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Archive for Monday, January 31, 2011

Also from January 31

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 winter storm
Polls
What is your method for removing snow from your driveway?

Poll results

Response Percent
Snow shovel
 
60%
I don’t even bother
 
18%
Snowblower
 
12%
I pay someone else to do it
 
8%
Total 1144
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kim Scherman, Kansas University junior and member of KU Environs, paints the hand of Josie Boyle, 8, Baldwin City, at the Take Charge Challenge kick-off party Saturday evening at Liberty Hall. The kick-off was also a watch party for the KU vs. K-State basketball team, and Boyle was having the name and number of her favorite KU player, Tyshawn Taylor, painted on her hand. Hundreds turn out for Take Charge Challenge kick-off party at Liberty Hall
January 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Almost 500 people came out to support the Jayhawks and energy efficiency Saturday evening for the Take Charge Challenge kick-off party at Liberty Hall.
6:00 a.m.
Kelly Elsten has been arguing with the city over late fees on her utility bill. She was charged more than $40 in late fees over the last three years without realizing it. The city’s utility bills don’t have a charge that says late fee; instead, it is called an “adjustment.” Plus, she says her payments haven’t been late. Elsten is pictured in her home with her son Jack, 6. City utility bill ‘adjustment’ charge draws ire from Lawrence resident
January 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Kelly Elsten thinks there’s something odd with the city utility bills she and other Lawrence residents pay. And she thinks she’s found out about it the hard way.
10:00 a.m.
Sheahon Zenger was introduced as KU's new athletic director on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, during a press conference at Hadl Auditorium. KU’s search for new athletic director cost just more than $6,200
January 31, 2011
The bill for expenses related to Kansas University’s recent athletic director search totaled just more than $6,200.
2:00 p.m.
Historian Richard Norton Smith kicked off the 2011 Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics on Sunday. Smith has chosen four 20th century presidents for a new Mount Rushmore. Ronald Reagan was the first of his nominations, and future lectures will discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson. Historian Richard Norton Smith discusses Ronald Reagan’s legacy at Dole Institute of Politics lecture
January 30, 2011
Organizers were scrambling Sunday afternoon just minutes before presidential historian Richard Norton Smith began his talk about Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
6:00 p.m.
Bob Wandel, 64, shows how much the old headstones had sunk into the ground before they were restored. Wandel has been trying to document most of the Civil War soldiers' headstones at Oak Hill Cemetery. He is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans. Sons of Union Veterans member Bob Wandel works to uncover buried Civil War history in local cemeteries
January 30, 2011
Bob Wandel is often a lone figure wandering around Oak Hill Cemetery. He sometimes recognizes other people when he’s out there, people who are walking their dogs or going for a run. But no one is doing what he’s doing — remembering, many times a week, the people who are buried there, and searching for those who have done great things.

