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Archive for Monday, March 19, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor goes wild after a three by teammate Elijah Johnson, left, put the Jayhawks up by one for their first lead of the game against Purdue during the second half on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Elijah Johnson comes up big for KU
March 19, 2012
In the final 3:12 of KU’s 63-60 victory against Purdue, which advanced the Jayhawks to a Sweet 16 match-up against North Carolina State, Johnson sensed somebody had to make things happen, and he didn’t see any reason not to be that somebody.
11:00 a.m.
Father Tom Fangman claps during Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Omaha, Neb. Fangman is a 1985 Kansas University graduate and joins in the Rock Chalk chant during certain Masses at his parish. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Pediatrician Anne Van Garsse, left, and dietitian Shannon Jones are pictured in an examination room March 6 at their clinic, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a weight loss clinic for overweight children and teens, 346 Maine. The two opened the clinic last July. BMI busters: Pediatrician, dietitian start children’s weight loss clinic
March 19, 2012
Sudden inspiration hit pediatrician Anne Van Garsse last year while she was strolling through a local department store. Van Garsse, who has been practicing in Lawrence for 10 years, wanted to help families struggling with obesity. She called a friend, dietitian Shannon Jones, and the two joined forces to start a pediatric and adolescent weight management clinic.
10:00 p.m.
Jody Steiner, right, helps Eudora resident Peggy Brizendine check out while Velma Jahn, Eudora, browses through clothes during a garage sale at 3018 Harper St. on Saturday, March 10, 2012. A buyer’s and seller’s guide to garage sales
March 19, 2012
Kristen Hayes normally plans ahead a little bit more when she holds garage sales. Earlier this month, though, her garage sale was spur-of-the-moment. She was driving home from work on a Friday afternoon and saw garage sale signs posted up in her neighborhood. As a mother of young children, she said she is always ready for a garage sale. The weather was beautiful, so she went for it.

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Power outage reported in southwest Lawrence
08:20 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 12:16 a.m.
A power outage has been reported in southwest Lawrence.
City Hall in volley between players, neighbors over tennis court lights
March 19, 2012
Taller poles, a bigger budget, but some of the same old concerns: That’s the latest scorecard when it comes to the controversial topic of adding lights to tennis courts near Lawrence High.
House gives preliminary OK to KPERS change for future hires
March 19, 2012
Under the measure, teachers and other government employees hired after Jan. 1, 2014 would no longer participate in the current defined benefit plan that is based on salary and years of service.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade float awards
04:29 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 12:33 a.m.
Delisa Drewes, a longtime St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee member, said this year’s parade drew 162 entries. Some of those entries received awards in the annual float contest.
Junction City asks state help on debt load
March 19, 2012
Junction City officials responsible for pulling the military town away from clutches of bankruptcy are depending on Gov. Sam Brownback to sign a bill delivering a five-year extension of elevated municipal debt limits.
Kansas government ranks in top 10 in transparency
March 19, 2012
Kansas ranks among the top 10 states in a study of government transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms.
Statehouse Live: Kansas University law professor to help states fight Affordable Care Act before U.S. Supreme Court
March 19, 2012
Schmidt said the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama, represented an “unprecedented federal power grab.” Supporters say it provides a number of consumer protections and will increase the availability and affordability of health insurance.
KU spirit squad, band members help save trapped man before NCAA women’s tournament game
01:55 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 10:04 p.m.
Members of Kansas University’s spirit squad and band had no idea their spring break would involve saving a man’s life.
Kansas House passes $14B budget; cuts $600M
01:45 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 03:07 p.m.
The Kansas House has approved a $14.1 billion state budget that cuts overall spending by about $600 million, or 4 percent.
Lawyer describes talk with Afghan killings suspect held at Fort Leavenworth
01:23 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 03:04 p.m.
A Seattle lawyer who is defending an Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghans, including nine children, met Monday with the soldier for the first time at Fort Leavenworth, a conversation the attorney described as emotional.
Driver ticketed in connection with Sunday afternoon accident on Iowa Street
12:44 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 12:15 a.m.
A man was ticketed Sunday afternoon for running a red light and causing a three-car accident at the intersection of 25th and Iowa streets that sent two people to area hospitals, police said.
Suspect in weekend shooting outside Lawrence bar expected in court on Monday
City reviewing whether to request hearing on bar’s liquor license after third firearm incident
12:39 p.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 05:55 p.m.
A 20-year-old Topeka man is expected to be charged Monday with a weekend shooting outside a Lawrence bar, District Attorney Charles Branson said.
KU officials make plea for return of pieces of historic fence
March 19, 2012
Kansas University Endowment Association officials say a historic, century-old iron fence was damaged last weekend outside Sprague Apartments near 14th Street and Jayhawk Boulevard.
