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Archive for Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyrel Reed looks to move the ball against Colorado guard Cory Higgins during the first half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center. Kansas can count on Tyrel Reed
March 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
On a night Kansas University, the nation’s second-ranked basketball team, defeated Colorado, 90-83, Friday in the Sprint Center and ran its record to 31-2 and its two-year mark to 64-5, it rode its preferred inside-out approach to scoring.
10:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback talks about his decision to cut spending from the current budget without waiting for legislators to finish work on a bill making reductions, Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback says the state can't wait longer to bring its current budget back into balance, so he's exercising his power under Kansas law to make cuts to prevent a deficit on June 30. Statehouse Live: Brownback cuts $50 million from public schools
11:28 a.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 9:27 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Crews continued repaving work on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence on Thursday. Reduced lanes on the turnpike because of ongoing road construction will be just one of the hurdles facing motorists traveling to Saturday’s football season opener at Kansas University. Labor Day travelers, a 2:30 p.m. football game at Kansas State University and opening weekend of the Renaissance Festival could also add to Saturday’s traffic headaches on Interstate 70. I-70 commuters, get ready for construction delays east of Lawrence
March 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Come Monday, orange cones and construction workers will return to a stretch of Interstate 70 just east of Lawrence.
8:00 p.m.
Robert Coffman, with AirTight Energy Audits, talks to homeowner Tony Schmidt about his home's energy loss and ways to fix the problem. The audit, which was done March 3 2011, was part of the Kansas Efficiency program and enabled Schmidt to take out a loan to make upgrades to his home. Energy audits help find holes to plug
March 11, 2011 in print edition on 3B
Lawrence energy auditor Robert Coffman hadn’t even reached the front door of Tony Schmidt’s house before he spotted trouble.

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Call system helps find Ottawa man
LPD officer: Program could be useful in Lawrence
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ottawa police credit a phone-calling system for saving the life of an elderly man who had wandered away from his home last month. That system, which is free for law enforcement agencies across the country, isn’t in use in Douglas County. But local law enforcement officials said having such a system in place could come in handy when people go missing.
D.A. wants sentence for man not testifying
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Reno County district attorney is asking that a man who refused to testify in a murder trial be sentenced to nine years in prison on three contempt charges.
Sales tax districts a hot topic in City Commission race
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
$30 million. That’s the number that’s never far from the minds of City Hall budget makers.
KU building to showcase sustainable technology near Chamney dairy farm
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sandwiched in between an 80-year-old barn and farmhouse on KU’s West Campus is the new foundation for what will be the home of the Center for Design Research.
State lawmakers field questions about education funding at Eggs and Issues event
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B7
Less than 24 hours after Gov. Sam Brownback cut $50 million in public school funding, education was again the hot topic at the year’s second Eggs and Issues event Saturday morning.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B7
Road work planned the week of March 13, 2011.
Mortgages
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B9
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 65 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Around and about in local business
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B9
Local business news the week ending March 13, 2011.
KU’s Student Senate may change how it funds social services in Lawrence
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B9
As Kansas University’s Student Senate is making funding choices for all kinds of student fees, its members are looking to change how the group funds social services in Lawrence.
Tyrel Reed’s first dunk earns high marks from KU teammates
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
Forget the style points, throw the scorecards they use at the NBA’s slam dunk contest away. Saturday’s dunk by Kansas University senior Tyrel Reed during KU’s 85-73 victory over Texas in the Big 12 tournament title game earned high marks from the rest of the Jayhawks for one reason and one reason alone.
Douglas County burn ban lifted
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Commission Chairman Jim Flory lifted the burn ban Saturday night that had been put into effect the day before.
Statehouse Live: Groups criticize Brownback over budget cuts
March 12, 2011
Brownback said the cuts were needed to bring the budget into balance by the end of the fiscal year as required by law.
Japan braces for nuclear-reactor meltdown after tsunami
March 12, 2011 in print edition on C6
Japan launched a massive military rescue operation Saturday after a giant, quake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland, while authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor.
Obama, GOP agree, disagree on budget
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B5
President Barack Obama and the Senate’s top Republican both declared on Friday they want to take on the huge entitlement programs driving America’s long-term deficits — but their lines of attack differed sharply and that could lead to a showdown over government borrowing.
Senators review alternative to Kobach voter ID measure
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
A Kansas Senate committee on Friday considered a Democratic legislator’s alternative to Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s bill to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, and the lawmaker said her measure would attack election fraud without suppressing turnout.
Kansas can count on Tyrel Reed
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
On a night Kansas University, the nation’s second-ranked basketball team, defeated Colorado, 90-83, Friday in the Sprint Center and ran its record to 31-2 and its two-year mark to 64-5, it rode its preferred inside-out approach to scoring.
Big 12 women’s roundup: No. 3 Baylor blasts K-State
Bears, Texas A&M to clash in tournament final
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Offense is a given for Baylor, so coach Kim Mulkey was especially pleased with the defense and rebounding effort that advanced the Lady Bears to the Big 12 tournament final Friday.
Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas sophomore forward Thomas Robinson, who reportedly said on ustream.com Thursday night that he is definitely returning to KU for his junior season, confirmed that is indeed the case.
Colorado guards Higgins, Burks hounded by KU
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
After combining for 52 points Thursday against Kansas State, Colorado guards Cory Higgins and Alec Burks mustered just 29 points on 10-for-29 shooting in Friday’s 90-83 loss to Kansas.
