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KU vs. Northern Iowa KU vs. UNI pep rally March 19-20 2010 winter storm People and Places, March 20, 2010 Pregame interviews: KU vs. UNI The day in photos, March 20, 2010
Podcasts
Polls
Which NCAA Tournament loss in the last 20 years stung the most?

Poll results

Response Percent
2010 Northern Iowa
 
54%
1997 Arizona
 
23%
2005 Bucknell
 
14%
1998 Rhode Island
 
4%
2006 Bradley
 
2%
Other
 
1%
Total 7348
Northern Iowa has only given up 70 points one time this season. Will KU score 70 against the Panthers today?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
81%
No
 
14%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 170
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The sun rises east of Lawrence in the Kaw River Valley around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Despite recent warm weather, snow is expected Saturday. Winter storm warning canceled for Douglas County, advisory in effect
5:44 a.m., March 19, 2010 Updated 9:46 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter storm watch effective Friday evening through Sunday morning.
6:00 a.m.
On Friday, Nick Board, 14, left, and J.R. Quaempts, 14, both of Eudora, find the canoe that they had been taking along the Wakarusa River from Clinton Lake to Eudora. As they were paddling down the river Thursday evening, they became stranded until emergency personnel found them around midnight. Teens’ canoe misadventure ends with ‘lucky night’ rescue
March 20, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Every scenario possible ran through Travis Board’s head Thursday night when he lost cell phone contact with his son, Nick Board, 14, and nephew, J.R. Quaempts, 14.
10:00 a.m.
Dr. Ken Wertzberger, a Lawrence orthopedic surgeon, recalls working with Kansas University student athletes for 27 years during a 2010 interview. He was honored last year with the bronze Jayhawk statue by the KU Athletics Department. Recently, he decided to leave OrthoKansas after 32 years and start his own practice in Lawrence. Lawrence orthopedic surgeon recalls 27 years of service to KU athletes
March 18, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Ken Wertzberger, a Lawrence orthopedic surgeon, recently was honored for 27 years of service to Kansas University athletes. He volunteered at the university from 1979 to 2006, and during that time operated on more than 400 athletes.
2:00 p.m.
Patrick Davidson, left, Overland Park, gets a peck on the cheek from his wife Caroline at the Bricktown Brewery during a Kansas Alumni gathering before KU's game Thursday, March 18, 2010. KU’s next victory: It’s in the cards — or is that the socks?
March 19, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Sure, the Kansas Jayhawks are supposed to win the NCAA Tournament. Oddsmakers say so. All of America says so. The president says so.
4:00 p.m.
Kansas guard Tyrel Reed pulls up for a shot prior to tipoff against Northern Iowa, Friday, March 20, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. FINAL: Northern Iowa shocks Kansas, 69-67
2:23 p.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 10:41 p.m.
The Jayhawks’ furious rally came up short, as Ali Farokhmanesh hit two free throws with four seconds left to knock the top-seeded Jayhawks out of the tournament.

