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South Junior High School seventh-grader credits victory at Douglas County Spelling Bee to studying on snow days
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
South Junior High School seventh-grader Susan Rockhold credits Mother Nature for her win Saturday at the 2011 Douglas County Spelling Bee.
Solutions to bullying sought at workshop
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Free State High School sophomore Mel Maddox spent part of her Saturday educating members of the Lawrence community about the atmosphere in local schools for gay and lesbian students.
Kansas University graduate working to publish combined edition of ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ ‘Tom Sawyer’ that replaces N-word
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Alan Gribben hopes that you’re one of the ones who can read past the word. Gribben, a noted Mark Twain scholar and chairman of the English department at the University of Auburn’s campus in Montgomery, Ala., produced versions of the author’s works that sent shock waves across his academic field that rippled out into the public at large. And he got his start here in Kansas and at Kansas University.
Evaluation of sidewalk usage finds pedestrians, bicyclists make up more than 8 percent of all traffic on some streets
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
Seventy-three dollars — the ticket amount for not clearing your sidewalk of snow — may be the figure most on your mind as you grab a shovel this weekend.
House Republicans go easy on budget cuts for Congress
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A9
Republicans now running the House are barely touching Congress’ own generous budget even as they take a cleaver to many domestic agencies.
Ruling party leaders resign, but regime holds
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A9
The leadership of Egypt’s ruling party stepped down Saturday as the military figures spearheading the transition tried to placate protesters without giving them the one resignation they demand, President Hosni Mubarak’s.
Around and about in local business
February 5, 2011
Local business news for the week ending Feb. 6, 2011.
Obama hosts bash with mixed feelings
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A10
President Barack Obama might not be able to grin and (Chicago) Bear it, but he’s throwing a Super Bowl party anyway, his beloved hometown team falling one game short of the title tilt.
Texas needs late rally to save Super Bowl week
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A10
Mother Nature messed with Texas — and might not be finished.
Lawrence Humane Society to consider shelter renovations
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Leaders of the Lawrence Humane Society will meet Tuesday to consider moving ahead with plans to renovate the organization’s shelter.
Lawrence police say proposal would better track stolen goods
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
A proposal by a Lawrence legislator would require that second-hand stores maintain records of their purchases and that people selling goods show identification.
Feds investigating bald eagle death
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A12
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into the death last month of a bald eagle in Smith County.
Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington’s political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Pedestrian flown to hospital, in critical condition following accident near 23rd and Iowa streets
09:07 p.m., February 5, 2011 Updated 09:27 a.m.
A 29-year-old Lawrence man is listed in critical condition at a Kansas City-area hospital after he was struck by two vehicles at the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets Saturday around 8 p.m., according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Kirk Fultz.
Liquor statistics
The economic picture being painted by retailers who want to extend liquor sales to grocery and convenience stores in Kansas may not be as rosy as it seems.
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A11
Proponents of changing Kansas liquor laws to allow liquor sales in Kansas grocery and convenience stores are presenting some figures that are pretty attractive to a state in need of jobs and tax revenue.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Road work planned for the week of Feb. 6, 2011.
KU women fall to Texas, 80-68
07:02 p.m., February 5, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B3
An unselfish performance by Angel Goodrich couldn’t propel the Kansas University women’s basketball team over Texas in an 80-68 setback on Saturday at the Erwin Center.
Edgerton man arrested on multiple charges of child sex crimes
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 45-year-old Edgerton man was booked into Douglas County Jail early Saturday morning on seven sex crime charges, including two counts of rape of a child, three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.
Authorities arrest suspect wanted in connection with hit-and-run death of Lawrence High graduate
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
United States Marshals on Friday arrested a man wanted in connection with the hit-and-run death of 1993 Lawrence High graduate Spencer Schott, according to Sgt. Tom Bingham of the Jacksonville Beach Police.
Boomer Girl Diary: Snow much for subtlety
February 5, 2011
It’s all so thrilling, at first. The fevered anticipation, the gung-ho enthusiasm… “Big snowstorm coming,” you cry, breathlessly. “Weather Channel says it’s going to be a colossal event. ‘Colossal,’ they said. And ‘historic.’ Look! I’ve got goose bumps!”
Black Violin mixes classical music with modern hip-hop sensibilities
February 5, 2011
Miami group bring their signature stylings to the Lied Center this Tuesday.
Sentencing delayed in Exchange shooting case
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge on Friday delayed sentencing for a 28-year-old Lawrence man convicted of firing a gun Aug. 1 into a south Lawrence apartment and injuring six people.
Garden City man faces 4 counts in Lawrence sex crime case
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Garden City man appeared in Douglas County District Court on Friday to face child sex crime charges alleged to have occurred in Lawrence from 2007 to 2009.
3 Lawrence high school seniors candidates for Presidential Scholars
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Three seniors from Lawrence’s two public high schools are being invited by federal officials to compete for places in a prestigious educational program.
For sale: one Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
It has been in the family for generations, but federal and state officials are willing to say goodbye.
Not much savings available from stimulus money
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Congressional Republicans say they want to cut federal spending by raiding $45 billion from President Barack Obama’s politically unpopular economic stimulus program. But they won’t be able to get their hands on most of that money.
Unemployment falls to 9 percent
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
The unemployment rate is suddenly sinking at the fastest pace in a half-century, falling to 9 percent from 9.8 percent in just two months — the most encouraging sign for the job market since the recession ended.
Around and About for February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
Tai and Ryan Edwards, Lawrence, announce the birth of their son, Rockwell Orvie Edwards, on Jan. 10, 2011, at home.
4-H and FCE news for February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
The Meadowlark 4-H Club met Nov. 8 at Raintree Montessori School.
