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Archive for Friday, January 28, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
The "Old Sacramento" cannon was originally used in the War with Mexico by Missourians before being placed in the public square in Liberty, Missouri. Later, Old Sacramento was brought to Lawrence by pro-slavery men who used it to fire on the Free State Hotel, which would later be called the Eldridge House. Lawrence resident Kerry Altenbernd has plans to create a working replica. 
History buff wants to recreate cannon called ‘Old Sacramento’ used in sacking of Lawrence
January 27, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The cannon that fired on the Free State Hotel during the sacking of Lawrence has lived a long, full life during the Civil War era in Kansas and Missouri. Now, however, it sits destroyed — a giant hole ripped through its side — in the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
6:00 a.m.
Former University of Kansas athletic department consultant, Thomas Ray Blubaugh, and his wife Charlette Blubaugh, left and center, leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, after being arraigned on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors say the couple, along with others, are charged with stealing athletic tickets and scalping them for cash to ticket brokers and third parties outside the university totally $5 million. Charlette Blubaugh pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in KU ticket scandal
10:59 a.m., January 27, 2011 Updated 2:03 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Another former ticket manager for Kansas Athletics Inc. has admitted in federal court that she took part in a scheme that converted stolen KU basketball and football tickets into tax-free cash through sales by ticket brokers and others.
10:00 a.m.
A pedestrian crosses the street behind a "ghost bike" placed near the intersection of 10th and Tennessee streets in memory of Rachel Leek, a Lawrence resident who was killed while riding her bicycle as a result of a hit and run accident near the spot in the early morning hours of Oct. 16, 2009. Families of victims ask for tougher hit-and-run penalties in Kansas
January 28, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Family members of hit-and-run victims in Lawrence on Thursday urged legislators to increase penalties against drivers who flee the scene of an accident.
2:00 p.m.
This brochure was one of the many pieces of literature that was published around Kansas' centennial celebration in 1961. Internet down, counter-terror unit up in Egypt
January 28, 2011 in print edition on 7A
Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo today, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.
2:04 p.m.
This brochure was one of the many pieces of literature that was published around Kansas' centennial celebration in 1961. As Kansas’ 150th birthday nears, look how we celebrated our 100th
January 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Virgil Dean can still envision his grandmother riding on floats that paraded through downtown Ottawa. Mike Amyx remembers seeing Miss America wearing a big black hat and pretty black dress in South Park. John Clinger recalls the stamps his mother made him collect commemorating the event.

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Thomas Robinson thanks KU fans, well-wishers; Jayhawks focused on K-State
07:47 p.m., January 28, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Thomas Robinson took a seat in Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s office prior to practice Friday afternoon. The sophomore power forward had just returned from his hometown of Washington, D.C., site of Thursday’s funeral of his much-beloved mom, Lisa.
Native Sons and Daughters honor Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Reece Tacha said Friday that she accepted the Kansan of the Year honor on behalf of all Kansans who have worked to make the state what it is.
Former KU basketball star, Kansas native Wayne Simien excited for ‘momentous’ Kansas Day
Simien’s jersey to be retired at half-time of KU vs. K-State basketball game
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A2
Wayne Simien was born in Kansas. Bred in Kansas. Not quite wed in Kansas — that ceremony was in Miami, after his Heat won the NBA title — but he sure now lives in Kansas.
Preschoolers at Kennedy School learn importance of KU vs. K-State rivalry in honor of Kansas Day
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kids in Lawrence learn the importance of the KU-Kansas State rivalry early on. Try age 4. “They all know what a Jayhawk is,” said Jill Anderson, a K-State grad who teaches 16 preschoolers at Kennedy School. “When you’re born in Kansas, you’re a Jayhawker — no matter what.”
United Way of Douglas County to fund agencies based on community goals
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
Goals that shape decisions on how the United Way of Douglas County will funnel its money have been announced.
Colorado AD Mike Bohn asks for ‘better behavior’ from students
January 28, 2011
University of Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn has addressed an inappropriate chant during Tuesday night’s Colorado-Kansas men’s basketball game with a letter to CU students.
Low-key event kicks off Kansas 150th celebration
January 28, 2011
Kansas officials kicked off a yearlong celebration of their state’s 150th birthday with a low-key celebration on the south steps of the Statehouse.