Around and About for March 17, 2012
March 19, 2012
Catherine Homan, of Lawrence, received a Master of Arts degree Dec. 17 from the Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta.
Lawyer prepares to meet Afghan killings suspect
March 19, 2012
A Seattle defense attorney prepared to meet Monday with Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children.
Kansas gets $4.4M to turn around faltering schools
March 19, 2012
Kansas is receiving a $4.4 million federal grant to continue efforts to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools.
Woman taken to hospital following fall from horse southeast of Lawrence
10:20 a.m., March 19, 2012 Updated 11:36 a.m.
One person was taken to a Kansas City, Kan., hospital Monday morning after falling from a horse southeast of Lawrence, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman.
Town Talk: Group hoping to start Lawrence Founders Day celebration, make improvements to Sesquicentennial Point; city to host spring compost sale Friday and Saturday
March 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Research firm: New iPad more expensive to make
March 19, 2012
Apple appears to be making less of a profit from each new iPad than it did when it launched the previous model a year ago, according to a research firm’s analysis.
Occupy Wall Street activists differ on direction
March 19, 2012
A day after police broke up a rally at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park and arrested dozens, Occupy Wall Street protesters said Sunday that their movement for economic justice would pick up momentum with the spring.
BMI busters: Pediatrician, dietitian start children’s weight loss clinic
March 19, 2012
Sudden inspiration hit pediatrician Anne Van Garsse last year while she was strolling through a local department store. Van Garsse, who has been practicing in Lawrence for 10 years, wanted to help families struggling with obesity. She called a friend, dietitian Shannon Jones, and the two joined forces to start a pediatric and adolescent weight management clinic.
Romney wins Puerto Rico; GOP campaign continues
March 19, 2012
Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win Sunday in Puerto Rico’s Republican presidential primary, trouncing chief rival Rick Santorum on the Caribbean island even as the two rivals looked ahead to more competitive contests this week in Illinois and Louisiana.
Many willing to cut Afghan shooting suspect slack
March 19, 2012
He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defenseless children. Under normal circumstances, Americans would dismiss such an act as worthy of only one response: swift and merciless punishment.
U.S. makes modest gains in high school graduation rate
March 19, 2012
The last straw for 17-year-old Alton Burke was a note left on his door. The high school dropout picked up the phone and re-enrolled at South Hagerstown High.
Census documenting Great Depression to be released
March 19, 2012
It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.
Arctic fox dies at Topeka Zoo
March 19, 2012
The Topeka Zoo’s 12-year-old arctic fox has died.
How to Help: Expert needed to restore old Mac computers
March 19, 2012
Penn House, a program of Ballard Community Services, is in need of a volunteer who has experience with computer repair, specifically with Macs.
Basketball wizardry to be displayed in Perry
March 19, 2012
The Harlem Wizards exhibition basketball team will play the Perry-Lecompton Hoop Troop at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Perry-Lecompton High School gym in Perry.
Capitol Briefing: Removal of food sales tax debated
March 19, 2012
When the House last week approved its plan to cut income taxes, it added a proposal to remove the sales tax on food.
Comparison of large, small class sizes underscores importance of personalized interactions
March 19, 2012
Denise Johnson is as much ringmaster as teacher in her class of 31 fifth-graders at Hillcrest School in Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Former UN Ambassador John Bolton to speak at KU; doctoral candidates have five years to finish dissertations after oral exam; comedian Rob Riggle not happy Missouri leaving Big 12
March 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Elijah Johnson comes up big for KU
March 19, 2012
In the final 3:12 of KU’s 63-60 victory against Purdue, which advanced the Jayhawks to a Sweet 16 match-up against North Carolina State, Johnson sensed somebody had to make things happen, and he didn’t see any reason not to be that somebody.
Sweet survival: Jayhawks rally past Purdue
March 19, 2012
Tyshawn Taylor pulled his Kansas University basketball jersey over his head, breathing a quick sigh of relief. Teammate Elijah Johnson thrust his hands high in the air, celebrating with fans who were dancing in the aisles of CenturyLink Center after the final horn sounded in KU’s 63-60 NCAA Midwest Regional victory over Purdue on Sunday.
KU novice rowers pick up victories
March 19, 2012
The Kansas University novice eight rowing crews picked up two wins on Saturday and a two second-place finishes on Sunday at the Louisville Invite.
Missouri blanks Kansas softball for second, third straight games
March 19, 2012
Kansas University’s 20-game softball winning streak has turned into a three-game losing streak. Missouri swept the Jayhawks, 5-0 and 9-0, on Sunday.
KU baseball beats Houston Baptist, 3-2
March 19, 2012
Kansas University starting pitcher Thomas Taylor allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings to help KU beat Houston Baptist, 3-2, in the final game of the Irish Baseball Classic on Sunday.
