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Archive for Thursday, January 21, 2010

Also from January 21

Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Lawrence High wrestling vs. Leavenworth ArtStar: Carlin Frances Free State wrestling vs. Shawnee Mission NW
Podcasts
Polls
Should the Kansas Legislature increase the state sales tax to avoid more budget cuts?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
48%
No
 
47%
Not sure
 
3%
Total 809
How would you grade KU's performance against Baylor's zone defense in the Jayhawks' victory Wednesday?

Poll results

Response Percent
B
 
53%
C
 
27%
A
 
11%
D
 
5%
F
 
1%
Undecided
 
0%
Total 3288
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins lifts the Allen Fieldhouse crowd to its feet late in the second half against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. FINAL: KU survives hot-shooting Baylor, 81-75
6:54 p.m., January 20, 2010 Updated 1:18 a.m.
The Bears became the first KU opponent in 91 tries to shoot over 50 percent, but Sherron Collins’ 28 points and clutch three-pointer late helped the Jayhawks secure the win.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins gets the Fieldhouse crowd on its feet after hitting a three-pointer against Baylor late in the second half, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Collins finds way to win — again
January 21, 2010 in print edition on 1B
A tough conference opponent threw in amazing shots and teetered on the brink of a streak-busting upset when the best player in college basketball gathered his team in the huddle and restored the confidence of all his mates.
10:00 a.m.
Monarch butterflies gather in Mexico during their winter migration in 2009. Monarch habitats are being threatened by development, logging and cold weather, and fewer monarchs are now in Mexico than ever before. Chip Taylor, director of KU's Monarch Watch, says that if current trends continue, the entire annual migration could be threatened. Monarch migration under threat
January 21, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The number of monarch butterflies spending the winter in Mexico has hit an all-time low, a Kansas University researcher says.
2:00 p.m.
The building that formerly housed Lone Steer BBQ and Don’s Steakhouse was previously proposed as a site for the Lawrence Community Shelter. Lawrence Community Shelter withdraws plans for homeless shelter at Don’s Steakhouse site
3:46 p.m., January 20, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter have withdrawn their plans to locate a homeless shelter at the former Don’s Steakhouse and are now concentrating on a site near the Douglas County Jail.
6:00 p.m.
Larry Sinks, owner of Joe College, with benefit organizer Hollie Farrahi. The old college try: Students organize fundraiser for Joe College in its fight against Kansas University
January 21, 2010
The controversy between KU and Joe College will be reignited this week with the Joe College Jamfest, a student-organized fundraiser for the T-shirt shop on the brink of collapse …

