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12:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self accepts a basketball presented by athletic director Lew Perkins in commemoration of his 400th career win, which came with a 73-59 win over Iowa State Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. FINAL: Self picks up 400th career victory in KU’s 73-59 victory over ISU
5:59 p.m., February 13, 2010 Updated 9:59 p.m.
Kansas held Iowa State to 34-percent shooting and used a 14-0 second-half run to pull away.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyrel Reed (14) and guard Elijah Johnson (15) pressure Iowa State forward Craig Brackins (21) Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Full-court press gives Kansas lift
February 14, 2010 in print edition on 1C
It happens from Miami to Seattle, from Orono, Maine, to San Diego and every college basketball town in between.
10:00 a.m.
Robberies by the year, 2007-2009 Robberies on the rise
February 14, 2010 in print edition on 1A
As Kansas University student Kyle Rhodes walked home from a party last September, a group of people approached him in an alley near Ohio Street. “I felt something cold at my head,” Rhodes said.
2:00 p.m.
Thurman Duncan, De Soto, likes to take apart old John Deere tractors and restore them. He is standing next to a 1958 Model 620 he found in Eudora. Nothing runs like a (restored) Deere
February 14, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Thurman Duncan did a lot of work behind the wheel of John Deere tractors while growing up on his parents’ Missouri dairy farm in the 1940s and 1950s.
6:00 p.m.
Paramedics and firefighters worked for hours to free motorists trapped in their cars after sudden winter weather caused vehicles to pile on top of each other on Interstate 70 between Lawrence and Bonner Springs Feb. 14, 2010. Pileups close highways
1:49 p.m., February 14, 2010 Updated 11:23 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Traffic in both directions on Interstate 70 was blocked by multiple car pile-ups Sunday afternoon.

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Winter weather advisory in effect for neighboring counties
February 14, 2010
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory for several neighboring counties.
Pileups close highways
Freak weather sets chain-reaction crashes in motion across K.C. metro
01:49 p.m., February 14, 2010 Updated 11:23 p.m. in print edition on A1
Traffic in both directions on Interstate 70 was blocked by multiple car pile-ups Sunday afternoon.
Falling in Love: Lawrence shares its best Valentine’s Day memories
February 14, 2010
We asked the Lawrence community to share their most memorable February 14s spent with their loved ones. You sent us well over 100 stories of all kinds — here are the best ones!
40 years ago: Drawings of proposed law enforcement center revealed
February 14, 2010
An architect’s drawing was published for the proposed judicial and law enforcement center being sought for the area just to the east of the county courthouse at a cost of about $3.5 million.
KU coach Bill Self gets milestone victory No. 400
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s basketball players huddled around Bill Self as athletic director Lew Perkins presented a game-ball memento to the Jayhawks’ seventh-year coach moments after Saturday’s 73-59 victory over Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse.
Lawrence resident recounts phone scam attempt
February 14, 2010
This is a first-person account of a telephone scam attempt conversation.
Brackins lauds KU
Cyclone especially keen on Marcus
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C4
Iowa State forward Craig Brackins has the feeling that in a few years he’ll still be hearing about Kansas University sophomore Marcus Morris.
Miller breaks KU track record
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Amanda Miller broke the school record in the 5,000 meters at 16:27.03 on Saturday and earned an NCAA provisional qualifying standard at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa.
Danica’s day ends in 12-car pileup
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C2
Even as her mangled race car belched steam from its radiator in the background, Danica Patrick remained confident she would have good days in NASCAR. This wasn’t one of them.
Kiss off! Carnival-goers collect lip-locks
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A kiss is just a kiss, but at Rio’s Carnival, collecting as many pecking partners as possible at one of the 650 massive street parties that hit high gear on Saturday is truly a competitive sport.
City commission agenda for Feb. 16
Depot may need ADA improvements
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
City commissioners again will discuss their willingness to take over ownership of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Depot in east Lawrence.
Luge competition goes ahead
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C10
Someone had to be first, and it was Tony Benshoof. Overlooking a labyrinth that claimed the life of one of his competitors a day earlier, Benshoof, the top U.S. medal hope in men’s luge, drew a breath of mountain air, secured the visor over his face and dropped down this elevator shaft of ice not knowing what to expect.
Anthem to delay insurance rate hike
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross will postpone its much-criticized plan to raise rates for some California residents who buy insurance on their own, after reaching a deal Saturday with state regulators.
Behind the Lens: Mechanics of photography: The ISO is exposed!
February 14, 2010
The third leg of the exposure equation, ISO, controls your camera’s sensor or film sensitivity…
25 years ago: House approves reinstating death penalty
February 14, 2010
The Kansas House approved by a 78-46 vote a bill which would reinstitute the death penalty in Kansas for those convicted of premeditated murder and certain other “cruel and heinous” killings. There had been two hours of debate before the vote.
100 years ago: Eudora pastor runs afoul of the Ladies Aid Society
February 14, 2010
A Eudora pastor who has criticized officials and government got into serious trouble yesterday when he criticized the Ladies Aid Society. Reaction was instant.