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Pullen rallies K-State past BYU, Fredette
March 20, 2010
BYU’s Jimmer Fredette got smacked in the face, whacked on the head and then sent home from the NCAA tournament. Jacob Pullen and Kansas State are moving on, thanks to a physical brand of basketball that was too much for even Fredette’s prison-toughened game.
Top-seeded Kentucky routs Wake Forest 90-60
March 20, 2010
Two games, two blowouts. John Calipari’s top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are young and inexperienced, but no longer unproven in the NCAA tournament, during which their average margin of victory now stands at 29.5 points after two rounds.
KU bus making way back to Lawrence, no plan for fans
March 20, 2010
The bus carrying the KU men’s basketball team is on its way back to Lawrence from Oklahoma City.
11th-seeded Washington rolls past New Mexico
March 20, 2010
Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas danced to Washington’s timeout huddle after finishing yet another second-half fast break with a basket and a bellowing vocal flourish.
Aldrich, Xavier Henry not yet decided on NBA
Collins: ‘I’m definitely for sure it’s Cole’s last game’
March 20, 2010
Several Kansas University basketball players were asked about their futures in a gloomy KU locker room Saturday.
Baylor beats Old Dominion 76-68 in 2nd round
07:49 p.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 10:02 p.m.
With its first NCAA tournament victory in 60 years out of the way, Baylor has now earned an extended stay.
Butler holds off underdog Murray State 54-52
March 20, 2010
Murray State got awfully close to a second straight bracket-busting upset before Butler reminded the Racers which small school almost always plays big in March.
Tennessee Waltz: Vols in Sweet 16 again
05:07 p.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 08:16 p.m.
J.P. Prince scored 18 points, and Brian Williams and Wayne Chism had 12 rebounds apiece on Saturday to lead sixth-seeded Tennessee to an 83-68 victory over No. 14 seed Ohio on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Obama calls on Democrats to pass health care
March 20, 2010
Victory within reach, President Barack Obama rallied House Democrats today for a final health care push, and party leaders appeared confident they had overcome a flare-up over abortion funding restrictions in the legislation.
Saint Mary’s stuns ‘Nova to advance to Sweet 16
02:28 p.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 02:52 p.m.
Omar Samhan was an unstoppable Gael force and played the game of his career, finishing with 32 points and seven rebounds to lead 10th-seeded Saint Mary’s past Villanova 75-68 on Saturday and improbably into the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.
FINAL: Northern Iowa shocks Kansas, 69-67
02:23 p.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 10:41 p.m.
The Jayhawks’ furious rally came up short, as Ali Farokhmanesh hit two free throws with four seconds left to knock the top-seeded Jayhawks out of the tournament.
Teahan flirts with football future
March 20, 2010
Conner Teahan, a junior walk-on on the Kansas basketball team who was highly recruited as a quarterback out of Rockhurst High, said once the basketball season ends, he’ll give thought to whether he wants to resume his football career.
KU swimmer Kuzhil places ninth
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
Kansas University junior Iuliia Kuzhil took ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke on the second day of the NCAA swimming and diving championships. The swimmer from Cherkasy, Ukraine, finished with a finals time of 52.02 seconds, the fourth-fastest of the competition.
Royals romp
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C2
Brian Anderson went 5-for-5 with seven RBIs and hit for the cycle in the Kansas City Royals’ 24-9 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
St. John’s fires Roberts after six years as coach
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C2
The weeks of talk on whether coach Norm Roberts would return to St. John’s ended Friday: He was fired after six seasons with the Red Storm — only two of them with a winning record.
Wichita teen dies after golf cart mishap
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Wichita girl who was critically injured when she crashed a golf cart earlier this week has died.
Charges filed in Greyhound bus attack
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
Prosecutors have charged a Kansas man with one felony count of bus hijacking for an alleged assault that forced a Greyhound bus off a central Utah highway.
State drug plan company under fire
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
A national union group is pushing Kansas to dump the company that manages the prescription plan for state employees, saying it has failed to offer the lowest possible prices on drugs.
100 years ago: Local real estate booming
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 20, 1910: “The promised local activity in real estate is a new reality.
25 years ago: Bill to raise drinking age approved
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
The Kansas Senate approved a bill that would raise the drinking age for 3.2 percent beer in Kansas from 18 to 21.
City commission agenda for March 22
2011 budget planning begins; declining sales tax revenue a concern
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence city commission agenda for March 22, 2010.
104th birthday marked with green beer
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
It’s been sort of a tradition for Charlott Engstrom of Pittsburg to drink a green beer on her birthday, which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day. For three of the last five years, she and her family have gathered at McCarthy’s to celebrate the occasion.
Man found shot to death in Junction City
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
A man found shot to death on a Junction City sidewalk has been identified as Lionel Page, 22, who police say had recently returned to the city from Florida.
New K.C. exhibit explores eugenics movement
Very complex history’ requires level of maturity, presenters say
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
Teenagers will be descending upon a new exhibition that opened recently in Kansas City.
Kansas couple educate public about agriculture
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Derek and Michelle Zongker reckon they’re just farmers and “bosh” at the mention of words like successful.
Teens’ canoe misadventure ends with ‘lucky night’ rescue
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Every scenario possible ran through Travis Board’s head Thursday night when he lost cell phone contact with his son, Nick Board, 14, and nephew, J.R. Quaempts, 14.
Ready for ‘cool ride’
Lions’ Minnis excited for season — pressure and all
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Albert Minnis was getting the rookie treatment.
Panther coach Ben Jacobson unconventional
12:00 a.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 09:49 a.m.
The Panthers give up the second-fewest points per game in the NCAA this season (54.3) and, according to Statsheet.com, are 21-1 this season when their defensive OER is below 1.
Biologist enjoys work to help state reservoirs
