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Kansas Athletics buys Lawrence’s First Serve Tennis Center
$3.1M deal gives permanent home to women’s team
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University women’s tennis team has a place to call its own, now that Kansas Athletics Inc. has paid $3.1 million to acquire First Serve Tennis Center from owner Mike Elwell.
State employee’s group decries lack of raises for state employees
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
The largest state employee group on Monday said it was disappointed in Republican legislative leaders who said state workes will receive no payraise this year.
Lawmakers consider bill that would guarantee an apology couldn’t earn doctors extra punishments
‘I’m sorry’ bill may help reduce lawsuits
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
A simple apology can go a long way toward reducing lawsuits, health care officials said Monday.
City poised to make changes to rules governing boarding houses
Oread residents say move could lead to more ‘party houses’
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday will consider new regulations that could make it easier to convert large, old homes into boarding houses that could be rented out to five or more people.
South Lawrence Trafficway surveying to block lanes Tuesday
February 1, 2010
Surveyors collecting data for a potential new interchange along the South Lawrence Trafficway will slow traffic along the highway Tuesday, with flow set to be down to one lane for six hours between the morning and evening rush hours.
Parents of domestic violence victim Jana Mackey testify before Legislature about new legislation
04:08 p.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 04:08 p.m. in print edition on A1
The parents of Jana Mackey, who was slain in Lawrence in 2008 by her former boyfriend, urged legislators on Monday to approve a bill that would expand the definition of domestic violence and identify offenders earlier.
Leonard Pitts to speak on Friday at KU
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
A nationally syndicated columnist is scheduled to visit Kansas University Friday to accept the William Allen White Foundation National Citation.
Tuesday’s school board budget study session will be aired live on Sunflower Broadband
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence school board’s budget study session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday will be televised on Sunflower Broadband channel 26.
Republican lawmaker seeks amendment to limit state’s spending, taxation
February 1, 2010
A south-central Kansas Republican is seeking a constitutional amendment to put restrictions on spending and taxing.
Peoples Bank ordered by federal regulators to improve financial condition
02:11 p.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 03:19 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence-based Peoples Bank has two months to deliver a written plan for improving the bank’s “earnings and overall condition,” after being cited by federal banking regulators for underperforming business and other loans.
Family of hit-and-run victim seeks to change ‘oversight’ in law
Police seeking public’s help in finding driver in weekend accident
02:04 p.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 07:25 p.m. in print edition on A1
If you hit someone, run. That’s exactly what the family of a recent hit-and-run fatality victim says Kansas law is encouraging drunken drivers to do.
KU women’s forward Carolyn Davis named Big 12 freshman of the week
February 1, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas freshman forward Carolyn Davis was selected as Big 12 freshman of the week, the conference announced Monday.
KU returns to No. 1 in both polls
01:33 p.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 01:41 p.m.
The Kansas men’s basketball team returned to the top spot in both national polls Monday.
$17 million mistake shorts water litigation fund
12:15 p.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 03:51 p.m. in print edition on A1
Some $17 million that had been set aside for legal battles to protect Kansas’ water rights has “lapsed” into the state’s all-purpose general fund and been spent in other areas of the budget, it was revealed Monday.
Legislator says Kansas’ budget needs further cuts
Cites delays in state aid to schools as proof government is still spending too much
11:55 a.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 11:52 p.m. in print edition on B10
A key Kansas legislator says the state’s cash crunch shows its current budget needs to be trimmed more.
Interim dean a finalist for KU’s liberal arts deanship
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s third finalist for its liberal arts dean position should be familiar with the position.
KU looking seriously at how it could extend benefits to domestic partners
February 1, 2010
A task force at Kansas University is examining ways that benefits could be extended to employees with domestic partners.
Former Kansas AG is running for U.S. Senate to rein in federal budget
February 1, 2010
A former Kansas attorney general says he’s running for the U.S. Senate because of concerns about federal spending.
Q&A: Some H1N1 vaccinations contain thimerosal
February 1, 2010
Some of the H1N1 flu vaccinations given by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department contain thimerosal. It has been determined to be safe by leading health agencies.
Performance in Manhattan, against Missouri earns Aldrich Big 12 player of the week honors
February 1, 2010
With 12 points and 16 rebounds against Missouri and 18 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas State, KU junior Cole Aldrich picked up player of the week honors from the Big 12 Conference Monday morning.
Lawrence groups to have special events for Friday’s National Wear Red Day
February 1, 2010
Men and women are encouraged to sport red on Friday, Feb. 5, to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.
Tubbs received warmly
February 1, 2010 in print edition on B1
Political correctness, meet Billy Tubbs, but be forewarned: He’ll run up the score on you, too.
Beyonce wins 6 Grammys
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
Beyonce became the most decorated female on a Grammy night as she collected six trophies, including song of the year for her anthem “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” but it was another diva — Taylor Swift — who nabbed the top honor, album of the year, for her best-selling “Fearless.”
