Archive for Friday, March 18, 2011

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KU baseball vs. Oklahoma State Kansas vs. Boston University Steve and Lynn Scannell's historic home The day in photos, March 18, 2011
Do you think the Japan disaster will have a negative impact on the U.S. economy?

Poll results

Response Percent
Too early to tell
Total 673
Which song about KU do you like more?

Poll results

Response Percent
‘Red and Blue KU’ by B Double E
‘F.O.E.’ by MerQury
I don’t like either
Total 260

Lead stories

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Riders on the Pedal Hopper wave to spectators during the annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade Thursday, March 17, 2011. Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade-goers enjoy weather, attractions
March 17, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Hundreds of Lawrence and area residents turned out Thursday afternoon for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which traveled downtown.
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Rachelle Preston, a corrections officer at the Douglas County Jail, monitors activity from inside central control in this January 2007 photo. The Douglas County Commission approved the $187,270 purchase of a new security system for the jail Wednesday. Douglas County OKs $187K for jail surveillance upgrade
March 18, 2011 in print edition on 3B
Douglas County Jail will upgrade its surveillance system with a $187,270 purchase from Siemens Industry. Douglas County Commission approved the purchase after an executive session Wednesday evening.
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Lawrence school board candidate Bill Roth live chat
March 18, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Bill Roth will chat live with users Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
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Lawrence school board candidate Bill Roth live chat
March 18, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Bill Roth will chat live with users Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little presents an autographed basketball to Colombian President and KU alumnus Juan Manuel Santos during a visit at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday March 17, 2011. Gray-Little invites Colombian President Santos to return to his alma mater
March 17, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little extended the invitation Thursday during a meeting in Bogota with Santos. Santos graduated from the university in 1973.

