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Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
A young boy wearing his Buzz Lightyear backpack races to class at New York School. Lawrence school district preparing to deal with $3 million loss
March 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 a.m.
Kassie Liebsch Former manager of KU athletics ticket office Kassie Liebsch sentenced to 37 months in federal prison
10:59 a.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 1:02 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
9:30 a.m.
Patrick Pichette, Google's chief financial officer, claps after an announcement that Google had chosen to build its ultra high-speed fiber network in Kansas City, Kan., Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Google picks Kansas City, Kan., for high-speed fiber network project
11:35 a.m., March 30, 2011 Updated 6:47 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Wyandotte County is the winner of a high-stakes, high-profile national competition to land Google’s ultra high-speed fiber network.
1:00 p.m.
From left: Bob Schumm, Mike Machell, Mike Dever, Hugh Carter and Sven Alstrom Lawrence City Commission candidates spar over special taxing districts; Schumm defends city subsidy for fire sprinklers
March 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
“Sneaky taxes” are quickly becoming the steamy issue in the race for the Lawrence City Commission.
4:30 p.m.
This brown recluse spider is among the many that have come to KU graduate student Erin Saupe. The geology and Biodiversity Institute student researched how climate change will affect the habitat of brown recluse spiders. Climate change could have dangerous spider crawling northward
March 30, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.

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Man arrested following accidents with two vehicles
10:13 p.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 11:01 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Thursday evening after being involved in two separate accidents near the downtown area.
More than 500 KU students volunteer as part of ‘The Big Event’
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
A colder and rainier day than expected didn’t dampen the spirits of volunteers from Kansas University who spent their day helping out members of the Lawrence community.
House approves budget, includes across-the-board cut to state agencies
07:02 p.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 12:38 a.m. in print edition on A1
With only Republican support, the Kansas House on Thursday approved a budget that would roll back base state aid to schools to pre-2000 levels.
McDonald’s throwing retirement party celebrating employee’s more than 20 years of service
She’s the hardest working person I’ve ever seen’
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
Teresa Balawen may be only 4-foot-9 with tiny feet, but when she retires from McDonald’s today, she’s leaving big shoes to fill.
Park officials fighting underage drinking at NE Kansas lakes
March 31, 2011
Kansas park officials say they will put a special emphasis on stopping underage drinking at northeast Kansas lakes this spring.
Salina businesses offering military discount program
March 31, 2011
Salina businesses want members of the military and their families to feel welcome in the central Kansas city.
Kansas House passes tighter regulations for abortion clinics
March 31, 2011
Legislation tightening regulation of abortion clinics has received final approval in the Kansas House.
Former KU employee sues for age discrimination
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
A woman who worked at Kansas University for 29 years has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, alleging age discrimination played a role when she was laid off in 2009.
Budget problems close Ulysses charter school
March 31, 2011
A southwest Kansas school district has decided it cannot afford to operate a charter school that opened three years ago because of an expected cut of about than half a million dollars in state funding.
Boeing received $5 billion in illegal subsidies, WTO report finds
March 31, 2011
Boeing Co. got a $5.3 billion boost from illegal state and federal government subsidies to develop its 787 Dreamliner and other commercial aircraft, a World Trade Organization panel found in a report issued Thursday.
Kansas House debates budget before 3-week legislative recess
05:09 p.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 07:46 p.m.
House members acknowledging bleak financial times found nearly $280,000 planned for paper clips and bottled water in the 2012 Kansas budget and proposed transferring it to a hospital for the developmentally disabled.
No NM charges in case of body parts sent to Kansas
March 31, 2011
New Mexico authorities won’t file criminal charges in a grisly case that began a year ago when seven heads, a torso and several limbs were discovered at a Kansas medical waste facility, a prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
KU student wins Goldwater scholarship
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
A Kansas University junior from Lawrence is the 48th KU student since 1989 to win the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Bowling event to raise funds for Special Olympics Kansas
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
Kansas University’s Phi Delta Epsilon fraternity will host a bowling fundraiser for Special Olympics Kansas.
