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Archive for Thursday, February 25, 2010

Also from February 25

Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Images surrounding the mysterious Stony Point monolith
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Polls
Should Gov. Parkinson sign the statewide smoking ban bill headed to his desk?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
73%
No.
 
24%
Not sure.
 
1%
Total 1200
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Mass. Market: Soon, groceries downtown will again be a thing of the past
February 24, 2010 in print edition on 1C
With The Casbah Market closing its doors, downtown Lawrence will be without a grocery yet again — though it wasn’t always that way.
6:00 a.m.
House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Ward (left) of Wichita and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence confer prior to sending a letter to House Speaker Mike O'Neal. The letter said O'Neal should step down from a lawsuit against the state. O'Neal has denied any wrongdoing. Legislative Democrats tell House speaker to resign from lawsuit against state
10:28 a.m., February 24, 2010 Updated 11:14 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Legislative Democrats are putting more pressure on Republican House Speaker Mike O’Neal to remove himself from a lawsuit against the state.
10:00 a.m.
Rick Regan is on a hunger strike to bring awareness to the issue of senior citizens going hungry. He was at the Lawrence Senior Center Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, where he stopped for the one meal he gets each day at senior centers he is visiting around the state. Meals site coordinator Kathryn Newman is pictured helping Regan with his meal. Budget shortfalls mean some senior citizens in the state are going hungry
February 24, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Senior meal program managers across the state are being forced to make a tough decision: who goes hungry and who doesn’t.
2:00 p.m.
K2 is a legal, smokable herbal mixture with chemical properties similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy said. K3 is a new drug that is legal because its compounds have been altered from what was found in K2. Bill aimed at banning compounds in K2 goes to governor
3:10 p.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 3:18 p.m. in print edition on 3A
State Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, was the only senator to vote against the bill. “I’m proud to be the Lone Ranger for civil liberties,” he said.
6:00 p.m.
The home of the Lawson and McMillen families circa 1917.  In back: Sara and Logan Lawson. In front, from left: Wes Lawson (younger brother of Bertha McMillen) and the first grandchildren, Dale and Don McMillen. The old stone at Stony Point
February 24, 2010
Decades-old trees growing between the stone steps that once led down into a basement have a way of robbing your own home of its sense of permanence…

