Archive for Friday, March 2, 2012

Also from March 2

On the street
Photo galleries
FSHS boys vs. Leavenworth LHS boys vs. Olathe East
Which illegal drug is causing the most damage in Kansas?

Poll results

Response Percent
Other (please specify in the comments)
Total 901
Has Title IX been successful in leveling the playing field for men and women in college sports?

Poll results

Response Percent
Not sure
Total 385

Lead stories

All stories

Man reports stolen Dodge Durango
March 2, 2012
A 39-year-old Lawrence man reported his black 2003 Dodge Durango, valued at $4,000, stolen from the 3400 block of Sixth Street just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to police reports.
KU says Title IX satisfied in case
March 2, 2012
Kansas Athletics has filed documents that show it has satisfied a Title IX complaint lodged by a former Kansas University swimmer who had hoped to encourage the university to offer more men’s sports.
Obama warns both Iran and Israel, ‘I don’t bluff’
March 2, 2012
President Barack Obama delivered his most explicit threat yet that the United States will attack Iran if that’s what it takes to prevent it from developing a nuclear bomb. At the same time, he warned Israelis they would only make a bad situation worse if they moved pre-emptively against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Research Triangle opens 3rd building
March 2, 2012
The last of three northeastern Kansas facilities that make up the so-called Education and Research Triangle opened its doors Friday.
Employee groups uncertain about Kan. pension plan
March 2, 2012
Public employee groups in Kansas have misgivings about a legislative proposal unveiled Friday for overhauling the state pension system, even though it backs away from starting a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
House committee flooded with redistricting maps
March 2, 2012
A flurry of map-making by Kansas House members left their Redistricting Committee with 18 proposals Friday for redrawing the state’s congressional districts, creating the possibility of a drawn-out debate over picking one.
Pi Day Gala features Alferd Packer Memorial String Band
March 2, 2012
Why settle for a basketball autographed by Bill Self when you can have a pair of sneakers worn by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak during a game of Segway polo. So believes Matt Kirby, a member of The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, the group organizing a local Pi Day Gala for March 14.
Motorist who hit tree after police chase faces several charges, traffic violations
March 2, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have filed several charges and traffic infractions against a 35-year-old Lawrence man accused of leading police on a chase Thursday in a stolen vehicle and crashing it into a tree on Iowa Street.
Bipartisan school finance plan introduced in Senate
March 2, 2012
The measure would increase base state aid per pupil from $3,780 to $3,854 in the 2012-13 school year, and then to $3,928 in the 2013-14 school year, for a total increase of $148 for base state aid per pupil.
Prosecutor denies allegations of entrapment by KU basketball player accused of illegally possessing alcohol
March 2, 2012
A Douglas County prosecutor in court Friday denied that an Alcoholic Beverage Control officer used someone undercover the night he wrote Kansas University basketball player Ben McLemore a citation for minor in possession of alcohol.
Rural Franklin County home destroyed by overnight fire
March 2, 2012
A rural Franklin County home was destroyed by fire early Friday, sheriff’s officials said.
KU engineering dean chosen as finalist for LSU job
March 2, 2012
Kansas University’s engineering dean is a finalist for the executive vice chancellor and provost position at Louisiana State University, according to a posting on LSU’s website.
KU prof: Gay marriage bans had ‘ironic outcome’
March 2, 2012
A Kansas University researcher says that gay marriage bans may have generated empathy for same-sex couples and their families.
Few people using Kansas fund for problem gamblers
March 2, 2012
State officials want to raise awareness of a fund that helps people with gambling addictions, which is getting little use.
2 people hospitalized after early-morning motorcycle crash in Lawrence
March 2, 2012
Two people were injured, one critically, early Friday after a motorcycle accident near the intersection of Fourth Street and McDonald Drive.
Coffeyville man reports that he was robbed and beaten in downtown Lawrence
March 2, 2012
A 21-year-old Coffeyville man reported to Lawrence police that he was attacked by three men in a strong-armed robbery about 3 a.m. Friday in the 1100 block of Massachusetts Street.
Town Talk: Activity heating up on possible public-private rec center; Housing Authority exploring partnership on affordable housing development; city starts planning for March Madness
March 2, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Homeland Security: Design changes at NBAF substantially reduce potential risks
