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Kansas Equality Coalition criticizes 2 state legislators
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
A group that advocates for gays and lesbians on Tuesday blasted two legislators, saying they are working to keep in state law a statute that has been declared unconstitutional.
House Tax Committee discussing proposal for reductions to Kansas Earned Income Tax Credit
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
House Bill 2347 would reduce the amount of the tax credit from the current 18 percent of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit to 5 percent when fully phased in.
How Keegan voted: AP All-Big 12 teams
March 8, 2011
The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan’s Associated Press All-Big 12 ballot.
Man convicted of murder, kidnapping in Hutchinson
March 8, 2011
A Hutchinson man was convicted in the death of another man in what prosecutors say was a revenge killing.
Coin toss will decide Turon city council race
March 8, 2011
Billy Alumbaugh and Christine Shuler both received nine votes in last week’s primary election.
Kansas schools to receive $92 million after state delays
March 8, 2011
Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis said Tuesday that the state’s 289 school districts should receive their aid by Friday.
Bond remains at $1 million for suspect in 2007 Topeka homicide
March 8, 2011
The suspect in a 2007 homicide in Topeka has been given until Wednesday to hire an attorney.
Hearing set for Koch lawsuit against Internet pranksters
March 8, 2011
Koch Industries sued an anonymous group that falsely announced Koch was going to fund more environmentally friendly groups.
House ducks debate about gambling proposal for southeast Kansas
March 8, 2011
A proposal would amend a Kansas law allowing a casino in southeast Kansas and slots at three now-closed tracks, including one in southeast Kansas.
Marcus Morris named AP Big 12 player of the year
05:58 p.m., March 8, 2011 Updated 02:00 a.m. in print edition on B4
As a freshman, Marcus Morris was considered by his coach to be a complementary player. That evolved into becoming one of the most consistent performers for Kansas last season.
Garden City independent living center closes after audit
05:47 p.m., March 8, 2011 Updated 12:26 p.m.
Garden City’s Center for Independent Living for Southwest Kansas and two other offices were closed Monday shortly after an audit found financial irregularities involving more than $1 million.
Construction can proceed on new Kansas casino
March 8, 2011
The Mulvane City Council approved a zoning change, a special use permit, a development plan and a developer’s agreement on Monday for the Kansas Star casino near the Mulvane exit on the Kansas Turnpike.
Senate resumes school funding talks
March 8, 2011
A Kansas Senate panel endorsed most of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed cuts in aid to public schools, reflecting a loss of federal aid and tight state revenues.
Kansas City Cancer Center joining KU Cancer Center
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University Cancer Center and the Kansas City Cancer Center announced on Tuesday their intent to combine operations.
Former KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby to be commissioner for Connecticut Department of Social Services
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby is leaving Kansas to serve as head of a state agency in Connecticut.
Two public forums scheduled for Lawrence City Commission candidates
March 8, 2011
Two public forums have been scheduled for candidates in the upcoming Lawrence City Commission race.
KU women top Colorado, 71-45, advance to play top-seeded Baylor on Wednesday
12:56 p.m., March 8, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
With its 71-45 pounding of Colorado in Tuesday’s opening round of the Big 12 tournament at Municipal Auditorium, the Kansas University women’s basketball team made sure there would be no warm and fuzzy farewell tour for the Buffs, who will bolt for the Pac-10 next season.
In Westboro Supreme Court case, it’s free speech 1, decency zero
March 8, 2011
March 2 was a good day at the U.S. Supreme Court for the First Amendment, but it was a horrible day for common decency.
Stories conflict in opening statements in Lawrence hip-hop artist murder trial
11:48 a.m., March 8, 2011 Updated 12:35 a.m. in print edition on A1
A Douglas County jury Tuesday heard two dramatically different versions of events about who killed Anthony “Clacc” Vital in 2006.
Vanderbilt professor among candidates for KU law dean
March 8, 2011
Beverly Moran, a professor of law and sociology at Vanderbilt University School of Law, is the second announced candidate for Kansas University’s dean of its School of Law.
