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Holocaust survivor recounts story to students
March 28, 2012
Few are as qualified to talk about the dangers of bigotry and intolerance as Holocaust survivor Eva Edmands.
Bill setting up prayer room advances
March 28, 2012
A majority in the House approved a bill on Wednesday to install a meditation and prayer room in the Statehouse.
Danny Manning appears Tulsa bound
March 28, 2012
Kansas University assistant basketball coach Danny Manning is expected to be named Tulsa University head coach in the near future as he works on contract details with the Conference USA school.
Kansas House advances abortion ‘conscience’ bill
March 28, 2012
A bill aimed at giving Kansas health care providers more legal protection if they want to avoid any involvement in abortions is moving toward House passage.
Severe thunderstorm watch canceled
06:08 p.m., March 28, 2012 Updated 11:54 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until midnight.
House gives preliminary OK to bill that supporters say preserves religious freedom, but opponents say allows discrimination
05:09 p.m., March 28, 2012 Updated 07:04 a.m.
Two Lawrence representatives attacked the bill, called the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, as an attempt to target a city of Lawrence anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation.
Richmond man, 24, sentenced to 39 months in prison for his role in robbery
March 28, 2012
A Douglas County judge Wednesday sentenced a 24-year-old Franklin County man to serve more than three years in prison for his role in a 2011 robbery in Lawrence.
Richmond man, 24, sentenced to 39 months in prison for role in robbery
March 28, 2012
A Douglas County judge Wednesday sentenced a 24-year-old Franklin County man to serve more than three years in prison for his role in a 2011 robbery in Lawrence.
Allen Fieldhouse to open Saturday night for viewing of KU game against Ohio State on video board
March 28, 2012
Allen Fieldhouse will open on Saturday evening to allow basketball fans to watch Kansas University’s Final Four game on the fieldhouse’s giant video board.
Watkins Community Museum to open exhibit on basketball
March 28, 2012
Fans will have a chance to bone up on a little bit of basketball history prior to this weekend’s Final Four action.
Kansas Hall of Fame announces first 2012 honorees
March 28, 2012
The Kansas Hall of Fame has selected renowned Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White to its 2012 class of laureates.
Kansas House GOP split stalls immigration proposals
March 28, 2012
Proposals for cracking down on illegal immigration in Kansas are foundering because of a split among majority Republicans in the state House, but GOP leaders faced pressure from some conservatives Wednesday to get legislation moving.
Statehouse Live: Brownback confident tax cuts will be approved, says immigration should be left to feds
March 28, 2012
Speaking to the National Federation of Independent Business-Kansas, Brownback said his main goal is to reduce personal income tax rates and remove taxes on non-wage income for nearly 200,000 businesses.
Douglas County Commissioner Jim Flory seeks re-election
02:28 p.m., March 28, 2012 Updated 05:15 p.m.
Douglas County Commissioner Jim Flory is seeking a second four-year term in office.
In final vote, House rejects constitutional amendment aimed at Kansas Supreme Court, school finance
March 28, 2012
On Tuesday, the House had advanced the measure in a preliminary vote by a 91-31 margin. But on final action, the House voted 79-44 for it, which was five votes less than the 84, or two thirds majority needed to pass proposed constitutional amendments.
Barry Hinson to be hired by SIU at 3:30 p.m. press conference
Self says Hinson ‘ … positive, energetic, unselfish’
01:39 p.m., March 28, 2012 Updated 03:51 p.m.
Kansas director of basketball operations Barry Hinson will be announced as Southern Illinois’ head coach at a 3:30 p.m. press conference.
Brownback and other governors have a beef with ‘pink slime’ critics
March 28, 2012
In a joint statement, the governors called lean finely textured beef a nutritious and safe product “backed by sound science.”
Woman hospitalized, apartments briefly evacuated during haz-mat call
12:59 p.m., March 28, 2012 Updated 03:13 p.m.
A woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon as firefighters investigated a possible hazardous material incident in a Lawrence apartment.
Passengers recount fears during captain breakdown
March 28, 2012
Passengers aboard an early morning flight from New York bound for Las Vegas first noticed something wrong when the plane’s top pilot came out of the cockpit, didn’t close the door and tried to force his way into an occupied bathroom.
