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Texas vs. Texas A&M KU vs. Colorado KU fans at K.C. Power and Light District Studio 804 building Center for Design Research Tsunami hits Japan The day in photos, March 11, 2011
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Polls
Have you ever experienced an earthquake?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
53%
No
 
46%
Total 681
Which Big 12 team, other than KU, do you think will advance furthest in the NCAA Tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
Texas
 
60%
Kansas State
 
21%
Texas A&M
 
9%
Colorado
 
7%
Missouri
 
1%
Total 506
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Crowds on Mass Street Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011. Census numbers reveal more detailed picture of Lawrence
March 9, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Marcus Morris battles inside for control of a rebound with Oklahoma State defenders Roger Franklin (32) and Markel Brown (22) during the second half on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Marcus Morris plays like Player of Year
12:00 a.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 5:00 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Shortly before opening tip of Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal against Oklahoma State, Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris received his Big 12 Player of the Year hardware and an ovation from the Sprint Center crowd. It didn’t take him long to show the many reasons nobody else came close to deserving it.
10:00 a.m.
House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, talks with State Board of Education member Sue Storm about his proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the education board and Kansas Board of Regents March 10, 2011. Seated in the center is Christie Kriegshauser, communications director for O'Neal's office. Speaker O’Neal pushes to abolish State Board of Education, Kansas Board of Regents
10:20 a.m., March 10, 2011 Updated 2:29 p.m. in print edition on 1B
“I do not see a great deal of coordination between the Board of Regents and K through 12 right now,” O’Neal told the House Education Committee.
11:30 a.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Shannon Kimball live chat
March 11, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Shannon Kimball will chat live with LJWorld.com users Friday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
11:37 a.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Shannon Kimball live chat
March 11, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Shannon Kimball will chat live with LJWorld.com users Friday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
2:00 p.m.
Eudora police recently gave Overland Park resident Andrew Koepke a speeding ticket coming into Eudora on old K-10. Koepke later found out he was outside city limits, where city police had no jurisdiction. Eudora speeding ticket dismissed for jurisdiction violation
March 10, 2011 in print edition on 1B
An Overland Park man’s successful fight against a speeding ticket in Eudora Municipal Court has exposed an oddity on the city’s eastern boundary near a new elementary school.
8:00 p.m.
Daniel Lauing is the organizer behind the Reykawvik Summit, the first annual UFO conference planned at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. St. Lauing has invited UFOlogists, experts in the study of UFOs such as nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman and retired Air Force Captain Robert Salas. Inaugural UFO summit comes to Lawrence
March 11, 2011
Lawrence resident Daniel Lauing brings together UFOlogists from around the country to discuss the existence and repercussions of extraterrestrial life.