Town Talk: Speculation on Trader Joe’s, Barnes & Noble and others for Borders; city to discuss environmental regulations, land use plan for area around airport
March 8, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Tuesday’s KU-North Dakota baseball game, LHS boys golf practice canceled
10:07 a.m., March 8, 2011 Updated 02:23 p.m.
The Kansas University baseball team has canceled Tuesday’s game against North Dakota due to rain.
Eating for El Papaturro: Rice-and-beans dinner set to raise money for refugee town
March 8, 2011
No Saturday night plans? Consider having a meal to help hundreds in need.
Army, CIA, Canadians to train at Fort Leavenworth in late March
March 8, 2011
Army officials are preparing to conduct what they say is a rare training event involving the U.S. military, the CIA, Canadian officers and other government agencies.
Kansas House advances bill putting restrictions on sexually oriented businesses
08:41 a.m., March 8, 2011 Updated 08:49 a.m. in print edition on A1
House Bill 2107 was given preliminary approval on a voice vote. A final vote is expected Wednesday.
First Bell: Bill Self gets assist for score on breakfast speaker; KU science stars appear on kids-oriented trading cards; district’s classified staffers await reconfigured assignments
March 8, 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: Memorial for KU professor Janet Hamburg set for April 2; Senate bill restores Pell Grant funds; KU Alzheimer’s study attracting attention; ‘Women on the Bench’ event is Thursday
March 8, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Condition update: Basehor man in fair condition after wreck on Highway 24-40
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Michael Newman, 64, of Basehor, was listed in fair condition Monday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Lawrence parking, speeding ticket totals tumble
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
If you got a speeding or parking ticket in Lawrence in 2010, consider yourself unlucky. The number of parking tickets issued at meters in Downtown Lawrence plummeted by 14 percent in 2010 — despite the city adding an hour to the amount of time motorists must pay the meter.
Jury selected for murder trial
March 8, 2011
Opening statements are scheduled to begin this morning in the first-degree murder trial of a Kansas City, Kan., man accused in the 2006 shooting of a Lawrence hip-hop artist.
Former KU basketball star Mario Chalmers answer for Miami Heat
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
So much drama in South Beach these days. So much angst. Such soul searching for a solution to getting the mix of superstars on the Miami Heat to blend into a title-worthy contender.
Community Education Breakfast to feature LHS graduate David Booth
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
A graduate of Lawrence High School who has gone on to a successful career in financial services and philanthropy will return in Lawrence late this summer for breakfast.
Women’s Big 12 basketball title up for grabs
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
With two of the conference’s teams ranked nationally in the Top 10 and a few others either ranked or receiving votes, this week’s Big 12 women’s basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., figures to be one of the most entertaining and competitive crapshoots in years.
KU golf in ninth place after two rounds in Louisana
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
After two rounds of play, the Kansas University men’s golf team is in ninth place at the Louisiana Classics with a score of 590, placing the Jayhawks 20 strokes behind leaders LSU and Illinois.
Six Jayhawks to compete in track and field events at NCAA Indoor National Championships
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B4
Six members of the Kansas University track and field team will make the trip to College Station, Texas, this weekend to compete in the NCAA Indoor National Championships.
Ex-KU aide resigns at SJSU
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
San Jose State women’s basketball coach Pam DeCosta has resigned after four seasons with the Spartans.
Royals fall to Diamondbacks, beat up on Padres
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
Arizona reliever J.J. Putz pitched a perfect inning, and the Diamondbacks outhomered the Kansas City Royals in a split-squad game Monday.
KU-Creighton baseball game to be televised
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Kansas-Creighton baseball game on April 26 will be televised on CBS College Sports (cable channels 143, 243), it was announced Monday.
Not without fault: Bill Self confesses shortcoming after winning AP award
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Bill Self, who was named the Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year on Monday — a day after the league coaches accorded him the same honor — insists he has his faults.
