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Articles from March 6, 2016

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Requires Full Funding
As they go about helping farmers maintain a consistent, reasonably priced food supply, America's agricultural scientists soon may receive a sign of our country's confidence in their work. For the first time since Congress created the Agriculture and Food...
Area Roundup
boys ANDERSON COUNTY 61, BURLINGTON 59 Anderson County__ __ 18__ 21__ 10__ 12__ --__ 61 Burlington__ __ 13__ 14__ 13__ 19__ --__ 59 Anderson County -- Levy 7 2-5 16, Nelson 4 1-2 9, Skiles 3 (3) 0- 0 9, Fredricks 3 (2) 0-2...
Audubon of Kansas to Hold Environmental Conference in Lawrence
Audubon of Kansas will host a daylong conference in Lawrence to address local and global environmental issues. The conference, "Silent Spring," will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Holiday Inn, 200 McDonald Drive. Speakers will focus...
Bernie Sanders Wins Kansas Democratic Caucus
Bernie Sanders bucked poll results and conventional wisdom Saturday, decisively winning a majority of Democratic caucus delegates in staunchly conservative Kansas and handing Hillary Clinton another loss in the state. Sanders collected 26,450...
Bridge
Alexis Carrel, a French surgeon and biologist who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1912, said, "All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know." Inter alia, that applies to bridge players. There...
Burlesque Festival Draws about 200 Attendees, about 50 Protesters
About 50 people stood Saturday evening along S.E. 6th Street in front of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, praying the rosary and singing hymns as part of a demonstration protesting the Kansas Burlesque Festival taking place there. Protesters...
Business Watch: NOTO Restaurant Nears Opening
The fun of reporting is often the chasing down of leads -- I hear a rumor, see something on Facebook or Twitter, and spend a few hours trying to nail down the facts. I've been hearing for weeks that we're expecting a lot of downtown announcements....
Cats Endure Highs, Lows ; Consistency Continues to Elude Weber's Wildcats
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kansas State has been a team of peaks and valleys, often in one game. The Wildcats repeated their pattern Saturday, building a 12- point lead in the first half against Texas Tech only to fall behind by 18 in the second half....
Chiefs to Void Hali's Contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The vision of the Chiefs defense without a cornerstone player took a step closer to reality. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali's contract has been voided, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Saturday with ChiefsDigest.com...
Construction Workers Needed in Manhattan
Manhattan is experiencing a building boom, but a side effect of that is a critical need for construction workers. It is a need that isn't new to the northeast Kansas area. In January, construction leaders in Topeka said they are working with area...
Devonte' Graham Keys KU Rally Late in Victory over No. 21 Iowa State
LAWRENCE -- After thanking his friends and family, Kansas basketball senior Evan Manning walked over to his teammates to start thanking them during his senior day speech Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. But first, he had a bit to say about the team's...
Emporia State Women Keep Poise, Advance to MIAA Tournament Finals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With emotions running high in Saturday's MIAA Tournament semifinal, the Emporia State women relied on big-game experience to stay poised against Missouri Western. Meanwhile, the Griffons unraveled emotionally. Emporia...
Ex-Holton Star Lovvorn Takes Eighth at NAIA Championships
Holton graduate Kane Lovvorn became an All-American on Saturday at the NAIA wrestling national championships at Landon Arena. Baker University took sixth in the event, with two of its wrestlers claiming championships. A senior at Wayland...
Floor Burn Leads to Familiar Result
LAWRENCE -- Flowers, portraits, wisecracks and videos were prevalent Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas observed senior day after all, with tributes to all such participants, including one who actually qualifies for AARP discounts, Bob Davis....
Friday's Late High School Boxscores
High school boys basketball boxes Late results Friday ABILENE 64, OTTAWA 48 Ottawa ... ... 9 ... 6 ... 10 ... 23 ... -- ... 48 Abilene ... ... 7 ... 14 ... 13 ... 30 ... -- ... 64 Ottawa -- McCullough 7 (3)...
Gospel Band Serenades GOP Throng ; Sharp Family Also Sang for Oregon Refuge Occupiers
The politically agnostic Sharp Family Band serenaded participants at the Republican caucus in Topeka on Saturday while rambunctious Democratic caucus attendees made their voices heard chanting "Hillary, Hillary!" or "Bernie, Bernie!" Odalis Sharp's...
Hayden Finds Mixed Sub-State Results ; Hayden Girls Roll to 4A-II Tourney with 60-31 Win against Jeff West
HOLTON -- With the way Hayden dominated the Class 4A Division II state volleyball tournament in the fall, a berth in the state basketball tournament seemed imminent. Not for one minute, however, did the Wildcats take a trip to Emporia for granted....
Hollywood Hallelujah: Faith-Based Films Continue Box Office Success
Hollywood has been making Christian-themed movies since the silent film era, but the number of faith-based releases and their share of the box office recently has multiplied like loaves and fishes. Cinematic history is dotted with biblical tales...
