Archive for Friday, February 25, 2011

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Photo galleries
Lawrence High girls vs. Free State The day in photos, February 25, 2011
Feb. 26th is National "Tell a Fairy Tale" Day. Which of these is your favorite fairy tale?

Poll results

Response Percent
Hansel and Gretel
The Princess and the Pea
The Gingerbread Man
Total 261
What will you do with your tax refund?

Poll results

Response Percent
Pay down debt
I’m not getting a tax refund
Put it in savings
I haven’t finished my taxes yet
Treat myself
Total 587

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Jesse Milan, the first black teacher in Lawrence, talks to a fifth-grade social studies class Wednesday at Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Road. Milan talked about his experiences during the days of segregation in Lawrence and how he worked for change. Lawrence district’s first black teacher shares experiences of racism with elementary students
February 23, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Jesse Milan can remember the first time he came to Lawrence to participate in the Kansas Relays. The year was 1943, and he was a high school track athlete. When he and his black teammates walked up to the student union, white people threw pennies at them as an insult. The city claimed to be progressive and open-minded, but Milan disagreed.
6:00 a.m.
Former Kansas University athletic department's head of fundraising, Ben Kirtland, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Ben Kirtland pleads guilty in federal court to role in KU ticket scam
10:44 a.m., February 24, 2011 Updated 6:40 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Ben Kirtland, the onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc., pleaded guilty Thursday morning in federal court for his role in a ticket scam that cost the department millions of dollars.
10:00 a.m.
Union members watch for the vote in the Kansas House on a bill to prohibit labor organizations from deducting money from members' paychecks for dues to political action committees, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the Statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. The bill passed over vocal protests from union members in the House gallery. Statehouse Live: Union members kicked out of Kansas House gallery during vote
10:54 a.m., February 24, 2011 Updated 1:44 p.m. in print edition on 1A
More than 50 union members chanting “vote no” were kicked out of the House gallery Thursday morning as Republicans pushed through a bill that would restrict union activities in political campaigns.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a news conference about his legislation for fighting election fraud, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Topeka, Kan. Kansas House gives preliminary approval to voter ID bill
February 24, 2011
The Kansas House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls and proof of citizenship to register to vote.
6:00 p.m.
Put some pants on, you pervert... Oscar contest 2011
February 17, 2011
Pick the Oscars for a chance to win movie passes good at any Hollywood Theater including the Southwind 12.

