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Archive for Friday, February 19, 2010

Also from February 19

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, February 19, 2010 Seabury Academy vs. Topeka Cair Paravel LHS girls vs. Olathe North
Polls
Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for increased security at airports that serve small planes?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
88%
Yes
 
6%
Not sure
 
4%
Total 1775
Do you support Kansas maintaining a law permitting the death penalty?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
56%
No.
 
41%
Not sure.
 
2%
Total 314
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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” …
6:00 a.m.
A yellow danger sign at the edge of the property said county officials had deemed the building unsafe for anyone to occupy or live inside. Three arrested, property considered dangerous after raid at property east of Lawrence
11:54 a.m., February 18, 2010 Updated 5:44 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Three Lawrence men were arrested in connection with a significant two-day raid that ended Thursday at a property just east of Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
The fish Bonnerichthys swam in the prehistoric seas between 66 million and 172 million years ago. The toothless plankton-eater used Its large mouth to gulp as much water as possible through its gills. Some members of the species were estimated to grow up to 27 feet long. KU researchers gain new insights from fossil that KU has had for decades
February 18, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A large fish fossil that sat at Kansas University for decades has provided new insight into the history of modern-day large plankton-eaters.
2:00 p.m.
A group of KU students gather outside of Fraser Hall after class Wednesday. All five attended high school together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park and meet regularly between classes to stay in touch. From left are senior Wes Meixelsperger; his brother Erik, a freshman; and freshmen Caitlin Riley, Dallas Williams and Rose Reynolds. KU reports steady spring enrollment figures
February 18, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Kansas University’s spring 2010 enrollment is 28,414, down 39 students from the previous spring.
6:00 p.m.
Ira Glass. Radio active: Ira Glass takes his journalistic storytelling on the road
February 19, 2010 in print edition on 1C
As host and producer of NPR’s “This American Life” - and its television companion on Showtime - Glass is responsible for a weekly foray into “mostly true stories of everyday people” …