All stories

Jury picked in trial of Scott Roeder, man accused of killing George Tiller
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
A jury of eight men and six women has been chosen for the murder trial of the man charged with killing a Kansas abortion doctor.
Attorney General asks court to reject efforts by school districts to reopen school finance lawsuit
High court advised to reject districts’ attempt to reopen litigation
05:28 p.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 11:29 p.m. in print edition on A3
The Kansas attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reject an attempt by school districts to reopen litigation over state funding.
Lawmakers looking at ways to expand gambling in parts of Kansas
05:08 p.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas lawmakers are pursuing proposals to bring slot machines to racetracks and attract a casino to the state’s southeast corner.
Senate approves bill to ban sale of K2
Francisco attempts to send bill on herbal mixture back to panel
05:06 p.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 05:30 p.m. in print edition on A3
The Kansas Senate has approved a ban on synthetic drugs that produce effects similar to those of marijuana.
Area transportation study urges sustainable investments
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
Whether it’s building new roads, extending transit service, encouraging bicycle travel or doing anything else to improve the future of transportation in Douglas and four other nearby counties, people should keep three investment aspects in mind, a new study suggests.
Gridiron Club moving forward, but behind schedule
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas Athletics Inc. knows how big the new Gridiron Club will be, how much it will cost and even who will be building it on the east side of Memorial Stadium.
Governor is fresh start for Virginia
January 21, 2010
After several weeks of heavy snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the sun came out and the snow began to melt in Richmond last Saturday for the inauguration of Republican Bob McDonnell as Virginia’s new governor.
Meals on Wheels seeking volunteers to handle food deliveries
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers for its program that provides meals to area seniors and people with disabilities.
Chancellor says banning cigarette sales on campus in line with KU values
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B8
The days of buying cigarettes at Kansas University’s student unions may be nearing an end.
Regulations for senior care facilities complex, not the same
January 21, 2010
Assisted living facilities are not governed the same as nursing homes.
Douglas County Dental Clinic changes income guidelines
January 21, 2010
The Douglas County Dental Clinic has changed its income guidelines to allow more individuals without dental insurance to use their services. The clinic, 316 Maine, now accepts individuals who are at 250 percent of 2008 poverty levels. It was 200 percent of 2009 levels.
More national guardsmen heading for Cuba to help with Haiti relief
January 21, 2010
Members of the Kansas National Guard are heading to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to help with U.S. efforts to aid earthquake ravaged Haiti.
Proponents of tax increase urge legislative committee to approve Parkinson’s plan
01:48 p.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
A mother from Lawrence with a third-grader in a school that may be closed, and a daughter from Emporia whose elderly mother is losing help to get to the bathroom were among those urging legislators to increase the sales tax to avoid more budget cuts.
Robbery report spurs arrests of man, 22, and woman, 39
12:28 p.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 09:58 p.m. in print edition on B8
Lawrence police arrested a 22-year-old homeless man and a 39-year-old Lawrence woman Thursday for allegedly robbing a man while driving around town Tuesday night.
State, Lawrence health leaders playing waiting game when it comes to federal reform
January 21, 2010
When it comes to federal health care reform, state and city health leaders have no idea what’s coming down the pipeline.
Adjutant general says National Guard armory closings are on track
January 21, 2010
The state’s adjutant general said preparations are continuing to close at least 18 National Guard armories in Kansas to alleviate budget problems.
Statehouse Live: Sales tax increase gets hearing
08:55 a.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 10:20 a.m.
Measure would increase state sales tax rate one cent
Kansas senator pushing for stiffer penalties for certain drug-related crimes
January 21, 2010
A Republican Kansas lawmaker is proposing longer sentences for anyone convicted of selling illegal drugs to children or pregnant women.
The old college try: Students organize fundraiser for Joe College in its fight against Kansas University
January 21, 2010
The controversy between KU and Joe College will be reignited this week with the Joe College Jamfest, a student-organized fundraiser for the T-shirt shop on the brink of collapse …
FSHS junior wrestler ends losing streak
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B3
Free State wrestler Jake Brown hasn’t had the best luck lately against Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Ed Spaunhorst.
Horoscope for January 21, 2010
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Thursday, Jan. 21: This year, you are able to break past restrictions. You often become energized after a conversation with a key associate or partner. You might not always see eye to eye. In fact, you might actually like the difference of opinion. If you are single, you often find people you date quite challenging.
McCray struggles in Hilton again; KU women fall, 53-42
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B1
Danielle McCray has to be glad she won’t have to play in Hilton Coliseum again. Kansas University’s preseason All-America candidate was in foul trouble early and finished with only six points as Iowa State pinned the Jayhawks, 53-42, on Wednesday night.
KU and city open public meetings to review proposed transit changes
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
Gary Brunk’s neighborhood would lose its traditional, fixed-route bus service in favor of a more responsive, so-called “curb-to-curb” arrangement requiring people to call for rides 24 hours in advance. And he’s all on board with the plan.
Pump patrol
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.49 at several stations.
Comments show inhumanity on Haiti
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Rev. Pat Robertson opined on his program, “The 700 Club,” that Haiti’s woes stem from the fact that it made a deal with the devil two centuries ago and now is “cursed.” Rush Limbaugh suggested the relief effort would “play right into” President Obama’s hands, allowing him to appear “humanitarian, compassionate” and thus, “burnish” his standing within the African-American community.
Democrats are teetering on precipice
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A5
By promising to cast the decisive 41st vote against the president’s health care legislation, the Republican candidate forced all congressional Democrats to contemplate this: Not even frenzied national mobilization of Democratic manpower and millions of dollars could rescue one of the safest Democratic seats in the national legislature from national dismay about the incontinent government expansion, of which that legislation is symptomatic.