Helton rallies Rockies past Royals
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
Todd Helton is looking more like the hitter who owns a career .324 batting average. Last year’s subpar effort appears to be an aberration.
Labor talks dissolve; players locked out
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country’s most popular sport in limbo Friday by breaking off labor negotiations hours before their contract expired. The union decertified; the league imposed a lockout.
KU’s Finley takes 2nd in shot put
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University sophomore thrower Mason Finley finished second in the shot put at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to score eight points for KU on Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus.
KU gets rematch it wanted: UT
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s basketball players were in a bit of a daze the last time the Jayhawks played Texas.
Playing with heavy heart, Marasco lifts Jayhawks
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Last March, Kansas University sophomore Jake Marasco answered his phone and received the worst possible news. The day after he smacked a career-high four hits against Iowa, Marasco learned that his mother, Carol, had unexpectedly passed away at 54.
KU softball triumphs
March 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
For the second time in three games, freshman Kendra Cullum drove in what proved to be the game-winning run for Kansas University’s softball team.
Regents beef up executive evaluations
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents conduct annual performance evaluations of the chancellor and presidents of the six state universities. In past years, this evaluation exercise has been relatively superficial, and regents have not been aware of many troubling situations or problems on the various campuses.
Lawrence man reports laptop, property stolen
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B5
A 30-year-old man reported Thursday the theft of a laptop and personal property from the 1000 block of Emery Road.
KU student reports property stolen from vehicle
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B5
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported to police Wednesday the burglary and theft of personal property from a vehicle in the 1000 block of Tennessee Street.
Health care arguments miss the point
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B11
When the Supreme Court considers whether Congress has the constitutional power to compel individuals to buy health insurance, the argument supporting Congress may rest on a non sequitur and a semantic fiat.
Demographics create new victims
March 12, 2011
There is a scholarship for students who wear outfits made of duct tape to their proms.
Workers lauded
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
I would like to compliment the workers of Nowak Construction from Goddard, who are replacing the sewer line in the 1500 block of New Hampshire Street.
Israel response
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
In his letter “Israel opening?” (Public Forum, March 8), Don Conrad states that he is not a political scientist, but he offers his interpretation of Israel’s actions and future.
A driving force: Taylor helps KU subdue CU, reach title game
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior point guard Tyshawn Taylor had only been in the game 15 seconds Friday night when he heard a familiar voice booming instructions in his direction.
GOP strategy
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
From the moment Barack Obama was inaugurated, the GOP’s strategy appeared to be an all-out attempt to make sure nothing positive or productive occurred during his presidency, even to the point of disavowing and mocking their own former policies and positions if, god forbid, they made sense and Obama agreed with them.
Social Security trust fund solvency is a myth
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
Everyone knows that the U.S. budget is being devoured by entitlements. Everyone also knows that of the Big Three — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — Social Security is the most solvable.
4-H and FCE news for March 12, 2011
March 12, 2011
The Four Leaf Clover 4H Club met Feb. 14 in the Dreher building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. President Kate McCurdy called the meeting to order and led the club in saying the flag salute.
Around and About for March 12, 2011
March 12, 2011
Madeline Glass, Lawrence, was named to the president’s list for fall 2010 semester at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., by earning a grade- point average between 3.8 and 4.0.
Club news for March 12, 2011
March 12, 2011
University Bridge Club announces the results of its March 5 meeting with hosts Mary Gaumer, Julie Zajic, and John and Willi Stark.
Scouting news for March 12, 2011
March 12, 2011
Cub Pack 3064 held its annual Blue and Gold Celebration Feb. 26 at the Eudora United Methodist Church. A potluck meal was enjoyed before the presentations.
25 years ago: Anti-hazing bill passed by Kansas Senate
March 12, 2011
In Topeka, the Kansas Senate had passed a bill that would prohibit dangerous hazing by student and social organizations.
Public, private
Privatizing government functions as a way to save taxpayer money could have some unintended consequences.
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B11
Facing a $492 million revenue shortfall in the next fiscal year, Kansas lawmakers are looking for dollars just about everywhere.
Faith Forum: How do alternative spring breaks reinforce the tenants of faith?
March 12, 2011
The Rev. Thad Holcombe of the ECM and KU student Jeff Miller answer.
40 years ago: Dog protects owner from car-jacking, assault
March 12, 2011
A woman described as a “Lawrence housewife” had been driving near Sixth and Maine when, at a traffic stop, a man forced his way into her car.
100 years ago: Recent KU law graduate and new legislator recalls difficult beginnings
March 12, 2011
“Hiram C. Davis of Wichita, who graduated from the School of Law in June nearly a year ago to be immediately sent to the legislature, met with all the difficulties that have to be dealt with by the self-supporting student.”
Vaccination debate
March 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
As one of the families suffering from whooping cough in the Lawrence area this winter, I take issue with your article that definitively states that vaccination is the best protection against the disease.
Horoscope for March 12, 2011
March 12, 2011
For Saturday, March 12: This year, tension could build. Many of you will know the reason for this stress.
‘Rebels’ follows the rise of UNLV from the unknown
March 12, 2011
Games past, present, real and virtual dominate the weekend’s offering as March Madness looms and Daylight Saving Time begins.