District has options for budget cuts, none painless
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
Recent Lawrence school board meetings and public forums have featured some tense moments amid discussions of cutting school programs, increasing class sizes, offering fewer courses, laying off teachers and even closing schools.
EPA sets $3.5M budget for Treece buyout
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Environmental Protection Agency will have a $3.5 million budget to buy out the toxic southeast Kansas town of Treece and will consider public comments before deciding whether to go through with the plan.
City’s compost sale coming next month
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
The city of Lawrence will conduct its annual Spring Compost Sale at the Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.
One injured in car-pedestrian accident
12:00 a.m., February 14, 2010 Updated 05:58 p.m. in print edition on B2
A woman was transported to the hospital Saturday evening after a car-pedestrian accident.
Elderly targeted in phone scam
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
Lawrence resident Dick Brown received a call last week from his grandson, who told him he had been arrested on charges of drunken driving in Canada.
Local housing market dealing for ‘slow recovery’
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C6
The number of homes sold in Lawrence declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2009, but the slide shed some speed heading into 2010.
Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C5
Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson decided to work up a sweat before Saturday’s KU-Iowa State game.
Victims of violent crimes at risk of PTSD
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
In July, Kansas University student Ross Maddock was robbed in the 1200 block of Tennessee Street as he walked home from a party.
Store robberies have decreased last 3 years
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
It was a terrifying end to a shift for Great Harvest Bread Co. employee Tolgay Figarelli.
Robberies on the rise
Typical victim is young man, late at night
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
As Kansas University student Kyle Rhodes walked home from a party last September, a group of people approached him in an alley near Ohio Street. “I felt something cold at my head,” Rhodes said.
LHS 6th, FSHS 12th at Sunflower League
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s wrestling team placed sixth, while Free State finished 12th on Saturday at the Sunflower League Championships at Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Full-court press gives Kansas lift
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
It happens from Miami to Seattle, from Orono, Maine, to San Diego and every college basketball town in between.
Accused professor shot, killed brother in ’86
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
The professor accused of killing three colleagues during a faculty meeting is a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, inventor and mother whose life had been marred by a violent episode in her distant past.
Bomb kills 9, wounds 57 at bakery
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A bomb detonated in a crowded bakery popular with foreigners in western India, killing nine people and wounding 57, officials said today, the first terrorist attack in the country since the 2008 Mumbai massacre.
Obama: New budget rules to rein in spending
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama said Saturday new budget rules that say spending cuts must accompany spending increases will force Congress to “pay for what it spends, just like everybody else.”
KU softball wins two
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
Junior Allie Clark tossed five innings of no-hit ball, and the Kansas University softball team edged Houston, 4-3, Saturday at the Marriott Hobby Invite.
Baby boomers cut into Social Security surplus
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A surge of early retirements and a decline in payroll tax revenue caused by the recession have begun to cut deeply into Social Security’s surplus funding.
Embracing history: Man sets hugs record
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A 51-year-old Ohio man has embraced the Valentine’s Day spirit faster than anyone before, giving 7,777 hugs in 24 hours for a new world record.
Bombs, booby-traps slow U.S. advance in Afghan town
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Bombs and booby-traps slowed the advance of thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers moving through the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah — NATO’s most ambitious effort yet to break the militants’ grip over their southern heartland.
Tax program feeds into Meals on Wheels
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Consider it a tip that actually puts food on the table.
IRS seeks taxpayers who qualify for credit
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Low-wage earners and others in Douglas County will be expected to collect more than $10 million this year from the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. That’s Uncle Sam’s hope, anyway.
Gaming officials sign off on KCK casino
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Developers can begin construction of a Wyandotte County casino after the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission signed off Friday on background checks for licensing.
KCKCC purchases ex-retail sites
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kansas City Kansas Community College has completed the purchase of two former retail sites to house its technical and vocational programs.
Veritas boys hoops falls, 38-30
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Veritas Christian boys basketball team saw opportunity slip away in the fourth quarter of a 38-30 loss to Topeka Cair Paravel on Saturday at Veritas.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
Road work slated for the next week in the Lawrence area.
Mother of 2 dies of H1N1 complications
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B3
A mother of two hospitalized for more than three months because of complications from H1N1 has died.
Use of crash video disturbs some viewers
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C10
NBC promised viewers of its Olympics telecast on Saturday that it would no longer air the disturbing video of a Georgian luger who died after flying off the track and slamming into a steel beam during a training run.
Astronauts hook up Space Station plumbing
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A5
A pair of spacewalking astronauts floated back outside Saturday night to hook up plumbing on the newest room of the International Space Station and bring it alive with power.
Business Hall of Fame project to elect 3 honorees from community
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
An exclusive group of Lawrence business pioneers will be recognized this year for their contributions to the community with election to the new Business Hall of Fame.
Nothing runs like a (restored) Deere
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
Thurman Duncan did a lot of work behind the wheel of John Deere tractors while growing up on his parents’ Missouri dairy farm in the 1940s and 1950s.
Businesses grapple with rising unemployment payments
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
State unemployment payments are helping thousands of Kansans make ends meet during this recession. But now business leaders are saying those same payments may make it tougher for Kansans to find a job in the future.