It’s reptile vs. fish in fight to be Kansas fossil
January 28, 2011
About 80 million years ago, the Pteranodon longiceps flying reptile would not have been powerful enough to swoop down and successfully nab the big Xiphactinus audax fish.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Democrats blast Republican plan to cut state employee pay
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
The author of the proposal, state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, said the pay cuts were needed to bridge an estimated $550 million revenue shortfall in the next fiscal year.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visiting with students at KU
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was scheduled to visit with Kansas University and Washburn University law students on the KU campus on Friday.
Town Talk: Dillons on Mass hits snag; Santa Fe Depot project grows complicated; city’s eco devo planner leaving; Quiznos reopening still uncertain
January 28, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
How to make your own Kansas Day cake
January 28, 2011
When working on a separate story about Kansas Day, I ran across a website that asked Kansans to bake a cake for their state’s 150th birthday. I happily accepted this challenge, adding it to a long list of goodies I’ve brought into my coworkers at the Journal-World.
Tom Blubaugh pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in KU ticket scandal case
Former consultant is latest to admit guilt in conspiracy case
10:43 a.m., January 28, 2011 Updated 02:30 p.m. in print edition on A1
Tom Blubaugh pleaded guilty Friday to his role in a scam to steal tickets and share in more than $2 million of illegal proceeds generated by selling KU basketball and football tickets through brokers and others.
Douglas County judge sentences Topeka woman to three years probation for involvement in Redbud Lane shooting
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge has sentenced a rural Topeka woman to serve three years on probation for her involvement in an October shooting outside of a Lawrence apartment complex.
Final Fridays map: January 28, 2011
09:44 a.m., January 28, 2011 Updated 09:44 a.m.
The exhibits and events for January’s Final Friday.
Langston Hughes Award honors go to two first-time entrants
January 28, 2011
For one, it’ll be a coming out party into Lawrence literary society. For the other, it’ll be a chance to show her chops in a medium other than the one she uses to pay the bills.
Review: I Love You Phillip Morris
January 28, 2011
As you may be able to tell from its title, the new comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” is a love story. It’s about infatuation, obsession, and the insane lengths people will go to when they are deep in love’s sway. It just so happens that the lovers in question are two gay men who fall in love in prison.
First Bell: Calculating cost per pupil; ‘Bullied’ presentation Feb. 5; photos capture school celebrations
January 28, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: KU Med vice chancellor Marcia Nielsen taking on new role; new ‘professional clothing closet’ offers professional attire to students; Obama references Robert Kennedy’s KU speech
January 28, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
One-and-done? Josh Selby one of six-plus college basketball players who may bolt quickly
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B3
The young stars come and go so quickly at Kentucky, with one group of one-year wonders followed by another.
KU chancellor announces plans on how to draw, keep students
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little unveiled new initiatives designed to help recruit and retain students in her State of the University speech Thursday.
Panel cites roots of U.S. financial meltdown, but does it matter?
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
A government panel’s failure to reach a firm conclusion about what caused the financial crisis shows how complex Wall Street has become and how partisan Washington has grown.
Free State girls basketball slips past Highland Park
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Free State High’s Kennedy Kirkpatrick always seems to be smiling on the court. And if Thursday night’s game is any indication, the sophomore is right at ease even with the game on the line.
Families of victims ask for tougher hit-and-run penalties in Kansas
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Family members of hit-and-run victims in Lawrence on Thursday urged legislators to increase penalties against drivers who flee the scene of an accident.
Neighbors volley concerns about lighted tennis courts near Lawrence High School
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
A meeting about light turned up some heavy discussion Thursday evening in the cafeteria of Lawrence High School, 1901 La.
LHS girls basketball cools off after hot start against Vikings
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
After urging his team to get off to a good start for the last couple games, Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood finally got what he wanted on Thursday against Topeka Seaman.
As Kansas’ 150th birthday nears, look how we celebrated our 100th
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Virgil Dean can still envision his grandmother riding on floats that paraded through downtown Ottawa. Mike Amyx remembers seeing Miss America wearing a big black hat and pretty black dress in South Park. John Clinger recalls the stamps his mother made him collect commemorating the event.
Tennessee Titans part ways with coach Jeff Fisher
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B2
In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL’s longest-tenured coach.
