Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Free State wrestling Firebird Duals KU football assistant coaches media day
Do you expect to visit the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway?

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Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas players Thomas Robinson (0) and Elijah Johnson (15) raise up the fieldhouse during a run by the Jayhawks in the second half on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Now Jayhawks can focus on Missouri
February 2, 2012
In a second half of non-stop, good old-fashioned Kansas University basketball dominance Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks did a nice job of scratching another victory against Oklahoma off the schedule and not looking past the Sooners.
10:26 a.m.
Online chat
Recap: Longtime Lawrence cardiologist discusses heart health
February 2, 2012
Dr. Michael Zabel, of Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence, will discuss heart disease — America’s No. 1 killer — in recognition of American Heart Month. Zabel earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1988. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Zabel is a clinical associate professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. He has done a variety of research on heart disease and treatments.
11:30 a.m.
John Geery shows a gun to a customer at Jayhawk Pawn and Jewelry, 1804 W. Sixth St., Monday, June 6, 2011. 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.
2:00 p.m.
A wreath stands where 5-year-old Cainan Shutt of Eudora died in April in an accident on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence. A white cross for Ryan Pittman, 24, also killed in that crash, sits next to the highway. Carie Lawrence, the grandmother of 5-year-old Cainan Shutt, urged legislators on Wednesday to approve a bill that would double fines on the highway. 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.
6:00 p.m.
This is a view from the front balcony of the Senate chambers at the Topeka Capitol building. Several images were merged in Photoshop to created the panorama. Senate committee approves map putting Lawrence in 2nd U.S. House District
1:26 p.m., February 1, 2012 Updated 7:07 p.m.
Legislators are redrawing congressional district boundaries to accommodate population changes.

All stories

Historians help honor horse of a different era
February 2, 2012
Comanche, the horse that famously survived — reportedly with 20 bullet wounds — the battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, is 150 years old. But what exactly his equine legacy should be so many years later is still being debated.
Brownback asks Kansans to help stop human trafficking
February 2, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday evening urged Kansans to help stop human slave trade at the End Human Trafficking event at the Kansas Union.
Ottawa teen must face trial in Lawrence robbery
February 2, 2012
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered a 19-year-old Ottawa man to stand trial on several charges related to a January robbery at a Lawrence apartment in the 1700 block of West 19th Street.
Developers revise plans for Ninth and New Hampshire hotel to respond to neighbors’ concerns
February 2, 2012
Plans for a multi-story hotel/apartment building on the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets have shrunk in hopes of attracting more support from neighbors.
Hollywood Casino Kansas Speedway opening could have impacts across the region
February 2, 2012
The ribbon will be cut and doors will open for the first phase of the $411 million Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway just before noon Friday.
Prognosticating physician Tonganoxie Phil sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter - and some rain
February 2, 2012
Perhaps there’s a bit of reverse psychology in Tonganoxie Phil’s prognostication this Groundhog Day.
Kansas water policy proposals advancing
February 2, 2012
Two pieces of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to revise the state’s policies on water use have cleared legislative hurdles.
Lawrence woman testifies that husband beat, stabbed and tried to rape her; court orders defendant to stand trial
February 2, 2012
A 36-year-old Lawrence woman testified Thursday that her husband attempted to choke her with a cord, suffocate her with a pillow and rape her before he stabbed her nine times in the back during a Nov. 29 dispute at their northern Lawrence home.
Smoke south of Lawrence due to controlled burn at Eagle Bend golf course
February 2, 2012
Several Lawrence residents reported seeing smoke in southwest Lawrence Thursday morning, and fire officials said it was due to a controlled burn at Eagle Bend Golf Course, 1250 E. 902 Road.
Bill aimed at increasing swine production facilities advances
February 2, 2012
Supporters of the bill said it would help the economy by attracting more hog farms and make the rules for approving hog farms and dairy operations the same.