KU chancellor tells students: Don’t expect canceled classes if Jayhawks win national title
March 28, 2012
If Kansas University’s basketball team wins two more basketball games in New Orleans this weekend, students shouldn’t expect any days off from class.
Pittsburg State to restore Veterans Memorial
March 28, 2012
Pittsburg State University officials are working to repair the Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater after it was damaged by strong winds about a month ago.
Lawsuit planned in fatal Topeka house explosion
March 28, 2012
The family of a Topeka woman who died after her house exploded plans to sue a utility company and a lawn service.
City of Sedgwick wants out of Sedgwick County
March 28, 2012
The city of Sedgwick wants out of Sedgwick County.
Rural house fire causes at least $450,000 in damage; two cats missing
March 28, 2012
A fire that destroyed a house Tuesday southwest of Lawrence caused an estimated $450,000 in damage, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s report.
Lawrence man, 19, pleads no contest to charges stemming from bar fight
March 28, 2012
A 19-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with a Jan. 22 incident at a Lawrence bar.
Just how do KU and Ohio State match up — off the court
March 28, 2012
Perhaps some of you will be going to the Final Four in New Orleans this week, where surely you’ll run into an Ohio State Buckeye.
Bring a bit of the Big Easy to your KU watch party
March 28, 2012
New Orleans-style food is easy to make and easy to eat.
Town Talk: California-style luxury lounge to open in downtown; crowd control plans to change for downtown Final Four celebration; city studying natural gas trash trucks
March 28, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Florida teen was a victim of fear
March 28, 2012 in print edition on A8
One month later, some of us fail to understand what this is about. One month later, some of us are using the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to advance our own selfish aims or are throwing up smoke to divert our attention from what matters. One month later, a reminder seems sadly necessary.
Lawrence man enters not guilty plea for drug charges
March 28, 2012
Bounsouay Khanya, a 21-year-old Lawrence resident facing several drug charges in connection with a Dec. 28 arrest, had the court enter a plea of not guilty in a hearing Tuesday after his attorney asked the court to schedule a competency hearing in the case, according to a spokeswoman for the Douglas County District Attorney.
Passenger in Friday morning accident released from hospital
March 28, 2012
Donna Liby, the Berryton resident who was the passenger in the front seat of a Chevrolet Tahoe that ran into a large utility pole on the back of a semitrailer on Friday, has been treated and released from Kansas University Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.
Man pleads no contest to disorderly conduct charge
March 28, 2012
A Lawrence man pleaded no contest on Monday to a charge of disorderly conduct for fighting after a Jan. 26 incident.
Wis. publisher: Employees wrong to sign recall petitions
March 28, 2012
An executive of The Post-Crescent newspaper wrote an open letter to readers Saturday, apologizing for 25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists, including nine in Appleton, who signed recall petitions for Gov. Scott Walker.
EPA plan limits new power plants’ carbon pollution
March 28, 2012
The Obama administration forged ahead on Tuesday with the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants, ignoring protests from industry and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill off coal, the dominant U.S. energy source.
Supreme Court justices signal deep trouble for health care law
March 28, 2012
The fate of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was cast into deeper jeopardy Tuesday as the Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance. The court will now take up whether any remnant of the historic law can survive if that linchpin fails.
Heard on the Hill: Army ROTC cadets converge on Lawrence for competition; National Endowment for the Arts chairman blogs about Lawrence trip; more students accept financial aid
March 28, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: KU students killed in collision with North Lawrence train
March 28, 2012
It was a tragic day for the Kansas University and Lawrence communities.
40 years ago: Another late snowfall for Lawrence
March 28, 2012
Snow was falling at noon today and more was expected.
100 years ago: Rural student shows determination in overcoming snowy road to school
March 28, 2012
“Sometimes she rides but how can one ride when the horses can not get through the snow?”
FSHS soccer defeats Heights
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
Free State girls soccer opened the season with a 7-0 win over Shawnee Heights at home on Tuesday.
Journal-World All-Area Wrestling
March 28, 2012
The Lawrence Journal-World announces its all-area wrestling team.
LHS bowlers earn all-league honors
March 28, 2012
Five bowlers from Lawrence High earned accolades on the 2012 All-Sunflower League team.
KU junior Goodrich earns AP All-America honors
March 28, 2012
Kansas University guard Angel Goodrich was named Tuesday to the Associated Press’ women’s All-America team as an honorable mention.
