Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Ashley Falkner, left, an incoming Kansas University freshman from Olathe, and her mother, Julie Falkner, a 1990 KU graduate, eat  on the balcony, and near a Jayhawk flag, Thursday at Embers restaurant, overlooking Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The two were with a friend and Julie’s husband, Michael, also a 1990 graduate. The Falkner family attended the 2008 championship game in San Antonio, and the parents were students when KU won the championship in 1988. Of all the luck: Events unfortunately scheduled at same time as KU game
March 29, 2012
Hilary Morton is as big a Jayhawk fan as they come. But the director of choirs at Free State High School wasn’t too pleased to hear about the approximate 7:49 p.m. start time for Saturday’s game.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor scans around the Superdome as the Jayhawks take the court for practice on Friday, March 30, 2012. Aaron Craft tough, but Tyshawn Taylor won’t bare soul
March 30, 2012
One of the smallest key players in the Final Four also happens to be one of the biggest pests. That’s so often how it works, isn’t it? His name is Aaron Craft and teammates talk tall about him.
2:00 p.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department patrol car responds to a call at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. Officers won’t face criminal charges in ticket-fixing case
2:13 p.m., March 30, 2012 Updated 2:23 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Friday that prosecutors have determined the results of 18 past criminal cases would not be undermined even though two officers who were witnesses recently were dismissed from the Lawrence Police Department after a ticket-fixing scandal.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor scans around the Superdome as the Jayhawks take the court for practice on Friday, March 30, 2012. FINALLY: KU, Ohio State healthy, ready for rematch
March 31, 2012
Tyshawn Taylor had trouble concentrating fully on basketball back on Dec. 10 — the afternoon of the Kansas-Ohio State game in Allen Fieldhouse.
10:45 p.m.
Kansas guard Elijah Johnson takes in the roar of the crowd as he leaves the floor following the Jayhawks' 64-62 win over Ohio State on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Superdome. FINAL: KU pushes past Ohio State, 64-62, to advance to championship game
March 31, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team overcame a 13-point first-half deficit, rallying to beat Ohio State, 64-62, in the national semifinals on Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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Lawrence man, 41, arrested on suspicion of indecent liberties with child
March 31, 2012
A 41-year-old Lawrence man was arrested in the 4800 block of Bob Billings Parkway on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child on Saturday afternoon.
Driver injured in car wreck on KU campus
March 31, 2012
One person was transported by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after a single-car accident on Jayhawk Boulevard on Kansas University’s campus Saturday.
Around and about in local business
March 31, 2012
Local business news for the week ending March 30, 2012.
UNSURVIVABLE!’ New tornado warnings aim to scare
March 31, 2012
Even expert storm chases would have struggled to decipher the difference between the tornado warnings sent last May before severe weather hit Joplin and, a few days later, headed again toward downtown Kansas City.
Prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case known for being tough
March 31, 2012
The special prosecutor leading the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer is known for her tough tactics aimed at locking up criminals for long sentences and making it difficult to negotiate light plea bargains.
Syria says it won’t be first to lay down arms
March 31, 2012
Syria rejected international envoy Kofi Annan’s call for the regime to halt violence first just days after the government agreed to a cease-fire plan. A senior official declared victory over the opposition.
Congress gets rough treatment from Supreme Court
March 31, 2012
The Supreme Court left little doubt during last week’s marathon arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that it has scant faith in Congress’ ability to get anything done.
Obama postpones many issues until elections
March 31, 2012
Missile defense isn’t the only area in which President Barack Obama will have “more flexibility” if he’s re-elected. Immigration, the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, gay marriage, tax policy and other issues could invite bold initiatives by a president who knows he will never run for office again, especially if his party gains ground in congressional elections.
Clinton: Time running out for diplomacy with Iran
March 31, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear Saturday that time is running out for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program and said talks aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would resume in mid-April.
FINAL: KU pushes past Ohio State, 64-62, to advance to championship game
March 31, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team overcame a 13-point first-half deficit, rallying to beat Ohio State, 64-62, in the national semifinals on Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Done right, humor can help candidates
March 31, 2012
Mitt Romney hit an off note when he told a “humorous” story about his dad shutting down a factory.
