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Archive for Friday, March 4, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Crowds on Mass Street Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011. Kansas census results could lead to another redistricting battle
March 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Just as it was 10 years ago, Douglas County could be in the middle of redistricting battles again, officials indicated Thursday after new census figures were released.
10:00 a.m.
Bob Schumm Lawrence city commission candidate Bob Schumm hoping for another stint more than 30 years after first term
March 3, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Knock, knock, knock. Every 15 minutes a young Bob Schumm would rap on the door of a Kansas University fraternity or sorority house. Evening after evening, he would stand on a stoop with his little food cart. Sandwiches, milk, potato chips, hard-boiled eggs for sale. Hard-boiled eggs? “I don’t know that you can make a living selling them now, but you sure could in the late 1960s,” Schumm said.
2:00 p.m.
Hailey Gillespie, youth education director with Theater Lawrence, second from right, encourages her young actors to emote happiness during Monday's "School's Out, Theatre's In" program, in which kids from around Lawrence participated in theater activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The program is one that would be directly affected by Gov. Brownback's proposed funding cuts to the Kansas Arts Commission. The Lawrence Community Theater received a $7,840 Kansas Arts Education Leadership grant in the last fiscal year that helped to fund the "School's Out" program. Statehouse Live: Committee votes to keep Kansas Arts Commission; Lawrence students attend hearing
2:54 p.m., March 3, 2011 Updated 3:51 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Brownback issued an executive reorganization order that would abolish the Arts Commission, temporarily transition some of its duties to the Kansas State Historical Society, and have a non-profit foundation raise money for the arts.

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Attacker’s gun jammed, sparing airman
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
U.S. Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden was standing outside of a bus at Frankfurt Airport when a young man first asked him for a cigarette, then whether he was bound for Afghanistan.
Vietnam scrambles to save sacred turtle
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of people are working around the clock to clean up a lake in the heart of Vietnam’s capital in hopes of saving a rare, ailing giant turtle that is considered a sacred symbol of Hanoi.
37 killed as Gadhafi forces battle rebels
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Moammar Gadhafi’s regime struck back at its opponents with a powerful attack Friday on the closest opposition-held city to Tripoli and a barrage of tear gas and live ammunition to smother new protests in the capital.
Dust palliative program available to residents
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A dust palliative program is once again available to Douglas County residents who wish to treat rock roads in front of their homes to help reduce dust created by vehicles.
Crime on KU campus dropped in 2010
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Public Safety officers said reported crimes on KU’s Lawrence campus dropped in 2010 from 2009, while officers made more arrests for alcohol and drug violations in a partnership with other agencies.
Burst of hiring could mark turning point
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Companies added more workers in February than in any month in almost a year — a turning point for the economy that finally pushed the unemployment rate below 9 percent. Economists say the stronger hiring should endure all year.
Space robot’s debut moved up
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
The 220-mile-high unveiling of R2, the first humanoid robot in space, is being moved up at the urging of the president of the United States.
Democrats unveil spending-cut counteroffer
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Senate Democrats unveiled a detailed counteroffer Friday seeking to undo tens of billions of dollars in cuts Republicans would make to education, housing and other domestic programs.
Speaker bans union official from Kansas House gallery
‘I guess if he had his way, he would build a moat around the Capitol and only allow people in who agree with him’
05:41 p.m., March 4, 2011 Updated 06:24 p.m. in print edition on A1
House Speaker Mike O’Neal on Friday said he was banning a union official from the House gallery over a dispute stemming from last week’s protests.
Naismith’s original basketball rules on display at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
03:59 p.m., March 4, 2011 Updated 12:19 a.m. in print edition on A1
The new owners of James Naismith’s original rules of basketball are meeting with the media to discuss a new display at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Danny Manning’s father, Ed, passes away at 68
03:55 p.m., March 4, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B3
Former Kansas basketball assistant coach Ed Manning, the father of Jayhawk All-American Danny Manning, died Friday morning at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Ed Manning, who was battling a long-standing heart condition, was 68.
Michigan high school basketball player who died after game-winning shot grew up in Baldwin City
March 4, 2011
Wes Leonard, a high school star basketball player from Michigan who collapsed seconds after hitting a game-winning layup and was pronounced dead hours later, is from a longtime Baldwin City family, according to Baldwin City Superintendent Paul Dorathy.
Lawrence man sentenced to more than six years in prison for two robberies he committed to get money for illegal drugs
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A judge sentenced a 29-year-old Lawrence man to serve more than six years in prison for robbing two Lawrence convenience stores last year.
