Archive for Monday, March 7, 2011

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The day in photos, March 7, 2011
Other than KU, which team has the best chance of winning the Big 12 tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
Kansas State
Texas A&M
Total 1701
When it comes to purchasing music, do you still buy CDs?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, I like having a hard copy
No, I download music
I don’t purchase music
Total 769
Have you ever participated in a volunteer project?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 395

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
In this photograph from March 21, 1958, from left comedian Jack Benny, former President Harry S. Truman and Hans Schweiger, director of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra visit after Benny's arrival in Kansas City to perform in a fundraiser for the orchestra. This image is from a collection of photographs found in a thrift store in Lawrence by an unknown photographer. Behind the Lens: A staggering find
March 6, 2011
Jim Russo stumbled upon a collection of presidential transparency slides he thought were reproductions. As it turns out, they’re the real thing.
6:00 a.m.
Sheahon Zenger, athletic director for Kansas University, center, shares a laugh with hometown friends Ed Stehno, Hays, left, and Stehno’s wife, Donna, during a gathering on Wednesday at Augustine’s Bakery in Hays. KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger at home on the road on outreach tour
March 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University’s new athletic director got a chance last week to make good on a promise he made during his introductory press conference — to get behind the wheel and meet new people.
12:00 p.m.
Tyler Palmer is one of nine candidates campaigning for a seat on the Lawrence school board. He said he would like to see more clear lines of communication among the Lawrence school board. Tyler Palmer seeks clear connections for Lawrence schools
March 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
From behind his computer screen at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Tyler Palmer spends his days seeking out effectiveness, efficiency and clear lines of communication for hooking the main campus up with nearly a dozen associated clinics, doctors’ offices and other operations.
1:00 p.m.
Online chat
Lawrence City Commission candidate Sven Alstrom live chat
March 7, 2011
Lawrence City Commission candidate Sven Alstrom will chat live with users Monday, March 7 at 1 p.m. You can submit your question in advance below.
6:00 p.m.
KU sophomores Kris Velasco, Wamego, and Hannah Bolton, St. Libory, Neb., are organizing The Big Event for March 31, when KU students will volunteer and perform odd jobs around the Lawrence community. KU students to do volunteer projects across Lawrence for The Big Event
March 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
One of the hardest parts of organizing The Big Event at Kansas University, organizers say, has been convincing community members that it’s not some sort of scam. “There’s no catch,” Hannah Bolton, a sophomore from St. Libory, Neb., recalled telling a skeptic in a grocery store recently.

All stories

KU implements automatic enrollment policy for math requirements
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
Brian Orloff and his son, who entered Kansas University this semester, hoped to put off those pesky math requirements for a semester, but a new KU policy won’t allow that anymore.
Animal protection groups speak out against Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for ag department to take over animal health department
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Animal protection and health safety groups on Monday blasted a plan by Gov. Sam Brownback to merge the Animal Health Department into the Department of Agriculture.
Commission studying ways to improve state courts
March 7, 2011
A Kansas commission that will study ways to improve the operations of state courts holds its first meeting Wednesday in Topeka.
Missouri officials courting AMC to prevent a move to Kansas
March 7, 2011
Kansas City, Mo., civic officials are scrambling to keep AMC Entertainment from moving to Kansas.
KU coach Bill Self wins Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year
March 7, 2011
Kansas’ Bill Self, whose remarkable run of seven consecutive Big 12 championships has astounded his rivals and probably spoiled his fans, is the Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year.
Missing Topeka couple found in Nebraska
March 7, 2011
An elderly Topeka couple who had been missing since Saturday are safe in Nebraska.
Young turkey hunters invited to annual event
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A10
Young hunters will be able to participate in the fifth annual Youth Turkey Hunt April 2 at Clinton Lake.
Kansas sheriff confirms Wamego skydiving accident fatal
March 7, 2011
A Solomon man died after his parachute hit a tree while skydiving.
Knife-wielding man steals drugs from Stafford County Hospital
March 7, 2011
Stafford County authorities are searching for a man who held two nurses at knifepoint and stole narcotics from a hospital.
Kansas Senate officials to participate in Saturday’s Eggs and Issues event sponsored by Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is hosting a second “Eggs and Issues” breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Pachamama’s, 800 N.H.
Kansas House committee considers 401(k)-style pensions for teachers, government workers
02:43 p.m., March 7, 2011 Updated 12:41 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas legislators waded Monday into a debate over having the state move toward a 401(k)-style plan for teachers and government employees to attack the long-term funding problems of their pension system.
Bill Self gives updates on guards’ injuries heading into Big 12 tournament
March 7, 2011
Kansas coach Bill Self revealed Monday that guard Tyrel Reed only practices the day before games because of his lingering left foot injury.
Kansas forward Carolyn Davis named to All-Big 12 first team
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis was named to the All-Big 12 first team, the conference announced Monday.