Pub crawl to benefit Lawrence Humane Society, Douglas County Red Cross chapter
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
Drinking beer and donating to charity will go hand-in-hand in this spring’s Lawrence Pub Crawl on April 30. Registrations are due online by April 24.
Judge orders Scott Bloch to one-month prison sentence; appeal pending
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A2
The lawyer once tasked with protecting government whistle-blowers was ordered incarcerated for one month in a much-delayed and contentious sentencing Wednesday that now faces the further delay of an appeal.
NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko IDs Wolf Creek nuclear power plant as one of three ‘we are most concerned about’
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
Three U.S. nuclear power plants need increased oversight from federal regulators because of safety problems or unplanned shutdowns, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday, although officials said all are operating safely.
Statehouse Live: ‘Pay-go’ forcing appropriations acrobatics in Kansas House
March 31, 2011
The “pay-go” rule says that if a legislator wants to add money to the budget bill that has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee, then that legislator must make a corresponding cut somewhere else in the bill.
Federal judge sides with Sierra Club in ruling over coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas
01:29 p.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 02:11 p.m. in print edition on A1
A federal judge in Washington has sided with the Sierra Club in a legal dispute over a proposed coal-fired power plant in western Kansas, and an attorney for the environmental group predicted Thursday that the decision will at least delay the project.
Slab of granite falls off truck at 23rd and Iowa streets, lanes blocked
March 31, 2011
A slab of granite fell off a flat-bed truck and into the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets Thursday afternoon, closing lanes of traffic during cleanup.
Town Talk: Hugh Carter, Bob Schumm and the living wage question; League of Women Voters, Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods release candidate questionnaires
01:00 p.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 01:33 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Douglas County eyeing diversion to combat noxious weeds
March 31, 2011
In the fight against noxious weeds, Douglas County is borrowing a concept straight from the courtroom: diversion. It’s a tactic that could result in the spraying of fewer chemicals and a reduction in the negative effects the herbicides have on nearby crops.
Linwood woman who was subject of search Wednesday night found unharmed in Bonner Springs
March 31, 2011
An 18-year-old Linwood woman who was the subject of a search Wednesday night in Leavenworth County that included a helicopter was found unharmed Thursday morning in Bonner Springs, sheriff’s officials said.
Former KU athletics fundraiser Rodney Jones sentenced to 46 months in federal prison
11:08 a.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 02:05 p.m. in print edition on A1
The former leader of fundraising for Kansas University athletics was sentenced Thursday morning to nearly four years in prison for taking part in a $2 million ticket scheme that illegally delivered thousands of tickets for KU basketball and football games to brokers and others.
South Junior High School, Southwest Junior High School cancel athletic events due to weather
09:24 a.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 02:00 p.m.
Thursday’s track meet between South Junior High School and Seaman Middle School has been canceled.
Style Scout: Eileen Strong
March 31, 2011
Tell us a Secret: I love working with my son so much — I work for free!
Reno County to pay over $11,000 for frying pan attack
March 31, 2011
A Reno County inmate who was stopped by a frying pan while allegedly trying to assault an elderly Hutchinson woman will cost the county more than $11,000.
Effort to rewrite state DUI law stalled in Kansas Senate
March 31, 2011
An overhaul of Kansas’ laws against drunken driving is stalled in the state Senate, where some members have misgivings about requiring ignition interlock devices for first-time offenders and others don’t want to increase liquor taxes to cover potential additional costs.
Kansas Cold Weather Rule for utility bills ends Friday
March 31, 2011
Kansans who fall behind on electric and natural gas bills are about to lose some protection against shutoffs.
