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Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
A meal from the heart is all you need for a successful Valentine's Day at home. For your V-Day menu consideration: this cute heart-shaped pizza. Set the mood, set the table: Spend this Valentine’s Day at home
February 8, 2011
Skip the hassle this year and turn your home into a romantic hideaway with these tips form Lawrence experts.
6:00 a.m.
A patron make his way to the Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. City commissioners are scheduled to discuss the library design during Tuesday night's commission meeting. $1.2M design contract for new library approved by Lawrence City Commission; city to consider costs of adding extras to plans
February 8, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The spending for an expanded public library has begun at Lawrence City Hall, and commissioners Tuesday said they’re open to at least considering spending a little bit more than originally planned.
10:00 a.m.
Jefferson's, 743 Mass., was seized by the state Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 for failure to pay nearly $47,000 in taxes.  Kansas Department of Revenue locks door on Jefferson’s Restaurant in downtown Lawrence
2:47 p.m., February 8, 2011 Updated 5:15 p.m.
For years, patrons have posted decorated dollar bills to the walls of Jefferson’s Restaurant. Those bills soon could go toward paying off the restaurant’s back taxes.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas House rules committee chairman Clark Shultz, left, a Lindsborg Republican, consults with state Rep. Gary Hayzlett, right, a Lakin Republican, as Hayzlett presides over the House's debate on a bill trimming the current state budget, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback to propose economic growth plan
February 8, 2011
One proposal that has been touted by conservative Republicans and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce is eliminating the corporate income tax.
6:00 p.m.
Mohamed El-Hodiri, professor of economics at KU, left Egypt 52 years ago, but he’s still in touch with people there and visits regularly. His last trip back was in July, and he said young people were the instigators of the protests. “This is a young people movement. It’s a Facebook movement,” he said. “People thought in general that they don’t care. They got serious for some reason.” Egyptians in Lawrence praise youth movement in home country, worry about destruction
February 8, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A few months ago, Aliaa El Kalyoubi was living in Cairo. She was preparing to leave for college in a faraway place called Kansas, hoping to go into a field she loves: graphic design.

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Carolyn Davis for the win: Jayhawks upend Cyclones
09:25 p.m., February 9, 2011 Updated 12:44 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas University women’s basketball team knocked off No. 20 Iowa State, 86-85, in overtime, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Douglas County Underwater Search and Recovery Team makes icy plunge in pond on KU’s West Campus for rescue practice
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Four pulls mean send help. Always cut the hole in the shape of a triangle so it’s easier to get out. Don’t breathe into the air tank before going under because moisture can freeze the tank in the open position. If you’re a member of the Douglas County Underwater Search and Recovery Team, these are rules to live by.
Associate research director at NASA discusses satellites documenting climate change at Dole Institute of Politics
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A3
In all corners of the world, scientists are gathering data to study the effects that a warming climate has on the earth. But it’s the view from 13 satellites that circle far above the planet that holds some of the most promising potential in predicting those changes.
Douglas County Commissioners approve 10 new vehicle purchases
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Commissioners approved the purchase of 10 new vehicles for the sheriff’s office at its Wednesday meeting.
Funeral to close trio of county departments for several hours on Friday
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A2
A trio of departments in the Douglas County Courthouse will be closed for several hours on Friday to allow staff members to attend the funeral of a longtime county employee.
Kansas doctor sentenced for offering fake Lyme disease cure
February 9, 2011
A Kansas doctor has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to being part of a scheme to sell a phony system to diagnose and cure Lyme disease.
KBI will investigate theft of scrap iron in Topeka
February 9, 2011
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will join an investigation into the theft of scrap metal by four Topeka water division employees.
Manhattan City Commission passes anti-discrimination ordinance
Measure also adds new definition of gender identity
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Manhattan City Commission has approved a controversial ordinance that adds sexual orientation and a new definition of gender identity to its anti-discrimination policy.
House Social Services Budget Committee approves closing the Kansas Neurological Institute
February 9, 2011
A Kansas House committee has approved a proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback to close a center for the profoundly disabled and move the residents to community-based living areas.
Former Baldwin bar manager enters no-contest plea to serving alcohol after hours
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
A former manager at a Baldwin City bar pleaded no-contest Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of serving alcohol after hours.
Federal government asks judge to order 3 defendants to turn over money gained in KU ticket scam
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
The federal government is moving forward with plans to collect up to $2 million from three defendants convicted in a scam to steal, sell and profit from diverted tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games.
Groups launch opposition to legislation in Kansas requiring disclosure of who funds ‘issue ads’
Supporters say Kansans should know who’s behind messages
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
A bill to require disclosure of who funds “issue ads” was blasted on Wednesday by some of the most active and powerful political forces in the state.
Officials: Attempt at thawing frozen pipes sparked fire that destroyed mobile home on 31st Street
12:31 p.m., February 9, 2011 Updated 03:31 p.m. in print edition on A2
Fire investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a fire late Tuesday afternoon that destroyed a Lawrence mobile home.
