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Wisconsin Democrats could stay away for weeks
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A9
Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over union rights for public employees.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade benefit auction Saturday; trivia tournament Sunday
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
The 2011 charity benefit auction for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is planned for this evening at the gym in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. The annual trivia tournament will be Sunday.
Speaking 2 languages may delay Alzheimer’s
February 18, 2011 in print edition on C6
Mastering a second language can pump up your brain in ways that seem to delay getting Alzheimer’s disease later on, scientists said Friday.
Controversial proposals in House GOP spending bill
February 18, 2011 in print edition on C6
The House Republicans’ $1.2 trillion bill for financing federal programs the rest of the year is littered with spending cuts and prohibitions that make a showdown with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats inevitable this year.
House: Curb regulations along with spending
February 18, 2011 in print edition on C6
The Republican-controlled House voted to shield greenhouse-gas polluters and privately owned colleges from federal regulators on Friday, strengthening the pro-business emphasis of legislation that also would chop $61 billion from government spending.
New Facebook status options applauded
February 18, 2011 in print edition on C6
Jay Lassiter is no longer “in a relationship.” Since Thursday, when Facebook expanded its romantic-status options, Lassiter’s profile there echoes his relationship’s legal status: “Domestic partnership.”
Kansas House speaker wants A.G. action on casino
February 18, 2011
The speaker of the Kansas House on Friday questioned the legality of an Iowa company’s contract with the state lottery to build and operate a casino south of Wichita, saying he and other lawmakers want the attorney general to intervene and perhaps even challenge it in court.
Water leaked into gasoline tanks at a BP
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence BP gasoline station is not selling basic unleaded gas after problems with the fuel were reported Thursday morning.
Extreme temperature swings fuel fears for Kansas wheat
February 18, 2011
Dramatic temperature fluctuations are raising fears for the winter wheat crop in Kansas as it breaks dormancy too early.
Kansas House panel advances abortion restrictions bill
February 18, 2011
A Kansas House committee has endorsed a bill patterned on a Nebraska law that restricts abortions based on when a fetus is likely to feel pain.
Sentencing delayed for former Inman police chief
February 18, 2011
Sentencing has been delayed for a former central Kansas police chief convicted on 15 sex-related charges involving children.
Trial postponed for McPherson teacher accused of sex charges
February 18, 2011
The trial has been postponed for a former McPherson High School teacher and coach accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
Hutchinson inmate sentenced for 2009 jail escape
February 18, 2011
A 39-year-old inmate has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2009 escape from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
New trial date for Emporia woman accused of abandoning newborn baby
February 18, 2011
A trial for an Emporia woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash bin has been postponed until March 21.
Kansas House panel takes up bill on restrictions for strip clubs and sex shops
02:51 p.m., February 18, 2011 Updated 10:02 p.m. in print edition on A7
Customers at strip clubs in Kansas could still get booze but not lap dances under a bill endorsed Friday by a legislative committee to restrict sexually oriented businesses.
Lawrence’s Central might include ‘Liberty’ in school’s name
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Central Junior High School looks to go old school when it becomes a middle school this summer.
Jefferson County prosecutors charge half-brother with attempted second-degree murder in Thursday shooting
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
A rural Lawrence man who was accused of shooting his half-brother during an argument early Thursday made a first appearance in court Friday morning.
Statehouse Live: Case of wrong ovary removal heard again before Kansas Supreme Court
Justices weigh in — again — on capping damages for malpractice suits
12:38 p.m., February 18, 2011 Updated 12:41 p.m. in print edition on A1
The two sides argued for more than three hours in a rare re-hearing before the Kansas Supreme Court in the case that has pitted businesses, insurance companies and doctors against labor groups and trial lawyers.
KDOT demonstrates new Airspace Awareness Tool at Eudora High School
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Transportation demonstrated its new Airspace Awareness Tool Friday morning at Eudora High School.
Government offices, public services in Lawrence and Douglas County to close for Presidents Day
11:20 a.m., February 18, 2011 Updated 11:38 a.m. in print edition on A7
Some government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day, but many will remain open.
KU researcher’s study reveals talking on a cell phone at the end of a long drive improves performance
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
For years, Kansas University researcher Paul Atchley’s studies have pointed to the dangers of texting and talking on a cell phone while driving.
Town Talk: Greenhouse competition to heat up; car dealer locates at Ninth and Iowa; Vermont Street BBQ into old Joe College; run, jump and shot put in downtown
February 18, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Fewer freeze-and-thaw cycles mean less potholes this year in Lawrence
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Sure the cold weather in January and early February was miserable. But there’s a sliver lining in all of those cloud covered skies: fewer potholes.
Tarik Khatib introduced as new Lawrence police chief
19-year LPD veteran to lead force
09:14 a.m., February 18, 2011 Updated 07:07 p.m. in print edition on A1
At the conclusion of a nationwide search, City Manager David Corliss on Friday announced his choice for police chief: Tarik Khatib, a 19-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department.
Kansas Senate panel to vote next week on liquor sales in grocery and convenience stores
February 18, 2011
The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee expects the panel to vote next week on a bill to let grocery and convenience stores sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor.
First Bell: Free State High senior wins national AP honor; Eudora High School lands pilot project demonstration; elementary school’s out with warm weather
06:03 a.m., February 18, 2011 Updated 09:29 a.m.
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Video shows KU foxes; GSP Hall going co-ed just part of an ongoing trend; Clery Act provides good resource for campus crime
February 18, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Clinton man made land home for purple martins
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Clinton resident who opened up his property to purple martin birds and people who loved to watch them has died at age 84.
Young Lawrence artists learn old art to help build gate for Black Jack site
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
The young adults at Van Go Mobile Arts are best known for their pieces of brightly painted furniture. But on Thursday, a crew of four put down their paintbrushes and picked up hammers to learn the ancient art of blacksmithing.