Auditors may revisit Kansas Biosciences report
12:23 p.m., February 2, 2012 Updated 02:52 p.m.
An investigator from an auditing firm that examined the Kansas Bioscience Authority says a supplemental report may be done to explain emails from the authority’s former CEO.
Grain elevator explodes; 1 injured
12:22 p.m., February 2, 2012 Updated 02:53 p.m.
A grain elevator has exploded in south-central Kansas, injuring one worker.
Ron Paul gambles on caucus states to amass delegates
February 2, 2012
Ron Paul is rolling the dice on Nevada and other caucus states like Minnesota, Kansas and Washington, hoping to keep his nontraditional presidential campaign alive by amassing Republican delegates rather than notching outright wins.
Abortion insurance case assigned to new judge
February 2, 2012
A challenge to a new Kansas law restricting insurance coverage of abortion has been assigned to a new judge following the death of the federal judge who had been overseeing the case.
Judge gives Ottawa man, 24, probation in battery cases
February 2, 2012
A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old Ottawa man to serve one year on probation for convictions in a recent Lawrence battery case and a 2011 domestic battery case.
Judge Paula Martin to join Kansas Supreme Court to hear four appeals
February 2, 2012
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court next week to hear oral arguments in four appeals, according to the state’s Office of Judicial Administration.
Town Talk: April 8 target date for Sears closing, but company interested in opening Hometown Sears store; Dick’s Sporting Goods in the mix for Sears space; a new ag land real estate firm
February 2, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Groundhog ‘predicts’ 6 more weeks of winter
February 2, 2012
Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.
Criminal damage leads to $1,000 loss in 1300 block of Kentucky
February 2, 2012
A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported criminal damage valued to be at least $1,000 to his 2008 Honda occurred some time on Jan. 28 in the 1300 block of Kentucky Street, according to police records.
Lawrence man loses nearly $6,00 in burglary
February 2, 2012
A 49-year-old Lawrence man reported a burglary occurred some time between Jan. 26 and Jan. 30 in the 600 block of Maple Street. He valued the loss at $5,810.
Burglary at Fuel Stop on Harper leads to more than $1,000 loss
February 2, 2012
An employee of Fuel Stop in the 2200 block of Harper Street reported a burglary and theft at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. According to police reports, a suspect damaged a door valued at $1,000 and stole $750 in cash.
Alcohol suspected as factor in accident near Eudora
February 2, 2012
The Douglas County sheriff’s office has identified four Lawrence men who were involved in a one-vehicle rollover crash about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday south of Eudora on East 900 Road near County Road 1061. The driver was Tyson Lake, 23, and his three passengers were, Allen Tisho, 20, Isiah Leslie, 22, and Wassillie Soxie, 28.
Distraction suspected in accident near Lecompton
February 2, 2012
A 38-year-old Perry woman has been treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after she crashed her vehicle Tuesday evening near Lecompton.
Haskell reaches deal to bolster interaction with Environmental Protection Agency
February 2, 2012
Leaders of Haskell Indian Nations University and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region Seven signed an agreement Wednesday that will promote more interaction among Haskell students and faculty with EPA staff.
County employees going green for games
February 2, 2012
From retiring electric pencil sharpeners to car pooling, Douglas County employees will be competing over the next six weeks to see who is the greenest of them all.
Pump patrol
February 2, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.18 at several stations.
Project to restore mural downtown expected to begin in April
February 2, 2012
Downtown Lawrence visitors who miss the presence of a mural that was in the walkway between 716 Mass. and 722 Mass. will probably have to wait a couple more months.
Labor Department agrees to change plan for child labor
February 2, 2012
Under pressure from farm groups, the Labor Department has agreed to modify a plan that’s intended to keep children away from some of the most dangerous farm jobs.
Heard on the Hill: I’m looking at how Obama proposals may affect KU; debate squad ranked second in the nation; ‘Helvetica’ filmmaker to visit KU
February 2, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
For Sooners, setback has familiar feel
February 2, 2012
It had been awhile since Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger coached a game in Allen Fieldhouse, and his return to Kansas University’s home arena undoubtedly brought back a flood of memories before tipoff.
