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Archive for Monday, March 21, 2011

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Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, March 21, 2011 KU baseball vs. Oklahoma State
Polls
Twitter turned five years old Monday. Do you have a Twitter account?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
67%
Yes, but I rarely use it
 
14%
Yes, I tweet often
 
11%
What is Twitter?
 
6%
Total 803
How does your dining etiquette rank?

Poll results

Response Percent
I probably wouldn’t embarrass myself at a swanky dinner
 
61%
I know what each and every fork is for
 
27%
I’ll just stick to fast food
 
10%
Total 668
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Markieff Morris smiles after a dunk against the Illinois defense during the second half on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the BOK Center in Tulsa. NCAA Tournament win, Gary Woodland’s PGA Tour victory make it a sweet Sunday for KU athletics
March 21, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Three great athletes from Kansas University finished like champions Sunday and showed the world how much they have grown.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence bicycle shops gear up for more sales with warmer weather
March 21, 2011 in print edition on 1B
If you are looking to save money, getting on a bike isn’t always as simple or as inexpensive as you think. You have to find the bike that best suits your needs and then all of the gear that goes with it. To help figure out just how much to spend and how far you have to ride to make the investment pay off, we’ve provided this bicycle-friendly guide.
11:00 a.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Randy Masten live chat
March 21, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Randy Masten will chat live with LJWorld.com users Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
11:46 a.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Randy Masten live chat
March 21, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Randy Masten will chat live with LJWorld.com users Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. Submit your question in advance below.
2:00 p.m.
Erin Wolfram, left, with University Career Center and an etiquette expert, explains how to hold utensils at a recent business dinner. Dinner at KU serves as lesson on etiquette
March 21, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Erin Wolfram walked around the room, gently correcting the little slip-ups. Bring the food to you; don’t go to the food. Always wipe your mouth before you take a drink. Pass across your body, and receive across your body.
6:00 p.m.
Shawnee resident Barbara McPherson, a retired school principal, started Boomeroos, which sells custom-made collegiate fleece jackets for dogs. McPherson is a loyal K-State fan, but here, her shih tzu, Boomer, finds a rejected KU Boomeroo (one of McPherson's first attempts at sewing) to be a cozy bed. Shawnee woman’s homegrown business outfits dogs with school spirit
March 21, 2011 in print edition on 1B
A few years retired from her job as an elementary school principal, Barbara McPherson was working part time for Baker University, supervising teachers who were training to become administrators.

