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Archive for Friday, March 16, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback's Facebook page has been deluged by comments left by people critical of his stance on abortion. More than 1,000 comments were left Thursday. Brownback’s Facebook page swamped with posts critical of his anti-abortion stance
March 15, 2012
Brownback signed into law several anti-abortion measures last year.
10:00 a.m.
Sidney Ashton Garrett, who served as CEO of the local manufacturing company Brown Cargo Van Inc., died last summer at 65 after a brief fight against renal cancer. She left a trust fund worth nearly $904,000. Estate of Sidney Garrett, former CEO of Brown Cargo Van Inc., has benefited many
March 16, 2012
A Lawrence businesswoman who spent her life giving back to the Lawrence community left one final gift for several organizations she cared about the most.
2:00 p.m.
Rocco Landesman, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, left, takes a tour of the Lawrence Arts Center with director Susan Tate. After the tour, Landesman met with members of the LAC staff and area arts supporters as part of his nationwide Art Works tour. Visiting Kansas, National Endowment for the Arts chairman says arts are a core government function
March 15, 2012
The chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, in a visit to Lawrence on Thursday, made the case that the arts should be publicly funded, taking the opposite position of Kansas’ governor, who vetoed the state’s entire arts budget last May.
6:00 p.m.
Eli Gomez, a worker with JT Underground, uses a mini excavator to dig a trench for fiber optic cable south of Lawrence, in preparation for the widening of Highway 59 on Monday, March 12, 2012. U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Baldwin City on schedule
March 16, 2012
Drivers who take U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Baldwin City will have to wait until November before they’ll be able to pop over to a new, four-lane highway.
8:00 p.m.
The Jayhawks and head coach Bill Self look up with anticipation as they follow a half-court shot from a player at the end of practice on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Century Link Center in Omaha. Pay heed: Veteran Conner Teahan’s advice: Listen up
March 16, 2012
Conner Teahan, the only remaining Kansas University basketball player to clip the nets after the 2008 national title game, has shared with his 2011-12 teammates the secret to winning it all.

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Persistent higher gas prices would threaten economy
March 16, 2012
Inflation remains tame throughout the U.S. economy, with one big exception: gas prices.
Presidential candidates get boost from star power
March 16, 2012
No presidential candidate worth his chauffeured SUV has reached his personal zenith without this: celebrities to vouch for them. They are the glam and glitter of political campaigns, sure to turn even jaded political operatives into fawning celeb watchers.
‘This American Life’ retracts Apple story
March 16, 2012
The public radio program “This American Life” on Friday retracted a story about what a monologist said he found while investigating Apple operations in China, citing “numerous fabrications.”
Afghan massacre suspect identified, now at Leavenworth
10:58 p.m., March 16, 2012 Updated 11:57 p.m.
The soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghan villagers has arrived at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth.
Kan. House gives budget first-round approval
March 16, 2012
A proposed $14.1 billion budget for Kansas received first-round approval Friday from the state House after members decided to boost spending on mental health services and help public schools cover unanticipated costs.
Norfolk State (!) sends Tigers packing, 86-84
09:06 p.m., March 16, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The ink hadn’t even dried on the boxscore and already T-shirts were on sale on the official Norfolk State website: “This Was No Upset.”
Jet sparks curiosity
March 16, 2012
People on the Kansas University campus and in downtown Lawrence noticed a military jet fly low over Jayhawk Boulevard and Allen Fieldhouse Friday afternoon.
House approves measure aimed at KU Medical Center, abortions
March 16, 2012
The debate occurred just one day after the House Federal and State Affairs Committee approved a wide-ranging anti-abortion bill that included a provision sought by KU Medical Center.
Lawrence Chamber Orchestra readies for concert
06:23 p.m., March 16, 2012 Updated 02:43 p.m.
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra celebrates is 40th season with its annual Baroque by Candelight concert Sunday, March 25, at 7 at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
KU journalism professor wins Scripps Howard teacher of the year award
04:55 p.m., March 16, 2012 Updated 05:34 p.m.
A Kansas University associate professor of journalism has been honored as the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year.
Capital murder charge filed in Topeka girl’s death
March 16, 2012
A 28-year-old Topeka man has been charged with killing an 8-year-old neighbor girl whose family said she was sleeping when she was snatched from an apartment.
Woman injured in crash near Baldwin City
March 16, 2012
A 41-year-old Baldwin City woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday night after an accident north of Baldwin City.
Eudora woman, 29, enters no-contest plea in theft case
March 16, 2012
A 29-year-old Eudora woman, who was arrested in connection with a string of Eudora burglaries last summer, pleaded no contest Friday morning to child endangerment and theft, both misdemeanors.
Atchison man gets 15 days in jail for injuring Lawrence man
March 16, 2012
A 22-year-old Atchison man was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail for a June incident in which a Lawrence man was injured.
