Archive for Friday, February 12, 2010

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A day at Health Care Access

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12:00 a.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…
6:00 a.m.
This photo, courtesy of Paul Selden, shows the recently found spider fossil. The black line at the bottom is 1 millimeter in length. Fossil find allows KU researcher to study spider development
February 11, 2010 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Eddie Lowery, left, walks with his attorney Barry Clark on Seventh Street. Lowery was wrongfully convicted of a rape in the 1980s while he was a soldier at Fort Riley. Decades later, DNA evidence showed he did not commit the crime. 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 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Matthew Jaeger drops his head as the guilty verdict was read on Thursday. The former Kansas University student was found guilty on three charges in connection with a brutal assault of his former girlfriend. Jaeger was found guilty of kidnapping, aggravated battery and making a criminal threat. Jurors could not reach a verdict on a charge of aggravated burglary, and they found him guilty of simple kidnapping, rather than aggravated kidnapping. Judge denies new trial for Jaeger
5:51 p.m., February 11, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., center, visits with Kansas Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, left, and Cheryl Seiwald, a member of the board of directors of the Lawrence Technology Association at the association’s annual meeting Thursday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. Brownback: Technology industries can boost economy
February 12, 2010 in print edition on 3A
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback pointed to growth in technology industries as a path out of the state’s budget woes Thursday in Lawrence.

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One dead after two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County
Other driver in fair condition Sunday
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 42-year-old Ozawkie woman died Friday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County.
Reggie Robinson leaving Kansas Board of Regents for Washburn law job
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Reggie Robinson, chairman and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, is stepping down from that position and has accepted a new post at Washburn University.
With Valentine’s Day looming, your body wants you to be a romantic
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A1
This Valentine’s Day, as lovers everywhere exchange boxes of chocolates, bouquets of roses and sweet nothings, there’s actually a lot more going on under the surface, say Kansas University researchers.
Ballard Center asks for assistance in honor of Valentine’s Day
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B4
Ballard Community Services, 708 Elm, is offering community members an opportunity this Valentine’s Day to help the agency that provides social services to more than 25,000 people in Lawrence every year.
Bill to abolish the death penalty may remain bottled up
03:24 p.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 03:24 p.m. in print edition on B4
Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, says he doesn’t know when or if the bill, which was approved last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be considered.
Sacred Journey owner plans protest rally after K2 raid at her Lawrence business
FDA won’t discuss ongoing investigation
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Business owner is raising awareness about the way she’s been treated by the government.
Olympic luger dies after crash
03:12 p.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 03:15 p.m. in print edition on C8
A men’s Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash during training. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony “clearly casts a shadow over these games.”
Smoking battle may hit House floor next week
02:05 p.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 02:06 p.m. in print edition on B4
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence says supporters of a ban may try to override a proposal in a House committee that contains numerous exemptions that would allow smoking in public, indoor places.
Basketball fans will have to mind their watches during Saturday’s KU women’s basketball game
Free parking available, but must be vacated in time for men’s game that follows soon after
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B4
Texas will play the KU women, and Iowa State will be in town to take on the KU men, but yet another intense competition will be played out between the two basketball games Saturday afternoon and evening at Allen Fieldhouse.
What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition
February 12, 2010
Asteroid Head and “Place” at the Lawrence Arts Center, “Objects + Presence” at the Percolator, Baba Kahn and Sunny Brown, Brody Buster and Sons of Great Dane, Fourth of July and Drakkar Sauna, The Caves, Trucker, and new movies…
`Mind-boggling’ state budget cuts devastating Kansans with disabilities, advocates say
10:02 a.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 03:56 p.m. in print edition on A1
At a news conference, several people caring for those with disabilities spoke about the need to restore funding.
Kansas Supreme Court declines to reopen school finance lawsuit
09:37 a.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 11:18 a.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas Supreme Court denied a petition Friday from school districts seeking to reopen a 2006 school finance case, saying there is nothing that districts can’t accomplish by filing a new lawsuit.