All stories

Food Backpack Demonstration grant to help feed Lawrence students lunches during summer weekends
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence children who eat free meals through a summer food program soon will be able to take home prepackaged lunches for the weekend, too. The Lawrence school district won approval for a Food Backpack Demonstration project, announced Monday by the USDA.
Lawrence City Commission candidates sharpen their messages at forum
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
With the election about two weeks away, candidates for the Lawrence City Commission at a Monday evening forum became a bit more like boxers trying to pick up the pace. The jabs became a little more frequent and strategically placed as the five candidates participated in a forum hosted by the North Lawrence Improvement Association.
Lawrence man, 73, taken to hospital after striking tree
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 73-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday morning after a one-vehicle crash in the 500 block of Lawrence Avenue. Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said James Patterson’s northbound vehicle left the street to the east and struck a tree.
KU student reports stolen Edwards trombone, case
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old male Kansas University student reported to police Saturday that someone had stolen a $3,000 Edwards trombone and case and other items from his vehicle in the 800 block of New Hampshire Street.
Lawrence man reports theft of laptop computer, monitor
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Friday that someone had burglarized his apartment betweeen 4 p.m. March 14 and 10:50 p.m.
Kansas Senate panel endorses anti-abortion bills
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
Two major anti-abortion bills cleared a Kansas Senate committee Monday, including a measure that tightens restrictions on abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy based on disputed assertions that the fetus can feel pain.
Lawrence school board candidate Ola Faucher familiar with budget cuts as KU personnel director
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Ola Faucher is nothing if not methodical. Precise. Determined. And she’s certainly ready, willing and able to infuse her approach into leadership at the Lawrence school district, where budget cuts continue to mount and the community’s concerns show no sign of abating.
Gas stations’ switch to summer fuel could mean a rise in gas prices
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gas prices, which are hovering around $3.39 per gallon in Lawrence, could rise another 10 cents to 15 cents when gas stations begin switching out winter fuel for summer fuel, said Jim Hanni, executive vice president of AAA Kansas.
Douglas County’s chief probation officer Ron Stegall retiring after 16 years
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ron Stegall’s two main professions in his life — as a pastor and a probation officer — might seem like a strange combination. But, if you think about it, he says, the similarities are definitely there.
Emergency crews perform water rescue west of Kansas River Bridge
03:45 p.m., March 21, 2011 Updated 03:57 p.m.
Emergency crews performed a water rescue just west of the Kansas River Bridge Monday afternoon.
Cessna to stop producing Citation CJ1+ jet
March 21, 2011
Cessna Aircraft officials say the company will stop producing the Citation CJ1+ light jet later this year.
Lack of jurors in Shawnee County delays trials
March 21, 2011
Trials had to be postponed for two days in Shawnee County because not enough prospective jurors showed up for jury duty.
Kansas State’s Salina campus offers first master’s degree program
March 21, 2011
The Salina campus of Kansas State University is offering its first master’s degree program.
Google offers personal phone numbers for poor
March 21, 2011
Google has provided a Topeka-based nonprofit agency with more than 900 telephone numbers to be distributed across the state. The numbers will have a personal voice message inbox to accept calls from potential employers.
Terror suspects seek to clear their names after investigations
March 21, 2011
As the U.S. ramps up efforts to root out homegrown terrorism, hundreds of people who have fallen under suspicion are in a state of limbo: Many say they have been singled out unfairly for scrutiny but have been neither charged nor cleared.
Health care reform at one year: Future still in question
March 21, 2011
One year after President Barack Obama signed his historic health care overhaul, the law is taking root in the land. Whether it bears lasting fruit is still in question.
Barton County evaluating historic stone bridges built by WPA
March 21, 2011
An effort is under way in Barton County to repair a number of historic stone bridges built by laborers with the Works Project Administration.
U.S. transportation secretary backs Wichita aviation workers
03:05 p.m., March 21, 2011 Updated 06:27 p.m.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has told general aviation workers in Wichita he’ll fight to make sure the industry continues to flourish as the global economy picks up.
Kansas House panel resumes work on proposed budget
03:01 p.m., March 21, 2011 Updated 06:26 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Kansas House committee has added a provision to cut state employees’ pay to its proposed state budget plan.
April Habitacular Hoopla event to benefit Habitat for Humanity
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
The First Annual Habitacular Hoopla will benefit Habitat for Humanity at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Crown Automotive, 3430 S. Iowa.
Volunteers needed to help clean Black Jack Battlefield for Park Day
March 21, 2011
Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 2, to help clean historic Black Jack Battlefield as part of Park Day, a national effort to clean Civil War battlefields.
Statehouse Live: House Appropriations advances state employee pay cut; exempts support staff
01:44 p.m., March 21, 2011 Updated 08:41 a.m. in print edition on A1
The measure would cut 7.5 percent for workers and state officials earning more than $100,000, and cut pay on a sliding scale for those between $40,000 and $100,000. Those making $40,000 and less would see no pay cut.
Kansas Senate to debate proposed public pensions fix
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a plan from its top leader for addressing the long-term funding problems facing the state pension system.
Lawrence virtual school principal leaving for job in Maize
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
