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Births
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The day in photos, March 22, 2010
Polls
Now that Kansas University's men's basketball team is out of the NCAA Tournament, will you turn your attention toward the women's team's quest for the WNIT championship?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
70%
Yes
 
17%
I wasn’t paying attention to the men’s team before
 
6%
My attention was always on the women’s team
 
5%
Total 1622
Will you participate in a benefit walk or run this spring?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
62%
Yes.
 
37%
Total 70
What grade would you give lunches at Lawrence's public schools?

Poll results

Response Percent
D.
 
30%
C.
 
25%
F.
 
20%
B.
 
17%
A.
 
4%
Total 62
Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
67%
Yes.
 
32%
Total 58
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Edward Payson Weston. A walk to remember: Century anniversary recalls American folk hero’s historic march through Lawrence
March 21, 2010 in print edition on 1D
Lawrence was anticipating his arrival for days. The town was electrified. Naturally, the visitor would be coming on foot, easily recognizable by his dapper dress, wooden staff and quick pace…
6:00 a.m.
Crews are finishing up their work to reinforce the Bowersock Dam on the Kansas River. Activity was in full swing on Wednesday. Repair work to shore up Bowersock Dam winds down
March 22, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Thirty feet of gravel, concrete, steel — and, oh yeah, about $2.2 million — can buy a city a lot of peace of mind when it comes to a 124-year-old dam.
10:00 a.m.
One of Five squads of basketball teams wins second-place medals Saturday at the Douglas County Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament in Hays. County’s Special Olympians earn medals at state tournament
March 21, 2010 in print edition on 5C
While the Kansas University men’s basketball team ended Saturday with a devastating loss, dozens of other area hoopsters returned to Lawrence as winners.
2:00 p.m.
Several groups of boys play basketball on the courts at the East Lawrence Recreation Center Monday, March 15, 2010. Rec center plans begin to take shape
March 22, 2010 in print edition on 3A
By early April, Lawrence Parks and Recreation leaders hope to start a new push to win support for a west-side recreation center, and perhaps a larger wellness center and fieldhouse.
6:00 p.m.
Cami Kennedy watches as her three-year-old daughter Suzana pours a cup of tea for herself. Kennedy says her daughter has been drinking decaffeinated tea for as long as she can remember. Pop culture: Lawrence experts say cut kids off caffeine altogether
March 22, 2010
If Dr. Stephen Lauer has seen it once, he’s seen it one time too many. And he’s seen it many, many times. Glancing into his clinic waiting room, the pediatrician spies a child young enough to be aged in months and weighed down by a full diaper, sipping an adult-sized bottle of soda pop.