Switch stymies Robbie Hummel
March 19, 2012
For Kansas University basketball fans who believe in omens, Sunday’s 63-60 third-round NCAA Tournament victory against 10th-seeded Purdue had to be a sweet sign. In each of the last three years, the team that has knocked out the Boilermakers in the NCAA Tournament has advanced to the Final Four.
Upstart Wolfpack next up for KU
March 19, 2012
No. 2-seeded Kansas University will meet No. 11 seed North Carolina State on Friday in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis. Game time is 9:17 p.m. at Edward Jones Dome.
‘Dancing’ presents new card
March 19, 2012
‘‘Dancing With the Stars” (7 p.m., ABC) returns for its 14th season. And for the first time, it’s facing serious competition from NBC. “The Voice” (7 p.m.) has not only become the most popular series on Monday night, it has even topped “American Idol” in audience size. While still popular, “Dancing” saw its ratings decline last fall, an indication that viewers have seen this routine one too many times before.
Horoscope for March 19
March 19, 2012
For Monday, March 19: You will feel many different, conflicting emotions this year. Until you are sure of yourself, explore the plethora of options on your plate. If you are single, be careful, as the person you have your eye on might be different from how he or she first appeared. If you are attached, you and your sweetie will benefit from spending more one-on-one time together.
Divorces
March 19, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 16, 2012.
Marriages
March 19, 2012
Marriage licenses granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 16, 2012.
Costs whom?
March 19, 2012
I read with interest a news item from the AP Wednesday regarding a Kansas bill to eliminate sales tax on food. The story reported that it would “cost the government” $250 million a year. Is the reporter ignorant or just biased?
Unrealistic plan
March 19, 2012
Gerald Mikkelson’s energy prescriptions are blatantly unrealistic (Public Forum, March 14).
Lasting legacy
A local businesswoman made sure her commitment to Lawrence and KU will last far beyond her lifetime.
March 19, 2012
Sidney Garrett cared about Lawrence and, at her death, she made sure more than a dozen local organizations and Kansas University entities knew how much.
25 years ago: Spring about to break into bloom in Lawrence
March 19, 2012
Spring was to have its official start at 9:52 p.m. tomorrow.
40 years ago: Changes coming for county trash disposal
March 19, 2012
The plan was expected to have the most effect on rural residents.
Plant a love for gardening in children
March 19, 2012
Gardeners don’t just happen; they’re grown. Chris Collins and Lia Leendertz are helping create the next generation of gardeners with their new book “Grow Your Own for Kids.”
Fix-It Chick: Use compost for lawn, garden
March 19, 2012
Combining compost with existing soils improves soil structure, increases water retention, adds nutrients, stabilizes pH, and reduces erosion.
River City Jules: Spring break reminiscence
March 19, 2012
I miss spring break. I miss hearing the whistle blow on Friday afternoon and piling into a rental van with five close friends and heading to Panama City Beach for a week of fun and sun.
Daytripper: Back to the future: 1950s All-Electric House is totally wired
March 19, 2012
Attention, harried housewives! Tired of doing everything by hand? Imagine a house with every modern, newfangled convenience, even a mangle iron!
A buyer’s and seller’s guide to garage sales
March 19, 2012
Kristen Hayes normally plans ahead a little bit more when she holds garage sales. Earlier this month, though, her garage sale was spur-of-the-moment. She was driving home from work on a Friday afternoon and saw garage sale signs posted up in her neighborhood. As a mother of young children, she said she is always ready for a garage sale. The weather was beautiful, so she went for it.
Caregivers’ mental health may improve with short daily meditation
March 19, 2012
A yoga meditation program could reduce depression symptoms and boost mental health, a study finds, and that’s not all — it may also show benefits at the cellular level.
Double Take: Tips for overcoming shyness as an adult
March 19, 2012
I read your articles about how to work with shy teens, but what if you’re a shy adult? It makes it hard, especially when my kids are more outgoing.
Offbeat Occupations: ‘Almost anyone could benefit from dance therapy’
March 19, 2012
How one woman teaches therapeutic ways to cope through yoga, breathing and meditation.
Hawthorne offers insight on Lincoln
March 19, 2012 in print edition on B8
It was a meeting of a gothic genius and a political magus. Nathaniel Hawthorne, the novelist from Salem, Mass., and Abraham Lincoln, the politician from New Salem, Ill., didn’t speak to each other — one of the great missed opportunities of history — but Hawthorne did accompany a delegation of businessmen from a Massachusetts whip factory to a White House session with the 16th president in March 1862.
100 years ago: KU students unwilling ferrymen for possible escaped convict
March 19, 2012
“They were on the river yesterday afternoon when they noticed an excited stranger beckoning to them on the bank.”