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Ex-NFL player White quits baseball
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Former NFL player Pat White has told the Kansas City Royals that he is retiring from baseball.
Cabrera paces Royals past Cubs
New acquisition boosts average to .500 after 13-4 rout
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Bruce Chen is happy Melky Cabrera is getting big hits for his team these days instead of against him. Cabrera had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run first inning to back Chen as the Kansas City Royals coasted to a 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Property owners question Lecompton quarry’s compliance
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Property owners near Big Springs Quarry, 2 N. 1700 Rd., Lecompton, voiced concerns that the quarry was not complying with 2009 guidelines Wednesday evening at the Douglas County Commission meeting.
Missouri sends Texas Tech, Knight packing
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marcus Denmon scored 20 points, leading Missouri past Texas Tech 88-84 in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night and bringing an end to Pat Knight’s time as coach of the Red Raiders.
Co-defendant gives testimony in murder of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B6
A co-defendant of the man on trial for the 2006 killing of a Lawrence hip-hop artist on Wednesday drew a diagram of his version of the shooting death of Anthony “Clacc” Vital, 28.
Shimomura exhibit at Lawrence Arts Center closing Saturday
March 9, 2011
Shadows of Minidoka, the art exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center by local artist and Kansas University distinguished professor Roger Shimomura, closes Saturday.
Census numbers reveal more detailed picture of Lawrence
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
There are a lot more empty houses and apartments in Lawrence than there used to be — but still a lot fewer than there are in many other Kansas towns.
Oklahoma blows out short-handed Baylor, 84-67
March 9, 2011
Cade Davis scored 24 points and Oklahoma hit nine 3-pointers en route to an 84-67 victory over short-handed Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday.
Thanks due
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B9
To the property owner(s) between 2600 and 3000 West Sixth (north, either side of Schwarz Rd.): I was one of the folks who filed a complaint with the city about unshoveled sidewalks.
CBS concerns
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B9
The recent Saturday broadcast of the KU-Mizzou game on CBS does not bode well for March Madness viewing for Jayhawk fans.
Keeping pace
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B9
This is in response to George Gurley’s column in the March 6 Journal-World. Yes, we have some strange words now. To be fair, though, we are doing some strange things.
CBS truth
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B9
Hooey. Spin. Sunspots they said. CBS spokespersons blamed it on sunspots. They think we are all dumb as dirt.
Neutral court
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B9
Recently, the Kansas House passed HB 2101, which would replace the nonpartisan Supreme Court Nominating Commission process for appointments to the Kansas Court of Appeals with an “advice and consent” model similar to the federal system.
Kansas Aviation Museum opens new Stearman exhibit
March 9, 2011
The museum plans a free open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.
Obama nominates former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to replace Tacha on federal appeals bench
March 9, 2011
Lawrence resident and former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six was nominated Wednesday by President Obama to serve on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Colorado uses flurry of late scoring to survive tough challenge by Iowa State, advances to play K-State
04:45 p.m., March 9, 2011 Updated 05:18 p.m.
Alec Burks scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and Colorado unleashed a 12-2 run in the final minutes to slip past 12th-seeded Iowa State 77-75 Wednesday in a hard-fought first-round game in the Big 12 tournament.
Engineering programs focus of new initiative
March 9, 2011
The demand for engineering graduates at the national and state level has been increasing rapidly, but state revenue problems have been an obstacle in meeting the demand.
Arkansas City man charged with murder after car accident
March 9, 2011
A 23-year-old Arkansas City man is charged with second-degree murder after his passenger died when he lost control of his car and crashed.
Oklahoma State survives Nebraska run, advances to face Kansas in Big 12 Tournament
March 9, 2011
Oklahoma State’s 30-percent foul shooter swishes two in a row in the final seconds. Then Keiton Page, the best free throw shooter in the conference, misses the front end of a 1-and-1 with 16 seconds to go, giving Nebraska a chance for one more shot.
Mother pleads innocent after baby dies from heat of hairdryer
March 9, 2011
Prosecutors say that the death was an accident, but that the mother acted with extreme indifference to her child.
