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Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2011

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
This is an image from a virtual 3D model of Allen Fieldhouse, set to be available this afternoon through Google Earth. By the end of next week, users of the program will be able to step inside and look around at the playing area from any and every angle, even from standing on the catwalks above the scoreboard. "I've always wanted to (go up there), but never had the chance," said Brian McClendon, a KU graduate and fan who is vice president and co-founder of Google Earth. Google Earth to offer look inside Allen Fieldhouse
March 24, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A Kansas University graduate plans to introduce the planet to the haunting and hallowed interior of the world’s great basketball arena, just in time for the nation’s biggest weekend for college hoops.
10:00 a.m.
Sen. Pat Roberts, left, talks with Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce After Hours meeting. Sen. Roberts was the guest speaker for the evening. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts criticizes Obama, Clinton during Lawrence visit
March 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Robert Steven 'Steve' Smith For Douglas County EMT who died Monday, service to others ranked above all else
March 23, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Jeri Holwick, a senior at McLouth High School, enjoys a different kind of sport: power lifting. She can squat 325 pounds and has won the state high school 3A power lifting, and hopes to win it again this year. McLouth High senior lifts her way into male-dominated sport
March 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Jeri Holwick is one high school girl who says she likes her big legs.

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Arizona upsets defending NCAA basketball champion Duke 93-77
11:57 p.m., March 24, 2011 Updated 01:02 a.m. in print edition on A6
Derrick Williams scored a career-high 32 points and his teammates dominated Duke in the second half to upset the defending national champion 93-77 Thursday night and reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.
Balanced Florida beats Jimmer Fredette, BYU 83-74 in OT
09:14 p.m., March 24, 2011 Updated 01:03 a.m. in print edition on A7
Alex Tyus is like most of these Florida Gators — good at a lot of things, but lacking one dominant skill. He’s usually content to blend in and be just another part of the team’s effectively anonymous style. On the biggest stage of his career, the senior’s impact was obvious.
Kemba Walker leads UConn past San Diego State
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
The legend of Kemba Walker is growing bigger with each postseason feat for the Connecticut Huskies, who are on the brink of another trip to the Final Four.
KU basketball a powerful economic influence
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Rick Renfro, the owner of Johnny’s Tavern in Lawrence, knows that for the Lawrence economy, March Madness can bring forth a bumper crop of spending or can mean a significant famine.
KU pharmaceutical chemistry professor wins international award named after his mentor
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Though Val Stella, Kansas University distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, has won many awards in his career, the one announced this week ranks as special, he and his colleagues said.
Camping fees increase at Clinton Lake park
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B2
New campground operation dates and camping fees will go into effect at the Rockhaven Park near Clinton Lake beginning April 1.
Petition drive collects 50,000 signatures in call for Rep. Virgil Peck to resign
Groups call for lawmaker to step down over comments on illegal immigration
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Representatives from several local and national human rights organizations on Friday will deliver to Gov. Sam Brownback more than 50,000 signatures from an online petition calling for state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, to resign for his comments about illegal immigration.
Wichita man sentenced in fatal DUI, street race case
March 24, 2011
A 53-year-old Wichita man who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk during a street race has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison.
Butler County sheriff resigns for health reasons
March 24, 2011
Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy says health concerns prompted him to resign.
Wichita man charged after standoff involving his child, sister
March 24, 2011
A Wichita man is denying allegations that he used his infant daughter and sister as a shield during a five-hour standoff at a Hutchinson motel.
Treece residents to get extra money to move out
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B8
Residents of the contaminated southern Kansas town of Treece will be receiving more money for their property.
Lawrence firefighter reaches diversion agreement in national anthem case
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B4
A Lawrence firefighter must complete anger management counseling as part of a diversion agreement in connection with a confrontation with another man at a Free State High School band performance.
Kansas House approves resolution criticizing EPA’s air-quality regulations
March 24, 2011
The Kansas House has approved a resolution saying the Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality regulations are hurting the national economy.
Man recovering from standoff shooting after he ran from courthouse
March 24, 2011
A 20-year-old man is recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered after a long standoff in north-central Kansas that began when he ran from a courthouse.
Lenexa police investigating couple’s deaths in Kansas City area
March 24, 2011
Lenexa police say they are investigating the deaths of a rural Jackson County, Kan., woman, whose husband was later found dead in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas ag department cautions businesses on phony inspector
March 24, 2011
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is advising businesses to be wary of someone claiming to be a department employee demanding on-the-spot payment for licenses or inspections.
New proposal would raise K-State tuition 4 percent
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B5
If a preliminary proposal for a tuition increase is approved by Kansas State officials and the Board of Regents, the university would for the first time bring in more money from tuition than it receives from state funds.
Lawmaker seeks debate on southeast Kansas gambling bill
March 24, 2011
A Kansas House member is trying to force a debate on legislation meant to attract potential developers of a state-owned casino in the southeastern part of the state.
Democrats speak out against nominee for Kansas SRS secretary
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B5
Democratic legislative leaders on Thursday said Gov. Sam Brownback’s pick to lead the state social welfare agency should be rejected.
