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Archive for Saturday, March 29, 2014

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6:01 a.m.
One person died and another is in critical condition after a tractor-trailer hit a tollbooth on the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County about 3 a.m. Saturday. Tractor-trailer crashes into I-70 tollbooth, Colorado driver dead
5:06 a.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 9:45 p.m.
NOTE: Traffic down to one lane westbound at the eastern terminal. Expect delays. A 30-year-old Aurora, Colo., man was identified as the driver killed early Saturday morning after his tractor-trailer crashed into a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth at the eastern terminal exit on westbound Interstate 70 near Tonganoxie. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Aurora, Colo., man who was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash is in critical condition after being airlifted to a Kansas City-area trauma center. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports two men were in the truck that hit the tollbooth at highway speeds, never slowing down before crashing. The truck’s cab is wrapped around the tollbooth and the engine landed about 50 yards from the tollbooth. By Caitlin Doornbos and Stephen Montemayor
6:02 a.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Construction crews attach siding to the Lawrence Public Library at Seventh and Vermont streets on Friday. Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July
March 29, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have bookmarked their calendars for late July. That’s when they are hoping to move into their refurbished library, which involved an $18 million expansion, at Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn
10:40 a.m.
Shutterstock image of CEO/interview Lawrence chamber to focus first on local candidates to fill vacant CEO position
March 28, 2014
Chamber leaders said Friday they will, for the moment, forego a national search for a new chamber president and CEO, and instead will focus on interviewing a group of candidates who already live in the community. By Chad Lawhorn
5:00 p.m.
From left, Sylvan Mitchell, 15 of Vinland, Teagan Harmon, 9 of Lecompton, and Kearston Mohney, 16 of Lawrence, listen to Marla Jackson talk about a quilt called "The Mandela Project" at Jackson's studio at Independence Inc. on Saturday March 22, 2014. Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa
March 29, 2014
The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor

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Faces of the uninsured: five years later
March 29, 2014
In 2009, the Journal-World profiled four Douglas County residents who lacked health insurance. Since then, a lot has changed: The Affordable Care Act passed at the federal level, with the aim of expanding insurance to most of those who previously went without it. What has that meant for the four people the Journal-World wrote about five years ago? We revisit their stories today. By Giles Bruce
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Enduring in East Lawrence
March 29, 2014
Austin Turney’s home near 15th and Pennsylvania streets was under construction in 1863 when Quantrill raided the city. He burned it down. It was quickly rebuilt, and since that time only two families have ever owned the structure. By Chad Lawhorn
School finance to dominate final week of regular session
March 29, 2014
With one week remaining in the 2014 regular session, Kansas lawmakers will focus heavily on school finance proposals aimed at responding to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. The House will consider one bill that would tie increased funding to policy changes favored by conservatives, while the Senate will look at two proposals that would partially pay for the increases with cuts in other parts of the K-12 education budget. By Peter Hancock
Kansas City Connection: Royals return with big hopes
March 29, 2014
For a fun, relaxing night out in Kansas City, Kauffman Stadium can’t be beat. Good-natured crowds, footlong sausages and salty pretzels, cold beer and dip-and-dots ice cream, fountains, games, giveaways and music.
Beauty abounds at isolated art-glass shop southwest of Lawrence
March 29, 2014
The relative isolation of his shop in Globe, 8 miles from the nearest town, belies David Anderson’s fondness for people.
Questions surrounding higher education funding persist
March 29, 2014
With much of the Legislature’s attention focused on a state Supreme Court order to equalize public school funding, movement on the higher education front, including Kansas University, has taken a backseat recently.
Lawrence represents on MTV reality cooking show
March 29, 2014
What happens when people stop being polite … and become culinary masters? Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like a certain catchphrase of another MTV show, but it seems to be the concept of new reality show “House of Food,” where Lawrence native Jake Weber was selected from thousands of applicants to live with other aspiring chefs in competition for the apprenticeship of a lifetime. By Nadia Imafidon
Barrel workshop participants outfitted for rainy days
05:18 p.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 08:24 a.m.
About two dozen participants filed through an assembly line inside a Douglas County Fairgrounds building during the third annual rain barrel workshop Saturday. The Sunflower State Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders again collaborated with the Douglas County Kansas State Research and Extension office and Douglas County Master Gardeners to host the workshop. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa
March 29, 2014
The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor
Tractor-trailer crashes into I-70 tollbooth, Colorado driver dead
05:06 a.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 09:45 p.m.