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Jackson, Syracuse top Indiana State 77-60
March 18, 2011
Defensive stopper Rick Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, C.J. Fair added 14 and Syracuse began taking care of “unfinished business” in the NCAA tournament with a 77-60 win over Indiana State in a second-round game Friday night.
Thomas, Washington hold off Georgia 68-65
March 18, 2011
Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and No. 7 seed Washington held off a late rally to beat 10th-seeded Georgia 68-65 on Friday night in the second round of the East regional.
VCU goes long distance to upset Georgetown 74-56
March 18, 2011
Brandon Rozzell led four players in double figures and VCU made 12 3-pointers to stun Georgetown with a 74-56 win that showed any remaining doubters the Rams do, indeed, belong in the NCAA tournament.
Marquette tops Xavier 66-55 in NCAA tournament
March 18, 2011
Marquette had the scouting report down cold. Take out Tu Holloway, and the Golden Eagles could take down Xavier.
Davis leads dominant Illini past UNLV 73-62
March 18, 2011
Mike Davis tied his season high with 22 points, Demetri McCamey added 17 points and seven assists and Illinois dominated UNLV 73-62 Friday night to set up another meeting between Fighting Illini coaches past and present in the Southwest Region of the NCAA tournament.
KU-Illinois game will be at approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday
March 18, 2011
The Kansas men’s basketball team’s Round of 32 game against Illinois will be played at approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday and will be televised on TNT.
Zeller and Henson lead North Carolina past Long Island University
March 18, 2011
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was concerned about his team’s lack of NCAA experience.
Williams’ block seals Arizona’s win over Memphis
March 18, 2011
Derrick Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to seal Arizona’s 77-75 win over Memphis in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
Moore, Johnson lead Purdue past St. Peter’s 65-43
March 18, 2011
E’Twaun Moore scored 19 points and JuJuan Johnson added 16 with 16 rebounds Friday night as third-seeded Purdue routed St. Peter’s 65-43 in the second round of the NCAA’s Southwest Region.
Florida State defense stifles Texas A&M for victory
March 18, 2011
After seven minutes, the score was Florida State 7, Texas A&M 0. Fans might have been tempted to ask how the Seminoles had scored their touchdown.
Saturday’s Free State High baseball game changed from 1 p.m. to noon
09:09 p.m., March 18, 2011 Updated 11:57 a.m.
The Free State High baseball team’s 2011 spring opener against Blue Valley Northwest was moved from 1 p.m. Saturday to noon Saturday.
Ohio State turns back Texas-San Antonio
March 18, 2011
Texas-San Antonio coach Brooks Thompson understands what it takes to beat Ohio State, he just doesn’t know if it’s possible.
Irving returns to help Duke blast Hampton
March 18, 2011
In less a half-minute Friday afternoon, freshman guard Kyrie Irving sent a shudder through teams in the NCAA tournament who suddenly face an even larger obstacle in Duke.
Lawrence man fails breath test at sentencing for third DUI
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
A Lawrence man convicted of drunken driving in connection with an accident that injured his 12-year-old son showed up to his sentencing Friday and failed a court-administered breath test for alcohol.
George Mason tops ‘Nova 61-57
March 18, 2011
George Mason has another fantastic March story to tell.
Michigan routs Tennessee 75-45
03:50 p.m., March 18, 2011 Updated 04:32 p.m.
For much of the past decade, Michigan has faded to the background in its state come March as rival Michigan State routinely made deep NCAA tournament runs.
Police officers from Armenia visit Lawrence, other Kansas cities
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
As five Armenian police leaders followed Brad Nachtigal into Memorial Stadium Friday afternoon, they suddenly stopped to examine the artificial FieldTurf surface.
Hansbrough, Irish beat Akron in NCAA opener
March 18, 2011
Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points despite another sub-par shooting game and Tim Abromaitis added 14 as second-seeded Notre Dame fought off scrappy Akron for a 69-56 second-round victory Friday in the Southwest Regional.
Topeka may have to close 3 elementary schools
March 18, 2011
The Topeka Unified School District is considering closing three elementary schools before school starts this fall to account for possible cuts in state aid.
Cattle drive to mark Kansas’ 150th birthday
March 18, 2011
A long-abandoned cattle trail through central Kansas will be bustling once again late this summer.
Wichita man pleads guilty to child pornography charges
March 18, 2011
A 47-year-old Wichita man is scheduled to be sentenced in June after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography.
New website allows Kansans to submit laws they want repealed
March 18, 2011
Kansans can now submit online suggestions for laws or regulations they want repealed.
Missouri summit targets rural crime
March 18, 2011
More than 100 farmers and law enforcement officials from northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas participated in Buchanan County’s first Rural Crime Summit.
Body found in Wichita trash truck
March 18, 2011
Wichita police have been investigating a body found in a trash truck at a recycling center.
Kansas Supreme Court overturns reduced sentence for man convicted of having sex with 2 children
March 18, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a Shawnee County district judge’s decision to impose a reduced sentence on a man convicted of having sex with two children.
Bill recruiting people to move to declining counties advances in Kansas House
March 18, 2011
The House gave the plan first-round approval Friday on a voice vote. House members plan to take final action Monday. The measure already has passed the Senate, so if it wins final House approval, it will go to Brownback.
Supporters concede Kansas union PACs bill stuck in senate committee
March 18, 2011
Some supporters conceded Friday that the Kansas Legislature isn’t likely to pass a proposal this year to prohibit public employee unions from automatically deducting money from members’ paychecks to finance political activities.
