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Archive for Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Bernie West, right, listens during a school board public hearing Monday regarding the proposal to close Wakarusa Valley School. West is a third-grade teacher at Wakarusa Valley, where she has worked for 28 years. The board voted 6-1 Monday to close the school, with only board member Marlene Merrill in favor of keeping it open. Lawrence school board members vote to close Wakarusa Valley School
9:51 p.m., March 28, 2011 Updated 12:43 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Wakarusa Valley School soon will celebrate its 50th birthday, but it won’t be open for its 51st.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. 2010 city report shows more money flowing into Lawrence than out
March 29, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The checkbook is balanced at Lawrence City Hall. A new financial report shows that Lawrence city government in 2010 managed to take in about $215,000 more in revenue than it spent, despite a down economy.
1:00 p.m.
Online chat
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew chats live about April elections
March 29, 2011
Shew, the county's chief elections officer, will be available to answer questions about the upcoming election for Lawrence City Commission and area school boards, including the Lawrence school board. You can submit your questions in advance below. In-person, advance voting continues through noon April 4 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., and polls will be open countywide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 5.
1:41 p.m.
Online chat
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew chats live about April elections
March 29, 2011
Shew, the county's chief elections officer, will be available to answer questions about the upcoming election for Lawrence City Commission and area school boards, including the Lawrence school board. You can submit your questions in advance below. In-person, advance voting continues through noon April 4 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., and polls will be open countywide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 5.
2:00 p.m.
John Reikhof, a radiology resident at KU Hospital's Cancer Center and Medical Pavilion. KU receives $4 million to support cancer center efforts
March 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas University Cancer Center announced a $4 million boost in private donations on Monday that will support the center’s efforts to achieve National Cancer Institute designation.

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Former Jayhawk CB Aqib Talib accused of shooting at man in Dallas area
March 29, 2011
Police in a Dallas suburb issued an arrest warrant for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, accusing him of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend.
Population near ground zero swells since 2000
March 29, 2011 in print edition on C4
After the Sept. 11 attacks, there were grim questions about the future of the shaken, dust-covered neighborhoods around the World Trade Center.
Ohio public worker union bill OK’d by House panel
March 29, 2011 in print edition on C4
A panel of Ohio lawmakers made a bill to limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers even tougher for unions on Tuesday, as the state moved closer to Wisconsin-style restrictions.
Statehouse Live: Senate approves budget plan that makes cuts in public school funding
March 29, 2011
During four hours of debate in the Senate, state worker pay issues and higher education funding dominated the discussion.
KU law school expects to see steep decline in applications
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
All across the country, law school applications are down this year, and Kansas University certainly is no exception.
Kansas man pleads guilty in staging bank holdup in Overland Park
March 29, 2011
A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to being part of an amateur scheme to steal money from a bank.
Suspect makes first appearance in Parson child’s death case
March 29, 2011
A 25-year-old with a history of child abuse allegations made a first court appearance in the death of a 19-month-old Parsons child.
Last member of Last Man’s club in Wichita dies
March 29, 2011
The group of 14 friends who had been friends since they were 5 years old had vowed to never lose touch. They were all born in 1920 and grew up in the College Hill neighborhood in Wichita.
Investigators identify 2 found dead in Trego County
March 29, 2011
Investigators have identified two people found dead in their rural Kansas home during the weekend, but are releasing no other details.
Garden City man stabbed to death
March 29, 2011
A 25-year-old Garden City man was stabbed to death after an argument with another resident.
Driver arrested for OUI, reckless driving after crashing into optometry clinic at Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue
05:14 p.m., March 29, 2011 Updated 10:45 p.m. in print edition on A4
No one was injured, but two customers at a Lawrence optometry clinic were knocked across the room Tuesday evening after a car crashed into the side of the building near Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue.
State senator drops effort to repeal bill granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants
March 29, 2011
A state senator from Johnson County has withdrawn his effort to revive a bill repealing a Kansas law that grants in-state university tuition to some illegal immigrants.
