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New clue gives hope to solving Amelia Earhart mystery
March 20, 2012
A new clue in one of the 20th century’s most enduring mysteries could soon uncover the fate of American aviator Amelia Earhart, who went missing without a trace over the South Pacific 75 years ago, investigators said Tuesday.
Former co-workers preserve camaraderie at monthly gatherings
March 20, 2012
When a group of retired workers from the former DuPont plant in Tecumseh met for their monthly lunch Tuesday in Lawrence, many of them had done some extra digging into their closets.
KU women advance to Sweet 16 with upset over third-seeded Delaware
10:32 p.m., March 20, 2012 Updated 12:54 a.m.
Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne came in with all the hype, but Kansas University junior point guard Angel Goodrich stole the show and sent an All-American home Tuesday night at Jack Stephens Center.
Senate advances tax measure, rejects major parts of Brownback’s plan
March 20, 2012
Brownback, a Republican, has proposed reducing income tax rates and eliminating taxes for thousands of businesses. To offset those cuts, he wants to keep the state sales tax at 6.3 percent. But the Senate voted 29-11 to drop the sales tax to 5.7 percent next year, as current law requires.
Jefferson County authorities seeking man described as armed and dangerous
04:02 p.m., March 20, 2012 Updated 04:48 p.m.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s officials are seeking the public’s help in locating a 44-year-old man wanted in connection with numerous burglaries and thefts in Jefferson County.
Hutchinson man expected to plead guilty to threatening Obama
March 20, 2012
A Kansas man accused of threatening President Barack Obama is expected to plead guilty in the case.
Kansas plan uses casinos to boost pension system
March 20, 2012
Gamblers at state-owned casinos in Kansas would help prop up the pension system for teachers and government workers with each hand of blackjack and spin of the roulette wheel under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House.
Two Lecompton City Council members resign
March 20, 2012
A debate over an old high school has led to the resignation of two Lecompton city council members.
Kansas first lady Mary Brownback announces book festival grant winners
March 20, 2012
The grants will go to 16 libraries in Walton, Great Bend, Thayer, Bird City, Gypsum, Iola, Westmoreland, El Dorado, Baileyville, Towanda, St. Francis, Holton, Sedgwick, Athison, Argonia and Stafford.
Senate advances school finance plan
March 20, 2012
Several key amendments resulted in close votes, which indicated that final passage of the bill was up in the air. A final vote was expected on Wednesday.
House rejects O’Neal plan to split KCK
New plan puts Lawrence in one district
01:52 p.m., March 20, 2012 Updated 02:09 p.m.
The House advanced a plan that keeps Wyandotte County in the 3rd U.S. House district along with Johnson County. The proposal also adds the northeast section of Miami County to the 3rd. A final vote on the measure is scheduled for Wednesday.
Bill adding protections to victims of abuse, stalkers could soon head to Gov. Brownback
March 20, 2012
A bill that would provide additional protections to victims of stalking and domestic violence is headed to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas House passes bill for fixing pension system
March 20, 2012
The Kansas House has approved a bill to use revenues from state-owned casinos to help close a long-term funding shortfall facing the state pension system for teachers and government workers.
Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords
March 20, 2012
When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.
Town Talk: New downtown business to offer studio space, training to budding film makers; signs that new writing studio may emerge in North Lawrence; Alzheimer’s unit planned for West Lawrence
March 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Judge to hear gag motion in military school suit
08:59 a.m., March 20, 2012 Updated 12:33 a.m.
A federal judge declined Tuesday to impose a gag order in a lawsuit accusing a Kansas military school of allowing older students to discipline younger ones and fostering a culture of abuse.
Lawyer says Afghan killings suspect Robert Bales recalls little
March 20, 2012
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales remembers little about the night he is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage, his lawyer says.
Eisenhower Memorial designer Frank Gehry open to changes
08:56 a.m., March 20, 2012 Updated 05:19 p.m.
Susan Eisenhower, the 34th president’s granddaughter, is expected to testify before a House subcommittee on national parks to object to designs for a Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington.
Big Red One moving into Afghanistan’s east
March 20, 2012
With the Afghanistan war’s endgame approaching, the Army’s storied 1st Infantry Division is preparing to take command in the eastern provinces, where the strategy calls for a renewed push this year even as U.S. and allied forces draw down in less violent parts of the country.
Apple to offer shareholders dividend, stock buybacks
March 20, 2012
Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don’t expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a share buyback program.
Romney seeks primary-fight breaking point
March 20, 2012
His confidence surging, Mitt Romney pointedly ignored his Republican rivals on the eve of today’s high-stakes primary election in Illinois and turned his fire instead on the Democrat he hopes to oust in the fall.
Panel: Problem schools hurt nation’s security
March 20, 2012
The nation’s security and economic prosperity are at risk if America’s schools don’t improve, warns a task force led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein, the former chancellor of New York City’s school system.
4 slain at French Jewish school
March 20, 2012
A motorbike assailant opened fire with two handguns Monday in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two young sons and a girl. One witness described him as a man chasing small children and “looking to kill.”
