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Archive for Friday, March 15, 2013

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12:02 a.m.
Brady Tanner receives a hug from Special Olympics teammate Ryan Banning Thursday night honoring Brady’s induction into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. His family and friends gathered for a ceremony at the Coffin Complex on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. Powerlifter to take place among elite American Indian athletes in national hall of fame
March 14, 2013
Hundreds of trophies and medals filled six tables Thursday night in the Coffin Sports Complex on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. The display was part of a ceremony honoring the achievements of Lawrence powerlifter Brady Tanner. On Saturday, Tanner will become the first Special Olympian inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo., joining the likes of Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills. But for all his achievements — including three gold medals from the 2011 World Special Olympic Games in Greece and numerous national titles — Tanner’s attitude was the attribute most mentioned by event speakers. By Adam Strunk
11:43 a.m.
County commissioners and administrators begin a tour of the newly
expanded and renovated Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E.
11th St. The $4 million expansion increased space for several
departments, including new offices for police detectives, a larger
dispatch center and new judicial quarters.
Federal budget cuts cost Kansas federal courthouses, prosecutors, defenders more than $750,000
March 15, 2013
Budget problems are nothing new for Kansas courthouses, but with the “sequester” that took effect Friday, federal courts and prosecutors in the state are seeing budget cuts in the hundreds of thousands. By Ian Cummings
11:44 p.m.
Kansas forward Perry Ellis comes in for a dunk against Iowa State during the first half of the semifinal round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Feeling free: Perry Ellis has career game as KU downs Iowa State
March 15, 2013
Kansas freshman forward Perry Ellis exploded for a career-high 23 points off 10-of-12 shooting and 3-of-3 free throwing, with six rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes as KU advanced to the Big 12 tournament championship game against Kansas State. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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Feeling free: Perry Ellis has career game as KU downs Iowa State
March 15, 2013
Kansas freshman forward Perry Ellis exploded for a career-high 23 points off 10-of-12 shooting and 3-of-3 free throwing, with six rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes as KU advanced to the Big 12 tournament championship game against Kansas State. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
Opinion: Perry Ellis developing into nice March surprise for KU
March 15, 2013
A Sprint Center-record crowd of 19,160 watched Kansas forward Perry Ellis turn from a freshman into a sophomore in one night, his confidence growing exponentially as the game progressed, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
How former Jayhawks fared in March 15 NBA games
March 15, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA games.
Cyclones: Perry Ellis too much
March 15, 2013
With the haunting memory of Elijah Johnson’s 39-point explosion in Ames, Iowa, still fresh in their minds, several Iowa State Cyclones admitted that Friday’s 88-73 semifinal loss to Kansas University at Sprint Center felt like deja vu. Only with a different player. By Matt Tait
Weekend wrap-up: Two men sentenced in Lawrence home invasions, Linwood man faces a federal gun charge
March 15, 2013
A wrap-up of cases this week in the Douglas County and federal courts: A Linwood man faces a federal gun charge, and two men are sentenced in two separate recent Lawrence home invasions.
Lawrence man sentenced to probation for burglary
March 15, 2013
A 21-year-old Lawrence man has been sentenced to two years of probation for breaking into a residence just southwest of Eudora in October.
Lawrence man sentenced to 12 years in prison for stabbing his wife in 2011
March 15, 2013
A 39-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Friday for stabbing his wife in 2011. By Ian Cummings
Appeals panel upholds conviction of man in string of west Lawrence robberies
March 15, 2013
A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the conviction of a man sentenced to serve more than 10 years in prison for a burglary spree at three west Lawrence homes in 2011. By Scott Rothschild
Town Hall meeting to focus on school bond issue
March 15, 2013
A town hall meeting on March 26 will give voters an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed $92.5 million school bond issue.
Overland Park man sentenced to five years in prison for fatal 2010 drunken-driving collision in Lawrence
March 15, 2013
A 24-year-old Overland Park man was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for accidentally killing a Lawrence woman in a 2010 vehicle collision on Clinton Parkway. Ian Cummings
KU researchers appearing on Weather Channel show to discuss mass extinctions from radiation bursts
March 15, 2013
Three Kansas University researchers are set to appear on a Weather Channel TV show next week to talk about the possible damage to Earth caused by bursts of radiation coming from space.
