02:49 p.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 04:58 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Monday for sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl.
KU Hospital expands size of planned medical office building
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Hospital intends to add a $12 million, 24,000-square-foot addition to a planned new medical office building on its existing campus in Kansas City, Kan.
An active tornado season on tap for 2010, weather officials say
02:41 p.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 04:55 p.m. in print edition on A1
Forecasters say a wetter-than-usual winter and a jet stream ripping over the part of the country known as “Tornado Alley” could lead to an active spring — perhaps starting with the strong twister that nicked a small western Oklahoma town Monday night.
City hosting compost sale March 18 to 20
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawrence citizens can pick up free compost March 18 to 20.
Hearing postponed indefinitely for attorney accused of ethics violation over investigations of abortion providers
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
A hearing has been postponed indefinitely for a Kansas prosecutor facing a professional ethics complaint over past investigations of abortion providers.
Kansas Department of Transportation to release Thursday study on feasibility of Amtrak expansion in Kansas
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
State transportation officials are preparing to release a feasibility study that looks at the potential for expanding Amtrak rail service through Kansas.
Parkinson set to sign into law indoor smoking ban
11:42 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 11:42 a.m.
The legislation would ban smoking in most public indoor areas, such as work places, bars and restaurants.
Property tax legislation gets major alteration in committee
11:29 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 11:29 a.m.
The bill recommended by the committee was much different than what was initially proposed.
Walk to benefit Multiple Sclerosis April 10
March 9, 2010
22nd annual Walk MS event April 10 at Sunflower Elementary.
Boy Scouts hosting food drive March 27
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Volunteers will be passing out fliers encouraging local residents to leave food donations on their porch for pickup March 27.
Statehouse Live: Advocates for disabled urging Legislature to restore cuts
08:45 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 08:54 a.m. in print edition on A3
More than 1,800 people with physical disabilities are on a waiting list for home- and community-based services. The program is designed to help people stay out of more expensive nursing home care and provide a more independent quality of life.
Kansas House backs off from requiring school districts to consolidate
08:12 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 04:15 p.m.
Kansas House members rejected portions of a bill Tuesday that would have reduced state aid for some small school districts.
Lawmakers consider imposing ‘soda tax’ as way to narrow budget deficit
08:08 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 04:56 p.m. in print edition on B8
Kansas would impose a new tax on soda — a penny for every teaspoon of sugar — under a proposal that a key legislator outlined Tuesday while lawmakers considered raising taxes to erase a projected budget shortfall.
Holding their liquor in Lincoln
Community bands together in unprecedented effort to combat binge drinking
12:00 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 10:50 a.m. in print edition on A1
As soon as Jason Goodwin gets out of his car and starts walking down O Street, he becomes an instant magnet for inebriated college students wanting to put their arms around him and ask him silly questions.
Al-Qaida suspect not group’s spokesman
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pakistani officials reversed course Monday on a recently captured American suspected of being a member of al-Qaida, saying the man is not the terror network’s U.S.-born spokesman, as they initially believed.
Austin QB commits to Red Raiders
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
Dreams of Todd Reesing Part II will have to be put on hold for at least another couple of seasons.
UConn gets record win
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B4
UConn dumped feisty Notre Dame 59-44 in the Big East semifinals before 9,334 at the XL Center.
Kidcast: Naomi Terkildsen
March 9, 2010
The Kidcast weather segment for March 8, 2010.
Double Take: Loving couple offer a lesson
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
The young couple warmed the whole restaurant on a cold afternoon.
Chief concern: Self troubled by Jayhawks’ inconsistency this season
12:00 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 11:59 a.m. in print edition on B1
Bill Self and his wife, Cindy, spent some quality time together in front of the TV over the weekend, not watching the Academy Awards, but re-runs of a special basketball team — the 2008 national champion Kansas Jayhawks.
Gaels stun Zags in WCC finals
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B4
Mickey McConnell matched his career high with 26 points, Ben Allen added a career-best 20, and Saint Mary’s upset No. 18 Gonzaga in an 81-62 victory Monday night in the West Coast Conference tournament title game.
