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Riley County will be paying Eddie Lowery $7.5 million for the 10 years he spent in prison following a wrongful conviction for rape. Is the compensation fair?

Poll results

Response Percent
It is fair
It is too low
It is too high
Not sure
Total 2110

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Tour of Lawrence final day was the KU Campus Circuit Race Sunday. Andrew Coe with Team SKC (center) and other riders take off at the start of the Men's Cat 3 race. Coe finished first. Tour of Lawrence offers events for all ages, interests
February 9, 2010 in print edition on 3A
As part of this summer’s Tour of Lawrence cycling event, July 2-4, area children and youth will line up once again for a Kids’ Race, the community’s biggest pint-sized competition on two wheels.
6:00 a.m.
Joe and Rev. Shirley Edgerton survived the devastating Haiti earthquake while visiting the island working on a mission trip. Lawrence couple grapples with Haiti’s earthquake devastation after bringing friend’s body back to U.S.
February 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A trip to Haiti ended sadly for two Lawrence church missionaries last month, when they had to identify the body of a prominent church leader and bring his corpse home to his family.
10:00 a.m.
A new bar is slated to open at 728 Massachusetts, the former home of Vermont Street BBQ. Plan for hotel near West Lawrence interchange in the works; new bar planned for Mass. Street
February 10, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Plans for a new hotel development near the Kansas Turnpike, and a new downtown bar are among the projects coming out of Lawrence City Hall recently.
2:00 p.m.
New report reveals benefits of raising Kansas cigarette tax
February 10, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Raising Kansas’ cigarette tax by $1 per pack would bring in $74.7 million in new annual revenue to help close the state’s budget shortfall, while also reducing smoking and saving lives, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.
6:00 p.m.
Singer Kirsten Paludan is a Lawrence High School grad who is becoming more involved with the Lawrence music scene after years in Kansas City. Sing sing sing: Kirsten Paludan juggles solo project with supporting role in Olympic Size and wedding singer ‘day job’
February 11, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Paludan has her finger on the pulse of modern pop music, but not because she’s browsing the end racks at Wal-Mart…