Charter schools bill fails in Kansas House committee
March 15, 2013
With both sides claiming they wanted what was best for students, a bill that would have expanded charter schools in Kansas was rejected on Friday. House Bill 2320 failed on a 9-10 vote in the House Education Committee. By Scott Rothschild
Federal budget cuts cost Kansas federal courthouses, prosecutors, defenders more than $750,000
March 15, 2013
Budget problems are nothing new for Kansas courthouses, but with the “sequester” that took effect Friday, federal courts and prosecutors in the state are seeing budget cuts in the hundreds of thousands. By Ian Cummings
Royals win again, 5-3 over Indians
March 15, 2013
Adam Moore hit two of the Kansas City Royals’ seven doubles and drove in two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
FSHS swims to first at Emporia Invitational; LHS sixth
March 15, 2013
Free State High’s girls swimming and diving team collected 481 points on its way to a first-place finish Thursday at the Emporia Invitational.
Lions track and field opens season at Topeka West
March 15, 2013
Leah Gabler won two individual events for Lawrence High’s track team Thursday at the season-opening Topeka West Midwinter Classic.
Firebirds shake off rust in season-opening track quad
12:03 a.m., March 15, 2013 Updated 09:58 a.m.
With no team scores being kept at their season-opening home quadrangular on Thursday, Free State’s track and field athletes got a chance to shake out the cobwebs. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: Police defuse homemade bomb at local store
March 15, 2013
“I didn’t really know for sure, but it sure looked like a bomb. It had a clock,” said a store employee.
40 years ago: Tornado season arrives before sirens installed
March 15, 2013
Seven of the 15 sirens in the network had been delivered and only two of them had been installed.
100 years ago: Strong storm heralds coming of spring
March 15, 2013
“The weather disturbance was one of the most violent that has prevailed here in the month of March for many years.”
Kansas City adds cornerback Smith
March 15, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with cornerback Sean Smith on a three-year deal to help shore up the secondary.
Chiefs release Cassel
March 15, 2013
Matt Cassel’s rocky career in Kansas City came to an abrupt ending on Thursday, when the Chiefs released their former starting quarterback with two years left on his contract.
City offering home rehabilitation loans
March 15, 2013
The city of Lawrence is offering loan funding for home rehabilitations, including foundation, wiring, plumbing and roofing repairs, as well as for painting. According to a city press release, the funds, provided through the Community Development Block Grant, will go toward rehabilitating homes to make them habitable “to help maintain affordable, safe and healthy housing for the community.”
Letter: Tend to business
March 15, 2013
It seems that, every day, one finds in the Journal-World another example of our esteemed legislators at work sponsoring bills that do little or nothing to enhance the general welfare of the state or the residents thereof. The latest example of such inane foolishness is a bill “supported by the NRA,” and others, which would limit lobbying for gun control. Supporters argue that “taxpayer funds should not be used to lobby for restrictions on legal products.”
Opinion: Marriage act may fall
March 15, 2013 in print edition on A6
Given his track record on marital fidelity, former President Bill Clinton is not the person I would consult about “committed, loving relationships.” Clinton used those words in a Washington Post op-ed last week, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman, which he signed into law.
Opinion: New pope could impact Latin America
March 15, 2013 in print edition on A6
One of the biggest questions about Pope Francis is whether he will be a politically activist pontiff who — much as he has done in Argentina — will be a thorn in the side of leftist-populist governments throughout Latin America. Some say he will.
Editorial: Water pressure
Continuing drought conditions point to the need for long-term change in how Kansas uses its water resources.
March 15, 2013
The recent rain helped to clean our streets from the dingy mess the late winter had left behind. After the snow and the fun of sledding and making forts and snow creatures, the warmer temperatures and rain were welcome. That modest amount of precipitation (less than 2 inches so far in 2013 in Lawrence) did not, however, make any meaningful impact on the drought.
Horoscopes for March 15
March 15, 2013
For Friday, March 15: This year you communicate with precision because you want others to receive your message. Unfortunately, you can’t control others’ responses; however, you can clarify and confirm that they understand you. If you are single, you might meet someone in a class or by participating in some other mind-opening experience. If you are attached, a conversation will reveal that the two of you need to revive a goal.
Tune In Tonight: Dick Cheney is largely unchanged
March 15, 2013
Showtime wades into the documentary field in a big way with “The World According to Dick Cheney” (8 p.m.) directed by R.J. Cutler.