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Archive for Friday, February 11, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Lawrence police chief candidates are introduced at an open house to meet the candidates Thursday at the Carnegie Building. From left are finalists Mark Kessler, a deputy chief in Overland Park; Clark Morrow, an Olathe police captain; Tarik Khatib, Lawrence interim police chief; and Brian Jackson, a captain with the Lincoln, Neb., police department. Lawrence police chief candidates interact with residents at open house
February 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Neighborhood issues and the future of the Lawrence Police Department were topics on the forefront of Thursday’s public open house with the four candidates seeking to be the city’s next police chief.
9:30 a.m.
The Lawrence Community Shelter,  214 W. 10th St., sees an increase of those needing a place to stay when winter temperatures drop. Douglas County judge hears arguments in Lawrence homeless shelter suit
February 11, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Whether a Lawrence homeless shelter can move from downtown to an industrial park near the Douglas County Jail soon should become a lot clearer.
1:00 p.m.
Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby talked in public for the first time since being removed from office in November. He was speaking to students at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Former KDHE secretary Rod Bremby says he did not resign
February 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Rod Bremby said he was shocked when Gov. Mark Parkinson removed him as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
4:30 p.m.
KT Walsh of the Percolator art collective in Lawrence on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 displays her "John Brown" puppet during rally protesting elimination of the Kansas Arts Commission. Arts supporters protest Brownback’s elimination of Arts Commission
2:22 p.m., February 10, 2011 Updated 2:44 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The state faces an estimated $492 million revenue shortfall, and Brownback says he wants to “protect the core functions of government.”
4:54 p.m.
Vicki, a two-year-old Havanese, walks through the weave section as her owner Karolyn Harrison, Manhattan, follows on the side at the dog agility trials Thursday at the Douglas County fairgrounds. Agile dogs have their day at Triune Agility Club of Lawrence contest
February 11, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Carol Easterley drove more than four hours to Lawrence for a long weekend on Wednesday. She’ll spend most of her time in a large dirt-floored building filled with what looks like playground equipment at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. She’s not alone, though. She will be there with hundreds of other people, and just as many dogs.

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Thomas Robinson could miss two weeks: KU forward has surgery to repair torn meniscus
06:41 p.m., February 11, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B4
Kansas University sophomore power forward Thomas Robinson had successful surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee and will be out for approximately two weeks, KU coach Bill Self reported Friday night.
Kansas Supreme Court orders new trial for man convicted of robbing a Lawrence convenience store
February 11, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new trial and new attorney for a man convicted of robbing a Lawrence convenience store in 2006.
Case of Tonganoxie man injured during dental procedure in Lawrence going to mediator
03:22 p.m., February 11, 2011 Updated 05:08 p.m. in print edition on A6
The remaining parties have scheduled a mediation session in a lawsuit involving a 20-year-old Tonganoxie High School graduate who suffered brain damage during a 2009 dental procedure in Lawrence.
Lawrence attorney Scott Miller to replace retiring Judge Randy McGrath on municipal court bench
01:41 p.m., February 11, 2011 Updated 06:14 p.m. in print edition on A6
A City Hall staff attorney and a former prosecutor will become Lawrence’s next municipal court judge.
Dead Red’ bill would allow motorcyclists to ride through some red lights
February 11, 2011
It sounds like the plot of a ‘50s B movie — bearded, leather-clad bikers clashing with police.
IRS could end up with forfeited funds from those convicted in KU ticket scandal
11:51 a.m., February 11, 2011 Updated 09:09 p.m. in print edition on A1
Three former employees of Kansas Athletics Inc. must pay up to $2 million for scamming to steal, sell and profit from the diversion of tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games, a federal judge has ruled.
Statehouse Live: Feds say state could lose special education funds
11:19 a.m., February 11, 2011 Updated 05:08 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas could lose from $21 million to $26 million a year from the federal government if the state doesn’t increase its share of special education funding, officials said Friday.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns, hands power to military
February 11, 2011
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. “The people ousted the president,” chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.
Trust for shuttered Kansas town Treece seeks more flexibility
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A10
A trust fund set up to help people move out of the southern Kansas town of Treece wants more flexibility to offer residents more money.