Olathe man collapses during Shamrock Shuffle
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 51-year-old Olathe man collapsed of an apparent heart attack as he was nearing the finish of Saturday’s 5K Shamrock Shuffle run/walk.
KCK man charged in shooting incident
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
An 18-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man has been charged with four criminal counts after a weekend shooting incident near 23rd and Iowa streets.
More quakes? No, just more people
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
First the ground shook in Haiti, then Chile and now Turkey. The earthquakes keep coming hard and fast this year, causing people to wonder if something sinister is happening underfoot.
Sea lions killed for eating protected fish
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A10
Wildlife officials have tried everything to keep sea lions from eating endangered salmon, dropping bombs that explode under water and firing rubber bullets and bean bags from shotguns and boats. Now they are resorting to issuing death sentences to the most chronic offenders.
School board makes start on cuts
$3.2M in savings identified; work will continue tonight
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school board members on Monday night cut $3.2 million from the district’s budget — more than half of what they need to make up a $5 million budget shortfall.
Obama launches attack on health insurance companies
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A10
The White House is mounting a stinging, sustained broadside against health insurance rate increases as President Barack Obama and his aides enter what they hope will be the final stretch of a yearlong political war over health care reform.
Cable series comes, goes as it pleases
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
These days, no one knows when a cable season begins and ends.
People in the news
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
People in the news for March 9, 2010.
Horoscope for March 9, 2010
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
You discover that if you have the support of others, your abilities are enhanced. This year, you can manifest many more of your desires. Your birthday heralds a new life cycle. If you are single, you will have to work to maintain that status with so many suitors. If you are attached, your sweetie benefits from your positive, happy attitude. Capricorn helps make what you want happen.
Expected drop in pregnancy-related deaths not occurring
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Eleven days after her son Benjamin’s birth by C-section, Linda Coale awoke in the middle of the night in pain, one leg badly swollen. Just as her doctor returned her phone call asking what to do, she dropped dead from a blood clot.
Toyota disputes critic who blames vehicle electronics
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Toyota, dogged by millions of recalls and claims that it still has not fixed its safety problems, took its strongest step yet Monday to silence critics who blame faulty electronics for runaway cars and trucks.
Reds pitcher impressive against Royals
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
Scouts behind home plate trained their radar guns on Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman as the left-hander prepared to throw. When the ball smacked the catcher’s mitt, they’d glance back at the gun and find an eye-popping number.
KU police report gun incident
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University police reported an aggravated assault that occurred Friday afternoon at 11th and Mississippi streets.
KU men’s golf team in 15th
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
Freshman Alex Gutesha was the top first-day finisher for the Kansas University men’s golf team as it enters the final round of the Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club in 15th place.
Iraqi parties both claim to be ahead in election
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Iraqi prime minister’s coalition and its main secular rival both claimed to be ahead in the vote count Monday, a day after historic parliamentary elections that the top U.S. commander said would let all but 50,000 American troops come home by the end of summer.
Survivors out in cold; quake toll passes 50
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of earthquake survivors huddled in aid tents and around bonfires Monday in eastern Turkey, seeking relief from the winter cold after a strong temblor knocked down stone and mud-brick houses in five villages, killing 51 people.
Obama still wants U.S. trial for Gitmo suspects
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
White House aides are increasingly convinced that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will never face trial in a civilian court and are trying to cut a deal that would still transfer Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspects to the U.S., where many would face criminal charges, a senior administration official said Monday.
100 years ago: Watkins planning impressive home
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 9, 1910: When J.B. Watkins fenced in his tract of ground to the east of the KU campus about a year ago, and forbade the students from traversing the path they had followed for years, a great howl went up. Now the reason comes to light. Mr. Watkins intends building upon his land east of the KU electrical building the finest residence in Kansas. Final plans are not known but the site is one of the finest to be found in the state. .
Haskell guard George a leader on and off the court
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kayla Davis wouldn’t trade Justina George for any other roommate.
Free State’s Hill staying close to home
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Maybe at some point next winter, when she’s scraping ice off her windshield or battling sub-zero wind chills on her walk to class, Ashli Hill briefly will second-guess her college decision.
