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Duke, Coach K back in Final Four
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Duke is back in the Final Four, ending an unusually long absence for coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team — and keeping No. 1 seeds from being shut out of the title chase.
Michigan State returns to Final Four
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
The players come and go, the years pass. About the only thing that doesn’t change is Tom Izzo and Michigan State’s mastery in March.
Senate vice president says special session on budget possible
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
This week, legislators are expected to adjourn the first part of the 2010 session without having passed a budget proposal out of either the House or Senate.
Federal government turns attention to education
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B7
After more than a year when the spotlight remained fixed on the doctor’s office and the hospital room, attention switches this week to the classrooms of America. On Monday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the first-round winners of the Race to the Top, the $4 billion competition he set up to reward the states with the most ambitious plans for improving their public schools.
Jayhawk fan seeks reason to go on
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
Has your world ever been crushed like a fortress of toothpicks trampled by a herd of elephants? Has the belief system on which you based your sense of security and self-esteem ever been blown away like thistle down by a March wind? That’s the way I felt when the Jayhawks lost to Northern Iowa.
No-win situation
Results of a recent statewide poll illustrate the difficulty of finding acceptable ways to balance the Kansas budget.
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
A statewide survey widely publicized last week because it showed strong support for increased tobacco and alcohol taxes in Kansas also included other responses that point to the challenge faced by legislators trying to balance the state budget.
Use rain barrels to capture April showers
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D8
Rain barrels can be purchased at some local hardware and farm supply stores, or you can make your own — here’s how…
Shadowy history: Abraham Lincoln recast as vampire hunter
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D3
On a recent afternoon, Tom Schwartz, the state historian of Illinois, greeted Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of “The Big Book of Porn.”
Mummies are showstoppers in inaugural U.S. exhibit
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D7
Mystery, dazzle and awe unite the mummies of a man, woman and child who were found in China’s Tarim Basin at different times in different places for an exhibition so rich in history it contains some of the earliest known baby bottles, trousers, sunglasses and pasta.
Critter Care: Humane Society’s service to community nears 60-year mark
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D4
“Have you a stray pet or lost animals?” the 1951 ad reads.
Kovel’s Antiques: Popular clothing line started in sporting goods
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D8
Did you know Abercrombie & Fitch made line dryers for fishing lines?
The Daisy Dozer’s Day
Lore surrounding a bygone roller coaster lingers in east Lawrence neighborhood
March 28, 2010
You could hardly be faulted for not knowing there was ever a roller coaster here, much less at the turn of the century. It didn’t leave much of a mark - even the history books have but trace mentions of the “Daisy Dozer” and the once-grand Woodland Park…
Scandal may cut deeper
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C1
It’s often said and rightly so that an athletic department is the front porch to a university. It’s what forms a first impression for the masses. It triggers the most emotional responses.
KU rowing falls at UT
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University rowing team notched one victory in six races against Texas on Saturday.
Census data tells us about ourselves
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
If nothing else, do it for the love of the data.
Boomer Girl Diary: Perfect dog turns into only nearly perfect dog
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D1
Raising a small dog is a lot like raising a small human in that, sometimes, you get lulled into a false sense of security and disaster ensues.
State group places villa on list of endangered historic places
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B5
A 143-year-old limestone house north of Lawrence has been named as one of the most endangered historic places in the state.
Release of contractor in Iraq brings joy to family
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
The California family of an Iraqi-American contractor said to have been kidnapped in Baghdad is rejoicing over his release.
Hateful view
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B7
Just when I had about composed my letter regarding Mr. Burkhead’s views on homosexuality, along comes a letter from Ms. Phelps. I can’t understand the mean-spirited and venomous attitudes these people have cultivated. Quoting Bible Scripture to defend their views, they and people of like views seem to have completely forgotten the main message of Jesus: “to love your neighbor as you love yourself.” This seems like a pretty simple philosophy and a worthy goal, not just for Christians, but for all religious groups, agnostics and atheists as well.
Disability rights forum calls for more funding to support workers
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
As a direct support professional, Andrea McMurray is a chef, property manager, health care provider, cheerleader, grief counselor, life coach, referee, teammate and mediator.
