Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Durrell Jones enters a Douglas County courtroom Tuesday, March 8, 2011, before opening statements in his trial. Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2006 killing of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital. Judge declares mistrial in Durrell Jones first-degree murder trial
11:30 a.m., March 16, 2011 Updated 5:40 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A Douglas County judge has declared a mistrial in the first-degree murder trial of Durrell Jones.
10:00 a.m.
In this December 2010 file photo, a sign warns drivers of construction on Kasold Drive. Infrastructure, transit sales taxes approved in 2008 meeting Lawrence leaders’ expectations
March 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The three taxes — a 0.3 percent sales tax for infrastructure, a 0.2 percent sales tax for transit operations and a 0.05 percent sales tax for transit enhancement — generated $7,332,143 in 2010. The result, City Manager David Corliss said, is that city infrastructure projects remain on schedule.
11:00 a.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Keith Diaz Moore live chat
March 17, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Keith Diaz Moore will chat live with users Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
11:25 a.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Keith Diaz Moore live chat
March 17, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Keith Diaz Moore will chat live with users Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
2:00 p.m.
Marlene Merrill Incumbent school board member Marlene Merrill wants to complete the work she’s begun
March 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Marlene Merrill is nearly four years into studying, proposing and determining ways to steer the Lawrence school district through curriculum implementations, school reconfigurations, bond issue expenditures, budget-cutting moves and school-closing deliberations. And she wants to go back for more.

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Wildcats hold off Utah State 73-68 in Southeast
11:54 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 12:52 a.m.
Making one mistake after another in the closing minutes, Kansas State kept giving Utah State chances. The Wildcats pulled it out, of all places, from the free throw line.
UCLA builds early lead, holds off Michigan State
March 17, 2011
UCLA kept clanking free throws, Michigan State kept draining 3-pointers. It turned a potential rout into a nailbiter. In the end, the Bruins escaped. But just barely.
No. 6 seed Cincinnati tops No. 11 Missouri 78-63
11:44 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 12:53 a.m.
Cincinnati wasn’t about to play Missouri’s game. Try to run on the Bearcats? Not this time. Their defense just kept getting in the way.
Gonzaga knocks off St. John’s, 86-71
March 17, 2011
That “11” on the bracket is only a number. The name that goes with it — “Gonzaga” — means a whole lot more.
No. 12 seed Richmond springs upset on Vandy, 69-66
March 17, 2011
Richmond added another upset to an impressive NCAA tournament resume that already had several. And Vanderbilt exited early — again.
Walker leads Connecticut over Bucknell 81-52
March 17, 2011
After carrying Connecticut to the Big East title, Kemba Walker decided to get his teammates involved in the Huskies’ NCAA tournament opener against Bucknell.
San Diego State beats Northern Colorado 68-50
March 17, 2011
San Diego State’s players chased Devon Beitzel around screens, got hands in his face, challenged his shots. Nothing seemed to work, just like in two regular-season games against BYU’s Jimmer Fredette.
Wofford gets Jimmered, falls 74-66 to BYU
March 17, 2011
Slowing down The Jimmer? It’s possible. Stopping him altogether? Well, as the sign in the stands put it, “Fredette about it.”
Wisconsin’s long-range game grounds Belmont 72-58
09:22 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 11:34 p.m.
A trip to the desert sunshine brought the Wisconsin offense out of the deep freeze and doomed the upstart hopes of little Belmont University.
Strong research helps 2 KU startup companies sell
Drug, assessment businesses bought
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Julie Goonewardene, associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, said the acquisitions demonstrated the value of research done at KU.
No. 2 seed Gators roll past Santa Barbara 79-51
08:59 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 11:33 p.m.
Florida made its opening game in the NCAA tournament look like one of those preseason exhibitions.
Earthquake interrupts De Soto man’s trip to visit daughter in Japan
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Pictures started shaking on the walls, the blinds rattled and a small, egg-shaped clock on the coffee table danced about until it almost fell to the floor. This was the scene in the Tokyo apartment of Jessica Brack, a 2007 Kansas University graduate and the daughter of Graham and Carrie Gordon of De Soto, as an earthquake struck March 11.
