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Archive for Monday, March 29, 2010

Also from March 29

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Aldrich declares for NBA Medieval Feast and Joust KU football spring practice
Podcasts
Polls
Should the city of Lawrence charge a $50 fine to those who receive five or more parking tickets in a 30-day period?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
66%
No
 
33%
Total 1299
Who will you root for in the Final Four?

Poll results

Response Percent
Butler
 
49%
I won’t be paying attention.
 
15%
West Virginia
 
13%
I’ll watch, but it doesn’t matter who wins.
 
12%
Michigan State
 
4%
Duke
 
4%
Total 3831
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Stephen Teska, 9, left, and Treyton Trujillo, 10, both from Cub Scout Pack 3059, pick up canned goods as part of the 23rd annual Scouting-For-Food drive Saturday in Lawrence and Eudora. In the drive, Scouts helped supply local food pantries. Scouts, with a little help from adults, hunt for food drive items
March 28, 2010 in print edition on 1B
In a blue Honda Civic with three boys packed into the back, David Teska cased the houses surrounding Schwegler School.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University students participate in a beer drinking game in March 2010 outside a student rental house just off campus. Responsible drinking 101: KU students creating campaign against high-risk behavior
March 29, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University officials are sending 34 students on a whirlwind tour of colleges across the country, as the university turns to students for help in its fight against high-risk drinking.
10:00 a.m.
Marilyn Hall, left, and Rita Spradlin are in an all-female walking club known as the Jabber-walkers. Both women will participate in the 2010 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon, presented by Hy-Vee, on April 18. Walkers step up to half marathon
March 29, 2010 in print edition on 3A
For 15 years, Lawrence resident Rita Spradlin has walked around Kansas University’s campus – three times a week – with some of her closest friends in an all-female walking group known as the “Jabberwalkers.”
2:00 p.m.
David Williams tries his best to look embarrassed while his wife, Mary Jane, praises him for the support and loving care he’s shown while she has battled colon cancer. Positive attitude is strong medicine
March 29, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Mary Jane Williams has said repeatedly that she’s had an amazing life, with very little to complain about.
6:00 p.m.
Journal-World staff writer Gavon Laessig preps for his speed-dating experience at  Qudos Cigar & Cognac Bar in Kansas City, Mo. Ready … set … DATE
March 29, 2010
Unless you’re the most charming and confident person in the world, or you’re a sadist, dating is horrible. It’s really the worst. Everything about it is just awkward and painful, from introducing yourself to strangers to the teeth-gnashing small talk of a first date.

