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Archive for Thursday, February 18, 2010

Also from February 18

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, February 18, 2010
Podcasts
Polls
Should the city of Lawrence include gender identity in its anti-discrimination policy?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
52%
No.
 
45%
Not sure.
 
1%
Total 260
Are you interested in what Tiger Woods has to say during his first public appearance on Friday?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
83%
Yes
 
16%
Total 1240
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, announces his candidacy for Kansas governor before a crowd of supporters in Topeka in February. Holland recently took issue with a poll that said he was far behind Sam Brownback in the Kansas governor race. Tom Holland makes it official, announces candidacy for Kansas governor
12:59 p.m., February 17, 2010 Updated 3:23 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Holland said the lead Republican gubernatorial candidate, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, has been part of a divisive Washington culture where partisan politics and lack of fiscal restraint led to policies that created the recession.
6:00 a.m.
Law enforcement officers conduct an investigation at the scene of a home east of Lawrence on North 1500 Road. Law enforcement agencies investigating property just east of Lawrence
12:25 p.m., February 17, 2010 Updated 5:24 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Law enforcement officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday about a significant investigation at a property just east of the Lawrence city limits.
10:00 a.m.
Mark Fenton, a walking advocate and host of the PBS show “America’s Walking,” asks students from New York School to raise their hands if they ride their bicycle to school. On Oct. 6, 2009, Fenton and Lawrence leaders walked around the New York School neighborhood to see how safe the sidewalks and streets were for bicyclists and pedestrians. They got an earful from the students and quickly learned there were areas that needed improvement. Douglas County among top five healthiest in Kansas
12:08 p.m., February 17, 2010 Updated 4:57 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Douglas County is the fourth healthiest county in Kansas, according to a new report released today.
2:00 p.m.
A group of girls leads a march, organized by Save Our Neighborhood Schools, on Saturday from Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., down Massachusetts Street. Hundreds of students and parents turned out to protest the Lawrence school board’s consideration of closing some elementary schools to close a budget shortfall. Restaurants to boost school district budget
February 18, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Donations to help the Lawrence school district battle its budget crisis aren’t pouring in.
6:00 p.m.
Sarah Buxton. Worth the wait: Five years after being signed to a big-time deal, Lawrence native Sarah Buxton releases a real country record
February 18, 2010 in print edition on 6A
Sarah Buxton is squealing. It’s the sort of high-pitched, tea-kettle squeal that girls make in diamond-ring commercials when they realize their best friend’s hubby “went to Jared” …