All stories

New unsafe products database under fire
February 25, 2011
It’s something Nikki Johns wishes had been around before her infant son died in a drop-side crib: a centralized federal database of people’s safety complaints about thousands of products, from baby gear to household appliances and more.
Budget cuts pose threat to recovery
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Deep spending cuts by state and local governments pose a growing threat to an economy that is already grappling with high unemployment, depressed home prices and the surging cost of oil.
Judge gives Lawrence man 7 years in prison for Exchange apartment shooting
Thailand citizen faces deportation after prison
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
A judge sentenced a 28-year-old Lawrence man to serve a total of about seven years in prison for firing a gun and injuring six people last August at a south Lawrence apartment.
Lawrence man sentenced to life in prison for rape of 6-year-old girl
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
A 30-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for having sex with a 6-year-old girl over a two-year-old period.
Kansas House approves Kris Kobach’s voter ID bill
Kansas Senate to study proof-of-citizenship plan
05:27 p.m., February 25, 2011 Updated 12:42 a.m. in print edition on A2
Kansas Senate leaders suggested Friday that a requirement for people who register to vote for the first time in the state to prove they’re citizens will receive close scrutiny as the chamber considers Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s election fraud legislation. A bill containing Kobach’s proposed Secure and Fair Elections Act won House approval on an 83-36 vote Friday, sending it to the Senate.
Lawmakers celebrate Kansas benefits of Air Force tanker contract win for Boeing
04:37 p.m., February 25, 2011 Updated 12:36 a.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and some of the state’s congressional delegation will gather in Wichita to praise the decision to award a $35 billion Air Force contract for a new aerial tanker fleet to Boeing.
Dodge City’s cheer team involved in accident
February 25, 2011
Members of the Dodge City High School cheerleading team escaped serious injuries when the vehicle they were in rolled over as they were on their way to the state wrestling tournament.
Anti-death penalty advocate to speak at Washburn
February 25, 2011
A prominent national opponent of the death penalty is scheduled to speak next week at Washburn University in Topeka.
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison faces drug charges in Kansas
February 25, 2011
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison faces a March court hearing in Kansas on drug charges.
Science City at Union Station to be helped by engineering grant
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Kansas City engineering firm has announced plans to donate about $1 million as well as planning expertise to Science City at Union Station, a gift that’s expected to boost the draw of the struggling attraction.
Treece trust proposes more money for property owners
February 25, 2011
A trust fund for the contaminated southern Kansas town of Treece is asking the governor to allow it to provide at least another $5,000 to each property owner.
Loss of Air Force tanker contract another letdown for Gulf Coast
February 25, 2011
Out-of-work carpenter Anthony Wayne Lamar had planned to be one of the first people in line for a job building new Air Force refueling tankers on the Gulf Coast. Like many others, he is struggling through hard times in a region beset not just by the sour economy but by an oil spill and hurricanes.
New unsafe products database under fire in Washington
February 25, 2011
It’s something Nikki Johns wishes had been around before her infant son died in a drop-side crib: a centralized federal database of people’s safety complaints about thousands of products, from baby gear to household appliances and more.
Proposed nuisance policy divides Saline County
February 25, 2011
Saline County officials have been working on a resolution to address complaints about nuisance properties in unincorporated communities.
Douglas County jury deadlocks in robbery case; new trial ordered for June
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a Kansas City, Mo., man accused of taking part in a robbery last year in Lawrence.
Town Talk: From swords to infectious blood, police detail Taser usage; Census data set to arrive; Subway may make return to N. Lawrence
February 25, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
St. Luke’s AME Church to host annual Black History Month Musical Sunday
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Musicians from Lawrence and area communities will come together Sunday to celebrate Black History Month, as well as the many cultural and ethnic groups in Lawrence.
2 killed in 2 consecutive accidents in Miami County
February 25, 2011
Miami County authorities are investigating two accidents that occurred within minutes of each other, resulting in two deaths.
Poaching case against Dodge City police chief sent to Kansas attorney general
February 25, 2011
A case alleging that Dodge City’s police chief poached deer has been sent to the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
Man accidentally given bag of cash instead of food at Overland Park KFC
February 25, 2011
Talk about messing up an order. A customer at an Overland Park KFC ordered some food on Sunday and ended up with a bag full of money instead.
First Bell: School-closing decision at least a month away; board to amend sex-ed policy; time to accept a $500K-plus donation
February 25, 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: Pell Grants facing cuts; KU football assistant coach Chuck Long facing foreclosure in San Diego; KU Bookstore offering ink refills; new KUMC-Wichita position to help transition
February 25, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
New Zealand earthquake’s effects felt in Lawrence
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday was a disaster whose effects stretched all the way to Lawrence.
Earliest human remains in U.S. Arctic reported
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Some 11,500 years ago one of America’s earliest families laid the remains of a 3-year-old child to rest in their home in what is now Alaska. The discovery of that burial is shedding new light on the life and times of the early settlers who crossed from Asia to the New World, researchers report in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.
Government doesn’t shut down during ‘shutdown’
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open. That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut down.
Throngs view Discovery’s last blastoff
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Discovery, the world’s most traveled spaceship, thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.
Troopers sent to homes of some Wisconsin Democrats
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched Thursday to the doorsteps of some of the AWOL Democratic senators in hopes of finding at least one who would come back to allow a vote on a measure to curb the power of public-employee unions.
GM has first profitable year since 2004
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
In a remarkable financial U-turn, once-bankrupt General Motors recorded its first profitable year since 2004 and is tantalizingly close to reclaiming its title as the world’s No. 1 automaker.
Gadhafi forces strike back at opponents in Libya uprising
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Foreign mercenaries and Libyan militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi tried to roll back the uprising against his rule that has advanced closer to his stronghold in Tripoli, attacking two nearby cities in battles that killed at least 17 people. But rebels made new gains, seizing a military air base, as Gadhafi blamed Osama bin Laden for the upheaval.
Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith: Woodrow Wilson succeeded, failed on historic scale
Wilson is Smith’s fourth pick for 20th century Mount Rushmore
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith put a face with a name Thursday evening, selecting Woodrow Wilson as the fourth and final former president to earn a place on his 20th century Mount Rushmore.