Salina man gets probation for videotaping his family
March 9, 2011
A Kansas man will serve more than three years of probation after admitting that he secretly videotaped family members.
Fan hurls hot dog lawsuit against Kansas City Royals
March 9, 2011
A longtime Kansas City Royals fan is suing the team for more than $25,000 for injuries after getting hit in the eye with a hot dog.
Kennedy School gladly receives longtime custodian’s gift of military flag
March 9, 2011
Richard Oshel had a nickname: Mr. O. That’s how the kids at Kennedy School knew him during his more than 20 years as a custodian at the school.
Kansas State Fair asked to prioritize building, land assets
March 9, 2011
Kansas State Fair officials continue to ask lawmakers to make a funding match in the fair’s capital improvement fund, even as the state requests a review of all the fair’s land assets.
Kansas House panel endorses cut in public pensions
March 9, 2011
A Kansas House committee endorsed a bill Wednesday that would cut future retirement benefits for current teachers and government workers to help solve the long-term funding woes of the pension system.
Statehouse Live: Kansas opponents of death penalty tout Illinois repeal
March 9, 2011
House Bill 2323, which would repeal the Kansas death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, is currently in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Town Talk: Retirement center at Sixth and Folks expected to open in September; residential construction picks up in February
March 9, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
KU women clobbered by Baylor at Big 12 tourney, 86-51
12:43 p.m., March 9, 2011 Updated 11:56 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas University women’s basketball team on Wednesday fell to Baylor for the second time this season, losing 86-51 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Municipal Auditorium.
Tennessee couple arrested in Lawrence in connection with the 2009 death of their baby daughter
11:56 a.m., March 9, 2011 Updated 04:25 p.m. in print edition on B1
Lawrence police detectives early Wednesday arrested a couple wanted in the 2009 death of their young daughter in Tennessee, prosecutors and police said.
Kansas Highway Patrol names Maj. Alan Stoecklein new assistant superintendent
March 9, 2011
The Kansas Highway Patrol has a new assistant superintendent, a veteran officer who’s been in charge of its field operations in 73 of the state’s 105 counties.
Group of Armenian police officers to stop in Lawrence during tour of Kansas
March 9, 2011
A group of Armenian police officers is touring Kansas law enforcement centers to meet with their American counterparts.
Lawrence City Commission accepts grant for Santa Fe Depot
March 9, 2011
Lawrence city commissioners are willing to spend $25,000 as they wait to see whether plans to purchase the Santa Fe Depot in East Lawrence materialize.
Heard on the Hill: KU looking for new senior vice provost; website provides more information on Kansas City Cancer Center; KU dining services leader receives honor
March 9, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Man in downtown car chase given felony charge
04:34 a.m., March 9, 2011 Updated 07:07 p.m. in print edition on B7
Lawrence police used spike strips to help apprehend a driver that led officers in a pursuit near downtown just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Two Lawrence men injured after fight early Saturday morning in the 2500 block of West 31st Street
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
A 21-year-old Lawrence man and a 19-year-old Lawrence man sustained injuries to their mouths after a fight with two male suspects early Saturday morning in the 2500 block of West 31st Street.
Lawrence man reports theft of computer equipment in the 1500 block of Stratford Road
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
A 61-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Tuesday that someone had stolen $1,183 worth of computer equipment, including a laptop, from his vehicle.
Lawrence woman reports stolen electronics worth $1,147 in the 1900 block of Stewart Avenue
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman reported to Lawrence police Tuesday that someone had stolen $1,147 worth of miscellaneous electronics, including four GPS navigation units.
Horizon 2020 proposal divides city, county commissioners
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
The green debate wasn’t all rosy at City Hall on Tuesday. Lawrence city commissioners and Douglas County commissioners were divided Tuesday on a proposal to add new environmental policies to the city and county’s planning process.
Lawrence man accused of assaulting police officer to go on trial for more severe count than original charge
March 9, 2011
A Douglas County judge ruled Tuesday that a 20-year-old Lawrence man, accused of assaulting a Lawrence police officer, will go to trial on a more severe count than he was originally charged with.