It's Your Business
Items for It's Your Business can be submitted online at http:// cjonline.com/business, by email to iyb@cjonline.com or by mail to The Topeka Capital-Journal, 616 S.E. Jefferson, Topeka, 66607. Items and photographs will run in print as space permits....
Josh Rouse: Kansas Man Finds Lost 100-Pound Tortoise Walking on Highway
Area resident Jim Dultmeier was shell-shocked last weekend while driving on US-40 highway. Last Sunday, according to Dultmeier, he was driving on the highway when he noticed a gargantuan reptile walking along the road."I thought I was in Jurassic...
Kansas Bill to Eliminate Classifications of High Schools by Size for Sports Faces Criticism
Legislation to throw out the system that divides high schools by size for organizing sports competition faced criticism last week as the main body in charge of scholastic athletics in the state withheld its support. The bill would remove the attendance...
Kansas Businesses Need Workers
Junior Achievement of Kansas is well-known for its work in the classroom with students, teaching everything from balancing a checkbook to entrepreneurship. But last year, executive director Amy Burns became aware that business owners needed workforce...
Lawrence Home for Original 'Basket Ball' Rules Takes Shape
LAWRENCE -- James Naismith's original rules of "Basket Ball" now have a home at University of Kansas -- right down to the nook they'll rest in -- but there's a lot of finishing touches yet to complete. That nook, for example, still has loose wires...
Lawsuits Linked to 2010 Topeka Chase and Crash Move Closer to Trial
Two lawsuits moved closer to trial this week regarding a 2010 accident the plaintiffs say occurred when their vehicle was struck by a car a law enforcement officer had been chasing. Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis issued a case management...
Leavenworth Ousts Heights ; T-Birds Doomed by Two Key Pioneer Runs
For a good chunk of Saturday's Class 5A girls sub-state championship game, Shawnee Heights played right with two-time defending state champion Leavenworth. But an 11-0 run in the second quarter and an 11-4 start to the second half put the Pioneers...
Legacy: Negro League Life Didn't Sit Well with Jackie Robinson
Prior to World War I, the life of a ballplayer was not an easy one, be he black or white. The players themselves tended to be looked down upon by general society. The professional or semi- professional ranks attracted a rough, uneducated lot. Drinking, carousing,...
Northeast Kansas Happenings
BLEEDING KANSAS -- Antonio de la Cova, a professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, will give a talk, "Col. Henry Titus: The Osama Bin Laden of the Abolitionist Press," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St. in Lecompton....
Northern Shawnee County's Soldier Fire Department Bans Burning until Further Notice
The Soldier Fire Department in northern Shawnee County has banned burning until further notice, that department announced late Saturday morning on its Facebook page. The ban came on a day when rural fire departments responded to numerous grass...
One Fish, Two Fish
There's little doubt everyone has heard of Dr. Seuss. And this week is especially poignant regarding the man responsible for teaching many kids some of life's greatest lessons. He was born 112 years ago last Wednesday. He died in 1991 at the age of 87....
Our Imagination Can Take Us on Adventures near and Far, and These Books
Our imagination can take us on adventures near and far, and these books about using our imagination will inspire our own pretend journeys. "Confessions of an Imaginary Friend" by Michelle Cuevas, 2015, Dial Books, 168 pages, ages 8-11. ...
Outdoor Calendar: Final Day of Bassmaster Classic Set for Sunday
MARCH 4-6 -- 2016 Bassmaster Classic, Grand Lake O' The Cherokees in Tulsa, Okla. Takeoff daily at 7 a.m. More info at www.bassmaster.com. 6 -- Two-person Small Bore Scramble 100, Ravenwood Lodge. (800) 656-2454. 19 -- St....
Public Invited to Watch Special Supreme Court Session at THS
On behalf of the Kansas Supreme Court, I am pleased to invite my fellow Topekans and members of neighboring communities to join the court for a special session Wednesday, March 9. The court will hear attorneys present arguments in two cases starting...
Rock Creek Pulls Away Late, Downs Hayden Boys 75-59 ; Strong Finish Sends Rock Creek by Hayden Boys, on to 4A-II State
HOLTON -- Hayden wasn't quite where it wanted to be, trailing Rock Creek 59-54 with five minutes to go in Saturday's Class 4A Division II boys sub-state championship game. But it wasn't an altogether awful spot. And with the way the Wildcats had...
Salina Student to Represent Region at National Bee ; Bee: National Bee in May
Gracie Schroeder is no stranger to spelling bees. In fact, Saturday marked the eighth-grader's fifth and final appearance as a contestant in The Topeka Capital-Journal's Regional Spelling Bee -- and her second win, which will again take her to...
Saturday's High School Sub-State Championship Results
Games Saturday CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIPS At Junction City Sub-State I Wichita East 71, Manhattan 61 Sub-State II Wichita Southeast 79, Free State 77, OT At Olathe North Sub-State I Olathe...
