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Free State softball sweeps season-opening doubleheader
March 30, 2013
The Free State softball team scored at least one run in each inning of a season-opening doubleheader against Shawnee Mission South, winning 11-2 and 14-4 on Saturday at FSHS. By Jesse Newell
Jury deadlocks in murder trial for man on parole for killing Lawrence woman
March 30, 2013
Jurors have deadlocked in the trial of a man charged with killing a Wichita woman while on parole for killing a Lawrence woman.
Rea, LHS baseball make quick work of Blue Valley North
March 30, 2013
The one run Lawrence High pitcher Adam Rea yielded to defending Class 6A state champion Blue Valley North to open the game proved to be all the Mustangs could scrape together in a fast-paced, 6-1 Lions victory that lasted all of an hour and 22 minutes. By Benton Smith
At city Easter egg hunts, children hop to it
March 30, 2013
Children lined the edges of the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center pool Saturday afternoon as they waited for the go-ahead to hop in. Most of them were armed with baskets and goggles, prepared to search the pool in a not-so-run-of-the-mill Easter egg hunt. More than 100 kids attended the Underwater Eggstravaganza, hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. By Meagan Thomas
Notebook: Michigan’s Mitch McGary on low blow: ‘It was intentional’
March 30, 2013
Michigan’s Mitch McGary was a bit surprised to get whacked in the groin area by Kansas’ Elijah Johnson in the opening moments of Friday’s overtime victory over the Jayhawks. By Gary Bedore • Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
Royals wrap up spring training with another win
March 30, 2013
The Kansas City Royals wrapped up their most successful spring training in team history with one final win. Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Elliot Johnson and Roman Hernandez homered as the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Friday.
LHS soccer loses opener, 10-0
March 30, 2013
The Lawrence High girls soccer team lost its first game of the season, 10-0, to Shawnee Mission East on Friday at SM North.
Jumpers lead KU at Texas Relays
March 30, 2013
Christen Guenther and Natalia Barnovskaya leaped to school-record marks in the pole vault and five Kansas University track and field athletes earned event titles, Friday at the Texas Relays.
KU baseball falls in extras at OU
March 30, 2013
Oklahoma’s Matt Oberste brought home a runner with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly, giving the Sooners a 2-1 victory over Kansas University on Friday.
Texas sweeps Kansas softball doubleheader
March 30, 2013
Eighth-ranked Texas completed a resounding sweep of the Kansas University softball team on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark. Kansas (21-10 overall, 0-3 Big 12) totalled just nine hits in three games against the Longhorns (32-4, 5-0), who defeated the Jayhawks, 16-4 and 5-4 on Friday.
Steady pitching leads FSHS baseball past BVSW, 6-1
March 30, 2013
Free State High junior pitcher Ryan Cantrell didn’t overwhelm any Blue Valley Southwest batters with his velocity Friday afternoon at FSHS, but the right-hander dealt with such precision the visiting Timberwolves never posed a threat in a 6-1 Firebirds victory.
Opinion: KU’s stunning loss comes down to karma
March 30, 2013
How did Kansas lose a game it had locked up? Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says the Jayhawks must have been undermined by cosmic fate following an unnecessary foul in the first half. • Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
Local governments seldom bid major roofing projects
March 30, 2013
Area school districts, cities and counties often use prenegotiated master contracts through a national cooperative for roofing projects and other major purchases. Officials say it saves time and expense—but some critics call it a form of bid-rigging. By Peter Hancock
Simons’ Saturday Column: KU mission should include helping grads find jobs
March 30, 2013
Kansas University commencement exercises are two months away, on Sunday, May 19. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the graduates have jobs lined up that tie in with their studies at the university. A substantial number of the men and women may be considering graduate studies, and there will be those who choose to enter one of the nation’s military branches.
Letter: Tax distortion
March 30, 2013
Some people are saying that the $92 million bond issue will not raise property taxes. This is misleading. Property taxes are scheduled to go down soon. The bond issue won’t increase taxes, but it will prevent taxes from going down like they’re supposed to. Don’t believe the distortions. If the bond issue passes, your taxes will be higher then if the bond issue doesn’t pass.
Letter: Debt load
March 30, 2013
$18 million public library expansion. $19 million water treatment. $25 million new recreation center. $20 million-$40 million police department “upgrades.” $64 million sewage treatment plant. $92.5 million school “upgrades.” Total: $258.5 million additional debt on the city level. This doesn’t include massive state and federal debts.
Letter: Well-defined plan
March 30, 2013
In its editorial of Sunday, March 24, “Bond reservations,” the Journal-World takes the position that the arguments in favor of the school bond are not “overwhelmingly persuasive.” The editors use misleading phrases. They claim that the bond issue “seems to be throwing money at a variety of undefined problems.” They wonder if there’s a better way “than simply to pour money into aging facilities.”
Letter: Weak opposition
March 30, 2013
To the editor: Though involved in the bond planning as a consultant, I write this as a parent and community member. In my opinion, Tuesday night’s school bond town hall meeting failed to present equally thoughtful arguments on both sides of the issue. One side was an argument supporting a thorough plan moving Lawrence schools forward. The other an ad hoc argument voiced on behalf of Americans for Prosperity, apparently formulated to misdirect, with little understanding of the bond process or details.
Opinion: Speech won’t forward peace process
March 30, 2013 in print edition on A9
“I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those (Palestinian) kids, they’d say I want these kids to succeed.”      — Barack Obama, in Jerusalem, March 21      Very true. But how does the other side feel about Israeli kids?
40 years ago: Manufacturing plant considers site in Eudora
March 30, 2013
The Chicago Battery Co. had requested a meeting with the City Council.
100 years ago: Bowersock Mills ‘pays the penalty’ of growth with new grain elevators
March 30, 2013
“The new elevators which will be of the modern tubular variety are to be made entirely of concrete.”
Tune In Tonight: ‘Orphan’ a complicated new drama
March 30, 2013
“That’s you, all over!” could be the tagline for the new head-scratcher “Orphan Black” (8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America). Part of a lineup of supernatural fare, including a new episode of “Doctor Who” (7 p.m. Saturday, BBC America), “Black” asks a lot of star Tatiana Maslany.
25 years ago: New license plates to be issued to Kansas drivers
March 30, 2013
One part of the bill would change the design of the tags.
Horoscopes for March 30
March 30, 2013
For Saturday, March 30: This year you often have to redo conversations or repeat your point over and over again. Some of you might decide to sign up for a class in communication, while others simply will go with the flow. If you are single, you can work with nearly anyone, but take your time and wait for the right person. If you are attached, you seem to be able to communicate on many levels.