State Senate approves rural growth program
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Senators have approved a key piece of Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for helping revive rural Kansas counties experiencing declining population.
Kansas Senate leader promises debate on abortion
House approves fetal pain bill
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Senate’s top leader promised Thursday that his chamber will debate abortion this year after the House easily approved a Nebraska-style fetal pain bill to block late-term procedures and add other restrictions on ending pregnancies.
Lawrence’s Denning family overcomes, inspires
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High sophomore Andrew Denning carried 10 more pounds than a year ago with him on Thursday’s van ride to Wichita for the state wrestling tournament, but his mind felt 10 tons lighter.
Rain and sleet precede more than four inches of snow in Lawrence
12:00 a.m., February 25, 2011 Updated 10:52 a.m. in print edition on A1
It started as rain. Then it was sleet. Then finally snow.
Closings and cancellations for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
12:00 a.m., February 25, 2011 Updated 09:06 a.m.
Closings and cancellations for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.
Veritas girls roll Heritage
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B5
Madison Bennett scored 11 points, and Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team defeated Heritage Christian, 39-35, in the first round of the KCAA state tournament on Thursday night.
Spring training roundup: St. Louis ace Wainwright out for year
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Adam Wainwright’s season is over before it started.
Big men — but not big names — traded
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Big bodies replaced big names on the final day of the NBA’s trading season.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B10
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.
Big 12 roundup: Oklahoma State guard Penn suspended
Longhorn’s suspension to end after 2 games
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford has suspended point guard Ray Penn indefinitely for failing to follow team policy.
C-USA rebukes UTEP’s Tim Floyd
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
First-year UTEP coach Tim Floyd was reprimanded by the Conference USA commissioner Thursday after an on-court outburst that got him ejected and then escorted off the court by a police officer during his team’s loss at East Carolina.
Eagles’ boys cruise
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B5
Elijah Penny scored 14 points, and Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team used a 19-point fourth quarter to defeat WAHAA, 48-38, on Thursday in the first round of the KCAA state tournament.
Kansas swimming in fifth
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B4
Joy Bunting placed ninth in the 200-yard individual medley as Kansas University’s swimming and diving team earned 60 points to move within six points of fourth-place Nebraska on Day Two Thursday of the Big 12 Championships.
Guard Elijah Johnson changes mind-set in starting role
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
For most of this season, Kansas sophomore Elijah Johnson has entered games from the bench — a role he says is difficult to master.
Thomas Robinson touched by flourishing support
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
No matter how busy he is on a given day, Kansas University sophomore power forward Thomas Robinson makes time for the most special person in his life — his 7-year-old sister, Jayla Paris.
Go west, young men: Lions, Firebirds clash for part II Friday at Free State
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
If the last-second, 61-60 loss to Free State High in the first meeting this year weren’t tough enough to digest, the Lawrence High boys basketball team had a bitter reminder the following Monday.
Centenary ends losing streak
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Centenary, the last winless team in Div. I, ended its 33-game losing streak Thursday night with a 73-60 victory over Western Illinois.
LHS, FSHS wrestling off to state today
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s wrestling team isn’t tiptoeing into unfamiliar territory when it makes its drive to Wichita for the state tournament this afternoon.
Political payback
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
Tuesday’s K.C. Star reported that Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. “Even before the governor was sworn in, executives from the Koch-backed group (Americans For Prosperity) had worked behind the scenes to try to encourage a union showdown, Phillips (AFP president) said in an interview Monday.”
Governor hired
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
QUESTION: Why did the governor of Wisconsin refuse 17 requests to meet with public-sector employees to discuss his budget-repair proposal, and then, when they agreed to concede on pension cuts and benefits, he still refused to drop his plan to gut their collective bargaining rights?
Equal rights?
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
The president wants girls to have the same rights, freedoms and opportunities as our nation’s boys.
Fraud evidence?
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
This letter is in response to the “Voter fraud” letter from Mary Lou Penny published Feb. 19.
Court challenge
The Kansas House is considering a measure that would drastically change the appointment process for the Kansas Court of Appeals.
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
State legislators who claim there is a problem with the way Kansas selects its top judges are taking aim at the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Democrats become the party of ‘no’
February 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
The magnificent turmoil now gripping statehouses in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and soon others marks an epic political moment. The nation faces a fiscal crisis of historic proportions and, remarkably, our muddled, gridlocked, allegedly broken politics have yielded singular clarity.
Kickball tourney
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Phenix 14-U is putting on a fundraising kickball tournament on March 26 at YSI Fields.
KU swimmers honored
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B4
Thirteen members of the Kansas University swimming and diving team were named to the first or second Academic All-Big 12 teams this week.
Empty calories loom large on ‘Cupcakes’
February 25, 2011
If there’s anything more ephemeral and forgettable than a cupcake, it’s the design scheme for a sweet 16 party. Both feature prominently on the second-season premiere of “DC Cupcakes” (9 p.m., TLC), a series that wears its insignificance on its pink sleeve.
Horoscopes for Feb. 25
February 25, 2011
This year, you greet many changes. Your circle of friends transforms. Key friends seem to be changing. Support the inner growth of others.
40 years ago: City sanitation workers delayed by snowdrifts
February 25, 2011
Lawrence sanitation crews were running slightly behind schedule but were hoping to be caught up by this evening.
Bobcats cut Collins
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B4
Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins on Thursday was cut by the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
25 years ago: Lawrence library declares amnesty for overdue-book borrowers
February 25, 2011
The load of guilt that many area residents were carrying in their hearts was about to be lifted.
100 years ago: KU students prevent resident’s violent suicide
February 25, 2011
“Two university students who chanced to be passing at the moment were attracted by the child’s screams.”
FSHS graduate Christian Ballard set for NFL combine
February 25, 2011 in print edition on B4
Every year at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, there’s a player or two who wows the scouts by running a blazing-fast, 40-yard dash time or turns in some kind freakish showing in the weight room.