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Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Megan Painter, Ohio, and Kevin Porter, Wisconsin, wipe out on their way down one of the hills near Kansas University's Memorial Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Students at KU received two days off after a blizzard took aim at and smashed into Lawrence. Wind chill advisory expires for Douglas County
12:00 a.m., February 3, 2011 Updated 1:16 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Douglas County remains under a wind chill advisory until 10 a.m. Thursday. The temperature as of 6 a.m. was -13 degrees with a wind chill of -25 degrees. Expect wind chills from -15 to -23 through the morning hours.
6:00 a.m.
City of Lawrence makes change to utility bills after concerns are raised about calling late fees ‘adjustments’
February 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas football coach Turner Gill discusses the recruiting class of 2011, which was labeled the 34th-best class in the country, according to Rivals.com. Gill announced the class in a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at Mrkonic Auditorium. Fantastic future? KU football coach Turner Gill ecstatic with No. 34 recruiting class in country
February 3, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Throughout his first 13 months on the job, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill demonstrated one thing above all else: He’s as steady as they come.
2:00 p.m.
Michael Wilkins Lawrence Klansman convicted in 1996 of murder in Jefferson County up for parole
February 3, 2011 in print edition on 3A
A Lawrence man with ties to a self-styled Ku Klux Klan group who was convicted in 1996 of a Jefferson County murder faces a parole hearing in March.
6:00 p.m.
Above, Karin Feltman, a Lawrence Memorial Hospital nurse, performs an eye exam on a boy while serving in Haiti on a 10-day mission trip, one year after a devastating earthquake rocked the country. 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 3A
A strange mix of desolation and hope is how Lawrence nurse Karin Feltman described her recent visit to Haiti.

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Overnight low of minus 15 might be record
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
It was cold — extremely cold — overnight Wednesday. But did Lawrence set a record? Well, maybe.
Live Blog: Dillons receives approval from Board of Zoning Appeals
06:15 p.m., February 3, 2011 Updated 09:24 p.m.
LJWorld.com reporter Chad Lawhorn live blogs the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting at City Hall.
Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland plans to plead guilty to federal charges in ticket scam case
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
The onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. plans to plead guilty later this month in federal court for his role in a tickets scam that cost the department millions of dollars.
Kansas House GOP seeking to limit spending proposals
February 3, 2011
Speaker Mike O’Neal and other Republicans pledged support Thursday for a proposed rule that would require spending cuts to offset any new increases as the Kansas House prepares to begin its first significant budget debate.
KU initiative to make more scholarship funds available to freshmen touted as recruiting tool
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
As Kansas University continues its capital campaign, one major focus will be raising money to create more four-year renewable scholarships for freshmen.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ assignment with ag committee makes history
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A2
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has been named the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, giving him a mark in the history books.
Dead men leave no voicemail
February 3, 2011
The Lawrence Arts Center debuts its refurbished black box theater and its new professional theater company with “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”
Langston Hughes Awards find new date: Feb. 17
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A2
The awards reception’s original date was snowed out Feb. 1.
Sheriff: Boy’s report of sexual assault on I-35 near Ottawa a hoax
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Franklin County Sheriff’s officers Thursday morning said an alleged sexual assault reported Monday night on Interstate 35 was a hoax.
Ex-KU football player Jamal Greene pleads guilty to burglary, assault for incident involving gun at Lawrence apartment
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
A former Kansas University football player pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges in connection with a May incident when four KU students were held at gunpoint.
Lawrence woman reports to police that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her
February 3, 2011
Lawrence police are investigating a report of a sexual assault late Wednesday night.
Town Talk: 23rd Street bridge to cost city $1.2 million; Lawrence likes to have fun; Dillons faces key vote tonight
February 3, 2011
News and notes from around town:
School will go on as scheduled while repairs made to gas meter at Broken Arrow
07:57 a.m., February 3, 2011 Updated 09:40 a.m.
Someone backed into a gas meter at Broken Arrow School this morning, Lawrence Public Schools spokeswoman Julie Boyle said. Classes will be held as scheduled.
First Bell: United Way seeks strategies for students to be successful in school; ‘Seats & Sweets’ to benefit tiny-k; ‘Hey, I’ll trade you a Tombaugh for the Garmin guys…’
06:02 a.m., February 3, 2011 Updated 09:35 a.m.
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Volleyball players, golfers create spiffy video spoof; weather brought out happy workers, too; lectures on science appreciation, aging coming to campus
February 3, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Style Scout: Emily Hampton
February 3, 2011
“I like it when people dress appropriately for their environment, but that’s probably not a trend. I suppose I like beards, boots, and booties.”
Style Scout: Justin Klaas
February 3, 2011
“I am really looking forward to the day when I can wear “dad clothes” like the ones in the window display at Weavers. I believe I can only keep this fashion thing going for so long before it just looks like I am trying too hard.”