Pump patrol
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.41 at several stations.
Dessert wines spice up Valentine’s Day plans
February 1, 2010
What’s the grown-up version of candy hearts? Perhaps a sweet little bottle of dessert wine.
‘Dancing with myself …’
February 1, 2010
A number flashed on my scale this month after a holiday season (apparently) heavy on edible cheer, a number not seen since my postpartum days.
Democrats rush to curb ruling’s impact
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A5
The sober, sprawling State of the Union address President Obama delivered last week was marked by one extraordinary moment. It came when the president looked down at six robed members of the Supreme Court, seated directly in front of him, and criticized their recent 5-4 decision that he said “will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”
Olympic eats: These recipes let you play in the kitchen when the 2010 Winter Games kick off Feb. 12 in Vancouver
February 1, 2010
Hockey brings to mind two things — frozen lakes and big, hungry players. This hearty fish dish is unfussy, full of flavor and sure to satisfy Olympic-size appetites. The potatoes and peppers make a smoky red sauce that goes great with the seared fish. Any white fish works well.
Lawmakers see savings in consolidation of local governments
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A1
There are nearly 4,000 government units strewn across the state, directing everything from counties, cities, schools, townships, cemeteries and drainage systems. But amid the current budget crisis, legislators are warming to the idea of consolidation as a way to save some money.
The fairer sex: Female fantasy-sports junkies stake their claim in a male-dominated game
February 1, 2010
After nine years of playing fantasy football, Gina Byrd has developed allegiances to her favorite players. Her league mates — all men — often tease her for being so predictable…
Fair play: Competition de-emphasized at annual science event
February 1, 2010
Dave Nordlund has overseen the Douglas County Science Fair for three decades. To wit, he has some insider information that may come as a shock.
Fun in the fieldhouse
Day after huge win, Kansas holds clinic
February 1, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University senior Sherron Collins, who was the hero of Saturday night’s basketball victory over Kansas State, had an even better time Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
AFC wins Pro Bowl
February 1, 2010 in print edition on B4
In its new role as a warmup to the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl became a series of wind sprints.
Formula shows it’s hard to cut jobless rate
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
The economy’s 5.7 percent growth last quarter — the fastest pace since 2003 — was a step toward shrinking the nation’s 10 percent unemployment rate.
Americans arrested for trying to take 33 children from Haiti
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
Ten U.S. Baptists arrested trying to take 33 children out of earthquake-shattered Haiti say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children.
Federer wins 16th Grand Slam title
February 1, 2010 in print edition on B2
Roger Federer experienced quite a range of emotions these past two Australian Opens.
Protests broken up, scores are detained
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
Russian police broke up anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Sunday, and detained more than 100 demonstrators, including several opposition leaders.
Davos forum ends on note of humility
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
The world’s foremost gathering of business and government leaders wrapped up a five-day meeting in Davos on Sunday with widespread agreement that a fragile recovery is under way but no consensus on what’s going to spur job growth and prevent another global economic meltdown.
Nations discuss economic cooperation
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
North and South Korean officials held talks today on a joint industrial complex just days after the North renewed tensions between the neighbors by firing artillery toward their disputed sea border.
Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget heading to Congress
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama’s proposed budget predicts the national deficit will crest at a record-breaking almost $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year, then start to recede in 2011 to just below $1.3 trillion.
How to Help: Audio-Reader seeks garden administrator
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A4
Audio-Reader is looking for a new volunteer garden administrator of the Audio-Reader Sensory Garden.
KU professor to take EPA post
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Kansas University professor recently named to a federal environmental administration post is no stranger to career changes.
Book profiles nursing home’s furry angel of death: Oscar the cat
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A1
The scientist in Dr. David Dosa was skeptical when first told that Oscar, an aloof cat kept by a nursing home, regularly predicted patients’ deaths by snuggling alongside them in their final hours.
NASA may hitch its rides on private sector spacecraft
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A8
The Obama administration today will propose in its new budget spending billions of dollars to encourage private companies to build and operate spacecraft for NASA and others.
Opponents of state’s death penalty law mobilizing
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
As the Kansas Legislature gears up for a debate about ending the death penalty in the state, advocates from the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty are speaking out locally.
Capitol briefing: News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
In a speech to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., warmed up the crowd by talking about Kansas State University’s basketball win over then-No. 1 Texas. “Texans, they’re just really fun people to beat,” Brownback said.
School board to discuss budget
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school board will have another budgetary study session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.
Cover to cover: Strategies for anyone who wants to read the entire Bible
February 1, 2010
It’s sold billions of copies. It may very well be on your bookshelf now. But have you read all of it? Kansas University associate professor Paul Mirecki’s course “Understanding the Bible” examines just a handful of the Bible’s books, and numerous organizations in Lawrence are devoted to studying the Scripture with large groups of people.