All stories

Judge denies new trial for Jaeger
Attorney: Juror was forced out because he believed defendant was not guilty
05:51 p.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge refused to grant a new trial for a former Kansas University student convicted in a brutal attack on his ex-girlfriend in 2007.
Wrongfully Convicted: He spent 10 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit; now he’s getting $7.5M
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
Over the past 30 years, Eddie Lowery has been a soldier, a convicted rapist, an ex-convict, a registered sex offender, a husband and a father.
Manhattan attorney — and KU grad — spends a decade to get his client exonerated
February 11, 2010
Manhattan attorney Barry Clark has spent a decade working to clear the name of Eddie Lowery. For Clark, a Kansas University School of Law graduate, it was a cherished opportunity for a defense lawyer.
Wrongfully convicted man had to tell a lie to survive decade in prison
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
Eddie Lowery went very quickly from a hardworking soldier and father to a man who would need to find a way to survive in the Kansas prison system.
Senate approves ban on novelty lighters
05:14 p.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 05:14 p.m.
The measure was approved 32-8 without debate and sent to the House for consideration.
High praise: Self’s compliment instills confidence in Marcus
04:53 p.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore forward Marcus Morris will wear a padded bandage on the middle finger of his right, shooting hand the next eight weeks to help heal a torn tendon near the top of the finger, Morris said before Thursday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse.
Lawrence Journal-World wins the most SNA awards for the fifth year in a row
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
The Lawrence Journal-World on Thursday won 13 Suburban Newspapers of America Awards for 2009, the most in the country for the fifth consecutive year. The Journal-World won five first-place, four second-place, two third-place awards and two honorable mentions.
Senate approves resolution critical of federal government intrusion
04:20 p.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 05:45 p.m. in print edition on A4
But opponents of the proposal say it could be seen as putting the Kansas Legislature on record as opposed to civil rights
Former President Bill Clinton admitted to hospital for heart problems
04:08 p.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 04:44 p.m.
An adviser to Bill Clinton says the former president has had two stents placed in one of his coronary arteries.
History offers lesson on tax policy
February 11, 2010
Last week, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that New Jersey lost $70 billion in wealth over the past five years. The reason? Affluent people have moved to states with a lower tax rate or no income tax at all.
Lawrence Schools Foundation offering donors chance to help with district’s budget troubles
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence Schools Foundation, which handles private fundraising for the school district, has started accepting donations to help with the budget crisis.
Kansas health officer gives different perspective on story about ‘economic benefits of hospitals’
February 11, 2010
Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas health officer, offers different perspective on hospitals’ role in economy. He would rather see less spending on health care and more on things like education. Here is his response to a recent story published in the Lawrence-Journal-World.
Free program about how to improve strength, flexibility offered Friday at Douglas County fairgrounds
February 11, 2010
The Family and Community Education Council in Douglas County is offering a FREE program on strength and flexibility.
Kansas Supreme Court to rule on school case
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
Justices of the Kansas Supreme Court will announce Friday whether they have agreed to reopen a landmark school finance lawsuit the justices dismissed in 2006.
Douglas County Relay for Life fundraising, planning kicks off Feb. 23
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Douglas County Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is seeking participants. Organizers will have a drop-in session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Free State High School for anyone interested in participating or learning more.
Repeal of tax breaks before committee
11:38 a.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 11:38 a.m.
House Bill 2549 would eliminate sales tax exemptions primarily dealing with non-profits, charities, and religious organizations.
Impaired-driving patrol over weekend nets 5 arrests, 13 tickets in Douglas County
February 11, 2010
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies made five arrests and 18 traffic stops, as part of a four-hour saturation patrol Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Statehouse Live: Location of high school football championship games focus of resolution
09:33 a.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 09:33 a.m.
Legislators want study to judge interest of using stadiums at KU, KSU and WSU
Federal prosecutors allege Lawrence woman involved in Lenexa drug house
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence woman and a Lenexa man have been charged in federal court with operating a drug house in Lenexa.
House panel set to debate abolishing sales tax exemptions
February 11, 2010
A Kansas House panel has set aside two days for hearings on whether to abolish several exemptions to the state sales tax.
Style scout: Kunal Bakshi
February 11, 2010
I have a shoe fetish! I currently own 26 pair of shoes and counting.
Horoscope for February 11, 2010
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Thursday, Feb. 11: This year, you make a difference, especially if you tune in to your instincts. Your finances could improve considerably as a result of your ability to really understand your hunches and at the same time grasp trends. If you are single, a friendship could be involved in the beginnings of a new romance. If you are attached, focus on your partnership more than your personal life.
‘Survivor’ still kicking after 20 seasons
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS) celebrates its 20th season with a “Heroes & Villains” round. This edition recycles familiar faces, some more familiar than others, having already returned for an “All Star” round some years back.
Sing sing sing: Kirsten Paludan juggles solo project with supporting role in Olympic Size and wedding singer ‘day job’
February 11, 2010 in print edition on C1
Paludan has her finger on the pulse of modern pop music, but not because she’s browsing the end racks at Wal-Mart…
Fossil find allows KU researcher to study spider development
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University researcher has used a remarkably well-preserved 165 million-year-old spider fossil to trace the history of a current species back to the middle Jurassic period.
Big Ten making overtures to … Texas
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
A source with ties to the Big Ten said that while most people’s attention has been trained on the conference stealing Missouri, the Big Ten has engaged in “preliminary exchanges” with a much bigger fish from the Big 12.
Webb resembles Reesing
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Brent Eckley, head coach of Union (Mo.) High, was asked to name a quarterback similar to his former star pupil, Jordan Webb, who will try to become the starting quarterback at Kansas University as a red-shirt freshman. Eckley finally settled on former KU standout Todd Reesing.
Curling booming again
Winter Olympics boosts sport’s popularity
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B4
Despite its odd appearance, slow pace and anonymous superstars, curling has become one of the fastest-growing Winter Olympic sports in the country, and it’s largely because of NBC’s increased dedication to showing it on television during the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy.
Veritas boys fall to St. Marys, 47-46
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B3
Veritas relinquished an 11-point fourth-quarter lead and fell to St. Mary’s, 47-46, on Tuesday in high school boys basketball.
LHS taps new tennis coach
Former Lions assistant accepts head-coaching job
