Archive for Monday, March 17, 2014

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12:47 a.m.
Donna Hoegler, 33, of Tonganoxie, was crowned Mrs. Kansas on March 1 at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo. She'll appear in the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend. Tonganoxie hairstylist overcomes rare disorder and becomes Mrs. Kansas 2014
March 17, 2014
Donna Hoegler stood on the Folly Theater stage, ready to answer a judge’s question.
7:40 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo. Raven Rajani, founder and director of Loving Paws Animal Assisted Therapy, left, visits Marion Counts, center, a resident at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, with her dogs, Brahma, left and therapy dog Shakti, right. The therapy animal teams provide services throughout the community, including visits to community centers, nursing care facilities and schools. Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy
March 17, 2014
Loving Paws, a animal-assisted therapy program, provides services across Douglas County, including regular trips to Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Kansas University residence halls and the Lawrence Cancer Center, as well as in-home private visits. Marion Counts, a Brandon Woods resident, receives weekly visits from Brahma and Shakti, a Boxer puppy and pit bull owned by the program’s founder and director. Counts, 79, suffers from Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart problems, and the dogs give him a chance to reconnect to an active lifestyle. By Joanna Hlavacek
10:24 a.m.
Nickie Daneke of Catholic Charities is pictured in front of the agency's soon-to-be home at 1247 Kentucky Street. Part of her job as a social worker for the organization has been to help women from domestic abuse situations find housing so that they may not have to move back in with their abusers. Domestic violence survivors find new homes, new hope
March 17, 2014
Tears. That’s what Nickie Daneke, the director of emergency assistance for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, remembers when she told the domestic violence survivor that she and her three children had been approved for housing. Tears of joy, tears of exhaustion, tears of relief. “‘Betty’ had left her abusive husband after years of abuse to her and children,” said Daneke. In her hasty flight to the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter, she was unable to bring any belongings, including key documents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards. Her husband never allowed her to have access to money, so she was broke. By Micki Chestnut
12:51 p.m.
Shutterstock image - virtual school Lawrence prepares for full takeover of troubled virtual high school
March 17, 2014
The Lawrence school district is preparing to take over full control of the troubled Lawrence Virtual High School. The move comes at a time when some officials are questioning the effectiveness of privately-operated public virtual schools. By Peter Hancock
6:44 p.m.
A man drives his small tractor down Massachusetts Street during Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Creativity abounds at Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2014
There were more than 100 entries in today’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade, which drew thousands of green-clad spectators and a cast of Irish-themed characters to downtown Lawrence. By Giles Bruce

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Eastern Kentucky eager for Kansas matchup with or without Embiid
March 17, 2014
With just two players on the Eastern Kentucky roster standing 6-foot-8 and 11 of the 13 others coming in at 6-5 or shorter, the 15th-seeded Colonels know they caught a bit of a break by matching up with a second-seeded Kansas University squad that figures to be without 7-foot center Joel Embiid in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in St. Louis. By Matt Tait
Kansas assistant Townsend recalls days at EKU
March 17, 2014
Former Western Kentucky basketball standout Kurtis Townsend remembers catching a lot of flak during a reception held before his one and only season as assistant hoops coach at Eastern Kentucky University. By Gary Bedore
Column: Cozart’s future at QB, not WR, for Kansas
March 17, 2014
Todd Reesing beat out Kerry Meier in the spring of 2007, and not too long after that, Meier became one of the most prolific wide receivers in Kansas University football history. Might that happen with Montell Cozart in the event either Jake Heaps or T.J. Millweard beats out Cozart for the starting quarterback job? Probably not. By Tom Keegan
Lawrence library board of trustees wary of ice rink idea for Vermont Street
March 17, 2014
The board of trustees for the Lawrence Public Library expressed uncertainty about placing an ice skating rink in between its permanent location and new parking garage on Vermont Street Monday.
Colorado man pleads guilty to Lawrence bank robbery
March 17, 2014
A 37-year-old Colorado man pleaded guilty today to a bank robbery that occurred in Lawrence in September, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Creativity abounds at Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2014
There were more than 100 entries in today’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade, which drew thousands of green-clad spectators and a cast of Irish-themed characters to downtown Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Director of KU news service to leave post for job in Ohio
March 17, 2014
Jill Jess Phythyon, who began at KU in fall 2007, will leave her post as director of KU news and media relations for another position. Filling in as interim director will be David Martin, currently communications director for the KU School of Medicine.