Take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count
February 1, 2010
It baffled me how my next-door neighbor Dorothy could predict when the house wrens would return to our yards each spring. It seemed as if they called ahead to reserve one of the two houses hanging from each eave of her tiny white garage. She didn’t have a crystal ball or a Ph.D. in ornithology, either. The answer was simple: Dorothy had been keeping a notebook for the 40 years she’d lived in the house, and she’d noticed the wrens always came back April 18 or 19. She’d noticed. She taught me to do the same thing.
Mommy brain: A common parenting myth might have some truth to it — but not what you’d expect.
February 1, 2010
Every mom knows the feeling of fog rolling in, clouding even the most simple of thoughts until suddenly you’ve left your keys in the fridge, your milk in the car and your baby in a onesie he grew out of a month ago.
Weston hotel offers historic accommodations
February 1, 2010
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Weston, Mo., is much more than the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody.
Financial blunders that we make
February 1, 2010
Two weeks ago, I identified some common mistakes that several of us make with our personal finances. I pointed out that not having a written financial strategy is the primary cause of the blunders we make. Here are a few more errors that, when identified, can help us avoid unnecessary financial headaches in the future.
Clogged toilet can be fixed without plumber
February 1, 2010
No matter how you look at it, a clogged toilet is no fun, but you might not need a plumber to unclog it.
A hint of skin suitable for spring
February 1, 2010
Look back to September, when designers debuted their ready-to-wear collections for spring 2010. While the fashion industry readies its upcoming resort collections, pre-fall clothing lines and fall 2010 ready-to-wear collections, stores are stocking up with fresh looks for this spring. Read on for refreshed, updated trends as forecasted for the spring.
The A’s approach nurtures relationships
February 1, 2010
There were a lot of things that impressed us during the movie “Avatar.” Certainly it is a spectacle worth seeing. However, both of us agree the most powerful moments of the movie were when the words “I see you” were spoken by the main characters as they looked into each other’s eyes. Being seen, being recognized, being valued, are essential to our spirit. In order to truly see each other we have to be conscious. We have to be mindful in our relationships and in our loving. How many of us can truly say we live our relationships consciously?
Lawrence elementary school lunches
February 1, 2010
Music lessons: Mentoring puts teacher on path to success
February 1, 2010
An inspirational teacher, a generous group of high school seniors and his father’s persistence saved internationally recognized music teacher and band director Jack Brookshire from a miner’s life in Picher, Okla.
A village green: KU class investigates ways to unify campus’ green efforts
February 1, 2010
When leaders at the KU Energy Council and Center for Sustainability looked for recommendations to unify green efforts at KU, they didn’t seek expertise outside of Lawrence. They didn’t even have to leave campus.
100 years ago: KU still without coach
February 1, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 1, 1910: Kansas University is still officially without a football coach for next fall. The athletic board has seldom taken so long to finalize the issue and Bert Kennedy, while he wants the job, will not beg for it.
It’s a whole new game in Washington
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A5
How will we remember last month, with the recriminations over the failed Christmas bomber, the Massachusetts miracle wrought by Scott Brown, the frightening mid-month dip in the financial markets, the Supreme Court ruling that removed caps on corporate and union spending on political campaigns, the likely death of the massive overhaul of health care, the addition of Sarah Palin to the Fox News palette and the tax breaks and tough talk of the State of the Union?
What’s the plan?
The governor’s proposal to raise the state sales tax may not be the best way to balance the state budget, but Kansans are waiting to hear a better plan.
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A5
Having killed the governor’s proposal to raise the state sales tax by 1 percent for three years, the House Tax Committee now has an obligation to come up with a better plan to balance the state budget and preserve essential services.
40 years ago: Spring enrollment sets record
February 1, 2010
Spring semester enrollment at Kansas University set another record, with 17,430 enrolled as classes began for the new term. About 400 more were expected by the end of the week. The 17,430 represented a gain of 768 students over the comparable total from the year before. That had been the previous record.
25 years ago: Former KU athletic director dies
February 1, 2010
A.C. “Dutch” Lonborg, internationally known as a Kansas Unversity athlete and administrator and former Northwestern University basketball coach, died at his home here after a bout with cancer. He was 86. He was a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, the Kansas and Helms Foundation Halls of Fame and other topnotch honor groups as a four-letter athlete at KU, a basketball coach and KU’s athletic director from 1950 to 1966. He had been instrumental along with Phog Allen in establishing the NCAA basketball championship tournament, first played in 1939.
The importance of fashion, seating charts
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
“Kell On Earth” (9 p.m., Bravo) “stars” Kelly Cutrone, one tough woman. We’re told she’s one of the hottest fashion publicists. She runs an extremely high-strung office of emotional interns and barely trained neophytes for whom every task is a chance to hyperventilate.
Horoscope for February 1, 2010
February 1, 2010 in print edition on A7
For Monday, Feb. 1: This year, you move in a new direction. Make a different decision or open another door. You might be quite excited by what life presents. If you are single, a partnership becomes a high priority. Just don’t settle. If you are attached, the two of you become more in sync than in the past.