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Archive for Sunday, March 18, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
The 25th annual St. Patrick's Day parade included 162 floats on Saturday March 17, 2012. The Sandbar float, which won first place, was one of the last floats up Massachusetts Street. Creativity on parade for St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2012
The Lawrence sky was a little gloomy Saturday morning as the community prepared for the 25th annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
10:00 a.m.
Bubba Crook services an oil well near Vinland so that it can start producing. With crude oil $100 a barrel, there is a lot of activity in the local oil patch. Oil patch near Vinland sees boon with increase in crude prices
March 18, 2012
Of the 12 oil wells in view on a recent Friday morning from the top of a small hill east of Vinland, only six were bobbing up and down, pumping crude from a sandstone layer perhaps 600 feet below the surface.
2:00 p.m.
K2 is a legal, smokable herbal mixture with chemical properties similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy said. K3 is a new drug that is legal because its compounds have been altered from what was found in K2. Ban aimed at drug K2 extended by Drug Enforcement Administration
March 18, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration has extended a ban for six months on five chemicals found in the smokeable herbal blend known as “K2” or “Spice.”
6:00 p.m.
Players scour over their bingo cards during a game of bingo held Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the American Legion post, 3408 W. Sixth Street. Bingo has charms over casino gambling
March 18, 2012
The loosening of the state’s casino laws has made it easier than ever to test the axiom that “money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” But for decades it wasn’t so easy. If you wanted to gamble in Kansas — legally, anyway — there was basically only one way to do it. And (apologies in advance) bingo was its name-o.
10:45 p.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor can't get to a three by Purdue forward Robbie Hummel during the first half on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. FINAL: KU overcomes 10-point, second-half deficit, defeats Purdue, 63-60
March 18, 2012
Elijah Johnson put in a breakaway dunk with 23 seconds to give KU the lead, and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Ryne Smith missed late threes for the lead and tie as the Kansas men’s basketball team defeated Purdue, 63-60, on Sunday night in the Round of 32 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

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FINAL: KU overcomes 10-point, second-half deficit, defeats Purdue, 63-60
March 18, 2012
Elijah Johnson put in a breakaway dunk with 23 seconds to give KU the lead, and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Ryne Smith missed late threes for the lead and tie as the Kansas men’s basketball team defeated Purdue, 63-60, on Sunday night in the Round of 32 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Kansas women knock off Nebraska in first round
09:25 p.m., March 18, 2012 Updated 12:54 a.m.
In its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2000, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team knocked off Nebraska in the first round Sunday night, 57-49, at Jack Stephens Center.
Former KU linebacker Banks Floodman released from hospital after suffering facial injuries in March 9 altercation in Kansas City, Mo.
March 18, 2012
Kansas University officials confirmed Sunday that former KU football player Banks Floodman, currently a fund-raiser for KU’s Williams Fund, was involved in an altercation in Kansas City, Mo., following the Big 12 Tournament games on March 9.
One transported by helicopter after two-vehicle accident at 25th and Iowa streets
04:05 p.m., March 18, 2012 Updated 04:38 p.m.
One person was transported to Kansas University Medical Center by helicopter following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 25th and Iowa streets Sunday at about 3:30 p.m.
Rock Chalk Mass: Omaha priest shares KU allegiance with his church, congregation
March 18, 2012
They say it takes a little luck to get through March Madness and into the Final Four. But there’s a man at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in north Omaha who believes a little holy devotion can help, too.
Invisibility deadly to teen
March 18, 2012 in print edition on B8
They do not see you. For every African American, it comes as surely as hard times, setback and tears, that moment when you realize somebody is looking right at you and yet, not seeing you — as if you had become cellophane, as if you had become air, as if somehow, some way, you were right there and yet at the same time, not.
Oil patch near Vinland sees boon with increase in crude prices
March 18, 2012
Of the 12 oil wells in view on a recent Friday morning from the top of a small hill east of Vinland, only six were bobbing up and down, pumping crude from a sandstone layer perhaps 600 feet below the surface.
Ban aimed at drug K2 extended by Drug Enforcement Administration
March 18, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration has extended a ban for six months on five chemicals found in the smokeable herbal blend known as “K2” or “Spice.”
Bingo has charms over casino gambling
March 18, 2012
The loosening of the state’s casino laws has made it easier than ever to test the axiom that “money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” But for decades it wasn’t so easy. If you wanted to gamble in Kansas — legally, anyway — there was basically only one way to do it. And (apologies in advance) bingo was its name-o.
Missouri caucuses marked by contention, with no clear victor yet
March 18, 2012
Missouri Republicans met in more than 100 counties Saturday to begin picking their presidential nominee at party caucuses marked in some places by crowded rooms, loud disagreements — and no clear victor.
Romney, Santorum head to Illinois
March 18, 2012
Looking toward the critical primary in Illinois, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney wrapped up a shortened campaign trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday as he prepared for more tough contests against chief rival Rick Santorum.
Pilot project seeks better tornado, storm warnings
March 18, 2012
When weather radios start sounding warnings in the Wichita area this spring, the computerized voice nicknamed Chance Storms won’t just alert listeners to severe thunderstorms or tornado warnings. He’ll tell people how bad the storm will be and what type of damage to expect.
Pope of Coptic Christian Church dies
March 18, 2012
Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt’s Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. He was 88.
Occupy protest anniversary ends with police sweep
March 18, 2012
Chanting and cheering down Wall Street on Saturday to mark six months since the birth of the Occupy movement, some protesters applauded the Goldman Sachs employee who days ago gave the firm a public drubbing, echoing the movement’s indictment of a financial system demonstrators say is fueled by reckless greed.