Town Talk: Caterer worries about unfair competition from City Hall; Masonic Temple building under consideration; Santa Fe Depot update
February 9, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Statehouse Live: Proposed constitutional amendment would take court out of school finance
February 9, 2011
HCR 5010 would change the constitutional provision to read: “The Legislature shall provide the equitable distribution of public school funds in a manner and amount as may be determined by the Legislature.”
Critics say Kris Kobach’s election fraud bill too drastic
February 9, 2011
Critics of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s (KOH’-bahk’s) election fraud bill are criticizing him for not seeking less drastic administrative changes first.
KU sophomore Travis Releford listed as “Dunk of the Year” nominee
February 9, 2011
Kansas University sophomore Travis Releford’s windmill dunk against UMKC on Jan. 5 has been selected as a 2011 Dunk of the Year nominee in a contest run by company Intersport on Facebook.
Kansas Senate committee still skeptical of plan to abolish state Parole Board
February 9, 2011
The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee says members still have questions about Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to abolish the state Parole Board.
Several snow-related accidents reported on interstate highways
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Highway Patrol said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that troopers are responding to several weather-related accidents along Interstate 70 in Wyandotte County.
Kansas Senate panel reviewing racial profiling bills
10:08 a.m., February 9, 2011 Updated 03:58 p.m.
Representatives from Kansas law enforcement agencies are urging senators to strike a balance in rewriting the state’s racial profiling laws.
First Bell: What if a school board candidate withdraws, then wins?; state grants available for “Safe Routes to School”; Department of Labor to check for mold at Kennedy
February 9, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Kansas Athletics Inc. uses retirees to check student attendance; university revolving green funds gaining popularity; Toni Morrison 24-hour reading session scheduled for Feb. 17
February 9, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Closings and cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
05:23 a.m., February 9, 2011 Updated 06:40 a.m.
A list of closings and cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
Experts: Speaking in acronyms, abbreviations predates Internet
February 9, 2011 in print edition on C6
“ILY!” Susan Maushart’s 16-year-old daughter often calls out over her shoulder as she leaves the house. Sure, actual words would be better. But Mom knows not to complain. “A mother of teenagers is pathetically grateful for an ‘I love you’ no matter what form it takes,” she observes.
One of biggest protests yet in Cairo comes after Google excutive freed
February 9, 2011 in print edition on C6
A young Google executive who helped ignite Egypt’s uprising energized a cheering crowd of hundreds of thousands Tuesday with his first appearance in their midst after being released from 12 days in secret detention. “We won’t give up,” he promised at one of the biggest protests yet in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
GOP leader calls for stop to radical Islam
February 9, 2011 in print edition on C6
A top House Republican said Tuesday the primary goal of U.S. policy in Egypt should be to “stop the spread of radical Islam,” an objective that has been little mentioned by Obama administration officials in recent weeks.
Obama to call for $53B to invest in high-speed rail
February 9, 2011 in print edition on C6
President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jump-start job creation.
Job openings fall for second straight month
February 9, 2011 in print edition on C6
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That’s a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
KU student reports stolen property valued at more that $8,000
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Sunday that someone had stolen his black Smith & Wesson rifle valued at $1,250, plus a mounted scope worth valued at $100 and $7,200 worth of other items, including video game consoles, a 32-inch Vizio television and a black laptop computer.
Lawrence retail task force proposes database for local retailers
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A3
There are databases out there that will tell you what brand of pants Lawrence men between the ages of 40 and 55 years of age are most likely to purchase. “It is kind of 1984-ish,” Tom Kern, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, told city commissioners on Tuesday.
Pump patrol
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Dancing flash mob at KU basketball game provides popular floor show
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Before she spotted the sign-up sheet, Lindsey McAlonan didn’t even know what a flash mob was. If they didn’t before, the 16,300 fans who packed into Allen Fieldhouse for the Kansas-Missouri basketball game Monday have a much better idea of what it is, too.
KU Dance Marathon will go all night
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
Hundreds of Kansas University students, faculty and staff are expected at the third annual KU Dance Marathon event.
KU Dance Marathon will dance all night
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
Hundreds of Kansas University students, faculty and staff are expected at the third annual KU Dance Marathon event
Adversity molds Jayhawks into team
12:00 a.m., February 9, 2011 Updated 10:39 a.m. in print edition on B1
After playing 10 games in 29 days — six on the road, with an unexpected two-day trip to Washington, D.C., also thrown into the wintry mix — Kansas University’s basketball players can finally exhale.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas tearing up Big 12
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B5
After everything went so wrong for the Texas last season, Jordan Hamilton apologized to his teammates.
Seabury basketball trounces Wetmore
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Led by Reed Grabill’s 20 points and seven rebounds, the Seabury Academy boys basketball team routed Wetmore, 81-38, on Tuesday night.
KU women’s basketball point guard Angel Goodrich improving
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has a simple philosophy about basketball in February.