All stories

Board of Zoning Appeals to hear concerns about downtown Dillons project
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
A plan to rebuild the aged Dillons grocery store on south Massachusetts Street soon may be facing the equivalent of getting stalled in the checkout line.
Lawrence task force envisions closing and consolidating schools
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
One or two elementary schools would close next year, and another four would be consolidated into two new or expanded schools by 2016, under the latest vision from members of a task force studying the future of Lawrence’s elementary schools.
Kansas Chamber urges Legislature to keep increased state sales tax, reduce corporate taxes
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
Conservatives have made repeal of the increase one of their priorities.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital treats 20 for falls on ice
January 31, 2011
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room staff was busy Monday treating people who fell on icy sidewalks and parking lots.
Three Moves: Personal trainer offers tips to tone great glutes
January 31, 2011
If there’s one body part that’s a pain in the rear end for nearly any woman it’s her, well, rear end.
McLouth school district hires Hiawatha administrator as next superintendent
02:58 p.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 03:53 p.m. in print edition on A7
The McLouth school district has hired a Hiawatha administrator as its next superintendent.
Baby taken to hospital as precaution after two-vehicle accident on K-10 east of Eudora
01:15 p.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 02:47 p.m. in print edition on A4
A vehicle taking a 4-month-old Lawrence baby to an Overland Park Hospital Monday morning was involved in an accident on icy Kansas Highway 10 near the Johnson County-Douglas County line.
Another snow day would force Lawrence school district to make up for lost time
12:06 p.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Canceling classes once is easy. After that, Lawrence school district officials would be staring at an uncomfortable mandate: either add minutes to remaining school days or lengthen the school year itself.
Town Talk: City may look at annexing rural neighborhood; annexation of Westar plant unlikely anytime soon; environmental chapter under discussion; a study of the arts planned
January 31, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Josh Selby named Big 12 rookie of the week
January 31, 2011
Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby has been selected as Big 12 rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Republicans on House Appropriations back off state employee pay cut
10:43 a.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 01:32 p.m. in print edition on A1
The proposed budget will go to the full House for debate, possibly on Wednesday.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tells House Elections Committee voter fraud is a bigger issue than thought
09:57 a.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 12:12 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says election fraud in the state is more widespread than previously thought.
First Bell: Snow day(s) ahead?; drainage work keeps Kennedy sidewalks clear; Teacher of the Year nominations due by Friday
January 31, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Scientists honored with new 150th birthday trading cards; KU Natural History Museum events rekindle old bird debate; dance marathon set for Feb. 19
January 31, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Closings and cancellations for Monday, Jan. 31, 2011
05:45 a.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 03:21 p.m.
A list of closings and cancellations for Monday, Jan. 31, 2011
Wanna bet? Duke the favorite to win NCAA basketball championship; Kansas 8/1
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
A Google of “odds to win the NCAA basketball championship” brought me to vegasinsider.com, which I guess makes me a Vegas insider of sorts. Not surprisingly, Duke has the best odds to win it all for what would be the first successful defense of a national championship since Florida did it in 2007.
Defense is name of game for Big 12 hoops teams
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
This is the year of defense in the Big 12 Conference.
KU students to shovel snow for donation to Habitat for Humanity
12:00 a.m., January 31, 2011 Updated 02:13 p.m. in print edition on A5
In exchange for a donation to Habitat for Humanity, Kansas University student volunteers will shovel snow from local driveways, sidewalks and walkways any morning after snow has fallen.
Novak Djokovic wins second Australian Open title
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Novak Djokovic gave his old friend Andy Murray a sympathetic hug and a few consoling words, then got on with the real celebrations.
South Junior High honor roll for fall 2010
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
South Junior High School has announced its first semester honor roll.
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending Jan. 31, 2011
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending Jan. 31, 2011.
Thunder’s Kevin Durant rips Miami’s Chris Bosh
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kevin Durant drew a rare technical foul for jawing with Miami’s Chris Bosh in the first quarter of their game Sunday. And he wasn’t done talking.
KU’s search for new athletic director cost just more than $6,200
January 31, 2011
The bill for expenses related to Kansas University’s recent athletic director search totaled just more than $6,200.
National briefs: Other lefty triumphs at Farmers
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
The best Lefty at Torrey Pines on Sunday turned out to be Bubba Watson.
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending Jan. 21, 2011
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending Jan. 31, 2011.
Central Junior High honor roll for fall 2010
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
Central Junior High School has announced its first semester honor rolls.
Howdy! Super Bowl comes to Texas
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will really know they’re in Texas when they get to their hotels and see the handmade saddles waiting for them, made especially to mark their visit.
Pump patrol
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Douglas County Early Childhood Council seeking newsletter writer
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Early Childhood Council is seeking a volunteer to join its quarterly meetings, then create and distribute a newsletter following each meeting using Constant Contact.
U.S. factories uphold edge despite China’s industrial force