Parents anxious about middle school transition
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Turns out the anticipation for leaving elementary school is no different after fifth grade as it is following sixth grade. For the parents, anyway.
Behind the Lens: Kodachrome fades into memory
February 18, 2011
Kansas isn’t particularly colorful in winter. Except at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons. During the last two weeks of 2010, over 20,000 rolls of Kodachrome color slide film was shipped to this southeast Kansas lab.
Free State High School bowler Nick Conrad wins league
Conrad rolls 699; FSHS boys 3rd
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s Nick Conrad rolled a 699 series to win the Sunflower League bowling championship on Thursday at Mission Bowl.
Eager underdogs: After down year, Jayhawk baseball relishes diminished expectations
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Last spring, the expectations for Kansas University’s baseball team were perhaps the loftiest in the program’s history.
TCU next top-ranked test for Kansas baseball
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s baseball team opens the 2011 season at 6:30 p.m. Friday at top-ranked TCU.
FSHS girls basketball falls to Olathe South
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lynn Robinson and Kennedy Kirkpatrick each scored 16 points, but Free State High fell to Olathe South, 57-40, in girls basketball on Thursday. Free State (8-10) will travel Tuesday to Shawnee Mission North.
Boston’s Paul Pierce, Ray Allen bring own styles to three-point shooting contest
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B4
Asked to handicap the three-point shooting contest, Ray Allen provided a thoughtful analysis of the players he will face at this weekend’s All-Star game in Los Angeles and complimented each of his opponents, in turn.
KU basketball’s Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar on Academic All-Big 12 team
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University seniors Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar were named to the Academic All-Big 12 basketball team announced Thursday by the conference office.
Tyshawn Taylor shoulders blame for KU basketball’s loss to K-State
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior point guard Tyshawn Taylor cringed Wednesday as he watched the film of Monday’s 84-68 blowout loss at Kansas State.
KSU’s Jacob Pullen learning to be leader
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
As you might recall, Kansas State coach Frank Martin recently blamed himself for Jacob Pullen’s early-to-midseason problems — just one of the many issues that have derailed a season that began with the Wildcats as a member of the preseason Top 10.
New bats change game
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B10
College baseball’s pings will have a little less zing this season.
KU key: Selective hearing
February 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
From Willie’s to the Bottleneck, from Watson Park to South Park, from Weaver’s to the Love Garden, from Auntie Em’s Deli to the Basil Leaf Cafe, it seems all anybody has been talking about all week are the words uttered by ESPN color commentator Bob Knight in the wake of Kansas State’s blowout victory against Kansas University on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
Pump patrol
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Ongoing effort
The longevity of an agency that serves free meals in Lawrence is a tribute to its supporters and volunteers.
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
Happy birthday — and thank you — to LINK, the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen.
Celebrity skates
Do some laws simply not apply to celebrities?
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
If news reports are correct, it is difficult to understand why high-profile television star Charlie Sheen has not been arrested for illegal possession and use of cocaine.
Censure sought
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
The following is a quote from a Kansas Democratic Party release of Feb. 14. “On Tuesday, Feb. 8, during testimony in front of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, Rep. Connie O’Brien told a story about an experience she had with someone who was supposedly an undocumented immigrant.
Art is for all
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
What is art? Art is a means of communication. It provides a way of thinking “outside the box.” It’s a chronicler of life. It’s a pleasure for each of the senses — sight, sound, taste, touch, smell.
Where’s the money?
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
Recently Sen. Mitch McConnell referred to Social Security’s negative cash flow as a one or our “long-term unfunded liabilities.”
Get on board
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
One of the things that makes Lawrence special is our historic buildings and neighborhoods. The depot at Seventh and New York is one of our crown jewels of modern architecture in Lawrence.
Enrollment trend
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
Tuition at Kansas University has been increased repeatedly. The standards for admission have been raised significantly. The contribution to KU from the state budget is expected to be reduced for next year. The present political climate will work to perpetuate reduced state financing.
Splits will challenge Egypt democracy
February 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
There’s still a glow of liberation here, a week after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Young activists hand out flowers to visitors at the airport, and there is exuberant flag-waving at night in Tahrir Square. But already you can see the political cleavages that will test this young revolution.
Horoscope for Feb. 18
February 18, 2011
This year, try a new approach, and see what happens. Let go of rigidity; flow with events and situations. Travel, education and dealing with foreigners might not flow as well as in the past. If you are single, your love life could become very intense, more so than you can imagine. If you are attached, the two of you invent a new tango as you up the love temperature. Virgo understands you far better than you know.
Dan Aykroyd, Rosie O’Donnell return to prime-time TV
February 18, 2011
A curious case of sweeps stunt casting brings back gruesome memories of one of the worst movies in recent memory. Dan Aykroyd guests stars as a wayward judge on “The Defenders” (7 p.m., CBS). Meanwhile Rosie O’Donnell climbs her family tree on “Who Do You Think You Are” (7 p.m., NBC).
25 years ago: New plan would turn gravel road into Wakarusa Drive
February 18, 2011
The city’s public works director released a preliminary report outlining a plan to improve Wakarusa Drive, then described as a gravel road bordering Lawrence’s western edge.
40 years ago: Proposed state amendment would legalize Bingo games in Kansas
February 18, 2011
An amendment to repeal the state constitutional ban on lotteries was passed by the Kansas House and was on its way to the Senate.
100 years ago: Huge downtown fire destroys Bowersock opera house, Journal newspaper offices
February 18, 2011
“The Bowersock opera house, erected in 1876, was destroyed by a fire which originated on the second floor at 2 o’clock this afternoon.”