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Lawrence High School honor roll for fall 2010
March 11, 2011 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High School has announced its first-semester 2010-11 honor rolls.
City Commission agenda for March 15
March 11, 2011 in print edition on C6
City commissioners will consider taking the first step to creating a Neighborhood Revitalization district for a new downtown office building for Treanor Architects.
Texas defeats Texas A&M, 70-58, advances to play KU in Big 12 final
11:47 p.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 01:13 a.m. in print edition on A1
Jordan Hamilton scored 17 points and No. 10 Texas had four players in double figures while beating Texas A&M 70-58 in the Big 12 semifinals Friday night, giving the Longhorns a three-game season sweep of their old rivals.
Energy audits help find holes to plug
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence energy auditor Robert Coffman hadn’t even reached the front door of Tony Schmidt’s house before he spotted trouble.
Thomas Robinson: Markieff Morris ‘best big man in the country’
March 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Going on the assumption that Kansas University junior Marcus Morris is more of a small forward, KU sophomore Thomas Robinson was pretty comfortable with his comments about his other teammate named Morris: power forward Markieff.
City to hold public meeting Sunday about library expansion design
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
When it comes to the city’s $18 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library, everything from the lack of a back door to the appearance of the backside of a parking garage are starting to create questions with some neighbors.
Burn ban in effect for Douglas County
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B5
The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Jones murder trial goes to jury
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
A Douglas County jury at 3:25 p.m. Friday began deliberating in the first-degree murder trial of a Kansas City, Kan., man accused of shooting and a killing a Lawrence hip-hop artist in 2006.
Jurors in Lawrence area murder trial to resume work Monday morning
04:53 p.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 05:11 p.m.
A Douglas County jury will resume deliberations Monday morning in the first-degree murder trial of a Kansas City, Kan., man accused of shooting and a killing a Lawrence hip-hop artist in 2006.
KU verifies students in Japan safe after earthquake; retired KU professor describes tsunami in Hawaii
04:06 p.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 07:49 p.m. in print edition on C6
A Kansas University spokeswoman said that the university had been trying to reach students studying abroad in Japan, and a retired KU journalism professor in Hawaii described the tsunami’s effect there as a “nonevent.”
Topeka man sentenced to at least 50 years for shooting death
March 11, 2011
Twenty-three-year-old Trevejon Maurice Killings was sentenced to at least 50 years in prison with no chance of parole Thursday for the January, 2010, death of 24-year-old Antonio Jackson.
16-year-old pleads to part in double homicide in Wichita
March 11, 2011
A 16-year-old from Wichita has pleaded no contest to charges arising from the shooting deaths of a couple whose two toddlers were left alone with their parents’ bodies.
New president at Garden City Community College starting 3 months early
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
The college’s board of trustees voted Wednesday night to allow Herbert J. Swender to begin work as president on April 1, rather than on July 1 as previously planned.
Reno County DA wants wants 9-year sentence for man refusing to testify in murder case
March 11, 2011
Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder says 35-year-old Jose Delacruz should serve the sentence after a seven-year term for aggravated robbery.
Workers return to Kansas City GM plant after explosives scare
March 11, 2011
GM had evacuated about 1,200 employees early Friday as a precaution after a suspicious device was reported at the plant.
Gov. Brownback signs first bill into law
March 11, 2011
The legislation signed Friday streamlines the vehicle registration process for businesses with fleets of more than 250 vehicles.
Arkansas City man dies of injuries from grass fire
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Eugene Hoag, of rural Arkansas City, was flown to Via Christi St. Francis medical center in Wichita, where officials said Friday that he died.
I-70 commuters, get ready for construction delays east of Lawrence
March 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Come Monday, orange cones and construction workers will return to a stretch of Interstate 70 just east of Lawrence.
Senators consider alternative to bill requiring voters to show ID at polls
March 11, 2011
A Kansas Senate committee is considering an alternative to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Judge rules against Shawnee Mission parents seeking local tax hikes to fund schools
02:46 p.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 04:36 p.m. in print edition on A1
A lawsuit filed by parents in the Shawnee Mission school district claims that state school funding is inadequate. They sought a temporary injunction that would allow the district to ask voters for a local tax hike.
Interim dean is final candidate for KU Law School post
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s third candidate for its vacant law dean position is the school’s interim dean.
Democrats: Governor trying to take over Kansas Bioscience Authority; Brownback denies accusation
02:12 p.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 03:53 p.m. in print edition on B3
Democratic legislative leaders on Friday accused Gov. Sam Brownback of trying to take over the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Statehouse Live: Brownback cuts $50 million from public schools
Senator questions governor’s authority
11:28 a.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 09:27 p.m. in print edition on A1
Brownback, a Republican, said the move is necessary because legislators have been unable to come to an agreement on budget cuts for the current fiscal year.
KU students plugging into energy-saving contest against K-State
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B4
Since students living on Kansas University’s campus never have to see an outright electric bill, it can be a struggle to find an incentive to convince them to conserve energy.
Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Sunday for daylight saving time
March 11, 2011
Look on the bright side — an hour is lost this weekend, but the sun will stick around later than normal.
Human sushi: Adventurer in search of man-eating catfish
March 11, 2011