Heard on the Hill: National debt clock coming to Watson Library lawn today; The Big Event to send students on volunteer missions; Heard on the Hill has an RSS feed
March 31, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: LHS students present business plans at KU; Math Department celebrates this weekend with voluntary exams; Geographic Bee to test locals
March 31, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
‘Three Cups of Tea’ author Greg Mortenson kicks off KU’s outreach week
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
Applause was commonplace Wednesday evening in the Lied Center while author and philanthropist Greg Mortenson spoke.
Lawrence man taken to hospital after altercation at Phoggy Dog
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle Wednesday morning after a physical altercation with another man inside the Phoggy Dog, 2228 Iowa, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Our town sports
March 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Softball openings: The DC Attack fastpitch softball organization has one opening for its 12-and-under team, two openings for the 14-and-under squad and one opening for the 18-and-under team. Anybody interested in trying out should contact Steve Wiggins at 423-0949 or Bruce Burton at (913) 915-6315.
Kansas basketball signee Naadir Tharpe praised
Brady Morningstar to compete in 3-point shootout
March 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Coaches in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council looked at more than cold, hard stats in selecting Kansas University signee Naadir Tharpe the region’s Class AAA player of the year.
Jayhawks in the NBA
March 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
KU baseball blanked by Missouri State
March 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Missouri State starting pitcher Blake Barber tossed seven shutout innings, as the Bears routed the Kansas University baseball team, 6-0, Wednesday night at Hammons Field.
KU safety Keeston Terry uses time on sidelines to study
March 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
There were times, last year, when Kansas University safety Keeston Terry couldn’t help but feel robbed by the way his freshman season played out.
Softball splits with UMKC
March 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
A big fourth inning provided enough offense to give the Kansas University softball team a 4-2 victory over UMKC in the nightcap Wednesday as the Jayhawks split their doubleheader with the Kangaroos. UMKC edged KU, 2-1, in game one.
Off and running: Free State boys win, LHS second at opening meet
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
For Free State junior Kain Anderson, running the anchor in the 4x400-meter relay just minutes after winning the 3,200-meter race isn’t that strange.
Columnist’s quiz feeds baseball fever
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
A wit once said, “Finish last in your league and they call you Idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you Doctor.” Pass this baseball quiz and they will call you Doctor of Baseball:
Public notice
The flow of information from the Lawrence school district to its patrons needs some work.
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
When the Lawrence school board is facing difficult decisions such as budget cuts and school closings, it’s more important than ever to keep the public fully informed.
Birther debate has racist undercurrent
March 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
Donald Trump doesn’t like “birthers.” He calls the word “unfair” to people who don’t believe President Obama was born in the USA.
Horoscopes for March 31
March 31, 2011
This year, you often might have to repeat actions or statements. You also might decide to take a course in communication. Even with this redundancy, you feel empowered and capable of realizing what you want. If you are single, your innate magnetism seems even more vital, drawing in many potential suitors. If you are attached, you become more dominant; your partner might need more help than in the past. Another Pisces reflects your issues and could make you a little nuts.
Fox’s ‘Mobbed,’ host Howie Mandel more floppy than flashy
March 31, 2011
Nothing kills spontaneity like anticipation and preparation. But of course sometimes it takes practice for things to look casual. There lies the fatal contradiction behind “Mobbed” (8 p.m., Fox).
25 years ago: Pleasant weather greets egg-hunters at South Park
March 31, 2011
A giant Easter-egg hunt at South Park had lured 300 to 400 participants out to find the colored eggs.
40 years ago: Serious crime in Lawrence shows increase higher than national average
March 31, 2011
Serious crime in Lawrence in 1970 had increased slightly more than the 11 percent national average.
100 years ago: KU asks Athletic Assn. to contribute to new coach’s salary
March 31, 2011
“The $2,000 salary which R. W. Sherwin, the new Jayhawker coach will receive, must be partially paid by the Athletic Association.”
20th century ‘Man’
March 31, 2011
University Theatre tackles its first Bertholt Brecht play in more than 20 years with “Man Equals Man.”