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Archive for Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Marcus Morris complains about a bad pass after a Jayhawk turnover during the first half on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Bramlage Coliseum. Recurring Morris twins trouble especially disturbing
February 15, 2011 in print edition on 1B
If it merely had been a case of the Kansas University basketball team not having the humility to handle the prosperity of holding the No. 1 ranking in the nation, no big deal.
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. Judge rules against Lawrence homeless shelter; move away from downtown up in the air
5:12 p.m., February 14, 2011 Updated 5:42 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The Lawrence Community Shelter’s efforts to relocate to an industrial park near the Douglas County Jail have been dealt a legal setback.
10:33 a.m.
Glass bottles pile up at the 19th Street recycling center in this file photo from December 2010. City of Lawrence asked to get into the glass recycling business
February 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence City Hall leaders are in discussions with a Kansas City-based company to start a new glass recycling program for residents.
1:00 p.m.
Raymond Sawyer MagnaGro owner ordered to spend nine months in prison for violating probation
February 14, 2011 in print edition on 3A
A federal judge has ordered a Lawrence man who owns MagnaGro International to spend nine months in prison for violating his probation originally granted in 2009.
4:30 p.m.
Students wrote what they liked about Pinckney School on ribbons and attached them to a fence in front of the school Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Schools task force puts off decision on recommending elementary closures
7:35 p.m., February 14, 2011 Updated 11:29 p.m.
Members of the Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force failed to reach a consensus Monday night on whether to recommend closing one or two elementary schools next year, opting to pursue deciding that issue next week.

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Man hit by two vehicles in stable condition Tuesday
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Jeffrey Brown, a 28-year-old Lawrence man injured in a Feb. 5 accident near 23rd and Iowa streets, was listed in stable condition Tuesday at a Kansas City area hospital, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman. Sarna said police are still investigating circumstances surrounding the accident when Brown was trying to cross 23rd Street from north to south and was struck by two vehicles east of the Iowa Street intersection.
Downtown parking meter reported stolen
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
A city of Lawrence employee filed a police report Tuesday that said someone had stolen a double-headed parking meter and pole valued at $1,000 sometime between 5 p.m. last Wednesday and 10:50 a.m. Saturday from the 800 block of New Hampshire Street.
Woman treated at hospital after fight
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 30-year-old Lawrence woman was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital early Tuesday morning for facial injuries after a fight in the 500 block of Wisconsin Street, and two other women said the woman with facial injuries struck them with her vehicle.
Lawrence man reports vehicle burglary, property stolen
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 27-year-old Lawrence man reported a burglary of his vehicle to Lawrence police Monday morning in the 700 block of Arizona Street. Items taken included two pairs of Nike athletic shoes and a Garmin Nuvi GPS device, and the vehicle was scratched and damaged.
Lawrence city commissioners set one-year deadline for trash task force to make recommendations
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
If there are to be any changes to the city’s trash system, they likely won’t happen as quickly as once thought.
Lawrence Community Shelter leaders consider reopening search for new site
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
One day after a district court judge dealt their plans a setback, Lawrence Community Shelter leaders conceded a project to relocate the homeless shelter to a site near the Douglas County Jail may have to be scrapped.
Jefferson’s Restaurant assets to be sold at auction
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
On Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Revenue will begin removing assets from Jefferson’s Restaurant, a once busy downtown establishment.
Kansas legislators quiz KU, K-State leaders on admissions standards
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
The leaders of Kansas University and Kansas State were asked by legislators Tuesday whether the schools should increase their academic requirements for incoming freshmen
Arts Commission picking up bipartisan support
05:48 p.m., February 15, 2011 Updated 05:56 p.m. in print edition on A3
As a cost-cutting move, Brownback, a Republican, has issued an executive reorganization order to eliminate the commission, and has appointed a nonprofit foundation to raise funds.
Westar Energy offering revolving loan program to improve energy efficiency in homes
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Since November, Jessi Asmussen and her husband have had a to-do list of energy efficient upgrades for their drafty 100-year-old Lawrence home. But before they could cross anything off the list, the couple was waiting on the Kansas Corporation Commission to grant approval to Westar Energy so the utility could participate in its $38 million revolving loan program.
KU places Interfraternity Council on probation for two years after hazing investigation
05:20 p.m., February 15, 2011 Updated 08:42 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University has placed its Interfraternity Council on probation for two years after a hazing investigation.
Deerfield School’s Anne Tormohlen wins 2010-11 Lawrence Elementary Teacher of the Year award
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Anne Tormohlen embraces having “the best job in the building” at Deerfield School. “I get to work with everybody,” the school’s library media specialist said. “I do. I know all 528 kids. I’ve known most of them since kindergarten, and it’s fun. That’s the best part.”
