Archive for Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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On the street
How many times have you visited a casino in the past year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Two to three times
More than 10 times
Four to six times
Seven to nine times
Total 1187

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
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.
6:00 a.m.
Health industry has big influence on local, state economies
January 29, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Hospitals and health care services are the No. 7 producer of income and sales in Kansas. They employ 11 percent of the state’s work force. Rural towns often depend on such services for survival.
10:00 a.m.
A bill was heard Monday that would expand the definition of domestic violence crimes, and seeks to better identify offenders. Christie Brungardt, the mother of Jana Mackey, who was murdered in 2008 in Lawrence, and Mackey’s stepfather Curt Brungardt, were on hand to testify on the bill before the House Corrections Committee. Mackey was slain by Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was later arrested in New Jersey in connection with Mackey’s death, and committed suicide in a holding cell. Parents of domestic violence victim Jana Mackey testify before Legislature about new legislation
4:08 p.m., February 1, 2010 Updated 4:08 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 p.m.
"Lost" fanatics (from left) Joe Noh, Joel Pfannenstiel, Jacki Becker and Drew James. Save the best for ‘Lost’
February 2, 2010
For those on the outside looking in, what exactly inspires the “Lost” cult following can be a bit mystifying…

All stories

Trafficway surveying to continue Wednesday
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Crews could not complete work on Tuesday.
Republicans introduce amendment to exempt Kansans from federal mandate to have health insurance
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
A group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that members said was aimed at blocking any federal requirement that Kansans buy health insurance.
Lawrence man pleads guilty to attempted murder of Kansas City man
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence man pleaded no contest Monday to trying to kill a Kansas City man in June, Douglas County court records said.
Kansas House endorses proposal to level 911 fees for all phones
February 2, 2010
The Kansas House has tentatively approved a measure that would set a level fee for all telephone users to finance enhanced emergency services.
Lawrence parents plan Save our Schools rally for this weekend
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
Members of Save Our Neighborhood Schools are organizing for Saturday a rally and march down Massachusetts Street.
Sexual assaults and DUIs increased significantly in Lawrence in 2009
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Significantly more sexual assault and driving under the influence cases were reported in Lawrence in 2009 than in the year prior, according to crime statistics released by police.
Kansas City, Kan., casino developers oppose legislative efforts to change gambling regulations
12:11 p.m., February 2, 2010 Updated 05:09 p.m.
Developers of a casino in Kansas City have asked legislators not to change the rules governing gambling in Kansas to benefit a potential competitor to the detriment of their $386 million project.
Ban on K2 advances in the House
11:55 a.m., February 2, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A5
The Legislature’s march to snuff out K2 continued Tuesday, as the House gave preliminary approval to make illegal the chemicals in the herbal mixture that some say creates a marijuana-like high.
$40 million in funds cleared for NBAF
11:02 a.m., February 2, 2010 Updated 11:03 a.m. in print edition on A3
Resolution approved; DHS vows $40 million for construction of bio-security lab
Another environmental group signs on to effort to stop rail yard in southwest Johnson County
February 2, 2010
The Natural Resources Defense Council has joined efforts to stop construction of a large rail yard project in southwest Johnson County.
Lawrence’s March for Babies set for April; cause hits home for health reporter
February 2, 2010
Lawrence’s March for Babies Walk will be April 25 in South Park. The event is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit group that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Horoscope for February 2, 2010
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Tuesday, Feb. 2: This year, you will see many new opportunities, but don’t take your finances for granted. Your money situation appears to be on an upswing. Your funds could seem like a train coming in and out of the station, leaving even more quickly than they arrived. If you are single, you easily meet people, being such a friendly sign. If you are attached, the two of you will gain through planning a special trip together.
Double Take: Teens, parents need early talk on college planning
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
College choices. Where to go? In or out of state? JUCO or four-year? Private or public? Lay out a year or head to campus in the fall? What about tech schools, beauty schools, etc.?
Worth the sacrifice: Increased physicality in practice pays off for KU
12:00 a.m., February 2, 2010 Updated 10:16 a.m. in print edition on B1
Bill Self didn’t fit his Kansas University basketball players for shoulder pads last week, as he did before the Georgia Tech game in his second season here. KU’s seventh-year coach did bring a football mentality to hoops practice in days leading up to last Saturday’s Kansas State game, however.
Emmitt Thomas returns to Chiefs
Hall of Fame CB to be K.C. defensive backs coach
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Emmitt Thomas, a Hall of Fame cornerback for Kansas City’s Super Bowl teams in the late 1960s, is returning to the Chiefs as defensive backs coach.
No. 1 ranking not Jayhawks’ No. 1 priority
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s return to No. 1 in the polls wasn’t cause for celebration in the Jayhawk locker room on Monday.
KU baseball ranked in two polls
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University baseball team was ranked in two polls released on Monday.
Save the best for ‘Lost’
Lawrence fans of the cult TV show ‘Lost’ anticipate the series finale
February 2, 2010
For those on the outside looking in, what exactly inspires the “Lost” cult following can be a bit mystifying…
No. 9 Texas hoops upends Oklahoma State
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Before his team played No. 9 Texas, Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford knew only a few things about Jordan Hamilton.
Burglary reported in central Lawrence
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 40-year-old Lawrence man on Friday reported burglary and theft of items valued at a total of $3,229.99.
Firebirds’ boys bowling takes first
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Free State High boys bowling team placed first, while the girls finished third out of four teams on Monday at the Leavenworth-Baker Invitational.
Vehicle, miscellaneous tools reported stolen
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 57-year-old Lawrence man was reportedly the victim of burglary and felony theft over the weekend.
Trafficway surveying to block lanes today
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Surveyors collecting data for a potential new interchange along the South Lawrence Trafficway will slow traffic along the highway today, with flow set to be down to one lane for six hours between the morning and evening rush hours.