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B3
Chris Marshall accepted the Lawrence High boys tennis coaching position without any idea of the kind of talent he’ll inherit or, for that matter, any clue where or when the Lions will practice and play.
Cromwell to coach Rams receivers
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B2
The St. Louis Rams hired Nolan Cromwell, a former four-time Pro Bowl defensive back with the franchise, to coach wide receivers.
Other cuts
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
I can’t imagine what parents are going through who have children at any of the elementary schools that are on the list for possible closing. With a budget deficit of $5 million, there are many tough choices that our school board is going to have to make. There is NO easy solution.
Marines test Taliban defenses before attack
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
U.S. Marines fired smoke rounds Wednesday and armored vehicles maneuvered close to Taliban positions to test insurgent defenses ahead of an anticipated attack on the biggest militant-controlled town in southern Afghanistan.
U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iran
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration on Wednesday slapped new sanctions on several affiliates of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps amid stepped-up efforts to get U.N. penalties against Tehran because of its nuclear and missile programs.
Former Blackwater guards ordered out
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Iraq has ordered hundreds of private security guards linked to Blackwater Worldwide to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest on visa violations, the interior minister said Wednesday.
Rare earthquake rattles upper Midwest
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
A small earthquake woke residents and shook furniture in northern Illinois early Wednesday, causing no major damage or injuries but startling people as far away as Michigan and Iowa.
Bernanke sees higher rates ahead
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Prepare for the end of record-low interest rates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says. Just not yet.
Foreclosures down in January
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
The number of U.S. households facing foreclosure in January increased 15 percent from the same month last year, and a surge in cash-strapped homeowners who’ve fallen behind on mortgages could be on the way.
Boredom could be bad for your health
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a commentary to be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in April, experts say there’s a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early.
Enough already: Snow breaks mid-Atlantic records
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Worst winter ever? The second blizzard in less than a week buried the most populous stretch of the East Coast under nearly a foot of snow Wednesday, breaking records for the snowiest winter and demoralizing millions of people still trying to dig out from the previous storm.
Arrest made in connection with Tuesday stabbing
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 45-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Tuesday morning stabbing.
Reality TV crab boat captain dies
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
A crab boat captain who dodged danger for decades in the Bering Sea succumbed to a more common American ailment.
Subpoenaed reporter found in contempt
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Kansas judge found a subpoenaed newspaper reporter in contempt and fined her $1,000 a day after she failed to show up to testify Wednesday about a jailhouse interview and her confidential sources in a murder investigation.
Pump patrol
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several stations.
Founder of theme park convicted of fraud
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B10
The founder of the bankrupt Wild West World theme park near Wichita has been convicted on seven counts of securities fraud.
Judge rebuked for limiting overdose case
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B10
An appeals court Wednesday tossed out a federal judge’s order limiting the prosecution of a Kansas doctor and his wife whose clinic has been linked to 59 drug overdose deaths.
Health board could increase by 2 members
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Commission agreed on Wednesday that the Health Department board should be increased by two members to a total of seven.
Action on gay rights is long overdue
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
We already know where this is going. For some of us, the knowledge is hateful, for others, hopeful. Yet the inevitable arc of it is clear: Maybe it will be 10 years, maybe 20, but we can now envision a day when the last legal restrictions against gay men and lesbians will be struck away.
Populist theme is working for Palin
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
The snows that obliterated Washington last week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.
Rare Sept. 11 aerial photos released
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
Aerial photos of the World Trade Center — including these images of the north tower and surrounding area — were released this week, offering a rare and chilling view of the twin towers and the shroud of smoke and dust that settled over New York City.
Corporate tax
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
While the economic crisis continues, I have seen no elected official mention an increase in the Kansas corporate income tax as a mechanism of balancing the state budget. Neither has this occurred at the federal level.
Donation dates
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
I’m writing this in concern of the donations to the food pantries. I have observed many people I know who have been on the receiving end of the food, most of which had to be thrown away because of being expired.
Health care dissent
An amendment to the Kansas Constitution isn’t the best way to protest pending federal health care legislation.
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
Like all Americans, Kansas legislators have a right to express their displeasure with federal health care proposals that currently are on the table. However, a Senate resolution seeking a constitutional amendment exempting Kansas from any federal health insurance mandate isn’t the best way to express that displeasure.
Style scout: Joy Clumsky
February 11, 2010
Until I was 15, I either wore my sister’s hand-me-downs or had to sew my own clothing, so I became quite the seamstress. I have gabs of portfolios filled with fashion clippings and cutouts — styles I liked or found creative. I even sewed my gown for Miss Lawrence-KU!
KU provost finalists plan to visit campus
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
Three finalists for Kansas University’s provost position will visit campus in late February and early March.
Sutton proud of Self
Ex-OSU coach: Pupil doing ‘marvelous job’
February 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Oklahoma State basketball coaching legend Eddie Sutton had a heart-to-heart chat with prize pupil Bill Self back in April of 2003.
Runners will love Valentine’s events
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
Two benefit runs are set for Saturday.
Buick LeSabre reported stolen Monday
February 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lenexa man reported Monday the theft of a vehicle.
100 years ago: New street lights expected soon
February 11, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 11, 1910: Lawrence may soon have a Great White Way because of the new street lights that are due to go up in connection with the street car operation. There is great promise for such a development.
40 years ago: Additional Kansas Highway Patrol officers approved
February 11, 2010
The Kansas House approved the addition of 15 officers for the Kansas Highway Patrol staff. Law enforcement people said that figure “ought to be at least 50.”
25 years ago: County to help fund study for Lecompton interchange
February 11, 2010
Over objections of some Lecompton residents, the Douglas County Commission voted 2-1 to help finance a study that would look at site options for a new turnpike interchange west of Lawrence in the Lecompton area.