All stories

So close again: KU women lose another heartbreaker to ranked team
08:08 p.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Carolyn Davis summed it up in 14 words. “They played like a ranked team that didn’t want to lose,” Davis said, “and we didn’t.”
Kansas cities’ lobbying and organizational group asks communities to commit funding for group’s 100th anniversary
Request comes at a time when cities are struggling to find enough tax dollars for their own needs
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
As cities across the state struggle with budgets and layoffs, the organization that represents city governments at the Kansas Statehouse is planning to spend $240,000 to commemorate the group’s 100th anniversary.
Pedestrian injured in Thursday evening accident
Injury accident reported at 6th and Lawrence Avenue
05:29 p.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A4
An automobile-pedestrian accident was reported on Sixth Street just west of Lawrence Avenue shortly after 5:15 Thursday afternoon.
Students work murder crime scene as part of biology class
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Central Junior High students combed a body-littered auditorium looking for clues.
Rock Chalk Revue comes to KU next week
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A6
Performances for this year’s Rock Chalk Revue variety show are set for next week.
Kansas House committee takes up resolution regarding state sovereignty
February 25, 2010
A Kansas House committee has heard testimony on a states’ rights resolution that supporters say is intended to preserve individual liberties.
Bill aimed at banning compounds in K2 goes to governor
03:10 p.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 03:18 p.m. in print edition on A3
State Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, was the only senator to vote against the bill. “I’m proud to be the Lone Ranger for civil liberties,” he said.
KU’s second provost candidate is the university’s current vice provost for research
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
Kansas University’s second candidate for its provost position is Steve Warren, KU’s vice provost for research and graduate studies.
Small school district leaders plead with legislators not to force consolidation
11:26 a.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A6
Officials from some of the smallest school districts in Kansas oppose a plan that would reduce their funding to encourage consolidation.
7-month-old grocery store in Basehor to close
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
After only seven months in business, Wolf Creek Marketplace is closing its doors.
Is Tiger showing remorse or repentance?
February 25, 2010
If Tiger Woods confesses to private acts after they became public — and takes three months to do so — should the public accept his confession and forgive him?
House approves statewide smoking ban; measure goes to governor
10:04 a.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 02:43 p.m. in print edition on A1
Supporters of the ban said it will improve the health of Kansans and decrease the ill effects of second-hand smoke.
Kansas House set to debate next week a bill to narrow sales tax exemptions
February 25, 2010
A Kansas House committee expects to debate a bill next week to eliminate exemptions to the state’s sales tax.
Weaver’s time up at Baker
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
For the first time in 25 years, Baker University must find a new person to launder its basketball game jerseys.
Tourney implications on line for KU women vs. Iowa St.
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
On the plus side is a positive RPI. A negative, however, is the brutal remaining schedule.
Thursday nights under renovation
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
With four nights to go, Olympics coverage dominates the dial.
Broken government lament is overblown
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
Today’s health policy “summit” comes at a moment when, as happens with metronomic regularity, Washington is reverberating with lamentations about government being “broken.” Such talk occurs only when the left’s agenda is stalled. Do you remember mournful editorials and somber seminars about “dysfunctional” government when liberals defeated George W. Bush’s Social Security reforms?
Commodities
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures slid Thursday. Wheat for March delivery dropped 10.5 cents to $4.8975, while March corn lost 3 cents to $3.7225 and oats for March delivery fell 2.25 cents to $2.1975.
Bullying tactics
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
In an Oct. 14, 2008, chat with Lawrence Journal-World readers, Scott Morgan said that, regarding his loss in the subsequent school board election due to his support of closing elementary schools in 2003, “I paid a political price for making these tough choices.” Scott Morgan did not pay a price for closing elementary schools. Children did.
Jerry Waugh’s insight on hoops, life leaves lasting impact at FSHS
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
More than 50 years ago, Jerry Waugh stood in a gym named after his college coach and taught one of the game’s giants how to play basketball. Today, Waugh, 83, can be found in a high school gymnasium, coaching much smaller players who go by the names Tia, Regan, Amber and Taylor.
Mario Little making strides in red-shirt campaign
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Ten pounds lighter — and a heck of a lot healthier than a year ago — Mario Little has made quite an impression at Kansas University basketball workouts during the 2009-10 season.
Texas denies talking with Big Ten
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
The University of Texas likes its position in the Big 12 Conference and has not talked with the Big Ten about its expansion plans, athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Wednesday.
Wednesday’s markets at a glance
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Wednesday’s markets at a glance
Kan. NAACP decries health ‘freedom’ plan
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Kansas NAACP argued Wednesday that a proposed “Health Care Freedom Amendment” to the state constitution would keep thousands of Kansans uninsured and stifle a discussion in the state over federal health reform.
Former KU Med staffer faces child porn charges
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Medical Center officials were shocked Wednesday morning by reports that a respiratory therapist who worked there told federal agents he inappropriately touched at least one child and one adult.
Theft of vehicle, debit card reported
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 52-year-old Lenexa woman reported Sunday the theft of a car and debit card.
High-fat diets raise stroke risk in women
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A moment on the lips, forever on the hips? A bad figure is hardly the worst of it. Eating a lot of fat, especially the kind that’s in cookies and pastries, can significantly raise the risk of stroke for women over 50, a large new study finds.
2nd storm on tap for snowy Northeast
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A powerful winter storm dumped a foot or more of snow in the Northeast on Wednesday, knocking out power to thousands and stalling air traffic from Boston to Philadelphia, all ahead of a second system packing strong winds that could blanket the area with another foot of snow.
India, Pakistan hold first talks in 15 months
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