Presidential historian to speak about FDR Wednesday night at Dole Institute of Politics
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith will make his case Wednesday at the Dole Institute of Politics for including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 20th Century Mount Rushmore.
Farmland values continue rising in Kansas, surrounding states
February 15, 2011
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says farmland values continued to rise during the fourth quarter because of strong demand from farmers and investors.
Lawrence Humane Society to pay workers $10,000 in back pay following federal labor investigation
03:19 p.m., February 15, 2011 Updated 06:06 p.m. in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Humane Society has agreed to pay $10,000 in back wages to it employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the society confirmed Tuesday.
Wichita businessman wants to buy Woodlands track in Kansas City
February 15, 2011
Wichita businessman Phil Ruffin says he wants to reopen three closed racetracks in Kansas, including the Woodlands track in Kansas City, Kan.
KU law, business students offer free tax services
February 15, 2011
Kansas University law and business students are offering free tax services for qualifying people through April 18.
Town Talk: Ninth and N.H. incentives not forgotten; Treanor still working on new downtown offices; $360,000 for library art?
February 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Statehouse Live: Brownback administration proposes tax breaks, student loan repayments for rural areas
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
Senate Bill 198 would create “rural opportunity zones” that would grant state income tax exemptions for five years to people that move from outside Kansas to any of the 40 counties in Kansas were populations have declined more than 10 percent since the 2000 Census.
Lawrence man charged with rape in April 2010 incident
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old Lawrence man with rape in connection with an April 2010 incident reported in south-central Lawrence.
Kansas judicial administrator Howard Schwartz retiring
February 15, 2011
The man who has run the Kansas Supreme Court’s administrative arm is retiring after 32 years.
Topeka man sentenced to 5 years in prison in connection with Redbud Lane shooting
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Tuesday morning sentenced a 20-year-old Topeka man to serve five years and six months in prison in connection with a shooting last year outside a Lawrence apartment.
Kansas Senate panel taking up wider liquor sales measure
09:01 a.m., February 15, 2011 Updated 12:17 a.m.
Grocery and convenience store owners in Kansas are pushing for changes in state law to allow them to sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor.
First Bell: Task force moderator solicits e-mail insights; Wakarusa Valley bus routes would be reviewed; potential moves for Cordley, Pinckney students
February 15, 2011
The Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force has less than two weeks to finish its work. Here’s a look at a few of the issues and items discussed or distributed during Monday’s meeting.
Heard on the Hill: Sociologist weighs in on hazing issue at KU; student recalls lunching with Justice Sonia Sotomayor; KU students offering free tax services; ‘The Big Event’ form available online
February 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump patrol
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.07 at several stations.
Two arrested in reported robbery attempt
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police detectives have arrested two Wichita men who are suspects in a December robbery of three Kansas University students at a Louisiana Street apartment.
Topeka man arrested on 2010 rape charge
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Topeka man was arrested Monday on a probable cause warrant for the April 2010 rape of someone who was mentally incapable as well as failure to comply in district court.
Lawrence School District Superintendent Rick Doll passes job review
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence school district, has the unanimous support of his elected bosses for his work.
Household goods reported stolen in 3500 block of Tillerman Drive
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Feb. 9 that someone had stolen several items valued at $2,130 from the 3500 block of Tillerman Drive. Items taken included curtain sets, a television cabinet, storm doors and exterior window screens. The items were taken Feb. 1.
Lawrence school district extends contract with First Student Inc. bus transportation
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
First Student Inc. will remain the district’s provider of bus transportation for the next five years under a contract extension approved Monday night by the Lawrence school board.
Glock reported stolen
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 47-year-old Lawrence man reported to police that someone stole his Glock 22 40-caliber pistol, valued at $750, sometime between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12 from the 400 block of Eldridge Street.
Clothing store reports theft
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
An employee of The Buckle, 805 Mass., reported to Lawrence police Friday evening that between 6 p.m. and 6:08 p.m., someone had stolen 16 pairs of men’s Big Star jeans, valued at $1,600.
Lawrence school board agrees to order new bleachers for Free State, Lawrence high schools
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
New bleachers are on order for baseball and soccer fields at Free State and Lawrence high schools, and the softball field at Free State.
KSU’s Jacob Pullen torches Kansas
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Bill Self and Jacob Pullen had a compliment for each other in the hallway outside the locker rooms following Kansas State’s 84-68 victory over Kansas University on Monday night.