School heroes
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
March 2, I attended the last in a series of public forums concerning the school budget crisis. A cloud of tension filled the auditorium as each person made their plea to the school board. And then, like the sun shining through the cloud, a sweet innocent young girl from Central Junior High School stepped up to the microphone.
Collins gesture
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Like every Jayhawk fan, I watched with great interest, excitement and some sadness as Sherron Collins closed out his career in Allen Fieldhouse. It was great for him to go out on top with a win against a rival like K-State. Of course, I listened afterward on the radio as he thanked his coaches, family, teammates and fans. I doubt there was a dry eye in the house.
Great choice
The Kansas Board of Regents only needed one interview to find the right person to become its new CEO.
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
It didn’t take long for members of the Kansas Board of Regents to find what they were looking for in a new president and CEO.
Newspaper fires subpoenaed reporter
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B10
A subpoenaed Dodge City reporter who testified about a jailhouse interview with a murder suspect has been fired, the latest turn in a bitter dispute between the journalist and her newspaper since the Kansas Supreme Court refused to toss out the subpoena.
1990 tornado outbreak still one for the books
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B10
Twenty years after a storm cell produced tornadoes across much of the Midwest on the same day, meteorologists say those tornadoes are still teaching lessons about severe storms.
Pump patrol
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.62 at several stations
Charges filed in vehicular assault
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
Delbert Lee New III, 28, Lawrence, has been charged with aggravated battery and driving while suspended after a weekend domestic disturbance.
40 years ago: City, county to discuss road collaboration
March 9, 2010
City and county commissioners met to discuss cooperation in providing better roads for the region. In the past, there seemed to be too many duplications of effort and not enough efficiency in the planning and officials hoped this would set the stage to produce better trafficways at lower cost.
Obama to ’Bama: ‘Roll Tide’
President recognizes national football champions
March 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
President Barack Obama honored the national championship University of Alabama football team on Monday at a White House event where the president punctuated his remarks by declaring, “Roll Tide.”
25 years ago: Fan protests change in basketball ticket seating
March 9, 2010
Harold Riehm of Lawrence said he did not like the notion of being tossed out of choice basketball seats at Allen Fieldhouse if he did not contribute heavily to the KU athletic program. He was calling for legislation in Topeka to prohibit athletic departments at state universities from requiring fans to give to the programs to keep preferred seats. He had testified before the Kansas Board of Regent on the issue and the regents said they planned to study the issue.
City may rebuild Iowa St. for $5M
Engineers seek project after harsh winter beats up road
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
Mother Nature has pounded Iowa Street this winter, and now the city’s engineers are ready to wave a $5 million white flag.
Harmful rivalry
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Much has been made over the Lawrence High School/Free State High School lip dub “controversy.” In hopes of preventing further animosity, we’d like to suggest two lessons to be learned from it.
Costs of war
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Columnist Trudy Rubin, in her endless promotion for continued funding of the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, offered an interesting summary of current military thought. After eight years of U.S. presence in Afghanistan, only recently did the top brass admit that an Afghan military would be needed to supplant our presence. Her Feb. 28 column estimated it would take at least five more years for the Afghan army to jell. As many as 20 percent of Afghan soldiers are illiterate.
Drug cartels are a moving target
March 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Watching how the drug cartels are penetrating the highest levels of some Central American governments, I can’t help wondering whether the nearly 40-year-old U.S. war on drugs has only helped push the drug barons from Colombia to Mexico and now from Mexico to Central America.
Sketchy comedy: Standup revue is filled with a bunch of Sketch Bags
March 9, 2010
Did you hear the one about illegal narcotics in Mexico? How about the one about redneck stereotypes? Maybe the one about prostitution?
Drunk tank’ serves as alternative to jail for some violators of Lincoln drinking laws
12:00 a.m., March 9, 2010 Updated 10:53 a.m. in print edition on A5
Three guys stumbled down the street toward Lincoln police officer Jenny Mullendore, clinging onto each other’s shoulders, doing everything they could to help the one in the middle stay on his feet.