Attorney: Kansas therapist accused of stalking soldier denied anxiety meds
February 11, 2011
The attorney for a therapist accused of stalking a soldier says her treatment while jailed at a Leavenworth facility may constitute “cruel and unusual” punishment.
Olathe man sentenced to prison for fatal accident
February 11, 2011
An Olathe man who was drunk and driving nearly 100 mph before an accident that killed two of his friends has been sentenced to almost nine years in prison.
Fort Riley aviation brigade heading home after a year in Iraq
February 11, 2011
The first group of soldiers from Fort Riley’s Combat Aviation Brigade will return to Kansas this weekend after a year in Iraq.
Town Talk: Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway starts expansion; Little Caesars coming to Sixth Street; building streak stretching to 1980 ends
February 11, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: District to detail potential effects of possible school closures; Virtual School student reads from own winning book; board to consider extending bus contract
February 11, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Whaling ship from 1823 wreck found
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
A fierce sperm whale sank the first whaling ship under George Pollard’s command and inspired the classic American novel “Moby-Dick”. A mere two years later, a second whaler captained by Pollard struck a coral reef during a night storm and sank in shallow water.
Douglas County judge hears arguments in Lawrence homeless shelter suit
Decision could come within days
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Whether a Lawrence homeless shelter can move from downtown to an industrial park near the Douglas County Jail soon should become a lot clearer.
Former Los Angeles Times editor John S. Carroll says journalism ideologies eroding
Carroll to receive William Allen White national citation today
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
A longtime former newspaper reporter and editor said journalists’ ideologies are experiencing a slow erosion.
Agile dogs have their day at Triune Agility Club of Lawrence contest
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Carol Easterley drove more than four hours to Lawrence for a long weekend on Wednesday. She’ll spend most of her time in a large dirt-floored building filled with what looks like playground equipment at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. She’s not alone, though. She will be there with hundreds of other people, and just as many dogs.
Two arrested in December robbery at Lawrence Walmart, attempted arson at McDonald’s
01:45 a.m., February 11, 2011 Updated 03:30 p.m. in print edition on A6
Two Lawrence men who were arrested Thursday night in connection with an armed at a Walmart money center last month also are accused in an attempted arson Dec. 15 at a west Lawrence McDonald’s.
Dog stolen from Lawrence Humane Society
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
An employee of the Lawrence Humane Society reported to police Tuesday that someone had stolen a yellow Labrador retriever from the shelter.
Phi Kappa Tau fraternity composite photo stolen
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 29-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Tuesday that someone had stolen a composite photograph valued at $1,000 from the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house.
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence celebrates top youths
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
As Aspen McDaniel has heard, it takes a village to raise a child. The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence is part of her village.
Lawrence police chief candidates interact with residents at open house
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Neighborhood issues and the future of the Lawrence Police Department were topics on the forefront of Thursday’s public open house with the four candidates seeking to be the city’s next police chief.
Former KDHE secretary Rod Bremby says he did not resign
Bremby says ‘abuses’ occurred in permit process
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Rod Bremby said he was shocked when Gov. Mark Parkinson removed him as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Lawrence Business Hall of Fame opens at library
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
The new Lawrence Business Hall of Fame may honor the past, but its biggest job just may be embracing the future.
Surprise! Jerry Sloan resigns as Jazz coach
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
After 23 seasons, Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan had only one bit of advice for successor Ty Corbin. “Be yourself,” Sloan said Thursday after announcing he was stepping down after 1,127 victories with the Jazz because he didn’t have the energy any more.
Tyshawn Taylor still learning on job
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
The shots driving basketball players take off the dribble have many names, “floaters” and “teardrops” among them. The way Tyshawn Taylor delivered them the past couple of games, bullets and fire hoses more accurately described their velocity and trajectory.
Four Free State football players plan to be teammates at Baker
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
The four Free State High standouts go back a long way — long enough to recount playing football together in three different uniforms, and certainly long enough for their parents to document it all in scrap books and photo albums.
Tonganoxie basketball sweeps Turner
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B4
When the inside-out combo of Dane Erickson and Jeremy Carlisle was on the floor Thursday for the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team, there wasn’t much Kansas City Turner could do to stop the duo.
