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KU women make NCAA Tournament as 11 seed, will face sixth-seeded Nebraska in first round Sunday
06:33 p.m., March 12, 2012 Updated 09:39 p.m.
The Kansas women’s basketball team was selected as a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the first round in Little Rock, Arkansas.
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ contains more than tax issues
March 12, 2012
The anti-abortion group Kansans for Life says the bill strengthens civil rights for the unborn and increases crucial information given to women who are thinking of getting an abortion. But Kari Ann Rinker, the Kansas coordinator of the National Organization for Women, calls the 68-page measure “the most sweeping anti-abortion bill in the nation.”
Jayhawks add mammoth offensive lineman to 2012 recruiting class
March 12, 2012
Nearly six weeks after national signing day, the Kansas University football program continues to add prospects to its 2012 recruiting class. KU officials announced Monday the addition of junior-college offensive lineman, Aslam Sterling, a 6-foot-5, 360-pound tackle from Nassau Community College in New York.
Judge orders 22-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial in connection with police standoff
03:05 p.m., March 12, 2012 Updated 10:01 a.m.
A Douglas County judge on Monday ordered a 22-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial on a charge of attempted aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer related to a Nov. 29 standoff with police.
City considers fate of Packard graveyard in middle of Lawrence
March 12, 2012
The Packard brand of automobiles has been extinct since the mid-1950s, and now Lawrence city commissioners are being asked to put an end to perhaps their largest Lawrence resting grounds as well.
KU wins the Academic Performance Tournament national championship
March 12, 2012
Kansas University grasped top honors in the website Inside Higher Ed’s annual Academic Performance Tournament, which uses teams’ graduation rates and academic performance to determine a winner.
Kansas House OKs changes to concealed carry law
March 12, 2012
Concealed carry permit holders in Kansas would be allowed to carry their weapons in more places under a bill heading to the Senate.
Two-vehicle accident on Farmers’ Turnpike sends 2 to Lawrence Memorial Hospital
01:36 p.m., March 12, 2012 Updated 03:27 p.m.
A Lecompton woman and a Topeka man were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday morning after a two-vehicle accident northwest of Lawrence on North 1800 Road, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike.
Lawrence tops the country in sports jobs LQ — location quotient
March 12, 2012
As Lawrence and the Kansas University community brace for another March Madness run, it’s clear sports — especially college basketball — play a prominent role here.
Legislation on track to get dinner train
12:22 p.m., March 12, 2012 Updated 02:55 p.m.
The Elkhorn Valley Railcar Co. in Nebraska, which operates a dinner train, wants to use the Midland Railway in Baldwin City to operate a restaurant, Gregory said.
Kansas House approves property tax measure
March 12, 2012
House members have approved a measure that provides Kansas cities and counties with $90 million property tax relief while requiring public notification when property valuations increase.
Mother of two urges legislators to reject Brownback plan to eliminate EITC
March 12, 2012
Brownback’s plan to reduce income tax rates and slash business taxes includes eliminating numerous deductions and credits, including the state portion of the EITC. The House Republican leadership tax plan would cut the credit by half.
National Endowment for the Arts chairman to visit Lawrence for Art Works tour
March 12, 2012
The chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Lawrence on Thursday as part of his nationwide Art Works tour.
Material shortage causes furloughs at Hawker
March 12, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft is furloughing employees because of a shortage of materials on two composite jets.
Repairs to delay traffic on NE Kansas bridge
March 12, 2012
Motorists who depend on the Centennial Bridge connecting Leavenworth in northeastern Kansas and Platte County in Missouri can expect weeks of delays while crews carry out repairs.
Officials optimistic about Kansas economy
March 12, 2012
Kansas policymakers say they sense that the state’s economy is on the mend.
Wichita grocery owner faces sentencing in food stamp
March 12, 2012
A Wichita grocery store owner faces sentencing Monday in a food stamp conspiracy that targeted poor people willing to sell their benefits for cash.
Kansas House delays debate on GOP plan for tax cuts
10:09 a.m., March 12, 2012 Updated 01:38 p.m.
The Kansas House has delayed debate on a bill that would cut the state’s sales and income taxes in what supporters see as a push for economic growth.
Town Talk: Dog treat bakery and art boutique coming to downtown; housing development seeking to cut back on sidewalk requirement; land transfers for the week
March 12, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending March 5, 2012
March 12, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds office for the week ending March 5, 2012.
NATO detains US solider for allegedly murdering 16 Afghan villagers
Shootings complicate mission
March 12, 2012
After NATO detained a U.S. soldier Sunday for allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats alike pointed to the stress on troops after years of fighting and reiterated calls to leave by the end of 2014 as promised, if not sooner.
Statehouse Live: Santorum wins, but Kansas Democrats criticize Romney
March 12, 2012
In the Kansas GOP caucus, Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, got 51.2 percent of the votes, while Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, received 20.9 percent. Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich got 14.4 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, 12.6 percent.
