Archive for Friday, March 23, 2012

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12:36 a.m.
Kansas coach Bill Self greets several young Jayhawk fans following a brief interview with media members as the team arrives on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. KU arrives in St. Louis focused on Wolfpack
March 22, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball charter bus pulled directly in front of the Hyatt Regency at the Arch Hotel at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the heart of downtown St. Louis.
1:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self paces the court as the Jayhawks warm up with passing drills during the beginning of practice the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. ’Pack mentality: N.C. State has KU’s full attention
March 23, 2012
Kansas University center Jeff Withey worked up quite a sweat during a pair of practices Thursday: the first at St. John Vianney High School and the second a 50-minute shootaround at Edward Jones Dome, site of today’s 9:17 p.m. Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State.
6:00 a.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department patrol car responds to a call at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. Second Lawrence police officer in ticket-fixing investigation no longer employed with the city
March 22, 2012
The second Lawrence police officer who was suspended related to an internal traffic ticket-fixing investigation is no longer employed with the city, Police Chief Tarik Khatib said Thursday.
10:00 a.m.
Connie Breidenthal (left) and Jamie Lavin, director of the Buttonwood Art Space and Kansas City Club, unpack a painting by Bonner Springs artist Ernst Ulmer in this 2010 file photo. This ‘needs to be in Lawrence’: Famous painting of Quantrill’s Raid goes on sale for $30,000
March 22, 2012
William Quantrill’s attack on Aug. 21, 1863, will forever be Lawrence’s Bloody Dawn, but now a well-known piece of artwork by the same name is looking for a new home.
2:00 p.m.
Catherine Grosdidier, 12, and her grandmother Helen Grosdidier, 92, both of Eudora, are big fans of the KU women's basketball team. Catherine attended the games in Little Rock, Ark., last week and will travel to Des Moines to watch KU play Tennessee Saturday. After the women's win against Delaware Tuesday, Catherine called her grandmother to share the good news. Fans of KU women’s basketball revel in team’s sweet success
March 23, 2012
After the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s surprising 70-64 win over Delaware, 12-year-old Catherine Grosdidier called her 92-year-old grandmother from the arena in Little Rock, Ark.
6:00 p.m.
Sarah Breuer is a wee bit superstitious when it comes to Kansas University basketball. Trusty shirts have varying levels of luck and so, on occasion, she’ll change out of one shirt and into another if KU is in a slump. Some KU fans go to extraordinary lengths to ensure a Jayhawks win
March 22, 2012
Sarah Breuer is a wee bit superstitious when it comes to Kansas University basketball. Trusty shirts have varying levels of luck and so, on occasion, she’ll change out of one shirt and into another if KU is in a slump.

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$620K repaid in KU ticket scheme
March 23, 2012
Kansas Athletics has been repaid more than $620,000 after suffering more than $2 million in losses from a scheme in which its employees stole football and basketball tickets and distributed them to brokers and others.
Fox’s Rivera: Fla. teen’s hoodie had role in death
March 23, 2012
Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera said Friday that the hoodie an unarmed black teenager wore when he was killed in Florida is as much responsible for his death as the man who shot him.
Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’
March 23, 2012
Urging Americans to “do some soul searching,” President Barack Obama injected himself into the emotional debate over the fatal shooting of a teenager in Florida, turning the racially charged case into a personal matter for the nation’s first black president.
Stuck with high gasoline prices, drivers pump less
March 23, 2012
Americans have pumped less gas every week for the past year.
Obama makes surprise pick to lead World Bank
March 23, 2012
Passing over better-known candidates, President Barack Obama on Friday nominated global health expert and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank. It was a surprise pick aimed in part at fending off challenges from developing nations eager to end the U.S. monopoly of the top job at the international institution.
Warm spring causes trees to bloom a couple weeks earlier than normal
March 23, 2012
When spring blooms early, business booms for local plant growers and lawn mowers. Jennifer Smith, the horticulture extension agent for K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County, said trees are blossoming two to three weeks ahead of when they normally do.
Brownback pushes for tax cuts, denies heavy-handed pressuring
March 23, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday said he lobbied hard to advance legislation cutting income taxes, but denied making political threats to get votes in the Senate. Democratic leaders, who oppose the tax plan by Brownback, a Republican, said they heard differently.
Saturday compost sale canceled after city sells out on Friday
March 23, 2012
The city of Lawrence has canceled its spring compost sale for Saturday after a large crowd snapped up all of the city’s compost supply on Friday.
Construction firm owner is new KDOT secretary
March 23, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed the owner of a McPherson construction company to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Lawrence man, 32, arrested on battery charge after domestic disturbance
01:26 p.m., March 23, 2012 Updated 04:59 p.m.