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Mark Shaw spends as much — if not more — time in and around the waters of northwest Kansas as anyone.
Report: Ag Department lax in watching organics
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D8
The Department of Agriculture has failed to enforce penalties against some who falsely marketed foods as organic, according to an internal department investigation.
There are many tools but no guarantees in forecasting floods
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
A year ago, weather forecasters changed their estimate late in the game of just how high the Red River would rise, stoking an 11th-hour sandbagging flurry in Fargo that proved unnecessary in the end because the new prediction was wrong.
Kidcast: Samantha Guengerich
March 20, 2010
The kidcast weather segment for 6News March 19, 2010.
Major storm bringing snow to much of state
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Parts of Kansas have begun seeing the effects of a major winter storm sweeping north out of Oklahoma.
KU student reports being injured in fight
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 25-year-old KU student reported Wednesday evening he was the victim of aggravated battery.
Lawrence man reports vehicle stolen
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 30-year-old Lawrence man reported Thursday the theft of a vehicle and computer.
Inauguration tickets available on Monday
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Tickets will be available to the public on Monday for the inauguration of Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.
Pump patrol
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.60 at several locations.
County jail moves forward on planned solar panels
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Douglas County administrators are recommending that commissioners approve spending $20,000 on a proposal to install solar panels to heat water at Douglas County Jail and the county’s youth services building in North Lawrence.
Illinois official has innovative ideas for higher education
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Most American state-assisted universities, as well as most private colleges and universities, are facing severe fiscal challenges.
Winter storm warning canceled, advisory still in effect
12:00 a.m., March 20, 2010 Updated 09:57 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has canceled the winter storm warning that was in effect for Douglas County.
Kansas softball team splits
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
The Kansas University softball team defeated Harvard, 9-1 in five innings, and lost to San Diego State, 10-2, on Friday in the San Diego Classic.
Barbee, Waite lead KU golf team into third
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
Nate Barbee and Dan Waite fired rounds of 67 to propel the Kansas University men’s golf team to third place entering the final round at the Desert Shootout at Palm Valley Golf Course.
KU football strengthens connections in Florida
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Don’t look now but the Kansas University football team has made huge advances toward recruiting the state of Florida.
LHS baseball loses two in Oklahoma
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High baseball team dropped its first two games of the season on Friday at the Edmond (Okla.) Memorial tournament.
Lawrence High spring sports capsules
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C3
A look at spring sports at Lawrence High.
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette tough
March 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
His mother is Catholic. His brother is a rapper. He honed his game in prison playing against inmates. He scored 37 points in an opening-round NCAA Tournament double-overtime thriller against a school that won national titles in back-to-back years. And he was recruited to play football for Penn State.
Baker to hire KU aide Ballard
March 20, 2010
The Journal-World has learned that Brett Ballard will be Baker University’s next basketball coach. An announcement is expected early next week.
Maryland beats Houston 89-77 in first round
March 20, 2010
On a night when ACC player of the year Greivis Vasquez was having trouble scoring, Maryland turned to freshman forward Jordan Williams.
Center stage: Big men Eglseder, Aldrich ready for battle
March 20, 2010
Underpublicized University of Northern Iowa center Jordan Eglseder knows all there is to know about renowned Kansas University big man Cole Aldrich.
Picketed family also has rights
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
Fred Phelps, founder and pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., claims to be a man of God. But when I interviewed him days after he initiated a vulgar protest at a dead Marine’s funeral, he reminded me more of Lucifer.
Cross party lines
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
But she is your representative! James Skridulis (Public Forum, March 17) complained that his person in Congress claimed the label “my” representative. And he dissented from that assertion. True, her votes and opinions may not be his, BUT she is his representative.
Taxes too easy
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
When any level of government raises your taxes, it tells me they are not willing to operate within their budget. Your home is a business. You have obligations, contracts and people to take care of. If you do not operate within your budget, you could lose your business (foreclosure).
Bible on war
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
As a Christian who served 21 years in the field artillery, including combat with a MLRS rocket battalion in the Gulf War, I disagree with both opinions regarding “How does God feel about war?” expressed in the March 13 Faith Forum.
Student-athletes
Kansas University has every right to be proud of its record of education for athletes.
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, won’t win any popularity contests with a lot of college sports denizens. However, he offered something well worth thinking about when he said this week that college basketball teams that don’t graduate at least 40 percent of their players should be banned from post-season play, such as the NCAA and NIT tournaments now in progress.
Cheney reshaping former VP’s role
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
John Adams called it “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived.” Thomas Jefferson, who held it next, called it “a station where no effort to render service can avail anything.” Thomas Marshall, who held it a century later, compared the position to being “like a man in a cataleptic state; he cannot speak, he cannot move, he suffers no pain, and yet he is perfectly conscious of everything that is going on about him.” And Walter F. Mondale, who held it only three decades ago, came up with this job description: “Fire hydrant of the nation.”
KU Fall 2009 honor roll
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D4
Kansas University announces area students who made the fall 2009 honor roll.
4-H News
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
The Lone Star 4-H Club met March 8 at the Lone Star Church.
Club news
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