Tonganoxie man ticketed for painting traditional St. Patrick’s Day stripe through downtown
March 17, 2014
A green stripe has been painted down Fourth Street all but one year of the St. Patrick’s Parade through downtown Tonganoxie.
Lawmakers scolded for ‘presumption of guilt’ wording in terrorism debate
March 17, 2014
Kansas lawmakers who use the name of a man charged in a Wichita terrorism case to push broadened civil and criminal anti-terrorism statutes are doing him disservice because he hasn’t yet stood trial, critics say, and some of the legislators involved in the discussion agree.
Lawmakers scolded for wording in terrorism debate
March 17, 2014
Kansas lawmakers who use the name of a man charged in a Wichita terrorism case to push broadened civil and criminal anti-terrorism statutes are doing him disservice because he hasn’t yet stood trial, critics say, and some of the legislators involved in the discussion agree.
KU Medical School wins accreditation; concern cited over main training building, diversity
11:41 a.m., March 17, 2014 Updated 04:01 p.m.
The Kansas University School of Medicine has received full accreditation for the next eight years, although the accrediting body cited the school for noncompliance in two areas, including a lack of diversity on the faculty. By Scott Rothschild
Today in Lawrence: St. Patrick’s Day madness
March 17, 2014
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014! Now brace yourself for some madness. The fun starts at 9 a.m., when early-bird entries for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade start lining up east of South Park on Rhode Island, stretching south from 12th Street. The largest floats will congregate in a zone between 15th and 17th streets, if you’re hoping to get a sneak peek. They have to be checked in by 10 a.m.
Eastern Kentucky eager for KU ‘challenge’
March 17, 2014
Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer and his players had very little reaction to seeing Kansas University on the line above theirs when the 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday afternoon. “We knew we were going to draw a great team,” said Neubauer, now in his ninth season in charge of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament champions. “We knew we were gonna draw a Duke or Michigan or Kansas. And we just happened to draw one of the greatest programs in the history of college basketball, so our team is looking forward to the challenge, and we’ll see if we’re ready for this test.” By Matt Tait
Self pleased with KU’s No. 2 seed despite tough NCAA regional draw
March 17, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self can make a case for the NCAA Tournament’s South Regional being the toughest of all four in the upcoming Big Dance. “But you just want to win two games this weekend. That’s the focus,” Self said after it was revealed his No. 2-seeded Jayhawks would meet No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky in a South Regional opener at 3:10 p.m. Friday in St. Louis. By Gary Bedore
Royals top Padres in 10
March 17, 2014
Jason Vargas cruised through four innings before allowing two home runs in the fifth during the Kansas City Royals’ 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Sunday.
Kansas rowing gets 2 more wins
March 17, 2014
Kansas University won Third Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Four races and had six top-three finishes Sunday at the Louisville Rowing Invitational.
Column: Without Embiid, possible UNM rematch would be toss-up
March 17, 2014
One game, more than any other, demonstrated how much having 7-foot freshman center Joel Embiid on the floor changes the Kansas University basketball team for the better: Dec. 14 in Sprint Center against New Mexico, a possible NCAA Tournament opponent in St. Louis if KU survives Eastern Kentucky. Column by Tom Keegan
KU tennis rolls over WVU, 7-0
March 17, 2014
Paulina Los ran her singles winning streak to eight matches, and Kansas University tennis routed West Virginia, 7-0, Sunday at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
Harmon-Thomas wins two events
March 17, 2014
Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas won two events at the New Balance Nationals Indoor on Saturday in New York, N.Y.
Eudorans make All-Frontier team
March 17, 2014
Eudora High senior Andrew Ballock and freshman Mitchell Ballock not only won a state championship Saturday but they also earned first-team All-Frontier League honors.
Kansas baseball wins UT series
March 17, 2014
Kansas University rode a five-run ninth to a 6-1 Big 12 baseball victory over 10th-ranked Texas on Sunday at Disch-Falk Field.
25 years ago: Dry conditions worrying Lawrence fire chief
March 17, 2014
A seven-day emergency burning ban had been set earlier in the week.
100 years ago: City considers mausoleum for Oak Hill Cemetery
March 17, 2014
“It is estimated that the structure will contain at least 200 crypts.”