Three receive minor injuries in accident west of Baldwin City
09:32 a.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 03:26 p.m. in print edition on B2
Three people were injured in a Friday morning accident at the junction of U.S. Highways 56 and 59.
Democrats pare back jobs bill after criticism
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Stung by criticism that a bipartisan jobs bill in the Senate wouldn’t create many jobs, Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed a new, stripped-down version they hope will still get support from Republicans and Democrats.
Mortgage payments make economic sense
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Increasing numbers of homeowners who can afford their mortgage payments and have no plans to move are still wondering if they should walk away from their home because the value has dropped.
Pump patrol
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several stations.
Horoscope for February 12, 2010
February 12, 2010
For Friday, Feb. 12, 2010: This year, you break past patterns and also find a new way of enhancing your finances. Still, be careful with spending. Try not to be too frivolous. If you are single, you meet people with ease. Remember to stay sensitive to your sweetie, if attached.
Vancouver: Does this look familiar to you?
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B6
The 2010 Winter Olympics (6:30 p.m., NBC) have arrived. With them, NBC hopes to hit the reset button on a season of discontent.
Getting it right
Lawrence city commissioners are faced with a choice on a development that could be worse but isn’t everything some commissioners would like.
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
There’s a fine line between being “no growth” and simply wanting to hold out for the best projects for Lawrence.
40 years ago: Students, regents object to legislation regarding campus behavior
February 12, 2010
Representatives of the Kansas University student body and the Kansas Board of Regents outlined the reasons why they objected to three bills that had been submitted by State Sen. Reynolds Shultz, R-Lawrence. The bills involved student deportment and possible penalties following recent campus demonstrations and disruptions.
Hollywood rock chalk of fame: KU students spend a week as Tinsel Town interns
February 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
Five KU film students were selected as interns for a rigorous crash course in the L.A. lifestyle…
New era begins today for inexperienced KU softball team
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Though Megan Smith has spent the past eight months acquainting herself with the Kansas University softball program, the first-year coach admitted Thursday she won’t truly know the makeup of her team until she sees it in action.
Kale Pick is the favorite…for now
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Like the rest of us, Kale Pick’s curiosity made him curious to find out more about Turner Gill after Gill was named new Kansas University football coach. So Pick went to YouTube and watched Gill’s 40-yard run against Oklahoma. He quizzed his father about what he remembered. And he arranged a one-on-one meeting with the new coach.
Elijah Johnson remains patient
Realistic KU guard fine with bench role
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman guard Elijah Johnson, who has played just 11 minutes overall during the Big 12 season, said it has been easy to stay positive during this period of inactivity.
Company reports stolen equipment
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
Vangent Inc., 3833 Greenway Drive, reported Wednesday the theft of audio equipment valued at $39,112.11.
Mississippi man arrested on agg. battery charges
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Greenville, Miss., man was arrested Thursday morning on charges of aggravated battery.
Goodwill Industries leader warns about tax exemption changes
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
The head of Goodwill Industries of Kansas brought the state’s tax problems into sharp focus on Thursday.
Judge poised to release U.S. missionaries
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
The 10 U.S. missionaries charged with kidnapping for trying to take a busload of children out of Haiti should be released from jail while an investigation continues, a Haitian judge said Thursday, giving the Americans their best news since their arrests nearly two weeks ago.
American Indian tribes get $1B from stimulus
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Seventy-six American Indian tribes across the country will share $1 billion in economic stimulus money to help create jobs and revitalize Indian communities.
Florists fret storm will wilt Valentine’s sales
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Snow-clogged streets and closed office buildings are posing twin logistical challenges for Mid-Atlantic florists as Valentine’s Day approaches, and some worry it won’t be a rosy holiday unless sales bloom when the shoveling ends.