Gary Bedore’s notebook: Bill Self says Charlie Spoonhour will be missed
February 2, 2012
Former Missouri State and Saint Louis coach Charlie Spoonhour died Wednesday at the age of 72.
Now Jayhawks can focus on Missouri
February 2, 2012
In a second half of non-stop, good old-fashioned Kansas University basketball dominance Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks did a nice job of scratching another victory against Oklahoma off the schedule and not looking past the Sooners.
Charlie Weis goes far, wide to fill first KU recruiting class
February 2, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has a simple philosophy when it comes to recruiting.
Our Town Sports
February 2, 2012 in print edition on B2
Lawrence swim team and lessons: Ad Astra Area Aquatics is a competitive year-round swim team that offers practices for ages 6-18 throughout the week. AAAA is always accepting new members. For information, visit or call Patrick at 331-6940.
Free State girls win Leavenworth quad
February 2, 2012
Free State’s Emily Reno bowled a high game of 200 and a high series of 529, and the FSHS girls bowling team won a quadrangular tournament Wednesday at Crown Lanes.
Local prep athletes sign with colleges
February 2, 2012
With nine Lawrence High Lions, four Free State Firebirds and a Veritas Eagle making their college choices official Wednesday, National Signing Day served as a significant moment in the lives of many city high school football players.
That’s more like it: Thomas Robinson returns to form, sparks KU
February 2, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self had a heart-to-heart talk with his slumping big man — Thomas Robinson — prior to Wednesday’s 84-62 rout of Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 2)
February 2, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 1.
100 years ago: Forger passing bad checks in Lawrence, Lecompton
February 2, 2012
“Mr. Johnson has offered a reward of $25 for the arrest and conviction of the man.”
40 years ago: Local residents awake to heavy snowstorm, dropping temps
February 2, 2012
It was a rather startling morning for Lawrence residents as they awoke to find a large snowstorm in progress.
25 years ago: With Lawrence winter this mild, six more weeks no problem, say residents
February 2, 2012
The famous groundhog had emerged from his burrow and had seen his shadow this morning.
Unfair plan
February 2, 2012
The Jan. 31 editorial on trash collection is correct. The mayor’s proposal is outdated, ineffectual, unfair and punitive.
Kind gesture
February 2, 2012
I am writing this letter to thank a stranger for his or her kind words. Upon leaving work last Friday, I noticed a piece of paper under my windshield wiper. 
It’s high noon, not morning
February 2, 2012
A picture, the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately, we have only about 550 with which to appraise a picture that has raised eyebrows across the country: In it, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seen wagging her finger in President Obama’s face during his visit to her state last week.
State laws threaten political speech
February 2, 2012
Dina Galassini does not seem to pose a threat to Arizona’s civic integrity. But the government of this desert community believes you cannot be too careful. And state law empowers local governments to be vigilant against the lurking danger that political speech might occur before the speakers notify the government and comply with all the speech rules.
Horoscopes for February 2
February 2, 2012
This year you have the flexibility to adjust and the ability to come up with unusual yet excellent ideas. If you are single, you appear to attract many admirers. If you are attached, the two of you start acting like newlyweds. Plan a special trip or long-desired event. Gemini draws out the kid in you.
‘Union’ a curious dance of collaboration, rehabilitation
February 2, 2012
Directed by Cameron Crowe, the 2011 documentary “The Union” (8 p.m., HBO) chronicles the making of Elton John and Leon Russell’s collaborative album of the same name.
Dinner debate
It’s hard to imagine that dinner meetings at the governor’s mansion with Republican committee majorities were simple social gatherings.
February 2, 2012
The story of how Republicans representing a majority of the members of various legislative bodies came to be invited to the Kansas governor’s residence for dinner and what they talked about while they were there continues to evolve.