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Photo galleries
KU women vs. Colorado The day in photos, February 2, 2011
Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring Wednesday. Do you enjoy the Groundhog Day tradition?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, it’s a fun national custom
I don’t care about Groundhog Day
No, it’s never made sense to me
It’s my favorite holiday
Total 885

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Police looking for missing Manhattan man
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police are among those looking for a 20-year-old man who was reported missing by his parents after he was last seen Friday in Manhattan.
Lawrence nurse returns to Haiti along with One Heart Ministries International team to provide medical care to those in need
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
A strange mix of desolation and hope is how Lawrence nurse Karin Feltman described her recent visit to Haiti.
Statehouse Live: Kansas offices to re-open Thursday
February 2, 2011
Legislature will return to session.
City of Lawrence makes change to utility bills after concerns are raised about calling late fees ‘adjustments’
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
City officials are making a change to Lawrence utility bills after concerns have been raised that the city is not doing enough to call attention to late fees it charges its customers.
KU hosting luncheons to inform Kansas legislators about research
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University will host a series of luncheons this month for legislators to provide information about research at the university.
26-year-old Lawrence man — accused of sexual relationship with 14-year-old girl — faces seven charges
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors on Wednesday filed seven charges against a 26-year-old Lawrence man accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl over a two-month period.
Abortion bill co-sponsored by Jenkins draws fire for changing “rape” language
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, is a co-sponsor of a bill that abortion rights supporters say would make it more difficult for some women who have become pregnant after being raped to end their pregnancies.
Tuesday’s snowfall was most in single day since 1980; people staying home helped streets get cleared faster
February 2, 2011
On Tuesday, Lawrence received the most snow in a single day since 1980. But city officials say that streets this week haven’t been as hard to clear as they were after the Christmas 2009 storm.
Lawrence school board to decide how to make up time lost to snow; classes, activities likely to resume Thursday
01:25 p.m., February 2, 2011 Updated 05:42 p.m. in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board members will be assigning extra time in schools for students, teachers and staffers.
Republicans not amused at Democrats’ jab at Brownback’s budget director
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Democratic Party has put out a “missing” poster for Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director Steve Anderson.
Town Talk: Shelter in need of food; so, you want to talk about jobs; Lawrence second on Bimbo list
February 2, 2011
News and notes from around town.
Heard on the Hill: Weather doesn’t mean everyone stays home; former KU philosophy professor strikes it rich; KU unveils more vice chancellor candidates; watch out for texting scammers
08:22 a.m., February 2, 2011 Updated 10:57 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Mulling a new bond issue, as others back off; tax changes affect college-savings plans; Hallmark delivers ‘Customizable Classroom Valentines’
February 2, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
If you have to drive in snow, AAA offers tips to be safe
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
This week’s dangerous combination of a layer of ice followed by heavy snow will make for some treacherous driving conditions. For people who must navigate the slippery, snow-covered roads, AAA has these tips:
Closings and cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011
12:00 a.m., February 2, 2011 Updated 03:36 p.m.
A list of closings and cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.
Fire burns lost son’s memorabilia
February 2, 2011
The 9-year-old cried when she saw her house burned to the ground. All her clothes, all her pretty things, gone.
Jayhawks restore normalcy
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Snow colored this southwestern town white, the wind-chill dropped below zero, and a Betty White story with photos was trending higher on Yahoo! than a Heidi Klum feature and photo gallery.
KU hoops notebook: Sheahon Zenger on the job
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
New Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger spent his first official day on the job Tuesday with KU’s basketball team.
Chilly reception: KU rolls in ‘dead’ arena
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
The atmosphere in Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena was not exactly electric on Tuesday night.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.
Royals hire former player Aikens as minor-league coach
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
Willie Mays Aikens, who went from World Series star to federal prison inmate, has returned to baseball.
Four Jayhawks playing all-star football games
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Two recent Kansas University football seniors will participate in all-star football games Saturday, while two more seniors are scheduled to compete in late March.
Red Raiders powerless against Morris twins, KU
Tech coach says twins in particular had an answer for his every move
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
It took Texas Tech coach Pat Knight all of 47 seconds to realize his defensive plan against Kansas University forward Marcus Morris wasn’t going to work.
Dow above 12,000 for first time in over 2 years
February 2, 2011 in print edition on C6
Two years ago, the stock market was roadkill along the financial highway. Now one of the greatest bull markets in history is rolling along — maybe enough to finally get the attention of average investors.
Natural and Cultural Heritage Task Force seeks public feedback
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
The public has a chance to comment on a report that will help Douglas County Commissioners decide how to allocate money toward open space and historic preservation.
TSA trying out new, more modest body scanning system
February 2, 2011 in print edition on C6
Federal aviation officials are giving airport scanners another try. This time, they are not looking as closely under traveler’s clothes.
