Archive for Friday, January 14, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Rachelle Esperance, Lawrence, will always remember surviving the Haiti earthquake along with her 3-year-old son, Olivier. On the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, Jan. 12, 2011, the two look at a photograph of Esperance's father and Olivier's grandfather, Gerard Esperance, who lives in Haiti. The picture was taken when Gerard was in Lawrence for a visit in June. A year after devastating earthquake, Haiti still touches local lives
January 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
On the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, a Lawrence resident and earthquake survivor fasted and prayed, a local nurse worked to gather medical supplies for a return visit, and a Kansas University student was in the country filming a documentary.
6:00 a.m.
Kassie Liebsch Kassie Liebsch pleads guilty to wire fraud, faces up to 20 years in prison in KU ticket scandal
8:47 a.m., January 13, 2011 Updated 2:26 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Another former Kansas Athletic Department employee pleaded guilty Thursday in federal district court for her role in the KU ticket scandal.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback gave his State of the State speech to Senate and House members and the public on Wednesday January 12, 2011 in Topeka. Higher education officials thankful for no more cuts under Brownback’s proposed budget
January 13, 2011 in print edition on 6A
But Sherrer noted Brownback’s state budget recommendation released Thursday has a lot of moving parts for higher education, and that the regents would continue to analyze the details.
2:00 p.m.
Berry Plastics Group Inc. has a $118 million upgrade under way for its Lawrence site at 2330 Packer Road. The company, which received a 90 percent tax break from the Lawrence City Commission in 2006, has pledged to add 150 jobs in a five-year period. Berry Plastics warehouse deal likely to require 90 percent tax abatement and cash incentives
January 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A deal to land a 675,000-square-foot Berry Plastics warehouse likely will require both a 90 percent tax abatement and upwards of $600,000 in cash incentives, according to new figures from Douglas County.
6:00 p.m.
In this 2008 file photo, Michael Murray, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy talks with KU student Jessica Snyder about a brass spectrometer. Heard on the Hill: KU musicians arrive in Germany; small degree program story sparks reactions (again); law school graduates suffering in recession, too
January 13, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

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Beaty officially re-joins KU football as assistant
06:37 p.m., January 14, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B4
Former Kansas assistant coach David Beaty has been officially hired as the Jayhawks’ wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator, KU coach Turner Gill announced Friday.
MagnaGro owner Raymond Sawyer arrested, but federal prosecutors decline to explain why
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A2
The owner of MagnaGro International, a Lawrence-based agricultural fertilizer company that has caught the ire of federal agencies and the city, was arrested Friday afternoon on a federal warrant.
Legislators, district attorney unveil legislation to stiffen penalties for those who flee the scene of a fatality accident
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
After hearing from victims’ family members, Kansas lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make those who leave the scene of a fatality hit-and-run crash face prison time.
Douglas County judge revokes bond for 18-year-old one week after robbery conviction
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge on Friday agreed to revoke bond for an 18-year-old Lawrence man who was convicted a week ago of robbery and other charges.
Sierra Club files legal challenge to coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
The proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build a coal-fired plant near Holcomb has been at the center of controversy for several years.
Travis Releford doubtful for Nebraska game Saturday
January 14, 2011
Kansas sophomore guard/forward, who sprained his left ankle in the first half of Sunday’s Michigan game, is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Nebraska, KU coach Bill Self announced Friday.
Incentives, new technology prompt Lawrence homeowner to install solar panels
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
With the 1970s energy crisis still fresh on his mind, Chris Claterbos built his Lawrence home with the intent to one day generate solar electricity.
Statehouse Live: Democrats criticize Brownback’s proposed cuts to schools
12:31 p.m., January 14, 2011 Updated 02:24 p.m. in print edition on A1
Earlier Friday, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, praised Brownback’s budget proposal, saying the governor was showing leadership in tough economic times.
Lawrence police report vehicles stolen as owners leave them to warm up in the cold
12:10 p.m., January 14, 2011 Updated 02:19 p.m. in print edition on A6
Lawrence police are warning residents not to leave their cars unattended as they try to warm them up in colder weather after five cars have been stolen in the last week.
