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Archive for Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A rendering of the design of the proposed Treanor Architects headquarters building at 1040 Vt. 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.
6:00 a.m.
A new five-story building is being proposed for the parking lot on Eight and Vermont streets. Lawrence architect Paul Werner has pitched a concept to City Hall leaders for a multi-use building that would have anywhere from 48 to 86 apartments, and 12,000 to 44,400 square feet of office space. Ninth and Vermont development proposal gets reserved reaction from Lawrence city commissioners
January 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Let’s talk, downtown Lawrence. City commissioners said Tuesday they’re interested in at least having a conversation about a proposal to construct a five-story building on a prominent public parking lot in the center of downtown.
10:00 a.m.
John Valdez installs Westar Energy's new SmartStar meters Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at the Graystone Apartments in Lawrence. Westar Energy begins smart meter transition in Lawrence
January 12, 2011 in print edition on 3A
After months of behind-the-scenes work, residents will begin to see for themselves what Westar Energy’s SmartStar program is all about.
2:00 p.m.
A city of Lawrence plow turns the corner at Seventh and New Hampshire en route to plow more of the city's residential streets Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2010. The city uses a base of operations in east Lawrence to cover the city's eastern streets. Another base of operations, off Wakarusa Drive, supports plowing operations in western Lawrence. Snow-packed roads in Douglas County making commutes take much longer
3:25 p.m., January 11, 2011 Updated 4:09 p.m.
Snow-packed roads and a day with at least 6 inches of snowfall has made commuting in and out of Lawrence more difficult than usual.
6:00 p.m.
Solid waste division workers Travis Lindquist, left, and Derrick Jackson empty containers into the back of a trash truck as they make their rounds Thursday on Thorn Tree Court in west Lawrence. Recommendations are being made by the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board to charge residents based on the amount of trash they throw away. Task force would study Lawrence trash system
January 12, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Special plastic trash carts and changes in how residents are charged for trash service are ideas still very much alive at Lawrence City Hall.

All stories

Abortion rights group criticizes Brownback
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
In his first State of the State address, Brownback, a Republican, said he wanted the Legislature to approve legislation “that protects the unborn, establishing a culture of life in Kansas.”
State of State Address: Brownback says he will focus on economy
Education budget topic of debate
06:29 p.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 08:50 p.m. in print edition on A1
In his first State of the State address, Brownback, a Republican who took office Monday, also called for further restrictions on abortion, and vowed to cut the size of state government.
Carrie Neighbors sentenced to 8 years in prison for selling stolen goods from Yellow House store
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence woman who was convicted of selling stolen goods from the Yellow House Store, 1904 Mass., has been sentenced to serve eight years in federal prison.
KU surpasses fundraising goal for United Way of Douglas County
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas University faculty, staff and students raised $299,359 in 2010 to support the United Way of Douglas County.
Prosecutors say 68-year-old man molested 4-year-old during nap time at rural Lawrence day care
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
A prosecutor Wednesday morning accused a 68-year-old Douglas County man of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in 2009 at a rural Lawrence day care.
Parkinson’s pardons in 1969 robbery case may reunite father and daughter after 40 years
Action clears man who’s been living in exile in Africa since 1970
12:37 p.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 11:03 a.m. in print edition on A1
Jackie Johnson of Kansas City, Kan., hasn’t seen her father in 40 years.
Document passed around Capitol shows long list of conservative causes
12:23 p.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 04:10 p.m. in print edition on A5
The three-page letter addressed to the “Freshmen Conservative Class” outlines a long list of proposals.
Former KU football player Vernon Brooks pleads no-contest to burglary, assault charges
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Vernon Brooks, a former Kansas University football player, pleaded no-contest to charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in connection with a May incident when four KU students were held at gunpoint.
Town Talk: Pawn shop set to expand; airport hangar project delayed; a battle between Lawrence and Salina may be looming
January 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: New AG Schmidt requests to join legal challenge of federal health law
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
“This lawsuit is standing up for the rule of law and protecting the liberties guaranteed by our Constitution,” Schmidt said.
Westboro Baptist Church members agree to not protest slain Arizona child’s funeral
11:04 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 02:51 p.m. in print edition on A4
A Kansas church has decided to not protest at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.