09:35 a.m., March 2, 2012 Updated 01:46 p.m.
A new assessment on the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas concludes that changes in the lab’s design have sharply reduced the risk for accidental release of deadly diseases.
Meth, by the numbers
March 2, 2012
A look at the number of meth lab incidents reported locally, statewide, and across the country. Statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Look for a full feature on meth in southeast Kansas this weekend.
Lender seeks ownership of athletic club
March 2, 2012
A default on a $2.4 million loan has created questions about the future of one of the city’s larger athletic clubs and exercise facilities.
Iowa man reports wallet theft, altercation Saturday morning
March 2, 2012
A 22-year-old Muscatine, Iowa, man reported to Lawrence police Saturday afternoon that he was robbed of his wallet early Saturday in the 900 block of Maine Street by a man who hit him and took his wallet. The victim reported to police he had minor abrasions and did not require medical attention, Murphree said. The man alleged that at 1 a.m. Saturday he was walking home from downtown with two female friends when they got into a car driven by two men who offered them a ride.
Jobs picture brightens; economy awaits liftoff
March 2, 2012
Second victim listed in altercation involving Marcus Morris
March 2, 2012
A police report lists a second victim in an early Sunday morning fight at The Cave, 1200 Oread Ave., in which former Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris and another man received battery citations.
2 U.S. troops killed by Afghan partners
March 2, 2012
Two U.S. troops were gunned down by two Afghan soldiers and an accomplice Thursday, the latest of six American service members killed by their Afghan partners since the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. base last week sent anti-Americanism soaring in a nation that has long distrusted foreigners.
Syrian rebels withdraw from enclave after siege
March 2, 2012
After a punishing, monthlong military siege, Syrian rebels made what they called a “tactical retreat” Thursday from a key district in Homs, saying they were running low on weapons and the humanitarian conditions were unbearable.
GOP senators fail to reverse contraceptives rule
March 2, 2012
In an election year battle mixing birth control, religion and politics, Democrats narrowly blocked an effort by Senate Republicans to overturn President Barack Obama’s order that most employers or their insurers cover the cost of contraceptives.
Brown v. Board visits bring in $886K
March 2, 2012
A new report shows the nearly 18,000 people who visited the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in 2010 spent $886,000 at the Topeka attraction and the surrounding area.
3 arrested after car chase, crash
March 2, 2012
Lawrence police briefly chased a stolen vehicle near the 900 block of Iowa Street on Thursday afternoon. Three suspects were eventually arrested after they fled the scene of a single-car, noninjury accident on private property in the 1200 block of Iowa.
Democrats seek to end corporate personhood
March 2, 2012
Democratic legislators on Thursday said they will introduce a resolution in the Legislature to urge Congress to pass a constitutional amendment aimed at abolishing “corporate personhood.”
Sticker Shock program aimed at liquor buyers
Initiative tries to curb buying booze for minors
March 2, 2012
It’s the second year in a row Lawrence High and Free State High School students will participate in the Sticker Shock event. The stickers remind adults they could face fines up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail for violating social hosting laws, which includes providing a place for someone underage to drink or buying alcohol for them.
More violent weather in forecast
March 2, 2012
Crews cleared splintered plywood and smashed appliances from small-town neighborhoods Thursday, a day after tornadoes killed 13 people in the Midwest and South. But the forecast held a menacing possibility: More twisters may be coming, and they could be even stronger.
2012 warmer, wetter than usual
March 2, 2012
It probably comes as little surprise to anyone in Lawrence that it’s been warmer than usual the past few months.
Poultry not in picture now
Local artist will neither kill nor display chickens
March 2, 2012
The local artist who created a controversy by proposing a Lawrence art project that would end with a public slaughtering of chickens — to create a point about how disconnected consumers are from their food sources — has announced new plans for the project.
Douglas, 18 other counties covered by Brownback disaster declaration
March 2, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a disaster emergency in 19 counties hit this week by violent weather, including the storm that spawned a deadly tornado in the eastern Kansas town of Harveyville.
Heard on the Hill: KUMC male birth control pill gets finger-wag from Stephen Colbert; KU’s Dancing With the Stars Friday night; philosopher to discuss religion for atheists in Hall Center lecture