Town Talk: Berry Plastics files for building permit, releases rendering; architect seeking taller apartment buildings; Pink Box Bakery selling out
March 24, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Style Scout: Laura Lewis
March 24, 2011
People Say I look like… Nothing that still seems legit when they are sober.
Wind industry could take toll on Kansas highways
March 24, 2011
As the wind industry in Kansas booms, state highway officials are looking at how to better manage the trucks needed to carry pieces of the massive wind turbines. Today, Kansas roadways see seven times more trucks carrying extremely heavy loads of wind tower components than they did five years ago.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission says no to Kris Kobach getting KU lecture honorarium
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission decided on Wednesday that Kobach could not receive a $10,000 honorarium for the lecture.
Safer fire truck nearly ready to roll out on emergencies
09:49 a.m., March 24, 2011 Updated 04:48 p.m. in print edition on B3
A new fire truck for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical will feature a basket allowing multiple firefighters to rise into the skies, and will add safety measures, too.
KU Med, Wyandotte County to focus on Latino health
March 24, 2011
The University of Kansas Medical Center is joining the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and other groups in a campaign to improve the health of Latinos in the County.
First Bell: West Junior High won’t become Google Middle School; childcare more expensive than college tuition; dress-code bill hits roadblock in Iowa
March 24, 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: UPDATED: Parking director clarifies parking fee information; Alumni Association basketball rallies scheduled in San Antonio; KU Medical Center offers social media connections, too
01:55 a.m., March 24, 2011 Updated 01:17 p.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Weekend burglary reported at Kieu’s in downtown Lawrence
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old Overland Park woman reported Saturday burglary and theft at a downtown Lawrence business.
Vehicle scanner stolen in east Lawrence
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 52-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Monday that someone had stolen his SnapOn Modis Elite vehicle scanner valued at $5,000.
Car theft reported in northern Lawrence
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 29-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Sunday that someone had stolen his 2004 Saab.
Pump Patrol
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations.
Google Earth to offer look inside Allen Fieldhouse
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University graduate plans to introduce the planet to the haunting and hallowed interior of the world’s great basketball arena, just in time for the nation’s biggest weekend for college hoops.
Anderson leaving MU for Arkansas after all
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B2
Mike Anderson is returning to Arkansas to become the Razorbacks’ basketball coach.The school confirmed the move Wednesday night.
Royals bullpen falters in 8-7 loss to Cleveland
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B2
Carlos Santana and Shin-Soo Choo combined for five hits as the middle of Cleveland’s lineup looks ready to start the season.
Our Town Sports for March 24
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, outcomes and opportunities.
Golfer Gary Woodland a confident, grounded athlete
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Now that there isn’t a hotter golfer on the planet, the demands on Gary Woodland’s time have increased exponentially.
Escorted Jayhawks arrive to San Antonio in style
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Police car sirens blared as Kansas University’s basketball team bus pulled in front of the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday in sunny south-central Texas.
Monster in the making: Markieff Morris no longer just ‘the other twin’
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
A couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia’s Prep Charter High basketball coach, Dan Brinkley, saw one of his former big men do something he wasn’t sure was in the player’s best interest.
Missouri sweeps KU softball in twinbill
March 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Scoring a few runs hasn’t been much of an issue for Kansas University’s softball team this year.
What’s smart about Libya action?
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Libya’s recently resigned ambassador to the United States, Ali Aujali, is optimistic about the outcome of the bombing of his country. He tells me he thinks dictator Moammar Gadhafi will be ousted, that free and fair elections will be held and that a new government will be pro-Western.
Seaver memory
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
I write to add my remembrance of a very dear friend, James Seaver.
Majority shouldn’t always rule
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
We are gathered here today to look a gift horse in the mouth. It seems a majority of the American people now favor allowing gay men and lesbians to wed. That majority, according to a Washington Post/ABC News survey released last week, is slender, just 51 percent. But even at that, it represents a significant increase from just five years ago, when only 36 percent of Americans approved.
In denial
State lawmakers who want to impose statewide salary reductions but exempt their own employees from those cuts need to rethink their strategy.
March 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Members of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee who voted to exempt their own legislative employees from statewide salary cuts apparently are in denial.
Much of NBC’s Thursday night lineup to return
March 24, 2011
NBC may not be anywhere near the top, but that hasn’t stopped the network from keeping much of its Thursday-night schedule intact for fall 2011.
Horoscopes for March 24
March 24, 2011
This year, your fiery spirit allows greater give-and-take. If you suppress your feelings, especially anger, you could get yourself into trouble. If you are single, you could meet someone different. It is quite possible this person is a foreigner. If you are attached, the two of you might plan that special trip. Sagittarius understands more than you realize.
40 years ago: Plans stalled for nuclear waste site in central Kansas
March 24, 2011
In Lyons, Kan., a proposed nuclear waste repository was on hold.
100 years ago: Streetcar collides with Flory family buggy
March 24, 2011
“The team driven by Flory seemed to balk when the street car was almost upon the rig.”
25 years ago: Parents express concerns about pertussis vaccine
March 24, 2011
Lawrence had had two cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the last decade.