All stories

Eudora City Council OKs new athletic facility
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A4
A new athletic facility on the Eudora High School campus cleared its final hurdle Monday night when the Eudora City Council unanimously approved the use permit for the Eudora school district.
Eudora City Council decision expected soon
March 22, 2010
The deadline for applications required to fill the vacant Eudora City Council seat has come and gone. As of Monday night’s deadline, four people have expressed interest in the position.
KU releases dates for Spring football practices
March 22, 2010
The Kansas University athletic department released the dates for this year’s Spring football practices.
School board president wants to stick by plan not to close schools for next year
Legislature may short district another $1.68M
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school board president says it’s unlikely board members will reopen talks of closing schools if the district has to consider deeper budget cuts for next school year.
ACORN disbanding because of money woes, scandal
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
The once mighty community activist group ACORN announced Monday it is folding amid falling revenues — six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute.
County Commission to consider waiving requirement for church to build turn lanes on Highway 40, west of Lawrence
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
New turn lanes on U.S. Highway 40 west of the South Lawrence Trafficway would just have to wait under a proposal up for consideration Wednesday by Douglas County commissioners.
Brownback, Holland differ on increased federal Medicaid match
03:23 p.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A5
The bill in question contains an extension of unemployment benefits, plus continued extra funding to help states pay for Medicaid.
Brett Ballard officially named new basketball coach at Baker
01:51 p.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
New Baker University basketball coach Brett Ballard believes it’s possible to be a Wildcat and a Jayhawk at the same time.
Proposal to block federal health reform fails in House
01:12 p.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 10:20 a.m.
The debate in the Kansas House repeated many of the arguments heard over the past year.
Tonganoxie mayor in critical condition following possible suicide attempt
Mike Vestal is now in the hospital
11:45 a.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 10:50 p.m. in print edition on A3
Tonganoxie’s mayor was in critical condition at Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon following a possible suicide attempt.
KU chooses former Texas A&M leader for provost position
Professor, former administrator Jeffrey Vitter to start July 1
11:21 a.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 02:48 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s new provost is a former Texas A&M administrator who has served in a number of leadership roles at public and private institutions.
Derby woman will challenge Brownback in GOP gubernatorial primary
08:30 a.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 10:13 a.m.
The certainty Republican Joan Heffington brings to her campaign for governor is encapsulated in a single sentence borrowed from the Bible.
Brownback urges Kansas Legislature to advance amendment seeking to block federal health care reform
08:30 a.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 09:13 a.m.
The day after Congress passed sweeping health care legislation, the Kansas House is scheduled to debate House Concurrent Resolution 5032, which is a proposed state constitutional amendment that would prohibit the federal government from requiring that Kansans purchase health insurance.pondering a response.
Sebelius tells TV audience Americans will embrace health care reform bill as they learn more about it
March 22, 2010
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she believes people who remain skeptical about the massive health care reform that has passed Congress will feel better as they learn more about it.
Legislators expected to have busy week as key deadline looms
March 22, 2010
A busy week is in store for Kansas legislators as they approach a key point in the 2010 session.
House backs bill to narrow abortion law
08:23 a.m., March 22, 2010 Updated 10:49 p.m. in print edition on A3
The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would bar late-term abortions for mental health or emotional reasons.
Save that date: Couples become more creative with wedding day reminders
March 22, 2010
“Jeff and Erin’s Epic Wedding Trailer” is a YouTube sensation. In it, the bride and groom-to-be, Erin Martin and Jeff Wong of Sidney, Australia, star in a jaw-dropping, four-minute “movie trailer” that tells the story of how they met, illustrates the journeys (literal, not figurative) they’ve taken together, recreates Jeff’s bended-knee proposal, and ends in blockbuster style by announcing the date of their impending nuptials.
Repair work to shore up Bowersock Dam winds down
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A1
Thirty feet of gravel, concrete, steel — and, oh yeah, about $2.2 million — can buy a city a lot of peace of mind when it comes to a 124-year-old dam.
Witness: Jackson doctor stopped resuscitation to gather drug vials
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A9
Michael Jackson’s doctor halted CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that shed new light on the singer’s chaotic final moments.
100 years ago: Plans for Mass St. temple moving forward
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 22, 1910: “The Masonic Temple building committee has definitely decided on plans for a new temple to be built along the architectural lines of the ancient Egyptian Temple ‘Elephantine’ and will be arranged to provide for every convenience for the Masons in all bodies and rites.
Despite sour grapes in Topeka, local wineries stomp ahead
March 22, 2010
It’s spring in Kansas, pruning time in the vineyards. That seems an incongruous statement in the land of amber waves of grain, but time was when Kansas and the Midwest dominated American winemaking. If Kansas wineries have their way, that time will come again.
