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Archive for Monday, January 10, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Jarvis Stirn, No. 20, right, a member of the Kansas Wheelhawks basketball team, passes the ball in a game against a Nebraska team Saturday in a wheelchair basketball tournament at Holcom Park Recreation Center. Teammate Jim Kesler, No. 32, of Sabetha, looks on from the perimeter. Wheelchair basketball tournament showcases tenacity of athletes
January 9, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Instead of squeaking shoes, there were a lot of ear-piercing metal collisions Saturday at the Holcom Park Recreation Center basketball court.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Markieff Morris (21) pressures Michigan guard Stu Douglass during the first half on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 at Crisler Arena. At left is Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor and in back is Josh Selby. How good is KU basketball? Good question
January 10, 2011 in print edition on 1B
If not for an overtime in which Kansas University’s basketball team played like its confident, aggressive self, it might have been time to wonder just how good the Jayhawks are despite their undefeated record and No. 3 national ranking.
8:22 a.m.
Lawrence crews work to clear the sidewalks in downtown Lawrence Monday, Jan. 10, 2010. About 3 inches of snow had fallen as of 8 a.m. with perhaps 4 to 6 inches forecast for the storm. Wind chill advisory expires; Temperatures frigid through Friday
12:00 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 7:48 a.m. in print edition on 1A
The National Weather Service has now issued a wind chill advisory effective from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 12 p.m. Wednesday. Not only are the temperatures dropping, but highways in Douglas County are still “completely snowpacked,” “mostly snowpacked” or “partly snowpacked” as of 5 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Andrew Berryman, front, and Ryan Liebold are sixth-graders at Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. They can continue their studies at Corpus Christi next year as the school adds a seventh-grade class. Lawrence’s private schools study options for growth as district reconfigures
January 10, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence’s public schools aren’t the only ones bracing for major changes this year. Private schools also are making plans to add more grades, enroll more students or accommodate new programs for 2011-12, when the Lawrence public school district will be turning its junior highs into middle schools.
2:00 p.m.
Head coach Jo-el Chiles and members of the Midwest Trailblazers from Omaha, Neb., put their hands together during a timeout in their game Sunday at the Student Recreation Center on KU’s campus. Hundreds of youths from throughout the Midwest descended on Lawrence this weekend to take part in the MSP Jayhawker Classic youth basketball tournament. Jayhawker Classic proves Lawrence is premiere spot for youth sporting events
January 10, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A vibrant downtown, plenty of shopping spots and restaurants, nice facilities and more than just a little bit of basketball tradition: It all adds up to perfect place for youth sporting events, said Bob Sanner, sports marketing manager for the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Bill Self clears Kansas senior Mario Little for competition
Travis Releford listed as questionable for ISU
07:26 p.m., January 10, 2011 Updated 11:57 p.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self on Monday cleared senior Mario Little for competition.
Rick Doll: How and when he decides to close Lawrence public schools
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
One man decides whether the Lawrence school district will conduct classes today: Rick Doll, superintendent.
Schuff Steel plans to open wind tower manufacturing plant in Ottawa
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
With a 200,000-square-foot wind tower manufacturing plant planned for Ottawa, Schuff Steel is the latest company to become part of Kansas’ growing wind industry. At full capacity, the plant would employ 200 to 250 people and produce 300 wind towers a year.
Second major copper theft in a month reported at Hamm Quarry
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators are looking into a second major copper theft in recent weeks at Hamm Quarry north of Lawrence.
Kansas Legislature opens with new faces, snow
January 10, 2011
Kansas legislators have opened their annual session on a day marked by a heavy snow storm statewide and dozens of new faces in the Statehouse.
Mike Gaughan officially sworn in as a Douglas County commissioner
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Mike Gaughan was officially sworn in Monday as a Douglas County commissioner.
Lawrence school board meeting postponed until Thursday
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Inclement weather prompts officials to postpone Monday night’s Lawrence school board meeting until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Kansas gets commemorative stamp
January 10, 2011
In less than three weeks, when the U.S. Postal Service releases a new round of commemorative stamps, Kansas will be at the forefront.
KU hires Julie Goonewardene from Purdue Research Foundation as associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship
January 10, 2011
As she comes to Kansas University, Julie Goonewardene is all about helping turn faculty ideas into marketable ideas.
