Archive for Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Ron Stegall, Douglas County’s longtime chief probation officer, is retiring in May. Stegall, who has also worked as a minister, plans to return to the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus with his wife to work at a church they helped establish there in the 1990s. Douglas County’s chief probation officer Ron Stegall retiring after 16 years
March 21, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
9:17 a.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. Statehouse Live: House Appropriations advances state employee pay cut; exempts support staff
1:44 p.m., March 21, 2011 Updated 8:41 a.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
The 2011 candidates for the Lawrence School Board. From left: Marlene Merrill, Tyler Palmer, Shannon Kimball, Ola Faucher, James Clark, Bill Roth, Rick Ingram, Keith Moore and Randy Masten. Lawrence school board candidates share budget-cutting approaches at forum
March 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Candidates running for seats on the Lawrence school board understand that next year’s anticipated $3 million budget hole could grower wider and deeper in the years ahead for the Lawrence school district.
1:00 p.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Tyler Palmer live chat
March 23, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Tyler Palmer will chat live with users Wednesday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Submit your question in advance below.
1:31 p.m.
Online chat
Lawrence school board candidate Tyler Palmer live chat
March 23, 2011
Lawrence school board candidate Tyler Palmer will chat live with users Wednesday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Submit your question in advance below.
2:00 p.m.
Randy Masten is a candidate for the Lawrence school board. Lawrence school board candidate Randy Masten, retired Army officer, ready to plan ahead
March 22, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Randy Masten learned the importance of strategic planning not in a classroom, or from a textbook, or from one of those convention center management seminars. No, Masten saw the significance firsthand as a U.S. Army officer on post in Iraq — as a team chief at the Combined Intelligence Center in Baghdad — and then later on staff at the Pentagon.
6:00 p.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. Douglas County maintenance director plans to cut energy use 30 percent by 2015
March 22, 2011 in print edition on 1A
By 2015, Douglas County maintenance director Bill Bell has a goal of reducing the county’s energy consumption by 30 percent. His ideas of how to get there aren’t glamorous ones.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts criticizes Obama, Clinton during Lawrence visit
Lawmaker also predicts KU men will win national basketball championship
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday afternoon in Lawrence criticized President Barack Obama for not being more specific about U.S. goals in Libya days after the start of a international campaign to enforce a no-fly zone amid unrest there.
Police: No grave found at Dad Perry Park
07:00 p.m., March 23, 2011 Updated 07:58 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence police were called Wednesday afternoon to Dad Perry Park, where investigators examined what appeared to be a grave site.
Ex-sheriff’s deputy pleads in child sex crime
March 23, 2011
A former Kearny County sheriff’s deputy will be sentenced May 3 after admitting that he possessed sexually explicit photos of a minor.
Two nurses plead guilty to painkiller conspiracy
March 23, 2011
Two Kansas nurses have admitted they conspired in 2009 with a pharmacist to illegally dispense painkillers.
Koch Industries gives $1 million for Japan relief
March 23, 2011
Koch Industries says it will donate $1 million for disaster relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
3 killed in wrong-way crash on I-70 near Wilson
March 23, 2011
The Kansas Highway Patrol says three people died in a collision on Interstate 70 caused by a driver going the wrong way.
Kansas fugitive caught in Nebraska
March 23, 2011
The Lancaster County sheriff says a Kansas fugitive has been arrested in Lincoln.
Prosecutors among supporters of KC man’s release from prison
March 23, 2011
Prosecutors are arguing for the early release of a man convicted in the 1982 murder of his lover’s husband in Kansas, another strange twist in a tale of crime that took more than two decades to solve.
Early-education site tour set for April 9
March 23, 2011 in print edition on B2
Parents interested in finding, reviewing and comparing area offerings for childcare are invited to participate in the upcoming Douglas County Early Education Site Tour.
Senate upholds abolishing Kansas Parole Board
04:17 p.m., March 23, 2011 Updated 12:41 a.m. in print edition on A8
A resolution seeking to reject Gov. Sam Brownback’s plans to abolish the Kansas Parole Board and transfer the duties to the Department of Corrections has lost in the Senate.
Immigration bill remains stalled in Kansas House
March 23, 2011
Kansas legislators who want to require police to check the legal status of suspected illegal immigrants failed Wednesday to dislodge a bill imposing the mandate from a House committee, where it’s been tabled indefinitely.
Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
March 23, 2011
Dozens of bills are advancing through statehouses nationwide that would put an array of new obstacles — legal, financial and psychological — in the paths of women seeking abortions.
For Douglas County EMT who died Monday, service to others ranked above all else
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A3
Whether Steve Smith was fighting fires in Lawrence or serving his three tours of military duty in the Middle East, he had one thing on his mind.
Kansas Senate advances bill restricting late-term abortions
02:48 p.m., March 23, 2011 Updated 01:02 a.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas senators give first-round approval to legislation restricting late-term abortions based on the presumption that a fetus feels pain after the 21st week of pregnancy.
Kansas Senate approves its version of bill requiring voters to show photo ID
02:43 p.m., March 23, 2011 Updated 04:05 p.m. in print edition on A8
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposal for requiring Kansas voters to show photo identification at the polls is all but certain to emerge from legislative negotiations after the Senate approved its version Wednesday.
McLouth High senior lifts her way into male-dominated sport
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
Jeri Holwick is one high school girl who says she likes her big legs.
Statehouse Live: Engineering bill gains Kansas Senate approval
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A3
Several senators voiced opposition to the proposal, however, saying the state shouldn’t increase debt during the current tough fiscal times.
Kansas Senate approves bill addressing pension woes
11:16 a.m., March 23, 2011 Updated 12:32 a.m. in print edition on A1
A bill designed to address the long-term funding problems of the Kansas public pension system has passed the Senate.
