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KU vs. Oklahoma State Fans celebrate KU's victory KU vs. Texas Tech Free State girls vs. Wichita Heights
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Who will be KU's leading scorer against Texas Tech?

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Xavier Henry
Marcus Morris
Sherron Collins
Cole Aldrich
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Sarah Skaggs sweeps her living room floor at her home near Ozawkie. On July 9, Skaggs was laid off from her job at Line-X of Lawrence. In an effort to make the best of her unemployment, Skaggs has spent time remodeling her home. State unemployment rate climbs upward in January
March 10, 2010 in print edition on 5A
The Kansas unemployment rate jumped to 7.1 percent in January, up from 6.2 percent in December, officials reported Wednesday.
6:00 a.m.
University, law enforcement and community efforts to curb high-risk drinking among college-age students are showing results in Lincoln. Landlords, police, university team up to handle underage drinking, overindulgence at house parties
March 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
House parties were getting out of control, binge drinking was among the highest of all the nation’s college towns, and Lincoln police had thrown in the towel on the alcohol problem.
10:52 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor stretches out with his teammates prior to the Jayhawks' second-round matchup of the Big 12 Tournament against Texas Tech on Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. FINAL: 2,000! Collins, Aldrich lead KU to 80-68 victory over Texas Tech
10:43 a.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 2:42 p.m.
Jayhawks hit 2,000-win milestone in triumph over Red Raiders.
3:00 p.m.
Robert Knapp, Lawrence, left, and David Olcott, Lawrence, smoke Wednesday outside the entrance to Henry’s Coffee Shop, 11 E. Eighth St. A statewide smoking ban approved recently will likely make it illegal to smoke in many of the sidewalk dining and drinking areas in downtown Lawrence. State smoking ban will prohibit some outdoor smoking at Lawrence businesses
12:13 p.m., March 10, 2010 Updated 6:07 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A recently approved statewide smoking ban likely will make it illegal to smoke in many of the sidewalk dining and drinking areas in downtown.
6:00 p.m.
From left, Blue O’Leary, 8, her sister Ro O’Leary, 3, and Grace Branson, 6, clean the computer room at New York School during a parent-student volunteer work day Jan. 18. Blue and Grace are students at New York, which is one of the elementary schools the district may close in the face of cutting up to $5 million from its budget. Details begin to emerge on making school board’s budget cutting plan work
March 10, 2010 in print edition on 3A
One day after Lawrence school board members approved a budget cut plan without closing any schools for next year, administrators got to work on the details.

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Baylor bests Texas, moves on to face K-State
March 11, 2010
LaceDarius Dunn, benched with three quick fouls in the first half, rebounded with 17 of his 19 points after intermission and No. 21 Baylor made it three in a row over Texas with an 86-67 victory Thursday night in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
No. 9 Wildcats rout Oklahoma State 83-64
March 11, 2010
Jamar Samuels scored 21 of his career-high 27 points in the first half, helping No. 9 Kansas State turn a rematch into a rout with an 83-64 win over Oklahoma State Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
KU women WNIT bound after loss to OSU
March 11, 2010
The Kansas University women’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 WNIT.
KU women lose opener, earn WNIT bid
07:55 p.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 09:02 p.m. in print edition on B1
Andrea Riley scored 37 points, Toni Young added 16 and No. 20 Oklahoma State put away Kansas 76-69 on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
Lawrence leaders looking at creating arts district in order to compete for federal grant
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence leaders are working on a $200,000 effort to create an arts district that could become a significant player in the city’s tourism efforts.
Legislature considers bill to impose new reporting requirements on fertility clinics
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
A bill that would require reporting and monitoring of more information on fertility treatments was before the Legislature on Thursday.
KU details how it made nearly $34 million in budget cuts
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
Distributing $33.8 million in budget cuts at Kansas University hasn’t been easy, and university administrators say the cuts have had wide-ranging effects.
KU coach Turner Gill gives glimpse of his style: building character, with no cussing
New KU football coach visits Leadership Lawrence class
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
Members of the Leadership Lawrence class on Thursday got a peek inside the mind of new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill.
Educator groups tell Senate to raise taxes to close state budget deficit
March 11, 2010
Two Kansas education groups and a school superintendent have urged a legislative committee to raise taxes.
