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Archive for Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Joseph Williams, 54, said determination was a big factor in earning his high school diploma from the Lawrence Diploma Completion Program, 711 W. 23rd St. “He’s been one of the most dedicated students we’ve had,” said Sharen Steele, the program’s project coordinator. 54-year-old man earns high school diploma through Lawrence Diploma Completion Program
February 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Joseph Williams is a Mississippi native, a homeless community volunteer and a proud grandfather. Now, after 54 years, he’s also a high school graduate.
6:00 a.m.
The Taser Model X26, with the distinctive yellow handle, is carried by 41 Lawrence police officers. Lawrence Police Department report of Taser usage released
March 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
From swords to infected blood, Lawrence police officers had multiple reasons to deploy their Tasers in 2010, according to a new report from City Hall.
10:00 a.m.
Mike Dever Incumbent Mike Dever still financially conservative, wants to create more jobs if elected to second term on Lawrence City Commission
March 1, 2011 in print edition on 3A
There were lots of questions. Lawrence city commissioners had just agreed to put two referendums on the November 2008 ballot that would decide the fate of Lawrence’s financially struggling public transit system. Among the cynical, the question was: What are you trying to do, kill the bus system? City Commissioner Mike Dever assured them that wasn’t the case. Among nervous bus fans, the question was: Do we have enough votes to win? Dever assured them that they did.
6:00 p.m.
In this September 2010 file photo, road crews repaved a section of the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence. Another three-mile stretch of Interstate 70 will close for repaving in March 2011. I-70 work east of Lawrence will narrow traffic to one lane in each direction beginning in mid-March
March 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Commuters between Lawrence and Kansas City have less than two weeks to relish the open highway that is Interstate 70.

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Kansas House committee considers providing scholarships to early high school graduates
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas students who complete high school a year early would be eligible for up to $3,000 in scholarships from the state to attend college under a bill considered Wednesday.
Lawrence Municipal Court judge adjourns 13-year career on the bench
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
In a town full of teachers, Randy McGrath is one of the few that held class five days a week, all year round. No summer break for this hard-nosed instructor.
State Senate panel discusses proposal to close Kansas Neurological Institute
March 2, 2011
A Kansas Senate panel is backing a budget committee’s rejection of Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to close the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka.
Smothering likely cause of Kansas girl’s death in Oklahoma
March 2, 2011
An autopsy has found smothering was the likely cause of death of a 5-year-old Kansas girl whose body was found in a Texhoma, Okla., motel after her mother was hit and killed by a train.
Karen Arnold-Burger to be sworn in to Kansas Court of Appeals
March 2, 2011
Karen Arnold-Burger will be sworn in at 2 p.m. Friday at the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka.
Court hears argument against Attorney General John Ashcroft over post-9/11 arrest
March 2, 2011
The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether to allow former Attorney General John Ashcroft to be sued for an American Muslim’s post-Sept. 11 arrest and detention using a law intended to make sure witnesses testify in criminal proceedings, a move a couple of justices worried could have a profound effect in how federal prosecutors fight crime.
Incumbent Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer moves on to general election
March 2, 2011
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer appears to be a strong favorite to retain his job. Unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary show Brewer got 76 percent of the vote.
Trial delayed for Emporia woman accused of abandoning baby in trash can
March 2, 2011
The trial for an Emporia woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash can will be delayed because she has new health issues.
U.S., British military officers conducting training exercises at Fort Leavenworth
March 2, 2011
British and U.S. military officers are conducting their semi-annual training exercise at Fort Leavenworth.
Freshman QB Berglund won’t participate in spring drills
Change in class schedule means prize recruit won’t join Jayhawks until August
March 2, 2011
Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund’s path to becoming the starter for the Jayhawks this fall, hit a snag on Wednesday. KU coach Turner Gill announced that Berglund, a three-star, dual-threat gem from Valor Christian High in Highlands Rach, Colo., would not participate in spring drills and instead would join the program this summer with the rest of the Class of 2011.
Kansas Business Coalition opposing immigration legislation
03:01 p.m., March 2, 2011 Updated 07:23 p.m.
A coalition of Kansas business groups has launched a campaign against immigration legislation that includes a provision similar to the law Arizona enacted last year.