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China’s industrial might is growing each year.
As chaos reigns in Egypt, foreigners advised to leave
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
Foreign governments stepped up their warnings Sunday about travel to Egypt, with several urging their citizens to evacuate as soon as possible amid uncertainty over where the Arab nation is headed after nearly a week of mass protests.
Liquor fight
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
“A new coalition that includes chains such as Walmart, HyVee and Quiktrip is pushing to change Kansas laws regulating where beer and hard liquor are sold in the state.” (Journal-World, page 1A, Jan. 27).
Real answers
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Gov. Brownback wants Mike O’Neal to define “suitable education.” Brownback says “we have faced repeated legal action because no one knows what a suitable education actually means.” Brownback is willfully ignorant of the Kansas Constitution.
Obama recovery challenges GOP
January 31, 2011
There is snow on the roof of the red covered bridge, the whoosh of cross-country skiers in the fields, a bustle in the village despite temperatures in single digits. The other night the moon glistened, and so did the ice below. This seems a world apart.
Sound decision
Hiring experienced officers for open slots in the Lawrence Police Department was a good business decision.
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Experience often is among the key factors companies consider when hiring new employees.
As smart meter use grows across Kansas, so do options for easy use
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
For many Kansas electric cooperatives — the energy providers that serve the state’s most rural areas — smart meters are old news.
Central Kansas boy, 7, killed after being run over by tractor
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A10
A 7-year-old central Kansas boy has died after being run over by a tractor while helping his family feed cattle.
Kansas Highway Patrol trooper shot during traffic stop
January 31, 2011 in print edition on A10
A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was in stable condition at a Hays hospital after being shot in the shoulder during a routine traffic stop.
D.C. trip touched Kansas’ Hinson
Assistant honored to accompany Robinson to mother’s funeral
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University director of basketball operations Barry Hinson, who had just spent five days with grief-stricken Thomas Robinson, shared a final thought with the sophomore power forward Friday afternoon in the parking lot outside Allen Fieldhouse.
100 years ago: Automobiles damaged in fire at downtown garage
January 31, 2011
“Damage to the building of perhaps $100 accompanied by a loss on the contents of approximately $5,000 was the peculiar result attendant upon a fire in the Rutter Garage, 14 E. Henry street this morning.”
A refresher course on toddlers
January 31, 2011
Apparently I had blocked out about eight years of my life from the recesses of my brain. But a few days with my nephew, Charlie, and all those memories of the eight straight years I spent turning my toddlers into preschoolers came flooding back. For those of you blessed to have survived this point and, like us, do not remember what it was like, here is a refresher…
It’s ’70s week with Sinbad
January 31, 2011
Black History Month and pop-culture nostalgia converge on “Way Black When” (9 p.m., TV One), a three-week retrospective organized by decade, with a new host every week.
Horoscope for Jan. 31
January 31, 2011
This year, you often feel like someone puts the kibosh on your ideas or plans. Travel could be difficult, as could dealings with foreigners. If you are single, you could meet someone who might not be what he or she seems. If you are attached, as a couple you will gain from weekends away from your responsibilities. Libra seems to be more difficult than in the past.
Slice of Life: Body in motion
January 31, 2011
When you watch the extraordinary gracefulness and presence exuded by Kansas University dance professor Patrick Suzeau, 59, as he glides across the stage, it’s hard to believe he was once a pudgy child who didn’t encounter dance until he was 15.
Are you smarter than a teacher? Free State students pit wits against faculty
January 31, 2011
Jason Springer is a bit of a trivia hound. A social studies teacher at Free State High School, Springer sometimes shuttles over to Conroy’s Pub on Wednesdays to play a few rounds of trivia with his friends. On occasion he watches “Jeopardy!”
What to do if you’re part of a sexting investigation
January 31, 2011
Last week we discussed the sexting revolution, especially as it includes sexually explicit digital photography. If it’s too late and those images already exist, here’s how to avoid making that bad situation worse.
Don a motorcycle or biker jacket for tough, cool style
January 31, 2011
With all of the coverage of new spring fashion trends, it is hard to wait for more stores to start stocking their shelves with warm-weather apparel. Luckily, a few trends for spring 2011 are completely wearable in the wintertime, even while snow still covers the ground.
Install a whole-house water filter
January 31, 2011
A whole-house water filter provides sediment-free, clean, tasty water to all the faucets and appliances in your home. In-line single- or dual-cartridge filter systems are relatively easy to install and often cost less than $50.
25 years ago: EPA issues statement on secondhand smoke
January 31, 2011
A report from the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said that “passive” or secondhand smoke constituted a real danger to nonsmokers.
40 years ago: KU athletic department plans to increase student ticket prices
January 31, 2011
The Kansas University athletic department was predicting increases in student season-ticket prices.
Remnant Rehab: Scarf brightens winter uniform
January 31, 2011
I decided to mix it up with a lively, easy scarf that I can wear with or without my coat.
Friends to follow: Bridge relationships from social networks to real life
January 31, 2011
Two years ago, on a cold, snowy day, Ben Smith pulled up a chair in a cafe and waited.
NFC wins Pro Bowl
DeAngelo Hall MVP of snoozer
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B10
A tropical rainstorm moved in from the Pacific and cleared just before the Pro Bowl began Sunday. What followed was a sloppy show that was not exactly riveting entertainment a week in advance of the Super Bowl.
Commentary: Lakers may realistically be in trouble
January 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Los Angeles Lakers have taken regular seasons off before and still won championships, but their loss Sunday to the Celtics shows they have a long way to go to match up with the league’s elite teams.