All stories

KU reports steady spring enrollment figures
Number of students at Lawrence campus falls 0.3% since last spring
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s spring 2010 enrollment is 28,414, down 39 students from the previous spring.
KU researchers gain new insights from fossil that KU has had for decades
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A1
A large fish fossil that sat at Kansas University for decades has provided new insight into the history of modern-day large plankton-eaters.
Budget legislation on its way to governor’s desk
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
The House and Senate on Thursday agreed to cut $92 million in spending by the end of June in an attempt to balance the current fiscal year’s budget, but few legislators believed their agreement would be the last word on cuts.
Jayhawks to move Quigley to running back again in 2010
04:21 p.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The ongoing search to find a position for Angus Quigley to play is back where it started: running back.
Domestic violence legislation advanced
03:37 p.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 03:38 p.m. in print edition on A4
State Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, called House Bill 2517 “one of the most important” public safety measures of the legislative session, and she cited the murder of Jana Mackey as she urged House passage.
Former KU social welfare professor, ‘campus radical’ Norman Forer dies at 84
Normas Forer visited Iran in early ‘80s during hostage crisis
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
Norman Forer fought for a host of social causes during his life, and once went to Iran to try and dissolve the hostage crisis there in the early 1980s.
Legislators advance bill to streamline distribution of aid to school districts for students receiving free lunch
February 18, 2010
Kansas House members are trying to clean up the process for awarding extra aid to school districts for students who receive free lunches.
Report finds Kansas’ public pension system underfunded
01:54 p.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 01:56 p.m. in print edition on A4
The report found that nationally there was a a $1 trillion gap between what states have promised employees in retirement and what is on hand to pay.
Eudora police chief to retire at end of March
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
After 23 years of service, Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem is retiring, effective April 1.
Tyshawn Taylor will make return to starting lineup
Taylor makes return to starting lineup
12:36 p.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor will start for the Jayhawks over Brady Morningstar on Saturday against Colorado, KU coach Bill Self announced at his weekly press conference Thursday.Sometimes a starter, sometimes a sixth man, versatile Kansas University combo guard Tyshawn Taylor will start Saturday’s KU-Colorado game, set for a 3 p.m. tip in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas House approves covenant marriage measure
12:10 p.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 02:07 p.m. in print edition on A4
State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, brought the proposal forward, saying it would help preserve marriages and families.
Small plane crashes into IRS building in Austin
12:02 p.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 02:56 p.m.
A software engineer furious with the Internal Revenue Service plowed his small plane into an office building housing nearly 200 federal tax employees on Thursday, officials said, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing as thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air.
First KU provost candidate is dean of law at Penn State University
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
Philip J. McConnaughay is the Donald J. Farage Professor of Law and dean of the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University.
Three arrested, property considered dangerous after raid at property east of Lawrence
11:54 a.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 05:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
Three Lawrence men were arrested in connection with a significant two-day raid that ended Thursday at a property just east of Lawrence.
Statehouse Live: Parkinson says suspicion that he will run ‘hilarious’
10:36 a.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 10:36 a.m. in print edition on A4
Parkinson spoke to reporters briefly after a ceremony marking Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Capitol.
Democratic State Senator from Kansas City says he’s considering bid for U.S. Senate
Would replace Sam Brownback
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B8
State Sen. David Haley says he is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Sam Brownback.
Topeka youth pastor detained in Haiti on abduction charges returns to Kansas
09:03 a.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 04:14 p.m. in print edition on A1
Four American missionaries freed from a Haitian jail were greeted with cheers and hugs Thursday after their plane landed in Missouri and brought them a step closer to home following accusations of child trafficking in the quake-stricken country.
State leaders plan events in honor of Armed Forces Day
February 18, 2010
Members of all branches of the military stationed in Kansas were heading for the Statehouse for the annual Armed Forces Day.
Style scout: Jessie Mitchell
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A6
It sounds crazy, but I have a ghost who lives in my house. He’s very active at night. He slams toilet seats and rattles dishes. He’s a lovely ghost though. He’s sweet…
Embattled Taliban rely on human shields
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Taliban fighters holding out in Marjah are increasingly using civilians as human shields, firing from compounds where U.S. and Afghan forces can clearly see women and children on rooftops or in windows, Afghan and U.S. troops said Wednesday.
Vonn claims downhill gold for U.S.
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Lindsey Vonn crossed the finish line, saw her time, then yelled and fell backward onto the snow.
In the race
A strongly contested governor’s race will benefit the people of Kansas.
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
Congratulations to Kansas Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City for taking on the challenge of seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
Baseball debate relived
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Do you remember where you were Sept. 14, 1994, the night the World Series was canceled? New York-based Rob Manfred, a lead negotiator for the owners, does.
Worth the wait: Five years after being signed to a big-time deal, Lawrence native Sarah Buxton releases a real country record
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A6
Sarah Buxton is squealing. It’s the sort of high-pitched, tea-kettle squeal that girls make in diamond-ring commercials when they realize their best friend’s hubby “went to Jared” …
Bills cut Fine; TE joins Rams
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine, a fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, was released by the team Tuesday.
Style scout: Loren Cressler
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A6
The only movie from the “Star Wars” saga that I’ve seen from start to finish is “Episode III” …
Toyota investigates steering problems
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
First it was gas pedals, then brakes. Now Toyota and the government are looking into complaints that the popular Corolla is difficult to steer straight, raising a new safety concern ahead of next week’s congressional hearing about the automakers recalls.
Judging the stimulus: Jobless rate high, growth real
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Did the stimulus work or not? A year after Congress passed President Barack Obama’s huge economic revival plan, the results are mixed — and hardly final.
Cat stew lover skewered in Italy
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Italian state TV has suspended a cooking show host who shocked the nation by saying cat stew is a Tuscan delicacy he swears he has enjoyed many times.
Guard troops still awaiting extra pay
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Thousands of National Guard soldiers who served extra-long deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts were supposed to get paid time off when they came home three years ago.
Students complained about biology professor
