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Douglas County commissioners consider consolidating public works facilities
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
Douglas County commissioners expressed interest Wednesday evening in an option to consolidate county public works facilities in a new location.
Leaders try to predict Google network’s effect on area economy
March 30, 2011
Wyandotte County is the winner of a high-stakes national competition to land Google’s ultra high-speed fiber network.
Brownback pleads to House Republicans to pass budget
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
“We have to do this and show the public that we can govern,” Brownback told his fellow Republicans during a House GOP caucus meeting.
Lawrence City Commission candidates spar over special taxing districts; Schumm defends city subsidy for fire sprinklers
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A1
“Sneaky taxes” are quickly becoming the steamy issue in the race for the Lawrence City Commission.
Legislators still talking about tax cuts, despite state’s revenue shortfall
March 30, 2011
Discussions continued Wednesday by Republicans to make the temporary state sales tax increase permanent and use those revenues to reduce Kansas income tax rates.
Skunk killed by dogs in Salina infected with rabies
March 30, 2011
Health officials in Saline County say a skunk that was killed by dogs in Salina has tested positive for rabies.
Wichita aviation museum to dedicate new aircraft restoration center
March 30, 2011
The Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita has delayed the opening of a new exhibit to make way for the dedication of its new aircraft restoration center.
Fair on Saturday to feature candidates for Lawrence school board, city commission
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
Candidates for Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board will gather Saturday morning for a Candidate Fair sponsored by the local Voter Education Coalition.
Topeka sex offender loses bid for parole
March 30, 2011
A man who nearly killed a 13-year-old Topeka boy during a sexual assault in 1981 will not be paroled, and isn’t eligible to be considered again for another 10 years.
Olathe police fatally shoot man during fight
March 30, 2011
Olathe police fatally shot a young man after responding to a disturbance at a home.
Liberal man sentenced to almost 13 years for homicide
March 30, 2011
A Liberal man was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for the death of another man whose body was found in a ditch.
State legislators honor Vietnam veterans
March 30, 2011
The action Wednesday coincides with the National Welcome Home observance approved by both chambers of Congress to veterans of the war.
OSHA inspector charged with false reporting about inspections at work sites
March 30, 2011
An inspector with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged in Kansas with lying about performing inspections at work sites.
Wichita school district considers replacing school nurses with LPNs
03:22 p.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 11:17 p.m.
Although no formal proposal has been made, Wichita school officials are considering replacing registered nurses in the state’s largest school district with licensed practical nurses, a move they say would save the district about $2 million a year.
Senate confirms Siedlecki as Kansas SRS secretary despite criticism
03:15 p.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 07:15 p.m.
The Kansas Senate has confirmed Gov. Sam Brownback’s top social services appointee.
Kansas City woman accused of running adoption scam by faking pregnancies
March 30, 2011
A Kansas City woman is accused of faking pregnancy and conning prospective adoptive parents out of thousands of dollars after being secretly videotaped by a national news outlet investigating the apparent scam.
Kansas House advances bill to increase regulations on abortion clinics
03:05 p.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 07:13 p.m.
A day after sending two abortion measures to the governor, the Kansas House is taking up a bill to increase regulations on clinics.
Marcus Morris named to 10-person Wooden All-American team
March 30, 2011
Kansas junior forward Marcus Morris was named to the John R. Wooden All-American team, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.
Town Talk: ‘Sneaky taxes’ heat up City Commission forum; Carter, Dever, Schumm win police and fire endorsement
March 30, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Convicted rapist Charles Hunter eligible for parole hearing in May
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
A parole hearing is set for May for a 48-year-old man convicted for a series of rapes that occurred over 17 days in 1978 in Lawrence.
2 Jefferson County men killed, a third injured in head-on accident Tuesday night
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two Jefferson County men died Tuesday night after a two-vehicle crash in the northeastern part of the county.
Statehouse Live: Committee votes to pull plug on Kan-Ed
11:42 a.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 12:07 p.m.