School task force planned
Panel would evaluate elementaries
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Advocates of neighborhood elementary schools breathed sighs of relief earlier this month when Lawrence school board members cut $4.6 million from the budget without closing any schools for next school year.
Kansas softball drubbed, 12-4
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
An eight-run Texas A&M sixth inning doomed the Kansas University softball team in a 12-4 loss on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
KU baseball falters, 9-8
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
Jimmy Waters went 3-for-5 with his fourth home run of the season, but the Kansas University baseball team fell to Baylor, 9-8, on Saturday.
Behind the lens: Dejection difficult to photograph
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D2
Shooting basketball is easy. More correctly, it’s pretty easy when compared to photographing a heartbroken student-athlete with his face buried in a towel, still crying 20 minutes after a loss to a less-established opponent.
Royals top Athletics
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C5
Justin Duchscherer was roughed up for 11 runs in his second start after missing last season, and the Oakland Athletics lost, 14-12, to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
American League preview: West division full of changes
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C5
Everybody knows it’s status quo in the AL East: Yankees and Red Sox, with the Rays hoping they can reprise their run from two years ago. The Central also features the regular figures — Detroit, Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox — fighting for the division. It’s the AL West that has a whole new look.
Volunteers get hooked quickly
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas University student David McKenzie has volunteered with the Douglas County Special Olympics for only a few months, but he’s hooked.
How to get involved with the Douglas County Special Olympics
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
The local Special Olympics group offers many ways to get involved. The all-volunteer organization participates in sports all year long, including bocce, bowling, golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, and track and field.
Family connections abound in local Special Olympics
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
Douglas County Special Olympics athletes, coaches and other volunteers interact so easily that it makes the 80-member crew that traveled to the state basketball and cheerleading tournament in Hays last week seem like one large family.
Special Olympics Inspirational Athlete fueled by love of KU athletics
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
When Todd “Leaper” Williams received the Most Inspirational Athlete award at the State Special Olympics Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament last weekend in Hays, he had one thing on his mind: Jayhawk football.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘All Undone’
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D3
Daddy, I’m so sorry to inform you That, since you left this Earth, Everything’s come undone, the things you did.
Scouts, with a little help from adults, hunt for food drive items
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
In a blue Honda Civic with three boys packed into the back, David Teska cased the houses surrounding Schwegler School.
Wizards say Arenas will return next season
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C6
A day after Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards’ locker room, team president Ernie Grunfeld reaffirmed that Arenas will be back with the club next season.
Arenas lucky to avoid jail
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C6
Gilbert Arenas is a lucky man.
Kentucky ousted
Huggins, West Virginia in Final Four
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C4
Country roads, take me home. Or better yet, Indianapolis.
Els eyes second straight victory
Big Easy leads by one at Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C2
Winless for two years, Ernie Els put himself in position Saturday for his second straight victory.
Screening sessions for children offered
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B5
Are you concerned about your preschooler’s skills when it comes to walking, talking, playing, thinking, hearing or seeing?
City commission agenda for March 30, 2010
Tax abatement for Amarr Garage Doors on the table
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B5
The city commission agenda for March 30, 2010.
Walk to raise funds for multiple sclerosis
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Mid America chapter of the MS Society is putting on its annual Walk MS event, beginning at 9 a.m. April 10 at Sunflower School, 2521 Inverness Drive.
Wheel Genius: Road work set for this week
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B4
Road work for the week starting March 28, 2010.
Report: Perkins got $4.4M in 2009
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B4
The $4.4 million that Lew Perkins earned last year leading the sports program at Kansas University appeared to make him the highest paid athletic director in the nation, according to a published report.
Wood chip sale set for this week
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B3
The city’s annual wood chip sale is set for this weekend.
Kansas competes for wind farm projects
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
Several new wind farms may be cropping up in the area, allowing Kansas to capitalize on the free-blowing breeze in a state officials say has the second-most potential for wind power in the country.
Audit finds Missouri overbilled Medicaid
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B8
A federal audit has found the state of Missouri overbilled Medicaid by about $20.5 million.