No health care reform would bring more problems
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
What could be worse than health care overhaul? No health care overhaul. It’s anybody’s guess whether President Barack Obama’s health remake will survive in Congress.
Horoscope for February 14, 2010
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
For Sunday, Feb. 14: This year, your caring could change many of your relationships. You feel like demonstrating your caring more often through actions, cards and gifts. If you are single, you don’t have to maintain that status. If you are attached, let your sweetie know how special he or she is. Pisces adores you.
Homeless get tarps, want tents
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
Ask any of the hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims living outdoors in Haiti’s shattered capital and you’re apt to get the same plea: “Give us a tent.”
Wireless devices causing data traffic jam
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
With the exploding popularity of smartphones, wireless laptops and, if Steve Jobs has his way, tablet computers, it’s fast becoming a wireless world.
Republican strategy: Filibuster everything, win in Nov.
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
Senate Republicans are using the filibuster to limit and often derail Democrats’ initiatives, paralyzing the Senate and making it nearly impossible to accomplish even the most routine matters.
Mixing work and romance
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C6
It’s natural to find love at work. It’s where people spend most of their time. But an office romance can be risky for the lovebirds and the companies they work for.
Mortgages
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 79 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Bankruptcies
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C6
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Around & about in local business
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Conservation Reserve Program will host an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 in the Dreher Building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Haskell women topple Wesleyan
February 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
Senior Justina George scored 29 points, and Haskell Indian Nations University defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 66-50, in women’s college basketball Saturday at Coffin Complex.
Time needed
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. … Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. implore us to search our hearts as we look for solutions for our underfunded public schools, a crisis started at the state level.
Ethical issue
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
Mike Hoeflich’s opinion column of Feb. 10 on the actions of House Speaker Mike O’Neal completely and totally misses the point.
Save our district
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
Unfortunately, the reality is that even if the USD 497 school board manages to keep all schools open for the 2010-11 school year, the question of closing schools will resurface. Until the Kansas Legislature forthrightly addresses the current tax system, the problem of adequate public school funding will not go away.
School charity
Setting at least some broad parameters for how money will be used, would encourage more charitable donations for Lawrence public schools.
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B6
It’s unfortunate that the Lawrence school district may have to turn to charitable donations to fund its basic operations, but it’s good that the district has the Lawrence Schools Foundation that is ready and willing to help facilitate that process.
Boomer Girl Diary: Make ‘love coupon’ redeemable for a massage
February 14, 2010 in print edition on D2
I hate to be a killjoy, especially where love is concerned. But with Valentine’s Day upon us, I feel compelled to speak for women everywhere (and probably a lot of men) when I say that those so-called love coupons people think are cute and sexy are a bunch of Hallmark-inspired bull nuggets.
Make your Valentine’s flowers last
February 14, 2010 in print edition on D8
Fresh flowers can brighten a room (and a face) at any time of year, but more bouquets are given on Valentine’s Day than any other day of the year.
Museums might have interest in ornithological charts
February 14, 2010 in print edition on D8
I’m a retired elementary-school teacher. I used to spend time in the spring teaching about bird migration, so through the years I picked up four old Audubon bird charts.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘January 4th — Morning — 8 degrees’
February 14, 2010 in print edition on D3
This can’t be snow
Inhumanity’s front lines: Sacco produces comic books from hot zones
February 14, 2010 in print edition on D3
f our present era constitutes a sort of End Times for mainstream media, it’s proving to be a golden age for Joe Sacco and other practitioners of comic-book reportage.
‘Valentine’ trilogy well-served by Book 2
February 14, 2010 in print edition on D3
Fans of the “Big Stone Gap” series loved Adriana Trigiani’s writing style and ability to bring voice to characters.
No health care reform would bring more problems
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
What could be worse than health care overhaul? No health care overhaul. It’s anybody’s guess whether President Barack Obama’s health remake will survive in Congress.
Gone fishing: CIA confirms secret hunt for sunken Soviet submarine
February 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
In 1974, far out in the Pacific, a U.S. ship pretending to be a deep-sea mining vessel fished a sunken Soviet nuclear-armed submarine out of the ocean depths, took what it could of the wreck and made off to Hawaii with its purloined prize.
Poll sends a bipartisan warning
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
There are warning signs to both parties in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, and this should be a help as President Obama tries to spur a rebirth of bipartisanship in Washington.
Sarah Palin for president? Bring it on
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B6
Dear Sarah Palin: I hear you’re pondering a run for the White House in 2012. Last week, you told Fox news it would be “absurd” to rule it out. I’m writing to ask that you rule it in. I very badly want you to run for — and “win” — the Republican nomination for the presidency.
Obama surprisingly indistinctive
February 14, 2010 in print edition on B6
He sprinkles the phrase “you guys” throughout his remarks, as in, “You guys, I just want to remind you …” He drops quotes from William Wilberforce, the 19th-century British abolitionist, into his speeches. He appears in the Oval Office in shirtsleeves. He gave a major speech last weekend in Washington without wearing a tie. He grants interviews at baseball’s All Star Game and before the Super Bowl. But just how distinctive a president is Barack Obama?