Members of the General Government Budget Committee said they supported the services that Kan-Ed provided but said its funding needs to come from some other source.
Google picks Kansas City, Kan., for high-speed fiber network project
11:35 a.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 06:47 p.m. in print edition on A1
Wyandotte County is the winner of a high-stakes, high-profile national competition to land Google’s ultra high-speed fiber network.
Former manager of KU athletics ticket office Kassie Liebsch sentenced to 37 months in federal prison
10:59 a.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 01:02 p.m. in print edition on A1
The former manager of the KU ticket office is headed to prison for her role in a $2 million ticket scheme that illegally funneled thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games to brokers and others.
Court appearance set for mid-April for man accused of driving drunk, smashing car into Lawrence optometry clinic
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 27-year-old Lawrence man who is accused of drunken driving and crashing into a Lawrence optometry clinic Tuesday has posted bond and given a notice to appear later in Lawrence Municipal Court.
Climate change could have dangerous spider crawling northward
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
As temperatures creep northward over the next couple decades, so will the poisonous brown recluse spider. Erin Saupe, a Kansas University geology and Biodiversity Institute student, has spent the past year and half studying how climate change will impact the habitat of brown recluse spiders.
Heard on the Hill: Basketball broadcaster Gary Bender to do work for KU Alumni, KU Endowment; Cartoon Network invading downtown again; law school applications not just slumping at KU
March 30, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from across Kansas University.
First Bell: Full-day K decision expected in April; junior from Lecompton a finalist in science competition; Idaho lawmakers trading teachers for technology?
March 30, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Wal-Mart sex-bias case may get block from court
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of up to 1.6 million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers.
Gadhafi makes gains in Libya as U.S., allies continue talks
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
Moammar Gadhafi’s forces hammered rebels with tanks and rockets, turning their rapid advance into a panicked retreat in an hourslong battle Tuesday. The fighting underscored the dilemma facing the U.S. and its allies in Libya: Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless already contentious international airstrikes go even further in taking out his forces.
Fire department called to former Pachamama’s restaurant location to investigate small fire
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
Fire investigators were requested by Lawrence police Tuesday morning to 2161 Quail Creek Drive, which formerly housed Pachamama’s restaurant before it moved downtown, to investigate a fire that had extinguished itself, said Division Chief Joe Hoelscher of Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical.
Dems indicate flexibility in budget discusions
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
Democrats indicated Tuesday they may be willing to accept Republican-backed curbs on the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators as part of an overall deal on spending cuts, a rare hint of compromise in private negotiations marked by public rancor.
Lawrence woman reports damage to 2000 Chevrolet Impala near Birch Lane and West Third Terrace
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 2000 Chevrolet Impala owned by a 45-year-old Lawrence woman was reported to have sustained $1,000 in damage around 1 p.m. Sunday near Birch Lane and West Third Terrace in northern Lawrence, according to a Lawrence police report.
Lawrence man reports stolen laptop, other items in 4100 block of West 24th Place
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole his laptop computer valued at $1,500 and $400 worth of other items in a burglary that occurred between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at his apartment in the 4100 block of West 24th Place.
Lawrence school district preparing to deal with $3 million loss
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school district expects to fill its $3 million budget hole for next year without laying off a single teacher or eliminating a single program.
Part of Massachusetts Street to close for marathon April 17
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
A portion of Massachusetts Street will be closed down for a couple of hours April 17 to accommodate the Kansas Half Marathon.
Upcoming Lawrence sister city meetings open to public
March 30, 2011
Two support groups for Lawrence sister cities have scheduled meetings this week.
The Music Man’ performance is a family affair
March 30, 2011
Relatives abound in the cast of “The Music Man.”
Ochocinco reserve for Sporting KC
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
After a five-day tryout proved that he was a good teammate who lacked enough soccer skills, NFL star Chad Ochocinco got what he was hoping for Tuesday — a spot on the reserve team for Sporting Kansas City.
Mizzou to talk to Purdue coach Painter
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter has had one of the most successful runs in school history. It looks like he’s about to cash in.
