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Car destroyed in Baldwin City fire KU spring football practice High school track meet at LHS The day in photos, March 31, 2010 Free State girls vs. Shawnee Heights KU softball vs. UMKC LHS girls swim meet
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12:00 a.m.
Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity members Michael Solganik, Overland Park junior, left; Brett Samet, San Antonio sophomore, and Steven Meyer, Omaha, Neb., sophomore, work to perforate rolled pieces of matzah at the fraternity. Members of the fraternity spent an evening with Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel of the Chabad Jewish Center learning about the traditions of Passover as well as how to prepare matzah, a traditional Passover food. Dinner ritual: Passover a time for history, family and friends - lots of them
March 30, 2010
Lawrencians celebrating passover have taken the act of “making room for one more” and made it a truly flexible art form…
6:00 a.m.
Kansas Highway Patrol trooper J.D. MacEwan carries a shotgun from a pile of items discarded during a high-speed chase that ended in western Douglas County. Man apprehended after high-speed chase in rural Douglas County, west of Lawrence
1:46 p.m., March 30, 2010 Updated 6:41 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Multiple local law enforcement agencies worked together to arrest a man who led police on a lengthy chase through rural areas west of Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
Eileen Roddy, right, of Lawrence, gets an American flag from Angie Solomon on March 26 following the naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. Roddy came to the U.S. from Northern Ireland. Solomon is an auxiliary member of Wyandotte American Legion Post 83. Irish immigrant celebrates her American citizenship, cherishes new right to vote
March 30, 2010 in print edition on 1B
When I met and married my husband, Don Phillips, in London in 1997 and moved to Kansas, I thought my stay here would be temporary.
2:00 p.m.
House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, on Friday criticized a complaint filed against him by House Democrats. Democrats say it is improper for O'Neal, an attorney, to represent groups suing the state over a budget move approved by the Legislature. O'Neal said he has complied with the law. "They're shooting blanks," he said of the Democrats' complaint. Panel dismisses complaint against O’Neal, but says House rules need to be changed
1:47 p.m., March 30, 2010 Updated 8:32 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Democrats said O’Neal, an attorney, created a conflict of interest by representing groups in a lawsuit against the state.
6:00 p.m.
Crabbed deviled eggs. Egging us on: Easter? It’s time to mix up your holiday staple
March 30, 2010
Forget the “chicken or the egg” dilemma. Here’s the perennial eggs-istential question: A large, invisible bunny has left two dozen gaily decorated, hard-boiled eggs in your house on Easter morning. What do you do first?

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Self says reports on frosh Henry a bit premature report says KU freshman will turn pro
06:39 p.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1 reported via its Twitter account Wednesday that Kansas University freshman guard Xavier Henry has decided he’s entering the 2010 NBA Draft and an “announcement is expected soon.”
Legislative leaders concerned Lawrence court case could endanger limits on pain and suffering awards
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
Supporters of maintaining the caps in awards for pain and suffering are prepared to propose a constitutional amendment to protect those caps, a key legislator said Wednesday.
Crews extinguish fire at home in Baldwin City
March 31, 2010
A four-door car was the primary casualty of a structure fire in Baldwin City Wednesday afternoon.
District court to cut hours in response to state’s revenue shortfall
05:42 p.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 03:59 p.m. in print edition on A3
Hours at the Douglas County District Court Clerk’s office soon will be cut, and the office will be closed several days this spring as a result of state budget woes.
McDonald’s on 23rd Street slated for major remodel
North Lawrence slated to receive place to buy fresh food
05:26 p.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 09:57 a.m. in print edition on B8
A new look is on the way for one of 23rd Street’s fast food pioneers. Leaders with the local McDonald’s franchise have filed plans with the city to tear down the store at 901 E. 23rd St. and replace it with a larger version.
Another Kansan dies from H1N1 flu virus
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B10
A 71-year-old woman from northeast Kansas has died from the H1N1 flu virus. She was not from Douglas County.
