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Lawrence native Mark Stover goes to Sudan, Mongolia with Doctors Without Borders in 2010 The day in photos, February 10, 2011
Which of these mob movies is your favorite?

Poll results

Response Percent
The Godfather
The Departed
The Godfather II
Donnie Brasco
Total 747

Lead stories

12:00 a.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 a.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. Groups launch opposition to legislation in Kansas requiring disclosure of who funds ‘issue ads’
February 9, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Adam Heffley braves the icy temperatures in a pond on Kansas University's West Campus to practice with the Douglas County underwater search and rescue team on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. 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 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
From left: Jordan Leboyer, Robert Sharp, Libby Sauerland, Eric Degenhardt and Marla Schleuder. More employers turn out as job-seeking Jayhawks flock to career fair
February 10, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Organizers for the Kansas University Career Center were pleased to see a more diverse and bigger group of employers for the university’s annual career fair on Wednesday.

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Gregory apologizes over questioning of transsexual woman
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
A group that advocates for gay rights on Thursday criticized state Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, over her questioning of a transsexual woman. Gregory issued an apology.
Era of super-low mortgage rates appears to be over
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
The days of the absurdly low mortgage rate are over.
Mubarak refuses to quit, hands powers to V.P.
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave Egypt and instead handed most of his powers to his vice president Thursday, enraging protesters who warned the country could explode in violence and pleaded for the military to take action to push him out.
Heard on the Hill: KU, comedian Rob Riggle tweet back and forth; death doesn’t deter bank from trying to collect student debt; film professor’s video interviews with movie stars available online
February 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Judge Deanell Tacha named as Pepperdine University’s dean of law
04:25 p.m., February 10, 2011 Updated 06:42 p.m. in print edition on A1
A longtime appeals court judge and Lawrence resident has been named as Pepperdine University’s dean of law.
FAA official plans Wichita aviation town hall meeting
February 10, 2011
A top Federal Aviation Administration official is expected in Wichita as part of the agency’s outreach to exchange ideas on aviation’s future in America.
Maine native paralyzed in fight in Kansas able to die at home
February 10, 2011
A Maine man who developed a lethal infection after being paralyzed in a fight in Kansas has died on his home soil.
Granddad Bandit’ bank robber pleads guilty in Virginia
February 10, 2011
The graying, balding suspect dubbed the “Granddad Bandit” pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to robbing two Virginia banks and acknowledged two dozen other heists from New York to Texas.
Audit: Kansas airfare subsidies impact overstated
February 10, 2011
Airfare subsidies at Wichita Midcontinent Airport generate only about a third of the jobs its supporters had claimed, a state audit found.
Budget cuts could mean more feral hogs in Kansas
February 10, 2011
For more than 75 years the Wilson family has battled bugs, drought, floods and poor crop prices to keep their Bourbon County farm financially afloat.
Lawrence father pleads guilty to DUI, child endangerment
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence man Thursday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and child endangerment in connection with a September accident in which his 12-year-old son fell out of the bed of his pickup truck.
Style Scout: Copper Coyote Ramberg
February 10, 2011
“I always wanted to be a cheerleader in High School, even though I never even attended a game. I really wanted one of their outfits.”
Arts supporters protest Brownback’s elimination of Arts Commission
02:22 p.m., February 10, 2011 Updated 02:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
The state faces an estimated $492 million revenue shortfall, and Brownback says he wants to “protect the core functions of government.”
Nonprofit study says proposed Sunflower coal plant in southwest Kansas won’t be clean
February 10, 2011
A new study compiled for a group that opposes the proposed Sunflower coal plant in southwest Kansas questions claims that the coal plant will be the cleanest of its kind in the country.
Town Talk: More on Carnegie and competition; KU Athletics to clarify ad; an interesting offer at City Hall
February 10, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
With the end near, hair cuts, car service and vegan eating categories are too close to call for Best of Lawrence
February 10, 2011
With about 4300 votes cast — and more than 5100 ballots started but not yet complete — Best of Lawrence 2011 is entering the home stretch.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback outlines economic development plan
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing better coordination of state economic development efforts, reducing tax levels for some residents and businesses and better monitoring of growth.
Suspect in Salina double homicide questions death penalty
February 10, 2011
The attorney for a suspect in a double homicide in Salina is asking a judge to rule that the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.
Sprint gains contract subscribers in 4Q
February 10, 2011
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Thursday it managed to post a quarterly net gain of contract subscribers for the first time since 2007, as its turnaround continues.
Kansas Republicans push for rejection of federal health reform law
09:39 a.m., February 10, 2011 Updated 03:44 p.m. in print edition on A3
Speaking to the GOP caucus, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said a vote for the proposal “is one of the most important statements that the House can make in 2011.”
First Bell: Ideas for avoiding snow-induced cabin fever; Lawrence eludes another snow day; method for making up lost time to be settled Monday
February 10, 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: Mizzou student newspaper likes Allen Fieldhouse?; look for “The Big Event” on March 31; looking around for KU blogs
February 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Crown Center’s Halls department store to get $15M aquarium
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas City is getting an aquarium filled with everything from seahorses to sharks.
Lawrence Model Railroad Club to host show, swap meet
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A2
This year’s Lawrence Model Railroad Club train show and swap meet, which takes place Feb. 19, is set to include four clubs showcasing nine different track layouts.
Bishop Seabury Academy Honor Roll
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A2
Bishop Seabury Academy has announced students named to its fall 2010 honor roll.
More employers turn out as job-seeking Jayhawks flock to career fair
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Organizers for the Kansas University Career Center were pleased to see a more diverse and bigger group of employers for the university’s annual career fair on Wednesday.