All stories

Major Midwest trash company making push into Lawrence with weekly curbside recycling pickups
Deffenbaugh offering weekly service to coincide with city trash service for an additional fee
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
Less than a month after city commissioners said they were content to leave the future of curbside recycling to private industry, the largest recycler in the Midwest has announced plans for an aggressive program in Lawrence.
Brutal winter drives Lawrence golfing community into dormancy
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
Nearly 10 times as many rounds of golf were played at Lawrence’s four 18-hole golf courses in the opening seven weeks of 2009 compared with this year, according to figures obtained from local club professionals.
Ex-Junction City mayor sentenced to 2 years in prison for taking bribes from Lawrence developer
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
A former Junction City mayor has been sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison for taking bribes from a Lawrence developer who later received at least $12 million in municipal contracts to build housing in the city.
What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition
February 19, 2010
International Film Festival at KU, Evadestruction’s Music Trivia Massacre, Galactic and Karl Denson, The Noise FM Birthday Bash, Future Shock, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, and “Shutter Island”…
Lawrence area likely looking at 2”-4” of snow this weekend; winter storm watch in effect Saturday evening
03:36 p.m., February 19, 2010 Updated 05:28 p.m.
The National Weather Service has announced a winter weather watch for Douglas and surrounding counties beginning Saturday evening and lasting through late Sunday night.
Jefferson County man gets 41 months after domestic dispute
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
Thomas Cloyd pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated battery and one count of interference with parental custody.
Kansas House approves measure to ease unemployment tax burden on businesses
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kansas businesses could soon get a break from paying higher fees rates to the state unemployment compensation fund.
Senate approves bill banning texting while driving
February 19, 2010
A bill to ban texting while driving advanced to final action Friday in the Kansas Senate after an often emotional debate.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital models new community care position after Baylor’s Vulnerable Patient Network
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be extending social services to vulnerable patients after they are discharged. The hospital has hired a community care navigator and the position is modeled after the Vulnerable Patient Network program at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. The Baylor program provides home-based care and social support services to uninsured and underserved patients with complex medical conditions.
City may send letter urging school board to say no to school closings
Officials to consider letter to board
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
A majority of city commissioners appear interested in sending a letter to school board members that urges them to reject the idea of closing schools.
U.S. Attorney’s office charges Lawrence men with methamphetamine trafficking
11:40 a.m., February 19, 2010 Updated 02:59 p.m. in print edition on A1
Three Lawrence men have been charged with methamphetamine trafficking, in connection with a two-day raid at a home just east of Lawrence.
House approves bill to waive marriage license fees for the poor
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Kansas House has approved a measure that would waive a $69 marriage fee for couples who can prove they can’t afford it.
Bill to abolish the death penalty fails in Kansas Senate
08:15 a.m., February 19, 2010 Updated 05:42 p.m. in print edition on B1
Since 1994 when capital punishment was re-instated in Kansas, 10 men have been sentenced to die, but no executions have occurred.
Net Worth: Network news formula captured in comedic package
February 19, 2010 in print edition on D1
BBC video skewers the “stand-up reporter package.”
Companies to restore 401(k) matches
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B7
People are always looking for signs that things are going to get better, or at least a reliable indicator that any misery they’re experiencing will eventually end.
Walmart stores see U.S. sales fall
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B7
After nearly 50 years of hammering competitors with discounts, Wal-Mart is getting a taste of its own medicine.
Clinics seeing swine flu fatigue
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Marco Torres stood on a busy road and waved an oversized yellow arrow with an unconventional message for a street marketing campaign: “FREE TODAY: H1N1 Flu Shots for All.”
Gibbs sparks Seabury boys basketball team to win
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Topeka Cair Paravel defense gave Seabury Academy senior Bill Gibbs little trouble Thursday night.
Pump patrol
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.45 at several stations.
Artful graffiti
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
Apparently I’m not the only one disgruntled by the hulking presence of The Oread hotel. As I’m sure many of my fellow students noticed Monday and Tuesday, the hotel was boldly endowed with (that is, generously endowed by) a brand-new paint job, courtesy of some unknown and obviously well-meaning graffiti artist.
Government not broken; it’s working
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
In the latter days of the Carter presidency, it became fashionable to say that the office had become unmanageable and was simply too big for one man. Some suggested a single, six-year presidential term. The president’s own White House counsel suggested abolishing the separation of powers and going to a more parliamentary system of unitary executive control. America had become ungovernable.
Choose reality over revolution
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
If you wake up in the morning with the blues because people treat you mean, you could sing a song about it, or you could shop around for an enormous conspiracy that has denied you your constitutional right to liberty and happiness — and how about Central Standard Time? What gives the feds the right to set your clock for you? It’s tyranny.
Olympians celebrities, not heroes
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
You watch the endless interviews with Winter Olympics personalities and are apprised about their dedication, courage, injury problems and the enormous amount of hard work it took to get them to Vancouver. Then there’s always the reference to the great pressure under which they find themselves, particularly if they are from a developed country that demands that they succeed.
Salina 11-year-old arrested at school
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B8
Salina police say an 11-year-old boy has been arrested after he allegedly took a knife to school and threatened another student.
Former day care owner guilty of DUI
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B8
A former Wichita day care owner accused of driving drunk with children in her vehicle has pleaded no contest.
Mother pushes for stronger penalties for minors’ parties
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B8
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Underage Drinking Research Initiative, about 5,000 youth under age 21 die from motor vehicle crashes, or other unintentional injuries, and homicides and suicides that involve underage drinking.
‘Gervais’ better heard than seen
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
HBO has seen the future of television. And it is radio. OK, not exactly radio, but podcasts, the popular, downloadable audio shows that resemble radio in all but name.