25 years ago: Local horses and their riders receive prestigious honors
March 18, 2012
Mrs. Miller, who had gotten her first horse when she was 43, had founded the Stable of Joy.
40 years ago: Governor signs first state ‘open meetings’ bill into law
March 18, 2012
Gov. Robert Docking today signed into law two so-called “open meetings” bills.
Missouri’s failure shocking
March 18, 2012 in print edition on A2
In the bowels of the CenturyLink Center, separated by barely 20 paces and a thin wall of cinder block, the agony and ecstasy of March Madness was unfolding in all its vivid, joyful and cruel excess.
Kansas-Missouri softball postponed
March 18, 2012
The second softball game between Kansas University and Missouri was postponed Saturday because of severe weather.
KU tennis wins, 4-3, vs. Houston
March 18, 2012
Kansas University’s tennis team edged Houston, 4-3 in dual competition on Saturday.
Kansas golf ends 15th at tourney
March 18, 2012
Kansas University’s men’s golf team finished 15th out of 16 teams on Saturday at the Border Olympics.
KU baseball gives up early lead, loses to Houston Baptist, 7-4
March 18, 2012
Houston Baptist took down Kansas University’s baseball team, 7-4, on Saturday at the Irish Baseball Classic.
Free State baseball falls, 11-1, in opener
March 18, 2012
The Free State High baseball team’s season got off to a bumpy start with an 11-1, six-inning loss at Blue Valley Northwest Saturday afternoon.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 18)
March 18, 2012 in print edition on A10
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 17.
Robbie Hummel has KU’s respect
March 18, 2012
For Purdue senior Robbie Hummel, the road to Omaha has been about much more than putting together a solid season and helping the Boilermakers overcome a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten to get into the NCAA Tournament.
Purdue dishes on big men
Boilermakers compare Jared Sullinger, Thomas Robinson
March 18, 2012
When Kansas University’s men’s basketball team knocked off second-ranked Ohio State in December at Allen Fieldhouse, an injury to OSU big man Jared Sullinger forced KU power forward Thomas Robinson to miss out on an opportunity to size up his game against one of the best big men in the country. With KU’s next NCAA Tournament opponent having faced Sullinger twice this season, a few of the Purdue University players on Saturday served as the de facto experts on comparing and contrasting the skills of the two.
Cramping Tyshawn Taylor ‘fine’
T-Rob turns 21, celebrates with ‘pillow, bed’
March 18, 2012
Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor sipped on orange Gatorade as he chatted with reporters in a CenturyLink Center hallway Saturday afternoon. He has been drinking lots of fluids to make sure he doesn’t have a recurrence of leg cramps that limited him to 23 minutes in Friday’s 65-50 victory over Detroit.
Kevin Young, bench might be needed
March 18, 2012
Word spread all the way here that back home in Lawrence people were so fired up about Missouri getting knocked out of the NCAA Tournament the city decided to hold a downtown parade Saturday and encouraged everyone to wear the color of the school that bounced the Tigers.
Elijah Johnson over ’due: Guard knows all about Boilermakers
March 18, 2012
Elijah Johnson, who was born and raised in Gary, Ind., moved to Las Vegas when he was in the eighth grade. As part Hoosier/part Sin Citian, he knows all about Purdue — the Big Ten school that will take on Kansas University in an NCAA Tournament game at 7:40 p.m. today in CenturyLink Center.
Aging, SRS plan
March 18, 2012
Members of the Kansas Legislature are considering an important and far-reaching vote.
KU women familiar with first foe
March 18, 2012
It didn’t take Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson long to allow the excitement surrounding the Jayhawks’ first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000 to morph into apprehension about the team’s first-round opponent.
Move on
March 18, 2012
It’s time for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to accept the Jan. 1, 2013, effective date for a new law that will require Kansans to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
March 18, 2012
Road work planned for the week of March 18.
Kovel’s Antiques: Names can have many interpretations
March 18, 2012
Seeking information about antiques and collectibles sometimes can be difficult because so many terms have more than one meaning.
Garden Calendar: Fair can help you master your garden
March 18, 2012
This coming Saturday is the day to get all of your burning gardening questions answered by attending the Douglas County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Fair. The fair is a come-and-go event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 21 on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. Admission is free.
Boomer Girl Diary: The secret to getting a good night’s sleep
March 18, 2012
I’ve got a little secret, and I’m hesitant to reveal it to you.
Behind the Lens: Photographing wildlife can be unpredictable
March 18, 2012
With the approach of spring, area wildlife are beginning their seasonal mating rituals.
Lawrence Arts Center auction funds exhibitions that bring community, artists together
March 18, 2012
The Lawrence Arts Center will hold one of its largest annual visual arts events, the Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Auction, on Saturday, April 14.
Documents reveal bin Laden plots
March 18, 2012 in print edition on B9
Before his death, Osama bin Laden boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.
100 years ago: KU student jumps into freezing Kaw on a bet
March 18, 2012
“Williams has spent much of his life in Canada and has become fearless of cold weather.”
Horoscope for March 18
March 18, 2012
For Sunday, March 18: This year a lot goes on behind closed doors. The less said, the better. If you are single, check out anyone you meet with care. Do not assume that someone is the person he or she claims to be. If you are attached, spend more time alone as a couple.
‘Frozen Planet’ shows some cold truths
March 18, 2012
A day after the year’s greenest day, Discovery Channel celebrates basic white with the launch of the seven-part epic documentary series “Frozen Planet” (7 p.m.).
Faith Forum: Is it wrong to pray for your favorite basketball team to win during March Madness?
March 18, 2012
The Rev. Jeff Barclay and the Rev. Mitch Todd answer.