KU athletics director to speak about leadership at Dole Institute
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins is scheduled to appear at the Dole Institute of Politics in April.
Legislators approve bill that strengthens domestic violence laws
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
Legislators have sent Gov. Mark Parkinson a bill supported by the parents of Jana Mackey, a Kansas University law student who was murdered in summer 2008.
Two-way traffic finally to resume on North Second Street after eight months of detours
04:15 p.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 06:14 p.m. in print edition on A1
For the first time in more than eight months, drivers will be able to drive north through a major North Lawrence intersection without stopping, turning or otherwise wondering when the path will reopen.
Back in the saddle: It may be a long shot, but Teahan jumps into QB battle
03:25 p.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
KU football coach Turner Gill announced Wednesday that basketball player Conner Teahan will spend the spring football season trying out for the team’s vacant quarterback position.
Prosecutors expect to file charges Thursday against man for high-speed chase
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
Shawnee County prosecutors expect to file charges Thursday against a Douglas County man who was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed chase that spanned parts of Shawnee and Douglas counties.
Winner chosen in 2,000th win contest
March 31, 2010
Jake Perry of Lawrence was selected as the winner of the “Guess the 2,000th Win!” contest.
Blasts to clear old Kansas Turnpike piers
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
The last pieces of piers that shouldered loads for the Kansas Turnpike’s original Kansas River bridges are to be blasted with explosives Thursday afternoon.
Parkinson, Senate leaders predict mix of tax increases to solve budget crisis
12:05 p.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 05:52 p.m. in print edition on A1
In what may have been an unprecedented occurrence, the Legislature adjourned its regular session early Wednesday without having produced a budget plan.
KU names Danny Anderson as dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Interim provost Danny Anderson will begin job July 1
11:06 a.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 06:12 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas University named Danny Anderson, its sitting interim provost, as the university’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Wednesday.
Update: KU Libraries avails 1937 aerial image of Woodland Park
March 31, 2010
Rhonda Houser at Kansas University Libraries alerted us to online 1937 aerial photographs of Lawrence. Although the resolution isn’t as fine as current Google satellite photos, it provides the best view (so far) of historic Woodland Park…
Kansas farmers plant record soybean crop
March 31, 2010
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says Kansas farmers plan to plant their biggest corn crop since 1936. Growers also are planning to put in the largest soybean planted acreage in state history.
Health care freedom’ amendment will get one last debate in Topeka when senators return later this month
March 31, 2010
A Republican state senator is seeking to force a debate next month on an amendment to the Kansas Constitution meant to nullify federal health reform.
One person arrested in connection with man found dead off Maine Street
07:40 a.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 09:50 a.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence police arrested a 36-year-old homeless man Wednesday in connection with the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday afternoon in his house in the 800 block of Maine Street.
Kansas Legislature adjourns regular session; budget work put off until April 28
Budget work, other issues left for wrap-up session next month
12:52 a.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 12:52 a.m. in print edition on A3
After having used up 75 days of a 90-day session, legislative leaders decided it would be best to wait until they have more up-to-date revenue projections before attempting to fashion a spending plan.
Seabury hires AAU coach
Battles brings wealth of experience to Seahawks
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
The idea of coaching high school basketball for the first time is enough to get Ashley Battles excited.
Bullying raises questions about schools’ vigilance, liability
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
A gay teenager in New York wins $50,000 from a school district that failed to stop taunts about his sexual orientation. The Justice Department investigates complaints that administrators ignored racial bullying in a Philadelphia school.
Loan changes to help students, community colleges
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
Bigger grants for college students who need them. Relaxed payment terms for students with loans. More money for community colleges and historically black institutions.
Reed expected Aldrich’s move
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior center Cole Aldrich’s decision to turn pro didn’t shock his roommate of three years, Tyrel Reed.