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Students banded together to let administrators know something wasn’t quite right about Professor Amy Bishop. She taught by reading straight out of the textbook, never made eye contact and liked to remind people constantly that she went to Harvard.
Mortgage plan aids 12 percent of borrowers
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
The government’s mortgage relief plan has helped only about 12 percent of borrowers who signed up since President Barack Obama announced the program a year ago.
Three Tesla workers die when plane hits home
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
A twin-engine plane carrying three employees of electric car maker Tesla Motors struck a set of power lines after takeoff Wednesday and crashed into a fog-shrouded residential neighborhood, raining fiery debris over homes, sending residents running for safety and killing everyone aboard.
Our town sports
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B5
A roundup of local sports events, results and happenings.
Thompson loss hurts, but KU baseball still confident
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
If Kansas University’s baseball team is worried about replacing All-American Tony Thompson in its lineup for the first several weeks of the season, it sure isn’t panicking about it.
Comparably, Kansas hoops hasn’t had many close calls
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who breathed a sigh of relief after Monday’s five-point victory at Texas A&M, told media members he felt the Jayhawks were “playing too many” close games.
Woods plans to end silence Friday
Tiger will speak to ‘small group of friends’ in Florida
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods will end nearly three months of silence Friday when he speaks publicly for the first time since his middle-of-the-night car accident sparked stunning revelations of infidelity.
Late TV starts for Big Monday not ideal, but mostly unavoidable
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
At 8 p.m. Monday, when viewers turned on ESPN to watch Kansas University’s basketball team take on Texas A&M, they had no choice but to watch the conclusion of the game between Connecticut and Villanova.
Kansas University football notebook
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University football roster will be one defensive end lighter when the Jayhawks open spring practices on March 27.
Westar meeting set on Spearville wind site
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
Westar Energy is host to a community meeting set for today in Spearville about its plans for a wind energy site in western Kansas.
Hawker: Jobs in Salina won’t go to Wichita
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
Hawker Beechcraft officials say jobs that will be lost when the company’s plant in Salina closes won’t be sent to Wichita.
Horoscope for February 18, 2010
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, be aware of the role your instincts play and how they affect your daily life. When you are confused and trying to make a decision, learn to let go and trust. If you are single, you need to trust in your allure. Your charisma keeps bubbling up, drawing quite a few suitors. If you are attached, the two of you might want to take a class in communicating together. Aries blooms.
Praise for nurses
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
“I love nurses.” I wrote that letter to you, and it was printed in 2001 after my mom passed away at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The nurses cried with us, gave us hugs and kept our hopes up. We loved you for that!
Whitman school vision
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
In “Song of Democracy” Walt Whitman views from the perspective of an old man his early school experience. “Only a lot of boys and girls?” he asks. “Only the tiresome spelling, writing, ciphering classes? Only a public school?”
Trial lawyers’ clout
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
President Obama scolded the Supreme Court for their ruling on corporate donations during his State of the Union address last month when he said, “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests…” Did Obama forget about the American Trial Lawyers Association? Obama’s hypocrisy and arrogance is stunning to say the least.
Shield students
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
If you have concluded that school closings are inevitable, I have an idea. Organize a petition in your community and volunteer your own neighborhood school for closure. If the budget crisis is becoming divisive, maybe it’s because it seems that everyone who says that closure is necessary is talking about someone else’s school.
Suspend football?
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
With all of the talk of various ways to reduce expenses within the local school system, one wonders why no mention has been made of temporarily eliminating extracurricular activities! The suspension of football, for instance, although of benefit to many, for that very reason of the large numbers involved (both players and coaches) would likely provide the largest savings, but no mention of such an idea has been heard. Why not?
Palin not headed to White House
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible experience pertinent to the presidency. This was 1964.
KU golf commit wins diving event
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Meghan Potee, who will join the Kansas University women’s golf team in the fall of 2010, won the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday in a competition that came down to the final dive.
Museum gearing up for SuperCroc exhibit
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is gearing up for an exhibit called “The Science of SuperCroc.”
County OKs expansion for Pines International
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
Pines International will go ahead with plans for an expansion at its site in northern Douglas County.
Restaurants to boost school district budget
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
Donations to help the Lawrence school district battle its budget crisis aren’t pouring in.
Pancake Day to aid Legion baseball
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Dorsey-Liberty American Legion Post will be host to the 61st annual Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at Legionacres II, 3408 W. Sixth St.
Study: Happiness helps in preventing heart problems
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A1
You’ve heard it before: To avoid a heart attack don’t smoke, eat right and exercise. But it also may help to be happy, a new study says.
Church cheers pastor’s release in Haiti
February 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
Members of a Topeka congregation were cheered Wednesday night after hearing their youth pastor was among American missionaries released from custody in Haiti, but they remained apprehensive about his trip home and what awaits him afterward.
‘Deep End’ to depart
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A9
As if inspired by the old Groucho Marx song “Hello, I Must Be Going,” ABC has announced that “The Deep End” (7 p.m., ABC) will air its series’ finale next week. That was quick.
100 years ago: Harvey writes KU football coach
February 18, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 18, 1910: Ed Harvey wrote coach Bert Kennedy of the KU football team a nice letter thanking him for the compliment he paid him as a football player by picking him as one of the men would would be chosen for any all-star KU team of all-time. Harvey played here in 1903-04 and still lives on a farm in this county. He is one of the few members of his race who have ever played on an American university football team and he is the first colored man to do so at KU. He is the only one who wrote coach Kennedy for honoring him as an all-time star.
40 years ago: 3 arrested in connection with Vietnam War protest incidents
February 18, 2010
Three young men, none of them Kansas University students, were arrested in connection with incidents growing out of an apparent Vietnam War protest march that wound up at the Douglas County Courthouse. A large blue and red fist had been painted on the courthouse and a stairwell window had been smashed.
25 years ago: KU spring enrollment sets record
February 18, 2010
Spring enrollment at Kansas University set a record. Administrators said the official total was 25,437 on the Lawrence campus, off-campus centers and the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. The figure was 242 students above the previous mark, 25,195, the past spring. The headcount on the Lawrence campus was 20,568.
Colbert Nation shows at Olympics
February 18, 2010 in print edition on A9
Bringing his nation to the Winter Olympics, Stephen Colbert made peace with Canada, sang with Michael Buble and persuaded Bob Costas to climb aboard a stuffed moose.