Royals end spring on six-game winning streak
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals are ready to see what Alex Gordon can do with his revamped swing during the regular season.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B5
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
Late grandfather inspiration for Smart
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
Before the college basketball world started screaming about Virginia Commonwealth, back when ESPN pundits still considered VCU a four-letter word, Shaka Smart spoke softly to the man who helped give him a strong voice.
KU tennis players earn rankings
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University tennis players Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom entered this week’s Campbell’s ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, marking the first time since the fall of 2007 that a Jayhawk singles player has been ranked and the first time since spring of 2009 a doubles team has entered the rankings.
Bill Self the slugger? KU coach hopes to hit recruiting grand slam
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Basketball coach/baseball fan Bill Self says it’s time to step up to the plate and swing for the fences.
Veritas basketball players honored
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
Three Veritas Christian School boys basketball athletes and one girl were recently named to the All-State Kansas Christian Athletic Association second team.
LHS swimming takes fourth at home
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls swimming team finished in fourth place on Tuesday at its home invitational.
LHS baseball falls
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High baseball team lost to Blue Springs (Mo.) South, 3-2, on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday.
Missouri pursues high-speed rail line
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
Now that Florida has turned down $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail service, Missouri is among the states going after that money.
FSHS soccer rolls
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s girls soccer team continued its nearly flawless start to the season with a 2-0 win on Tuesday night at Shawnee Heights.
City panel backs tax breaks for Lawrence architecture firm’s relocation
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
A $2 million project to relocate a Lawrence architecture firm into a new downtown office building is worth a property tax break, a city advisory board decided Tuesday.
Elite Eight roadblock an issue
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Acknowledging a problem brings a person halfway to solving it. Sometimes, it’s the more difficult half. Bill Self isn’t in denial and volunteered that he has an issue. He can clean a pool table with the best of them, but has trouble putting the 8-ball in the corner pocket.
Obama blends realism, humanitarianism
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Obama declared victory Monday night for his limited military intervention in Libya.
Historic fraud
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
This past year, Kansas Athletics Inc. was defrauded of an estimated $3 million. There have been five convictions.
Perennial thrill
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
I want to thank coach Self and the team for another incredible, exciting and rewarding season.
Tired joke
Surely Kansans aren’t the only ones who’ve heard enough about Dorothy and Toto.
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
If the punch line comes too easy, maybe it’s better to pass on making the joke.
Key support
Private donations are an important vote of confidence in the work being done at the Kansas University Cancer Center.
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
The millions of dollars in private donations flowing into the Kansas University Cancer Center are a strong endorsement of the center’s efforts to gain National Cancer Institute designation.
Marijuana benefit
March 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
I attend Baker University School of Nursing. The laws against medical marijuana and the complicated rigmarole that lobbyists have had to deal with have always baffled me, yet has become even more compelling since I began my nursing endeavors.
Reality falters in ‘Coal’ on Spike
March 30, 2011
Do you have to be lobotomized to enjoy reality TV? Or is reality TV out to lobotomize its viewers?
25 years ago: Lower gas prices result in decreased taxi fares
March 30, 2011
Local gas prices, which had recently dropped from 1.29 down to 69 cents, were resulting in lower taxi fares in Lawrence.
Horoscopes for March 30
March 30, 2011
This year, you cannot be careful enough about communication. At times you might need to confirm more than once the time and place. If you are single, you might meet the right person, but it could take a while to formalize this bond. If you are attached, misunderstandings are not intentional. Pisces makes an excellent healer.
40 years ago: Construction contract to be awarded for new city library
March 30, 2011
The awarding of a long-awaited construction contract for the new city library was scheduled for this week.
100 years ago: KU engineering students plan ‘Stunt Day’
March 30, 2011
“All students in the different departments will wear the working clothes commonly worn by those engaged in the various branches of engineering work.”
Buffs done, but WSU in NIT finals
March 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Alabama is making sure Anthony Grant stays focused on his own team rather than watching his former team’s incredible NCAA Tournament run.