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Archive for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
From left, Melinda Landgraf 16, and Hannah Whipple 17, both Free State High School students and longtime friends have spent the last six months building a playhouse for CASA. The project was part of the girls’ community service requirement for the Girl Scouts. Free State juniors spend six months building playhouse for Douglas County CASA
January 3, 2011 in print edition on 3A
It may have taken a while, but Hannah Whipple and Melinda Landgraf finally raised the roof.
6:00 a.m.
Sheahon Zenger was introduced to the publica Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, as KU's next director of athletics. He took questions and discussed his philosophy during a press conference at Hadl Auditorium. KU welcomes new A.D. Sheahon Zenger
January 4, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It may have taken four months and two offers for Kansas University to find its next athletic director, but it took only a fraction of a minute for Sheahon Zenger to say yes.
10:00 a.m.
Kris Kobach Coalition to fight photo-voter ID proposal
January 3, 2011
The Kansas Voter Coalition said on Monday that the proposal by Kobach, a Republican who takes office Jan. 10, is “a solution to a problem whose existence cannot be demonstrated empirically.” Gov.-elect Sam Brownback also supports voter ID.
2:00 p.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department vehicle is parked outside McCollum Hall. Grants to fund crackdown on domestic violence incidents in Douglas County
January 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Douglas County prosecutors and Lawrence police say they want to work in 2011 to reduce incidents of domestic violence.
6:00 p.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. Douglas County Jail, southeast Lawrence among priorities for county government in 2011
January 3, 2011 in print edition on 5A
All this talk of — make that hope for — an economic turnaround is all well and good, but folks who put together the budget for Douglas County government know that even an immediate 180-degree turn wouldn’t be enough to accelerate into recovery anytime soon.

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KU seeks approval for $4 million, 9,600 square-foot expansion of Library Annex on west campus
January 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
Less than five years after Kansas University opened the Library Annex on west campus, the school needs more space.
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback reiterates arguments against “marriage penalty” for those receiving welfare
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
In May 2008, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and David Blankenhorn wrote an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal calling for an end to what they described as the “marriage penalty” for people receiving welfare.
Former KU track athlete, Ottawa native, gets her first rose on ABC’s “The Bachelor”
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Former KU runner Lisa Morrisey is among 20 women to make the first cut in the reality drama.
Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, sexual battery and battery in attack on Lawrence bike path
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attacking and injuring a woman on a June afternoon as he snatched her from a southwest Lawrence bike path.
Restaurant owner Bob Schumm to seek another stint on Lawrence City Commission
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A2
A longtime downtown restaurant owner and former Lawrence mayor has added his name to the mix of candidates seeking a seat on the City Commission.
Lawrence city commissioners defer discussion of 23rd and Ousdahl special taxing district
January 4, 2011
Lawrence city commissioners tonight won’t discuss a proposed special taxing district after all.
KU student’s death under investigation; officials await toxicology results
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little offered condolences Tuesday to the family of a 21-year-old student who died last month.
KU student’s love for riding horses earns her world ranking, hectic lifestyle
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Blaine Muhl knows what it means to get back on the horse. She’s been doing it almost all her life.
Kansas delays public school aid payments due to potential cash shortage
January 4, 2011 in print edition on C6
Kansas delayed half of the aid payments due to its public school districts at the start of the new year for a few days because of concerns about a short-term cash crunch, an official confirmed Tuesday.
Town Talk: Dunkin’ Donuts still rolling ahead; Schumm announces city commission candidacy; Borders struggles; KU design studio slated for West Campus
January 4, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Brock Berglund officially signs with KU football
QB says KU offense similar to one he played in HS
10:54 a.m., January 4, 2011 Updated 12:47 a.m. in print edition on B1
Three months away from the start of spring football practices, the Kansas University quarterback position became a little more crowded Tuesday, as the Jayhawks received a signed financial-aid agreement from Highlands Ranch, Colo., QB Brock Berglund.
Suicide rate in Douglas County doubles in 2010; Headquarters counseling center offers suicide resources, warning signs
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
At the end of a year when suicides jumped in Douglas County, local prevention and counseling experts encouraged people to remain keyed in to warning signs and encouraged those affected by suicide to seek help.
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz Caplinger to be sworn in Friday
January 4, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court’s newest justice will be sworn in at the end of the week.
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence marks January as Stalking Awareness Month
January 4, 2011
A Kansas coalition is joining 30 advocacy groups around the state to observe National Stalking Awareness Month during January.
Rodney Jones, Kassie Liebsch expected to plead in KU ticket scandal next week
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Two more former Kansas University athletics officials are due in federal court in Wichita next week with apparent plea deals for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets.
First Bell: Woodlawn alum to celebrate Blue Ribbon victory; students fill Allen Fieldhouse benches for attendance challenge; task force meets, again, Jan. 17
January 4, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Differences run deep in Lew Perkins, Sheahon Zenger contracts; Border Showdown takes to the ice; remembering local sports figures who died in 2010
January 4, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
About that name … it’s ZENG-er
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Jayhawk fans worried about nailing down the pronunciation of new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s first name need look no farther than Tom Cross for help.