Town Talk: Renderings for a multistory building proposal; Starbucks at The Oread; trash talk to heat up; city overtime pay to change
January 10, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Lawrence hills provide perfect locations for sledding
January 10, 2011
Four inches of snow and a snow day later, Lawrence is in prime condition for sledding.
Best Of Lawrence 2011: Sweets, quick eats and game day hot spots
January 10, 2011
Voting begins Jan. 24. Let us know if we’re missing any candidates for our categories.
Sam Brownback sworn in as Kansas Governor in Topeka
06:43 a.m., January 10, 2011 Updated 04:58 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback was sworn into office Monday, saying he wanted to focus on improving the economy and education, but his fellow conservative Republicans indicated they wanted to deal with additional issues, such as abortion and immigration.
Kansas Insurance Department recoveries for consumers drop in 2010
January 10, 2011
The Kansas Insurance Department is reporting that it recovered 32 percent less money for consumers last year than it did in 2009.
First Bell: Woodlawn students dress for success; four junior highs would close, get new names; board to set next year’s calendar for schools
06:01 a.m., January 10, 2011 Updated 12:55 p.m.
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: Trip to library annex springs forth video, other details surrounding $4 million expansion project; Oklahoma State college newspaper begins charging for online content
January 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU letting employees go home early, multiple evening activities and events in Lawrence canceled due to snow
Other agencies, events called off as well
05:46 a.m., January 10, 2011 Updated 04:21 p.m.
Here are a list of school districts closed due to snow on Monday, January 10, 2011.
Lawrence woman reports stolen laptop
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 29-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Friday that someone had entered her residence in the 1600 block of Kentucky Street while she was home and stolen her laptop computer, valued at $300.
Worthwhile effort
Local law enforcement deserves applause for putting new focus on breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Domestic violence has many faces, and none of them is pretty.
Far from perfect: Jayhawks survive Wolverines in OT
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Warts and all, Kansas University’s basketball team enters Big 12 Conference play undefeated for the first time since the 2007-08 national championship season.
UM: Jayhawks tough on ‘D’
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein says there was more that went into Michigan’s poor offensive effort Sunday than simply bad shooting.
How good is KU basketball? Good question
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
If not for an overtime in which Kansas University’s basketball team played like its confident, aggressive self, it might have been time to wonder just how good the Jayhawks are despite their undefeated record and No. 3 national ranking.
Lawrence dentist offering program on TMJ
January 10, 2011
Think teeth grinding can be a real pain? Just ask Kate Whitsel, a junior at Kansas State University, who drives 90 minutes twice a month to Lawrence to visit dentist Jim Otten for severe TMJ issues.
Lawrence’s private schools study options for growth as district reconfigures
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s public schools aren’t the only ones bracing for major changes this year. Private schools also are making plans to add more grades, enroll more students or accommodate new programs for 2011-12, when the Lawrence public school district will be turning its junior highs into middle schools.
Jayhawker Classic proves Lawrence is premiere spot for youth sporting events
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
A vibrant downtown, plenty of shopping spots and restaurants, nice facilities and more than just a little bit of basketball tradition: It all adds up to perfect place for youth sporting events, said Bob Sanner, sports marketing manager for the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Residents find help with finances of fixing pets
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Local animal advocates have teamed up to start a nonprofit organization that helps low-income people spay and neuter their pets.
Rodgers, Packers boot Eagles
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B8
You can put Aaron Rodgers in that elite quarterback class. He has his first playoff victory.
Getting a push in the right direction
Event sponsored by Girl Scouts celebrates dads spending time with daughters
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Myrone Grady admitted he was a little down about the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff loss earlier in the day. But spending a couple of hours Sunday evening with his 8-year-old daughter, Aris, at the Girl Scouts-sponsored “Day at the Races” event temporarily erased the tough loss.
Appointed task force lends credibility to Lawrence school district cuts
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Members of the Lawrence school board anticipate being forced to make additional budget cuts for the coming school year, likely in the range of $1.5 million to $5 million, and they’ll be getting some potential political cover from folks who normally would be expected to make the most noise in opposition: supporters of elementary schools.