Longtime KU professor Diana Carlin takes job at St. Louis University
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A longtime Kansas University communication studies professor and former dean of graduate studies will leave KU for a new job at St. Louis University.
School officials criticize Kansas House bills dealing with KPERS funding
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
Two bills aimed at funding problems in the public pension system were criticized Wednesday by school officials.
Jurors convict Baldwin City driver of reckless aggravated battery for hitting bicyclist south of Lawrence
11:18 a.m., March 2, 2011 Updated 04:14 p.m. in print edition on A4
Jurors now are deliberating in the aggravated battery trial of a Baldwin City man accused of striking and injuring a bicyclist last July south of Lawrence.
Town Talk: Local Burger owner ramping up veggie burger efforts; Dillons on Mass. update; an honor for the Ole Baldwin ball coach
March 2, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Westboro Baptist Church protesters
10:01 a.m., March 2, 2011 Updated 02:56 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a grieving father’s pain over jeering protests at his Marine son’s funeral must yield to First Amendment protections for free speech. All but one justice sided with a fundamentalist church that has stirred outrage with raucous demonstrations contending God is punishing the military for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.
City commission candidate Mike Machell wants to make up for revenue losses, improve Lawrence’s workforce training
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
It was 2007 and Mike Machell was a novice Lawrence school board candidate. A call from his friend and former Lawrence mayor Shirley Martin-Smith did a good job highlighting the novice part. “She said, ‘who’s on your steering committee?’’ Machell recalls. “I said ,‘Uh, what steering committee?’ She said, ‘how much money have you raised?’ I said, ‘Uh, how much do I need?’’’ Machell fell short of winning a seat on the board, finishing fifth in an eight-person field.
Phill Kline ends ethics hearing testimony, saying he wouldn’t change
March 2, 2011
After more than a week of testimony, the disciplinary hearing for former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is winding down.
Judge plans to sentence former KU athletic department employees Brandon Simmons, Jason Jeffries to two years of probation
08:59 a.m., March 2, 2011 Updated 04:52 p.m. in print edition on A1
Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are in line to spend two years on probation and pay thousands of dollars in restitution for their roles in a ticket-skimming scheme that cost the department at least $2 million.
First Bell: Teacher negotiations begin Wednesday; reconfiguration to open rooms in elementary schools; board passes on school ‘choice’
March 2, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: KU geography students hope to obtain aerial photos using weather balloon; Christian fraternity growing slowly but steadily; stop by Kansas Union to taste students’ recipes
March 2, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence man charged with distributing meth
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Federal prosecutors have charged a 43-year-old Lawrence man with two counts of distributing methamphetamine after officers investigated him for several months.
City Commission briefs from March 1
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The commission agrees to shut down Eighth Street for a carnival and expresses concern about about cuts to a grant program.
Baldwin City man claims he had no intent to harm bicyclist
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 48-year-old Baldwin City man charged with injuring a bicyclist last July testified Tuesday he didn’t intend to hurt anyone as he passed and yelled at a group of cyclists south of Lawrence.
Fishing tournament at Clinton Lake to benefit Special Olympics
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
A fishing tournament to benefit the Special Olympics will be April 30 at Clinton Lake.
KU student reports vehicle stolen near 14th and Kentucky
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old male Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Monday evening that someone had stolen his 1999 black Honda Prelude valued at $4,500.
Lawrence man reports theft of miscellaneous tools in 1700 block of West Sixth Street
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 39-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole $2,651 worth of miscellaneous tools that belonged to a 54-year-old New Mexico man.
Free State boys basketball to face Olathe Northwest…again
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Chuck Law was simply being candid when he remarked that Olathe Northwest might have overlooked his Free State High boys basketball team earlier this season.
Jayhawk baseball sweeps Southern Utah
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Southern Utah pitcher Chase Rezac sure left his mark on Kansas University’s baseball team on Tuesday.
K-State basketball coach Frank Martin has knee surgery; Jacob Pullen’s hand OK
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas State coach Frank Martin underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and was resting comfortably.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
Royals edge wild Padres, 4-3
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
Mat Latos lost the strike zone, then was at a loss for words.
Underdog LHS to take on Olathe South basketball
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
After Olathe South pummeled Lawrence High by 22 points on Jan. 15, LHS boys basketball coach Mike Lewis called the Falcons a well-oiled machine.
Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls knock out Perry
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Once shots began falling in the second half, Baldwin High’s girls basketball team rolled to a 50-22 sub-state victory over Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday night.
Brady Morningstar’s name resonates
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
The only visible signs of his playing days are the letters of his name on the record board and an 8x11 photo plaque celebrating his all-state season of 2004-05 that hangs outside the gym.
Former Lawrence High Lion Stephen Paea shatters NFL combine record
Paea plays defensive tackle for Oregon State
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea pulled off such an amazing feat Sunday at the NFL combine, by Tuesday he was telling a condensed, somewhat Hollywood version of his life story on Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show.
Seabury boys basketball wallops White City
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
With his team easily handling its business on the floor, Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Ashley Battles had time to notice a few Waverly coaches taking notes in the cheering section.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: ‘Turg’ returns
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
Fourth-year Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon is 0-5 versus his alma mater, Kansas. His Aggies fell to KU, 73-53, on Jan. 19, 2009, in his only coaching appearance in Allen Fieldhouse.
Big 12 roundup: Mizzou loses on road again
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
For Missouri, the best thing about Tuesday night’s game at Nebraska was that it was the Tigers’ last one on the road this season.
KU women’s golf finishes 5th at Sir Pizza Cards Challenge
March 2, 2011
Behind strong final rounds from junior Katy Nugent and freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat, Kansas University’s women’s golf team finished fifth at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge on Tuesday in Weston, Fla.
Kansas Bioscience Authority defends its salaries before board in Washington
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
In the wake of criticism from state legislators, members of the Kansas Bioscience Authority board defended the agency’s spending Tuesday.
Lawrence Police Department report of Taser usage released
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
From swords to infected blood, Lawrence police officers had multiple reasons to deploy their Tasers in 2010, according to a new report from City Hall.
World police?
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
Libya intervention, just a thought.
Fast enough
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
I was dumbfounded to learn of the bill and its passage in the Kansas House, promoted by state Rep. Marvin Kleeb, to raise the speed limit on various multilane roads in Kansas from 70 to 75 mph.
Sustained effort
Short-term grants don’t support the kind of long-term strategy needed to combat underage drinking in Lawrence.
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
Most grants for special initiatives to address a public need are a blessing. They provide the money to do research, pay for resources above and beyond a department’s budget and often help to address a problem.
Obama action sidesteps court
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Obama has said his view of same-sex “marriage” is “evolving.” Apparently he thinks that the law should be based on a kind of Darwinian jurisprudence which allows it to “evolve” and become whatever the ruling politicians at a given moment say it is (or isn’t).
Political theater precedes budget reality
March 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
When it comes to curbing the massive federal deficit, there’s no problem knowing what needs to be done.
Final chapter: Emotional Brady Morningstar playing last home game at Allen Fieldhouse
March 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Brady Morningstar, who grew up in Lawrence, has listened attentively to countless Kansas University Senior Night speeches throughout the years.
25 years ago: Increasing drinking age in Kansas has mixed results
March 2, 2011
The legal drinking age in Kansas for cereal malt beverages had risen to 19 in July 1985 and was continuing to rise one year at a time until 1987, when the legal age would be 21.
100 years ago: Balloonist and ‘parachute leaper’ visits Lawrence
March 2, 2011
“C. A. Briggs, a professional parachute leaper, is in Lawrence and wants to make an ascension during the aviation meet this week.”
40 years ago: Longtime Lawrence resident and restaurant owner dies
March 2, 2011
Roy G. Borgen, widely known as the owner-operator of the popular Dine-A-Mite Inn in Lawrence, had died at his home.
PBS pledge season fit to be tie-dyed
March 2, 2011
March may come in like a lion, but on PBS it arrives like a pledge drive. And that means an onslaught of baby-boomer oldies acts and other musical specials. “American Masters” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) gets the red rubber ball rolling with “Troubadours: Carole King, James Taylor and the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter.”
Horoscope for March 2
March 2, 2011
This year, you walk through doors while simultaneously realizing the importance of key partnerships or associations in your life. Many times you could assume a low-key role, but then change your mind and head in a totally different direction. Honor who you are. If you are single, you could meet someone very interesting. If you are attached, the two of you might start acting like newlyweds if you just dote on each other a little more. Aquarius makes an excellent healer.