Closings and cancellations for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
12:00 a.m., February 3, 2011 Updated 09:16 a.m.
Closings and cancellations for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.
Wind chill advisory expires for Douglas County
City extends snow shoveling ordinance deadline
12:00 a.m., February 3, 2011 Updated 01:16 p.m. in print edition on A1
Douglas County remains under a wind chill advisory until 10 a.m. Thursday. The temperature as of 6 a.m. was -13 degrees with a wind chill of -25 degrees. Expect wind chills from -15 to -23 through the morning hours.
Fantastic future? KU football coach Turner Gill ecstatic with No. 34 recruiting class in country
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Throughout his first 13 months on the job, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill demonstrated one thing above all else: He’s as steady as they come.
KU women’s basketball rips Colorado, 81-53
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Throughout the history of women’s basketball at Kansas University, fewer than two dozen players have scored 1,000 points in a career.
Visions of real estate fantasies on Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Listing’
February 3, 2011
Shows don’t get much more escapist than “Million Dollar Listing” (8 p.m., Bravo), a reality-television show set in a parallel universe where a $3 million mansion is considered a “steal.”
Blake Griffin soars, taking Clippers with him
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
Blake Griffin was supposed to get this started last season; instead he broke his left kneecap in the final preseason game.
Crimson Tide, Tigers tussle for blue-chips on national signing day
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B10
Alabama and Auburn were at it again on national signing day. The Iron Bowl rivals tussled for blue-chip recruits on the first day high school football players could make their college choices official.
Vehicle’s wheel rims reported stolen in 3500 block of Harvard Road
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
The rims were taken from the 3500 block of Harvard Road.
Train kills Wichita woman stuck at crossing
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A10
A Wichita woman has been struck and killed by a train after her car became stuck in snow at a railroad crossing.
Fire department warns snow covering exhaust vents could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A10
A northeast Kansas fire department has responded to two carbon monoxide poisoning calls since a massive snowstorm hit the area.
Texas A&M recruit confirms mom forged letter of intent to wrong school
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Floyd Raven says his mom was just trying to help when she forged his signature on a letter of intent to Mississippi Wednesday morning.
Brrr! Packers, Steelers move indoors for Super Bowl practice
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
In need of an indoor facility worthy of a Super Bowl team, the Green Bay Packers turned to a high school.
Lawrence high school athletes sign national letters of intent
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Four Free State High football players signed national letters of intent on Wednesday to play football at Baker University.
Researcher says male model is behind Mona Lisa
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
A male apprentice, longtime companion and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci was the main influence and a model for the “Mona Lisa” painting, an Italian researcher said.
Feds end prisoners’ bogus tax refunds
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
A new agreement aims to stop federal prisoners from filing for and collecting millions of dollars in bogus tax refunds from their cells.
Heavy gunfire rings out in Cairo’s protest square
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Bursts of heavy gunfire rained into Cairo’s Tahrir Square before dawn today, killing at least three anti-government demonstrators among crowds trying to hold the site after a dramatic assault hours earlier by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, according to a protest organizer.
5 names to keep in mind for KU football recruiting class
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
The forecast called for the temperature, without the wind-chill factor, to drop below zero during the night and I’m beginning to wonder if they have the material here to de-ice wings on airplanes.
Blizzard spreads snowy shroud over nearly half U.S.
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
A fearsome storm spread a smothering shroud of white over nearly half the nation Wednesday, snarling transportation from Oklahoma to New England, burying parts of the Midwest under 2 feet of snow and laying down dangerously heavy ice in the Northeast that was too much for some buildings to bear.
Cold weather threatens drought-stressed Kansas wheat
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
An arctic blast that brought subzero temperatures and punishing winds across the Kansas plains has raised fears for the already drought-stressed winter wheat crop.
Wichita police testing body-mounted cameras
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Wichita Police Department has begun a four-week test of small cameras that can be mounted on an officer’s head, hat or eyewear.
Volkswagon Jetta reported stolen from Delaware Street
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
The car was reported to be stolen early Sunday.
Veritas Christian School honor roll for fall 2010
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Veritas Christian School has announced its first semester honor rolls.
Douglas County Commissioners approve $431,000 incentives package for Berry Plastics warehouse near Farmers Turnpike
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County Commissioners unanimously voted to give Berry Plastics $431,300 in incentives so the company can build a new warehouse on the north side of the Farmers Turnpike.
Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: K-State rolls; Mizzou falls
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B5
With Bramlage Coliseum silent for Jacob Pullen’s free throws, a Nebraska fan took the opportunity to scream, “Shave your beard!” There may have been times in a frustrating season when Pullen and the Wildcats would have been willing to do anything — maybe even remove trademark facial hair — to change their fortunes. But that was not the case on Wednesday night.