WellPoint insurance price spike becomes target for Obama
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Health insurer WellPoint blames the Great Recession and rising medical costs for its planned 39 percent rate increase for some California customers. To President Barack Obama, however, it’s Exhibit A in his campaign to revive the health care overhaul.
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures were mixed Thursday. Wheat for March delivery fell 3.25 cents to $4.935; March corn rose 1.5 cents to $3.6325
Is Toyota stock now a bargain?
Despite recall, firm still made profit
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
You can hate the cars but still love the stock.
Google, China still in talks
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Shedding China’s shackles on free speech has been easier said than done for Google Inc.
UNC coach Williams apologizes for Haiti remarks
February 12, 2010
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams apologized Thursday for comments he made earlier in the week that compared his disappointment in his struggling team’s season to the suffering in Haiti.
FSHS girls bowling 2nd, boys 3rd
LHS boys 4th, girls 5th
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Free State High girls bowling team placed second Thursday in a five-team showcase hosted by Washburn Rural, while the boys team finished third.
Our town sports
February 12, 2010
A compilation of local events, results and happenings.
Brownback: Technology industries can boost economy
Senator speaks at gathering in Lawrence
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback pointed to growth in technology industries as a path out of the state’s budget woes Thursday in Lawrence.
U.S. 56 long-range blueprint praised
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
Fears were calmed as a long-range plan for a 22-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 56 was unveiled to residents Thursday night.
Last liberal arts dean finalist stresses fundraising priority
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas University’s last liberal arts dean finalist highlighted the importance of raising student graduation rates and finding new sources of funding Thursday at a public forum.
Suggested savings
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
I can’t believe we were $5 million short in taxes so our schools have to close. However, if this is true, I suggest:
Short-term fix
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
My story is simple. Both my husband and I experienced an idyllic childhood growing up in Lawrence and attending our public schools. After college, we moved away with the naïve belief that there were many other cities that offered the rich and unique character of Lawrence. We returned to Lawrence eight years ago so our children could experience the same quality public education and childhood we did.
Other views
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
A quote from Sunday’s paper stated: “It seems pretty clear our community is coming to a consensus that as a way to deal with this short-term crisis, (closing schools) is not a sacrifice that people are willing to make.” Twelve hundred people marching in an effort to keep their neighborhood schools open does not represent the consensus of Lawrence.
Forced insurance
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook’s proposed amendment to the state constitution, prohibiting the federal government from forcing Kansans to have health insurance, requires close analysis.
Fashion designer McQueen found dead
February 12, 2010 in print edition on B6
His runway shows were often like performance pieces: One featured models with headwear made of trash. Another showed off 10-inch heels shaped like lobster claws.
Percy Jackson’ reaches for ‘Harry Potter’ magic
February 12, 2010 in print edition on C2
“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” echoes J.K. Rowling’s mythological world so closely, with its magical young half-bloods and crowded canvas of supporting deities, that a hex must be brewing…
Net Worth: ‘Lip dub’ offers social musical experience at Lawrence High
February 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
It’s never easy to get a diverse crowd of teens to do anything.
U.S. closing door on space program
February 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
“We have an agreement until 2012 that Russia will be responsible for this,” says Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian spaceagency, about ferrying astronauts from other countries into low-Earth orbit. “But after that? Excuse me, but the prices should be absolutely different then!”
100 years ago: Workers at Kress store go on strike
February 12, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 12, 1910: “The immediate cause of the strike by the girls in the S.H. Kress store here was because the manager would not allow our mothers to come to the store on Saturday nights and wait for us to walk us home,” said one of the 17 girls who struck. Girls work late on Saturdays and are sometimes afraid to walk home alone. The girls have joined a union, are calling for better wages, but the manager says he will not allow any of them to come back to work.
25 years ago: School board looks to western expansion
February 12, 2010
The Lawrence school board agreed to put up $75,000 in “good faith” money toward the purchase of land west of Lawrence for future growth. Involved were 15 acres near 15th and Wakarusa.