India and Pakistan are holding high-level peace talks for the first time since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Colorado school gunman had grown increasingly erratic
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
The man accused of wounding two middle school students in a community still haunted by the Columbine massacre had become increasingly erratic in recent weeks, yelling at imaginary friends and complaining that eating macaroni and cheese made too much noise, his father said Wednesday.
Ailing Seabury hoops team regional-bound
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B3
Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Mike Harding had hoped to enter the postseason with his team in peak physical condition.
Bernanke plans to keep rates low
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
New signs emerged Wednesday that the economic rebound is sputtering. Sales of new homes hit a record low last month. And mortgage giant Freddie Mac signaled it will need more federal aid — and might never repay it.
SeaWorld whale kills trainer
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A SeaWorld killer whale snatched a trainer from a poolside platform Wednesday in its jaws and thrashed the woman around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience. It marked the third time the animal had been involved in a human death.
31st St. extension plans move ahead
Roundabouts, intersections envisioned, but funding remains hurdle
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Plans are taking shape for extending 31st Street at the southeastern edge of Lawrence, a project that would include roundabouts at intersections with O’Connell and Noria roads.
United Way nearly reaches fundraising goal
$1.76 million contributed, 98% of target; new funding strategy announced
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
City leaders say it was a good news/good news scenario during the annual meeting of the United Way of Douglas County on Wednesday evening at Central Junior High School, 1400 Mass.
Pump patrol
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.
KU swimming in third
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s 200 medley relay team of Iuliia Kuzhil, Joy Bunting, Abigail Anderson and Amanda Maez placed third in an NCAA qualifying time of 1:39.35 on Wednesday at the Big 12 swim championships.
Our town sports
February 25, 2010
A roundup of local events and happenings.
KU basketball notebook
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich were named to the 30-player Naismith Trophy Midseason Candidates list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.
Toyota CEO ‘deeply sorry’
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologized personally and repeatedly Wednesday to the United States and millions of American Toyota owners for safety lapses that have led to deaths and widespread recalls. Unimpressed lawmakers blistered the world’s largest automaker with accusations of greed and insensitivity.
Rhode Island school decides to fire all of its teachers
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
The blue-and-white banner exclaiming “anticipation” on the front of Central Falls High School seems like a cruel joke for an institution so chronically troubled that its leaders decided to fire every teacher by year’s end.
Experts authenticate Van Gogh painting
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
Dirk Hannema was known as a brilliant art curator but a bit of a fool. He claimed he had seven Vermeers in his collection, several Van Goghs and a few Rembrandts, but no one believed him.
Senate approves tax breaks for new hires
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Senate Democrats delivered the first of several promised election-year jobs bills Wednesday, passing a measure blending highway funding eagerly sought by the states with tax breaks for companies that hire unemployed workers.
Horoscope for February 25, 2010
February 25, 2010
For Thursday, Feb. 25: This year, you might find that getting the right footing or feeling good about situations could be difficult. You might feel that there is always an element out of sync. Nevertheless, this year could be unusually lucky, as you begin a new life and life cycle. If you are single, two someones could float into your life. If you are attached, you just feel happier.
Fair hearing
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
While watching the school board meeting on Monday evening, I was struck by the overwhelming perception that most of the board had paid little or no attention to the alternative budget prepared by the Save our Neighborhood Schools group. Prepared by accountants, business school professors and other experts, this document shows ways to come up with the required savings without closing schools and increasing class size by only one.
Parenting model
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
With so much discussion about our tight educational budget, we really have a great opportunity to educate our kids — for free. One of the ways of training our kids, might be to encourage them to model local sports heroes.
School ideas
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
The local school board has perhaps the most unpleasant decisions ahead of them that any volunteer board has ever had to make. I appreciate the fact that they are listening to many groups and individuals and I appreciate the time it takes to do that. I would like to suggest a few ideas for them to consider.
Timing issue
Local school officials should get all the information they can about state funding levels before locking in local budget cuts.
February 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
It’s good that Lawrence school officials want to be prepared for further cuts in state funding, but they also shouldn’t rush into decisions that may or may not be necessary, at least right now.
Veritas boys hoops team begins playoffs
February 25, 2010 in print edition on B3
Veritas Christian’s boys and girls basketball teams are scheduled for first-round playoff games in the Kansas Christian Athletic Association tourney today in Wichita.
Style scout: Jack Wier
February 25, 2010
I have 31 tattoos. One is a tattoo designed after a rare Alberto Vargas pin-up.
Style scout: Grace Carmody
February 25, 2010
I am a closet pack rat. I have three closets full - one for everyday dress, one for dress-up and one for travel. I even have clothes that go back to the ‘70s!
100 years ago: Turbine engine to be tested
February 25, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 25, 1910: Sunday if the weather will permit the mammoth turbine engine at the local power plant will be tried. It will be the first test in the city and many anticipate a boost in local power. If weather is bad, the test will come later. The turbine will help prevent any more power outages from ice floes on the Kaw River, as we had earlier this year. The only other such turbine in the city is at the university. The new turbine is more powerful and serves more area.
40 years ago: Tax ceiling likely to pass
February 25, 2010
It appeared Gov. Bob Docking’s tax increase ceiling of 5 percent would pass but staunch foes had not given up. State Sen. Bob Bennett was a leader in the charge to defeat the issue.
25 years ago: Student falls out of fraternity window
February 25, 2010
A Kansas University student was in fair condition after falling out a second-story window of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. The student, 20 had fallen some 20 feet. Evidence of alcohol abuse was strong, police said.