Climber survives for 6 days stranded in remote canyon
David Cicotello, 57, a KU graduate
March 17, 2011
No matter what, David Cicotello knew he had to survive.
New Bible criticized for gender-neutral language
March 17, 2011 in print edition on C4
In the old translation of the world’s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Make that “brother or sister” in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message.
President O’Bama? Leader has Irish roots
March 17, 2011 in print edition on C4
President Barack Obama found out years ago he had an Irish great-great-great-grandfather who fled the potato famine in 1850.
Open letter to Jayhawk Nation from KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger wrote to Jayhawk fans about the men’s basketball team’s successes.
Gray-Little invites Colombian President Santos to return to his alma mater
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little extended the invitation Thursday during a meeting in Bogota with Santos. Santos graduated from the university in 1973.
Prairie Village woman convicted for murdering stepson gets parole
March 17, 2011
A Prairie Village woman convicted of orchestrating the murder of her 13-year-old stepson 31 years ago, has been paroled and has moved back home.
Kansas City powers school buses with natural gas
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City, Kan., School District has added 47 buses that run on an alternative fuel — compressed natural gas —rather than imported diesel.
Hearing set for veteran accused of stalking Westboro church members
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
A new hearing date has been set for a disabled Army veteran accused of stalking members of a Topeka church.
Barack O’Bama? President traces family roots back to Irish ancestry
March 17, 2011
President Barack Obama found out years ago he had an Irish great-great-great-grandfather who fled the potato famine in 1850. He can now claim 28 living relatives who also descended from that Irishman, including a Vietnam veteran, a school nurse and a displeased Arizona Republican.
Push to restrict adult businesses stalls in Senate
March 17, 2011
A push in the Kansas Legislature to impose new restrictions on strip clubs and other sexually oriented businesses stalled Thursday because a Senate committee wants to leave the job to cities and counties.
Knight’s drive propels Kentucky past Princeton
March 17, 2011
Brandon Knight missed his first seven shots and even found himself on the bench in the final minute against Princeton.
No. 1 Pittsburgh beats No. 16 UNC-Asheville 74-51
05:44 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 06:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh was bigger, stronger and more physical. Matt Dickey made a few more shots that might look good on the Internet.
Salina hospital gives $1 million to KU medical school; eight students to start classes next fall in Salina
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B4
A $1 million donation from Salina Regional Health Center will help Kansas University’s medical school campus in Salina become fully operational.
Harper’s 3 gives Morehead State a 62-61 upset
04:27 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Demonte Harper of 13th-seeded Morehead State dribbled patiently, watching the clock tick down — 10, 9, 8, 7 — then stepped up behind the 3-point line, swished the shot and crumpled Louisville’s NCAA hopes, to say nothing of a few million tournament brackets out there.
Late basket carries Butler over Old Dominion 60-58
04:27 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 03:46 p.m.
This time, a last-second shot at the buzzer went Butler’s way.
Fernandez’s basket gives Temple 66-64 win over PSU
04:15 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 05:56 p.m.
They can’t call him “one-and-Dunphy” anymore. Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with less than a second to play to hand Temple a wild 66-64 victory over Penn State and end coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.
Exhibits at this weekend’s home show will target energy savings
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Exhibitors at this weekend’s Lawrence Home Show understand that folks don’t necessarily have a bunch of money to spend these days.
USSSA Winter National Basketball Tournament comes to Lawrence this weekend
Event could bring 4,500 to Lawrence
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B4
This weekend, Lawrence will host a youth basketball tournament that is expected to draw 4,500 participants and attendees to the city.
Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade-goers enjoy weather, attractions
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Hundreds of Lawrence and area residents turned out Thursday afternoon for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which traveled downtown.
Statehouse Live: House defeats bill to repeal temporary 1-cent state sales tax increase
02:08 p.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 08:31 p.m.
Many new conservative Republican members sought to undo the increase, saying it had been a burden on taxpayers and businesses.
Town Talk: First Watch official confirms restaurant to reopen; facts and figures about county’s real estate values
March 17, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU tells students studying in Japan to come home
11:10 a.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 03:04 p.m. in print edition on B3
Kansas University has announced it intends to require its 10 students studying in Japan to return home.