Lawrence judge gives child rapist Donald L. Brown back-to-back life sentences for sex crimes against girls
If ever paroled, Brown would be subject to electronic monitoring for the rest of his life
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel on Friday sentenced a Lawrence man to serve a prison term of 50 years to life for raping and sexually molesting two girls.
City to resume picking up yard trimmings on Monday
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
The city will begin picking up yard trimmings on Monday. The service will continue through mid-December on Mondays, except for holidays. This service is separate from trash pickup.
State budget negotiations stall over special education programs
March 4, 2011
Kansas legislative negotiators made no progress this week on a bill sought by Gov. Sam Brownback to trim spending from the current budget.
Census: More Kansans identifying as multiracial
March 4, 2011
According to census figures, almost 86,000 residents of Kansans identified themselves as belonging to two or more racial groups. That was 3 percent of the state’s total population of 2.85 million.
Garden City officer nominated for national hero award
March 4, 2011
Garden City police Sgt. Michael Reagle nominated Heit for the America’s Most Wanted All-Star Award.
Louisburg woman convicted of sexually abusing 3 Missouri children
March 4, 2011
A Louisburg woman faces a long stretch in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing three young children in Missouri.
Salina plans to appeal new census figures
March 4, 2011
New federal census figures show that Salina’s population increased in the last decade, but not enough to please city officials.
Copper thieves hit Kansas irrigation systems
March 4, 2011
Sedgwick County officers are searching for thieves who are damaging large crop irrigation systems to get to the copper contained within them.
Union lobbyist banned from Kansas House gallery
March 4, 2011
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal has banned a lobbyist from the House gallery for the rest of the legislative session for taking part in a demonstration there during a vote last week.
Democratic and Republican leaders warn that senator’s KBA inquiries could hurt NBAF efforts
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A2
Democratic and Republican leaders said Friday that state Sen. Susan Wagle’s inquiries into the financial dealings of the Kansas Bioscience Authority could jeopardize efforts to get the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility built in Kansas.
Senator calls Kansas Bioscience Authority spending ‘very flagrant in a time of need’; board chairman defends expenses
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Stays at the Ritz-Carlton, limo rides and a million-dollar life insurance policy were among the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s expenses that had the Senate Commerce Committee asking questions Friday morning.
Basehor man in serious condition following accident on 24-40 highway
March 4, 2011
A Basehor man remained at a Kansas City area hospital Friday after a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning.
Douglas County Historical Society welcomes new director Steve Nowak
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Steve Nowak’s new “office” is a 126-year-old former bank with stained-glass windows, intricately carved wooden window sills and brass door hinges. As the new director of the Douglas County Historical Society, Nowak is tasked with encouraging others to visit that office, the Watkins Community Museum of History, and the artifacts it holds.
LHS boys tennis canceled Friday
March 4, 2011
According to the school’s athletic department, boys tennis at Lawrence High School has been canceled for Friday, March 4.
Town Talk: What census numbers may mean to the building industry; Comfort Inn construction begins; Teller’s sold to general manager
March 4, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County Emergency Management plans events for Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A10
Douglas County Emergency Management is planning events to coincide with Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is next week.
First Bell: Teacher tenure under attack in Missouri?; Wichita company seeks to supply students early; looking back at budget cuts decided a year ago
March 4, 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: That odd book collection could earn students some cash; KU to host Global Service Jam event next week; NCAA gets high marks for diversity in college sports
March 4, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Refrigerator Door has bare spots to fill
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Journal-World invites readers to submit photos to The Refrigerator Door. The rules are simple: photos must include people — no landscapes or animal photos. We do not accept portraits or photos advertising a business.
Drop in jobless claims raises hope for hiring
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
The job market suddenly looks brighter. The number of people filing for unemployment benefits sank last week to its lowest point in nearly three years, and retailers and other service companies posted strong results Thursday for last month.
Libyan leader recruiting more mercenaries
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Rebels reinforced a key oil port Thursday while facing new regime airstrikes in eastern Libya, and thousands of angry mourners buried victims of a counteroffensive by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, shooting guns in the air, shouting “Down with Gadhafi!” and swearing to take vengeance.
Pump patrol
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.29 at several stations.
Years after vanishing in Iran, U.S. man proven to be alive
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Four years after a retired FBI agent mysteriously vanished inside Iran, U.S. officials have received irrefutable proof he is alive, a dramatic development that has sharply intensified diplomatic efforts to bring him home, The Associated Press has learned.
Journal-World wins 22 KPA awards
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Journal-World news and advertising divisions on Thursday won 22 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B10
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Thursday, March 3, 2011.
Jayhawks defeated in extra innings
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Freshman Alex Cox pitched six strong innings and Jake Marasco collected two hits, but it was not enough for the Kansas University baseball team.