Pro wrestlers act out Good vs. Bad melodrama monthly at a ring near you
March 12, 2012
Inside the Turner Recreation Center in Kansas City, Kan., 250 rowdy fans wait for this cast of characters to emerge from behind the curtain. Fans will be treated to three hours of humor, choreographed violence, loud thuds, hair pulling and loosely scripted conspiracy theories. In other words, a typical Saturday night in Metro Pro Wrestling.
Mother, 3 children die in western Kansas fire
March 12, 2012
A house fire in a small western Kansas town has killed a mother and her three children.
Pell Grant use surges at JUCOs
March 12, 2012
A study of Kansas community colleges shows the number of students receiving federal financial aid jumped dramatically as the nation struggled to recover from the recession.
2012 queen o’ the green is crowned
March 12, 2012
On the northeastern edge of town, a 25-year tradition took place yet again: A queen was chosen for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Lawrence middle school students do well at regional competition of Model U.N.
March 12, 2012
For the fourth straight year, South Middle School placed first in the Model United Nations competition in Topeka.
Heard on the Hill: Engineering dean makes visit to LSU; one more chance for KU-MU before Tigers leave for SEC; Santorum’s Kansas success no surprise to KU politico
March 12, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
March 12, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Kansas women will learn fate tonight
March 12, 2012
It seems clear that the cases for and against Kansas University’s women’s basketball team being included in the NCAA Tournament field are pretty equal.
KU rowing rolls over Creighton
March 12, 2012
Kansas University’s rowing team swept Creighton in the final four races Sunday at the Oklahoma Invite.
Kansas tennis falls to Oklahoma State
March 12, 2012
Freshman Maria Belen Ludueña claimed Kansas University’s only singles victory in a 6-1 Big 12 tennis loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Katy Nugent paces KU to golf victory
March 12, 2012
Katy Nugent tied the tournament single-round record with a 3-under 68 and placed second overall, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team won the Rio Verde Invitational on Sunday.
Jayhawk softball runs streak to 20
March 12, 2012
Twenty consecutive victories, four consecutive tournament titles … Kansas University’s softball team put together quite a nonconference season.
LHS grad Dorian Green relishes berth
March 12, 2012
For former Lawrence High standout Dorian Green, the dream run continues.
Uh-oh, Sully: Detroit it is
March 12, 2012
Remember column subject Sully, the guy with a Jayhawk tattooed on each shoulder? He was the guy who thought Turner Gill should start Christian Matthews in the final Border War football game and was proven right when Kansas moved the football better when Matthews was under center. Then Matthews inexplicably was removed from the game, at which point everything stalled.
‘Bachelor’ appeal wilts
March 12, 2012
For those who haven’t been paying attention: “The Bachelor” (7 p.m., ABC) ends its 10th year and 16th season tonight. While I’ve assiduously avoided such matters, I’m dimly aware that some guy who was jilted in a previous incarnation of the show has returned on a new “journey,” and some woman named Courtney has behaved atrociously. That’s as much time and effort as I want to devote to this endeavor.
Top Titan familiar with KU
Jayhawks among big-name schools that wooed Ray McCallum
March 12, 2012
Throughout the years, very few opposing coaches who faced Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament have gotten the kind of look at KU’s program that University of Detroit Mercy coach Ray McCallum received a little more than two years ago.
It takes two: Kansas draws Detroit in Omaha, Neb.
March 12, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Sunday told his players to not expect a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. “We blew that by not performing better in Kansas City,” Self said of his pre-barbecue dinner message to the Jayhawks (27-6).
Horoscope for March 12
March 12, 2012
For Monday, March 12: This year emphasizes communication. When you sense that an interaction might be off, detach and look at what the other person might really mean. If you are attached, learn not to take everything your partner says personally. If you are single, others find you very attractive; however, getting a relationship to go beyond dating could be challenging.
Hosmer homers in Royals’ loss to A’s
March 12, 2012 in print edition on B2
After a strong debut, Yoenis Cespedes struggled in his second spring game in the majors.
Rose wins at Doral; injury shelves Woods
March 12, 2012 in print edition on B2
On a day of endless drama at Doral, Justin Rose won his first World Golf Championship standing on the practice range.
Stewart’s gamble pays in Vegas
March 12, 2012 in print edition on B2
Timing the restart perfectly, Tony Stewart dove to the edge of the apron and ducked under the two cars in front of him.
March 12, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 9, 2012.
Involve parents
March 12, 2012
I recently stated it is inappropriate to present young children information about anatomy and sexual development in public classrooms.
A political ploy
March 12, 2012
I wish to respond to Scott Burkhart’s letter of March 7. Mr. Burkhart gives voice to the latest culture war salvo of the Republican Party, decrying the proposed contraceptive mandate as an attack on religious freedom, particularly the Catholic Church.