Construction begins on new downtown office for Treanor Architects
March 20, 2012
Construction work has begun on a $2.2 million project to build a new downtown office headquarters for Lawrence-based Treanor Architects.
Swing of Spring event tees off Wednesday
March 20, 2012
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Eagle Bend Golf and Learning Center, 1250 E. 902 Road, is offering its first Swing of Spring event Wednesday.
Topekan charged in shooting outside Taste Lounge
March 20, 2012
A 20-year-old Topeka man was charged Monday in connection with a weekend shooting outside a Lawrence bar.
Kansas City police officer lauded for devotion to DUI arrests
March 20, 2012
A Kansas City, Kan., police officer who has taken about 10,000 drunken drivers to jail during his nearly 20-year career said he’s driven by a chance to help people, including those who are drunk behind the wheel.
Kansas Bioscience Authority approves spending on painkiller
March 20, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s Investment Committee on Monday approved an investment of more than $126,000 for a Kansas City, Kan.-based company to develop an injectable version of a painkiller.
University Press publishing book on ‘Deep Throat’
March 20, 2012
A new book being published by the University Press of Kansas on the reasons why the man known as “Deep Throat” helped newspaper reporters in the Watergate case caught the attention of John Dean, a former White House counsel who served President Richard Nixon.
Fire reported at abandoned building in North Lawrence
March 20, 2012
Firefighters with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded Monday afternoon to a small structure fire at an abandoned building at 740 N. Second St. in North Lawrence, said Fire Medical Division Chief Lyle Schwartz.
Burglary reported at Jayhawker Towers on Friday night
March 20, 2012
Someone burglarized an apartment Friday night at Jayhawker Towers and stole $3,305 worth of items, including laptop computers and other electronics, said assistant Kansas University police chief Chris Keary.
25 years ago: New lighting for KU campus
March 20, 2012
An estimated $100,000 in new lights were being installed.
100 years ago: Rising rivers and ‘real live grasshoppers’ mark spring’s arrival
March 20, 2012
“Rather small, to be sure, but then they mean warmer weather just the same.”
Jayhawks in the NBA (March 19)
March 20, 2012
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 19.
Bonnie Henrickson: KU must shoot better
March 20, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team didn’t have the hottest shooting night in its NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Nebraska on Sunday at Jack Stephens Center.
Mizzou gets assist for KU’s victory
March 20, 2012
Until Sunday night in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Bill Self had never coached a team that won an NCAA Tournament game it trailed at halftime.
Everyone’s talking about … Elena Delle Donne
Jayhawks wary of Blue Hens’ star
March 20, 2012
It’s difficult to go more than a few seconds at Jack Stephens Center these days without hearing her name. Elena Delle Donne.
40 years ago: City commission reviews sidewalk proposals
March 20, 2012
The Lawrence City Commission had a full schedule of agenda items coming up for discussion.
Kansas’ Ben McLemore headed home
KU freshman hopes to show teammates Gateway Arch during NCAA Tourney trip to St. Louis
March 20, 2012
Ben McLemore sat with his buddy — fellow ineligible Kansas University freshman Jamari Traylor — just a few rows behind the Jayhawk bench, cheering wildly during the latter stages of a 63-60 second-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over Purdue on Sunday in Omaha’s CenturyLink Center.
Culture is destiny
March 20, 2012
Congratulations and many thanks to Eva Edmands for writing and to the Journal-World for publishing her letter of March 10.
Poor comparison
March 20, 2012
Goldman Sachs’ reply to the charge of moral bankruptcy certainly amounts to “Let them eat cake.” (William Skepnek, Public Forum, March 17).
Pastor defended
March 20, 2012
My brother-in-law is a retired pastor in the United Church of Christ, a mostly white denomination of which Trinity Church in Chicago is a member.
Law school rankings
Kansas University’s new law school dean is taking action to improve the national rankings for his school.
March 20, 2012
A recent Journal-World story reported the latest U.S. News and World Reports academic ranking for the nation’s public universities.
Sleepless fans
March 20, 2012
We currently live overseas in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus. We watched the KU-Purdue game from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. local time on our laptop via the Internet.
Mission creep hits Export-Import Bank
March 20, 2012 in print edition on A8
Sallie James was born in Australia on July 4, 1976, which suggests that Providence planned what happened 30 years later: She moved to Washington. She studies trade policy at the libertarian Cato Institute and her report “Time to X Out the Ex-Im Bank” illustrates how corporate welfare metastasizes as government tries to rectify the inevitable inequities of its constantly multiplying favoritisms. And while picking American winners, the Export-Import Bank creates American losers.
Horoscope for March 20
March 20, 2012
For Tuesday, March 20: You could be unusually quiet this year as you become introspective. You are evaluating much. An issue that will emerge will be your self-expression involving anger. Do you internalize your feelings? Or do you throw a tantrum? Follow your instincts with money. If you are single, someone you meet could be very exciting. Wait at least a year before deciding whether this bond is for life. If you are attached, share more private time together.
Will ‘River’ stay afloat?
March 20, 2012
“The River” (8 p.m., ABC) wraps up its first season tonight. It was the fourth-rated show in its time slot last Tuesday, so don’t hold your breath for more trips up the Amazon.