Aldrich weighed down
Center mourning grandmother
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University center Cole Aldrich couldn’t help but think about his late grandmother, Ann, following his team’s 81-75 victory over Baylor on Wednesday.
Baylor meant no disrespect
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B4
It didn’t take long for word to get back to Baylor coach Scott Drew that his decision to lead his team off the court and into a nearby hallway during Kansas University’s pregame introductions Wednesday had rubbed some of the Jayhawks’ coaches and players the wrong way.
Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B4
News and notes from KU’s victory against Baylor Wednesday night.
Collins finds way to win — again
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B1
A tough conference opponent threw in amazing shots and teetered on the brink of a streak-busting upset when the best player in college basketball gathered his team in the huddle and restored the confidence of all his mates.
KU motivated by Bears’ snub
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sherron Collins glanced over at Baylor’s basketball bench during pregame introductions of Kansas University’s players on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Bears were nowhere to be found.
Style scout: Jim Dandy
January 21, 2010
People say I look like Keanu Reeves, but I don’t see it. One guy at the Cave told me I look like Justin Long, the Mac Guy. He was really drunk…
Style scout: Lisa Roberts
January 21, 2010
I only wash my hair once a month. I’m growing it out, and washing it less keeps it healthy and strong…
Kline panel members donated to rivals
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
Two of the three attorneys reviewing an ethics complaint against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline made a total of $150 in campaign contributions to candidates who ran against him, campaign finance records show.
Sled dog racer to recount experience
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
Three-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race competitor Karen Land will be speaking about her experiences at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
County supports giving house to agency
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday voiced support for transferring ownership of a rehabilitated Lawrence house, 1120 R.I., to Tenants to Homeowners.
LHS wrestling team doesn’t disappoint
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High wrestling coach Pat Naughton always has been a big fan of duals and has tried to stress their importance to his team.
‘Deep End’ won’t tax any gray cells
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A9
What can you say about “The Deep End” (7 p.m., ABC)? For starters, it’s anything but deep, and I couldn’t wait for it to end.
Our Town Sports
January 21, 2010 in print edition on B3
Wrestling Gold: Alex Knight, Ryan Bellinger, Austin Magdeleno, Garett Girard and Tristan Star of Lawrence Sunflower Kids Wrestling Club earned gold medals Saturday at an Olathe meet. On Sunday at a meet in Shawnee, club members Caleb Streeter, Eric Streeter, Dylan Gillespie, Nathan Blettner, Cael Lynch, Gentry Dennison, Nakowa Seminole and Tristan Gillespie medaled.
People in the news
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A9
Last year, as the Grammys were approaching, the show’s executive producer was in frequent talks with Michael Jackson to appear on the telecast to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Thriller.”
Democrats consider paring health care bill
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama and congressional allies signaled Wednesday they may try to scale back his sweeping health care overhaul to keep parts of it alive in the wake of a stinging rebuke in the Senate race in Massachusetts.
Intel chief concedes errors in bomb case
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
The nation’s intelligence chief on Wednesday conceded missteps in the government’s handling of the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt, but his comments about the failure to use a special federal interrogation team may have amounted to a misstep of his own.
Monarch migration under threat
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A1
The number of monarch butterflies spending the winter in Mexico has hit an all-time low, a Kansas University researcher says.
Warming report riddled with errors in 1 section
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
Five glaring errors were discovered in one paragraph of the world’s most authoritative report on global warming, forcing the Nobel Prize-winning panel of climate scientists who wrote it to apologize and promise to be more careful.
Afghans plan increase in security forces
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Afghan government and its international partners agreed Wednesday to significantly increase the country’s security forces and outlined plans to lure Taliban militants from the fight in a bid to turn the tide of the war.
Sitting too much could be deadly, even for those who exercise
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
Here’s a new warning from health experts: Sitting is deadly.
One year in, hope harder to come by, Obama finds
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
At 8:35 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2009, Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office for the first time as president, the hopes of the nation on his shoulders. He spent 10 minutes alone, soaking in the moment, then set about trying to deliver on the bold promises he had laid out in his inaugural address a day earlier.
Sanitation leader retires before audit release
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
The longtime leader of Lawrence’s city-run trash service has retired just two weeks before city commissioners are scheduled to receive a performance audit of his department.
Rampage victims include suspect’s sister
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
The victims of a gunman’s violent rampage in central Virginia included the suspect’s sister and brother-in-law, as well as two other adults, three teenagers and a 4-year-old boy, according to authorities who charged the alleged shooter with first-degree murder on Wednesday.
Efficient schools
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A5
To the editor: There is a lot of talk lately about school efficiency. Please note: Small neighborhood schools are more efficient than large ones when it comes to education. And that’s important.
Unpaid labor
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A5
To the editor: It is exceedingly unfair for the city to demand that select homeowners work as unpaid city employees. To require some individuals to be responsible for physically difficult chores to maintain public access is inequitable and punitive.
Delayed reaction
If city commissioners wanted to have an impact on a decision to cut down trees in Watson Park, they needed to start that conversation before the chain saws came out.
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A5
That old saying about being a day late and a dollar short seems to apply to Lawrence city commissioners’ concern about trees being removed in and near Watson Park.
Westar grants delay in removal of trees
January 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
The trees in Watson Park have received a temporary stay from the chain saw.