Jury convicts 68-year-old man of abusing girl at rural Lawrence day care center
12:03 p.m., January 14, 2011 Updated 02:53 p.m.
A Douglas County jury has convicted Richard Gonzalez of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl at a rural Lawrence day care center in 2009.
Rodney Jones pleads guilty for his role in KU ticket scandal
Jones also agrees to cooperate in prosecution of others
11:48 a.m., January 14, 2011 Updated 02:52 p.m.
For the second time in as many days, a former employee of Kansas Athletics has pleaded guilty for his role in the ongoing ticket scandal at KU.
Lawrence road crews ready for the return of potholes
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
As temperatures inch above freezing, drivers should expect the return of a familiar winter nemesis: potholes.
Town Talk: Home sales down in 2010; home construction up in 2010; sidewalk shoveling complaints start to roll in
January 14, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU Medical Center offers education, training to help fight sepsis
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University initiative is trying to get professionals in rural hospitals to recognize the signs of severe sepsis infections more quickly in an effort to save lives.
Lawrence filmmaker screening ‘The Inappros’ tonight
January 14, 2011
Marc Havener, award-winning filmmaker of “And What Remains,” will air “The Inappros” at 8 p.m. today at Pachamama’s Alton Ballroom, 800 N.H. Doors open at 7.
First Bell: Enter naming game for junior highs; superintendent encourages backpack searches; 2012 graduation may move to weeknight(s); students ready for Future City regionals
January 14, 2011
Time for a another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Business dean committee co-chair updates search; look for new KU GAMEDAY jeans soon; KU strategic planning process rolling along
January 14, 2011
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Former player Howard Engleman truly was KU basketball great
January 14, 2011
No Kansas University student athlete ever met Phog Allen’s ultimate standard for excellence better than Howard Engleman, the multi-faceted former basketball All-American who died Wednesday at age 91.
Fighting poverty
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Gov. Brownback has a goal to decrease the percentage of Kansas children living in poverty, seemingly a worthy goal for all.
Auburn QB Cam Newton to enter NFL Draft
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and drawing nearly as much attention for a pay-for-play scandal as for his dynamic performances.
Ex-KU football aide John Fox hired as Denver Broncos’ coach
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
John Fox turned around a floundering franchise before. The Denver Broncos are counting on him to do it again. Fox was picked over four other candidates to replace Josh McDaniels, who was fired Dec. 6 amid the Broncos’ worst slide in four decades and the embarrassing Spygate II videotaping scandal.
Kansas lawmakers answer public’s questions at Dole Institute of Politics forum
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
There may have been only a handful of area residents who attended the legislative forum on Kansas University’s West Campus Thursday evening, but that didn’t change the nature of the discussion.
Lawrence school board seeks new names for middle schools
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s four public junior high schools could start the next academic year with more than new missions.
Lions’ softball player Lauren Massey to with Highland Community College
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High School senior Lauren Massey has announced she will be signing with Highland Community College to play softball.
Free State bowlers takes third at home invitational at Royal Crest Lanes
January 14, 2011
The Free State High boys and girls bowling teams both took third place in their home invitational on Thursday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Lawrence commercial real estate market better than expected
Retail vacancy rate drops in 2010
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence’s commercial real estate market weathered the storm better than expected in 2010, according to new numbers released Thursday by one of the city’s largest brokerage firms.
Lawrence students share community service efforts to honor MLK
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Lawrence school district came together with a common dream Thursday night at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Event.
100 years ago: Lawrence mail carriers make multiple deliveries each day
January 14, 2011
“The ‘Mail Man,’ as people call him, is known in the Post Office as a City Carrier as distinguished from a Rural Carrier. He works 49 hours a week.”
Memory lane: Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens reminisces about faces, places over the years
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
On a cotton farm three miles south of Hollis, Okla., during the Great Depression, exhaustion from working the land all day was no match for a father’s love of his three sons. So when the boys came home from school, Homer Owens would unleash the mules, grab a baseball bat and hit them “skinners,” more commonly known as grounders.
