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‘Eggs and Issues’ breakfast set for Saturday
February 1, 2012
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will host its first “Eggs and Issues” breakfast this year from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Crystal Ballroom of the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
KU hopes energy audit will result in significant savings
February 1, 2012
Kansas University has mostly completed the work associated with a $25 million energy savings audit that began in 2009 and is now waiting to see how much energy the school will save as a result of the ventilation upgrades to Malott and Haworth halls and lighting upgrades made across campus.
Lawmakers won’t review concealed carry for blind
February 1, 2012
A little-known provision in Kansas law that allows the blind and other people with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed weapons in public places likely will not get reviewed by state lawmakers this session.
Obama seeks to broaden reach of housing assistance
February 1, 2012
Conceding his earlier housing programs have fallen short, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners, aiming to make lower lending rates a possibility for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages.
Suspect still at large in armed robbery in 800 block of 23rd Street
February 1, 2012
Police are still searching for a suspect in an armed robbery at 800 W. 23rd St. at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Treasure hunter says he found $3 billion shipwreck from World War II
February 1, 2012
A treasure hunter said Wednesday he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion.
Bites and escapes: When groundhogs misbehave
February 1, 2012
They’ve bitten their handlers, refused to budge from their beds and lost their shadow-casting jobs to potbellied pigs. And it turns out, not all groundhogs are really that good at predicting the weather.
Status update: Facebook to go public, raise $5B
February 1, 2012
Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.
Kobach confirms he’s an unpaid adviser to Romney
February 1, 2012
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirms that he’s serving as an unpaid adviser on immigration issues to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
Geriatric Kansas inmates may get new home
February 1, 2012
The Kansas Department of Corrections announced earlier this month that it has allocated nearly $3.9 million for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 to reopen the former Labette Correctional Camp in Oswego.
Lawrence’s Deciphera Pharmaceuticals gets $7 million for project with Eli Lilly
February 1, 2012
A Lawrence drug development firm has received a $7 million payment from pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. for work on research that could lead to a new drug to fight cancer.
Brownback to discuss human trafficking Thursday at KU
February 1, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback will speak on “Ending Human Trafficking” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas University Union Ballroom.
KU coach Charlie Weis: Recruiting class ‘filled several of our declared needs’
03:49 p.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 04:13 p.m.
Kansas football coach Charlie Weis said his first recruiting class was aimed at filling some glaring weaknesses, which included defensive line and quarterback. Weis spoke during a National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Anderson Family Football Complex.
Tax refunds cut into Kansas revenues
February 1, 2012
A high number of Kansas tax refunds added up to lower-than-expected state revenue collections in January.
Plan to hire illegal immigrants complicates Kobach’s vision
February 1, 2012
An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs.
Equality group asks legislators to repeal sodomy law
February 1, 2012
The executive director of a gay rights group asked Kansas legislators on Wednesday to repeal an unenforced law that makes sex between consenting adults of the same gender a crime.
Company withdraws permit application for sand-dredging operation near Eudora
02:17 p.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 08:51 p.m.
Kaw Valley Companies Inc. has withdrawn its application for a conditional-use permit for a sand-dredging operation near Eudora.
Senate committee approves map putting Lawrence in 2nd U.S. House District
01:26 p.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 07:07 p.m.
Legislators are redrawing congressional district boundaries to accommodate population changes.
Douglas County judge reviewing case in which girl allowed boyfriend to choke her
01:12 p.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 02:10 p.m.
A Douglas County judge is deciding whether a 19-year-old Perry man accused of choking his 17-year-old former girlfriend dozens of times should face a trial on aggravated child endangerment charge.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas says it won’t submit proposal to be Medicaid contractor
February 1, 2012
The Brownback administration has put out a request for proposals for contractors to bid on providing managed care services under Medicaid, which serves approximately 350,000 Kansans.
Kobach touts bill on citizenship rule
February 1, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Kansas legislators can show they’re serious about fighting election fraud by passing his bill to speed up a requirement for some potential voters to show proof of citizenship.
Family of Cainan Shutt urge passage of bill making K-10 safety corridor
February 1, 2012
The measure would allow the Kansas Department of Transportation to designate safety corridors on busy stretches of roads that have numerous crashes.