Giant, man-eating fish are usually the province of the SyFy channel’s Saturday-night movie franchise.
Horoscope for March 11, 2011
March 11, 2011
For Friday, March 11: This year, walking in other people’s shoes in order to understand where they are coming from points to the path of success.
Town Talk Bouncy house business to land in Lawrence; homeless shelter debate set for Tuesday; giant hot dog alert; $180,000 Farmland savings; Census appeal possible
March 11, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Governor Sam Brownback asks Kathleen Sebelius for Kansas Medicaid waiver
March 11, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to grant the state greater flexibility in using a federal grant for Medicaid programs.
Lawmakers want ethics case on ex-Kansas AG Phill Kline to end
March 11, 2011
Kansas legislators who oppose abortion say a state panel should drop a professional ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline.
Massive tsunami hits Japan after magnitude-8.9 earthquake
06:18 a.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 02:34 p.m.
A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.
First Bell: School board candidate chats start today; Kindergarten Round-Up, open house set at Veritas; former governor talks early-childhood education, bullying and — yes — health insurance
March 11, 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: Mini College registration is open; Summerfield scholarships have rich history; New federal judgeship nominee Steve Six has extensive KU connections
March 11, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
NCAA justice speedy when it wants to be
March 11, 2011
The story of ineligible freshman Perry Jones III lost its immediate news urgency with Baylor’s early exit Wednesday in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
NCAA: Baylor’s criticism of Jones case ‘off base’
March 11, 2011
A day after ruling Baylor freshman Perry Jones ineligible for accepting improper benefits, the NCAA said Thursday that the school was wrong in criticizing how the case was handled and suggesting there were similarities to problems at Auburn and Ohio State.
Marcus Morris plays like Player of Year
12:00 a.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 05:00 p.m. in print edition on A1
Shortly before opening tip of Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal against Oklahoma State, Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris received his Big 12 Player of the Year hardware and an ovation from the Sprint Center crowd. It didn’t take him long to show the many reasons nobody else came close to deserving it.
KU wanted ’Cats, but CU will do
March 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Truth be known, Kansas University’s basketball players wanted to play Kansas State in the 2011 Big 12 tournament.
Stop and go: Defensive stand puts KU in semis
March 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s No. 2-ranked basketball team confronted a harsh reality while huddling during a timeout with 20 seconds left in Thursday’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinal nail-biter against Oklahoma State in Sprint Center.
Royals hold off Angels; tie Athletics
March 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
Vin Mazzaro, vying for a spot in Kansas City’s starting rotation, struggled in his third start of the spring, but the Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-3, in a split-squad game Thursday.
Pump patrol
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations.
February budget deficit highest ever for any month
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
The government ran the largest-ever budget deficit for a single month in February. The shortfall kept this year’s annual deficit on pace to end as the biggest in U.S. history.
Inaugural UFO summit comes to Lawrence
March 11, 2011
Lawrence resident Daniel Lauing brings together UFOlogists from around the country to discuss the existence and repercussions of extraterrestrial life.
Local business reports wire stolen during burglary
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B4
A 32-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Monday morning that the night before $2,250 worth of wire was stolen from Lynn Electric in a burglary in the 4400 block of Bauer Farm Drive. A trailer lock was also damaged in the burglary.
KU notebook: Jayhawks had tough time going inside against Cowboys
March 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
KU had trouble working the ball inside against Okie State’s zone defense. Marcus Morris had 16 points off 7-of-15 shooting but just four points off 1-of-4 shooting the second half. Markieff Morris had 10 points off 3-of-5 shooting and Thomas Robinson one point. He missed all five floor shots.
U.S. should end Arab arms sales
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B7
For many years American policy has been to sell modern weaponry to Arab states. The reasons given are to maintain the “balance of power” in the region, but the unstated and most likely reason is to keep the oil flowing.
Honest belief
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B7
“Honest, respectable belief starts with evidence and moves gradually to conviction, regardless of preference and ‘feeling.’ Irrationality begins with emotional intuition, cherry-picking evidence to suit.” (“Pitts’ hypocrisy,” Public Forum, March 4).
Family values?
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B7
The last story (literally) in the Journal-World March 8, (page 10B, “DUI reform…”) says that the Kansas Legislature may drop or gut a proposed law that would help keep repeat drunken drivers off Kansas streets and highways.
Broder set a high standard
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B7
When Fred Hiatt, the editor of The Washington Post editorial page, offered me the chance to write a weekly column, the first person I turned to for advice was Dave Broder.
Building its case
A merger announced this week should significantly boost Kansas University’s effort to develop an elite cancer treatment facility.
March 11, 2011 in print edition on B7
Tuesday’s announcement of plans to merge the operations of the Kansas University Cancer Center and the Kansas City Cancer Center appears to be a significant positive step in KU’s pursuit of a comprehensive cancer center designation.
25 years ago: Police investigating pigeon die-off in northeast Lawrence
March 11, 2011
Lawrence police were investigating several reports of sick and dying pigeons in the city. The symptoms of staggering and vomiting were suggestive of poisoning.
40 years ago: City reports success with new bulky trash pickup program
March 11, 2011
The city of Lawrence had recently begun a new service of picking up bulky items discarded by residents.
100 years ago: Williamstown to get its first bank
March 11, 2011
“Within ninety days Williamstown will have its first bank.”