Kansas announces firm that will conduct review
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University has announced that Foulston Siefkin, LLP, a Wichita-based law firm, will conduct an independent review of Kansas Athletics ticketing and fundraising operations.
Sooners headed to Final Four again
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
Oklahoma withstood early adversity, composed itself and took control with balance, hustle and grit.
WVU guard’s status uncertain
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
West Virginia point guard Darryl “Truck” Bryant sat out of practice Tuesday, and his availability for the Final Four remains a mystery.
Spartans a green-bleeding family
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
Mateen Cleaves clapped hands and bumped chests with each of the Michigan State Spartans as they filed in for their first video session after advancing to the Final Four.
LHS tennis fifth at Emporia tourney
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s boys tennis team placed fifth among six teams Tuesday at the Emporia round-robin tournament.
Lions’ swimmers take third place at home
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Heather Cistola and Jessica Boyer each won two events to lead the Lawrence High girls swimming and diving team to a third-place finish on Tuesday at LHS.
Free State softball dominates
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Free State High’s softball team coasted to season-opening 20-0 and 19-1 victories over Leavenworth on Tuesday at Clinton Lake Softball Complex.
Royals defeat Indians
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kyle Davies is back on track after a rough start to spring training.
Firebirds battle to tie
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Two games into girls soccer season and Free State High is more like Frustration High.
LHS soccer falls, 2-1
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kaley Tesdahl scored a goal on a corner kick from Olivia Dykes, and Mattie Casad “did a fantastic job for us in her first game in goal for us at Lawrence High,” according to coach Matt Anderson, but it wasn’t enough for Lawrence High to win its season soccer opener Tuesday.
St. John’s hires Lavin
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B2
Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin agreed to become the basketball coach at St. John’s on Tuesday. The school said a news conference to introduce Lavin would be held today.
Martin says K-State basketball at crossroads
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B2
Tempting though it may be, Frank Martin is refusing to sit back and bask in the glow.
HUD executive convicted of theft
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B10
A federal agency official in Kansas has been convicted of taking more than $47,000 in pay for hours he didn’t work.
Consumers slowly displaying signs of bouncing back
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B9
Signs of life in consumer spending are sprouting this spring.
‘In Plain Sight’ returns on USA
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
“In Plain Sight” (9 p.m., USA) returns for a third season as Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) recuperates from a bullet wound and struggles to remember her assailant.
People in the news
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
People in the news for March 31, 2010.
Hometown team may cut cash boost
Butler could cut city’s economic infusion by 15%
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B9
Having a hometown team play in the Final Four has Indianapolis buzzing, but Butler’s remarkable run — and the proximity of two other competitors — could hurt the bottom line from one of the NCAA’s biggest events.
Body parts found at KCK medical waste company
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B10
Three individuals have been identified so far among six heads and numerous other human body parts found in a truck at a Kansas medical waste facility, including at least one man who was to have been cremated, a coroner said Tuesday.
KU newspaper wins multiple awards
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
The advertising staff of the University Daily Kansan has won seven awards from the College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers Inc.
Police determine man stepped in front of vehicle
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police on Tuesday said a 35-year-old man stepped in front of an eastbound car Friday night near Sixth and Maine streets but suffered no apparent injuries.
Man arrested after making threats with knife
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
A 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of aggravated assault and domestic battery.
Lawrence man reports hand tools stolen
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 35-year-old Lawrence man reported Saturday the theft of hand tools from the 400 block of Missouri Street.
Pump patrol
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.58 at several stations.
NYC pays poor for good conduct, with mixed results
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A10
An experimental anti-poverty program that pays the poor for maintaining good habits — $25 to $150 for things such as going to the dentist, staying on the job or opening a bank account — has not exactly been life-changing.
FDIC’s Bair to give Dole lecture
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair will return to Kansas University next month to deliver the 2010 Dole Lecture.