Struggling families depend more on school lunches
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B8
For a couple of tight weeks after taking in her sixth-grade stepson, Lisa Lewis fretted about how to pay for his school lunches.
Parliament hosts first same-sex marriage
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A6
Britain’s Europe Minister Chris Bryant has taken part in Parliament’s first gay marriage, celebrating a civil partnership ceremony at the historic venue.
Landmarks, cities unplug for Earth Hour
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A6
Europe’s best known landmarks — including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome’s Colosseum — fell dark Saturday, following Sydney’s Opera House and Beijing’s Forbidden City in joining a global climate change protest, as lights were switched off across the world to mark the Earth Hour event.
Obama: Student loan changes overcome ‘politics of moment’
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Big changes in the student loan program will help make college more affordable for students and their debt load more manageable after graduation, President Barack Obama says.
Prime minister’s forces detain, investigate winning candidates
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
At least four Sunni Muslim candidates who appear to have won parliamentary seats in Iraq on the winning ticket of secular leader Ayad Allawi have become targets of investigation by security forces reporting to the narrowly defeated Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to interviews Saturday with relatives, Iraqi security forces and the U.S. military.
P.M. agrees to talks with protesters
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has agreed to face-to-face talks with protesters demanding new elections to “restore peace and minimize the chance of violence.”
Spokeswoman: Bush hospitalized, not serious
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized Saturday in Houston to undergo routine tests but doctors don’t suspect anything serious, a family spokeswoman said.
Arab League chief urges closer ties with Iran
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
The head of the Arab League urged the 22-nation bloc on Saturday to engage Iran directly over concerns about its growing influence in the region and its disputed nuclear program.
GOP’s health care plan: Repeal and replace
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Repeal the new health care overhaul and replace it with something better, says the Senate’s top Republican, who led a solid wall of GOP opposition to the Democratic plan.
Israeli soldiers leave Gaza after fierce clash
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Israel withdrew its troops from the Gaza Strip on Saturday after some of the fiercest gunbattles with Palestinian militants in the Hamas-run territory since last year’s military offensive.
Kentucky picks worst time for worst game
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C2
In the end, Kentucky picked the biggest game of the year to play its worst game of the year.
National League preview: Phillies go for three-peat
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C5
The only thing the Philadelphia Phillies want from the St. Louis Cardinals is the title of last team to win three straight National League pennants.
Self, who picked ’Cats, keeps busy in CBS studio
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and fellow CBS-TV panelists Greg Anthony and Seth Davis each went for the favorite when asked by studio host Greg Gumbel for a prediction before Saturday’s West Regional final between Butler and Kansas State.
LHS boys track third, girls place fourth
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High boys track and field team finished third and the girls team placed fourth at the six-team Topeka West Relays at Summer Sports Park on Friday night.
Kansas track wins 15
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
In its first meet of the outdoor season, Kansas University’s track and field team had 15 individual victories and set several personal records Saturday at the Razorback Spring Invitational.
Kukuk’s 2 HRs pace FSHS baseball
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
Cody Kukuk hit two home runs, and the Free State High baseball team routed Glendale of Springfield, Mo., 17-4, on Saturday at the Claremore 4-State Baseball Festival.
Most adoptions from China now special-needs cases
March 28, 2010 in print edition on E8
Not long ago, the choices facing Robert and Julie Garrett would have been simpler. Once they set their hearts on adopting a child from China, the odds were high they could soon bring home a healthy infant girl. It’s different now.
Tight job market squeezing out young workers
Nearly 1.3 million 16- to 24-year-olds have left work force since start of Great Recession
March 28, 2010 in print edition on E8
Teens and young adults, short on experience and skills, have been giving up the job search at higher rates than other workers are during this great recession.
Horoscope for March 28, 2010
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, you will have a little too much on your plate for your taste. Study new ways of approaching responsibilities, perhaps in a more innovative and beneficial way. Express your good intentions and stay centered, and you will discover that you succeed. At the same time, be willing to let go of what doesn’t work in your life. If you are single, check out a potential sweetie. This person might not be all that he or she seems to be. If you are attached, express more nurturing to your significant other. Both of you will gain. Virgo picks up on the details.