Abortion activist asks judge, not jury to try case
March 16, 2012
An abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor who was training to offer abortions wants a judge, not a jury, to decide her case.
Details emerge about US suspect in Afghan massacre
March 16, 2012
He is the suspect without a name, his identity as shadowed now as the night the Army says he slipped into a pair of slumbering Afghan villages and slaughtered 16 civilians whose safety was his assigned mission.
Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy
March 16, 2012
Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
Gun falls out of Topeka man’s pants when security removes him from bar
10:30 a.m., March 16, 2012 Updated 02:32 p.m.
A 27-year-old Topeka man was arrested early Friday morning after a gun fell out of his pants while he was being removed by security from the 23rd Street Roadhouse, 1003 E. 23rd St.
Town Talk: Lawrence home building off to best start in five years; another volley in the tennis court lighting debate; a St. Patrick’s Day tale about an old Irishman and 11th and R.I..
March 16, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Senate won’t vote on Kobach citizenship rule
10:23 a.m., March 16, 2012 Updated 11:39 a.m.
A key state senator is blocking a vote on Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s legislation requiring new Kansas voters to prove their U.S. citizenship ahead of this year’s presidential election.
Diluted drugs victims want civil suit reopened
March 16, 2012
Victims and some of their family members are asking a court to reopen civil cases filed against pharmaceutical companies whose drugs a pharmacist diluted in a fraud scheme.
House panel dismisses complaint against Democrat accused of misleading debate
March 16, 2012
A House investigative panel has dismissed a complaint against a Wichita Democrat.
Charges not yet filed in Topeka girl’s death
March 16, 2012
The Shawnee Co. District Attorney’s Office is considering what charges to file in the death of an 8-year-old Topeka girl.
Kansans destroyed more than 5 tons of documents during National Consumer Protection Week
March 16, 2012
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Kansans destroyed more than 5 tons of personal documents during National Consumer Protection Week last week.
Afghan shooting suspect to be brought to Fort Leavenworth
March 16, 2012
A senior defense official says the U.S. soldier accused in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians is expected to be flown to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as early as Friday.
Attempted burglary leads to arrest early Friday
March 16, 2012
Lawrence police responded to a call early Friday about a man threatening another man with a gun through the window of an apartment in the 2900 block of West Seventh Street.
Male flies deprived of sex go for booze
March 16, 2012
Guys, when your sweetheart says “No thanks” to sex, do you knock back a few stiff drinks to feel better? Turns out fruit flies do pretty much the same thing.
Iran cut off from global financial system
March 16, 2012
Dozens of Iranian banks were blocked from doing business with much of the world as the West tightens the financial screws on a country it wants to prevent from developing nuclear weapons.
In Afghanistan, Taliban talks off; Karzai tells NATO to pull back
March 16, 2012
The American campaign in Afghanistan suffered a double blow Thursday: The Taliban broke off talks with the U.S., and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces nationwide in the wake of the killing of 16 civilians.
Pump Patrol
March 16, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.77 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
7-year sentence given for bath salts
March 16, 2012
A federal judge in Nebraska on Thursday sentenced a Lawrence man to serve more than seven years in federal prison for possessing a form of a synthetic drug often called “bath salts.”
Probation granted in battery case
March 16, 2012
A Douglas County judge agreed Thursday to allow a 55-year-old Lawrence man to serve 18 months on probation for a 2011 incident in which he was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl.
Military school seeks gag order in abuse lawsuit
March 16, 2012
After settling nine previous abuse lawsuits in recent years, a Kansas military school asked a federal judge Thursday to bar parents and others involved in the latest such litigation from publicly talking about the case.
U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Baldwin City on schedule
March 16, 2012
Drivers who take U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Baldwin City will have to wait until November before they’ll be able to pop over to a new, four-lane highway.
Estate of Sidney Garrett, former CEO of Brown Cargo Van Inc., has benefited many
March 16, 2012
A Lawrence businesswoman who spent her life giving back to the Lawrence community left one final gift for several organizations she cared about the most.
Heard on the Hill: Students say no to dorm room privacy policy change; KSU hires first member of prestigious National Academies; lectures to focus on Arab Spring
March 16, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Weekend entertainment options, 1980s-style
March 16, 2012
At Fantasyland roller rink, two dollars for admission also included skate rental.
40 years ago: No forced busing in Lawrence schools
March 16, 2012
Earlier this week, President Nixon had urged the halt of all forced busing in the U.S.
100 years ago: Canadian museum receives gift of fossils from Kansas, Wyoming
March 16, 2012
“The fossils are among the most valuable ever found.”
Tight end Boss joining Chiefs
March 16, 2012 in print edition on A2
Tight end Kevin Boss has agreed on a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
K.C. signs SS Escobar to four-year extension
March 16, 2012 in print edition on A2
The Kansas City Royals have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a $10.5 million, four-year contract extension that includes two option years that could drive the value to $21.75 million.
