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Archive for Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Also from January 27

Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. Colorado The day in photos, January 27, 2010
Polls
Do you have a library card?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
73%
No
 
26%
Total 867
What grade would you give the Douglas County health department for its H1N1 vaccination effort?

Poll results

Response Percent
A.
 
50%
B.
 
20%
C.
 
11%
F.
 
10%
D.
 
6%
Total 639
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence High school student Carlin Francis, the ArtStar for January 2010. Can’t hardly wait: Early graduation not coming soon enough for young Lawrence artist
January 26, 2010 in print edition on 6A
Carlin Francis dabbles in just about every type of art there is to work with. She draws. She paints. She takes photos. She does it all…
6:00 a.m.
Traffic backs up over the Kansas River bridge Tuesday evening from downtown into North Lawrence, as reconstruction continues at the intersection of North Second and Locust streets. Because the roadblocks are scheduled to remain until March 26, the Kansas Turnpike has agreed to wait until April 5 to close its East Lawrence interchange — a move to preserve another access for emergency vehicles into North Lawrence. Kansas Turnpike’s East Lawrence interchange to close two weeks later than planned to facilitate emergency services
January 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas Turnpike is putting off the planned closure of its East Lawrence interchange for another two weeks, part of a plan to improve chances of uninterrupted access for emergency services in North Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
Wheatfields Bakery co-founder Thom Leonard. Straight from the hearth: Making bread is as easy as erasing your fear of yeast
January 27, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Pumpkin bread? No problem. Zucchini bread? Pssh, easy. Banana bread? A piece of cake. French bread, sandwich bread, pizza crust …. um, it’s easier to buy those, right?
2:00 p.m.
A 40-foot hybrid bus parks near City Hall before Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting. This morning, city officials and transportation advocates will ride the vehicle. The city of Lawrence has already ordered three such vehicles, using $1.8 million in federal stimulus money. The buses will be assigned to the system’s Route 11, which operates in conjunction with KU Parking & Transit to serve both municipal and Kansas University riders. Public checks out hybrid bus at Lawrence City Hall
January 26, 2010
The public is invited to climb aboard a hybrid bus, one just like the three expected to enter the city’s transit fleet in the middle of next year.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Weather Watch
Did you see the moon's halo last night?
Posted January 27, 2010
A few weeks ago we had a beautiful show of optical effects; we saw everything from sun dogs to halos around the sun. Matt Miller ...