Tyrel Reed named Capital One first-team academic All-American
March 17, 2011
Kansas senior guard Tyrel Reed has been selected as one of five players on the Captial One All-America first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
Kansas Senate panel modifies Kris Kobach’s voter ID bill
10:56 a.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 01:31 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee endorsed an election fraud bill Thursday after members rewrote legislation from Secretary of State Kris Kobach to delay the proposed start of his plan to require anyone registering to vote in the state for the first time to prove they’re citizens.
Kansas workplace injuries drop 12 percent in 2009
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kansas labor officials say nonfatal workplace injuries in Kansas fell by 12 percent in 2009, the most recent year the statistics are available.
Hearing set for disabled vet accused of stalking Westboro Baptist Church members
08:53 a.m., March 17, 2011 Updated 12:05 p.m.
A new hearing date has been set for a disabled Army veteran accused of stalking members of a Topeka church.
First Bell: Keith Diaz Moore chats today; junior highs still need ‘new’ names; LHS grad earns German military medal
March 17, 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 Alumni Association to host pep rally this weekend in Tulsa; video shows unveiling of Naismith’s rules in Kansas City; KU edging K-State in RecycleMania competition
March 17, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Voter Education Coalition announces Candidate Fairs, forum
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
The local Voter Education Coalition has announced plans for a Lawrence school board forum and a Candidate Fair for school board and City Commission candidates.
Federal Reserve deal to help First State Bank and Trust
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., has signed an agreement with Tonganoxie Bankshares Inc., which owns First State Bank and Trust, in an effort to maintain the bank’s financial soundness.
Douglas County Commission to explore option for low-cost senior living
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Commission agreed Wednesday night to further explore the possibility of Tenants to Homeowners to acquire land at 25th Street and Cedarwood Avenue for moderately priced senior housing.
Japan military begins dumping water on reactor
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Japanese military helicopters dumped loads of seawater onto a stricken nuclear reactor today, trying to avoid full meltdowns as plant operators said they were close to finishing a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis.
KU: Seed ‘nothing’
Jayhawks downplay top billing
March 17, 2011
No. 1 seeds garner a lot of attention on NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday.
Southwest Regional capsules: Team-by-team look at the teams joining the Jayhawks hoping to head to Houston
March 17, 2011
Here is a look at the teams joining the Jayhawks hoping to head to Houston.
Southwest primer: A look at Kansas’ regional
March 17, 2011
Here’s a look at the southwest regional in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Yawn: Duke gets another No. 1 seed
Defending national champions face tough road in West Regional
March 17, 2011
Sunday evening, just hours after knocking off North Carolina for the ACC tournament title, the Duke Blue Devils learned they would be a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Craft-y Buckeyes loaded
Top-seeded Ohio State boasts potent 1-2 punch
March 17, 2011
All season, the talk regarding the Ohio State University men’s basketball program was about surprise freshman Jared Sullinger, his mammoth size and potential to be the national player of the year.
Panthers fired up
Tourney loss motivates Pitt
March 17, 2011
For some, it was Pittsburgh — not Kansas, not Duke, not even Ohio State — that entered last week’s conference tournament fun as the most complete team in the country.
No. 1 seed benefit, not ‘burden’
Recent history shows seeding powerful predictor of tournament success
March 17, 2011
At some point during the non-stop coverage of an NCAA basketball tournament that promises to rivet the nation with buzzer-beaters, multiple-overtime thrillers and upsets galore, some voice communicating via TV, radio or newspaper will label the No. 1 seed “a burden.”
Shelter questions
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Something doesn’t smell right at the Lawrence Humane Society, and it’s not the current animal guests in need of homes.
Education attack
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Could it be that the governor does not like the way Kansans have voted out state school board members who tried to push “intelligent design” into science classrooms?
Not funny
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
After being aghast at something a Kansas legislator said — again — I feel I need to help them out a little.
Unfit to serve
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Rep. Virgil Peck was quoted in papers Tuesday saying that one way of controlling illegal immigrants would be to shoot them from helicopters in the same manner that feral hogs are controlled in Kansas.