Scoreboard
girls ABILENE 50, OTTAWA 23 Ottawa_ _ 8_ 4_ 6_ 5_ --_ 23 Abilene_ _ 15_ 13_ 13_ 9_ --_ 50 Ottawa -- Shaffer 3 3-4 9, White 2 2-2 6, Jung 2 (1) 0-0 5, Ferguson 1 1-2 3. Totals 8 (1) 6-8 23. Abilene -- Barbieri 8 0-0...
Shawnee County to Host USSSA Sofball World Series and Another Youth Tournament
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation and Midwest Sports Production will continue to broaden a partnership that brings millions of dollars to the Topeka area every summer. County commissioners Thursday approved a contract with MSP, an organization...
Sports Briefs: Bosh 'Feeling Good' but Gives No Official Update on Status
BOSH 'FEELING GOOD' BUT GIVES NO OFFICIAL UPDATE ON STATUS: Chris Bosh said he is "feeling good," the first time the Miami Heat forward has given any hint of a health update since he withdrew from the NBA All-Star Game three weeks ago. Bosh offered...
Sports Briefs: K-State Baseball Wins Fourth Straight Behind Wodtke's Six Rbis
K-STATE BASEBALL WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT BEHIND WODTKE'S SIX RBIS: Kansas State baseball, behind Jake Wodtke's career-high six RBIs, won its fourth straight game with a 15-9 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium. ...
SPORTS BRIEFS: No. 19 Baylor Falls 69-58 in Home Finale to No. 10 WVU
No. 10 Mountaineers take down No. 19 Bears WACO, Texas -- Rico Gathers had a scowl on his face while pacing the sideline after getting to the Baylor bench with just under two minutes remaining in his final home game for the 19th-ranked Bears....
SPORTS BRIEFS: Wichita East Boys Top Manhattan
Wichita East boys top Manhattan MANHATTAN -- Xavier Kelly scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Wichita East boys past Manhattan 71-61 Saturday night in a Class 6A sub-state championship game. Raymond O'Day added 19 points for the Blue...
SPORTS BRIEFS: Williams, North Carolina Top Krzyzewski, Duke
Williams, North Carolina top Krzyzewski, Duke DURHAM, N.C. -- North Carolina rebounded from a loss to its most despised rival by, well, rebounding. Brice Johnson had 18 points and 21 rebounds, and the eighth- ranked Tar Heels dominated...
State Education Department Data: Return to Former Funding System Would Help Most Schools
WICHITA -- Reverting to an old public education funding system that would be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court would help more than half of the state's schools but suburban Kansas City schools would take a hit, according to data from the Kansas...
TEARFUL GOODBYE ; Traylor Brings Self, Mother to Tears with Show-Stealing Senior Day Speech
LAWRENCE -- Tracey Golson was a nervous wreck, and really, she had every right to be. Her son, Jamari Traylor, was playing his final game at Allen Fieldhouse. The annual senior day activities were waiting in the wings, where the 6-foot-8, 220-pound...
Ted Cruz Rides Massive Turnout to Kansas Caucus Victory
Sen. Ted Cruz, praised by conservative activists and scorned by the party elite, rode massive turnout to victory in Kansas on Saturday, winning over voters with his hard-line brand of conservatism and offering hope to Republicans desperately seeking...
To Combat Budget Crisis, Governor Must Reverse Course on Economic Experiment
The "real live experiment" Gov. Sam Brownback concocted as a conservative economic blueprint for Kansas has adversely affected too many lives. The time is now for Brownback to get real, disavow his pride and govern with common sense. Under his...
Topekan's Business Combines Love of Horseback Riding, Photography
The lone horseman slowly circles the herd of cattle grazing on the lush prairie grass of the Flint Hills. A rhino charges from the brush, intent on the Land Rover in its path. A brightly colored rooster struts across the yard, claiming ownership of it....
Topeka's Governing Body Plans to Discuss Capital Improvement Budget, but Take No Action
The capital improvement budget for Topeka's city government and a proposed partnership seeking to draw more people to Skyline Park, which is the site of Burnett's Mound, are among matters local governing bodies plan to take up this coming week. ...
Trend Alert: Compact Crossovers Are the Next Big Thing
Dear Car Talk: Do you hear from many moms who miss their minivans? I transitioned to a Pontiac Vibe eight years ago, after driving minivans for 15 years. Although I enjoy the Vibe, and it has been a good vehicle, I miss sitting higher, as well...
Wildcats Can't Finish What They Start in Loss to Raiders ; Edwards Calls K-State 'Complacent' vs. Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas -- With five seconds left in the first half, Kansas State was reeling. A one-time 12-point lead had disappeared and the Wildcats faced a six-point deficit while inbounding the ball under their basket with one second on the shot...
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