A 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Friday on aggravated battery and other charges after a woman was injured in a domestic incident in the 2500 block of Redbud Drive.
Two people arrested in connection with robbery reported at local motel
10:57 a.m., March 23, 2012 Updated 04:52 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested two people Friday morning as suspects in a March 5 robbery at the Days Inn, 730 Iowa.
Brownback says he had meetings to discuss agenda, but did not violate Open Meetings Act
10:31 a.m., March 23, 2012 Updated 02:40 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback acknowledged Friday that he set up private meetings with Republican legislators at his official residence to discuss his agenda, but he rejected suggestions that lawmakers were invited to discuss business or that the gatherings violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Rally planned in Topeka for slain Florida teen
March 23, 2012
A weekend rally in Topeka is being held for the unarmed black teenager shot to death in an Orlando, Fla., suburb.
US soldier charged in Afghan shooting rampage
10:28 a.m., March 23, 2012 Updated 02:41 p.m.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said.
Abortion foe Randall Terry wants court input on ballot, after Dems say he’s not a bona fide member of the party
March 23, 2012
Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry says he’ll go to court to try to get his name on the ballot in the Kansas Democratic presidential caucus.
Texan charged with witness tampering in federal sex case that involves Kansas
March 23, 2012
A Houston man held on sex trafficking charges has now been accused of trying to intimidate witnesses and law officers.
Kansas researcher spared prison in conspiracy case
10:17 a.m., March 23, 2012 Updated 02:43 p.m.
A Kansas nurse who admitted conspiring to falsify test data on a clinical trial of an allergy medicine will be spared prison time.
Two Berryton residents injured after SUV runs into large utility pole just north of Lawrence
10:08 a.m., March 23, 2012 Updated 03:45 p.m.
Two Berryton residents were injured Friday morning after a sport-utility vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a utility pole that was being hauled on a semitrailer just north of Lawrence.
Town Talk: Large salvage operation slated for N. Lawrence site; 12th and Haskell Recycle Center submits new plan to ease city’s concerns; B.A. Green Construction likely to lead library project
March 23, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Cable’s flight from reason continues
March 23, 2012
Series stars Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin spend a night in “lockdown” on “Ghost Adventures” (8 p.m., Travel Channel). This week takes them to Bisbee, Ariz., where they will explore stories of unexplained sightings and screams with “some of the most respected experts in the paranormal field.” As respected as you can get when masquerading as a scientist while celebrating the superstitious.
House votes on Medicare rationing
March 23, 2012
House Republicans resurrected the specter of Medicare rationing Thursday in an election-year vote to repeal cost controls in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
Soldier to be charged with murder in Afghan killings
March 23, 2012
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, assault and a string of other offenses in the massacre of Afghan villagers as they slept, a U.S. official said Thursday.
State disability funds going broke
March 23, 2012
With hundreds of thousands of wounded veterans looking for work after World War II, many states offered businesses an incentive to hire the returning heroes. They created special disability funds to help pay the tab should a soldier with a missing arm or eye suffer a second, debilitating injury in a private-sector job.
Etch A Sketch back in the picture thanks to Romney gaffe
March 23, 2012
Pushed to the bottom of the toy box by video games and other high-tech gadgets, Etch A Sketch is suddenly drawing lots of attention, thanks to a gaffe that has shaken up the race for the White House.
Jobless aid applications at lowest in 4 years
March 23, 2012
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.
Santorum’s best shot: Winning Iowa caucuses — again
March 23, 2012
Rick Santorum is falling so far behind Mitt Romney in the race for Republican delegates that his best chance might be in states that voted weeks ago.
2 officials step aside in teen death probe
March 23, 2012
The police chief who’s been bitterly criticized for not arresting a neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager and the county prosecutor both left the case Thursday, with the chief saying that he is temporarily stepping down to let passions cool.
Assad in control after bloody year
March 23, 2012
As world leaders close ranks against Syrian leader Bashar Assad, the U.S. president summed up the popular wisdom during a recent White House press conference: “Ultimately, this dictator will fall.”
Pump Patrol
March 23, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.73 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Effect of Supreme Court ruling weighed locally
March 23, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors and defense attorneys Thursday were still digesting new standards for criminal plea bargains one day after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that involved two cases.
Fans of KU women’s basketball revel in team’s sweet success
March 23, 2012
After the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s surprising 70-64 win over Delaware, 12-year-old Catherine Grosdidier called her 92-year-old grandmother from the arena in Little Rock, Ark.
