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Big political donors have big agendas
February 3, 2012
The millionaires, billionaires and companies giving big sums to political committees supporting Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama have important business with the next president.
Iranian leader warns U.S., Israel
February 3, 2012
Iran’s supreme leader pledged Friday to aid any nation or group that challenges Israel and said any military strikes over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program would damage U.S. interests in the Middle East “10 times over.”
Chief of Staff visits Fort Riley as troop cuts loom
February 3, 2012
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Friday that the military’s recent investment in installations and the condition of training facilities will be factors as the Army reduces its forces.
Crash north of Baldwin City injures one
February 3, 2012
An 18-year-old woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon after she swerved her car to avoid an animal and crashed into a tree north of Baldwin City.
Man previously convicted of fatal crash in Lawrence faces more prison time, deportation
February 3, 2012
A Mexican national who killed a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash pleaded guilty Friday morning to a federal charge of illegally re-entering the country as convicted felon.
Eudora man sentenced to one year in prison for threatening couple in Linwood
February 3, 2012
A Leavenworth County judge Friday sentenced a 21-year-old Eudora man to serve one year in prison for threatening a couple with a gun last June in Linwood.
Revved up crowd helps open Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
February 3, 2012
With the call of “Gentlemen, start your engines,” the ceremonial first craps shoot was thrown Friday, and the doors of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway opened to the public.
Fans chirping over what could be last KU-Mizzou basketball game in Columbia
February 3, 2012
As Kansas University and the University of Missouri are ready to meet on the basketball court for what could be one of the last times, the game came with the usual amount of sniping.
Brownback consolidates SRS and 2 other agencies, names director for new children and families department
03:05 p.m., February 3, 2012 Updated 10:07 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback appointed a social worker and former legislator Friday as secretary of the state’s largest social services agency and outlined a plan to reorganize it and two other departments as part of a larger effort to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.
Lawrence residents plan anti-ALEC rally in Topeka
February 3, 2012
A grass roots organization founded by two Lawrence residents has scheduled a rally and other events later this month at the Capitol to bring attention to the American Legislative Exchange Council and its ties to Gov. Sam Brownback, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and many legislators.
Unemployment drops to 8.3 pct. after hiring burst
February 3, 2012
In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.
Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants
February 3, 2012
After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.
Perry man, 19, going to trial on aggravated child endangerment charges, accused of choking teen girl
February 3, 2012
A Douglas County judge Friday morning ordered a 19-year-old Perry man to face a trial on aggravated child endangerment charges after being accused of choking his former girlfriend dozens of times.
Survey: Recycling up statewide in Kansas
February 3, 2012
A recent survey shows the number of Kansans who recycle has jumped dramatically.
Cause of grain elevator blast undetermined
February 3, 2012
Residents who were evacuated after an explosion at a central Kansas grain elevator are back in their homes, as the investigation continues to determine what caused the blast.
Town Talk: Two New York-style pizza places slated for West Lawrence; city interviewing finalists for library construction job; land transfers for the week of Jan. 30
February 3, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County Land Transfers for week ending Jan. 30
February 3, 2012
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending Jan. 30, 2012
Eudora officer injured in K-10 accident
Officer, Lawrence man both treated and released from hospital
08:28 a.m., February 3, 2012 Updated 02:20 p.m.
A Eudora police officer was injured Friday morning in an accident on Kansas Highway 10 near the Church Street exit, a Douglas County emergency dispatcher said.
Brownback says no laws broken, as DA tells legislators to save records from dinner meetings at governor’s mansion
08:01 a.m., February 3, 2012 Updated 04:17 p.m.
Brownback, a Republican, invited GOP lawmakers from 13 legislative committees to seven dinners in January, without formally notifying the public.
Cancer charity confronts backlash
February 3, 2012
The renowned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure faced an escalating backlash Thursday over its decision to cut breast screening grants to Planned Parenthood. Some of Komen’s local affiliates are openly upset, including all seven in California, and at least one top official has quit, reportedly in protest.
County judge to hear cases with high court
February 3, 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.
Judge orders trial in apartment robbery
February 3, 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.
Chili feed to support youth programs
February 3, 2012
The Breakfast Optimist Club is holding a chili feed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the American Legion hall, 3408 W. Sixth St.
After IPO, Facebook will face new profit pressures
February 3, 2012
For all the huge numbers in Facebook’s IPO papers, a surprisingly small figure stands out: $4.39, the amount the site generated per user last year.
Band looks for help to celebrate Pi Day
February 3, 2012
Their Tax Day celebration may now be a thing of the past, but the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band has found “another esoteric holiday to celebrate.”
Library hopes new director hired before expansion starts
February 3, 2012
Candidates looking to become the next director of the Lawrence Public Library may want to come equipped with both an open mind and a hard hat.
Kansas officials warned to keep records about meetings at governor’s residence
February 3, 2012
A local prosecutor is warning Kansas legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback to preserve records and electronic files about gatherings at his official residence as “potentially relevant evidence” in an investigation into a newspaper’s complaints that the sessions violated the state’s open meetings act.
Smoke reported Thursday was controlled burn at golf course
February 3, 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.
Person suffers minor injuries in accident near Clinton and Wakarusa
February 3, 2012
One person was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries at 11 a.m. Thursday after an accident near the intersection of Wakarusa Drive and Clinton Parkway, said Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman.
