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De Soto woman accused of keeping son in attic faces attempted second-degree murder charge
Specialist says boy was 24 hours from death
February 22, 2011 in print edition on C6
A woman accused of locking her young son in the attic of her De Soto home will stand trial on charges of child abuse and attempted second-degree murder. On Tuesday, Johnson County District Judge Peter Ruddick ordered Rachel Perez, 27, to also stand trial on a third charge, aggravated child endangerment.
‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ coming to Lawrence’s Free State Brewery; Owner Chuck Magerl responds to questions
06:18 p.m., February 22, 2011 Updated 12:47 p.m. in print edition on A1
Free State Brewery will host a broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday evening, the restaurant’s owner said.
Carter, Dever and Schumm raise more than $13,000 each for Lawrence City Commission campaigns
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
In the race for three seats on the Lawrence City Commission, a trio of candidates have broken out to a clear lead when it comes to fundraising.
Kansas House advances legislation focusing on drivers who flee the scene of injury or fatality accidents
February 22, 2011
Legislation sought by family members of hit-and-run victims in Lawrence was advanced by the House on a voice vote Tuesday.
Kansas House approves Medal of Honor highway bill
February 22, 2011
Kansas House members have approved a bill naming a stretch of state highway in honor of Medal of Honor recipients.
Kansas House votes to end program allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
February 22, 2011
House members have voted to end a program that allows some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition to attend Kansas public colleges and universities.
Kansas crackdown on food fraud ensnares 2nd Wichita grocery store
February 22, 2011
A government crackdown on the sale of federal food benefits for cash has ensnared a second Wichita grocery store.
South Hutchinson considering incentives for potential home buyers
February 22, 2011
South Hutchinson officials are considering offering incentives to persuade people to live in single-family homes in their city.
Former Park Service deputy director and Kansas native Ira Hutchison dies
February 22, 2011
Ira J. Hutchison, who became the first African American deputy director of the National Park Service in the 1970s and was an expert in therapeutic recreation, has died. He was 84.
7 Kansans named master teachers by Emporia State University
February 22, 2011
Emporia State has announced this year’s winners of its annual Master Teachers awards.
Parents of missing Derby boy enter not guilty pleas
February 22, 2011
A Kansas couple has pleaded not guilty to charges that they fraudulently collected adoption subsidies long after their 11-year-old son disappeared in 1999.
Kansas Senate panel delays action on proposal to abolish parole board
February 22, 2011
A decision on whether to reject Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to abolish the Kansas Parole Board is on hold in the Senate.
Town Talk: Downtown Lawrence hires director; Barnes & Noble to Borders?; Pink Box bakery looking at changes; downtown lighting overhaul
February 22, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas Senate committee endorses liquor sales bill
01:06 p.m., February 22, 2011 Updated 06:47 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a bill phasing in sales of full-strength beer, wine and liquor in grocery and convenience stores by 2017.
Statehouse Live: Bill before Kansas House would restrict employee groups
February 22, 2011
House Bill 2130 would prohibit any labor organization, professional employee organization or public employee organization to use dues, fees, or any kind of deduction from a member’s paycheck for the purpose of engaging in political activities. The bill, scheduled for House debate on Wednesday, would also prohibit public employee organizations from endorsing candidates.
Kansas House committee wants Board of Regents to study benefits of privatizing many functions at state universities
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a provision that tells the Kansas Board of Regents to conduct a study on whether it would make economical sense to privatize many of the jobs at public colleges.
Tyrel Reed named first-team academic All-American
11:20 a.m., February 22, 2011 Updated 01:37 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas senior guard Tyrel Reed was named a first-team academic All-American on Tuesday, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Leavenworth woman pleads guilty to stealing $56,000 from credit union
February 22, 2011
A Leavenworth woman admitted that she stole up to $56,000 from a credit union where she worked.
Phill Kline faces more questions about abortion investigation in ethics hearing
08:46 a.m., February 22, 2011 Updated 12:48 p.m. in print edition on C6
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says his investigation of the late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller did not include learning the names of adults who had abortions.
Kansas City’s Union Station has best finances in years
February 22, 2011 in print edition on C6
The financial picture for Kansas City’s Union Station continues to improve.
Westar Energy wants to buy more wind power; cost could mean an extra $13-$25 per year for residential customers
February 22, 2011 in print edition on C6
Westar Energy is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission for permission to buy an additional 369 megawatts of wind energy.
First Bell: Task force report to face board Q&A next week; Family Science Night coming to Langston Hughes; Foundation Follies still seeking acts
February 22, 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: KU announces homecoming theme; KU research discredits really old fossils; more KU research shows CEOs don’t usually say many useful things in interviews
February 22, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
2011 Presidential Lecture Series at Dole Institute of Politics ends this week
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
The 2011 Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics will conclude this week as former institute director Richard Norton Smith speaks about Dwight D. Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson.
Olathe man, 24, in serious condition following single-vehicle accident
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Olathe man was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon after he was injured early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident in southeastern Douglas County, according to a spokesman for Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Douglas County Emergency Management to host Severe Weather Symposium
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
Emergency managers, storm spotters, meteorologists and weather enthusiasts will gather March 19 for this year’s Severe Weather Symposium, hosted by Douglas County Emergency Management.
Lawrence City Commission candidates discuss scope of social service funding
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Changes to how the city funds social service agencies may be needed as state and federal dollars are expected to dwindle, several candidates for the Lawrence City Commission said at a Monday afternoon forum.
Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force recommends Wakarusa Valley School closure, consolidation of at least four other schools
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Wakarusa Valley School would close next year and at least four of six other elementary schools in Lawrence would face consolidation within three to five years, under recommendations being forwarded to the Lawrence school board next week.
Baby girl’s unexpected arrival in elevator quickly earns her ‘Ellee’ nickname
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Alyssa Lynn Leming came into the world a lot quicker than her parents, Patrick and Crystal Leming, expected. The Lecompton couple spent almost four years trying to get pregnant, but their first baby wasted little time in making her debut.
Looking for a credit card? It pays to be rich
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
It pays to be rich if you need a credit card.
Did Tyshawn Taylor just get Pipped?
12:00 a.m., February 22, 2011 Updated 10:42 a.m. in print edition on B1
Lou Gehrig didn’t become Lou Gehrig in one night, so it’s a little early to fit Tyshawn Taylor for the moniker Wally Pipp, but Elijah Johnson’s performance in the first game of Taylor’s untimely indefinite suspension opened a door that Johnson walked through quite gracefully Monday.
KU sophomore Carolyn Davis wins Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Jayhawks to a 75-70 overtime victory over Missouri on Saturday.
Seabury boys basketball upended by St. James Academy
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Reed Grabill scored 15 points, and Johnny McDermott pitched in 11, but Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team fell to St. James Academy, 63-44, on Monday night.
Carmelo Anthony traded to Knicks, source says
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
Carmelo Anthony is getting his wish, and the New York Knicks are getting a second superstar.
Bruce Chen glad to be back with Kansas City Royals
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
Bruce Chen went nearly four years without winning a major-league game before he led the Kansas City Royals with 12 victories last year.
Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville’s raise irks university faculty
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
A $500,000-per-year pay raise recently awarded Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville through 2015 has angered some university faculty members, who have been asked to take a pay freeze in 2011.
KU basketball impresses Oklahoma State; Cowboys say, ‘Too many weapons’
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B5
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford wasn’t blaming his defense for Kansas University’s 92-point effort Monday night.
Fabulous fill-in: KU’s Elijah Johnson makes most of starting opportunity
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Newly suspended Tyshawn Taylor slapped his replacement in the starting lineup on the backside as Elijah Johnson checked out with a couple of minutes left in Kansas University’s 92-65 rout of Oklahoma State on Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Notebook: Tyshawn Taylor out ‘indefinitely’; Thomas Robinson returns
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday morning that he had suspended junior guard Tyshawn Taylor indefinitely for violating team rules.
Can Lakers get it together, host NBA finals, too?
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
The All-Star game was never supposed to be Kobe Bryant’s highlight at Staples Center this season.
Syracuse knocks off No. 15 Villanova
February 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
For one night free-throw shooting in the Big East turned upside down.
Pump patrol
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Unwinnable war
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
Congress is about to embark on a debate about where to cut $61 billion from the budget submitted by the present administration. I have a suggestion: Let’s make it $100 billion by bringing home all the troops we have sent on an impossible task into Afghanistan.
Arts cuts
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
Thanks to the Journal-World for Sunday’s editorial, “Arts value,” questioning the decision of Kansas Gov. Brownback to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder revisits KU to talk politics
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
These days, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder sounds like a Republican.
Democrats are party of government
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
Hitherto, when this university town and seat of state government applauded itself as “the Athens of the Midwest,” the sobriquet suggested kinship with the cultural glories of ancient Greece. Now, however, Madison resembles contemporary Athens.
Key sources
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
Citizens in a democracy of 50 diverse states, in order to have common grounds upon which to consider ideas, make judgments and vote responsibly, ought to have access to the same national and international news and the same informative and cultural programs.
Bad investment
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Borders closing is no surprise to those of us who voted against the new $18 million library.
Promising hire
Lawrence’s new police chief has an opportunity to put his experience and inside knowledge to work to benefit his department.
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
His 19 years of experience in the Lawrence Police Department could be viewed as either a positive or a negative for new police chief Tarik Khatib.
Libyan leader goes on TV amid wave of protests
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
Deep rifts opened in Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, with Libyan government officials at home and abroad resigning, air force pilots defecting and a bloody crackdown on protest in the capital of Tripoli, where cars and buildings were burned. Gadhafi went on state TV early today to attempt to show he was still in charge.
Horoscope for Feb. 22
February 22, 2011
This year, you have a strong sense of direction. If you use your ability to empathize and understand, expansion and success will greet you. Don’t allow restrictions to impose on your thought process. If you are single, you’ll meet someone quite different. Follow your intuition with a relationship, whether single or attached. Scorpio can be a real door-opener.
Tune In: Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ leaves one sputtering
February 22, 2011
Some programming is so boring, derivative, predictable and trite that my mind tends to wander, and thoughts erupt rather sporadically, loosely inspired by the series under consideration. Pardon the non sequiturs.
25 years ago: Kansas Supreme Court rules on license suspension for uninsured drivers
February 22, 2011
The state Supreme Court had recently reversed a district court ruling by upholding the constitutionality of the suspension of a person’s license if the person were found driving an uninsured vehicle.
40 years ago: Construction of KU’s Wescoe Hall still facing hurdles
February 22, 2011
Kansas University’s proposed new humanities building, Wescoe Hall, was still facing obstacles to its construction.
100 years ago: Water company denies rumors of insufficient water pressure during recent Mass St. fire
February 22, 2011
“There have been many stories afloat since the Bowersock fire relative to weak and deficient pressure shown in the water mains.”
6.3-magnitude quake strikes New Zealand
February 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s already-bruised city of Christchurch today, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people amid reports of multiple deaths