40 years ago: Old Watkins Bank building likely to be saved from destruction
January 14, 2011
The fate of the old Watkins Bank building at Eleventh and Massachusetts, which recently had been vacated by the City Hall staff when they had moved to Ninth and Mass, was looking more favorable.
25 years ago: KU, Haskell sponsor symposium on Indian prehistory
January 14, 2011
Haskell Indian Junior College and Kansas University were co-sponsoring an upcoming symposium on ethical, legal, and scientific issues related to Indian prehistory
Firebirds win five-team swim meet at home
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Free State High boys swimming and diving team edged Washburn Rural by four points to win the Free State Invitational on Thursday at FSHS.
Olathe South routs Lawrence High girls
January 14, 2011
Olathe South routed the Lawrence High girls basketball team, 65-33, on Thursday.
KU swim team falls to Arkansas at home
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B4
Despite two wins from freshman Alison Lusk and senior Iuliia Kuzhil, Kansas University’s swimming and diving team lost to No. 18 Arkansas, 170-130, Thursday at Robinson Natatorium.
Lawrence High boys finally beat Shawnee Mission North in third OT
January 14, 2011
By the start of the third overtime, it had to have started feeling a bit like Groundhog Day for Mike Lewis and the Lawrence High boys basketball team.
Stanford QB Andrew Luck sets good example
January 14, 2011
During my time as president of West Virginia University, our quarterback was a young man named Oliver Luck.
Pump Patrol
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Higher commodity prices may spur inflation
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
Rising wholesale prices for food and energy are putting pressure on manufacturers and retailers to pass higher costs to customers. It’s a trend that could raise inflation in the United States and slow economies in Asia and Latin America.
Olathe company executives settle with SEC over expense reporting
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a settlement with a Lawrence man and other executives of an Olathe-based company amid accusations they failed to disclose more than $1.18 million in perks given to a former CEO.
Downtown pressures
City officials are right to move slowly on proposals for large developments in Lawrence’s downtown.
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s good to see some creative and ambitious plans being formulated for downtown Lawrence, but city commissioners are right to be cautious about moving forward on plans that would drastically change the face of downtown business and parking facilities.
GPS not needed
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
This letter is in response to a recent article in the Journal-World (Dec. 28) indicating the city of Lawrence was going to spend $50,000-plus putting GPS’s (global positioning systems) on various city vehicles.
Boehner do-over
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Time for a do-over. What a great way to start a legislative session: by reading the U.S. Constitution to all members of the legislature. However, it came off as symbolic rather than substantive.
Violence decried
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Members of the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice share the deep sense of grief for the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz.
Topeka police officer shoots, kills man after traffic stop
January 14, 2011
A Topeka man who was shot by police after a traffic stop has died.
Police: Suspect in Hutchinson child molestation case murdered in Poland
January 14, 2011
Police say a man suspected in a child molestation case in central Kansas has been found murdered in Poland.
Anonymous vandal sends Sedgwick County $300 for damaged highway signs
January 14, 2011
A remorseful vandal has sent a Kansas county $300 in cash to pay for damaged and stolen highway signs.
Eisenhower ceremony in Washington to be simulcast to presidential museum in Abilene
January 14, 2011
A ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s historic farewell address will be simulcast next week to an audience at his presidential center and library.
Why didn’t someone intervene earlier?
January 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Did our angry political culture help motivate Jared Lee Loughner on what authorities say was his mad shooting spree?
Can red carpets cure winter blues?
January 14, 2011
Christmas trees have been composted, and the awards season descends. Doesn’t that sound like a January haiku? Santa’s red suit has given way to no end of red carpets, continuing tonight with the 16th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards (8 p.m., VH1).
Broncos coach ‘proven’ this time
January 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
Say hello to the anti-Josh.
Horoscopes for Jan. 14
January 14, 2011
This year, tap into your innate creativity. In fact, you might be amazed how solutions appear.