March 2, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Basic rights
March 2, 2012
Through the late 1950s, it was illegal in many states for whites and blacks to intermarry as it ran contrary to popular religious beliefs. In 1958, two residents of Virginia, a black woman and a white man, were married in the District of Columbia pursuant to its laws.
40 years ago: Planners begin preliminary work on Mass Street redesign
March 2, 2012
Thin blue chalk-lines appearing on downtown sidewalks were raising questions from curious pedestrians.
100 years ago: Visiting speaker emphasizes progress in medical profession
March 2, 2012
“‘I can remember when two-thirds of medicine was superstition, and the other third was camomile tea.’”
25 years ago: Murder down, violent crime up in Kansas
March 2, 2012
The year-end crime statistics for 1986 were in.
Seabury boys rout St. Paul, 70-45
March 2, 2012
Sophomore Khadre Lane exploded for 35 points and Seabury Academy’s boy’s basketball team got one step closer to the Class 1A-Division I state tournament Thursday night with a 70-45 sub-state victory over tournament host St. Paul.
LHS boys bowlers place ninth at state
March 2, 2012
Lawrence High’s Kierstan Warren finished 15th in the Class 6A state girls bowling tournament Thursday at Northrock Lanes, and LHS placed ninth in the boys team standings.
Firebirds girls ready for O-South rematch
March 2, 2012
It’s been exactly three weeks since Free State High’s girls basketball team suffered its most painful loss of the season.
KSHSAA inducts Wayne Simien into Hall of Fame
March 2, 2012
Minutes before his alma mater, Leavenworth High, played its Class 6A sub-state opener Thursday night against Free State, Leavenworth and Kansas University basketball product Wayne Simien was inducted into the 2012 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
Lions boys fall at sub-state, 50-46
March 2, 2012
Lawrence High’s KJ Pritchard knew the scouting report on Olathe East’s Kyle Smith from playing in the same AAU program during the summer.
Once a scout team player, sixth-man Teahan showing skills in games
March 2, 2012
Conner Teahan — who worked so hard for four years for the opportunity to play meaningful minutes on Kansas University’s basketball team — actually panicked a bit during the 2011-12 exhibition season when his dream became a reality.
Self: Report of feud with Baylor’s Drew ‘inaccurate’
March 2, 2012
The current edition of Sports Illustrated — which features a story on Baylor’s wildly successful athletic department — maintains Kansas University coach Bill Self has a problem with Bears’ coach Scott Drew.
Wilt’s wonder: KU legend’s 100-point game turns 50 years old
March 2, 2012
Fifty years ago today, Joe Ruklick sat comfortably courtside in warmups, watching his friend Wilt Chamberlain play the greatest game in the greatest season ever produced by a basketball player.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 2)
March 2, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 1.
Horoscope for March 2
March 2, 2012
For Friday, March 2: This year creativity surges. You also will have a tendency to romanticize. Test reality by brainstorming. Confusion could surround communication. You pull the wild card financially. If you are single, be aware of how much you are projecting your dreams and desires onto a new person. If you are attached, the two of you are likely to go on a second honeymoon.
Reba, Woz add to TV appearances
March 2, 2012
A star of television, stage and country music who has sold more than 57 million albums, Reba McEntire goes looking for her roots on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC)
March 2, 2012
I find it hard to square Roger Boyd’s view of conservation with his support for KDOT’s plan to build the Lawrence Trafficway through the pristine Baker Wetlands.
March 2, 2012
As a parent and former teacher, I would like to commend Dr. Wes Crenshaw and Miranda Davis for the column Double Take, printed in the Journal-World GO section on Mondays.
Tibet support
March 2, 2012
Living far from Tibet, how is it possible for a resident of Lawrence to express solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle against the Chinese government? One way is to contribute to the International Campaign for Tibet.
KBA credibility
The Kansas Bioscience Authority shouldn’t be too quick to close the book on its former CEO.
March 2, 2012
It will be interesting to see how the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s board of directors decides to handle the Tom Thornton situation.
Turnovers, poor shooting doom Free State boys vs. Leavenworth
March 2, 2012
A chance at redemption sat squarely in front of the Free State High boys basketball team Thursday night.
Quiet Yemen transition offers lessons
March 2, 2012 in print edition on A8
In the turbulent annals of the Arab Spring, last weekend’s ceremony in Yemen was so quiet it was barely noticed. But it marked the transfer of power from an aging autocrat who had ruled his country for 34 years to a new leader who’s saying the right things about reform.