Musical composition honoring WWI vets among grant winners
Lawrence Schools Foundation awards nearly $16,000 for innovative projects
12:00 a.m., March 31, 2010 Updated 09:50 p.m. in print edition on A3
Students in Central Junior High School teacher Kevin Hart’s music explorations class were working quietly on their keyboards Tuesday morning when some surprise visitors entered the room.
Rove speech cut short by anti-war protesters
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A10
Anti-war protesters have heckled former White House political adviser Karl Rove off the stage at his book signing in Beverly Hills.
RNC: Party money should not have been spent at club
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A10
A night out at a risque West Hollywood nightclub was an “after-hours nonofficial get together” that followed a meeting of young Republican donors and should not have been paid for with party money, a top Republican National Committee official said in a memo released Tuesday.
Inhumane act
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A9
To those of you who think you’re doing your animals a favor by dumping them off in the country, you’re not!
100 years ago: Oskaloosa Canning Co. closes
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 31, 1910: The end of the Oskaloosa Canning Co. as a corporation came when receiver Weishaar knocked off the entire property of the company to David Inverarity for $2,485 after slow bidding. The company was organized about two years ago with great promise but poor crops, accidents and other factors brought about its ending. It is due to cost stockholders about $500 apiece. There are due to be some efforts to restore the firm but there are doubts this can be done.
25 years ago: Trackside gambling moves forward
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
After being locked in the starting gate for several years, the issue of trackside gambling on horse-racing and dog-racing in Kansas had finally broken free and was moving down the track. State legislators had managed to run the issue through the Senate, clearing the hurdles by a 29-11 vote, two more than needed, to put the issue on the ballot the coming year. There was doubt it could be addressed finally before the 1985 legislature closed.
Tax abatement for Amarr finalized
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Commissioners unanimously finalized a 55 percent, 10-year tax abatement for Amarr Garage Doors.
Tour of Lawrence spending approved
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Commissioners unanimously agreed to provide $10,000 in guest tax funding to the second annual Tour of Lawrence bicycle race.
Board to advise on social service funding
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
City commissioners unanimously agreed to create a new Social Service Funding Advisory Board.
Iraqi PM fights to hold power, risks sectarian war
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s postelection strategy suggests he is prepared for a long and bitter fight to hold on to power, even if it alienates the country’s Sunni community and risks new sectarian warfare.
Atom smasher a ‘Genesis machine’
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
The world’s largest atom smasher threw together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang — a success that kick-started a megabillion-dollar experiment that could one day explain how the universe began.
Vatican offers 3 reasons it’s not liable for abuse
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Dragged deeper than ever into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense it hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to have him answer attorneys’ questions under oath.
Nissan electric car will cost just over $25K
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Nissan’s new electric car will cost just over $25,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. in December, aiming to bring gasoline-free technology within reach of mainstream drivers.
Officials: 9 shot, 3 dead; arrests, no motive
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
A drive-by shooting killed three people and wounded six others in the nation’s capital Tuesday night, and three people were in custody, officials said.
Insecurity cams? About half don’t work
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
About half the 4,313 security cameras installed along New York City’s subways aren’t seeing a thing — a blind spot in the crime and terrorism safety net for the nation’s largest city.
Scientist: FDA quashed imaging safety concerns
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said Tuesday his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning.
Putin talks tough after subway bombings
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
The old Vladimir Putin is back, confronting a terrorist attack in Moscow by using the same kind of coarse and colorful language that helped him win the presidency a decade ago.
Think you can talk on phone and drive safely? Think again
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
Only a talented few can simultaneously talk on a cell phone and drive safely, according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah.
City will consider changes to $50 parking tickets
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
Sympathy for downtown parkers only went so far at City Hall on Tuesday night.