All stories

How Keegan voted — AP All-America teams
March 29, 2010
The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan’s ballot for the Associated Press All-America teams.
Kan. House panel revewing contract for drug plan
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B10
A Kansas House committee has stepped into a dispute between a union group and the company managing a prescription drug plan for public employees in the state.
State’s groundwater levels continue to rise
March 29, 2010
Evidence of one of the wetter periods in the past decade lingers on Todd Zimmerman’s Rice County farm.
Update: High-tech aerial image of Lawrence reveals location of historic Woodland Park
March 29, 2010
A LiDAR image of the historic Woodland Park reveals the location of the park’s horse racing track, which confirms that the location of the park was at the east end of 12th Street…
Kansas lawmakers won’t debate budget this week
March 29, 2010
Kansas lawmakers won’t be debating the state budget this week.
Collins, Aldrich earn AP All-America status
Collins named to second team; Aldrich third-team selection
March 29, 2010
Kansas senior guard Sherron Collins and junior center Cole Aldrich both earned Associated Press All-American status Monday.
Resolution seeks to force state attorney general to challenge federal health reforms
11:35 a.m., March 29, 2010 Updated 11:57 a.m. in print edition on A3
The measure only has to be approved by one chamber of the Legislature, according to the resolution’s author, state Rep. Aaron Jack, R-Andover.
Cole Aldrich going pro: Junior center leaving KU to enter NBA Draft
11:27 a.m., March 29, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Walt Aldrich was watching highlights of his son’s news conference Monday afternoon in his home in Bloomington, Minn., when his beeper went off.
An all-purpose response for the GOP
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A9
Hi, boys and girls! As a public service, I’ve prepared the following statement for Republican leaders to use when some disgruntled opponent of health care reform injures somebody — or worse. Given recent reports of threats against Democratic lawmakers in the wake of last week’s historic votes, that moment has come to feel inevitable.
Birthday bonanza: Check out the best freebies in town
March 29, 2010
Readers sometimes ask us for a list of all the places in town that offer freebies for birthday patrons. Turns out, the list is surprisingly limited — at least compared to how many phone calls we made! Below you’ll find everything we found.
Baylor comes up short
Bears exit tourney in bittersweet fashion
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B4
Maybe Baylor finally can escape its past, even if the Bears couldn’t cap their breakthrough season with a perfect ending.
After ruling, felony pot cases getting tossed out of court
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B12
Police in a northern California town thought they had an open-and-shut case when they seized more than two pounds of marijuana from a couple’s home, even though doctors authorized the pair to use pot for medical purposes.
The end is drawing near for ‘Saving Grace’
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A11
“Saving Grace” (9 p.m., TNT) returns for its final season as Grace (Holly Hunter) draws closer to her divine destiny.
Gun charges are expected after FBI raids in Midwest
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A7
The FBI said Sunday that agents conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and arrested at least three people, and a militia leader in Michigan said the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group.
Final Four needed Duke
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B4
Think they’re cheering on the campuses at Duke, West Virginia, Butler and Michigan State? That’s nothing compared with the celebration at the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis.
Mark your calendar for Day of Caring
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is hosting its biggest service day of the year on Saturday, April 24: Day of Caring!
UK’s Calipari has tough act to follow
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B2
John Calipari proved he’s pretty good at Square One.
Els holding onto lead at Bay Hill
Rain postpones final round; Na closing in on leader
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B2
Three hours of rain put a stop to the final round at Bay Hill. It did little to cool off Ernie Els.
Pump patrol
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.59 at several stations.
Gill casts his spell on KU football
New Jayhawk era opens with spring drills
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sunday, after nearly three hours on the field for his first official practice with Kansas University’s football team, KU coach Turner Gill had one final test for his troops.
Ready … set … DATE
Staff writer Gavon Laessig sprints through the world of speed dating
March 29, 2010
Unless you’re the most charming and confident person in the world, or you’re a sadist, dating is horrible. It’s really the worst. Everything about it is just awkward and painful, from introducing yourself to strangers to the teeth-gnashing small talk of a first date.
It’s not you, it’s April Fools
March 29, 2010
Due to a crippling case of Aphrilophobia, I will not be available for human interaction Thursday.
Business support
A number of local Kansas chambers of commerce are challenging the statewide chamber’s stand on how best to support Kansas business.
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A9
A growing disconnect between the Kansas Chamber and many local chambers of commerce around the state has produced an interesting split message to Kansas legislators.
Kidcast: Casey Singleton
March 29, 2010
The Kidcast weather segment for March 29, 2010.
Royal undertaking: Sunflower School stages 15th annual Medieval Feast & Joust
March 29, 2010
Sixth-graders at Sunflower School, 2521 Inverness Drive, entertained students, teachers and parents Wednesday with a Medieval Feast and Joust.
Lawrence to have 2 Easter egg hunts
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
