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Archive for Monday, March 26, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World-Photo.Hundreds of people headed to downtown Massachusetts on Sunday March 25, 20-12 as the Jayhawks defeated North Carolina to head t the Final Four. Dancin’ in the streets: Fans revel as KU advances to Final Four in New Orleans
March 26, 2012
The screaming had started before the game was over. But when the last second finally ticked off the clock, the true pandemonium began. The sound of hundreds of horns honking blasted across the city. People abandoned their seats in bars and restaurants to join the crowds on Massachusetts Street celebrating the 80-67 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels.
10:00 a.m.
Jack Page of Wildcat Concrete Services takes a break to wipe sweat from his face as he and others chip away bad concrete from the southbound lane of the Kansas River Bridge on Thursday, July 28, 2011. KDOT is funding this resurfacing of the bridge. With students returning to Lawrence in upcoming days, drivers can expect a slower commute because of the various road projects around town. Ambitious road work schedule dubbed ‘summer of progress’
March 26, 2012
Maybe it will be a race between yellow dandelions popping up in yards versus orange construction cones on city streets. Either way, the early spring weather has construction crews poised to get started on a long list of street improvements.
2:00 p.m.
Eudora resident Jim Harris, who lives about a mile south of Eudora, walks around his property, which features a collection of antique gasoline pumps and a sign marking it Keystone Corner, last Monday. The land and the area around it once held homes William Quantrill visited on his ride to Lawrence. The property’s deep history means it will likely be surveyed, among 300 other sites, as part of a project that aims to create an inventory of naturally, culturally and historically significant sites in Douglas County. Council aims to preserve historic sites in Douglas County through survey
March 26, 2012
A vintage Phillips 66 sign tacked onto an aging milk barn and antique gasoline pumps scattered across the lawn are a clear indication that Jim Harris has an appreciation for the past. The 74-year-old man has lived his whole life in the old white farmhouse that sits about a mile south of Eudora and a mile west of Hesper. A sign marks the property as Keystone Corner. Long before it was called Keystone Corner and several decades before Harris’ ancestors built the farmhouse, the intersection played a pivotal role in Douglas County’s bloodiest day on record.

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Justices moving to heart of health care overhaul
March 26, 2012
As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.
House blocks measure that would have set up program of tax credits for private school tuition
March 26, 2012
Private schools wouldn’t be required to accept all students, and the scholarships, which would average about $4,000, would not be enough to pay the full tuition at many private schools, critics added.
Pink slime’ maker suspends some plant operations
March 26, 2012
The company that makes “pink slime” suspended operations Monday at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made, saying officials would work to address recent public concern about the product.
AP Sources: Frank Martin takes South Carolina job
04:05 p.m., March 26, 2012 Updated 04:16 p.m.
People familiar with the decision say Frank Martin has agreed to become South Carolina’s next men’s basketball coach.
Statehouse Live: Measure defunding remedial courses at universities advances in House
March 26, 2012
A final vote on the measure, sponsored by House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, is expected Tuesday.
Eudora High teacher charged in Wichita with four counts of indecent liberties with 15-year-old
March 26, 2012
A Eudora High School English teacher has been charged in Sedgwick County District Court after being arrested on charges related to an improper relationship with a 15-year-old girl in the Wichita area.
Thomas Robinson unanimous AP first-team All-American
March 26, 2012
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson has even more in common with Blake Griffin now. Not everything, though.
Heard on the Hill: NCAA success means success for Self’s pocketbook, too; KU debaters support basketball while experiencing their own tournament success; two politicos to be in Lawrence on same day
March 26, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Following the Jayhawks to New Orleans? Check this out
March 26, 2012
Are you so inspired by the Jayhawk’s Sunday win over the Tar Heels that you’re ready to catch them live at the Final Four in New Orleans? Here’s a guide to help you get there, stay there, and get in the Superdome for the March 31 and April 2 games.
Woman reports she was raped Saturday at a home south of Lawrence
11:08 a.m., March 26, 2012 Updated 05:15 p.m.
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 49-year-old rural Lawrence man on suspicion of rape on Saturday.
Natural foods: Eating up the trends
March 26, 2012
Remember chia pets? Rinsing your hair with beer? Food that’s just food — no soy protein isolate, xanthan gum, red dye No. 40 or mystery ingredients from the Amazon rain forest? Well, chia is back, big time (the seeds, not the chia pets). And so is regular old food. We recently spent hours plodding the floors — along with 60,000 others — at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif., the biggest health food trade show in the world. The overarching theme we saw: What’s old is new again.