Michigan high school basketball team mourning death of star player wins playoff game
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
A west Michigan high school basketball team mourning the death of a star player returned to the court Monday, winning a state tournament game that turned into a tribute for the 16-year-old who collapsed after scoring a winning basket last week.
Nebraska, Iowa to play day after Thanksgiving through 2012
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
Iowa and Nebraska will meet on the Friday after Thanksgiving in each of the next two seasons.
KU women’s basketball feeling good heading into Big 12 tournament
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
The combination of a 6-10 record in conference play and two straight losses to end the regular season normally doesn’t yield the kind of favorable first-round draw that the Kansas University women’s basketball team received in this year’s Big 12 tournament.
KU basketball’s Tyrel Reed still hampered by left foot injury
March 8, 2011
Quiet, unassuming Tyrel Reed screamed and appeared to yell something in the direction of Missouri’s student cheering section, The Antlers, after hitting a late three-pointer in Saturday’s 70-66 victory at Mizzou Arena.
Favorite son?
Kansas University’s new athletic director may become one of KU’s best ambassadors across the state.
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
How often, do you suppose, does a Kansas University athletic director show up in Garden City?
Under the radar
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
On the opinion page of the Lawrence Journal-World edition of March 7 in the lower left-hand corner is a notice entitled “How your US lawmakers voted.”
Knowing God
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
This is in response to Public Forum letters on Thursday, March 3. We not only can know God; He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him.
Faith remains
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
The headline of Leonard Pitts’ March 3 column summarizes, “God’s presence is felt, not proven.”
Israel opening?
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
I read of nervousness in Israel with the evolution of government and authority in Egypt.
Rising gas prices about more than just oil
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
When Jay Ricker, owner of the BP gas station off Interstate 70 in Plainfield, Ind., set the price of unleaded gasoline at $3.44 per gallon on Monday of last week, it was 4 cents higher than the Friday before.
Obama betting on Mideast democracy
March 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
President Obama has been so low-key in his pronouncements about events in Egypt and Libya that it’s easy to miss the extent of the shift in U.S. strategy.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Monday, March 7, 2011.
What do I do with … parsnips?
March 8, 2011
Parsnips might seem like unpopular carrot impostors, but long ago they were prized for their rare sweetness.
25 years ago: North Lawrence residents want “slum” designation removed
March 8, 2011
In 1986, the official “slum” designation for neighborhoods required that at least 51 percent of the residents had income less than 80 percent of the median income for the city.
40 years ago: County moves to acquire land for ‘Wells Park’
March 8, 2011
The Douglas County Commission announced that the 16 acres of land offered by William H. Wells, Topeka, was to become a part of the county park system.
Horoscope for March 8
March 8, 2011
Your words often create illusions for others. The ability to inspire people is a double-edged sword. You also could discover that your communication style creates confusion for some. If you are single, often a rosy-colored haze surrounds your relationships. Make sure that at some point you break through and see reality. If you are attached, the two of you could finally react and meet a long-term aspiration. Taurus zeros in on what you want.
Gwyneth Paltrow leads TV lineup of a night full of guest stars
March 8, 2011
Without “Idol” to boost ratings, it’s all about the guest stars tonight on Fox. Gwyneth Paltrow returns to “Glee” (7 p.m., Fox) as Holly Holliday, the less-than-secure substitute teacher.
100 years ago: Bi-plane damaged by crash; aviation meet canceled
March 8, 2011
“Instead of contributing their share towards the expenses of the exhibition by paying admission, Lawrence people have shown a tendency to line up outside the park, and watch the proceedings.”
Charlie Sheen-Mark Cuban TV scheme awful idea
March 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
On Mark Cuban’s lengthy list of bad ideas — short-term deal for Dennis Rodman, long-term deals for Raef LaFrentz and Brendan Haywood — the notion of making Charlie Sheen his partner in a TV deal sits at the top. Untouched. All alone.