Titanic’s legacy: A fascination with disasters
March 31, 2012
Epic disasters — the anguished cries, the stories of heroism — are the central narratives of our age, both enthralling and horrifying. And our obsession began a century ago, unfolding in just 160 terrifying minutes, on a supposedly unsinkable ship, as more than 1,500 souls slipped into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. And the band played on.
Jayhawks land Bishop Miege QB Montell Cozart
04:32 p.m., March 31, 2012 Updated 01:18 a.m.
The quarterback parade continues for the Kansas University football team, which learned Saturday that Bishop Miege High quarterback Montell Cozart had orally committed to Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks.
Bruce Weber to be next Kansas State coach
12:29 p.m., March 31, 2012 Updated 04:35 p.m.
Bruce Weber knows that Kansas State fans may not accept him right away. That much became clear when a small rally for another coaching candidate turned into a protest of his hiring.
Holder of winning Kansas ticket hasn’t come forward
09:49 a.m., March 31, 2012 Updated 11:31 p.m.
Someone who bought a golden Mega Millions ticket in northeast Kansas is now the state’s all-time jackpot winner, but lottery officials said Saturday that the person hadn’t come forward to claim a share of the $640 million prize.
City Commission agenda for April 3
March 31, 2012
It mainly will be a night of ceremony for city commissioners as they vote for a new mayor and vice mayor, and as outgoing mayor Aron Cromwell delivers the State of the City address.
Pump patrol
March 31, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.69 at several stations.
Man pleads no contest to attempting to elude police
March 31, 2012
A 23-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Friday to one count of attempting to elude a police officer as part of a February chase that began in the 2200 block of Vermont Street.
Law enforcement officers execute warrant in west Lawrence
March 31, 2012
Lawrence police officers and detectives executed a search warrant Friday afternoon at a west Lawrence residence as part of an ongoing investigation, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.
Preschool students can enroll Monday
March 31, 2012
Enrollment for Kennedy School’s pre-kindergarten and peer model programs begins Monday.
Simien’s free throw finals postponed
March 31, 2012
Finals of the second Wayne Simien Free Throw Challenge have been postponed from Sunday to next Saturday.
Judge sides with ACLU on abortion insurance
March 31, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union has won a legal round in its effort to overturn a Kansas law that restricts insurance coverage for abortions.
City appeals ruling on sidewalk ordinance
March 31, 2012
A city prosecutor argued Friday in district court that the city’s sidewalk ordinance, which was ruled unconstitutionally vague earlier this year, was written clearly.
While parents debate, baby doesn’t hesitate
Girl born in parking lot with no complications
March 31, 2012
Joy came into the world suddenly.
Jayhawk baseball falls, 3-1, to Red Raiders
March 31, 2012
Texas Tech starting pitcher Duke von Schamann limited Kansas University’s baseball team to two hits and one run in nine innings Friday as the Red Raiders beat the Jayhawks, 3-1, at Hoglund Ballpark.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 31)
March 31, 2012 in print edition on A7
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 30.
Geubelle second for KU track and field at Texas Relays
March 31, 2012
Kansas University triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle placed second on the third day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday.
Texas tennis blanks KU, 7-0
March 31, 2012
Kansas University doubles partners Monica Pezzotti and Dylan Windom won KU’s only match of the day as the Jayhawks lost a dual to the Texas Longhorns, 7-0, on Friday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
K.C.’s O’Sullivan baffles White Sox
March 31, 2012 in print edition on A2
Sean O’Sullivan threw five hitless innings, Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-2, Friday night.
Payton to appeal suspension
March 31, 2012 in print edition on A2
Saints coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension from the NFL for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system. And he’s not the only one looking for a little relief from the penalties handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Sooners softball perfect vs. KU
March 31, 2012
Oklahoma All-American pitcher Keilani Ricketts threw her first career perfect game as the seventh-ranked Sooners beat Kansas, 8-0 in five innings, on Friday at Marita Hynes Field.