Larry Brown ‘amazed’ by fieldhouse fans
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown stood in a corner of Kansas University’s shiny, new practice facility Thursday afternoon, his eyes focused on the court as he conducted a one-on-one media interview.
Mexico’s Bravo settles on K.C.
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
Omar Bravo is a veteran star on Mexico’s most popular club and has been all over the United States for games in big cities. When he agreed to play for a Major League Soccer team, he wanted to make his mark where other players from Mexico had not.
Area basketball roundup: Tongie boys fall; De Soto advances
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team witnessed first hand Thursday night just how explosive Sumner Academy, the defending Class 4A state champs, could be.
Area high school sports notebook
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
Eudora senior wrestler Boomer Mays has been selected to wrestle in the US Army Metro Classic on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
LHS to face Pioneers again
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
Ten days ago, the Lawrence High boys basketball team traveled to Leavenworth and looked lethargic in a 70-49 loss to the Pioneers.
LHS boys block out criticism
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
If you listened to the critics, you heard that the Lawrence High boys basketball team had nothing but problems heading into Wednesday’s shocking upset of Olathe South in the opening round of sub-state.
Maier leads Royals to 8-2 spring victory
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Los Angeles Angels are expecting big things from Ervin Santana again this season.
BYU hoops deserves kudos
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
They are charged with assault on a Tuesday, and play linebacker on a Saturday. They are caught smoking dope in the morning, and practice free throws in the afternoon.
NFL, union agree to extension
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
America’s favorite sport is still in business — for another day.
Driver in shooting on Redbud Lane to serve three years probation
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Topeka man who was the driver in connection with an October shooting outside a Lawrence apartment was sentenced to serve three years on probation Thursday.
Breathing room
Lied Center patrons now can see and enjoy what original designers had in mind for the center’s main lobby.
March 4, 2011
What a difference a little space makes!
Food bank funds
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Statistics from 2009 indicate 23.7 percent of Douglas County citizens live in poverty, 27,583 individuals, including 4,121 children.
Pitts’ hypocrisy
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Detailing his belief in “God,” Leonard Pitts, with his gimlet eye for the bigotry of the religious right, displays the evasive hypocrisy of the religious left. His theology, in brief, is that he “feels” like it’s so, so “deal with it.”
Twisted ideals
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Mr. Burkhead’s March 1 letter reminded me of all I objected to concerning organized religion.
Lawrence man reports stolen tools to police in the 900 block of Summerfield Place
March 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 77-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Tuesday that someone had stolen $1,600 worth of miscellaneous tools and other items from his vehicle between 5 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of Summerfield Place.
Sophomore sensations: Kirkpatrick leads young Firebirds in sub-state
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
The stakes were much higher for the Free State High girls basketball team, but the grin on Kennedy Kirkpatrick’s face remained the same.
40 years ago: Nearly 750 employees laid off from Sunflower plant
March 4, 2011
Col. Louis A. Mallia, commanding officer of Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, had recently announced that 749 employees were to be laid off by June.
100 years ago: Young copper thieves rob railroad car
March 4, 2011
“Four youthful car thieves were taken in to custody yesterday on a charge of robbing a Santa Fe freight car of a roll of copper wire.”
Horoscope for March 4
March 4, 2011
Your birthday signals a new beginning. Consider which areas you might like to revitalize. You can do just that. Your creativity surges. If you are single, you attract many people. The issue will be choosing the right one! If you are attached, curb a tendency to be me-oriented. Another Pisces reflects the same or similar issues as you.
National Geographic on the hunt for monsters
March 4, 2011
The National Geographic Channel launches the new series “Beast Hunter” (8 p.m., National Geographic). Host and all-around manly man Pat Spain embarks on trips around the globe in search of mythical monsters, like the Mongolian Death Worm, the Man Ape of Sumatra and something called the Sea Serpent of the North.
25 years ago: 30-year-overdue book returned to library during amnesty week
March 4, 2011
The Lawrence Public Library’s “fine-free week,” the first in a decade, was resulting in the return of some very overdue books.
Assault charge dropped against Baylor Bears senior guard LaceDarius Dunn
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B5
A grand jury declined to indict Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn for assault Thursday, effectively ending the case that began last fall with his arrest for allegedly breaking his girlfriend’s jaw.
Gary Bedore’s basketball notebook: KU’s Tyshawn Taylor focused on winning
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Back on Feb. 12, responding to a question about troubles at rival Kansas State University, Kansas University junior Tyshawn Taylor acknowledged his own somewhat stormy past.
Shots don’t fall for Lions
March 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
The first and second shot for the Lawrence High girls basketball team didn’t fall. The third, a three-point attempt from junior Christina Haswood, hit every part of the rim before squeaking out.