Hosmer, Cain boost Royals
March 16, 2012 in print edition on A2
Eric Hosmer delivered a key hit during Kansas City’s rally, and Lorenzo Cain launched a drive that finished Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley.
Lions 2nd, FSHS 3rd in swimming at Emporia
March 16, 2012
Lawrence High placed second and Free State High third in the season-opening eight-team Emporia Swimming and Diving Invitational on Thursday at EHS.
LHS girls track wins, boys 2nd at Topeka West
March 16, 2012
Monica Howard finished first in the high jump and javelin, and Lawrence High’s girls track team won its season-opening quadrangular Thursday at Topeka West.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 16)
March 16, 2012 in print edition on A2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 15.
Indiana State baseball tops KU
March 16, 2012
Kansas University managed just one run off six hits in a 2-1 college baseball loss to Indiana State in the first game of the Irish Baseball Classic on Thursday. James Stanfield had three of KU’s hits.
Report: Irish TE to transfer to Kansas
March 16, 2012
Thanks to a report from the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, we now know the identity of at least one of the transfers that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis talked about back on signing day in February.
KU plays waiting game
March 16, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball players will have a lot of time to kill before today’s 8:57 p.m. tipoff against Detroit in Century Link Center.
Two Jayhawks get All-Region nods
March 16, 2012
The good news keeps rolling in for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Titans ‘flying high’
March 16, 2012
Detroit Mercy point guard Ray McCallum Jr., the coach’s son, brings the leadership qualities and basketball instincts stereotypical of a coach’s son. He also brings so much leaping ability he placed second in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American dunking competition. The winner? Josh Selby. The name rings a vague, almost silent, bell, but I can’t quite place him.
Big man meant no disrespect
March 16, 2012
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that University of Detroit Mercy big man Eli Holman made a somewhat shocking statement about Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson after learning that the 15th-seeded Titans would face No. 2 seed Kansas at 8:57 tonight in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Pay heed: Veteran Conner Teahan’s advice: Listen up
March 16, 2012
Conner Teahan, the only remaining Kansas University basketball player to clip the nets after the 2008 national title game, has shared with his 2011-12 teammates the secret to winning it all.
Travis Releford keeping eye on baby brother
March 16, 2012
A little before 1 p.m. today, eight hours before the Kansas University men’s basketball team hits the floor to take on 15th-seeded Detroit in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, KU junior Travis Releford figures to have his eye on the Midwest region’s 8-9 game in Greensboro, N.C.
Heavy-handed
March 16, 2012
I am writing to express my extreme opposition to the actions the city is apparently planning to take against the property at 1106 R.I.
Tax support
March 16, 2012
I can understand people’s objection to abortion on religious or moral grounds, and I understand the rationale for not using any of their tax monies or other of their funds to support abortion or, indeed, contraception.
Missed opportunity
March 16, 2012
According to Bill Boyer (Public Forum, March 14), President Obama’s decision to have his children baptized by his pastor was a tacit endorsement of that person’s political views.
Worth the risk
March 16, 2012
I see from the March 13 Journal-World that the Brownback administration is concerned about possible fraud in the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and Budget Director Steve Anderson states “…we have no way of making sure, for example, that a single mother is spending that on needs for her children.”
Preventive golf
March 16, 2012
I participate in an activity that I think is equivalent to Sandra Fluke’s favorite activity, and it ain’t studying the law.
Library future
The Lawrence Public Library’s new director seems to have the right experience and outlook to guide the library to a vibrant future.
March 16, 2012
Brad Allen, the new director of the Lawrence Public Library, comes to town as the library is about to undergo a $19 million expansion and just in time to have an impact on some key decisions about that project.
Incidents don’t alter Afghan strategy
March 16, 2012 in print edition on A8
Human beings sometimes crack, as the U.S. Army staff sergeant did at 3 a.m. last Sunday when he left his base outside Kandahar and began killing Afghan civilians in an apparent spasm of rage and frustration. But nations shouldn’t crack. Even under the stress of a war that some days seems to be going horribly wrong, nations should move carefully so they don’t leave more chaos and dead bodies in their wake.
Horoscopes for March 16
March 16, 2012
This year you visualize and, for the most part, manifest your desires. Make sure you really want what you wish for; otherwise, there could be a problem. If you are single, you could be dating a lot and could meet someone special in the next six months. If you are attached, as a couple you need to visualize a long-term goal.
‘In Plain Sight’ spends final season in the mommy zone
March 16, 2012
The hand that rocks the cradle has her finger on the trigger. Heavily armed mothers appear to be a trend. Ashley Judd went into action-hero mode Thursday night when her son went “Missing” on ABC. Friday night’s “In Plain Sight” (9 p.m., USA) returns with a mother sporting even more firepower.