Local events to memorialize MLK’s legacy
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Students will sing, share stories of community service and — most of all — honor the legacy of a man whose drive, dedication and determination for peace, justice and racial equality helped change the community, the nation and the world.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in the NBA.
High-scoring tilt expected in BCS championship game
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Steve Spurrier, the ball coach who knows a little about offense, said the game could wind up 60-55. Kirk Herbstreit, the TV analyst who knows a little about these teams, said defenses must bristle when they keep hearing about scores in the 55-53 range.
Congressional investigations are justified
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Given the Democrats’ track record of investigating Republican administrations, they will lack credibility when they protest Republicans investigating actions by the Obama administration. Oversight is a primary function of any Congress.
Political choice: Statements or progress
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
A month ago Barack Obama was defeated and diminished, his opponents empowered, his supporters so dispirited that they looked upon their onetime hero the way John Greenleaf Whittier regarded Daniel Webster after the Compromise of 1850: “So fallen! So lost!”
KU hoops notebook: Travis Releford ailing
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Travis Releford sprained his left ankle with 4:56 left in the first half and did not return.
Brownback’s swearing-in ceremony site still up in the air
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kan. Gov.-elect Sam Brownback isn’t deciding whether to move his swearing-in ceremony indoors until right before the event today.
Annulment granted for Jan. 10, 2011
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
This annulment was granted in Douglas County District Court.
Marriage licenses issued for Jan. 10, 2011
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
These marriage licenses were issued in Douglas County.
Divorces granted for Jan. 10, 2011
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
These divorces were granted in Douglas County District Court.
How to Help: United Way seeking MLK Day of Service volunteers
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org, or go to volunteerdouglascounty.org.
‘Phenomenal’ defense stymies Chiefs
January 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too.
40 years ago: Robert Docking begins third term as Kansas governor
January 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Robert Docking began his third term as Kansas governor with the assertion that “we, together, with faith in ourselves, can promise a better future for our children.”
25 years ago: County, city representatives meet on pit bull restrictions
January 10, 2011
A recent meeting between the Douglas County Commission and representatives from Baldwin, Eudora, Lawrence and Lecompton had not resulted in any pit bull restrictions.
1854 Bible among Lawrence resident’s book-binding projects
January 10, 2011
To say Hagen Miller is an old soul may sound cliché, but it’s nothing but the truth.
Slice of Life: Ballard leader began career in politics
January 10, 2011
Dianne Ensminger, CEO of Ballard Community Center Inc. since 1999, was appointed to political office at 21, re-elected after a successful campaign, but knew politics wasn’t for her.
Mass St. Chic: ‘Black Swan’ styles can suit all women
January 10, 2011
Following the recent release of “Black Swan,” the fashion world has been in a frenzy, excitedly discussing the exquisite costumes used in Darren Aronofsky’s film. Read on for suggestions how to incorporate some realistic ballerina fashions into your own daily wardrobe.
Everyday Life: Nobody’s an island
January 10, 2011
In 1970 the richest 1 percent of all Americans made 9 percent of the nation’s income. Forty years later, the richest 1 percent of all Americans makes over 24 percent of the nation’s income. I.e., in 40 years the average wealth of the super-rich has gone from 11 to 31.5 times the average wealth of the rest of us.
River City Jules: Fantasy football hopes reborn
January 10, 2011
Year after year of ponying up the entry fee, carefully analyzing the off-season stats and confidently drafting a team composed of men who would become the center of Sunday evening dinner conversation only to be eliminated from the playoffs every December had taken its toll.
Fix-It Chick: Auger a main drain line
January 10, 2011
If more than one drain in your home is not working, chances are the main drain line is clogged. You can call a professional or you can do the job yourself by renting an auger from your local hardware store or rental yard.
100 years ago: ‘Old age’ listed as leading cause of death in Douglas County
January 10, 2011
“That if people don’t want to die they must not grow old, is the lesson which the compilation of all Douglas county deaths for 1910 teaches.”
Merc class will teach how herbs fight osteoporosis
January 10, 2011
Boniva. Fosamax. In a society where pharmaceuticals reign supreme in the medical universe, these are a few of the things that come to mind for many Americans when they think of osteoporosis treatments.
Horoscopes for Jan. 10
January 10, 2011
This year, you have a unique opportunity to grow and evolve in a new direction.