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12:00 a.m.
Kansas players crowd around head coach as they are presented with the Midwest Regional trophy as they celebrate the Jayhawks' 80-67 win over North Carolina to advance to the Final Four on Sunday,  March 25, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. KU players know it pays to listen to Bill Self
March 25, 2012
Not a single McDonald’s all-American on the roster, a first for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self since he left Tulsa. Just one returning starter on a team that lost two lottery picks and another NBA draft choice. The two top recruits declared academically ineligible for the season.
10:00 a.m.
Sam Stepp, KU graduate, carries a "Dancin' in the Big Easy" sign and was one among hundreds who headed downtown Sunday after Jayhawks defeated North Carolina to head to the Final Four. 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.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse Kansas House panel endorses plan to split Topeka
9:56 a.m., March 26, 2012 Updated 1:23 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.
6:00 p.m.
Margo Gordon, a retired Kansas University professor, is a resident of Sprague Apartments, the three-story red brick building at 1400 Lilac Lane. Little-known residence houses retired faculty
March 27, 2012
Margo Gordon, a retired Kansas University professor of social work, said she’s found a pretty good living situation, even though she’s a mite older than most of her neighbors.
10:00 p.m.
A pair of raccoons peer out from a  cottonwood tree. Concerned residents have reported seeing lethargic raccoons, but city officials say they aren't rabid. Public asked to report ‘docile’ raccoons to city
March 27, 2012
Lawrence officials are asking area residents to be on the lookout for raccoons that display signs of lethargy or seem unusually docile or tame.

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Library construction manager chosen
March 27, 2012
Commissioners unanimously agreed to hire Lawrence-based B.A. Green Construction to serve as the construction manager for the $19 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library.
City approves policy in effort to make streets more pedestrian-friendly
March 27, 2012
More sidewalks, more bike paths, more ways for people to get across town without cars should be a top-of-mind issue for future city planners, Lawrence city commissioners agreed Tuesday. Commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously approved a Complete Streets policy that aims to make future city streets more pedestrian-friendly.
Lawrence, Columbus papers make meaty wager
March 27, 2012
Lawrence Journal-World managing editor Dennis Anderson has challenged Alan Miller, managing editor of the Columbus Dispatch, to a friendly wager over Saturday’s NCAA semifinals game between Kansas University and Ohio State University, which is in Columbus.
Job seekers look to career expo for full-time opportunities
March 27, 2012
Job seekers at Tuesday’s Northeast Kansas Career Expo at the Spring Hill Suites shuffled between about a dozen prospective employers including Garmin, the city of Lawrence and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Kanbulance is the life of the party
March 27, 2012
For three years, the crimson and blue decorated Kanbulance has been the hit at Kansas University football tailgates. So last Sunday night when the Kanbulance took a victory lap down Massachusetts Street to celebrate the KU men’s basketball team’s win against North Carolina, its owners were a bit stunned by how much attention it received.
Cottonwood seeks county support on Medicaid reform concerns
March 27, 2012
Cottonwood Inc. will ask Douglas County commissioners today for support in its quest to exclude people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the state’s plan to privatize Medicaid.
Input sought on Deerfield Park remake plans
March 27, 2012
Lawrence Parks and Recreation leaders are looking for input on how to remake Deerfield Park near Lawrence Avenue and Princeton Boulevard.
KU prof taking dean job at American U.
March 27, 2012
Barbara Romzek, a professor of public affairs at Kansas University who also served in several administrative roles at KU, has been named as dean of American University’s School of Public Affairs, according the school’s website.
Group to host Easter egg hunt, train ride
March 27, 2012
The Midland Historical Association will host an Easter egg hunt and train ride with the Easter Bunny on Saturday and April 7.
Charges unlikely in case of abortion file dumping
March 27, 2012
A former Kansas abortion provider isn’t likely to face criminal charges for discarding hundreds of patients’ private medical records in a recycling bin outside an elementary school, but anti-abortion lawmakers called Tuesday for the state Legislature to investigate.
Police conclude search of area where human remains discovered in Osage County
March 27, 2012
Law enforcement officers have concluded their search of an area where human remains were discovered Saturday night in Carbondale, about 15 miles south of Topeka in Osage County.
Police identify Edwardsville gunshot victims
March 27, 2012
Edwardsville police have identified the men who died in a shooting incident Monday as local residents.
Report: Hinson in as Southern Illinois coach
07:10 p.m., March 27, 2012 Updated 09:03 p.m.
Kansas University director of basketball operations Barry Hinson has accepted an offer to become the head coach at Southern Illinois, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports and Carbondale KFVS-TV 12’s website.
Free State High School getting new associate principal
March 27, 2012
A curriculum specialist in the Lawrence school district will fill an associate principal position at Free State High School.