Charlotte Bobcats withdraw offer to Sherron Collins after undrafted rookie misses two flights
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B4
Two missed flights have ended guard Sherron Collins’ chance of returning to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Let us know about all of those good neighbors out there in Lawrence
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A10
Do you have a neighbor who is always out helping neighbors shovel their driveways? Let us know.
Statehouse Live: Brownback’s budget director quizzed about salaries
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Budget Director Steve Anderson defended administrative salaries, and said Brownback, a Republican who was elected in November, faced a short time frame to come up with a proposed budget while facing a nearly $500 million revenue shortfall.
Town Talk: City revenue from Municipal Court increases $550k; Magna Gro moving out; Farmland buildings coming down; Realtors endorse city candidates
March 7, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
State of Kansas, Kansas University both delay emergency system tests until Thursday
11:15 a.m., March 7, 2011 Updated 03:27 p.m. in print edition on A10
Kansas University plans to test its emergency public address system at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Brandon Simmons, Jason Jeffries sentenced to two years probation, must repay thousands of dollars in KU ticket scandal
11:11 a.m., March 7, 2011 Updated 12:27 a.m. in print edition on A1
Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries will spend the next two years trying to pay back some of the thousands of dollars they took illegally from Kansas Athletics Inc. and, by extension, season-ticket holders, Kansas University fans and Jayhawk supporters overall.
Texas Tech fires coach Pat Knight
10:50 a.m., March 7, 2011 Updated 01:32 a.m. in print edition on B4
Pat Knight sat in the Texas Tech locker room and lauded his bosses for the way they let him go after three disappointing seasons.It was, after all, different from the way his famous father was ousted at Indiana more than a decade ago.
Lawrence man in ‘serious’ condition after Sunday afternoon accident on K-32
10:16 a.m., March 7, 2011 Updated 04:03 p.m. in print edition on A10
The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified a 40-year-old Lawrence man as the person who was injured Sunday afternoon in an accident about 3 miles northeast of Lawrence.
DUI reform could cost Kansas up to $10 million
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B10
A proposal to vastly change the state’s laws and penalties for driving under the influence is getting a chilly reception from many Kansas legislators, who complain that implementing all the reforms could cost the state up to $10 million.
Jim Clark looking for role on Lawrence school board after Kansas lobbying career
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Having spent a quarter century working contacts in the halls of the Kansas Statehouse, massaging bills that could affect his clients’ very livelihoods, lobbying lawmakers on matters considered crucial to the success or failure of some of the state’s most educated and law-minded professionals, one might think that Jim Clark has the inside track on financial matters in Topeka. Think again.
First Bell: Schwegler teacher wins grant from NEA Foundation, Nickelodeon; local grant to finance e-books for district; teacher evaluations up for negotiations
March 7, 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 athletics director answers staff question; KU law school releases 2010 employment data; retired KU professor defends Northwestern U. class’ use of live demonstration of sex toy
March 7, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger at home on the road on outreach tour
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s new athletic director got a chance last week to make good on a promise he made during his introductory press conference — to get behind the wheel and meet new people.
Senators say Gov. Sam Brownback’s order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission was too hasty
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
Senate leaders say Gov. Sam Brownback’s order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission may have been hastily made and there may be enough votes in the Senate to reject it.
First-degree murder trial for death of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony ‘Clacc’ Vital to open today
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
The murder trial of a Kansas City, Kan., man is scheduled to begin this morning, nearly four years and five months after Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony “Clacc” Vital’s body was found west of Lawrence.
KU’s Bill Self named Big 12 Coach of the Year again
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self, who has led Kansas University, Illinois and Tulsa to 11 regular-season conference championships in the last 13 years, on Sunday was named Big 12 Coach of the Year by his peers — the league’s coaches.
Marciel, Jayhawks trip Air Force in baseball
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Senior left-handed pitcher Wally Marciel allowed just one run over seven innings, and third baseman Jake Marasco went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored as Kansas University snapped a three-game baseball losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Air Force on Sunday at the Coca Cola Classic.
National briefs: Sabbatini wins Honda; Woodland 6th
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Rory Sabbatini began the day with a big lead, turned back a challenge on the back nine and shot an even-par 70 Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Honda Classic.
Bankruptcies for March 7, 2011
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Royals knock around Buehrle in win
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Mike Aviles knew Mark Buehrle wasn’t as sharp as he would be in the regular season.
Divorces granted for March 7, 2011
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
These divorces were granted in Douglas County District Court.
Marcus Morris Big 12 Player of Year
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
If Bill Self could have, he would have voted for Kansas University junior Marcus Morris as Big 12 Player of the Year.
Marriage licenses issued for March 7, 2011
March 7, 2011
These marriage licenses were issued in Douglas County District Court.