Lawrence woman jailed after man hit with car in driveway
10:45 a.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 02:53 p.m.
A 31-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated battery after a man was struck by a vehicle in the 2400 block of Arkansas Street, according to jail records and Lawrence police.
Proposed oil pipeline would connect Oklahoma and Illinois, cutting through Kansas
February 1, 2012
While the political debate rages over the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, a competitor is proposing a line that would cut across Kansas and Missouri and provide an alternative to Keystone for shipping Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast.
Bill would allow utility rate hikes before approval
February 1, 2012
Kansas lawmakers have been considering a proposal that would allow utility companies to raise rates before the state approves an increase.
Zombie movie to be filmed in SE Kansas
February 1, 2012
Zombies will be invading southeast Kansas this spring and summer.
Fort Scott man charged in wife’s house fire death
February 1, 2012
A Fort Scott man who was seriously injured in a fire that killed his wife is jailed on $1 million bond after being charged with murder.
Kansas now recognizes West Virginia gun permits
February 1, 2012
West Virginians with valid permits can now carry concealed handguns in Kansas.
Kansas Senate panel to vote on congressional map
February 1, 2012
A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to vote on a bill that would redraw the state’s U.S. House districts to reflect population changes over the past decade.
Brownback says lawmakers warned about open meetings law
February 1, 2012
Dinners with Republican lawmakers at Gov. Sam Brownback’s official residence did not violate the state’s open meetings law because he was careful to admonish those attending to avoid discussing legislative business, Brownback’s chief counsel said.
Town Talk: African/Caribbean/food store/laundry business opens; owner seeks historic landmark designation for property at 15th and Haskell; rumblings of a shorter plan for downtown hotel project
February 1, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County
Wichita man admits having 1 million child porn images
February 1, 2012
A Wichita man admits that he collected more than a million images of child pornography.
Lawrence man, 61, reports theft of $1,400 in cash
February 1, 2012
A 61-year-old Lawrence man reported the theft of $1,400 in cash from the 700 block of Massachusetts Street on Monday.
Haskell president says university faces challenges in convocation speech
February 1, 2012
Haskell Indian Nations University President Chris Redman wants to go on record talking about a number of difficult situations that face the university six months after he took over its head job.
Prosecutors plan to drop charges against man, 45, accused of threatening neighbors
February 1, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors are planning to drop charges against a 45-year-old Lawrence man accused of threatening his neighbors during a November incident in the 1300 block of Ohio Street.
Heard on the Hill: Alderson Auditorium gets a makeover; Dole Institute announces more spring programming; KU fans respond to ‘We Are Mizzou’ video
February 1, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Plans already being made for July 4 celebration
February 1, 2012
The group talked about ways to avoid problems of the 1986 fireworks show.
40 years ago: Oskaloosa man charged with murder
February 1, 2012
Lyian Sheard, 57, of Oskaloosa, had been charged with first-degree murder.
100 years ago: Meningitis outbreak claims first life in Lawrence
February 1, 2012
“Spinal meningitis this morning resulted in a death in Lawrence….”
B-day girl Anna Wright leads LHS girls to win over Leavenworth
February 1, 2012
Lawrence High junior Anna Wright didn’t celebrate her 17th birthday in traditional fashion Tuesday night.
Free State girls step up late in 51-43 win over SMW
February 1, 2012
The Free State girls played their best basketball late, dominating the final 2 1/2 minutes in a 51-43 victory over Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday night.
FSHS boys bench steps up in win
February 1, 2012
Free State coach Chuck Law has told his players that, because of a deep roster, there will be times this season when he elects to play guys that have the hot hand.
Funtarov, Seabury down KC Christian
February 1, 2012
Georgi Funtarov scored 22 points, and Seabury’s boys basketball team defeated Kansas City Christian, 54-39, on Tuesday night at Seabury.
KU track star wins Big 12 weekly honor
February 1, 2012
Kansas University track athlete Diamond Dixon was named the Female Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week after her first-place performance in the Jayhawk Classic 400-meter on Friday.
LHS bowling sweeps SMN tournament
February 1, 2012
The Lawrence High bowling teams swept all divisions of the Shawnee Mission North tournament on Tuesday.