KU softball happy to have Liz Kocon back
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
When Kansas University third-year junior Liz Kocon made a healthy return to the field this past fall, it was something of a revelation for her teammate, Maggie Hull.
D.A. Points, Steven Marino lead; former Jayhawk Gary Woodland lurks at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
D.A. Points knew it was going to be a great week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when he found out Bill Murray was his amateur partner. It got even better Thursday.
Testily, K-State coach Frank Martin says Curtis Kelly will play
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly will play Saturday at Colorado, and that was about all coach Frank Martin would say about the senior on Thursday.
Free State bowlers take third, fourth
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Free State boys bowling team finished third at a quad with Topeka Seaman, Washburn Rural and Topeka West on Thursday.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B10
Former Kansas basketball player Paul Pierce scored 15 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.
Longhorns could be what Baylor needs
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Missouri coach Mike Anderson summed up the maelstrom in the middle of the Big 12 men’s basketball standings quite nicely.
TV deal allows staggered starts in NCAA tournament
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B5
The NCAA Tournament’s new TV deal will allow for more staggered starts of games, so all those buzzer-beaters aren’t happening at the same time.
KUSports.com ‘Sign of the best KUSports fan’ contest
February 11, 2011
Hasn’t it been too long since we gave some stuff away? We thought so too. Make an amazing KUSports.com sign to win some.
Not competitive
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
I have been and will continue to be a strong supporter of the women’s basketball program at Kansas University. I have season tickets and have missed very few home games over the past several years.
Arizona’s immigration temper tantrum
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Here’s how you fix illegal immigration. Pass a bill that: (a) toughens border security; (b) creates some mechanism to tame the draconian process that now faces anyone who seeks to come here legally; (c) penalizes those who are here illegally but also offers them a path to full citizenship.
Multiculturalism doesn’t work
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
One of liberalism’s many problems is that once an idea or program is proved wrong and unworkable, liberals rarely acknowledge their mistake and examine the root cause of their error so they don’t repeat it. Take multiculturalism … please!
Ill-gotten gains
Reclaiming money stolen in the Kansas Athletics ticket scam won’t come close to covering the university’s losses.
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Federal prosecutors reportedly are eager to start recovering up to $2 million in ill-gotten gains in connection with the Kansas Athletics Inc. ticket scandal.
Unsung heroes
February 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Recently, we were fortunate enough to be able to participate in a ride-along with the Lawrence police department.
LHS bowlers finish third in Atchison
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High boys and girls bowling team finished third in a triangular with Topeka High and Atchison on Thursday.
40 years ago: Retired editor warns modern journalists of drawbacks of news technology
February 11, 2011
Upon receiving the William Allen White Foundation’s national award for journalistic merit, retired editor Vermont C. Royster spoke on the need for modern journalists to not be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of news available.
25 years ago: Journalist Helen Thomas given Wiliam Allen White award at KU
February 11, 2011
A highlight of William Allen White Day at Kansas University was the awarding of the William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit to Helen Thomas.
100 years ago: Eight men form hunting club, build lodge on riverbank
February 11, 2011
“A $75 hunting lodge has been built along the downstream bank of the Kaw.”
Horoscope for Feb. 11
February 11, 2011
This year, you cannot confirm plans and conversations enough. A haze surrounds you, sometimes making it difficult to communicate. You will recharge well at home. If you are single, others will sense your intensity and interest. Expect to date a lot. In any case, you will enjoy yourself during this period. Your creativity flourishes all year. Gemini brings out the best in you.
KU basketball coach Bill Self harps on defense
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
As happy he was with Kansas University’s offense in Monday’s 103-86 victory over Missouri, Bill Self was troubled by the defense.
Head of the class: KU football recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell earns praise
February 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
With the letters from Kansas University’s 2011 football recruiting class signed, sealed and delivered, the attention has shifted to which schools fared the best on national signing day.
VH1 crowns an unlikely king of rock
February 11, 2011
A portrait of an unrelenting rocker at 65, the documentary “Lemmy” (10:30 p.m., VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia) reaches levels of poignance and even pathos. And it has some “Spinal Tap” moments of comedy as well.