Former KU colleagues of new Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger remember him as driven, focused
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Those who remember new Kansas University Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger from his days as a doctoral student at KU recalled a high-energy, focused and driven man who remained humble and true to his Kansas roots.
100 years ago: Severe Chilean earthquake registers on KU seismograph
January 4, 2011
“A severe earthquake took place last night, according to the seismograph of the University of Kansas, at a distance of about 5,000 miles from here.”
25 years ago: Lawrence fire chief pushes for sprinkler systems in new housing construction
January 4, 2011
Fire Chief Jim McSwain had given information about sprinkler systems to Lawrence city commissioners a few weeks earlier.
Warm welcome: Bill Self, Turner Gill quick to praise new boss Sheahon Zenger
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self slipped unnoticed into Kansas University’s Hadl Auditorium at 1:40 p.m. Monday, right after the start of athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s introductory news conference.
40 years ago: Big snowstorm affects Kansas, Missouri; travelers stranded
January 4, 2011
Up to a foot of snow had closed highways and caused three deaths in a fierce storm affecting much of Kansas and the northwestern corner of Missouri.
Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: With Jacob Pullen back, K-State cruises, 92-61
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Jacob Pullen scored 24 points in his return from a three-game suspension, and Kansas State coasted to a victory over Savannah State on Monday night in the Wildcats’ final tune-up before Big 12 play.
Lawrence man faces aggravated battery charge after fight in 1500 block of Harper Street
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man faces an aggravated battery charge after an altercation early Saturday in the 1500 block of Harper Street.
Tyrel Reed emerges as ‘face’ of KU basketball team
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Just one Kansas University men’s basketball player has started all 13 games this season.
Stanford drubs Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B8
John Elway flashed his familiar grin, and Jim Harbaugh gave a jubilant shout from the sideline as Andrew Luck sprinted up the field to join a celebration in the end zone.
KU welcomes new A.D. Sheahon Zenger
Zenger to make $450,000 a year
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
It may have taken four months and two offers for Kansas University to find its next athletic director, but it took only a fraction of a minute for Sheahon Zenger to say yes.
Baldwin girls basketball cruises past Eudora
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
A 10-0 run to start the third quarter boosted Baldwin High to a 54-31 girls basketball victory over Eudora on Monday night.
Pump patrol
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several stations.
Chiefs hoping to emulate ‘08 Cardinals with playoff run
January 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
The signs are all there if Todd Haley decides to cross his fingers and hope history is repeating itself.
Bank of America reaches deal with Freddie, Fannie
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
Bank of America Corp. reached a $2.8 billion settlement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over claims that one of its businesses sold bad mortgages.
Pittsburg needs new home for 890 American flags used in Avenue of Flags display
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The 890 American flags used in Pittsburg’s Avenue of Flags every Memorial Day need a new home.
Kansas winter wheat crop declines as dry conditions persist
January 4, 2011
Much of the Kansas winter wheat crop is in tough shape following a December that brought little, if any, rain.
Poor call
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
I am a Jayhawk fan, and nothing pleases me more than a loss by Missouri or K-State.
Plans can change
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Thank you for publishing the Sunday editorial “Informed choice” to help debunk the “death panel” image that advance care planning has received.
Time to reinvent the college experience
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
This week, Mark Roosevelt, until recently the superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, becomes president of Antioch College, the iconoclastic school in Yellow Springs, Ohio, that closed in 2008 because of declining finances and enrollment. This winter, he will begin rebuilding Antioch, with the hope of enrolling 25 pioneering students by autumn.
What do I do with: Soft Cheeses
12:00 a.m., January 4, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
But if soft cheese is new to your kitchen, now’s as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with them.
Strong pick
Kansas University’s new athletic director seems to have many of the qualities Kansans value.
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
It’s hard not to think about how certain things run in cycles when considering the hiring of Kansas native Sheahon Zenger as Kansas University’s new athletic director.
Kansas woman pleads guilty in husband’s death in Tecumseh
January 4, 2011
A Kansas woman charged along with two men in the shotgun slaying of her husband has admitted her guilt just as her trial was to begin.
Midwest survey suggests continued economic growth in first part of 2011
January 4, 2011
The regional economy will continue to grow at a healthy pace in the first half of the new year, according to a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states that was released Monday.
Horoscope for Jan. 4
January 4, 2011
This year, when you have hit smooth sailing, other events force you to restructure another segment of your life. In some ways, your perspective is myopic, and you cannot see the big picture or the ramifications. If you are single, your charisma sings to many. If you are attached, the two of you might go through some changes. You could be unusually me-oriented. Capricorn could be difficult at best.
Another comeback for Paula Abdul?
January 4, 2011
She’s back. Paula Abdul hosts the new talent showcase “Live to Dance” (7 p.m., CBS). Viewers can root for their favorite unknowns and gasp at some untalented wannabes as dancers work their way toward the grand prize of $500,000.
Look at Arizona
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
I open my paper to see that Charles Krauthammer has joined the “Oh my god, the Obama death panels are back” crowd.
Lawrence elementary school task force to mull budget options
January 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school district is making plans to cut anywhere from $1.5 million to $5 million from next year’s budget, and its leaders will be looking to members of an appointed task force for help identifying savings.