The city will host the annual Underwater Eggstravaganza at noon on Saturday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive. The event allows children to hunt for Easter eggs in the city’s indoor swimming pool.
Royals pound White Sox
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B7
Put the Kansas City Royals inside Camelback Ranch, and suddenly the hits and runs keep coming. Jose Guillen had four hits of the Royals’ 19 hits in a 10-8 victory against the White Sox at Chicago’s spring training home Sunday.
Volunteers suffer agonizing defeat
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B4
The ball thudding away after J.P. Prince’s desperation heave fell short, several Tennessee players collapsed in front of the bench, pressing their foreheads against the hardwood.
Kansas tennis falls to Nebraska, 5-2
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Erin Wilbert was undefeated, but Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Nebraska, 5-2, on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.
Kansas softball thumped by Texas A&M, 10-1
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s softball team wrapped up its first Big 12 Conference series of the season with a 10-1 loss at No. 19/17 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Taylor gives documentary thumbs up
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore basketball guard Tyshawn Taylor, who is featured in the documentary film, “The Street Stops Here,” was able to view an advance copy of the 90-minute movie.
Japanese architects honored
Pair receive the 2010 Pritzker Prize
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B12
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, a duo of Japanese architects praised for using everyday building materials to create ethereal structures that shelter flowing, dreamlike spaces, have won the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the prize’s jury announced Sunday.
Curbing texting while driving easier said than done
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A12
Cars use lights, bells and buzzers to remind drivers to fasten their seat belts as they start their engines.
‘Dragon’ heats up with $43.3M
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A11
“How to Train Your Dragon” breathed a bit of box-office fire with a $43.3 million opening weekend and a No. 1 debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Sarkozy’s father counters his critics in tell-all book
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A11
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s father, a self-confessed bon vivant and womanizer, said Sunday he is setting the record on his life straight in an autobiography written above all for his children, and meant to counter claims he was a bad father.
Horoscope for March 29, 2010
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A11
This year, you frequently see situations as either-or. You are very creative and dynamic; others are clearly drawn to you. If you are single, quite a few suitors might desire you. If you are attached, the two of you need to give up having situations a certain way. Libra can be challenging.
25 years ago: Black Muslim leader speaks at KU
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A9
“It’s time for blacks and whites to change the world together, to right the lingering wrongs of the past and set a new example based on justice and mutual respect.”
OMG! Omigie promising
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sometimes you just get a hunch about a young athlete. Something about the way he carries himself, the intelligence he displays in an interview, the physical gifts he possesses, how seriously he takes his sport. Kansas University receiver Chris Omigie, who red-shirted in 2009 and has four years of eligibility remaining, qualifies.
Speak up
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A9
Now the opponents of the health bill are raging in the streets, on TV and everywhere they can make noise. Where are we, the proponents of this wonderful start to help the great percentage of needy people in our country?
Free speech
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A9
Margie Phelps’ letter (Public Forum, March 24) and Michael Smerconish’s column (March 20) illuminate the contradictory claims of free speech and religious obedience. If we don’t engage in slander, hate speech or endangering public safety we are constitutionally guaranteed our public views.
Health overhaul likely to strain doctor shortage
‘Medical home’ movement would give attention to patients who need it
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A6
Better beat the crowd and find a doctor.
Critics push for changes to state’s pharmacy plan
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A4
Claims that the company managing pharmacy benefits for state employees failed to offer the lowest possible prices on many drugs will be the subject of a Legislative committee hearing today.
Kansas NAACP thanks legislators; Other news from the Kansas Statehouse
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Kansas chapter of the NAACP issued a news release thanking legislators in the House who helped defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment to block federal health care reform.
CIA changed detention policies after death in Afghan prison
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
More than seven years ago, a suspected Afghan militant was brought to a dimly lit CIA compound northeast of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Pope opens solemn Holy Week activities amid sex-abuse crisis
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI opened Holy Week on Sunday amid one of the most serious crises facing the church in decades, with protesters in London demanding he resign and calls in Switzerland for a central registry for pedophile priests.
President eliminates 2 time zones
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Russia’s president thought the country had too much time on its hands, so on Sunday he eliminated two of its 11 time zones.
Violent storms cause damage, injuries