Livin’ on a prayer
March 22, 2010
I think I have finally found a replacement for Paul Newman, who, with his passing, left an opening on my “list.” (To those who do not know of the “list,” please refer to the TV show “Friends.”)
U.S. must detail two-state Mideast strategy
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A7
President Obama is angry at Israel for announcing new building plans in a disputed area of Jerusalem — while Vice President Biden was visiting.
That’s one giant leap for former astronaut
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A9
From “One Small Step” to the cha cha step, astronaut Buzz Aldrin has become the Sylvia Miles of the Apollo program.
Air travelers to see tougher security, longer wait in lines
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
For those who haven’t flown in a while, be prepared to be scanned, swabbed or thoroughly patted down. Maybe all three.
Woods addresses scandal, Masters
Golfer answers questions for first time since car crash
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods acknowledged “living a lie,” saying he alone was responsible for the sex scandal that caused his shocking downfall from global sporting icon to late-night TV punchline.
KU tennis falls, 7-0
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomores Erin Wilbert and Ekaterina Morozova won at the No. 1 doubles position, but Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Texas, 7-0, Sunday.
Next year, title possible
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B1
Nobody took the premature Kansas University exit from the NCAA Tournament harder than Marcus Morris, who was balled up on the corner of the Ford Center floor, bawling so hard he was shaking.
Kansas football RB Bourbon fast, elusive
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B1
Though he was careful to point out that the comparison was made in a relative sense, Potosi High football coach Mark Casey delivered mighty high praise for running back Brandon Bourbon, a four-star senior signee from Potosi, Mo., who will join the Kansas University football team this summer.
KU’s loss Baker’s gain
BU’s new coach Ballard ‘all about the Jayhawks’
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B1
Brett Ballard, who has been involved with Kansas University’s basketball program as a player and staff member the last 10 years, today takes his expertise over to neighboring Baker University.
Social animals: Social media has gone to the dogs. And the cats. And the ferrets. And the …
March 22, 2010
As with anything Internet-related, social media has a teeming underbelly of primitive behavior. That includes by actual animals…
Choir education: ‘Encore’ show melds choir, pop music at Free State
March 22, 2010
You would think that those involved in a high school musical production, especially one devoted to choral arrangements of pop songs, would really like “Glee.” Nope…
Pop culture: Lawrence experts say cut kids off caffeine altogether
March 22, 2010
If Dr. Stephen Lauer has seen it once, he’s seen it one time too many. And he’s seen it many, many times. Glancing into his clinic waiting room, the pediatrician spies a child young enough to be aged in months and weighed down by a full diaper, sipping an adult-sized bottle of soda pop.
Dogged determination: Community fitness helps mom lose weight
March 22, 2010
“I didn’t starting running until I was 44 when I couldn’t run 100 yards without becoming breathless,” says Ellen Young, representative at Mike Grosdidier’s State Farm insurance office.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
March 22, 2010
Wills important part of family planning
March 22, 2010
You’re going to die. Maybe not today, and probably not tomorrow, but some day you will die. You’ll leave everything you own behind: the house, the car, the book collection, the fine china, the sparkling jewelry. All of it will linger long after you’re gone. And that’s why you should consider drafting a will.
Anyone can master the art of soldering copper
March 22, 2010
With the advent of Pex tubing and “Shark Bite”-type fittings, soldering copper tubing is becoming a lost art. With a little patience and a lot of practice, you still have time to master this art form.
Forget cutesy stuff: Baby denim is tiny but trendy
March 22, 2010
Denim is easy, denim is durable — and that makes denim a potentially sensible and stylish choice for some of the toughest customers around: babies and toddlers.
Pop some color and cute nail polish for spring
March 22, 2010
Hello, chirping birds. Hello iced-coffee. Hello, boys playing Frisbee on the lawn … Smile, it’s springtime. So please, please peel off your all-black outfit and let some color show!
Library needs
The Lawrence Public Library is an important community service, but it’s a difficult time consider funding a major expansion project.
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A7
The need and desire to expand the Lawrence Public Library hasn’t gone away. Unfortunately, the city probably is even less able to fund such a project now than it was when it was last discussed several years ago.
Education not a civil rights problem
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A7
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, like many liberals, seems afflicted by Sixties Nostalgia Syndrome, a longing for the high drama and moral clarity of the civil rights era. Speaking in Alabama at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 45th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march, Duncan vowed to unleash on public schools legions of lawyers wielding Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They supposedly will rectify what he considers civil rights violations, such as too many white students in high school advanced placement classes.
Royals struggle defensively in tie
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B3
A year after they led the AL in errors, the Kansas City Royals have been making defense a focus in spring training.
Flood fears recede as river crests
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B10
The good news was all about things that didn’t happen: No floodwaters pushing aside hastily built sandbag walls, no neighborhoods evacuated, no panicked residents wondering whether they’d ever see their homes again.