All-star game taps 3 city high school players
March 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
The prep basketball season concluded two weeks ago, but three city players will have one more opportunity to take the court this year.
Clock winding down on ‘24’
Current season will be show’s last
March 28, 2010 in print edition on D5
The drama “24” won’t be ticking much longer on TV.
U.S. troop deaths double
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first three months of 2010 compared to the same period last year as Washington has added tens of thousands of additional soldiers to reverse the Taliban’s momentum.
Insanity of war
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B7
Regarding the recent letter from Robert Ramsdell entitled “Bible on war” (Public Forum, March 20), I must admit utter astonishment over Mr. Ramsdell’s semantic whitewashing relative to the words “murder” and “kill.” The fact that he takes issue with the translation of the Hebrew word “ratsach” tells me he is using language, specifically the language of the Bible, to justify war. This is nothing more than tinkering with words which some consider sacred to justify the commission of hate speech and hate crimes.
321 civilians killed in ’09 massacre in Congo
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
At least 321 civilians were killed in a previously unreported massacre in Congo in late 2009, while villagers that escaped their rebel captors were sent back with their lips and ears cut off as a warning to others of what would happen if they tried to talk, according to an investigation by a human rights group.
Shelter plan emerging ahead of donor meeting
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
Aid officials say they have finally figured out where to put hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their homes in a cataclysmic earthquake: right back where they came from.
Hopes fade for 46 sailors after S. Korean ship sinks
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
Military divers plunged into the waters near South Korea’s tense maritime border with North Korea on Saturday, searching in vain for 46 missing marines from a naval ship that exploded and sank, officials said.
100 years ago: City library robbed
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 28, 1910: “A robbery was committed at the city library last night when entrance was made though one of the rear windows and $18 was taken from the cash drawer.
40 years ago: KU faculty members under investigation
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
KU faculty members were circulating a petition in support of Profs. Lawrence Velvel and Fred Litto who had had their promotions “frozen” pending a probe into their alleged roles in campus demonstrations.
25 years ago: State House proposes ticket tax
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
A bill was introduced in the Kansas House that would add 25 cents to the price of every ticket sold to sporting events at state universities for one year.
U.S. should curb birthright citizenship
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
A simple reform would drain some scalding steam from immigration arguments that may soon again be at a roiling boil. It would bring the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal immigration. To end the practice of “birthright citizenship,” all that is required is to correct the misinterpretation of that amendment’s first sentence:
KUMC trains physicians for rural areas
Almost half of center’s Wichita campus graduates practice in-state
March 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
LaDonna Regier knows the problem all too well.
Zookeeper butts heads with giraffe
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Rhode Island zookeeper has been treated at a hospital for minor head injuries and released after butting heads with a giraffe.
Palin to tea party rally: Don’t sit down or shut up
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists assembled in the dusty Nevada desert Saturday that Sen. Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown to campaign.
Health insurance requirement a Republican idea
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
Republicans were for President Barack Obama’s requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it.
Obama announces recess appointments
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Fed up with waiting, President Barack Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs, wielding for the first time the blunt political tool known as the recess appointment.
After big week, Obama looking to ride momentum
Health care, Russia deals may lead to other victories
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Doubted and deeply in need of a comeback, President Barack Obama had a political dream week: a historic remaking of America’s health care system, an overhaul of how students pay for college and a groundbreaking deal with Russia to shrink nuclear arsenals.
Who are the Douglas County Special Olympics Jayhawks?
March 28, 2010
The local all-volunteer organization began in the 1970s and was originally known as the Green Machine. After growing to the biggest Special Olympics team in Kansas in the 1980s, the organization became “essentially nonexistent” by the 1990s, said John Samuels, local program coordinator. Samuels and other volunteers restarted the team in 2004, beginning with only five athletes.
Special Olympian excels at powerlifting
March 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
Standing 5-foot-7 and about 250 pounds, Brady Tanner, 29, isn’t exactly graceful on the basketball court, as he lumbers across the gym and waves his Popeye-like forearms for a rebound.