K-State’s Curtis Kelly under investigation by athletic department
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B5
Curtis Kelly is the subject of a Kansas State athletic department investigation for a violation of a condition in the student-athlete handbook, the Wichita Eagle reported on Tuesday night.
NFL Alumni Association names former KU football player Aqib Talib defensive back of year
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University standout cornerback Aqib Talib was named the 2010 Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association on Tuesday.
Numbers illustrate KU basketball’s depth
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
A basketball team doesn’t make it all the way to second in the national rankings without compiling some amazing numbers along the way. It’s time to have some fun with data created by the entertaining Kansas University basketball team.
Lions victorious on Senior Night
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s wrestling team defeated Blue Valley Southwest, 48-18, in a dual on Tuesday at Lawrence High.
Lions sneak past Lancers in OT
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
It isn’t surprising that junior KJ Pritchard made big plays to help the Lawrence High boys basketball team squeak out a 61-58 overtime road victory at Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday.
Shootout at South: Hot-shooting Firebirds top Raiders
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
As far as defensive performances go, Tuesday night certainly wasn’t the Free State High boys basketball team’s best of the season.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B4
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.
Super Bowl over, so … now what?
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Just as the calendar year begins when the ball drops in Times Square, so the new sports year begins with the falling of confetti at the Super Bowl.
Paul Pierce to defend 3-point crown in All-Star contest
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Paul Pierce will defend his three-point shootout title against a field that includes fellow Boston Celtics All-Star Ray Allen and NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City.
LHS bowlers second, third in Olathe
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls bowling team finished second at the Olathe North Triangular on Tuesday at Mission Bowl.
High school area basketball roundup: Mill Valley sweeps Tonganoxie
February 9, 2011 in print edition on B5
With post players in foul trouble most of the night, the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team needed to knock down some outside jumpers Tuesday at Mill Valley.
Apathy to blame
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A6
July 20, 1969, the United States was the envy of the world. Americans Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon. There were no venomous debates about whether these astronauts were Democrats or Republicans, liberal or conservative. They were Americans.
Too nasty
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A6
It makes me so sad and upset when I read your editorials about our president of the United States of America.
Reliable mail
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A6
I enjoyed reading the Moodys’ letter of Sunday, Feb. 6. Folks who deserve praise and appreciation should hear it more than they do. I know we are humbly grateful for those who weather any storm to perform vital services for the community.
Care issue
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A6
I extend my compliments to your recent contributor, Bill Simons, for his column (Jan. 29) regarding mental health care in Kansas.
Depot decision
Taking ownership of the local Amtrak depot without a source of funds to renovate it is too great a risk for Lawrence.
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A6
Lawrence Amtrak passengers deserve better than what they are getting today: a 1950s-era depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets that comes with a leaky roof, outdated bathrooms and sparse accommodations.
Egypt needs leadership but it isn’t lost
February 9, 2011 in print edition on A6
There’s the tendency in some quarters to sow panic about what will happen in Egypt if Hosni Mubarak steps down.
Washburn University recognizes Kansas woman for creative fundraiser
February 9, 2011
Washburn University is recognizing an employee who came up with a unique way to raise money after her son-in-law experienced a recurrence of cancer.
Woman rebuilds library in small Kansas town
February 9, 2011
City Clerk Linda Sharits remembers when the town library was a whole room with floor to ceiling shelves of books in the community center.
Coffeyville Community College leader named as finalist for North Arkansas College president
February 9, 2011
North Arkansas College’s Presidential Search Committee has named five finalists for president of the school at Harrison.
25 years ago: Lawrence school bus driver saves first-grader from choking
February 9, 2011
A Pinckney School first-grader had begun choking on a jawbreaker candy while on the school bus.
40 years ago: Sledding accidents result in broken bones on KU campus
February 9, 2011
Three sledding accidents had been reported recently from Kansas University, mostly from the Campanile Hill area.
Horoscope for Feb. 9
February 9, 2011
This year, you have much going on that you might not choose to reveal. Holding your feelings back could prove to be a problem, especially as you could get hurt easily. If you are single, you could become involved with someone who is emotionally unavailable but represents him- or herself differently. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from frequent getaways together. Taurus grounds you.
‘Mr. Sunshine’ brings Matthew Perry back to prime-time TV
February 9, 2011
A cautionary tale disguised as a sitcom, “Mr. Sunshine” (8:30 p.m., ABC) brings Matthew Perry back to prime time.
Winter weather advisory expires for Douglas County; Wind chill could hit -15 Wednesday night
12:00 a.m., February 9, 2011 Updated 06:14 a.m. in print edition on A1
The National Weather Service has allowed the winter weather advisory to expire. It’s possible that light snow will continue falling until noon Wednesday.
100 years ago: Food inspector investigates Lawrence grocery stores, restaurants
February 9, 2011
“Lawrence food dealers are being grilled this week. A. G. Pike, pure food inspector, is making a careful scrutiny of food products offered for sale in Lawrence.”