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers make 24 stops, but issue no DUIs, in St. Patrick’s Day saturation patrol
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers made 24 traffic stops as part of a saturation traffic patrol on St. Patrick’s Day, but no one was arrested for drunken driving.
De Soto mother pleads guilty to charges of locking her son in an attic
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Rachel Perez, the De Soto woman charged with locking her 6-year-old son in the attic of her home, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment. Perez also pleaded no contest to a third charge of attempted second-degree murder.
Thompson leads Texas past Oakland 85-81
02:04 p.m., March 18, 2011 Updated 03:47 p.m.
Tristan Thompson handled the Summit League’s best player and made sure Texas did what a No. 4 seed is supposed to do in its NCAA tournament opener.
Brownback administration seeks removal of Civil Service protections at Labor agency, Democrats say
12:28 p.m., March 18, 2011 Updated 03:45 p.m. in print edition on B1
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration wants to make all employees of the Kansas Department of Labor unclassified employees without Civil Service protection.
Statehouse Live: Democrats say Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck should resign over immigration comments
10:24 a.m., March 18, 2011 Updated 05:15 p.m. in print edition on B3
On Monday, Peck said perhaps the state should consider using gunmen in helicopters to control illegal immigration like it does for feral swine. He later said he was joking.
Enrollment open for hunter education course
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Enrollment is now open for this spring’s hunter education course in Douglas County.
First Bell: One more candidate chat before the weekend; foundation presents Teacher Innovation Grants; Academic All-Stars to be unveiled Sunday
March 18, 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 parking employee explains parking FAIL; chancellor’s husband spreads good cheer; online quiz sees if you can name all the Jayhawks on the men’s basketball team
March 18, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Holdup suspect caught at Topeka St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B10
A Topeka police officer had no problem identifying a suspect in an early-morning holdup at a convenience store. She was standing several hours later along a downtown street watching the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — wearing the same distinctive outfit shown on surveillance tape from the crime scene.
Douglas County OKs $187K for jail surveillance upgrade
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Douglas County Jail will upgrade its surveillance system with a $187,270 purchase from Siemens Industry. Douglas County Commission approved the purchase after an executive session Wednesday evening.
Immigration officials make two Lawrence arrests
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
U.S. Immigration officials said last week they arrested two Mexican nationals who had previously been deported and were working for a Lawrence paving company.
Eastbound Ninth St. lane closed Friday
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
A busy section of Ninth Street will be closed Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kansas Senate endorses budget close to Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
A Kansas Senate committee endorsed a proposed state budget on Thursday that is similar to a spending plan outlined by Gov. Sam Brownback but that calls for a slightly less severe reduction in base aid to the state’s public schools.
Lawrence woman reports desktop computer stolen in 1400 block of West Seventh Street
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B4
A 32-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Wednesday the theft of a Dell desktop computer from the 1400 block of West Seventh Street. The items were valued at $1,300 and the incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Boston University Terriers wary of KU’s Morris twins
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A6
It’s a simple task in terms of instruction and far more difficult in its execution.
More smoke rises from crippled nuke plant in Japan
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B7
Smoke billowed from a building at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant today as emergency crews worked to reconnect electricity to cooling systems and spray more water on overheating nuclear fuel at the tsunami-ravaged facility.
KU basketball’s Thomas Robinson wears frustration on his sleeve
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
The first of the many tattoos to decorate Thomas Robinson’s right arm was drawn when he was about 16. It reads: “R.I.P. Ali 1991-2007.”
Blaine Gabbert throws at MU’s pro day
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Six head coaches, several general managers and a Hall of Fame passer turned front-office executive joined scouts from each of the 32 NFL teams to watch former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert as he worked out with a chance to be the No. 1 selection in April’s draft.
KU basketball players fans of NCAA tourney, too
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A6
With about five minutes remaining during Thursday’s media session, all interviews in the Kansas University locker room came to a screeching halt.
Tale of two Taylors: ‘Good Tyshawn’ fired up for KU basketball’s NCAA Tournament opener
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Tyshawn Taylor has had so many personal highlights, and lowlights, in his three-year Kansas University basketball career, he has made wisecracking media wonder: “Is there a good Tyshawn and a bad Tyshawn?”
FSHS swimming third, LHS sixth at Emporia Swimming and Diving Invitational
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A9
Free State placed third and Lawrence High sixth at the Emporia Swimming and Diving Invitational on Thursday.
Hands-off style works for Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey
March 18, 2011
When a Notre Dame teammate blew a routine layup midway through practice Thursday at the United Center, guard Ben Hansbrough barked as if the miss cost the Irish a trip to the Final Four.
KU Public Safety investigating burglary, theft at Wagnon Student Athlete Center
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University Public Safety officers are investigating a theft after someone burglarized an office in the Wagnon Student Athlete Center, 1555 Irving Hill Road, and stolen three laptop computers and two external hard drives. The items were valued at $3,000, and the burglary occurred between 5 p.m. March 11 and 7 a.m. March 12.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A9
Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Thursday, March 17, 2011.
LHS boys, girls win Topeka West Relays
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A9
Lawrence High’s girls and boys track teams swept the team titles at the Topeka West Relays on Thursday.
KU’s Travis Releford ready to play in NCAA Tournament if needed
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A6
After watching Boston University guard John Holland during a team film session earlier this week, one of the Kansas assistant coaches approached sophomore Travis Releford and told him to be prepared.
Baylor’s Jones to miss five games if he stays
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Perry Jones will miss the first five games next season if he stays at Baylor after an NCAA reinstatement committee on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that declared the standout freshman ineligible.
Royals rough up Felix Hernandez, roll, 9-1
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Felix Hernandez pitched his way out of trouble in the first. The rest of his outing didn’t go so well.
Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook
March 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
There already have been some crazy upsets in the Southwest Regional.
Dealers raise prices of some cars because of Japan crisis
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B6
The disaster in Japan could slow shipments of popular cars like Toyota’s Prius to auto lots. And many dealers are already taking advantage of expected shortages to raise prices.
G-7 countries announce currency intervention
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B7
Finance officials from the Group of Seven major industrialized countries on Thursday agreed on a coordinated effort to weaken the Japanese yen, which has surged to record levels following last week’s earthquake and tsunami.
U.N. authorizes ‘all necessary measures’ in Libya
Security Council resolution imposes no-fly zone
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B8
The U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized “all necessary measures” to stop Moammar Gadhafi in Libya — including strikes by sea and air — hours after he vowed in harrowing terms to launch a final assault and crush the weeks-old rebellion against him.
Transplant patient got AIDS from new kidney
CDC recommends repeat testing
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B8
A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s.
Obama asks for review of nuclear plants
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B7
President Barack Obama, trying to reassure a worried nation, declared Thursday that “harmful levels” of radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster are not expected to reach the U.S., even as other officials conceded it could take weeks to bring the crippled nuclear complex under control.
Ratings are red flag
Kansas University should celebrate the high rankings of some of its programs, but it also should be concerned about some programs that saw large rating declines.
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B9
It’s always nice to see Kansas University receiving recognition for traditional areas of academic excellence such as special education, city management and urban policy.
Special man
In many ways, Jim Seaver set a high standard for community and academic leadership.
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B9
Kansas University has lost one of its academic giants with the death of Jim Seaver.
Not a joke
March 18, 2011
Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck might think he was being funny, but his comments are no joke.
Positive step
March 18, 2011
The Affordable Health Care Act will: • prohibit denial of health insurance to persons with pre-existing conditions.
Nuclear power still a good option
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B9
In the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome,” reporter Kimberly Wells (played by Jane Fonda) witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant and then uncovers a plot to keep it a secret in order to protect the power company’s billion-dollar investment.
Fears spur panic on Muslims
March 18, 2011 in print edition on B9
He races into traffic screaming. “You fools,” he cries, “you’re in danger!”’ Horns are blasting, brakes are screeching, drivers are swerving to avoid the disheveled man running down the road. “Can’t you see?” he howls.
Horoscopes for March 18
March 18, 2011
Remain optimistic and forthright this year. Often you might want to take off and not deal with certain situations.
Frost warnings lifted on ABC
March 18, 2011
“Supernanny” (7 p.m., ABC), a dependable if predictable fixture in the ABC schedule since 2005, airs is final episode tonight. Over the years, “Supernanny” has offered comfort food of sorts by hewing to some pretty standard TV traditions.
25 years ago: School bus, grain truck collide on 24-40
March 18, 2011
The two-ton grain truck, traveling eastbound on Hwy. 24-40 about eight miles east of Tonganoxie, had spun out of control on the rain-slicked highway.
40 years ago: Discarded cigarette causes three house fires on windy day
March 18, 2011
Three Lawrence houses had been damaged when a burning cigarette, tossed from the cab of a pickup truck, had ignited boxes in the truck’s bed.
100 years ago: Lawrence milliners unveil new hat fashions for spring
March 18, 2011
“Headgear is going to be so much smaller that a bathing cap will be very chic if a plume or a yard of ribbon is added.”