Lawrence Klansman convicted in 1996 of murder in Jefferson County up for parole
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man with ties to a self-styled Ku Klux Klan group who was convicted in 1996 of a Jefferson County murder faces a parole hearing in March.
Dodge City ends agreement with Global Entertainment Corp.
February 3, 2011
Ford County and Dodge City have ended Global Entertainment Corp.’s management responsibilities at United Wireless Arena.
Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp to open new Dodge City office
February 3, 2011
Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp plans to open a new district office in Dodge City and hold an open house there next week.
Pittsburg State University students to provide free tax help
February 3, 2011
Business students at Pittsburg State University will provide free tax help again this year.
K-State researcher says movie-going companions matter
February 3, 2011
Want to enjoy a movie? Pay attention to the person sitting next to you. That’s the message from a Kansas State University psychology professor.
More creativity
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
I was delighted to read in the Jan. 30 Pulse section about Lawrence’s new journal of writing and the visual arts, “Parcel.” However, I was also disappointed that the article in which this good news appeared made no mention of Lawrence’s several other very fine writing journals.
Credibility gone
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
Whatever credibility attorney Kris Kobach has had as a professional, a politician or, for that matter, as an intelligent human being, goes completely down the drain when he describes the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “left-wing smear organization.”
Building irony
Why are Kansas universities continuing to build new buildings when they can’t afford to take care of the ones they already have?
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
There is a certain irony in the members of the Kansas Board of Regents citing $876 million in deferred maintenance needs at state universities at the same time they are approving new building projects, such as a $4 million expansion of the Library Annex on Kansas University’s West Campus.
Rapid response
Thanks to all those who pitched in to get the city moving after Tuesday’s blizzard.
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
Traffic wasn’t moving very fast around Lawrence Wednesday morning, but the fact that it was moving at all is a credit to the efforts of city road crews.
80-year-old Shawnee County man pulled from freezing water
February 3, 2011
As Ken Fergel struggled to keep his mouth above the freezing cold water of a pond where his car had landed upside down, he was confident he would survive. The 80-year-old farmer from Shawnee County was right, thanks mostly to Topeka police officers Aaron Jones and Scott McEntire, who climbed down a 15-foot embankment, jumped into the icy pond and pulled Fergel out of a broken window.
Snowy thoughts drift to past
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
Normally, I write this column on Sunday evening, but, on occasion, I find myself sitting down early Tuesday morning to do it.
Santorum may suit social conservatives
February 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
In 1994, when Rick Santorum was a second-term Pennsylvania congressman seeking a U.S. Senate seat, a columnist asked him how he was going to win.
Fierce blizzard rolls into winter-weary Northeast
February 3, 2011
A storm billed as the worst in decades barreled into the Northeast on Wednesday, hammering big cities and small towns alike with deep snow and thick ice, stranding hundreds of motorists and shuttering airports and schools across the Midwest.
Suspect in Salina slaying takes plea agreement
February 3, 2011
A 20-year-old Salina man charged in a June 2009 killing has pleaded no contest to a lower charge.
Officials say land buy will help Republican River water woes
February 3, 2011
A southwest Nebraska natural resources district is buying nearly 3,300 acres of land to reduce the amount of groundwater used in the area and help the state comply with the Republican River water use agreement.
Hays man held at state hospital after standoff
February 3, 2011
A Hays man is being held at Larned State Hospital after he barricaded himself and his two children in his apartment and kept police at bay for 20 hours.
Bill Self: KU basketball’s offense good, but could be better
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s basketball team committed a season-low six turnovers while dishing 17 assists en route to a 51.4 percent shooting performance in Tuesday’s 88-66 road rout of Texas Tech.
LHS wrestling called off
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s wrestling dual with Blue Valley Southwest on Wednesday was called off because of inclement weather.
Horoscope for Feb. 3
February 3, 2011
This year, you will experience a lot more possibilities because of a willingness to bounce ideas off others. If you are single, opportunities to date abound. If you are attached, try to defer to your sweetie more often. Recognize how dominant you can be. Aquarius is far from a fair-weather friend.
100 years ago: Wellington man discovers old cave with human bones
February 3, 2011
“A Wellington man, Jim King by name, plowed into an old cave a day or two ago while plowing up a sandy pasture, and discovered a cave of considerable dimensions with some human bones so old that they crumbled at the touch.”
40 years ago: City, county discuss joint government complex
February 3, 2011
City and county commissions were discussing the possible creation of a combination Lawrence-Douglas County government complex.
Jayhawks in the NBA: Thunder recall Aldrich from D-League
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled rookie center Cole Aldrich from the NBA development league.
Our town sports
February 3, 2011 in print edition on B10
A roundup of upcoming recreational sports opportunities around Douglas County.