Heritage area wins state tourism grant
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence-based Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area has been awarded a $12,000 state tourism grant.
Fire destroys home outside Tonganoxie
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A fire in rural Tonganoxie left a two-story home a total loss.
Ol’ Roy’s boys tanking
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
It’s Groundhog Day and I’m sure you’ve heard the joke. Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow, sees his shadow and, somebody cracks, “Uh, oh, six more weeks of bad basketball.”
Factual error
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
The evidence for global warming is so evident and persuasive that it need not be supported by misinformation, such as Steven Craven’s claim that “The Roman Empire grew so vast it couldn’t feed its people,” which he attributes to “unchecked population growth, overfarming and deforestation” (Public Forum, Jan. 26).
Medicare for all
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Every other developed country has medical care for all of its citizens regardless of age or income. Many of them modeled their single-payer health care systems after the U.S. Medicare system.
Tough crowd
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
While reading Chuck Woodling’s column (Jan. 27) about KU’s Gridiron Club, I was stunned when I came upon his comments aimed at new football coach Turner Gill. Is Mr. Woodling a psychic?
Obama budget: Record spending, record deficit
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Spelling out painful priorities, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Monday to quickly approve a huge new shot of spending for recession relief and job creation, part of a record $3.8 trillion budget that would boost the deficit beyond any in the nation’s history while only slowly beginning to put Americans back to work.
Moon project scrapped in favor of research
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama is redirecting America’s space program, killing NASA’s $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon and using much of that money for new rocket technology research.
U.S. attorney leaves hidden-camera case
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The top federal prosecutor for New Orleans has removed himself from the case of four conservative activists arrested last week while trying to capture hidden camera footage in a senator’s office, the Department of Justice said Monday.
Experiment takes aim at learning disorder
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
A pill to ease a type of mental retardation? An experiment is under way to develop one, aimed at a genetic disorder that might unravel some of the mysteries of autism along the way.
Nuclear plant leak renews safety debate
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Radioactive tritium, a carcinogen discovered in potentially dangerous levels in groundwater at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, has now tainted at least 27 of the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors — raising concerns about how it is escaping from the aging nuclear plants.
Toyota announces details of repairs
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Toyota apologized to its customers Monday and said a piece of steel about the size of a postage stamp will fix the gas pedal problem that led to the recall of millions of cars. Repairs will take about a half-hour and will start in a matter of days, the company said.
Haiti P.M.: Americans knew removing kids was wrong
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Haiti’s prime minister said Monday that 10 Americans who tried to take a busload of undocumented Haitian children out of the country knew that “what they were doing was wrong,” and could be prosecuted in the United States.
Midwest economic index rises
February 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
Business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states are starting to believe that the region’s economy is picking up steam, according to results of a January survey released Monday.
Library announces new hours, fines
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., will open two hours earlier on Sundays and close two hours earlier on Fridays.
Pump patrol
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several stations.
Dean candidate says initiatives would support chancellor
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
Joseph Shields told a Kansas University audience Monday how he would support Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s goals if he were dean of KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Recycling choice
After considerable study, the city appears to be zeroing in on a good option to provide curbside recycling services.
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
A public-private plan is the best way for Lawrence to try to increase curbside recycling in the city.
25 years ago: State revenue higher than projection
February 2, 2010
Tax-generated revenue flowing into the state treasury during January was $14.1 million higher than projected.
40 years ago: Groundhog says 6 weeks of winter yet to come
February 2, 2010
The sun here was bright and the legendary groundhog certainly saw his shadow upon the traditional emergence from his burrow. That indicated six more weeks of bad weather. Oddly, recent conditions had been abnormally mild with highs consistently in the 50s and lows only in the 40s. The famed Farmers Almanac tended to agree with a milder emergence for winter.
100 years ago: Fraternity men’s grades under study
February 2, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 2, 1910: The grades of many fraternity men at the university are not as good as those of regular students and there is a movement under way to get those on probation back into academics and improve the grade level for these groups. The board of regents has asked that this be done and we are told efforts are afoot to change the bad picture. No drastic action is planned at the present time.
Compare care
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
I quote from Mr. Supernaw’s letter (Public Forum, Jan. 26): “If Mr. Hirschey lived in countries with government-run health systems like Canada, Germany, England or Japan, he would have received the same excellent care he received here with not one dime out of pocket. Incidentally all those government-run health systems are rated superior to ours and at less cost per person.”
South Junior High Honor Roll
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
South Junior High School has announced its first semester honor roll.
Personal touch
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
As a local private educational consultant and a recent substitute teacher at New York School who has served on their site council and also a business partner through the Lawrence Education Achievement Partners (LEAP) foundation, I would like to speak out against their potential closing.
Taliban overtures pursued with caution
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
The new buzz on Afghanistan is all about talking to the Taliban. In London, where nearly 70 countries gathered last week to help resolve Afghanistan’s problems, President Hamid Karzai called for a tribal assembly that would include the Taliban and would seek “peace and reconciliation.”
People in the news
February 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
More than 75 mega-stars gathered Monday to re-record the 1985 charity anthem “We Are the World” in the same Hollywood recording studio where the original was cut 25 years ago.