Supreme Court health care arguments under way
March 26, 2012
With demonstrators chanting outside, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday on the fate of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, no less controversial two years after Democrats pushed it to passage in Congress. Twenty-six states are leading the legal challenge, while Republican presidential candidates are vowing to repeal it after throwing Obama out of office.
Town Talk: Free State Brewing Co. expanding East Lawrence bottling plant; what KU’s Final Four may mean to city’s coffers; skate park renovation taking step forward
March 26, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Wife defends soldier accused in Afghan rampage
March 26, 2012
The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians says her husband showed no signs of PTSD before he deployed, and she doesn’t feel like she’ll ever believe he was involved in the killings.
Kansas House panel endorses plan to split Topeka
09:56 a.m., March 26, 2012 Updated 01:23 a.m.
Topeka would be split between two congressional districts, with the Statehouse and heavily minority city neighborhoods moving into a district with far-flung western Kansas farming communities, under a redistricting plan approved Monday by a state House committee.
Kansas theater suspends live performances
March 26, 2012
A 105-year-old restored theater in north-central Kansas has suspended live performances over concerns about the safety of its curtain rigging system.
Ian Naismith, grandson of basketball inventor, dies at 73
March 26, 2012
There was no such thing as a casual conversation with Ian Naismith, at least in volume.
High stakes for church in case against Kansas City bishop
March 26, 2012
The charge is only a misdemeanor, but if prosecutors are able to win a conviction against Kansas City Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn, they could be opening up a whole new front in the national priest abuse crisis.
How to Help: Child care center seeks volunteer to assist with administrative duties
March 26, 2012
Imagine Drop-In Childcare, a program of Trinity In-Home Care, is seeking individuals who are interested in the administrative aspect of child care.
Three Kansas districts receive some waivers from No Child Left Behind
March 26, 2012
Three Kansas school districts have received some but not all of the waivers they sought from the No Child Left Behind federal education law.
Kansas changes crossbow hunting rules
March 26, 2012
State wildlife officials have expanded regulations to allow hunters to use crossbows to take down big game in Kansas, though the change won’t take effect until this fall.
Council aims to preserve historic sites in Douglas County through survey
Property with ties to Quantrill’s Raid targeted to be part of project
March 26, 2012
A vintage Phillips 66 sign tacked onto an aging milk barn and antique gasoline pumps scattered across the lawn are a clear indication that Jim Harris has an appreciation for the past. The 74-year-old man has lived his whole life in the old white farmhouse that sits about a mile south of Eudora and a mile west of Hesper. A sign marks the property as Keystone Corner. Long before it was called Keystone Corner and several decades before Harris’ ancestors built the farmhouse, the intersection played a pivotal role in Douglas County’s bloodiest day on record.
Ambitious road work schedule dubbed ‘summer of progress’
March 26, 2012
Maybe it will be a race between yellow dandelions popping up in yards versus orange construction cones on city streets. Either way, the early spring weather has construction crews poised to get started on a long list of street improvements.
Dancin’ in the streets: Fans revel as KU advances to Final Four in New Orleans
March 26, 2012
The screaming had started before the game was over. But when the last second finally ticked off the clock, the true pandemonium began. The sound of hundreds of horns honking blasted across the city. People abandoned their seats in bars and restaurants to join the crowds on Massachusetts Street celebrating the 80-67 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Bankruptcies
March 26, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
March 26, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 23, 2012.
Marriages
March 26, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 23, 2012.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 26)
March 26, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 25.
Kansas tennis falls, 6-1, to Tech
March 26, 2012
Texas Tech dominated Kansas University’s tennis team, 6-1, Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Baylor baseball sweeps KU series
March 26, 2012
Baylor’s Max Muncy knocked in the winning two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Bears edged out Kansas University’s baseball team, 8-6, on Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.
KU softball loses finale of OSU series
March 26, 2012
Given all that Kansas University’s softball team accomplished during its weekend series with Oklahoma State, KU coach Megan Smith wasn’t about to let a little thing like a loss in the finale dampen her spirits.
Tyshawn Taylor: ‘I’m a loveable guy, man’
March 26, 2012
Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished five assists and plucked five steals in 36 minutes in the biggest game of his life, grinned when asked if Jayhawk fans would now love him forever. He was reminded he’s had a love/hate relationship with the fans in the past.
Four-ward! Believe it — KU in Final Four
March 26, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self motioned wife Cindy, daughter Lauren and son Tyler onto the court as his Jayhawk players partied on the podium after an 80-67 Elite Eight victory over North Carolina on Sunday in Edward Jones Dome. “Unbelievable,” Self said as he hugged and kissed Cindy.