Thomas Robinson’s return uplifting for KU basketball
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
If Thomas Robinson played every game against Missouri the way he played Saturday in Columbia, Mo., basketball fans here in Lawrence might commission local sculptor Jim Brothers to build a life-size statue of the power forward, in which case there would be two Thomas Robinson statues in town: one that runs, jumps, dunks, talks and smiles, one that doesn’t.
Kansas softball rolls over San Diego, 7-0
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Freshman Kristin Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings, and junior Marissa Ingle hit her second grand slam of the season as Kansas University’s softball team blanked San Diego, 7-0, Sunday in KU’s final game of the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic.
KU tennis wins, 4-3
March 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Freshman Dylan Windom clinched the match as Kansas University’s tennis team beat Saint Louis, 4-3, Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Review is due
It’s time to take another look at the Lawrence school district’s collaboration and early dismissal policy.
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
Lawrence school board members deserve our thanks. Probably no group in the community will have more difficult and controversial discussions over the next year as the board will on budget cuts, possible school closings and consolidations.
Indiana governor having political moment
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
Politics has its moments, and right now Mitch Daniels is having his.
Inaccuracy feeds disconnect with reality
March 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
A few words about three words. Said words came from one Barry Ritholtz, a financial analyst, author and TV commentator who, according to his website, has contributed commentary on matters monetary to the whole alphabet soup of TV news: CNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox, MSNBC and C/SPAN.
The loneliest jobs: Some Lawrence residents prefer to go it alone
March 7, 2011
Every day, Mary Ann Frevert commutes about 10 feet to her office.
Tune In: Fans of bad movies can’t miss ‘He Loves Me’
March 7, 2011
Heather Locklear returns to prime time in the diverting made-for-cable head-scratcher “He Loves Me” (8 p.m., Lifetime).
Horoscope for March 7
March 7, 2011
This year, open up to new experiences, even if at times you might be fearful. You might often consider your values and the essence of life. If you are single, let others come forward, because you will find that people are unusually reticent to be vulnerable. If you are attached, don’t take a partner’s coolness as anything else but him or her feeling fragile. Aries drives a hard bargain.
Lied Center brings ‘Carnival of the Animals,’ ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to all-ages audience
March 7, 2011
David Gonzales and pianist Frederic Chiu will perform two classics, “The Carnival of Animals,” by French romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens, and “Peter and the Wolf,” by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev on Sunday at the Lied Center.
Father’s Days: Daddy & Me Playgroup brings together Lawrence parents
March 7, 2011
Justin Hoffman has lived in Lawrence for years but had never visited the Prairie Park Nature Center.
Go Green: E-readers not always the environmentally friendly choice
March 7, 2011
The relatively recent revolution of e-readers offers hope that reading books will continue in some form or another into the future.
Use springtime to add new wellness routines
March 7, 2011
It is often easier to develop new behaviors during the spring and summer months, and if you practice them regularly, they will become entrenched in your daily routines and easier to continue through the next round of winter.
Slice of Life: KU professor’s music career took him to Hollywood
March 7, 2011
Paul Stevens, associate professor of horn at Kansas University, has worked on Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows, rubbed shoulders with foreign government leaders, performed with world-famous artists and played in some of the world’s finest concert halls. But he still underplays his achievements.
40 years ago: Students in crowded KC area attend school in shifts
March 7, 2011
Some Kansas City area schools were suffering from overcrowding. Ruskin High School, in the suburban Hickman Mills, Mo., District, had come up with an inventive, if not popular, solution.
100 years ago: Notes from Lawrence High School
March 7, 2011
“Since the opera house fire, the seniors have lost the place where the commencements have been held.”
25 years ago: Gas prices dropping dramatically
March 7, 2011
Gas prices were dropping visibly for Lawrence motorists. Prices at several service stations, which had been around 80 cents a gallon, had dropped into the 70s.
River City Jules: A lesson for Lent
March 7, 2011
Ash Wednesday is a couple of days away, beginning the season of repentance, sacrifice and, for us Catholics, fish on Fridays as we wait for Easter to free us from our rules that often include bans on things like chocolate or caffeine but rarely on things cited in any of the Ten Commandments.
Fix-It Chick: Plan a veggie garden
March 7, 2011
A successful garden starts with good planning. Calculating start dates, sowing dates, successive plantings and crop rotations are essential to the overall production of any garden plot.
Mass St. Chic: Pair floral dresses with edgier accessories
March 7, 2011
Anxious for springtime, green leaves and shoes without socks? Thankfully, we are almost there!
Double Take: Parents want daughter to spend less time around boyfriend
March 7, 2011
Commitment is a great thing; clinginess is not.
Best of Lawrence 2011: Food & Drink
March 7, 2011
Readers pick Lawrence’s best food and drink options.
Best of Lawrence 2011: Retail & Local Business
March 7, 2011
Readers picked the best of Lawrence in local business and retail.
Sips for St. Patrick’s Day that aren’t beer
March 7, 2011
Are green suds a dud?