Commission supports DC Eisenhower Memorial design
March 27, 2012
Members of a federal commission working to build a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington are issuing a unanimous statement supporting architect Frank Gehry and his design concept after hearing months of criticism.
Kansas House and Senate negotiating plans to cut millions in taxes
March 27, 2012
A House-Senate conference committee started work Tuesday on negotiating legislation that contained hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed tax cuts.
Final Four ticket prices: They’re a moving target
March 27, 2012
Huddled in front of a computer in New York City, Myles Kaufman, data analyst for the sports ticket website SeatGeek.com, has been busy crunching numbers figuring out the current rate for prized Final Four tickets.
Statehouse Live: House advances proposed constitutional amendment in reaction to 2005 school finance ruling
March 27, 2012
State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said the measure was prompted by the 2005 Kansas Supreme Court decision that said the Legislature failed to abide by the Kansas Constitution and adequately fund schools. The court ordered the Legislature to increase school funding.
Cancer researcher and LHS graduate to speak at Lawrence School Foundation breakfast
March 27, 2012
A Lawrence High graduate and one of the world’s 100 most influential people, according to TIME magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the Lawrence School Foundation’s annual community education breakfast.
McPherson County refinery agrees to pay $700,000 penalty
March 27, 2012
A petroleum refinery and underground storage facility in McPherson County has agreed to pay $700,000 in penalties to settle violations of federal and state laws.
Attorneys seek proper care for Iraq suspect
March 27, 2012
Attorneys for an Army sergeant charged with shooting five service members in Iraq in 2009 are concerned about the soldier’s medical treatment at the prison at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Wash.
Fire destroys home southwest of Lawrence
12:56 p.m., March 27, 2012 Updated 07:30 p.m.
A home southwest of Lawrence received significant damage after reportedly being struck by lightning.
House approves bill prohibiting state funds for remedial courses at universities
March 27, 2012
The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, was approved on a final vote, 68-55. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.
K-State AD denies rift led to Martin’s departure
March 27, 2012
Kansas State athletic director John Currie denied Tuesday that a rift with Frank Martin was the primary reason the popular basketball coach left for the same job at South Carolina.
South Carolina hires men’s basketball coach Martin
March 27, 2012
South Carolina has hired Frank Martin to revitalize its basketball program.
Kansas appeals court rejects false teeth argument
11:04 a.m., March 27, 2012 Updated 01:49 p.m.
The Kansas Court of Appeals didn’t bite on a man’s claim that his false teeth caused his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Ex-doc dumps abortion files in KC-area recycling bin
March 27, 2012
More than 1,000 private abortion records from a defunct clinic have been found discarded in a recycling bin outside an elementary school near Kansas City, Kan., prompting a police investigation and outrage from people on both sides of the abortion debate.
Shots fired at Lawrence home, no injuries reported
March 27, 2012
Police are investigating an overnight incident where someone fired a gun at a residence in the 1000 block of Natalie Drive, just east of 26th Street and Haskell Avenue, said Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokeswoman.
Town Talk: Homes sales up in February; Fairway Mortgage sets up shop in Lawrence; weekly property sales; parks and rec to discuss Deerfield Park’s future
March 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County real estate transfers for the week ending March 19
March 27, 2012
Real estate transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending March 19, 2012.
What advancing in the NCAA Tournament means, financially, to Bill Self
March 27, 2012
As Bill Self’s Jayhawks keep advancing in the NCAA Tournament, the head coach’s contract calls for him to earn several bonuses on top of his already-guaranteed $3 million per year.
Downtown damage from Final Four celebration not too bad
March 27, 2012
Minus a few flowers and a couple of tree limbs, downtown Lawrence was back to normal Monday morning, just hours after fans filled Massachusetts Street to celebrate Kansas University’s latest trip to the Final Four.
Little-known residence houses retired faculty
Residents ‘really take care of each other’
March 27, 2012
Margo Gordon, a retired Kansas University professor of social work, said she’s found a pretty good living situation, even though she’s a mite older than most of her neighbors.
Public asked to report ‘docile’ raccoons to city
March 27, 2012
Lawrence officials are asking area residents to be on the lookout for raccoons that display signs of lethargy or seem unusually docile or tame.
Cameron: Earth’s deepest spot desolate, foreboding
March 27, 2012
In James Cameron’s fantasy films, like “Avatar” and “The Abyss,” the unexplored is splashed in color and fraught with alien danger. But on his dive to the deepest place on Earth, reality proved far different: white, barren and bland.
Bernanke: U.S. job market weak
March 27, 2012
Chairman Ben Bernanke says that the U.S. job market remains weak despite three months of strong hiring and that the Federal Reserve’s existing policies will help boost economic growth.
Afghan forces kill 3 NATO troops
March 27, 2012
Afghan security forces shot and killed three international troops Monday, one of them an American, in two attacks. They were the latest in a rising number of attacks in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on their foreign partners.