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Slump busted: McCray carries KU past Buffs
KU women defeat Colorado, 75-64
09:06 p.m., January 27, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Danielle McCray scored 29 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds, helping the Kansas women to a 75-64 victory over Colorado on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU releases details of Gill’s contract
Kansas to pay Gill $2M
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
New Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has signed a contract that will pay him $10 million over the next five years and make him the Big 12’s fifth highest-paid coach, the university announced Wednesday.
City officials get more details on buses that will be hitting Lawrence streets next year
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
A hybrid bus on its way to service in Kansas City, Mo., stopped in Lawrence so city officials could see what they’ll be getting next year, when the first of three such vehicles is delivered by Gillig Corp.
Brownback says he’ll vote against another term for Bernanke
January 27, 2010
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback says he’ll vote against a second term for Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.
Man convicted in 1993 Lawrence murder asks governor for clemency
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
A man convicted of shooting a stranger in the head and killing him during a 1993 robbery attempt in Lawrence is asking the governor for a pardon.
Topeka-based Discovery Furniture plans to open store on Lawrence’s South Iowa Street
Furniture center proposed for Food-4-Less site
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
A major Topeka-based furniture retailer plans to open a large store in the former Food-4-Less building on South Iowa Street by this summer.
Scott Roeder will testify Thursday when his defense begins to present its case
11:56 a.m., January 27, 2010 Updated 10:40 p.m. in print edition on B10
The judge in the trial for the man accused of killing Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has warned people in the courtroom about “proper decorum.”
10 teams that can win it all: No. 8, Villanova
Wildcats need major improvement defensively to have a chance
January 27, 2010
With Villanova, it’s all about the offense.
Sales tax proposal rejected
Senate approves Medicaid cuts; Republicans spike Parkinson’s sales tax hike
10:17 a.m., January 27, 2010 Updated 05:36 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Mark Parkinson’s proposal to increase the state sales tax rate by one cent was rejected Wednesday by Republicans in a House committee.
State agriculture department asks for increase in dairy fees to help fund inspections
January 27, 2010
State agriculture officials are asking lawmakers to raise some fees for dairy processors, haulers and others.
GOP to gather for Kansas Days
Annual event set for today and Saturday in Topeka
08:28 a.m., January 27, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A5
Hundreds of Republican officials and activists are expected to gather in Topeka for the GOP’s annual Kansas Days convention.
One taken to Kansas City-area hospital after rollover accident north of Lawrence
12:58 a.m., January 27, 2010 Updated 11:39 a.m. in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man was taken to a Kansas City Hospital around midnight Tuesday, after a rollover accident just north of Lawrence.
Manning: Aldrich a true shot blocker
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior center Cole Aldrich, who blocked a season-high seven shots against Missouri on Monday night, now has something in common with his mentor, Danny Manning.
KU’s Gridiron Club flops
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Glowing rhetoric to the contrary, the vaunted Gridiron Club sure looks dead in the water to me.
Get fit with home workout machines
January 27, 2010 in print edition on C4
Looking to get fit in the comfort of your own home? Then be prepared to be lured by high-tech designs.
Apple tablet could stir up game business
January 27, 2010 in print edition on C4
When Apple introduced the iPhone, it shook up the cell phone business but it also changed the way people play video games.
Straight from the hearth: Making bread is as easy as erasing your fear of yeast
January 27, 2010 in print edition on C1
Pumpkin bread? No problem. Zucchini bread? Pssh, easy. Banana bread? A piece of cake. French bread, sandwich bread, pizza crust …. um, it’s easier to buy those, right?
Greatest KU games: No. 8
KU won Big 12 with comeback vs. UT, Durant
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
The passionate Kansas University basketball fans have given numerous standing ovations to show their appreciation of an awe-inspiring performance at Allen Fieldhouse.
Huhtamaki worker sentenced for theft
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Missouri man was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for stealing from a company where he worked.
Pseudo-psychic always gets his man
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
“Psych” (9 p.m., USA) enters the winter half of its fourth season with a renewed and frequently refreshing sense of silliness.
People in the news
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
People in the news for January 27, 2010.
Horoscope for January 27, 2010
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, your actions directly reflect events. Give up your attitude or a need to control, and much could happen with great ease. If you are single, you could meet people with ease. If you are attached, you will need to focus on the caliber of your daily life. Cancer can be soothing but a true stick in the mud.
Economic incentives aid taxpayers
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
The deep recession that hung over the nation in 2009 has led to new tax credits and deductions — attempts by Congress to boost consumer spending and get the economy moving again.
Manatees die in record numbers from cold
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
More than 100 manatees have been found dead in Florida waters since the beginning of the year, mostly victims of a nearly two-week cold snap.
Channeling your inner alien? Maybe, scientists say
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
For decades, scientists have scanned the heavens in search of extraterrestrial life. Perhaps they should have looked closer to home.
Obama’s speech to tout plans to energize economy
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama will try to pivot past rocky times for the nation and himself tonight in his first State of the Union address, offering a skeptical public repackaged plans to energize the economy, stem a tide of red ink and strengthen anti-terror defenses.
Voters OK tax hikes on wealthy, businesses
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Oregon voters approved two measures raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy Tuesday, averting budget cuts legislators said would have meant larger classes in the schools and less help for the poor and the elderly.
Toyota halts U.S. sales of Camry, other models
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Toyota suspended U.S. sales of some of its most popular vehicles — including the best-selling car in America, the Camry — to fix sticking gas pedals that could make the cars accelerate without warning.
Economy poised for recovery
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Americans are feeling better about the economy, home prices are on the rise and companies are forecasting a brighter 2010.
