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How to help: Lawrence Community Shelter seeks coordinator for orientations
March 4, 2012
Lawrence Community Shelter is in need of a volunteer coordinator as soon as possible. This vital volunteer position requires coordinating and hosting weekly volunteer orientations, which have recently been held each Thursday night.
98-year-old Kansas man becomes pen pal with Georgia kids
March 4, 2012
At age 98, the only thing Wichitan Robert Ford told his family he wanted was some cards for Christmas. His daughter-in-law, Lynn Ford, thought about it. She had a cousin who was a first-grade teacher in Summerville, Ga.
Kansas University’s Honor Roll for fall 2011
March 4, 2012
Kansas University has announced its fall 2011 Honor Roll, which includes undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of allied health; architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering; journalism; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare.
Capitol Briefing: Brownback tax plan, Kansas on GOP presidential radar, train drinks, good export year
March 4, 2012
News from the Kansas Statehouse compiled by Scott Rothschild.
KU women pick up road win over Oklahoma, 83-77
Jayhawks earn No. 6 seed in Big 12 tourney
06:17 p.m., March 4, 2012 Updated 12:13 a.m.
Senior forward Aishah Sutherland posted 23 points and nine rebounds, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to an 83-77 road victory over Oklahoma on Sunday in Norman.
Thomas Robinson named Big 12 player of the year; Self earns Big 12’s co-coach of the year honors
Robinson, Taylor named 1st team all-Big 12; center Jeff Withey named Big 12 defensive POY
03:01 p.m., March 4, 2012 Updated 04:24 p.m.
Kansas University junior and national player of the year candidate, Thomas Robinson, was named the Big 12 Conference player of the year by the league’s coaches on Sunday afternoon. Robinson also earned all-Big 12, first-team honors and was joined by teammate Tyshawn Taylor on the first team. KU coach Bill Self was named the Big 12’s co-coach of the year with Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg and junior center Jeff Withey was tapped as the Big 12’s defensive player of the year. Withey also was named to the all-defensive squad.
Tyshawn Taylor named co-Big 12 player of the week
March 4, 2012
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor has been named the co-Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Sunday.
Soon, kiss won’t be controversial
March 4, 2012 in print edition on A9
A few days ago, a U.S. Marine returned to the States after six months in Afghanistan. Spotting his new honey among the people waiting, he rushed forward and planted an enthusiastic kiss — their first kiss, as it turns out. A friend snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.
Ending suits Conner Teahan
March 4, 2012
All week, those around Kansas University senior Conner Teahan had told him that once he picked up the microphone for his senior speech, he was going to start rambling.
Seniors give thanks to fans
March 4, 2012
Kansas University seniors Jordan Juenemann, Conner Teahan and Tyshawn Taylor spoke to the fans following Saturday’s 73-63 victory against Texas in Allen Fieldhouse.
UT’s Rick Barnes praises KU’s Thomas Robinson
March 4, 2012
With 25 points, 14 rebounds and yet another victory, Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson put the final stamp on his player-of-the-year campaign during a 73-63 victory against Texas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Victory the end for T-Rob, too
March 4, 2012
No manufactured drama will follow Thomas Robinson into the postseason. Everybody, from coach Bill Self to Robinson himself, realized long ago that the issue of whether he would return to Kansas for his senior season was not an issue at all. So why fake it?
Environmental damages from BP oil spill still an issue after deal
March 4, 2012
BP’s settlement with plaintiffs suing the company over the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may address harm to individuals and businesses, but there is nothing in it that compensates the public for damage to its natural resources and environment, the Justice Department said Saturday.
Official: Mistakes led to burning of Qurans at base
March 4, 2012
A series of mistakes led to the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan and at least five American military personnel involved may face a disciplinary review over the issue, a Western official said Saturday.
Storms demolish small towns across South, Midwest
March 4, 2012
Across the South and Midwest, survivors emerged Saturday to find blue sky and splinters where homes once stood, cars flung into buildings and communications crippled after dozens of tornadoes chainsawed through a region of millions, leveling small towns along the way.
Iran trumps Palestinians as top U.S.-Israel issue
March 4, 2012
Peace talks with the Palestinians dominated President Barack Obama’s meeting last year with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but will barely warrant a mention at their White House session Monday or in speeches to a powerful pro-Israeli lobby. Iran is now the issue commanding urgent attention.
4 straight: Romney wins Washington GOP caucuses
March 4, 2012
Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state’s Republican presidential caucuses Saturday night, his fourth campaign triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to 10 Super Tuesday contests in all regions of the country.
City officials looking for flaws in police ticketing policies, system
March 4, 2012
A review of city policies is planned following a recent scandal in which a former Kansas University athletics official provided men’s basketball tickets to at least one police officer and also benefitted from the dismissal of speeding tickets.
Losing the meth war
With one-pot method, anyone with $30 can create the illegal drug, as well as the devastation it brings
March 4, 2012
Talk to people in law enforcement in southeast Kansas and they tell similar stories about an explosion of meth use and production in Kansas towns such as Parsons, Pittsburg, Independence, Caney and Coffeyville.
Ron Paul to speak at Lied Center on Friday, according to Facebook event
March 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave., on Kansas University’s campus, according to a Facebook event set up on Saturday.
West Middle School 8th-grader wins regional spelling bee
March 4, 2012
Two Lawrence middle-schoolers spelled their way to v-i-c-t-o-r-y in the Topeka Capital-Journal Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday.
Pump patrol
March 4, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Jayhawks desperate for win entering finale vs. Sooners
March 4, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s basketball meeting today at Oklahoma has more than the usual end-of-season urgency about it.
25 years ago: Commission field narrowed to six after city primary
March 4, 2012
In a fairly close race, Bob Schumm had won the most votes.