The principal who built the Lawrence school district’s virtual school into the biggest of its kind in the state is leaving for a job in his hometown.
First Bell: Board candidate Randy Masten chats today at 11 a.m.; ‘Love and Logic’ classes to be offered at Central; Spring Break had early start
March 21, 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: Law school blog post gives more information on US News ranking; KU Recycling asks if you can name this building; Kansas attorney general calls for community to be alert over break
March 21, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
How to help: Heartland Community Health Center needs organizational crew
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
Heartland Community Health Center needs a group of volunteers to help organize its 15-by-20-foot storage room.
Newton flour mill rises to 21st century standard
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
After months of enduring detours, demolition and construction, residents of Newton have had a chance to see what the work was all about — the upgrade of the central Kansas town’s old flour mill into a state-of-the art operation.
Disaster death toll in Japan more than 18,000
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B6
The toll of Japan’s triple disaster came into clearer focus today after police estimates showed more than 18,000 people died, the World Bank said rebuilding may cost $235 billion and more cases of radiation-tainted vegetables and tap water turned up.
Shawnee woman’s homegrown business outfits dogs with school spirit
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
A few years retired from her job as an elementary school principal, Barbara McPherson was working part time for Baker University, supervising teachers who were training to become administrators.
U.S. deems Libya bombing successful
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B6
The U.S. on Sunday claimed initial success two days into an assault on Libya that included some of the heaviest firepower in the American arsenal — long-range bombers designed for the Cold War — but American officials said Sunday it was too early to define the international military campaign’s endgame.
Topeka Zoo recovers accreditation
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Topeka Zoo’s accreditation has been restored to full status after several issues caused it to nearly lose the stamp of approval from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums a year ago.
Capitol Report: Kansas Senate to mull budget measure
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
The full Senate will probably consider a budget recommendation next week, leaders said.
Lawrence bicycle shops gear up for more sales with warmer weather
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
If you are looking to save money, getting on a bike isn’t always as simple or as inexpensive as you think. You have to find the bike that best suits your needs and then all of the gear that goes with it. To help figure out just how much to spend and how far you have to ride to make the investment pay off, we’ve provided this bicycle-friendly guide.
Couple to sell Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
Norm and Jen Jennings have announced plans to sell the Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery they own and operate north of Salina and embark on a ministerial career.
State A.G. defends death penalty law
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is defending the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty law from a challenge raised in the case against the Great Bend man accused of killing a teenager whose charred body was found at an asphalt plant.
Dinner at KU serves as lesson on etiquette
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
Erin Wolfram walked around the room, gently correcting the little slip-ups. Bring the food to you; don’t go to the food. Always wipe your mouth before you take a drink. Pass across your body, and receive across your body.
Making the tough calls
KU professor, soccer referee has officiated more than 2,000 games
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jim LaPoint plays by the rules.
Lawrence’s sister city of Hiratsuka, Japan, largely spared from disaster
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
A week after the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, a representative from Lawrence’s sister city of Hiratsuka, Japan, sent updates about how the city is doing following the disaster.
Royals fall to Rangers, snap Texas’ five-game losing streak
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
Derek Holland made the argument on the mound and continued after his outing was over.
Pick-and-roll key for Jayhawks
Halftime adjustment helps Kansas pull away from Illinois
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s offense was stagnant toward the end of the first half, and KU coach Bill Self told his players he believed he knew why.
KU slows Illini leader Demetri McCamey in NCAA Tournament win
Jayhawks held the IU senior to six points
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
Of all the players in college basketball and all the games shown on television this year from which he could choose, Kansas University guard Elijah Johnson probably watched more minutes played by Illinois’ senior Demetri McCamey than anyone.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
Tyrel Reed has passed Sherron Collins as winningest four-year player in Kansas University history.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Texas Tech hires Billy Gillispie as men’s basketball coach
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
Texas Tech hired Billy Gillispie as the new men’s basketball coach, two seasons after he was fired at Kentucky.
Kansas sweeps OSU
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Senior Jimmy Waters went 3-for-4 and drove in what proved to be the winning run as Kansas knocked off Oklahoma State, 5-4, to sweep a Big 12 baseball doubleheader Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. KU won the first game, 7-2.
Grand slam propels KU
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Tied through six innings, Kansas University loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, and sophomore Maggie Hull launched a grand slam to lift the Jayhawks to a 6-2 softball victory over Coastal Carolina on Sunday.
Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers to miss up to 2 weeks with sprained right knee
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers is expected to miss up to two weeks after spraining his right knee.