People in the news
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for February 19, 2010.
Horoscope for February 19, 2010
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you could feel thwarted if you continue on the same path. The universe is letting you know that a new path or style could be desirable. Take the hint. When frustrated, often you could find yourself lost in thought, making you somewhat accident-prone. If you are single, you could meet someone with ease who knocks your socks off. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy each other to the max if you share openly. Taurus is an anchored associate.
San Francisco Corporations, agencies infiltrated by ‘botnet’
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B7
Security experts have found a network of 74,000 virus-infected computers that stole information from inside corporations and government agencies.
State lawmakers bash Congress to gain voters’ favor in election year
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A8
With tax collections tanking and jobless rates at record highs, state legislators hundreds of miles from Washington have found an easy way to appeal to conservative voters: Bash the federal government.
Haiti flight logs detail early chaos
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A8
Washcloths arrived before water, and senators before surgeons. In the first chaotic days after Haiti’s earthquake, some vital aid was forced to wait because the U.S. military took relief flights at the Port-au-Prince airport on a first-come, first-served basis, according to landing logs.
Afghan Taliban chiefs arrested
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A6
Pakistani authorities, aided by U.S. intelligence, have apprehended more Afghan Taliban chiefs following the capture of the movement’s No. 2 figure — arrests that together represent the biggest blow to the insurgents since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
Poligrip with zinc discontinued
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
GlaxoSmithKline will no longer make or market Poligrip denture adhesives with zinc, the company announced Thursday.
Friends unaware of IRS feud that ended in pilot’s suicide
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Joe Stack felt the federal government — especially its tax code — robbed him of his savings and destroyed his career while allowing corrupt executives to walk away with millions.
Deficit panel: Budget cuts will hurt
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama’s new deficit commission might give Americans a slap in the face about the sacrifices needed to avoid bankrupting future generations — maybe working until age 70, paying higher taxes and spending more of their own money for doctors’ visits and prescriptions.
All-Democratic health care option still open
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
The White House signaled Thursday that an aggressive, all-Democratic strategy for overhauling the nation’s health care system remains a serious option, even as President Barack Obama invites Republicans to next week’s televised summit to seek possible compromises.
Dalai Lama gets quiet Obama welcome
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama personally welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House on Thursday and lauded his goals for the Tibetan people, but he kept their get-together off-camera and low-key in an attempt to avoid inflaming tensions with China.
U.N. worried Iran may be working on arms
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday said it was worried Iran may currently be working on making a nuclear warhead, suggesting for the first time that Tehran had either resumed such work or never stopped at the time U.S. intelligence thought it did.
Veritas boys hoops wins, 59-39
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Ejijah Penny scored 16 points, and Veritas defeated Center Place, 59-39, in high school boys basketball Thursday night.
KU’s Collins a proud father
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Sherron Collins, whose daughter Sharee’ Monea Collins was born right before the start of Monday’s Kansas-Texas A&M game, cradled his child for the first time on Tuesday on a day-trip back home to Chicago.
American Lysacek wins figure skating
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
On a day when Lindsey Vonn crashed and Canada’s pride-and-joy hockey team nearly went down, Evan Lysacek stood up strong.
PGA: Woods to return to therapy
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods is to return to therapy after he speaks publicly for the first time about his infidelity, according to a letter from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem that was obtained by The Associated Press.
Veritas Christian School honor rolls
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A5
Veritas Christian School has announced its first semester honor rolls.
Senate supports tougher law on inmate-guard sex
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Responding to a scathing audit of the Kansas prison system, the Senate approved a bill Thursday aimed at halting unlawful sexual relations between guards and inmates.
KBA panel supports assistance to firms
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Two Lenexa companies looking to expand could get an extra boost from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Gender identity policy fails to win panel’s endorsement
In 4-3 vote, committee supports earlier decision
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
After hearing nearly two hours of public comment Thursday, the city’s Human Relations Commission voted against adding gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination policy.
Retention gap
Kansas legislators should act immediately to close a statutory gap that exempts some judicial retention votes from campaign finance laws.
February 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
A surprising opinion this week from the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission demands the prompt attention of state legislators.
Scorsese visits ‘Island’ deserted by Hitchcock
February 19, 2010 in print edition on C2
Dennis Lehane’s character-packed but gimmicky novel “Shutter Island” earns a slightly less gimmicky film from Martin Scorsese, who makes this 1950s period piece his tribute to the psychological thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock…
100 years ago: Surveying for routes altered by flooding nearly finished
February 19, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 19, 1910: The Santa Fe Railroad says it is about done surveying the routes that were altered by the flooding and should have details about the service soon.
40 years ago: South Junior High, Broken Arrow still not considered completed
February 19, 2010
South Junior High and Broken Arrow schools were officially listed as being in their sixth month of occupancy but still were not considered “completed” by local officials. There had been one controversial delay after another as far as getting the schools operational.
25 years ago: Classified workers support pay plan
February 19, 2010
The 6,000 classified employees at Kansas University, Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State and Wichita State supported making changes in Gov. John Carlin’s pay plan for state workers. More than 100 attended a meeting on the issue in Topeka.
LHS girls hoops team flattened by Eagles
February 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
Flat from the start, the Lawrence High girls basketball team watched an opportunity to pick up a season-high third straight victory slip away as it lost to Olathe North, 58-49, Thursday at LHS.
Radio active: Ira Glass takes his journalistic storytelling on the road
February 19, 2010 in print edition on C1
As host and producer of NPR’s “This American Life” - and its television companion on Showtime - Glass is responsible for a weekly foray into “mostly true stories of everyday people” …