Texas Longhorns set bad precedent with TV deal
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B2
The historic launching of the University of Texas’ own 24-hour sports cable network is as much an affirmation of enormous ego as it is commerce.
Pump Patrol
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
LHS bowling teams second
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence High boys and girls bowling teams finished second on Thursday at the Lawrence Quad at Royal Crest Lanes.
Free State boys win bowling triangular
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B4
Nick Conrad registered the overall high series with a 717, and Free State High’s boys bowling team won a triangular on Thursday at Olathe Lanes East.
Area high school basketball roundup: McLouth boys triumph
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B4
The McLouth High boys basketball team utilized an inside-out combo down the stretch Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak and defeat Maranatha Academy, 49-46.
Internet down, counter-terror unit up in Egypt
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo today, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.
Suspicious men claim to be repair workers in North Lawrence
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police on Thursday said they had handled at least two recent reports of suspicious activity in North Lawrence. In both instances, men said they were repairmen, but companies indicated they had no one in the area.
Tonganoxie family reaches settlement in medical gas accident case
Plumbing company denies liability but will pay $3M
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
The family of a 20-year-old Tonganoxie High School graduate who suffered brain damage during a 2009 dental procedure in Lawrence reached a $3 million settlement Thursday with a Lawrence plumbing company.
U.S. must refocus, cut military spending
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Last week we celebrated the anniversary of President Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, with its ringing call to “pay any price, bear any burden” for the nation’s security
Insist on jobs
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Does anyone reading this want to be without a job?
Helpful ‘spark’
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
We, too, love our great neighbors and neighborhood.
Back to ‘Liberty’
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am asking the school board to reinstate the name of “Liberty Memorial” as part of the new name for the present Central Junior High.
Costly changes
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Protect the Vote” is a nationwide effort. Lawyers across the country monitor polls on election day to ensure election law is followed.
To the stars
Even in difficult times, Kansans should never forget the challenge the state’s founders left us to overcome difficulty and reach for the stars.
January 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Ad Astra Per Aspera” is Latin for “to the stars through difficulty.”
Public Citizen Litigation Group defends members of Youth for Climate Truth in Koch Industries prank case
January 28, 2011
Lawyers representing the people behind a media hoax targeting Koch Industries have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the Wichita-based company seeking the pranksters’ identities.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to participate in forum at K-State
January 28, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is visiting Kansas State University to field questions during a forum.
Ex-city employees sue Dodge City over firing
January 28, 2011
A former Dodge City employee has sued the city, claiming he was fired for trying to unionize his co-workers.
Top Kansas teachers to speak at Emporia State University in February
January 28, 2011
The state’s top teachers will speak next month at Emporia State University.
Melissa Peterman, Ed Asner star in CMT’s ‘Working Class’
January 28, 2011
The “new” sitcom “Working Class” (7 p.m., CMT) offers a variation on the ”Hot in Cleveland“ sitcom model, co-starring Betty White’s old co-star Ed Asner. ”Working Class“ is a rather terrible title for this show, which should be called ”The Melissa Peterman Show,“ because that’s basically what it is.
Horoscope for Jan. 28
January 28, 2011
This year, funnel your energy into networking and achieving a long-term desire. Friends play a major role in your plans, achievements and year. If you are single, your friends prove to be instrumental in a new relationship. If you are attached, the two of you cheer each other on toward success. Sagittarius keeps making suggestions!
25 years ago: News of Challenger disaster stuns Lawrence residents
January 28, 2011
People in Lawrence and across the nation were shocked and heavy-hearted after hearing the news that the space shuttle Challenger had exploded in a ball of fire shortly after takeoff.
40 years ago: I-35 between Ottawa and Emporia still in planning stage
January 28, 2011
The Kansas State Highway Commission released a map showing the progress of the interstate highway system in Kansas.
100 years ago: Request by Kansas City newspapers would delay rural mail
January 28, 2011
“The rankest proposition that has ever been put up to the rural patrons of the Lawrence post office now comes from the Kansas City Journal and Times.”
Support team: Storm doesn’t stop Jayhawks from being there for Thomas Robinson
January 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Thomas Robinson placed a Kansas University basketball jersey into the casket of his mother, Lisa, before the start of funeral services late Thursday morning at Antioch Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.