2012 Democratic convention will be in Charlotte
February 2, 2011 in print edition on C6
President Barack Obama’s selection of this Southern city for the 2012 Democratic convention signals he will try to reassemble his diverse coalition of 2008 supporters and fight for the conservative-leaning states that helped him win the White House.
KU women turn focus to Colorado
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Talk about good timing. In search of a victory to snap its five-game conference losing skid, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will welcome the one Big 12 opponent it has managed to beat this season to Allen Fieldhouse at 7 tonight, when the Jayhawks play host to Colorado.
Mubarak won’t seek new term
Protesters, government supporters clash after announcement
February 2, 2011 in print edition on C6
President Hosni Mubarak defied a quarter-million protesters demanding he step down immediately, announcing Tuesday he would serve out the last months of his term and “die on Egyptian soil.”
Mobile home southeast of Ottawa destroyed after catching fire
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A mobile home caught fire and was destroyed Monday afternoon at 1354 Utah Road in Rantoul, southeast of Ottawa, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office.
Pump patrol
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Buffs, Burks batter Cyclones, 95-69
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Alec Burks had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Colorado snapped a four-game skid with a victory over Iowa State in front of a sparse crowd on a frigid Tuesday night.
Salina shelter euthanizes 15-25 cats
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Between 15 and 25 cats were euthanized at the Salina Animal Shelter after an outbreak of distemper.
Emporia woman accused of abandoning newborn found competent to stand trial
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
An Emporia woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash bin has been found competent to stand trial.
Panel to interview Kansas Court of Appeals applicants
February 2, 2011
Two days of public interviews are scheduled for applicants for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Report: Favorite Kansas wheat variety now TAM 111
February 2, 2011
The leading variety of winter wheat seeded in Kansas for the 2011 crop is simply called TAM 111.
Forget budget, Kansas fossil controversy brewing
February 2, 2011
A backer of a decade-long effort to make the Xiphactinus audax (ZY’-fak-tin-us AH’daks) the state’s official fossil is frustrated by talk of choosing the winged Pteranodon longiceps (tehr-RAHN’-uh-dahn LAWN’-jeye-seps) instead.
Great Bend hospital to eliminate 130 jobs
February 2, 2011
The Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend has notified 130 employees that they will lose their jobs May 1, when the hospital becomes a same-day surgery center.
Agriculture boosts Midwest, Plains economy in 2011
February 2, 2011
The economy is gaining strength in nine Midwest and Plains states because global growth and continued low interest rates have provided a boost to agriculture and energy businesses, according to a new survey released Tuesday.
Kobach smear
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
In its Jan. 30 issue, the Journal-World quotes Kris Kobach: “The Southern Poverty Law Center has been saying negative things about me for a long time …” and the group has “basically become a left-wing smear organization.”
Tennis lights
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Although the headline read “Neighbors volley concerns,” what actually happened Thursday night was that the tennis players hit a winning volley.
Financial reality
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Over the past two years, many businesses and their employees have made difficult decisions and accepted tough concessions in order to keep their jobs and companies afloat.
Insipid proposal
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Our new secretary of state has decided that combating voter fraud is the most important use of his time.
Success story
Lawrence and Douglas County should try to be part of Berry Plastics’ future successes.
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Think of how many times you’ve consumed a beverage out of a plastic cup. Those cups have to be made somewhere, and, thankfully, many of them are made right here in Lawrence.
Missing story
February 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
I just finished reading the Friday paper, and imagine my shock and dismay on finding NO stories about the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy.
40 years ago: J-W publisher gives eyewitness account of recent Apollo launch
February 2, 2011
Dolph C. Simons Jr., publisher of the Journal-World, reported on his visit to Cape Kennedy to tour the facility and to witness the launching of the Apollo 14 spacecraft.
100 years ago: Groundhog sees his shadow, but Lawrence enjoys balmy weather
February 2, 2011
“The first robin was heard yesterday. At least, Office Prentice asserts that he heard one whistling in the afternoon.”
Horoscope for Feb. 2
February 2, 2011
This year, you express unusual creativity and charisma. If you opt to manifest an idea, desire or project, the reality happens more easily than you anticipated. If you are single, many a potential suitor will attempt to change your status. If you are attached, stay sensitive to your sweetie, and avoid becoming too me-oriented. Aquarius values friendship.
Winter grinds on, one ’Groundhog Day’ at a time
February 2, 2011
“OK, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.” Yes, folks, it’s Groundhog Day, time for a 24-hour marathon of the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day” running midnight to midnight today on Encore.
KU football to reveal speedy class
February 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
It’s not quite Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day,” but it’s close. Throughout most of the recruiting period for the Class of 2011, one aspect kept popping up with nearly all of the players Kansas University football coach Turner Gill was targeting.