Kris Kobach’s Kansas election fraud bill to cover mail-in ballots
January 12, 2011
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s plan for addressing election fraud will include proposals dealing with mail-in ballots.
Kansas Statehouse roof still leaks despite $225 million renovation
10:11 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 02:41 p.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas has spent about $225 million so far renovating its Statehouse, yet the roof still leaks — and it may go on leaking occasionally, an official acknowledged Wednesday.
Defense attorney asks for delay in KU ticket scandal trial
10:07 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 10:23 a.m.
A defense lawyer wants to delay the trial of a former University of Kansas official charged with conspiring to steal more than $2 million in tickets to sporting events.
Best of Lawrence 2011: Store Cat, New Restaurant
January 12, 2011
Voting begins Jan. 24, but there’s still a few days for you to let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites
First Bell: Eudora district looks to sell old school, stadium; Lawrence district plans ahead for snow; Cardinals seek start for girls soccer in spring 2012
January 12, 2011
Time for a special Eudora-infused edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Revisiting the country one year after Haiti’s earthquake; an open meetings chess match at the KU Hospital Authority board; KU chancellor to deliver ‘State of the University’ soon
January 12, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B4
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action.
Visual memory
12:00 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The “Celebrate People’s History” project is an exhibit of politically motivated prints and posters. It opens this Saturday at The Percolator.
Area school districts cancel Wednesday classes
12:00 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 09:59 p.m.
School district 464 in Tonganoxie has canceled classes for Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Wind chill advisory expires; Temperatures frigid through Friday
12:00 a.m., January 12, 2011 Updated 07:48 a.m. in print edition on A1
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.
Westar Energy begins smart meter transition in Lawrence
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
After months of behind-the-scenes work, residents will begin to see for themselves what Westar Energy’s SmartStar program is all about.
Can Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg find Hilton magic vs. Jayhawks?
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Ames High School and Iowa State University basketball standout Fred Hoiberg is often referred to as the most popular player in the history of Cyclone basketball.
KU basketball’s real test starts with conference play
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Marcus Morris begins his third Big 12 season tonight in Hilton Coliseum, so he is well acquainted with the difference between the nonconference and conference seasons.
Task force would study Lawrence trash system
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Special plastic trash carts and changes in how residents are charged for trash service are ideas still very much alive at Lawrence City Hall.
Lawmakers vote to ban Westboro Baptist Church picketers at Tucson funerals
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Arizona legislators quickly approved emergency legislation Tuesday to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church near the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed in the Tucson shootings.
New Michigan football coach is Brady Hoke from San Diego State
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Brady Hoke has a few things in common with the late Bo Schembechler.
Wolverines go with safe, solid pick in Brady Hoke
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Michigan settled on Brady Hoke. There’s no getting around that. Convincing the public that Hoke was the No. 1 candidate all along becomes an impossible sales pitch for athletic director Dave Brandon.
Kansas women’s basketball team looks to bounce back vs. Buffs
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
Coming off of a loss in its first Big 12 game of the season, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will look to bounce back at 8 tonight on the road at Colorado.
Carmelo Anthony trade might be on hold
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B4
Listening to Nets coach Avery Johnson, the monster deal to bring Carmelo Anthony from Denver to New Jersey might be on hold.
Sweet smell of state in the air: Childhood friends, now LHS wrestlers, aspire to make noise at 6A tournament
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
As wrestling mats go, the ones upstairs in Lawrence High’s West gymnasium aren’t as rancid as most. With no wall on the side of the wrestling room that overlooks the basketball court, the heat escapes out the balcony and keeps sweating to a minimum.
Haley may call plays for K.C. next season
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
Chiefs coach Todd Haley could wind up calling plays next year. Haley said Tuesday he intends to hire a replacement for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who is leaving to take a similar position at Florida.
QB Vick could be better in 2011
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B6
Here’s a scary thought for Michael Vick’s opponents: He could play even better next year.
Big 12 men’s college basketball roundup: No. 12 Texas pounds Texas Tech, 83-52
January 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Freshman Tristan Thompson scored 20 points to lift No. 12 Texas to a rout over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
Ninth and Vermont development proposal gets reserved reaction from Lawrence city commissioners
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Let’s talk, downtown Lawrence. City commissioners said Tuesday they’re interested in at least having a conversation about a proposal to construct a five-story building on a prominent public parking lot in the center of downtown.