Stayin’ alive: Morris twins help Kansas bury Illini
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
There were no funeral services held for Bill Self and his Kansas University basketball players on Sunday night in BOK Center. The 2010-11 Jayhawks are still breathing today, marching on to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 after a convincing 73-59 victory over Illinois and coach Bruce Weber, the man who held a mock burial service for Self after Self left U of I for KU in 2003.
NCAA Tournament win, Gary Woodland’s PGA Tour victory make it a sweet Sunday for KU athletics
March 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
Three great athletes from Kansas University finished like champions Sunday and showed the world how much they have grown.
Pump patrol
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.37 at Shop N Go, 1000 W. 23rd St.
Bankruptcies
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 20, 2011.
Marriages
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 20, 2011.
No. 11 seed Marquette tops 3rd-seeded Syracuse
March 21, 2011
Oh, is there ever a Buzz in the NCAA tournament. Brent Williams is better known as Buzz — Coach Buzz if you play for Marquette — and his postgame celebrations have become the stuff of legend. On Sunday, he might have had his wildest yet.
VCU wins 3rd NCAA game, routs Purdue 94-76
March 21, 2011
Oh yeah, VCU belongs in the NCAA tournament. The real question now: Who can stop the Rams?
James scores 14, Florida State upsets Notre Dame
March 21, 2011
The scene was familiar to any Florida State fan: Seminoles players doing the tomahawk chop in front of a rowdy crowd. It’s not just for football games anymore.
Williams lifts Arizona past Texas 70-69
March 21, 2011
Derrick Williams is now 2-for-2 in game-saving plays in the NCAA tournament.
Local faith leaders oppose death penalty
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B7
This Ash Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed into law a bill that repealed the state’s death penalty. Quinn’s decision was influenced largely by his communication with faith leaders, highlighting the great moral and spiritual dilemma of the death penalty system.
Wilson’s higher ed query resonates today
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B7
It was a Saturday night in April a century ago. The country was at peace. The economy was stable. But the breezes of reform were blowing across the nation and progressive leaders were asking uncomfortable questions — about how society was organized, about whether the ladder of opportunity had been kicked aside, about whether the country was as dedicated to democratic principles as its founders had been.
Overreaction
Throwing out the State Board of Education and the Kansas Board of Regents isn’t the best way to improve education coordination in the state.
March 21, 2011 in print edition on B7
If some state legislators are concerned about a lack of coordination between K-12 schools and higher education in Kansas, they should look at that problem but resist throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
40 years ago: Kansas governor requests state involvement in new passenger rail plan
March 21, 2011
Kansas Gov. Robert Docking was in the process of renewing the state’s request to be included in the new plan for “Railpax,” later to be known as Amtrak.
Kirstie Alley dances downhill
March 21, 2011
Is celebrity a blessing or a curse? In the case of Kirstie Alley, star of “Cheers” and now a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” (7 p.m., ABC), it’s begun to look a lot like the latter.
Horoscopes for March 21
March 21, 2011
This year, you’ll have opportunities to interact with others differently. Note a steady stream of people coming toward you with various needs.
Steps in the family: PEW research shows how remarriage has shaped relationships
March 21, 2011
A survey by Pew Research Center reports that four in 10 American adults have at least one step relative. The pervasive presence of step relatives has reshaped the framework of the American family.
Magic act: Lawrence, K.C. performers will give benefit show for Lawrence Arts Center
March 21, 2011
Swallowing fire. Sawing bodies into pieces. Escaping from a straitjacket while hanging upside down… these will be just a few of the amazing feats to be performed Saturday as the International Brotherhood of Magicians makes an appearance in Lawrence for a show to benefit the Lawrence Arts Center.
Book review: ‘Bliss’ a spooky teen read
March 21, 2011
When I first received my copy of “Bliss” by Lauren Myracle, I was a little nervous. All the reviews by the professional critics said that the book was scary (in a very nice and complimentary way), and I do not like scary books.
Mass St. Chic: Citrus chartreuse among new spring color schemes
March 21, 2011
Look out for separates and accessories in shades of cream, seashell pink, light-mustard yellow and my favorite — citrus chartreuse.
Great vacation reads: Check out library recommendations for some spring break entertainment
March 21, 2011
Rebecca Power, young adult specialist for Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., offers some book suggestions to fill vacation time or perhaps an upcoming rainy day.
Double Take: Teen’s spring break plans sound trustworthy
March 21, 2011
There are very few places on earth less teen-friendly than spring break destinations in March, at least from a parent’s perspective.
Fix-It Chick: Raised garden beds easier to maintain
March 21, 2011
Building raised beds is an easy and efficient way to create a garden. Raised beds are typically easier to maintain than standard garden plots and can extend the growing season by allowing the sun to heat the soil thoroughly.
Slice of Life: Birdwatcher’s skills no flight of fancy
March 21, 2011
Where birds are concerned, Cynthia Shaw was a child prodigy.
25 years ago: Governors of Kansas, Michigan raise stakes on NCAA tournament game
March 21, 2011
During a visit in January 1984, Michigan Gov. James Blanchard had remarked that Kansas was “boring” and that Kansans’ “idea of a fancy hotel is a Holiday Inn.” His comments were now returning to haunt him.
100 years ago: Police, Civic League inspect Lawrence backyards and alleyways for cleanliness
March 21, 2011
“Chief Herd is planning to scour the town three times before the end of April. This vigilance followed by the annual Tin Can day of the Civic League will convert Lawrence into a Spotless Town.”
River City Jules: Family weekend left to Chance
March 21, 2011
Like H-O-R-S-E, I have always enjoyed Monopoly, yet never had the skills to win. The potential for that streak to end was too alluring to pass up.