NOTE: Traffic down to one lane westbound at the eastern terminal. Expect delays. A 30-year-old Aurora, Colo., man was identified as the driver killed early Saturday morning after his tractor-trailer crashed into a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth at the eastern terminal exit on westbound Interstate 70 near Tonganoxie. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Aurora, Colo., man who was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash is in critical condition after being airlifted to a Kansas City-area trauma center. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports two men were in the truck that hit the tollbooth at highway speeds, never slowing down before crashing. The truck’s cab is wrapped around the tollbooth and the engine landed about 50 yards from the tollbooth. By Caitlin Doornbos and Stephen Montemayor
Lions’ Clothier 1-1 in wrestling
March 29, 2014
Lawrence High sophomore Alan Clothier went 1-1 at the NHSCA Sophomore National Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., and will wrestle in the consolations today.
FSHS baseball hammers Ozark
March 29, 2014
An eight-run sixth inning helped propel Free State High to a 15-1 baseball victory against Ozark High School Friday.
LHS baseball routs Seaman
March 29, 2014
Lawrence High had a balanced offensive attack, scoring eight runs on 12 hits, on the way to an 8-1 baseball victory against Topeka Seaman on Friday.
KU tennis falls to Oklahoma State, 7-0
March 29, 2014
Oklahoma State handed Kansas University its first Big 12 women’s tennis loss of the season, 7-0 on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Kansas track wins 2 at Texas Relays
March 29, 2014
Michael Stigler defended his 400-meter hurdle title, and Colleen O’Brien won the B-section high jump to highlight Kansas University’s day at the Texas Relays on Friday.
Kansas softball wins in extras
March 29, 2014
After stranding its leadoff hitter on base for seven consecutive innings, Kansas University finally made its early-inning offensive prowess pay off in the first extra inning of Friday’s 1-0, eight-inning softball victory over Oklahoma State at Arrocha Ballpark. By Matt Tait
OU closes out baseball victory over KU
March 29, 2014
In a showdown between Big 12 closers, Oklahoma’s Ralph Garza beat out Kansas University’s Jordan Piché on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Benton Smith
Virginia Tech big man eyeing Kansas
March 29, 2014
Another college basketball big man has Kansas University on his list of possible transfer destinations. By Gary Bedore
Back on track: LHS, FSHS finally open season
12:28 a.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 03:38 p.m.
It was only the first track and field meet of the season, but that didn’t mean several runners from Lawrence High and Free State High weren’t in mid-season form. By Bobby Nightengale
Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July
March 29, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have bookmarked their calendars for late July. That’s when they are hoping to move into their refurbished library, which involved an $18 million expansion, at Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Saturday Column: Player unions would vastly change college athletics
March 29, 2014
The ruling earlier this week by a National Labor Relations Board official that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university and have the right to unionize and bargain for salaries is sure to have a huge impact on so-called amateur collegiate sports.
Opinion: World depends on U.S. leadership
March 29, 2014
“The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.”      — Barack Obama, March 24 Should. Lovely sentiment. As lovely as what Obama said five years ago to the United Nations: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”
Letter: One and done
March 29, 2014
March madness is with us, and with that phenomenon, comes the notice that some of the member of the teams are “one and done.” The media are filled with great praise for these wunderkind who bounce basketballs. Rivals, an organization that purports to rank these highly touted kids has suggested that some team is courting a middle school boy who has great promise as a future NBA athlete.
Letter: Obamacare benefits
March 29, 2014
I have to say I am amazed! I talked to a friend about Obamacare and he said, “Last month, I was paying  $760 a month for a (catastrophic) policy. Thanks to ACA, I pay less than $10 a month for a silver policy with a $10 co-pay. And I save $9,000 a year.”
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 1
March 29, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday Lawrence City Hall
Braun homers, but K.C. prevails
March 29, 2014
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in his first action at Miller Park since his doping suspension, but Milwaukee lost, 5-4, to the Kansas City Royals in an exhibition game Friday night.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 28
March 29, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, March 28.
100 years ago: Residential fire causes injury to Lawrence fire chief
March 29, 2014
“Fire originating from a defective flue this morning destroyed the home of Assistant Postmaster H. D. Whitman at 2100 Learnard Avenue.”
40 years ago: Last billiard hall in Lawrence closes down
March 29, 2014
Billiards and snooker were more difficult than the game played in today’s pool halls and were not accessible to the “lucky beginner.”
25 years ago: At lengthy commission meeting, property owners discuss cost of fire sprinklers
March 29, 2014
This week’s city commission meeting was a marathon lasting eight hours.