Environmental advocacy group urges moratorium on construction of nuclear plants
March 29, 2011
A consumer and environmental advocacy group urged the Obama administration to freeze construction of new nuclear reactors and halt re-licensing of the oldest of the nation’s 104 plants until safety lessons from the Japanese nuclear crisis can be absorbed.
NASCAR driver helps bring community center to Emporia
March 29, 2011
Emporia is revved up by NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer’s latest contribution to his hometown.
Topeka councilman seeks firing of city manager
March 29, 2011
A Topeka city councilman wants the city manager fired in part for allegedly not disciplining an employee accused of hosting a pornographic chat line on city equipment.
Kansas Senate debating budget; bill would leave positive balance of $8 million
March 29, 2011
The Kansas Senate is making additional cuts to a proposed $14 billion state budget in an effort to create a revenue cushion for next year.
Kansas Legislature tightens restrictions on abortions after 21st week of pregnancy
March 29, 2011
The Kansas Legislature on Tuesday placed tighter restrictions on abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy based on the disputed notion that fetuses can feel pain.
Douglas County commissioners to review architectural options for Public Works Department
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will review an architectural study on the Public Works Department.
Kansas lawmakers seek quick agreement on KPERS legislation
March 29, 2011
Key Kansas legislators hope for a quick agreement between House and Senate negotiators on pension legislation, even though plans from the two chambers take dramatically different approaches to tackling the long-term funding problems faced by the retirement system for teachers and government workers.
Pizza battle! Chefs go head-to-head in quest for best pizza and beer pairing
March 29, 2011
Pizza and beer have been together for many a competition — every night is game night somewhere.
Town Talk: Carter, Schumm, Dever lead in City Commission fundraising; chamber releases responses to questionnaire
March 29, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Boy Scouts celebrate 50th anniversary of Camp Bromelsick
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
In preparation for a 50th anniversary celebration for the Camp Bromelsick property, local Boy Scout leaders are looking for people who may have been associated with the land in the past. “It’s used quite a bit,” said Mike Riling, a Lawrence attorney who sits on the board that oversees the property. “You can often find a troop out on the weekends, even when it’s snowing.”
Statehouse Live: Kansas Legislature approves Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s voter ID bill, sent to Gov. Brownback for signature
March 29, 2011
Starting next year, all voters will be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot under legislation sent to Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday.
KU’s game vs. USC next year most likely to take place in Wichita
March 29, 2011
Kansas University’s road basketball game against the University of Southern California next season will likely be played in Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena, KU officials indicated Tuesday.
Kansas House sends voter ID bill to governor
12:07 p.m., March 29, 2011 Updated 12:44 a.m.
Kansas is expected to start requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls next year after a bill imposing the new rule won final approval Tuesday from the state Legislature.
Schools, libraries and hospitals urge Kansas Legislature to maintain broadband access, distance learning
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
School, hospital and library representatives urged legislators to maintain the $10 million per-year Kan-Ed program which provides broadband access and distance learning.
Prosecutors seeking prison sentences in KU ticket scam
11:41 a.m., March 29, 2011 Updated 03:21 p.m. in print edition on A1
Former assistant athletics director Rodney Jones used his take from a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy at the University of Kansas to give himself a luxurious lifestyle that would otherwise have been beyond his reach, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Owner of proposed Meriden strip club files lawsuit against Jefferson County
March 29, 2011
The owner of a proposed strip club is suing a northeast Kansas county that refused to give him a permit for the business.
Heard on the Hill: No decision on parking fee increases; Into the Streets Week starts Wednesday; KU Japanese Student Association gives ways to help out Japan
March 29, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Obama backs away from standardized tests; small-class advocate criticizes task force report; ideas offered for budget cuts
March 29, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
2010 city report shows more money flowing into Lawrence than out
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
The checkbook is balanced at Lawrence City Hall. A new financial report shows that Lawrence city government in 2010 managed to take in about $215,000 more in revenue than it spent, despite a down economy.
Newly-acquired Matt Treanor boosts Royals
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Matt Treanor made quite the first impression on the Kansas City Royals.