40 years ago: KU faculty object to sabbatical rules
March 4, 2012
Sabbatical criteria were being considered for review at Kansas University.
100 years ago: Oldest Kansan passes away at age 101
March 4, 2012
“He was able to battle against the privations of the western frontier and to live to see his dreams realized in the new State of Kansas.”
KU’s Kocon, Pille dominate as softball wins 15th in a row
12:00 a.m., March 4, 2012 Updated 10:40 a.m.
Kansas University senior Liz Kocon drove in four runs and became KU’s all-time RBI leader during a 4-0 victory over Wisconsin Saturday morning, and the Jayhawks were crowned champions of the Charleston Southern Tournament.
Fifty years ago, Hershey was magical
March 4, 2012 in print edition on B7
The smell of chocolate hung like some sweet cloud over Hershey, Pa. For a young kid, the drive into that town was like crossing the bridge into Willy Wonka’s factory.
Apology from Braun in order
March 4, 2012 in print edition on B2
One thing that’s always struck me about elite athletes is the great sense of entitlement many of them seem to have.
McIlroy closing in on golf’s No. 1 ranking
March 4, 2012 in print edition on B2
Rory McIlroy is one round away from No. 1 in the world. McIlroy made two big par saves Saturday on a windy back nine at PGA National and finished with a birdie from the bunker for a 4-under 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Harris English and Tom Gillis in the Honda Classic.
Saints case puts focus on bounties
March 4, 2012 in print edition on B2
The revelations were shocking and appalling to those outside the NFL: A team paid bounties to knock opponents out of the game, including some of football’s biggest stars.
Cheers, then tears: KU wins again on Senior Night
March 4, 2012
Another Kansas University basketball tradition lives on.
Seabury boys persevere, make 1A state field
March 4, 2012
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team is headed to state.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 4)
March 4, 2012 in print edition on B7
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University player fared in NBA games of March 3.
Kansas track team finishes regular season
March 4, 2012
The Kansas University track and field team finished its regular season Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
KU tennis loses first dual of 2012
March 4, 2012
The Kansas University tennis team lost its first dual of the season, 6-1 to North Texas on Saturday.
Seabury girls fall in sub-state final
March 4, 2012
Courtney Hoag scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and Alexa Gaumer had 16 points and seven assists, but Seabury’s girls basketball team fell to Waverly, 64-49, on Saturday night in a Class 1A sub-state final.
Kansas baseball loses to Louisiana despite Smith’s sensational day
March 4, 2012
Freshman Dakota Smith was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with a three-run home run, but the Kansas University baseball team couldn’t overcome an early deficit and lost, 8-6, to Louisiana on Saturday at the UTSA Classic.
Birth control
March 4, 2012
By opposing birth control you send out either of two messages. One is the old “be fruitful and multiply” message and bring as many children and more mouths to feed in to this world as possible. The other message would be to make sex strictly for reproducing more offspring. I am morally and religiously opposed to both messages, especially the latter.
Eating chicken raised to an art
March 4, 2012
Out in the country, the prospect of a chicken’s demise arouses little concern. Chicken mortality is commonplace, often brought about by ghastly means. Raccoons invade our chicken coup, leaving a wreckage of beheaded birds. Owls, hawks and even our own supposedly civilized dogs have committed barbaric acts upon these defenseless creatures. I must include myself in the roster of shame. I am known as “Chicken George” for my ability to devour vast quantities of fried chicken. But this sordid business is accepted as part of nature among us simple rural types.
Kovel’s Antiques: Sundials still have value as timepieces
March 4, 2012
A stick’s shadow, sundials, clocks, watches and wristwatches have all made it easier for a person to tell time.
Garden Calendar: Proper mulching give trees better chance at success
March 4, 2012
After driving by another row of mulch volcanoes, I decided it was time to spend a little more time talking about proper tree mulching. While mulch is good for trees, piling it against the tree’s trunk is not. The easiest way to describe proper tree mulching is to make mulch rings that look more like doughnuts than volcanoes.
Behind the Lens: Photographers sum up KU’s big win against Missouri in photos
March 4, 2012
Journal-World photographers Richard Gwin, Nick Krug and I all photographed the Kansas University basketball game against Missouri on Feb. 25.
Boomer Girl Diary: Not quite ready for a life of leisure
March 4, 2012
There was good and bad news this week.
Language needs
Kansas needs to put more emphasis on teaching foreign language in its K-12 public schools.
March 4, 2012
As the globe continues to shrink, the importance of learning about world cultures and languages continues to grow, and, according to a report received by the Kansas State Board of Education last month, Kansas is falling behind.
GCB’ neither good nor Christian
March 4, 2012
ABC sets out to replace the soon-to-exit “Desperate Housewives” with “GCB” (9 p.m.). This Dallas-based series will make the antics on Wisteria Lane look like “The Sorrow and the Pity” in comparison.
Horoscope for March 4
March 4, 2012
For Sunday, March 4: This year you see moments of negativity, but they will pass. Have confidence and trust yourself. Remain creative, open and willing to give 110 percent. You might be amazed by how well situations work out. Curb a tendency to overindulge. If you are single, it will be your choice to maintain that status. If you are attached, the two of you need to detach to get to the root of your issues before you can share.
Faith Forum: How much should religion play a part in politics?
March 4, 2012
The Rev. Peter A. Luckey and Barry Watts answer.
Funny man: Pickles creator keeps comic strip fresh after 22 years
March 4, 2012
One of the fastest growing comic strips in syndication is Brian Crane’s Pickles now in over 800 newspapers, including the Lawrence Journal-World. The strip depicts Earl and Opal Pickles and follows them as they navigate their twilight years with humor and grace.