Lions baseball gives up lead in final inning, loses home opener
March 28, 2012
There isn’t much that makes Lawrence High’s baseball team sweat.
Weis’ ways evident as Jayhawks emerge for spring football
March 28, 2012
It may have taken Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger 11 days to find new football coach Charlie Weis last December, but it took only about 10 minutes on Tuesday to comprehend how much Weis already had changed the culture at Kansas.
Self: Team thrives on unity
March 28, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who has coached two teams to Final Four berths, was willing to tackle a tough, hypothetical question on Tuesday:
Missouri St. edges out KU baseball
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
Missouri State senior Kevin Medrano’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a tie and gave the Bears a 9-8 victory over Kansas Tuesday night at Hammons Field.
KU softball splits pair with Bears
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
Kansas split its doubleheader with Missouri State Tuesday night at Killian Stadium, winning 4-2 in the opener, then losing 5-4.
LHS tennis 3rd at Emporia
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s Thomas Irick placed second in singles Tuesday at the Emporia tennis invitational. Irick went 2-1 to help the Lions finish third among six teams.
Time to shine: Withey’s long wait, hard work paying off
March 28, 2012
The college basketball dream Jeff Withey lives — preparing to go to the Final Four after swatting so many key shots that helped his team reach New Orleans — started more like a nightmare packed with cruel teases.
Lions’ swimmers win home meet
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s girls swim team won the LHS Invitational on Tuesday at Carl Knox Natatorium.
LHS softball sweeps SM West
March 28, 2012
Lauren Byrn and Kristen Gile hit two-run doubles in the eighth inning, and Lawrence High’s softball team rallied past Shawnee Mission West, 9-8, to complete a season-opening sweep Tuesday at LHS.
Lions blank Baldwin in opener, 5-0
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
Coming off a long 2011 season, when results often went in the opponent’s favor, Lawrence High’s girls soccer team got a taste Tuesday night of what it hopes will be a much more satisfying year.
Baldwin transfers excel at Lawrence High triangular
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
DayShawn Berndt held his fingers an inch apart, smiling wide while a few of his Free State teammates came up to hug him.
Hosmer belts two in K.C. win
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B2
Eric Hosmer hit two homers and had four RBIs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 9-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
Chen to start Royals’ opener
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B2
Bruce Chen, who led the Kansas City Royals in wins the past two years, will be the opening-day starter on April 6 at the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ned Yost made the announcement Tuesday after Chen had his best spring training outing in a 9-7 victory over Milwaukee, holding the Brewers to three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings, while striking out six and walking one.
Magic Johnson group to purchase Dodgers
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B2
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt announced an agreement Monday night to sell the bankrupt team for $2 billion to a group that includes former Lakers standout Magic Johnson and former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 28)
March 28, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 27.
Horoscope for March 28
March 28, 2012
For Wednesday, March 28: This year, especially after May, you will feel as if your life has taken a turn for the better. Communication flows. You might purchase a new car or computer. You have more energy and often can be found socializing. If you are single, you meet people with ease; however, it might take time for the apple of your eye to understand you. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy more time together.
Gene genie out of the bottle
March 28, 2012
Worried about cybertheft? That’s so 20th century. Tonight’s “NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS) explores a brave new world that’s now upon us: the era of the genetic code and the powerful and potentially dangerous information it can reveal.
Affordable education
Encouraging families to save for their children’s future isn’t the whole answer to making higher education more affordable.
March 28, 2012
A conference being planned at Kansas University addresses one side of the growing student debt problem, but it shouldn’t let KU and other universities think they don’t have to do their part to cut costs and control tuition.
Fantastic fans
March 28, 2012
It feels awfully good to be a Jayhawk today, not just because of the thrilling victory over North Carolina and the great showing by the women’s basketball team, but because Jayhawk Nation celebrated the right way.
Spending doesn’t equal achievement
March 28, 2012
Recent ads in Kansas newspapers have told the truth about the unacceptable level of reading and math scores for Kansas students. Yet, for the state education commissioner and education lobbyists to continue to deny these documented results from Kansas schools is a disservice to our students, their parents and taxpayers. This massive cover-up has gone on for years and needs to stop!
Weis excited by hoops success
March 28, 2012
During his first few months in town, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis made it clear that he was a big fan of college basketball.