Over the Rainbow Doll Club met March 11 at the home of Val Fittell.
Around and about
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
Hana Lindbloom of De Soto and Clay Weinaug of Lawrence, both first-year students at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., were named Cardinal Scholar Athletes for the fall 2009 semester, by earning a 3.0 grade-point average.
Military news
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
Army Staff Sgt. Vernon Bell, a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School and the son of Layce and Doris Bell of Lawrence, is an instructor with the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence in Fort Lee, Va.
Scouting news
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
Boy Scouts from Troop 60 participated in a cookout competition March 5-7 at Camp Bromelsick.
20/20 vision: An institute provides goals for the church and sexuality for the next decade
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D1
Religious leaders are often consulted during major life events: birth, marriage, divorce, death. But if there’s one connecting life issue that isn’t mentioned, even in the schools that train these leaders, it is sexuality…
Four cities that best weathered the recession
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D8
Call them the Final Four: The four large cities that have made it through the Great Recession with the smallest increases in unemployment.
Topless gardener complaints prompt new rules
March 20, 2010 in print edition on D8
A woman gardening wearing only a yellow thong and pink gloves has brought neighborhood complaints and new rules from a housing authority in Colorado.
‘First to Fight’ looks at Marines in action
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B5
HBO’s epic miniseries “The Pacific” looks back at the valor and sacrifice of U.S. Marines during World War II.
Horoscop for March 20, 2010
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B5
This year, you work hard to accomplish what you desire. There are some surprises on the way. Your ability to adjust counts. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone very special. If you are attached, work on respecting your differences and using them for the bettering of the bond. Gemini is fun to share with.
Diplomats urge resumption of Mideast talks
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Friday that the United States and Israel have found a way around the worst disagreement the two allies have faced in years while international diplomats set goals for new U.S.-backed peace talks aimed at establishing an independent Palestinian state.
‘Lawyer’ for U.S. missionaries arrested
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
A fugitive who once acted as the lawyer for a group of U.S. Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children was arrested on human-trafficking charges, authorities said Friday.
Morrises relish twindom
March 20, 2010
If Philadelphia hadn’t already been coined the City of Brotherly Love, someone familiar with the city’s basketball-playing Morris twins might have thought to name it that.
Heavy rains swamp camps holding Haiti’s homeless
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
One of the heaviest rainfalls since Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake swamped homeless camps Friday, sweeping screaming residents into eddies of water, overflowing latrines and panicking thousands.
People in the news
March 20, 2010 in print edition on B5
People in the news for March 20, 2010.
Changes planned to Senate legislation
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
House Democrats plan to approve the biggest changes to the U.S. health-care system in more than four decades, extending coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and attempting to curb rising medical costs.
State employee fired over jaguar capture
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has fired an employee based on results of an internal investigation into the capture and death of what was the only known wild jaguar in the U.S.
Iraqis look ahead with hope, some fear
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Seven years after the first bombs in the war to oust Saddam Hussein, Iraqis went about their business Friday with little observance of the anniversary, looking to the future with a mixture of trepidation and hope.
7th anniversary of Iraq War passes with little notice at home
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
It was a day like any other day — except that it was the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. And, for the most part, that was forgotten.
Overhaul fight exposes Catholic rift
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
An unusual public split between U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, nuns and hospitals over abortion in the health care overhaul could undermine the church hierarchy’s influence on the debate and give anti-abortion Democrats the political cover they need to vote for the bill.
Health care battle tilts president’s way
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
One by one, House Democratic fence-sitters began choosing sides Friday, and the long, turbulent struggle over landmark health care legislation tilted unmistakably in President Barack Obama’s direction.
California police seek more victims through killer’s old photos
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Police have been overwhelmed since they released more than 100 photos found in a serial killer’s storage locker, more than 30-year-old pictures of unidentified girls and women in bell bottoms, bikinis and Farrah Fawcett hair.
Pope’s sex abuse apology letter to Irish faces critics
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI addressed Ireland today in a letter apologizing for the sex abuse scandal here — a message being watched closely by Catholics from Boston to Berlin to see if it also acknowledges decades of Vatican-approved cover-ups.
Lawsuit: Boy Scouts covered up sex abuse
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years.
Pakistan arrests halt contacts with Taliban
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The arrests of top Taliban figures in Pakistan abruptly halted secret U.N. contacts with the insurgency at a time when the efforts were gathering momentum, the U.N.’s former envoy to Afghanistan said Friday.
Pakistan to ask U.S. for more understanding
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Claiming that it has bowed far enough to U.S. interests, Pakistan will use next week’s high-level talks with the Obama administration to seek more recognition for its part in the fight against terrorism and get Washington to acknowledge its concerns about rival India.
Chief: Rules followed in sergeant’s outing
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rapid City’s police chief said in a report released Friday that he regrets his department’s outing of a lesbian Air Force sergeant led to her military discharge, but that his officers followed department protocol.
Final bill omits some of Obama’s promises
March 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
It was a bold response to skyrocketing health insurance premiums. President Barack Obama would give federal authorities the power to block unreasonable rate hikes.