City defers issue of tennis court lighting
March 27, 2012
A plan to light eight public tennis courts near Lawrence High School won’t get a hearing at today’s Lawrence City Commission meeting after all.
2 found dead in Edwardsville home
March 27, 2012
Police in a northeastern Kansas town are investigating the deaths of two men found inside a home.
Salina nears deal to clean polluted site
March 27, 2012
Lawyers for Salina have begun working toward a financial settlement with the federal government that would allow the Kansas city to take over the cleanup of contamination at a former Air Force base.
Suspect in standoff fails to show up in court
March 27, 2012
Brian Bailey, who was initially charged with four counts, including attempted aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, in connection with a standoff in November with Lawrence police, did not show up for a scheduled court appearance on Monday in Douglas County District Court.
Officers continue search in area where human remains found
March 27, 2012
Dozens of law enforcement officers and search dogs on Monday continued to scour the area where human remains were discovered Saturday evening in Carbondale, about 15 miles south of Topeka with a population of about 1,400.
United Way seeks helping hands for Day of Caring
March 27, 2012
The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers for its annual Day of Caring event on April 21.
With more volunteers, Big Event ready to provide big help
March 27, 2012
On Saturday, almost 1,900 Kansas University volunteers, mostly students, will say thanks to the Lawrence community by performing all sorts of odd jobs and other tasks.
Heard on the Hill: More on NCAA coaching bonuses; reading Trollope can earn you money; Kansas Debate makes Final Four of its own
March 27, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Firebird 8th at golf invite
March 27, 2012
Free State High junior golfer Alex Green carded a 74 and finished in eighth place on Monday at the Blue Valley West Invitational, held at LionsGate.
LHS wrestlers academic all-state
March 27, 2012
Lawrence High senior wrestlers Reece Wright-Conklin and Nick Pursel recently were recognized by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association for their work in the classroom.
Kennedy Kirkpatrick first-team all-league
March 27, 2012
City athletes from Free State and Lawrence high schools were among the many honored by Sunflower League coaches on the 2011-12 all-league teams for girls and boys basketball.
KU spring drills begin today
March 27, 2012
When new Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis was introduced in December as the 37th head coach in school history, he promised he and his coaching staff would make life miserable for the Jayhawks following their return from the holiday break.
Thad Matta hopes to enjoy it
March 27, 2012
The last time Thad Matta guided an Ohio State basketball team to the Final Four, he learned a valuable lesson that stuck with him. This time, when his squad invades New Orleans this weekend to face Kansas University at 7:49 p.m. Saturday, Matta vows to take five minutes to look around and enjoy what he and the Buckeyes (31-7) have accomplished.
Tyshawn Taylor not yet dome-free
12:00 a.m., March 27, 2012 Updated 10:14 a.m.
When a reporter informed Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor the day before the North Carolina game that he never had hit a three-pointer in a dome, more stewing than laughing took place on the platform at which the coach and five starters sat.
Final Four field filled with royalty
March 27, 2012
The 2012 Final Four is being billed as one of the best in history, with No. 1 seed Kentucky, No. 2s Kansas and Ohio State and No. 4 Louisville set to duke it out in New Orleans. “It’s a great field. You’ve got some of the most historic, tradition-rich programs in the country hooking up and going at it,” KU coach Bill Self said during Monday’s Final Four coaches teleconference.
Naismith legacy
March 27, 2012
The passing of Ian Naismith is one that should be noted. He was one of a kind. Naismith took very seriously the honor and significance of his grandfather’s legacy.
Abortion coverage
March 27, 2012
This week, I received a letter from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas stating that because of a 2011 Kansas law, I had a one-time “opportunity” to opt in for coverage for elective abortion.
More facts
March 27, 2012
I both commend and second the “pertinent facts” submitted by Walt Hull and published in the March 22 Journal-World, an excellent summary of truths too few people know about, much less care about.
Afghan women fear U.S. exit
March 27, 2012 in print edition on A10
What will happen to Afghan women? As the United States winds down its presence in Afghanistan and tries to talk to the Taliban, will Afghan women pay the price? Will the gains they’ve made over the last decade be rolled back?
40 years ago: Area Boy Scouts celebrate Arbor Day early
March 27, 2012
The Scouts were planting trees as part of their community service work.
25 years ago: Good deed backfires for KU student
March 27, 2012
An unnamed Kansas University student had been injured after stopping to help a young boy.
100 years ago: Newspaper ads tout steamship tickets, health supplements, new suits
March 27, 2012
“Sassafras bark from young fresh-growth roots, of bright color, aromatic and a good tea maker….”
Redistricting rift
The biggest redistricting battle in the Kansas Legislature this year isn’t between Republicans and Democrats.
March 27, 2012
Usually, any fights about legislative and congressional redistricting occur between Republicans and Democrats. In a Republican state like Kansas, such disputes usually are settled fairly quickly in favor of the majority party.