8 indicted in Oxycodone trafficking case
March 23, 2012
A grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has returned a superseding indictment against eight Ottawa residents accusing them of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone over more than two years beginning in January 2010.
Suspect arrested in recent car burglaries
March 23, 2012
Lawrence police arrested a 35-year-old man Thursday morning as a suspect in recent vehicle burglaries in west Lawrence.
Study says lower state income taxes will lead to higher property, sales taxes
March 23, 2012
As Gov. Sam Brownback prods fellow Republicans to cut the state income tax, a study released Thursday says reducing that levy will probably lead to higher property and sales taxes and undermine funding for schools, roads and public safety.
Horoscope for March 23
March 23, 2012
For Friday, March 23: This year, true to Aries’ standard behavior, you will decide to buck the status quo. You also could become involved in a political commitment or organization, and take a stand. I If you are attached, you are creative and fiery. You could steal the scene from your sweetie without intending to.
Senate wants hearing to examine bounties
March 23, 2012 in print edition on A2
The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties. And the NBA, NHL, NCAA and Major League Baseball are invited, too.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 23)
March 23, 2012 in print edition on A2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 22.
KU women bask in tournament’s sweet glow
March 23, 2012
It’s called the Sweet 16 for a reason. Life itself seems candy-coated these days for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, a bracket-busting No. 11 seed still alive in the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Angels reliever keen on Kansas
March 23, 2012
March Madness always helps to carry major-league baseball players through the dog days of spring training. They chase playing games that mean nothing with watching ones that mean everything. “I’m a much bigger fan of college basketball than I am of baseball,” veteran Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever LaTroy Hawkins said by phone from Arizona. “When you play a sport, you usually like watching another sport better.”
’Pack mentality: N.C. State has KU’s full attention
March 23, 2012
Kansas University center Jeff Withey worked up quite a sweat during a pair of practices Thursday: the first at St. John Vianney High School and the second a 50-minute shootaround at Edward Jones Dome, site of today’s 9:17 p.m. Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State.
Roy Williams still fan of Jayhawks
March 23, 2012
Roy Williams, who has 61-year-old knees, takes a daily walk, instead of a jog these days. Thursday, the ninth-year University of North Carolina basketball coach who coached the previous 15 years at Kansas University crossed the path of a KU fan during his morning stroll.
Wolfpack insist they’re not ’dogs
March 23, 2012
There was some discrepancy about whether 11th-seeded North Carolina State actually is the underdog in this one. Some of it even came from the same place.
Guard battle could be key
March 23, 2012
The battle between North Carolina State big man C.J. Leslie and Kansas University power forward Thomas Robinson in tonight’s Sweet 16 game at the Edward Jones Dome will be one of the most-watched individual duels of the tournament.
Jayhawks big fans of women’s team, too
March 23, 2012
If Kansas University’s basketball team wins tonight against North Carolina State in the Edward Jones Dome, it will spend the entire weekend in St. Louis. But for two hours Saturday, the players’ hearts will be in Des Moines, Iowa, rooting for their female counterparts, Angel and the Miracles.
KU men’s golfer McClure tied for 7th at Desert Shootout
March 23, 2012
Kansas University freshman golfer Dylan McClure carded a 4-under 68 to tie for seventh place after the first day of the Desert Shootout on Thursday.
Gas prices
March 23, 2012
The average national price for a gallon of regular gas in January 2009 was $1.84. AAA just reported the national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.83, more than a 100 percent increase.
Prescription issue
March 23, 2012
I am writing to respond to the March 11 editorial, “Meth battle,” in the Journal-World.
Energy priorities
March 23, 2012
Global warming is seriously damaging environments around the globe, primarily in their ability to produce food.
Safer world
March 23, 2012
Beginning with the Enlightenment (Age of Reason) of the 1700s, violence has been declining throughout much of the world.
KPERS course
The Kansas House has put forth some solid ideas about how to prop up the state’s pension system.
March 23, 2012
A measure passed by the Kansas House this week may need some tuning up, but it proposes some positive steps toward shoring up the state’s pension system for teachers and government workers.
Health care act back at center stage
March 23, 2012 in print edition on B8
Obamacare dominated the 2010 midterms, driving its Democratic authors to a historic electoral shellacking. But since then, the issue has slipped quietly underground.
25 years ago: Kansas spring weather ranges from blizzards to tornadoes
March 23, 2012
It was a true Kansas spring.
40 years ago: Kansas River bridge cause for concern, says citizen
March 23, 2012
“It is dangerous to walk across the bridge anymore….”
100 years ago: Lawrence to have more uniform sidewalks, building permits
March 23, 2012
“One of the provisions wanted is one that will require all property owners who put in sidewalks to use cement….”