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
A handful of people were reported injured by violent storms that ripped the metal roof off at least one building, damaged dozens of homes and knocked down countless trees in central North Carolina on Sunday night, officials said.
Armed gang of masked men raids casino
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
An armed gang of masked men raided a casino packed with about 600 guests early Sunday and made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Swiss prosecutors.
Flood traps over 150 coal miners in north
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rescuers raced to pump water out of a north China coal mine today in efforts to save 153 workers trapped when a flood of underground water rushed through the tunnels, the country’s work safety agency said.
Officials: 2 blasts on subway kill dozens
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Moscow emergency officials and Russian news agencies say two explosions have hit the Moscow subway system, killing at least 25 people.
Walkers step up to half marathon
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
For 15 years, Lawrence resident Rita Spradlin has walked around Kansas University’s campus – three times a week – with some of her closest friends in an all-female walking group known as the “Jabberwalkers.”
Bill restores $2.5M to county
Measure to fix fuel tax error needs approval from House
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
Legislation that could rectify an error that shorted Douglas County $2.5 million has been approved by the Senate and now is in the hands of the House.
Positive attitude is strong medicine
Support of family, friends also powerful in fight against cancer
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
Mary Jane Williams has said repeatedly that she’s had an amazing life, with very little to complain about.
Obama engages troops, Karzai
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as he sought to steel American forces for a tough summer fight and deliver a political jolt to Afghan President Hamid Karzai as he weighs potential peace talks with the Taliban.
Kansas baseball outlasts Baylor
March 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior reliever Brett Bochy threw six hitless innings, and senior Robby Price had four hits and a career-high six RBIs as the Jayhawks outlasted Baylor, 12-6 in 14 innings, on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
City on the road to better streets
Crews catching up on maintenance, building new roads to higher standards
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
Chuck Soules takes comfort on the city streets west of Wakarusa Drive.
Class for new students has positive impact
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
A new mandatory alcohol computer class for incoming Kansas University freshmen appears to be making an impact on students’ attitudes about responsible drinking, KU officials said.
Responsible drinking 101: KU students creating campaign against high-risk behavior
March 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas University officials are sending 34 students on a whirlwind tour of colleges across the country, as the university turns to students for help in its fight against high-risk drinking.
The etiquette of corkage
Fine-dining restaurants pop off about BYOB
March 29, 2010
You’ve ordered the same dish several times at a favorite restaurant, and you keep thinking how well it would pair with a wine you have stored at home — a special bottle not on the restaurant’s list. Now’s the time to inquire about the restaurant’s corkage policy.
Return to roots: Lawrence stylists offer suggestions to reclaim your natural hair color
March 29, 2010
Nancy Riding just began coloring her hair a year ago. The Shawnee resident had some gray she wanted to color before getting married, and now she’s not sure how she’d ever be able to go back to her natural state.
Fresh spring menu features authentic Italian recipes
March 29, 2010
“Jayni’s Kitchen” debuts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 with repeats throughout the week.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
March 29, 2010
Master mentor: Former principal organizes ‘Can We Talk?’
March 29, 2010
“I flunked kindergarten, and by the time I was 12 believed the system didn’t work and rules weren’t made for me,” says Willie Amison, former Kansas University football player, school principal, now educational consultant at KU’s Equal Opportunities Center, president of Amison Consulting and organizer of Lawrence’s “Can We Talk?” program.
Break a sweat for charitable fitness
March 29, 2010
If warmer weather inspires you to get out and exercise for a worthy cause — in addition to better health — Lawrence offers opportunities galore to sweat for the greater good. Spring and summer are prime time for outdoor events that get people moving to help local not-for-profit agencies.
Creatively decorated man caves featured on ‘Home and Away’
March 29, 2010
Man caves have become social speak for those decidedly macho-themed havens ruled by big screens, beer and overstuffed furniture. Locally, these male-dominated dens feature everything from poker tables and pool cues to deer antlers and Dirty Harry posters. Sports is the native language spoken, and while smoking may be allowed, females are often admitted by invitation only.
Accessorize everywhere with bright color
March 29, 2010
For the past few weeks, I have been infatuated with the concept of colorful clothing and bright accessories. For a laundry-list of easy ways to incorporate more color into your spring wardrobe, read on.
With some help, healthy lawns can oust crabgrass
March 29, 2010
Crabgrass is an invasive weed that grows well in lawns that are lightly watered, underfertilized and relatively sunny. Preventing crabgrass with pre-emergent herbicides requires good timing. Applied too early, pre-emergents will be washed away, and applied too late, they are completely ineffective. Once crabgrass has taken root, nonchemical methods are the best means of getting it under control. Seven simple steps will help you create and maintain a crabgrass-free lawn.