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Archive for Friday, February 4, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Former Kansas University athletic department's head of fundraising, Ben Kirtland, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland plans to plead guilty to federal charges in ticket scam case
February 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Dillons’ parent company, Kroger, plans to raze its current 1960s-era store at 1740 Mass. and replace it with a cutting-edge grocery that should be open by the end of 2011. Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals approves new Dillons plan
February 4, 2011 in print edition on 3A
A plan for a new Dillons grocery store on south Massachusetts Street is still alive, despite objections from several neighbors near the store.
2:00 p.m.
Lt. Col. Michael Loos, left, and Cmd. Sgt. Major Mio Franceschi share their experiences and insights from Afghanistan Thursday at the Dole Institute. The military training leaders are with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. Afghan army trainers talk about tough mission at Dole Institute of Politics
February 4, 2011 in print edition on 1A
American military training leaders said Thursday that the Afghanistan National Army made strides in 2010 and that it was a big step forward for the country.
6:00 p.m.
Elementary students just out of school are quick to form snowballs as they head home from Prairie Park School on Thursday on a sidewalk still covered with snow. Overnight low of minus 15 might be record
February 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It was cold — extremely cold — overnight Wednesday. But did Lawrence set a record? Well, maybe.

All stories

Therapist fighting effort to commit her
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A10
A therapist accused of stalking a Fort Riley soldier she was counseling for post-traumatic stress is fighting government efforts to have her committed for a mental examination.
Husband: Giffords would embrace flight decision
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
The astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Friday his wounded wife would embrace his decision to rocket into space in two months and he expects her to be well enough to be at his launch.
Lawrence woman reports thousands in cash stolen
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 52-year-old Lawrence woman reported to Lawrence police Jan. 24 that someone had stolen $2,450 in cash from her apartment in the 2100 block of Heatherwood Drive. She reported the alleged theft occurred Jan. 14.
KU fraternity member reports house window broken
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, 1301 W. Campus Road, at Kansas University reported someone damaged a large double-pane window at the chapter house around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The damage estimate was $2,000.
KU student reports vehicle stolen following burglary
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Sunday that someone burglarized his residence including car keys in the 1200 block of Ohio Street and then stole a 2002 Acura four-door car valued at $8,500. The theft occurred sometime between 3 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Hazing allegations made against KU Interfraternity Council
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University will sanction its Interfraternity Council after finding that its members committed hazing violations.
Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl becomes big event
February 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
On Sunday, competitors will race around the field, score touchdowns, slam into each other and bark at their opponents when things get a little rough. Yes, it’s Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl.
Zuckerberg dad: Mark got computer exposure young
February 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
Mark Zuckerberg’s father said in a radio interview Friday that an early exposure to computers inspired his son’s interest in technology, and he encouraged parents to support their children’s strengths and passions with a balance of “work and play.”
Mo. governor orders state to help plow local roads
February 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
With most of Missouri’s interstates and highways clear of snow, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered state workers on Friday to help counties plow local roads.
With no room to put snow, waterways beckon
February 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
Imagine the East Coast’s largest cities mixing a brew of salt, motor oil, trash and grocery carts and dumping it into rivers and harbors.
Storm dashes some Super Bowl plans
6 hurt when ice falls from stadium
February 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
Runways too snowy to receive airliners packed with football fans. Sidewalks too icy for cowboy boots. Temperatures too cold to distinguish Dallas from Pittsburgh or Green Bay.
City Commission agenda for Feb. 8, 2011
February 4, 2011
City commissioners will receive a report from the city’s Retail Task Force. Commissioners were scheduled to review the report last week, but their meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.
Kansas House gives early approval to budget ‘pay-go’ provision, secret caucus meetings
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
House Republicans ran over Democrats on Friday, giving preliminary approval of rules that will allow secret caucus meetings and a so-called “pay-go” provision that will require any spending increase to be offset by a cut elsewhere in the budget.
Lawrence man sentenced to 32 months in prison for abusing infant, 6-year-old
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge on Friday ordered a 30-year-old Lawrence man to serve two years and eight months in prison after he was convicted in December of abusing his infant daughter and stepdaughter.
Judge says jail for Bush whistle-blower protector
February 4, 2011
The former head of a whistle-blower protection office under President George W. Bush must spend at least a month in jail, according to a ruling by a federal judge that could threaten to derail the ex-official’s plea deal.
Washburn University to offer in-state tuition to Missouri students
February 4, 2011
Washburn University plans to begin offering in-state tuition to all incoming freshmen from Missouri in an effort to offset a decline in high school graduates in Kansas.
Police say Wichita homicide victim found buried was former law officer
February 4, 2011
Wichita police say a man whose body was found buried in a residential neighborhood was a former law enforcement officer in southeast Kansas.
City officials consider expanding parking garage planned at Lawrence Public Library
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Consider it a plot twist for the nearly $20 million expansion and parking garage project for the Lawrence Public Library.