Contracts reveal KU football assistants’ pay
February 1, 2012
According to information obtained by the Journal-World through the Freedom of Information Act, the total salary for Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis’ assistant coaches almost matches the total of the head coach himself.
National Signing Day kicks off Weis era at KU
February 1, 2012
National Signing Day has arrived, and even though the Kansas University football program spent most of December transitioning from former coach Turner Gill to new coach Charlie Weis, the Jayhawks appear to have landed a recruiting class that will help them in 2012.
Jayhawks regroup after loss to ISU
February 1, 2012
Kansas University’s 15 basketball players have yet to experience back-to-back losses during their college careers.
Delayed Big 12 schedule keeps fans, schools guessing
February 1, 2012
The office phone of Kansas University athletic administrator Larry Keating rings, and visions of a thick, buttery slice of wedding cake, airborne rice, Adam Sandler on the microphone, a beaming bride walking down the aisle — her father on her arm, orange blossoms in her hands — begin to dance in Keating’s head, by now a Pavlovian response after almost nine years on the job.
Out of time: KU women can’t grab momentum, fall in OT
February 1, 2012
The Kansas University women’s basketball team drained clutch three-pointers in the final seconds of each half during Tuesday night’s Big 12 battle with Oklahoma.
Woodland changing swing
February 1, 2012 in print edition on B2
Gary Woodland was irritated that he couldn’t do better than a 70 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. It wasn’t much better on the South Course, where a 72 allowed him to make the cut on the number, and a 74 in the third round wasn’t enough for the 54-hole cut. Then again, the former Kansas University golfer realized it might take time for him to adjust to a new swing.
Pats tight end Gronkowski sheds boot, but makes no guarantees
February 1, 2012 in print edition on B2
The boot is off and Rob Gronkowski’s ankle is feeling much better. New England’s All-Pro tight end got rid of his walking boot in time for media day Tuesday, and sounded optimistic he’d be lining up against the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Cyclones rally past K-State, 72-70
February 1, 2012 in print edition on B2
Royce White hit the game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds left as Iowa State rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Kansas State, 72-70, on Tuesday night.
Obama oil policy
February 1, 2012
I recently discovered that Cuba and China are in cahoots to start drilling for oil off the Florida coast.
Make some sense
February 1, 2012
Does it make sense for the U.S. to borrow another $1.2 trillion so that it can give funds to the International Monetary Fund to bail out Europe, thus, allowing those countries to defer the hard economic decisions we all have to make?
One-term gov
February 1, 2012
Kudos to Judy Grant for her letter to the editor of Jan. 30 titled “Statehouse bully.” It is right on target.
Theatre Lawrence’s Dueling Divas sing for a cause
February 1, 2012
When Sarah Young looks to defend her title Friday at the second annual Dueling Divas competition, she’d be happy to relinquish her tiara — if it means the fundraiser’s beneficiary, Theatre Lawrence, gets a big chunk of change for its operating budget. The event takes begins at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 1, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
Horoscopes for February 1
February 1, 2012
You are full of get-up-and-go this year. Charisma, wit and energy make a close to irresistible mix. Those in creative fields manifest much more dynamic energy and ingenuity. For the most part, your work flows. If you are single, romance might be on your mind more than ever before. If you are attached, the two of you start acting like young lovers. Gemini is always fun to be around.
LHS boys sink top-five foe
February 1, 2012
For a group coming off a prolonged break in its schedule, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team sure didn’t have much trouble with a top-10 opponent on the road Tuesday night.
A woolly mystery long in the tooth
12:00 a.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Talk about a cold case! “NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents “Ice Age Death Trap,” a tale of mass tragedy and forensic sleuthing spanning millennia. As on any “CSI” episode, we begin with a curious discovery. A construction worker in Colorado unearths something odd: a tooth so large it has to be held in two hands.
Well-deserved honors
Honors sponsored by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce are a great way to recognize the contributions of local businesses and individuals.
February 1, 2012
Lawrence had every reason to celebrate – and thanks are due the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for providing the occasion with its annual meeting.
Cartoon case may set tone in Egypt
February 1, 2012
One way to to judge where the Arab uprisings are headed, a year after they erupted, is to consider the case of Mickey Mouse with a beard.