Kansas House votes to ban smoking in state casinos
March 23, 2011
A bill extending the 2010 statewide smoking ban to state-owned casinos has cleared the Kansas House.
Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A5
Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.
Town Talk: Blockbuster to close 23rd Street store; more industrial zoning sought for area near Lecompton interchange; real estate agent warns of Craig’s List scam
10:49 a.m., March 23, 2011 Updated 11:52 a.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
First Bell: One more candidate chat, today at 1 p.m.; YouTube video still defending teachers; N.J. school financing faces constitutional questions
March 23, 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: Duke professor explains why KU is so good at basketball; company that began at KU has bright future, co-founder says; engineering students perform well at design competition
March 23, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence school board candidates share budget-cutting approaches at forum
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
Candidates running for seats on the Lawrence school board understand that next year’s anticipated $3 million budget hole could grower wider and deeper in the years ahead for the Lawrence school district.
KU baseball coach Ritch Price reaches 500-win mark
March 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Ritch Price didn’t begin coaching for personal accolades. For Price, in his ninth year as Kansas University’s baseball coach, it’s always been about teaching the game he loves to generations of young ballplayers and watching them blossom.
Former KU golfer Gary Woodland to tee off with Tiger Woods
March 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
The meteoric rise of former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot upward yet again Tuesday when groupings for this week’s PGA tour event were announced.
KU volleyball names Laura Kuhn new assistant coach
March 23, 2011
Former Georgia Tech standout Laura Kuhn has been named a volleyball assistant coach for Kansas University, head coach Ray Bechard announced on Tuesday.
KU men’s golf places 10th at National Invitational Tournament in Arizona
March 23, 2011
Chris Gilbert tied for 26th-place individually to lead Kansas University men’s golf team to a 10th-place finish in the two-day, 15-team National Invitational Tournament, which concluded Tuesday.
Baker trainer Mark Stutz honored as Kansas Athletic Trainer of the Year
March 23, 2011
Mark Stutz, assistant professor and chair of the department of health, sport, and human performance at Baker University, has been selected as the Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society.
Agent: Mike Anderson, Missouri seeking contract extension
March 23, 2011
Missouri coach Mike Anderson’s agent says he is negotiating a new contract with the school amid continued reports that Arkansas is trying to lure him away.
Victory valedictorian: Tyrel Reed could leave KU as college basketball player with most wins
March 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Now that he has cemented his spot in Kansas University basketball history, senior Tyrel Reed can begin his assault on the rest of college basketball.
Free State baseball wins opener
March 23, 2011
The Free State baseball team opened up its season with a 12-3 rout against St. James Academy on Tuesday.
City of Richmond celebrating double for Spiders, Rams
March 23, 2011
Rally over here, rally over there, rallies planned all around Richmond as the city embraces having two teams advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Take a bow Richmond and VCU.
Colorado advances to NIT semis
March 23, 2011
The Colorado Buffaloes turned a snub into a spark, riding the sting of disappointment all the way to Madison Square Garden.
Angels take advantage of Royals’ errors
March 23, 2011
The next time Jeff Francis faces the Los Angeles Angels it will be a more meaningful game for the Kansas City Royals left-hander.
KU softball ranked No. 22 in the Ultimate College Softball Poll
March 23, 2011
For the first time since 2006, the Kansas University softball team is ranked in the top 25, as the Jayhawks came in at No. 22 in the Ultimate College Softball Poll released on Tuesday.
Bill Self recalls KU’s loss to Richmond in 2004
March 23, 2011 in print edition on B3
Those pundits penciling in Kansas University’s basketball team as an automatic winner against unheralded Richmond on Friday in San Antonio may be forgetting one thing.
Path to Final Four not easy for KU
March 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Call me stupid — it wouldn’t be the first time — but I never have understood the cliché that goes something like this: “The bracket really has opened up.” It becomes a fashionable phrase whenever multiple low seeds advance to the same regional site.
Pump patrol
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations.
KU-MU venue
Kansas University officials should take a firm stand in favor of returning the Kansas-Missouri football game to the university campuses.
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
With Kansas University’s basketball season winding down to the final several weeks, sports fans soon will be turning their attention to spring football and the outlook for the Jayhawks in the 2011 season.
Internet vigilantes pose threat
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
Something rather interesting is happening on the Internet these days. For lack of a better term I’ll call it “Internet vigilantism.”
40 years ago: Cottonwood, Inc., begins fund-raising for facility in southwest Lawrence
March 23, 2011
The center was to be built on a 37-acre site in southwest Lawrence which was owned by Cottonwood’s non-profit organization.
Libya action reflects American hubris
March 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
The missile strikes that inaugurated America’s latest attempt at regime change were launched 29 days before the 50th anniversary of another such — the Bay of Pigs of April 17, 1961.
Horoscopes for March 23
March 23, 2011
This year, you alternate between being overly serious and playful. You can be insightful and deep in practical conversations, but also your imagination can and will often spin into the unknown. If you are single, possibilities surround you. If you are attached, a long-dreamt-of trip could define your relationship. Sagittarius won’t smother you but cares.
SyFy’s ’Fact or Faked’ probes creative imitations of paranormality
March 23, 2011
Cheesy, flagrantly unoriginal, drenched in tabloid sensibility and completely over the top, “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” (9 p.m., Syfy) is pretty darned perfect reality television.
25 years ago: Neighborhoods concerned about commercialization of Ninth Street
March 23, 2011
Concerns about Ninth Street, “an east-west road that slices Lawrence’s central core in half,” were being discussed.
100 years ago: Early Lawrence electric company advertises household appliances
March 23, 2011
“Engage the electric household servants to do your work, they will do it better and cheaper than any other servants.”