Dick Cheney’s heart transplant reopens debate about age
March 26, 2012
Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.
Obama: N. Korean rocket test would isolate regime
March 26, 2012
Warning North Korea from its doorstep, President Barack Obama said Pyongyang risks deepening its isolation in the international community if it proceeds with a planned long-range rocket launch.
Horoscope for March 26
March 26, 2012
For Monday, March 26: This year you seem to be lucky with finances. Don’t push the envelope, and you will experience one of your best money years yet. If you are single, others find you extremely alluring and full of excitement. Take your time getting to know a suitor, and keep in mind that a better option could be right around the corner. If you are attached, if you work together toward the same goal, this year could be very rewarding and could bring you even closer.
Bill hampers doctor-patient honesty
March 26, 2012
The Kansas House is poised to pass legislation that would undermine the trust that is essential in relationships between doctors and patients. House Bill 2598 would force doctors to lie in some circumstances and allow them to lie in other circumstances.
Wind support
March 26, 2012
Congratulations to U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas for requesting an extension of the wind energy production tax credit that expires at the end of 2012.
Tennis compromise
City officials should respond to neighborhood concerns by looking at alternatives to lighting tennis courts near Lawrence High School.
March 26, 2012
Back and forth action is an expected part of the game of tennis, but the back and forth surrounding the city’s efforts to install lights on eight tennis courts in the Centennial neighborhood has gone on long enough.
First-class partnership: Kindergarten visits to Alzheimer’s home likely to end if Hillcrest School shuttered
March 26, 2012
Watch out, Lawrence. There’s a chance of some wild and wacky weather. Gingerbread tornadoes, pumpkin pie snow, ice cream fog and pizza lightning are all a possibility, if Jennifer Wilk’s kindergarten class at Hillcrest School has anything to say about it. And they have a lot to say.
Book review: German young adult novel a page-turner
March 26, 2012
To preface my review of “The Storyteller” by Antonia Michaelis, I would like to point out a few unique things about this book. Antonia Michaelis is from Germany, so this book was originally written in German, then translated into English. There are copious mentions of German streets and neighborhoods, with which I was unfamiliar (although if somebody wanted to sponsor a trip to Germany for me, I wouldn’t turn you down!) and a couple names I wasn’t quite sure how to pronounce in my head.
Dumpster diners eat what they see as food waste
Experts question safety of practice
March 26, 2012
Cole and Graham are Dumpster divers. The two friends take food that appears edible, bring it home, wash it up and eat it. They are among a growing group of people who find sustenance in discarded food. Some, calling themselves “freegans,” have a philosophy that shuns spending money and capitalism, and do it to protest waste.
Books debate future of U.S. power
March 26, 2012 in print edition on B10
The inescapable foreign-policy issue for U.S. presidential candidates this year is whether American power is declining and, if so, what to do about it. This strategic conundrum lies behind every challenge the U.S. faces, from Egypt to Afghanistan to China.
Cats may purr to your heart’s content
March 26, 2012
We know that pets are beneficial to our health — they can lower a person’s blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and provide opportunities for exercise and socialization.
River City Jules: Family gets into the act
March 26, 2012
All of our kids have pulled me out of my comfort zone at one point or another, from providing free driver’s ed to house-training a puppy to taking — and, I might add, passing — the Cub Scout swim test.
25 years ago: Construction to begin on Quail Run school
March 26, 2012
A road serving the site had not yet been built.
40 years ago: Historical society encourages new members
March 26, 2012
More than 100 people recently had applied for membership in the Douglas County Historical Society
100 years ago: KU’s class-changing whistle takes town by surprise
March 26, 2012
“‘Is the University on fire? The whistle keeps blowing.’”
Fix-It Chick: How to test your soil
March 26, 2012
Whether you are trying to grow vegetables, flowers or grass, testing the soil’s pH can make both your thumb and your yard a little greener.
Double Take: Parents must teach kids technology ethics
March 26, 2012
We’ve been writing about how technology impacts teens for as long as Double Take has been in print and online. Back then, teenagers used AIM. I’m not sure they even know what this is anymore. Now Facebook and Twitter are major forms of communication, and Tumblr and Pinterest on are on the march. If you don’t know what those are, dear parents, now would be a good time to learn.
A Bronx cheer for ‘Brooklyn 11223’
March 26, 2012
Despised and disparaged, the new reality showcase “Brooklyn 11223” (10 p.m., Oxygen) continues a long tradition of reducing the New York borough to dim stereotypes. A pathetic “Jersey Shore” knockoff that lacks that sad spectacle’s sense of irony, “Brooklyn” seems designed for and created by people who have never stepped in Kings County.