Kansas House moves closer to vote on Kobach election fraud bill
February 4, 2011
A Kansas House committee is moving closer to a vote on a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Governor Sam Brownback praises Kansans for reaction to storm
February 4, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback is telling Kansas residents to take a bow for heeding warnings to stay off the roads during this week’s severe weather.
Wichita woman stabbed to death, grandson suspect
February 4, 2011
Wichita police say a 69-year-old woman died after being stabbed several times with several instruments as she sat at a table.
Report backs massive Canadian oil sands pipeline
February 4, 2011
A proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast could substantially reduce U.S. dependency on oil from the Middle East and other regions, according to a report commissioned by the Obama administration.
Kansas Senate committee skeptical of plan to end Kansas parole board
February 4, 2011
Members of a Kansas Senate committee expressed skepticism Friday about an executive order from Gov. Sam Brownback abolishing the parole board, saying it could create a conflict of interest when it comes to choosing between parole eligibility and saving money if prisons are overcrowded.
Free State Communications agrees to sell Topeka’s KTKA to Los Angeles broadcasting company
February 4, 2011
Free State Communications, LLC, and PBC Broadcasting, LLC, announced Friday that they have signed a definitive agreement for PBC to acquire the assets of KTKA, the ABC television affiliate in Topeka, from Free State.
Rural Lecompton man dies after train strikes pickup truck northwest of Lakeview Lake
12:30 p.m., February 4, 2011 Updated 07:49 p.m. in print edition on A1
One person died early Friday afternoon in a pickup-train accident.
Judge rules that ex-Bush official, former Lawrence attorney Scott Bloch must spend at least a month in jail
February 4, 2011
The former head of a whistle-blower protection office under President George W. Bush must spend at least a month in jail, according to a ruling by a federal judge that could threaten to derail the ex-official’s plea deal.
Town Talk: Burger King headed to northwest Lawrence; library project adds potential twists; city to consider $200,000 for Freedom’s Frontier exhibit
February 4, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Investigators suspect arson in fire at Olathe elementary school
February 4, 2011
Fire and police officials say a fire at a northeast Kansas elementary school apparently was set by burglars.
Kansas delays pension contributions, postpones school aid funds
08:46 a.m., February 4, 2011 Updated 12:23 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas has postponed a contribution to educators’ pensions and again delayed half of its general state aid payments to public schools because of a cash crunch, state officials confirmed Friday.
First Bell: Board member cites reasoning for closing schools; three Lawrence students accept invitations from Washington; Labor Department offers career guidance
06:03 a.m., February 4, 2011 Updated 03:41 p.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: 32 people to help raise money for KUMC-Wichita; Stephen Colbert hasn’t shown up to KU yet; KU providing updates from Topeka
06:00 a.m., February 4, 2011 Updated 11:35 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Studies: Global obesity rates double over last 30 years
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
The world is becoming a heavier place, especially in the West. Obesity rates worldwide have doubled in the last three decades even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped, according to three new studies.
Egypt chaos: Dozens of reporters beaten, arrested
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Menacing gangs backing President Hosni Mubarak attacked journalists and human rights activists Thursday in an ugly turn in Egypt’s crisis as government opponents pushed supporters out of Cairo’s main square in a second day of battles. Organizers called for protesters trying to topple the regime to fill every square in the huge capital today.
Lawrence Give Back creator thinks program can do even more
Cardholders support charities through local business
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Constance Wolfe knows that raising $100,000 for local organizations in two years isn’t bad. She also knows the Lawrence community can do more.
Shoppers kept splurging in January, stores say
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Americans didn’t stop splurging after the holidays.
House Republicans move to slash domestic programs
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Republicans now controlling the House promised Thursday to slash domestic agencies’ budgets by almost 20 percent for the coming year, the first salvo in what’s sure to be a bruising battle over their drive to cut spending to where it was before President Barack Obama took office.
Southwest Junior High honor roll for fall 2010
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Southwest Junior High School announces its first semester honor roll.
Pump patrol
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals approves new Dillons plan
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
A plan for a new Dillons grocery store on south Massachusetts Street is still alive, despite objections from several neighbors near the store.
Valley Falls man being treated for frostbite after three-hour chase
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 36-year-old Valley Falls man is being treated for frostbite and a dog bite after involving law enforcement officials in a foot chase that lasted more than three hours.
Lecompton chosen for Community Development Block Grant funding
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lecompton is among 33 Kansas cities that are receiving federal grant money.
Afghan army trainers talk about tough mission at Dole Institute of Politics
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
American military training leaders said Thursday that the Afghanistan National Army made strides in 2010 and that it was a big step forward for the country.
Kansas House committee advances proposed amendment against health reform law
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
A House committee on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that its supporters said would allow Kansans to ignore the federal health reform law.
Steelers DE Brett Keisel’s beard garnering attention
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B5
Brett Keisel’s beard is famous, and that’s fine by him.