Our town sports
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B10
The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host the “Pi-Day River Rotation Half Marathon” on Saturday on the Kansas River trail system.
Win or lose, Self likes this bunch
Questions and answers as Jayhawks head into NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2011
Bill Self has absolutely no idea how his Kansas Jayhawks will fare in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Military planners have eyes on China
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Scholars at the Naval War College here probably nodded in vigorous agreement with a recent lecture delivered at another military institution 130 miles away. Speaking at West Point to leaders of tomorrow’s Army, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said “any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”
Pump patrol
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations.
KU coach Bill Self: Jayhawk basketball team ‘loose’ in arrival to Tulsa
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Travis Releford and Josh Selby carried Cheddar’s Casual Cafe to-go boxes off Kansas University’s big, black charter bus into the Renaissance Hotel shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
March Madness for K-State, Mizzou begins today
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
With most of its team coming back from last year’s NCAA regional finals run, Kansas State built up big expectations in the Little Apple.
Shockers rout NU; Buffs roll in NIT
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
David Kyles scored 13 points and hit four of Wichita State’s 11 three-pointers in a victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Homers help Royals rip Reds
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kila Ka’aihue and Alcides Escobar hit two-run home runs, and Alex Gordon doubled for his fourth straight game with an extra-base hit in Kansas City’s 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
Jayhawks attend football pro day
Thorson shows off agility, power … and beard
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
If it was good enough for Kerry Meier, it’s good enough for Brad Thorson. That was the thought behind the lumberjack beard Thorson grew during his training for Kansas University’s football pro timing day, which took place Wednesday at the Anderson Family Football Complex and Memorial Stadium.
Woman reports $4,600 in cash stolen from purse and wallet at Howard Johnson hotel
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 47-year-old Newberry Springs, Calif., woman reported to Lawrence police March 12 that someone had stolen a purse and wallet, including $4,600 in cash and some credit cards from a 71-year-old Newberry Springs woman at the Howard Johnson hotel, 2222 W. Sixth St. The theft occurred between 10:25 p.m. and 10:41 p.m.
Tragic results
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
In addition to the immediate tragedy unfolding in Japan, damage to a nuclear power plant there is likely to have a long-lasting effect on future development of nuclear power around the globe.
Man reports electronics stolen from vehicle in 1400 block of Chelsea Place
March 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Tuesday morning that two laptop computers and a Sony video camera were stolen from his vehicle overnight in the 1400 block of Chelsea Place, near Crestline Drive and Bob Billings Parkway.
Style Scout: Tyler Waugh
March 17, 2011
Tell us a secret: I subscribe to both Papa Murphy and Degrassi text messages.
Horoscopes for March 17
March 17, 2011
This year, passions are high and sarcasm could run rampant. Be sensitive to new possibilities that come through partners and associates. If you are single, you meet people with ease. You don’t need to jump into a relationship. If you are attached, enjoy the back-and-forth mental exchanges. Virgo often challenges your thought process.
Parks and Recreation,’ ghastly banshees compete against March Madness for TV viewers
March 17, 2011
CBS pre-empts its dependable and popular Thursday-night series to present prime-time coverage of the NCAA Basketball Tournament (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., CBS, time approximate)
25 years ago: Local gas prices drop into the 60s
March 17, 2011
“How low can they go?” The question was on the minds of some Lawrence residents.
40 years ago: Kansas governor proclaims ‘Jayhawk Day’
March 17, 2011
Gov. Robert Docking proclaimed today as “Boost the Jayhawks Day” to honor the 1971 Kansas University basketball team, the first since 1959 to post an unbeaten record in Big Eight Conference championship play.
100 years ago: KU chancellor announces himself in favor of ‘Votes for Women’ issue
March 17, 2011
“The student body was not anticipating any such radical enunciations from the usually conservative University head, and a thrill rippled over the audience.”
Blast from the past: Tyrel Reed’s prep career filled with fond memories, admiration
March 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
The temperature is in the 60s, and an American flag snaps in the wind in front of the small-town high school on Cross Street.