Jury convicts resident of violent armed robbery in central Lawrence
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County jury found a 26-year-old Lawrence man guilty of robbery and several other charges on Wednesday, for an Aug. 7 incident in central Lawrence.
FINAL: 2,000! Collins, Aldrich lead KU to 80-68 victory over Texas Tech
10:43 a.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 02:42 p.m.
Jayhawks hit 2,000-win milestone in triumph over Red Raiders.
Amtrak study shows routes through Kansas
Ridership numbers have good potential, but effort will take years, officials say
10:07 a.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 09:19 a.m. in print edition on A3
A study of expanded passenger railroad service in Kansas found “attractive” ridership numbers.
House speaker unsuccessfully tells legislative budget director not to implement agreed upon pay cuts
09:48 a.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 05:14 p.m. in print edition on A4
Top Democrats criticized an unsuccessful push by Kansas’ Republican House speaker to delay pay cuts for legislative leaders’ staff — including the speaker’s wife — because the state law imposing them took effect Thursday.
Professors differ on health amendment
09:37 a.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 09:37 a.m. in print edition on A4
Law professors on Thursday disagreed on the effect of a proposed state constitutional amendment that seeks to allow Kansans to reject any federal health care requirement to purchase insurance.
KU offensive coordinator facing lawsuit in California
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B7
KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long is facing a lawsuit in California.
Senate panel to vote next week on regulations for campaigns to oust, retain sitting judges
March 11, 2010
A Kansas Senate committee expects to vote next week on a bill regulating campaigns to oust or retain members of the state’s appellate courts.
National Guardsmen return from year-long Afghanistan deployment
March 11, 2010
A group of Kansas National Guard soldiers with expertise in agriculture returns this weekend from a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.
Woman arrested after fight at east Lawrence bar
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Shawnee woman was arrested early Thursday on charges of aggravated battery after a fight at the 23rd Street Roadhouse.
Crews respond to fire alarm at KU’s Memorial Stadium
05:11 a.m., March 11, 2010 Updated 05:25 a.m.
Crews responded Thursday morning to Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium after a fire alarm was activated.
Senate extends jobless aid, business tax breaks
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Senate voted Wednesday to extend key pieces of last year’s economic stimulus measure, including help for the jobless and money to help financially strapped states pay for health care for the poor.
GOP strategy based on fear
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
Fear again. Not hope, nor patriotism, nor progress, nor any of the nobler emotions and impulses by which human beings are driven. Nope. None of those.
Feds lack states’ financial discipline
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
There is a great divide in American politics. It’s not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the president and Congress in Washington, on one side, and governors and legislators around the country on the other.
People in the news
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
The Internet has gotten its way: Betty White will host “Saturday Night Live.”
KU men hope to stay longer at the Big 12 tournament this year
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bill Self likes to check in with each of his Kansas University basketball players to see how they’re feeling — physically and mentally — heading into the postseason.
KU women have new life
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Injuries have taken a toll on Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. And the impact hasn’t been just physical.
Pressure packed: Wichita Heights ousts Free State girls, 64-45
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Four minutes into the Free State girls basketball team’s Class 6A state tournament matchup with Wichita Heights, it was hard to imagine things going much better for the Firebirds. Four minutes later, it was impossible to imagine them going any worse.
Haskell women’s hoops routed at nationals
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B4
At halftime, it was still a game. Then the wheels fell off.
Rockies can’t touch Greinke
March 11, 2010
Zack Greinke was far more pleased with his first start than with the three innings he threw for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.
KU baseball rolls, 15-0
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B4
For the second day in a row the Kansas University baseball team jumped on an inferior opponent and rolled to an easy victory.
Math, English classes could be standardized
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Governors and education leaders on Wednesday proposed sweeping new school standards that could lead to students across the country using the same math and English textbooks and taking the same tests, replacing a patchwork of state and local systems in an attempt to raise student achievement nationwide.
Pelosi: Dems close on health care agreement
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Democrats claimed momentum Wednesday in their drive to enact the sweeping health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama, citing near agreement on crucial issues despite persistent Republican efforts to knock them off stride.