Gov. Sam Brownback expands role of Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday gave an additional job to the small state agency that represents consumers in utility rate cases.
KU hoops notebook: Bill Self discusses Tyrel Reed’s foot injury
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas guard Tyrel Reed figures to play in pain the rest of his senior season with a sore left foot.
Arkansas, LSU teams delayed by storm
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B5
Winter weather across the South kept a pair of Southeastern Conference basketball teams on the road longer than planned Thursday.
Cowboys prepare for first game without Darrell Williams
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B5
When Darrell Williams went before a judge to face four felony charges, a handful of his teammates joined him at the courthouse as a show of support. Now, they’ll have to move on without him.
40 years ago: Costs of welfare programs increasing dramatically
February 10, 2011
The cost of welfare programs was increasing dramatically across the U.S., and it was no different in Douglas County.
NFL, players union meet in Washington
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
The NFL and players union representatives met for much of the afternoon in Washington to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.
Bill Self says incidents with Morris twins’ temper have been ‘addressed’
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
A caller to Bill Self’s Hawk Talk radio show Wednesday night wanted to know if he should be concerned about the Morris twins occasionally losing their temper(s) on the basketball court.
Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Texas stays unbeaten in league
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B8
Jordan Hamilton scored 20 points, Gary Johnson added 14, and Texas continued its perfect run through Big 12 play by beating Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
KU softball’s Hull twins celebrate differences
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the better part of the first two decades of their lives, Kansas University softball sophomores Maggie and Rosie Hull were known simply as the Hull twins.
New Lawrence High soccer coach Joe Nemzer wants to win games now
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Joe Nemzer stood in front of a large group of Lawrence High girls interested in playing soccer Wednesday and told them that he wants to win games.
Quixotic Fusion brings performance art, aerial choreography, music to Liberty Hall
February 10, 2011
Performance art troupe prepares high-energy show for Lawrence.
Nick Conrad leads Free State High School bowlers
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Nick Conrad recorded the high game and high series of the tournament to help Free State High’s boy bowling team to a fourth-place finish, and Sarah Perala rolled a 481 series to pace the FSHS girls to third place at the six-team Turner High Invitational on Wednesday at Royal Crest Lanes.
LHS girls basketball sinks SM North, 41-36
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team had three players score in double figures and the Lions held off Shawnee Mission North, 41-36, on Wednesday night.
Leawood woman injured in one-vehicle accident
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Leawood woman was taken to an area hospital Wednesday after a one-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.
Pump patrol
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Change for worse
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Over the years, Lawrence has changed a great deal: from a medium-sized college town to a larger university town/small city: from a place where a fire engine’s siren might be heard once or twice weekly to a crime-ridden small city where robberies, shootings, rapes and serious auto accidents are daily occurrences.
Seniors online
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
We are all becoming aware of the growing senior population here in Douglas County (and throughout the state). It is no surprise that recent surveys show 90 percent of baby boomers want to remain and grow old in their homes.
Debt display
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Step right this way, ladies and gentlemen. That’s right, the line forms here to the greatest show on earth! Watch as our elected politicians promise to provide large slices of the American prosperity pie while cutting taxes, fighting wars and raising the ceiling of our national debt (“National debt should alarm U.S. public,” Journal-World., Feb. 5).
Vote noted
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Kansas House approved on Monday a “pay-go” plan which will allow House caucuses to meet behind closed doors.
Not newsworthy
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
When I picked up my home-delivered copy of the Journal-World Sunday morning, the first story I saw on the front page in humongously large type concerned a Kansas University grad who is arrogantly trying to rewrite Mark Twain’s classic books, “Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer.” It was an inferior lead story and I can only conclude that you were having a very slow news day.
Egyptians must control own destiny
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Sixty years ago, American politics was embittered by an accusation couched as a question: “Who lost China?” The implied indictment was that America had fumbled away a possession through incompetence or sinister conniving.
Literary debate
Is teaching Twain without the N-word better than not teaching it at all?
February 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Everyone’s writing can be edited — including Mark Twain’s. But should Twain’s work “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” one of America’s great novels, get the red pencil treatment 126 years after publication — and after being consumed by millions of readers, from students to scholars?
Southwestern College unhappy with poster for horror movie ‘The Roommate’
February 10, 2011
Billed as a college thriller, “The Roommate” remains a source of tension for administrators at Southwestern College upon its national theatrical release Friday.
Hutchinson woman will face trial in baby’s death
February 10, 2011
A Hutchinson woman whose baby died after she was left too close to a hair dryer will stand trial on second-degree murder charges.
Kansas City-area waitress gets seven years in prison for poisoning salsa
February 10, 2011
A former waitress at a Kansas Mexican food restaurant has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for poisoning salsa.
25 years ago: Proposed bonds would pay for new school, improvements to existing schools
February 10, 2011
The Lawrence school board was expected to vote to approve the city’s first school bond election in 20 years.
100 years ago: Equal suffrage to be presented to Kansas voters in November
February 10, 2011
“Equal suffrage will be submitted to the voters of Kansas at the November election next year.”
Oblivion by way of Canada in NBC shows
February 10, 2011
Canada jokes abound on NBC’s staggering comedy block.
Horoscope for Feb. 10
February 10, 2011
This year, you are on top of many issues. Stop and take personal inventory more often. Your feelings could be building up, making you perhaps accident-prone or sick. If you are single, you might be uncomfortable with a fast pace, which on another level you like. If you are attached, your clarity will be instrumental to the well-being of your relationship. Taurus often cannot or does not participate in your wild moments.
Our town sports
February 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
A roundup of upcoming recreational sports opportunities around Douglas County.