Census shows long-distance moves at record low
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Americans are shunning long-distance moves at record levels as many young adults, struggling without jobs, opt to stay put rather than relocate to other parts of the U.S.
Goldman Sachs pledges more transparency
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is promising to be more transparent about how it does business following widespread criticism that it put its own interests ahead of its clients.
New Jefferson County Attorney chosen
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
Robert Fox will be taking over the position of Jefferson County Attorney.
Man, 68, on trial for sex assault of girl, 4
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in the trial of a 68-year-old Douglas County man accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a rural Lawrence day care in 2009.
Westar offers way to set thermostat via computer
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Those who want to adjust their home thermostat from the comfort off their office or even living room recliner might want to consider Westar Energy’s programmable thermostat program.
Wells Fargo Insurance acquires JFK Consulting
January 12, 2011
Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc. said Tuesday it has acquired JFK Consulting Group LLC, an employee benefits brokerage and consulting company based in Overland Park, Kan.
Field trip
A trip outside of Topeka might be a good thing for state legislators.
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
If Kansas legislators could convene in Fort Riley 50 years ago to commemorate the state’s 100th birthday, it seems they should be able to figure out a way to come to Lecompton this year to mark the state’s 150th.
Stand against fear
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Recently, our national political climate of discourse, has been ratcheted up by Washington politicians disparaging those of the other political party as an imminent danger to America.
Love of guns
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
We live in a country where a nationally known political figure places on her website a map of the United States with congressional districts in rifle crosshairs as a plea for those representatives to be voted out of office.
MidAmerica Nazarene University to cut 21 jobs
January 12, 2011
MidAmerica Nazarene University has announced it will cut 21 positions to save the Olathe-based university about $1.2 million.
Predictable result
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Simple as ABC. A three-link chain of events that, once set in motion, was predictable and inevitable.
Busy season begins for Kansas ranchers calving cows
January 12, 2011
With hands cupped around his mouth, Chuck Oleen sent a high-pitched holler across the pasture, snaring the attention of critters big and small.
Accurate label
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Maybe Lawrence is the conscience of the state,” Rep. Barbara Ballard said in response to a criticism of Lawrence and Kansas University by Rep. Anthony Brown of Eudora. What a perfect illustration of what Rep. Brown was talking about!
Hateful rhetoric sets stage for violence
January 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
On the day Christina-Taylor Green was born, 19 men using four hijacked air buses left a pristine American morning forever stained with blood.
100 years ago: Frozen pipes for Lawrence residents; overnight prisoner brings smallpox infection into city jail
January 12, 2011
“’Twas cuddle up a little closer weather last night and nobody is more keenly aware of it than Lawrence.”
40 years ago: ‘Phog’s Liniment’ once again available at Lawrence pharmacies
January 12, 2011
Salbenthol had been widely used, but since Allen’s retirement in 1957 it had begun to disappear.
25 years ago: Former student sentenced for illegal access to KU computing system
January 12, 2011
In a plea agreement, the 25-year-old had pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of illegally gaining access to the computer.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to visit K-State
January 12, 2011
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be part of the Landon series at Kansas State University, but she will not be delivering a lecture.
Murder trial delayed for Newton man accused of murdering girlfriend’s son
January 12, 2011
The first-degree murder trial of a Kansas man accused of killing a 19-month-old boy will not start until March 28.
Regional Energy and Sustainability Summit and Fair to be held in Wichita in late January
January 12, 2011
An annual energy summit coming to Wichita will offer tips on saving energy, the environment and money.
Horoscope for Jan. 12
January 12, 2011
This year, you manifest unusual physical energy. Direct this energy, as it could be self-destructive if you don’t have an outlet. If you are single, you might want to find the “right one” right away. Take your time rather than get stuck in a difficult situation. If you are attached, you might be more verbal and self-expressive than in the past. Taurus draws out an innate playfulness.
American Masters’ pays tribute to Jeff Bridges, The Dude
January 12, 2011
“American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) kicks off its 25th season with “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides,” a genial salute to one of the best-loved actors of his generation.