Seabury boys fall short
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B8
The Seabury Academy boys basketball team lost, 58-54, to University Academy from Kansas City, Mo., on Monday at Seabury.
Perry-Lecompton boys fall
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B8
John Denton led the Kaws with 20 points, but Perry-Lecompton’s boys basketball team fell to Santa Fe Trail, 72-54, on Monday.
KU women’s golf 2nd
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B8
Senior Meghna Bal finished in a tie for third place to pace the Kansas University women’s golf team to a second-place finish at the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate on Monday.
Kansas Senate budget bill retains funding for special education
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Senate on Monday advanced a budget bill that would cut general state aid to schools but would add $25.3 million in the current fiscal year for special education funding to avoid losing federal aid.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.
Missouri guard Marcus Denmon’s status uncertain for Tuesday’s game
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Missouri guard Marcus Denmon remains uncertain for Tuesday’s game against Texas Tech after he received two stitches under his right eye.
Recurring Morris twins trouble especially disturbing
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
If it merely had been a case of the Kansas University basketball team not having the humility to handle the prosperity of holding the No. 1 ranking in the nation, no big deal.
Kansas House committee considering bill that would impose statewide restrictions on adult stores
February 15, 2011
Kansas residents who want to stop lap dances in strip clubs and keep stores selling adult videos and sex toys from proliferating launched a new effort Monday to persuade lawmakers to impose statewide restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.
St. Mary’s Academy tops Veritas Christian boys
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B8
Nate Scott scored 13 points, but Veritas Christian School’s boys basketball team had trouble containing aggressive St. Mary’s Academy in a 53-33 road loss Monday night.
Reform in Egypt faces huge obstacles
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
As Cairo erupted in jubilation Friday over the announcement that Hosni Mubarak had stepped down, I remembered another celebration of revolution I witnessed in 1979.
Issue of respect
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
After seeing the letter in the Feb. 9 paper about showing respect to the president, I cannot keep quiet any longer.
Seniors unwired
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
I agree with John Glassman that home-use technologies should enhance the health care and mobility of seniors. But I question whether an “online presence” will offset the loneliness and isolation seniors may experience at home.
Selective cuts
February 15, 2011
House Majority Leader Siegfried, R-Olathe, is reported on the front page of Sunday’s paper as saying “we don’t cut (school budgets) for fun, we’re cutting out of necessity.”
Depot vision
February 15, 2011
I read with dismay the editorial “Depot decision” in the Feb. 9 issue of the Journal-World. Many communities throughout the country have successfully acquired, restored and reused former railroad properties with the assistance of grant funds for the benefit of their communities.
Welcome surprise?
It’s fine to look at the possibilities, but city officials should be careful not to undercut the will of the voters with changes to the library project they approved last year.
February 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
A surprise ending can be a pleasant conclusion to a good book. A surprise ending to the city’s $18 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library might not be so welcome.
Farm, Inc.: Down on the ranch with third-generation cattle producers Mark and Brenna Wulfkuhle
February 15, 2011
What it’s like to make your living running a conventional cattle operation.
25 years ago: Erosion ‘crater’ in North Lawrence causes headaches for Public Works department
February 15, 2011
A washed-out crater along the Kansas River levee in North Lawrence had resulted from high water in the river during the previous spring.
40 years ago: State fire marshal investigates fire at Haskell
February 15, 2011
State fire marshal Robert W. Wolfe was visiting the Haskell campus to investigate a fire that had destroyed Sacajawea Hall on the previous day.
100 years ago: Raid on Vermont Street yields opium, dice-loading business
February 15, 2011
“The deeper County Attorney Riling’s probe sinks into the tenderloin district of Lawrence, the more startling become the revelations of vice.”
Horoscope for Feb. 15
February 15, 2011
This year, you will be juggling many responsibilities with your ability to be extremely innovative. The question might be where it would be most effective to streamline the process. If you are single, you could meet a fun playmate to share with in the spring. If you are attached, the two of you do a lot more sharing and bond even more strongly. A Cancer in your daily life adds to the quality of your life. A baby born today, Feb. 15, 2011, is an Aquarius with a Moon in Cancer.
Kings for a day: Jayhawks rise to No. 1, fall — hard — to ’Cats
12:00 a.m., February 15, 2011 Updated 01:06 p.m. in print edition on B1
The new No. 1 team in the country didn’t play like the best squad in the land on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
Tune In: Will ‘Lost’ actors be able to avoid typecasting?
February 15, 2011
One of the great risks and rewards of appearing on television is that audiences begin to strongly identify actors with a particular character. I
KU hoops notebook
February 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
KU is two games behind Texas in the league race.