Budget deficit sets record in February
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
The government ran up the largest monthly deficit in history in February, keeping the flood of red ink on track to top last year’s record for the full year.
Study: Invasive heart tests used too often
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
A troublingly high number of U.S. patients who are given angiograms to check for heart disease turn out not to have a significant problem, according to the latest study to suggest Americans get an excess of medical tests.
Panel: Many women can avoid repeat C-section
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Too many pregnant women who want to avoid a repeat cesarean delivery are being denied the chance, concludes a government panel that urged doctors to rethink litigation-spurred policies that have swung the pendulum back toward the days of “once a C-section, always a C-section.”
CDC traces salmonella with shopper cards
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
As they scrambled recently to trace the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds around the country, investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention successfully used a new tool for the first time — the shopper cards that millions of Americans swipe every time they buy groceries.
Law School students offer tax assistance
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Law School students will be offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for Kansas, Missouri and Illinois residents making less than $49,000 per year and who are not itemizing deductions.
Dean candidate praises creativity of liberal arts
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s interim provost said Wednesday that the imagination and creativity that the liberal arts provide students can spark innovation in many different areas of research and the university’s mission.
‘Extreme’ hurricane season forecast
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be “extreme” with several major storms hitting the U.S., meteorologists warned Wednesday.
About the “Lessons From Lincoln” series
March 11, 2010
The people of Lincoln, Neb., have taken a communitywide approach to combating high-risk drinking among college students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Almost half of K.C.-area schools set to close
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Kansas City school board approved a plan Wednesday night to close nearly half the district’s schools in a desperate bid to avoid a potential bankruptcy.
Ex-music director sent to jail for church arson
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B10
A former church music director who admitted setting fire to the northeast Kansas church where he worked has been sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison.
Pump patrol
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.62 at several stations.
No asterisks of infamy for Jayhawks
March 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
In all the glitter, glamour and eulogizing during college basketball tournaments and NCAA March Madness, some of the seamier aspects of competing teams in the Big Show get swept under the rug. All you have to do is scan the footnotes of the brackets since 1961 to realize the rather rampant truancy in the system.
Horoscope for March 11, 2010
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Thursday, March 11: This year you have many opportunities for change and heading in a positive direction. You will be much happier as you launch into a new life cycle. If you are single, you will be surrounded by potential suitors. You will have to work at staying single. If you are attached, the two of you might have a disagreement about how to lead your daily life.
Haim continues tragic Hollywood tradition
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
Corey Haim’s story is sadly familiar in Hollywood: A teen talent who discovered drugs as he tasted his first success and whose personal problems increased as his star-power faded.
True crime show looks mighty familiar
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
Call me old-fashioned, but I was disappointed when “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones” (9 p.m., Investigation Discovery) didn’t feature a character played by Pam Grier.
Style scout: Deena Amont
March 11, 2010
I read Dr. Seuss books out loud when nobody’s around, and I hate wearing pants!
Style scout: Jim Grimes
March 11, 2010
People say I look like Richard Chamberlain. I’ve also been told I look like Andy Gibb, Tom Cruise and even Pierce Brosnan…
You guys are really good at what you do! An etiquette guide for local bands in awkward situations
March 11, 2010
We asked more than a dozen local bands questions pertaining to band etiquette. The responses we received proved to be both insightful and hilarious…
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
Our country faces critical budget shortages, and virtually every state is cutting education, medical care for the disabled and so much other vital public infrastructure that will result in all Americans living in a deteriorating social environment. Yet we are allowing our government to bankrupt us on wars that make us less secure.
Caring acts
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
Of recent it seems that every good deed is attributed to Christ or Christianity. A few days ago, the Journal-World published a story about a group in Eudora which was preparing food packets for those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. One of the participants described it as “the Christian thing to do.” What if the group had been Jewish or Muslim? Would it have been a “Muslim” thing to do, or a “Jewish” thing to do? Or, forbid, what would you call it had the group be comprised of agnostics? An “agnostic” thing to do?
Good compromise
It was a difficult process, but Lawrence school board members ended up with a good budget compromise for next year.
March 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
The community drumbeat against making hasty decisions to close any local elementary schools next year apparently has been heard by Lawrence school board members.