Royals, Gordon agree on 4 years
March 31, 2012 in print edition on A2
Alex Gordon went from a bust to busting the bank.
Koch Industries and Koch brothers are assets to state
March 31, 2012
What is it, or why is it, that the name Koch, particularly here in Lawrence and Kansas, seems to trigger such angry, passionate and negative responses from a certain segment of the community, particularly among some at Kansas University?
Wesley has been here before
March 31, 2012
The last time Kansas University forward Justin Wesley was in the Superdome for the Final Four, he was 11 years old and there to watch his brother.
Jayhawks tickled by big stage
March 31, 2012
The elevated court in the New Orleans Superdome takes some getting used to.
FINALLY: KU, Ohio State healthy, ready for rematch
March 31, 2012
Tyshawn Taylor had trouble concentrating fully on basketball back on Dec. 10 — the afternoon of the Kansas-Ohio State game in Allen Fieldhouse.
‘Glue guy’ Travis Releford keeps Jayhawks calm
March 31, 2012
The clock on the locker room wall expired, and when Jordan Juenemann saw it, he and the rest of the Kansas men’s basketball players prepared to take the court for the Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 game against N.C. State.
Son Tyler Self saw success coming
March 31, 2012
Tyler Self remembers exchanging thoughts with Bill Self, Kansas University’s ninth-year coach, during one of their fairly common father-son basketball rap sessions, not long after the release of the preseason college basketball polls.
25 years ago: Majority of school-board candidates against second high school
March 31, 2012
Five of the seven candidates were not in favor of building a second high school in Lawrence.
40 years ago: Kansas City researchers attend Lawrence workshop
March 31, 2012
Twelve staff members of the Midwest Research Institute had visited KU for several workshops conducted by the Kansas Geological Survey.
Gift of health
March 31, 2012
As we celebrate National Doctors Day, we would like to publicly thank the physicians of Douglas County who volunteer with Health Care Access Clinic day in and day out. These 100-plus doctors share their time and talents on our team providing medical care for the uninsured, low-income of our community. (See the full list in our Friday ad and on
‘Phog’ stories
March 31, 2012
I knew “Phog” Allen for many, many years and he told me three things I’ve never forgotten.
Missouri rivalry will be missed
March 31, 2012
When Missouri announced that it was leaving the Big 12, I was shaken to the roots of my being. The idea was unthinkable. It felt as if some basic law of nature had been violated: Spring would no longer follow winter, chocolate ice cream would no longer taste good. It was a denial of geographic reality, as if the new map would show a blank space east of Kansas, with the legend, “There be dragons here.”
Obama ‘flexibility’ sends chilling message
March 31, 2012 in print edition on B8
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him (Putin) to give me space. … This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”      — Barack Obama to Dmitry Medvedev, open mic, March 26 You don’t often hear an American president secretly (he thinks) assuring foreign leaders that concessions are coming their way, but they must wait because he’s seeking re-election and he dare not tell his own people.
Horoscope for March 31
March 31, 2012
For Saturday, March 31: You have get-up-and-go. Remember, you come first, because if you do not take good care of yourself, you will have nothing to offer. If you are single, you could meet someone who is always unhappy. If you are attached, your partner might be withdrawn and somewhat aloof. Show your caring manner anyway.
Kids’ Choice Awards turns 25
March 31, 2012
Will Smith hosts the 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards (8 p.m., Nickelodeon). Over the years, Smith has also been the recipient of 10 Kids’ Choice Awards.
Around and About for March 31, 2012
March 31, 2012
Air Force Airman Kyle C. Merkel, a 2008 graduate of Eudora High School, completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
100 years ago: A narrow escape for KU campus building
March 31, 2012
“An accident occurred on the hill this afternoon that was trifling in its results but which threatened the destruction of Robinson gymnasium.”
OSU’s Aaron Craft better player than coach
March 31, 2012
It’s a well known fact that Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft is the glue that holds the Buckeyes together, the motor that makes his team go, the tough-as-nails, lead-by-intensity player who would do anything to help his team win.