Thousands rally for immigration reform
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B10
Frustrated with the lack of action to overhaul the country’s immigration system, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied on the National Mall and marched through the streets of the capital Sunday, waving American flags and holding homemade signs in English and Spanish.
Abortion compromise doesn’t satisfy critics
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A10
A last-minute compromise that swung a half-dozen anti-abortion Democrats behind President Barack Obama’s health care bill — virtually ensuring its passage — failed to placate outside activists on either side of the issue, and drew derision from Republicans.
Obama works for passage on final day
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A10
Capping a long day and a consuming political journey, President Barack Obama celebrated the passage of health care legislation on Sunday with hugs, high fives and an emboldened attitude. Said the president to the nation, “Tonight, we answered the call of history.”
U.S.-Russian nuclear deal nearly completed
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B10
Nearly a year after President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered negotiators to work on a new treaty to reduce their nuclear arsenals, the two countries say they are finally close to completing a deal.
‘Alice’ still reigns with $34.5 million
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A9
Alice remains the queen of the box office.
L.A. band tries to cash in with free monthly album
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A9
In an instrument-filled garage almost every day for the past year, musician John Wood has tried to find a new way to make a living.
Horoscope for March 22, 2010
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, some unanticipated changes could blow through your life. If the status quo isn’t working, you might discover that events will force your hand. If you are single, you might be more than ready to settle down. If you are attached, respect each other’s differences. Someone born under the sign Cancer can drag you down.
Planning begins for Relay for Life
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A5
Cancer. It’s an ugly disease that affects so many people.
Democrats’ state power unprecedented
5 of 6 statewide offices held by minority party
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A5
An unusual combination of circumstances has put Democrats in five of six statewide offices in Kansas, a new political pinnacle for them in a Republican-leaning state.
Art Guild needs gallery assistance
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Art Guild Association needs volunteers to staff its 1109 Gallery.
Snowmobiles, ATVs, lobster boats used to count nation’s population
March 22, 2010 in print edition on B10
Census workers are using snowmobiles, airplanes, all-terrain vehicles — even lobster boats — to visit the most far-flung, hidden-away dwellings when counting the nation’s populace.
State leaders to debate budget cuts; other news from the Kansas Statehouse
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
Both the House and Senate this week are planning to debate proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Women’s agency changes its name
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
To better reflect its mission of helping the victims of family and domestic violence, Women’s Transitional Care Services has changed its name to Willow Domestic Violence Center.
Parks & Rec sponsorships offered
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
Area businesses soon will have the chance to hang their names in some of the city’s busier parks.
Toyota shareholders sue over fallen stock price
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
Toyota shareholders incensed over a sudden drop in the Japanese automaker’s stock price are heading to court with lawsuits claiming company executives deliberately misled investors and the public about the depth of accelerator problems in millions of its vehicles.
Pump patrol
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.
Rec center plans begin to take shape
Renderings of proposed site will be ready to share with public in a few weeks
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A3
By early April, Lawrence Parks and Recreation leaders hope to start a new push to win support for a west-side recreation center, and perhaps a larger wellness center and fieldhouse.
Residents fear 2nd volcanic eruption
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
A volcano in southern Iceland has erupted for the first time in almost 200 years, raising concerns that it could trigger a larger and potentially more dangerous eruption at a volatile volcano nearby.
Building rules opposed for east Jerusalem
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
Israel will not restrict construction in east Jerusalem, Israel’s prime minister said Sunday hours before he left for Washington, despite a clear U.S. demand that building there must stop and a crisis in relations between the two longtime allies.
Left beats Sarkozy’s party in regional vote
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
The long-flailing French left made a big-time comeback Sunday, crushing Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives in regional elections colored by voters’ economic worries — and informally kicking off the 2012 presidential race.
Iraqi election board rejects recount request
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A2
As new results from this month’s election continued to show a neck-and-neck race, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday issued a strongly worded warning that without a nationwide recount, the country could descend into violence.
House speaker to testify on Tuesday
March 22, 2010 in print edition on A1
An investigative committee looking into an allegation of misconduct against Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, has waded into questions about conflicts of interest that sometimes surround legislators and their outside work.