Nebraska football secondary coach Marvin Sanders resigns
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Marvin Sanders, who coached one of the top pass defenses in the nation, has resigned as Nebraska’s secondary coach.
Hitting his stride: Josh Selby answering call to be aggressive
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Thrust into the role of pseudo-savior before he even had time to warm up, Kansas University freshman Josh Selby exploded onto the scene in mid-December with one of the most memorable debuts in KU basketball history.
KU football recruits impressed by talent of class
Incoming football players discuss why they chose KU
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Officially, Wednesday was National Signing Day. But the fanfare and excitement surrounding the Kansas University football program’s most recent recruiting haul spilled over into Thursday and doesn’t figure to stop there.
Free State wrestling battles to take fourth
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Between bodies smacking against the mat, whistles blowing from all around, and the dozens of parents, teammates and coaches barking out directions, the noise in the gym was tremendous.
SM West girls basketball too much for Lawrence High
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence High girls basketball team’s gameplan on Thursday was simple: make Shawnee Mission West hit the outside shot to win. The Vikings certainly did it, hitting 62.5 percent of their field goals and 5-of-7 three-pointers to cruise to a 64-34 victory at LHS.
7 sign with KU soccer
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis announced the signing of seven players this week, bringing the total number of new players for the 2011 season up to nine.
Packers take high school route
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
You might have heard that it’s cold and icy in north Texas, bitter enough, in fact, that even the Green Bay Packers could not practice outside Wednesday for their first on-site Super Bowl XLV workout.
4 tied for lead in chilly Phoenix Open
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Bill Haas, Jason Bohn, Tom Gillis and Champions Tour player Tom Lehman shot 6-under 65s in chilly conditions Thursday to share the lead in the suspended first round of the Phoenix Open.
Chiefs promote O-line coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas City has hired its fourth offensive coordinator since head coach Todd Haley arrived two years ago, but nobody’s saying who will be calling the plays when the Chiefs take the field next season.
25 years ago: Lawrence city commissioners tour municipal airport
February 4, 2011
The Lawrence Municipal Airport had been the site of a tour by Lawrence city commissioners on the previous day.
Knicks fined for draft workouts
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
The NBA fined the New York Knicks $200,000 and team scout Rodney Heard $20,000 on Thursday for conducting illegal draft workouts.
Giant can be lulled into stupidity
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
ITEM: Only 28 percent of high school science teachers consistently follow National Research Council guidelines encouraging them to present students evidence of evolution. Thirteen percent “explicitly advocate creationism or intelligent design …”
Stable transition key to Egypt democracy
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Who doesn’t love a democratic revolution?
Report: Eisenhower memorial would intrude on Capitol view
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A10
A report says a planned memorial to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower would intrude too much on views of the Capitol.
Cloud County Historical Society Museum finds Martha Washington letter
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A2
A plastic envelope lying in a file full of long-neglected papers at a small central Kansas museum has yielded a letter that apparently was written by the wife of George Washington.
Landlord sues Wichita doctor to block abortions
February 4, 2011
A landlord has sued to keep a Wichita doctor from performing abortions at the space she leases in an office complex.
Campaign transparency
Kansas voters deserve to know who is bankrolling “issue” advertising aimed at influencing state elections.
February 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
For the eighth straight year, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission is expected to recommend that the Kansas Legislature approve a bill requiring political action committees to file campaign finance reports detailing exactly how much they are spending and who is providing those funds.
Missouri woman found guilty in 2000 murder in Park City
February 4, 2011
A Missouri woman has been convicted of killing a Kansas man in 2000 by injecting him with a lethal dose of insulin.
Wichita police find homicide victim’s buried body
February 4, 2011
Wichita police investigating a homicide found the victim’s body buried in a shallow grave behind a shed.
Hearts, flowers and football
February 4, 2011
With Valentine’s Day arriving, ABC News turns to matters of the heart. Make that heart attacks.
Horoscopes for Feb. 4
February 4, 2011
Focus on security this year. Security comes in many different forms. For many it is money; for others, it is emotional; still, many people find it through spirituality or religion — but for most people, it is a combination.
40 years ago: Bypass, new river bridge recommended for Lawrence
February 4, 2011
State highway officials told city and county commissioners that during the next eight to 10 years, traffic in the Lawrence area would increase enough to justify a bypass to the southeast.
100 years ago: Lawrence children enlisted in city beautification project
February 4, 2011
“With penny packets of flower seeds the children of Lawrence will be encouraged to plant gardens and aid in beautifying the city.”
Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin named reserves
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
Blake Griffin is going to his first All-Star game, and Kevin Garnett matched an NBA record Thursday with his 14th straight selection as one of a record-tying four Boston Celtics headed for the midseason event.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.
Man on a ‘Mission’
February 4, 2011
Amos Lee stops by Liberty Hall Monday in support of “Mission Bell.”