Lawrence Police discipline 10 for misconduct in ‘13
March 17, 2014
Twenty three complaints were filed against Lawrence Police Department employees last year — 12 of them from within the department itself.
As demand in academia lags, Humanities grads search for new options
March 17, 2014
As tenure-track jobs at universities decline, many highly educated and highly specialized graduates who studied the humanities and arts in master’s and doctoral programs are trying to figure out what else they can do with all their expertise.
Bankruptcies for March 17
March 17, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for March 17
March 17, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for March 17
March 17, 2014
Marriage licenses granted in Douglas County.
Editorial: Art, life
Art is a wonderful addition to our lives, but sometimes art, like life, doesn’t last forever.
March 17, 2014
Sometimes art is fleeting. Look at Christo, the artist who wrapped sidewalks in Kansas City, positioned bright umbrellas in the California hills and created a ribbon of saffron fabric gates through New York City’s Central Park. Or the monks who spent three days at the Lawrence Arts Center last November creating an intricate sand mandela only to see their work swept away the next day.
Letter: Halt death penalty
March 17, 2014
After languishing nearly 30 years on Louisiana’s death row, Glenn Ford was released from prison last Tuesday when DNA evidence proved his innocence. This is a stark reminder of the continued imprisonment and execution innocent individuals across the nation.
Letter: Distracting issues
March 17, 2014
We’re moving toward another election. Soon I expect the biennial emergence of the “Social Issues” that excite voters and distract us from focusing on other issues that influence the health of our state and our nation. Sadly, in discussion of the social issues, we often lose sight of the most fundamental question: Is it the proper role of our government to define acceptable behavior in our private lives?
Opinion: U.S. monetary policy spurs inequality
March 17, 2014
Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government’s role in exacerbating inequality.
40 years ago: Raccoon bites send woman, son to doctor
March 17, 2014
The husband had brought the animal home, since, he said, it seemed tame.
Business Briefcase March 17
March 17, 2014
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corp. of Lawrence and Douglas County is seeking feedback from area professionals on workforce qualifications and availability.
Yoga Central: Triangle pose teaches you to delete the tension from everyday tasks
March 17, 2014
Why do yoga? What benefits does it bring? And what if I’m not young and flexible — does that mean I can’t do it? These are questions people new to yoga often ask, and we’ll do our best to address them in this new feature, Yoga Central.
Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy
March 17, 2014
Loving Paws, a animal-assisted therapy program, provides services across Douglas County, including regular trips to Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Kansas University residence halls and the Lawrence Cancer Center, as well as in-home private visits. Marion Counts, a Brandon Woods resident, receives weekly visits from Brahma and Shakti, a Boxer puppy and pit bull owned by the program’s founder and director. Counts, 79, suffers from Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart problems, and the dogs give him a chance to reconnect to an active lifestyle. By Joanna Hlavacek
Lawrence prepares for full takeover of troubled virtual high school
March 17, 2014
The Lawrence school district is preparing to take over full control of the troubled Lawrence Virtual High School. The move comes at a time when some officials are questioning the effectiveness of privately-operated public virtual schools. By Peter Hancock
Domestic violence survivors find new homes, new hope
March 17, 2014
Tears. That’s what Nickie Daneke, the director of emergency assistance for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, remembers when she told the domestic violence survivor that she and her three children had been approved for housing. Tears of joy, tears of exhaustion, tears of relief. “‘Betty’ had left her abusive husband after years of abuse to her and children,” said Daneke. In her hasty flight to the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter, she was unable to bring any belongings, including key documents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards. Her husband never allowed her to have access to money, so she was broke. By Micki Chestnut
How to Help: Volunteer opportunities
March 17, 2014
The Douglas County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Task Force strives to promote awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect in Douglas County.
Tonganoxie hairstylist overcomes rare disorder and becomes Mrs. Kansas 2014
March 17, 2014
Donna Hoegler stood on the Folly Theater stage, ready to answer a judge’s question.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 16
March 17, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 16.
Healthy Weight: 10 reasons you should drink more water
March 17, 2014
I’m sure you’ve heard that water is important. But do you drink enough? As you read this column, about 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated. Are you one of them? If so, go drink some water!
Capitol Briefing: Adoption tax credit, graduation rates, former lieutenant governors criticize Brownback
March 17, 2014
Adoption tax credit, graduation rates, former lieutenant governors