Scouting news for February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
Tom Stanley, 18, of Eudora Boy Scout Troop 64 received his Eagle rank Jan. 22 at a Court of Honor held at the Eudora United Methodist Church.
Lasting KU-NU memories
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Two crises apparently averted, it’s time for me to embrace the final Kansas-Nebraska basketball game to be played in cozy, underrated Devaney Center.
Key injuries having impact in college game
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B4
Injuries have changed the landscape of college basketball as players sitting on the bench in street clothes have had as big of an impact as players on the court.
Fox Sports Net to feature KU-OU baseball
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Big 12 Conference announced its 2011 college baseball television schedule on Fox Sports Net on Friday.
KU women look to ‘heal’ vs. ‘Horns
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B4
Most freshmen don’t have the kind of advantage that Kansas University guard Keena Mays will take into Saturday’s game at Texas.
Jayhawks’ swimming ahead of Iowa State
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B4
Senior captain Joy Bunting won two events, and the Kansas University swimming and diving team led Iowa State, 116-34, after the first day of a two-day dual Friday at Robinson Natatorium.
KU to clash with confident NU
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
A three-point victory, 46 percent shooting from the floor, 53 percent shooting from the free-throw line and just 25 points in the first half.
SM East tops Free State girls, 48-35
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Something was a bit off with the Free State High girls basketball team on Friday.
Unselfish FSHS routs Lancers
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
A smile crept across Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law’s face at the first mention of the word “unselfish.”
Long layoff pays off: Nine-day break fuels Lions in win over Vikings
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Junior KJ Pritchard admitted that his team’s loss to city rival Free State just about sucked all the momentum out of the Lions.
Free State stockpiles swimmers for finals
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
On the surface, the first day of the Sunflower League swimming meet doesn’t mean much. No team points are awarded. No league titles are earned. But in reality, Friday’s jockeying for seeding for today’s finals is very important to how both Lawrence High and Free State High finish in the team standings.
Super Bowl (party) primer: Go Saints!
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Go Saints! Oh, the Saints aren’t in the Super Bowl this year? Never mind. I don’t really care who’s in it, I just show up to the party, over-hug the hostess, comment on all the wonderful things they’ve done with the house.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
Deng ‘disappointed’ by All-Star game snub
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B6
Luol Deng alternated between philosophical and downright surprised that the Bulls were shut out in voting for All-Star reserves.
Veritas girls take down Flint Hills
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kristen Finger scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team held off Flint Hills Christian, 38-26, on Friday at the Eudora Community Center.
Veritas boys handle Flint Hills Christian, 48-23
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B5
Ethan Scott had 13 pionts and Ethan Kay 11 as Veritas completed its sweep of Flint Hills Christian.
Area high school basketball roundup: Tongie gets first KVL win
Chieftains take two from K.C. Piper
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B5
Led by a virtuoso outing from junior center Dane Erickson, the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team defeated Kansas City Piper, 70-66, Friday night for its first Kaw Valley League win of the season.
National debt should alarm U.S. public
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
What does it take for the American public to become more concerned about this nation’s unprecedented debt and how this fiscal disaster can, and probably will, affect all Americans not only for the rest of their lifetimes, but for the lifetimes of their children and grandchildren as well?
Reagan gave America confidence in itself
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A9
On the centenary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, I pause for another historic event: agreement with President Obama, who says of his predecessor in USA Today, “Ronald Wilson Reagan was a believer … he recognized that each of us has the power — as individuals and as a nation — to shape our own destiny. He had faith in the American promise; in the importance of reaffirming values like hard work and personal responsibility; and in his own unique ability to inspire others to greatness.”
GOP may brush off ‘favorite son’ strategy
February 5, 2011 in print edition on A9
When the National Governors Association holds its winter meeting here starting on Feb. 26, I expect to see some initial steps in the 2012 presidential campaign. That three-day gathering will offer the first and best opportunity for the enlarged group of 29 Republican governors to caucus and confer among themselves.
Club news for February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
University Bridge Club announces results of its Jan. 29 meeting with hosts Florence McNicoll, Alice Akin and Lois Liebert.
Faith Forum: What is the biggest factor in a place of worship’s ‘identity’?
February 5, 2011
The Rev. Matt Cox of EastLake Community Church and Charles Gruber of the Oread Friends Meeting answer this week’s faith forum question.
25 years ago: County residents speak up for Valleyview nursing home
February 5, 2011
Representatives from the Valleyview Care Home steering committee were addressed by two concerned citizens during the public comments portion of a recent committee meeting.
40 years ago: Apollo 14 astronauts make successful lunar landing
February 5, 2011
Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the fifth human to leave his imprint on the moon, followed by Edgar D. Mitchell, who stepped out of the Apollo 14 lunar lander 10 minutes later.
Tune In: Child actresses past and present meet in ‘Smooch’
February 5, 2011
Child actresses from two generations meet in the cable romantic comedy “Smooch” (8 p.m., Hallmark)
Horoscope for Feb. 5
February 5, 2011
This year, you easily energize just by indulging a little, whether it is visiting with a friend or pursuing a hobby. Your concern will revolve around security more than in the past, thus creating a better sense of well-being. If you are single, don’t commit too quickly. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy even better communication. Curb a need to possess or impress Pisces.
100 years ago: Runaway girl walks from McLouth to Lawrence
February 5, 2011
“Because the neighbors gossiped about her when there was no foundation for their idle chatter, Martha Pinzon, a sixteen year old farmer’s daughter, walked twenty-three miles in search of work.”
Div. I letter caps Firebird’s growth
February 5, 2011 in print edition on B5
Talent has never been an issue for Free State High senior Diego Gonzalez.