Another option
March 12, 2012
I am beginning to feel sorry for the pasty-faced white Republican men who believe they have the right to restrict access to women’s contraceptives.
Family planning
March 12, 2012
To the editor: When Craig Tucker writes in his March 4 letter that every Catholic he knows practices birth control, was he referring to natural family planning or the use of contraceptive devices?
Meth battle
State lawmakers should look again at making a drug essential to methamphetamine production even harder to buy.
March 12, 2012
A recent Journal-World story explored the explosion of methamphetamine use in four rural counties in southeast Kansas. Law enforcement officials attribute the rise in meth use to new, easier ways to make the drug, known as the “one-pot” or “shake and bake” method.
March 12, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 9, 2012.
25 years ago: KU athletes to continue early-enrollment privilege
March 12, 2012
The KU University Council had voted that student athletes would continue to be able to enroll before other students.
100 years ago: Snowstorm stalls trains, but rural mail carriers make it through
March 12, 2012
“The rural mail-carrier must have no fears of any snow-banks, mud holes, wind-storms, blizzards or sunstrokes.”
40 years ago: Anyone missing a goat?
March 12, 2012
At about midnight, Lawrence police had received a call about a “large dog” walking down the middle of the road.
Keep your aging cat feeling young
March 12, 2012
Did you know that cats are considered senior citizens at the age of 11? But getting older doesn’t mean that they have to lose their spark.
Teach kids money lessons in everyday settings
March 12, 2012
From the time children drop their first few coins into a piggy bank, they are ready to learn about setting savings goals and making smart spending decisions. The experts say the sooner parents start imparting these lessons, the more effective they will be in helping children grow into financially responsible young adults. The trick is to take advantage of teachable “money moments” that happen every day — such as when you go to the bank or the grocery store — to help children understand complex concepts in kid-friendly terms.
For a quick room makeover, look to lighting solutions
March 12, 2012
Ever wonder how designers make the rooms you see in magazines look so good? From fresh and airy to intimate and cozy, lighting sets the tone of a room.
Fix-It Chick: Give exposed wood a fresh start by removing stains
March 12, 2012
Black water marks and other dark stains can be removed from wood using oxalic acid. Black stains form when the natural tannic acid in wood comes in contact with moisture and iron. Since most water contains trace amounts of iron, tannin stains are a common problem in exposed wood.
Recognize when you’re stressed
March 12, 2012
If you feel irritable, have a hard time concentrating, have low energy or a hard time sleeping, you could be showing signs of stress.
Everyday Life: The only thing we have to fear …
March 12, 2012
On Feb. 7, the political activist and philosopher Angela Davis spoke at Kansas University. Toward the end of her speech she talked about abolishing prisons, and I thought: If we close the prisons, how will we protect ourselves from the bad people?
Spring break daycations
You don’t have to go far for a trip that will entertain the kids
March 12, 2012
It’s that time of year again: spring break. Your kids have been infected with the dreaded “there’s-nothing-to-do-itis” instead of spring fever. As you listen to them whining the “nothing to do” chorus while simultaneously fighting over a Nintendo Wii game, you realize suddenly that you’ve all got to get out of the house or you’ll go mad.
Mushrooms grown as packing material
March 12, 2012
Turns out that mushrooms — great in soups and salads — also make decent packaging material. Mushrooms are a key ingredient in the pale, soft blocks produced by the thousands in an upstate New York plant that are used to cushion products ranging from Dell Inc. servers to furniture for Crate and Barrel.
Cupcake ATM dangerous for dieters
March 12, 2012
Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills bakery that helped inspire the craze for sweet frosting in snack-size portions, will launch a cupcake-dispensing machine at its flagship store.
Love of reading starts early and can be encouraged
March 12, 2012
For parents with young children, it’s often hard to know when to start reading to your child, or teaching them colors and numbers. But the act of reading to even very young children can soothe them and lead them to love story time and enjoy reading for themselves as they grow.
Pressure tactics could work in Iran
March 12, 2012 in print edition on A8
At the end of another week of near-constant talk about war with Iran, here’s one counterintuitive possibility: The Obama administration, in its eagerness to deter an Israeli strike, has committed itself to a pressure campaign that, if pursued vigorously, could eventually lead to regime change in Iran.
Double Take: Teen worries mom is bipolar
March 12, 2012
Basically, I think my mom might be bipolar. She goes through these mood swings, VERY happy to VERY angry in a matter of minutes.
River City Jules: Driveway becomes lab at science fair time
March 12, 2012
My friend Jean pulled into our driveway, laughing as my son shot orange soda out of its bottle all over the garage door. “Science experiment?” she asked. “Yes,” I replied, looking back to our house at what my life had become.
Book review: ‘Adventures of Beanboy’ pleases superhero fans
March 12, 2012
In “The Adventures of Beanboy” by Tonganoxie author Lisa Harkrader, a seventh-grader named Tucker MacBean enters a comic book contest that has a college scholarship as the prize.