KU golf ties for 12th in Louisiana event
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Kansas University men’s golf team finished in a tie for 12th place on Tuesday at the Louisiana Classics.
Ohio State’s Tressel spun a web of lies
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
He can’t stop lying. Even when he was trying to explain Tuesday why he lied in the first place, Jim Tressel was still lying.
Greinke likely to start season on DL
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke is likely to begin the season on the disabled list because of a fractured right rib he injured while playing pickup basketball in the offseason.
Juggernaut BU awaits: KU women to face top-seeded Bears today
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
The last time the Kansas University women’s basketball team faced Baylor, the Bears were the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and a winter storm had just unloaded on Lawrence.
Big 12 tournament up for grabs in K.C.
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B4
Top-seeded Kansas University goes into the Big 12 tournament favored to win but with much to lose.
Promise keeper: Unfinished business consumes Marcus Morris on journey to stardom
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Only five Kansas University players remained in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room following the biggest upset of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Sporting KC hits home run with Livestrong Sporting Park
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Until Monday, I always thought nobody ever had crushed a ball farther out of the park with a stadium naming than the New York Yankees when they branded their spring training home Legends Field.
Associated Press All-Big 12 basketball
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Associated Press All-Big 12 men’s basketball teams for the 2010-11 season as chosen by a panel of media representatives who cover the conference on a regular basis, with players listed by name, school, class, height, weight and hometown:
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B5
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, March 9, 2011.
Pump patrol
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations.
Willis throws 2 perfect innings in Reds win over Royals
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B6
Dontrelle Willis continues to make a case for a spot in the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen.
Funding shift
Government grants get many good programs off the ground, but who will sustain those programs over the long term?
March 9, 2011
There is no question that the Just Food pantry has done a good job of providing food to local individuals and families, who, due to various circumstances, have been unable to buy sufficient food to meet their needs.
Anti-education feeling hurts U.S.
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A9
In 1963, Richard Hofstadter, one of the greatest historians of the 20th century published his “Anti-Intellectualism in American History.”
Attracting business
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A9
Nearly every state is facing a budget deficit. Kansas is not one of the exceptions.
Stirred to action
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A9
I am a selfish person. I don’t volunteer, I give little to charity.
BYU hypocrisy
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A9
Boo on the sports columnist published in the Journal-World who praised what he called a “shining moment” when Brigham Young dismissed a basketball player for violating the university’s “honor code.”
Pre-intervention questions on Libya
March 9, 2011 in print edition on A9
In September 1941, Japan’s leaders had a question for Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto: Could he cripple the U.S. fleet in Hawaii? Yes, he said. Then he had a question for the leaders: But then what?
40 years ago: Bad weather on election day not keeping voters away
March 9, 2011
Terrible election weather consisting of rain, sleet, and snow was not deterring the voting public from turning out.
25 years ago: KU Med program helps people with fear of flying
March 9, 2011
Kansas University Medical Center had recently hosted an “Aerophobic Clinic” to help people who suffered from fear of flying.
Horoscope for March 9
March 9, 2011
This year, become more conscious of your daily environment. There are many ways of saying the same thing — some more effective than others. You will want to learn more productive and dynamic ways of responding. If you are single, you could meet up with someone quite different and interesting. If you are attached, as a couple, you could manifest a closer connection with deeper, more grounded communication. Taurus brings out your personality.
’Real World: Las Vegas’ and other distractions
March 9, 2011
Imagine a world where you’re not allowed to think. Or express yourself about anything not involving the crudest sensation. For anybody with a mind and who likes to use it, it would be a kind of hell. Or “The Real World: Las Vegas” (9 p.m., MTV).
100 years ago: Important accomplishments of state legislature listed
March 9, 2011
“Some of the more important things accomplished by the 1911 Legislature.”
Michigan teen ‘larger than life’
March 9, 2011 in print edition on B6
Classmates, coaches and former opponents were among the mourners who filled a southwest Michigan church Tuesday to celebrate the short life of a teen athlete who friends and family say will have a long-lasting impact.