Hile’s slam helps KU sweep Roos
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
After hundreds of innings, thousands of hours and countless games, Kansas University softball catcher Brittany Hile did something Tuesday during KU’s doubleheader sweep of UMKC (5-1 and 1-0) that she never had done in her life. With the bases loaded and the Jayhawks and Kangaroos knotted at 0 in the bottom of the third, Hile launched a fly ball to left center field that just kept going. With a simple swing of the bat — producing what Hile thought was a popup when she hit it — Hile had hit her first career grand slam.
High-flying Davis gives FSHS lift
Vaulter matches last year’s state-title mark at LHS triangular
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Any fears of a fall-off following Drue Davis’ Class 6A state-title performance in the pole vault last season were quickly dispelled Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence High, when the Free State senior turned in a dominant — and somewhat surprising — showing during the Lawrence High Triangular track meet.
Cost-cutting secrets of the hardcore couponer
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B9
Chances are good you’ve crossed paths with a serious coupon clipper.
Kansas baseball rallies past Little Rock, 9-8
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
After a slow start, Kansas University’s baseball team used a five-run seventh inning to slip past Arkansas-Little Rock, 9-8, Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Ready to rumble: KU football eager to put pads on
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Although the start of spring football practice has been accompanied by a fair amount of excitement and energy, there still are a handful of rules that players and coaches must follow. For that reason, Kansas University coach Turner Gill has not put too much emphasis on what he has seen during the first two days of drills.
Cranston’s ‘Breaking Bad’ role rewardingly dark
March 31, 2010 in print edition on C2
It’s a tough job, and Bryan Cranston is more than glad to do it — playing Walter H. White, the frazzled antihero at the center of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” that is.
Ecology effort
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A9
Imagine a world where every day feels like a struggle. Imagine smog poisoning the air and lifeless creatures littering the ground. Imagine nations killing for food and masses starving to death. Sounds like a nightmare? According to the recent coral reef article, “Death of Coral Reefs Could Devastate Nations,” these scenarios could very likely occur.
Purple pun
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A9
I noticed that when K-State won in the NCAA tournament, the story was buried in the back of the Journal-World sports section, but when they finally lost, it made the front page of the section with the oh, so clever headline: “Purple people beaters.”
Healthy diet can include some eggs
March 31, 2010 in print edition on C3
So what are the facts on eggs — are they as bad as they’re portrayed?
Technology an integral part of today’s education system
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A9
Not too many years ago, quite a few school teachers were threatened by the emergence of the computer and other digital tools, while most of their students were anxious to embrace them. Youngsters quickly saw, for example, the personal computer as an exciting way to learn, communicate, and have fun in and out of the traditional classroom.
Health bill path mirrors Ike on civil rights
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
President Obama gets it. So did President Eisenhower half a century ago. When you are breaking a decades-long legislative logjam, you take what you can get so you can do better later.
Important input
How one or more community task forces are formed to study local school facilities will play a large role in their success.
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
Seeking community input on school facilities is a good move, but the Lawrence school district’s preliminary plans for a task force to provide that input raise some questions and concerns.
Aldrich: Collison or Big O?
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Is Cole Aldrich more like Nick Collison? Or is Aldrich another Greg Ostertag?
Catholic church must be held accountable
March 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
God knows — and he does — Protestants shouldn’t be throwing stones at the Roman Catholic Church for the scandals involving the abuse of children by some priests. Protestants have a blemished history of how they have handled their own scandals involving extramarital sex, misappropriated funds and arrogant behavior.
40 years ago: Kaw in need of cleaning up
March 31, 2010
The pollution problems and related threats from the Kansas River were spotlighted in a series of Journal-World articles on pollution and the environment. A vast amount of improvement was needed to “clean up the Kaw,” most experts agreed.
Horoscope for March 31, 2010
March 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
This year, partnerships prove to be instrumental. Unusual creativity and a homed-in intellect mix to help you come up with a lot of ideas and solutions and help you relax. If you are single, you tumble into a passionate relationship. If you are attached, the two of you find a new intensity. Use it to draw closer. Taurus has a very nice style.