Democrats pull back on health care bill
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Democrats retreated Tuesday from a quick push to pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, lacking a workable strategy to salvage the sweeping legislation that has consumed Congress for more than a year.
K-State holds off Baylor
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
Jacob Pullen made two free throws with 8.2 seconds left and scored 25 points, lifting No. 11 Kansas State to a 76-74 victory over No. 24 Baylor on Tuesday.
A’s add free-agent pitcher Sheets
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Oakland Athletics added another veteran arm to their young rotation, agreeing to terms Tuesday with free-agent righty Ben Sheets on a $10 million, one-year contract.
LHS bowlers sweep
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
After one game in Tuesday’s triangular at Royal Crest Lanes, Lawrence High senior standout bowler Josh Russell found himself in unfamiliar territory: Toiling in the middle-of-the-pack.
Drama and domination
Lawrence High loses just three matches to Free State
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
It’s not often that a team loses just three matches during a wrestling dual and wants only to focus on one of those setbacks at the end of the night.
Decision delayed on homeless outreach
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Commissioners deferred until their Feb. 23 meeting a request from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center to modify a city contract related to homeless outreach workers.
Carnegie expansion
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to accept a $1.4 million bid to expand the former Carnegie Library building.
Central Junior High Honor Roll
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
Central Junior High School has announced its fall semester honor rolls.
Lawrence man reports theft, damage at local business
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 64-year-old Lawrence man on Monday reported the theft and criminal damage of property at Sub Sonic Scooters, 629 N. Second St.
Lawrence man reports car stolen
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man on Sunday reported the theft of a vehicle from the 5100 block of Cody Street.
Prosecutors say Roeder bought gun at Lawrence shop
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
Prosecutors have presented more than 100 pieces of evidence in the trial of the man accused of killing Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. But the weapon used to kill Tiller has not been among them because it never has been found.
Shoe company has unique footprint
TOMS Shoes’ charitable business model makes impression around world
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The founder of TOMS Shoes told Kansas University students Tuesday that embracing a spirit of sustainability and giving would help them to succeed in both business and in life.
Westar to resume trimming trees
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The sounds of chain saws soon will fill Watson Park again.
Pump patrol
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.46 at several stations.
KBA invests $4.3M to bring top researchers to KU
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
More than $4.3 million in funds from the Kansas Bioscience Authority helped to land two top-tier researchers at Kansas University.
Veritas basketball splits
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Veritas Christian boys basketball team outscored Tri-City Christians by 26 in the first quarter and went on to win the game 56-33 on Tuesday.
Free State boys bowlers finish first
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Free State boys bowling team took first and the girls took second on Tuesday in Olathe.
Firebird swimmers third
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Free State placed third and Lawrence High took fourth Tuesday at the 10-team Topeka High boys swim invitational.
Slumping KU women’s team returns home
January 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bonnie Henrickson isn’t ready to push the panic button and probably never will be.
Potatoes a healthy, versatile mealtime companion
January 27, 2010 in print edition on C3
What causes the greening of potatoes? Is it really toxic?
Preserve service
City officials should be careful not to reform the city’s trash service in a way that makes it worse.
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
The ongoing inability for the city’s solid waste division to operate in the black is cause for concern, and an audit of the division raises some issues worth considering. However, as they consider efforts to “reform” the city’s trash collection operation, city officials should be careful not to mess up what many Lawrence residents think is a pretty good service.
Lab space leased
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Commissioners finalized an agreement allowing the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority to lease space in the new city-county owned West Lawrence Labs building.
Worthwhile fee
A small “sustainability” fee could be a good investment in preserving the state’s water resources.
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Paying even a little more for water won’t be popular with Kansas residents, but the fee being proposed to the Kansas Legislature may be a prudent move to deal with what could be a very serious impending problem for the state.
Health benefits
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Mark Hirschey may have a bit more research to do regarding his admonition that “more government meddling is an unlikely solution” for health care reform (Journal-World Jan. 24).
School déjà vu
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Six years ago, the USD 497 school board closed Riverside, Centennial and East Heights elementary schools, dealing three thriving Lawrence neighborhoods a serious blow. Then, as now, budget shortfalls needed to be filled. But haven’t we learned anything since those dark days of 2003?
Ruling will feed voters’ skepticism
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. It was a 5-4 decision, and Justice Stevens authored a long and bitter dissent to the majority opinion.
Filibuster rule serves purpose
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof majority, but the existence of the filibuster is, on balance, a good thing.
Riders to get feel for hybrid bus
January 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
A newer, bigger and more environmentally sensitive bus will be rolling along Lawrence streets this morning.
100 years ago: Boy injured in argument over marbles
January 27, 2010
On the way home from Quincy School yesterday, two boys got into an argument over a marbles game and one struck the other in the head with a brick. Stitches were needed and the boy is lucky because he could have been killed or paralyzed.
40 years ago: Hospital seeing fewer patients
January 27, 2010
Lawrence Memorial Hospital reported an unexpected drop in patient use over the past year. Net operating income had dropped sharply from $108,218 in 1968 to only $5,487 in 1969. Total patient days declined from 46,572 to 44,102. The trustees were also concerned about the big number and large amounts of unpaid bills at LMH.
25 years ago: KU classified employees meet with legislators
January 27, 2010
Kansas University classified employees met with local legislators to express concerns and grievances with pay and benefit proposals. KU had about 1,000 non-faculty staff members seeking better pay as the new legislature session got under way.