Former KU football star Aqib Talib ‘person of interest’ in Dallas shooting
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University standout cornerback Aqib Talib was named a “person of interest” in a March 21 shooting, according to a report by the Dallas Observer.
KU men’s basketball prepares for life after tournament
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball players prepared for a return to normalcy Sunday following the end of the six-month marathon college basketball season.
Marcus Morris tapped 2nd-team All-America
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris was named second-team All-America by The Associated Press Monday.
KU basketball tip: schedule Shockers
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University basketball team doesn’t play regular-season games against Colonial Athletic Association schools and other institutions from so-called “mid-major” leagues unless they take place in either Allen Fieldhouse or the Sprint Center.
A toast to each team in Final Four
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
You know who you are. You are not me. You are one of those people who put Connecticut, Kentucky, VCU and Butler in the Final Four of your NCAA men’s basketball bracket.
Get your greens! How to work kale, arugula and other spring wonders into your salad bowl
March 29, 2011
The Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market opens April 9, making it the perfect time to try out unfamiliar greens.
Right to speak
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
With the emergence of “political correctness,” does anyone still agree with Voltaire’s quote “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”?
What trickle?
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Ten years ago, the keystone of Republican economic policy was the need for cutting taxes (especially for big business) and the reduction of constrictive government regulations which inhibited business growth.
Workers’ voices
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
I do not understand how in two years time this country has gone from blaming the financial institutions for destroying our economy to blaming the working man.
John Calipari making UK’s investment pay off
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B4
When Kentucky officials met with coach John Calipari two years ago to talk about the program’s vacant head coaching position, they came armed with a sales pitch.
Analysis needed
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Perhaps the most common fallacy in our thinking across the political landscape is that of ad hominem, the attack on the individual rather than the argument.
Airstrike motives
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
In his letter of March 25, Matthew O’Connell seems to have misjudged the reason that President Obama initiated our airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s Libyan military forces.
Gary Bender to retire
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Hall of Fame sportscaster Gary Bender, a graduate of Wichita State who earned his master’s in television and film from Kansas University, will retire at the end of this season, the Phoenix Suns announced on their website.
Poor choice
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
As a Kansas University business school graduate, I am once again appalled by the lack of judgment the business school administration revealed by choosing Kris Kobach as its 2011 Vickers speaker.
25 years ago: Local residents support Jayhawks with new style in haircuts
March 29, 2011
Lawrence residents were showing their loyalty to the Jayhawks even in the barber shop.
Ferraro run was historic step
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist. Long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.
Customer service
The city utilities department should get moving on changes to improve its billing system.
March 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
How long does it take to make billing changes that will benefit Lawrence utility customers?
Horoscopes for March 29
March 29, 2011
This year, you will naturally open up to different perspectives. Someone often seems as if he or she wants to rain on your parade. Actually, what is going on has more to do with this person than with you. If you are single, you could find that others are drawn to you, but they could be, in your eyes, a real downer. If you are attached, your sweetie can be difficult, but it works out ultimately. Learn not to react, and to let it go. It is but a phase. You can count on Aquarius.
Dana Delany, dressed for success, addresses bodies on ‘Body of Proof’
March 29, 2011
While watching the pilot of “Body of Proof” (9 p.m., ABC), I found myself laughing at all the wrong places.
40 years ago: Kansas Republicans object to governor’s spending record
March 29, 2011
Republican members of the Kansas House were charging that Gov. Robert Docking was not practicing what he preached in regards to expenditures.
100 years ago: KU selects new football coach
March 29, 2011
“Ralph Sherwin, left tackle on the Dartmouth eleven for four years, was recommended to the regents.”
VCU coach Shaka Smart confident: ‘We ain’t done yet’ in NCAAs
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Our time. Right now. That is the rallying cry Virginia Commonwealth University has adopted during its basketball team’s improbable nothing-to-lose, everything-to-gain run to the Final Four.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 29, 2011 in print edition on B10
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, March 28, 2011.