Ottawa man faces life in prison in child sodomy case
February 3, 2012
A 33-year-old Ottawa man, Duane Francis Brannan, faces 25 years to life in prison after he entered a plea this week to aggravated criminal sodomy of a girl who was 6 years old at the time the abuse started
Leavenworth man enters plea in domestic disturbance
February 3, 2012
A 41-year-old Leavenworth man entered a plea to two misdemeanor charges Thursday for his involvement in connection with a Lawrence domestic disturbance last April.
Police track down leads in homicide of Topeka man
February 3, 2012
Authorities continue to track down leads and investigate the homicide of a 39-year-old Topeka man whose body was found Jan. 5 in northwestern Douglas County near the Shawnee County line, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman.
He’s not a groundhog, but this rodent still has a lesson or two for children
February 3, 2012
Watch out, Punxsutawney Phil — the fourth-graders at Broken Arrow School are looking to put you out of a job by employing Alvin the Chipmunk.
Pump patrol
February 3, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.29 at several stations.
Lawrence teenager’s job comes with unexpected complications
February 3, 2012
When 15-year-old Ellen Dalagar landed a job washing towels through Free State High School, she had to prove she wasn’t laundering money.
Heard on the Hill: Honorary degree recipient — not KU’s chancellor — likely to give commencement address; KU officials seek higher enrollment through ‘yield’; financial report reveals new data
February 3, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
100 years ago: Mayor Bishop contends that there are no immoral dances in Lawrence
February 3, 2012
“The women also said that infamous dances such as the ‘Turkey Trot’ and ‘The Grizzly Bear’ existed at these dances….”
Horoscope for Feb. 3
February 3, 2012
This year, deal with your strong feelings. You won’t take on what others project on you. This clarity will make your life work better. Use caution with your funds. You easily could lose money, have your wallet stolen or even be swindled. Your creativity soars, whatever your focus might be. If you are single, you are a magnet to those who are lighthearted and playful. If you are attached, sometimes the two of you will behave in a manner that is reminiscent of new lovers.
Jayhawks in the NBA (Feb. 3)
February 3, 2012 in print edition on B4
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 2.
Luck’s preference: play right away
February 3, 2012
Andrew Luck is willing to learn from Peyton Manning. He just wants everyone to know he’s ready to play next season, too.
Dundee remembered as boxing ambassador
February 3, 2012 in print edition on B2
There was no way Angelo Dundee was going to miss Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday party.
Three players sign with Kansas soccer
February 3, 2012
Three high school soccer players signed letters of intent to play at Kansas University, coach Mark Francis announced Thursday.
Lawrence High girls bowling wins Olate South quad
February 3, 2012
Lawrence High’s girls bowling team won the Olathe South quadrangular, and the Lions placed a close second in the boys competition Thursday at Olathe Lanes East.
LHS thrower Hocking signs with UMKC
February 3, 2012
The first time Lawrence High track coach Jack Hood met Blake Hocking, an eighth-grader at the time, the young thrower told the Lions coach he wanted to set the school record in the shot put.
Columbia contests stand out for Self, KU
February 3, 2012
Bill Self, who on Saturday night might coach his final game in Columbia, Mo., was asked Thursday to identify his favorite of the eight Border War battles contested in Mizzou Arena and/or Hearnes Center.
Free State wrestling swept at Firebird Duals
February 3, 2012
Free State High’s wrestling team wasn’t going to win a beauty contest for its performance Thursday night at the Free State Firebird Duals.
Mizzou fan antics don’t rile Robinson
February 3, 2012
So, did the Antlers, the maniacal Missouri students famous for unearthing the guarded phone numbers of Kansas University basketball players, get their hands on Thomas Robinson’s digits?
Divorce ban?
February 3, 2012
Kudos to Steve Craven for his letter of Jan. 29, dealing with homophobic religious fundamentalists who quote obscure passages from the Old and New Testament to put the fear of God in us.
Musical message
February 3, 2012
Thank you for your Jan. 30 editorial regarding the renaming of part of 11th Street for Don Fambrough.
An easy sell: defensive coordinator Dave Campo excited for jump from NFL to KU
February 3, 2012
Any way you slice it, Kansas University defensive coordinator Dave Campo owed his wife one. In the late 1980s, when Campo was working at the University of Miami, he and his wife, Kay, attended a Miami Dolphins game one Sunday afternoon. They sat in the nosebleed section and got the true fan experience.
Iran threat can’t be denied
February 3, 2012
One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.
Possible Israeli attack on Iran worries U.S.
February 3, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a lot on his mind these days, from cutting the defense budget to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But his biggest worry is the growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran militarily over the next few months.
Rate grab
A bill that would allow utilities to raise their rates before those rates are approved by the state is bad policy for Kansas.
February 3, 2012
Maybe it’s the mild winter that spurred natural gas utilities to take a shot at getting the Kansas Legislature to approve a bill to enable them to establish interim rates without going through an approval process.
40 years ago: Local youths respond to latest draft lottery
February 3, 2012
“I just went nuts. I jumped up and down… and I offered to buy beer for everyone.”
25 years ago: Kansas governor invites world leaders to Lawrence
February 3, 2012
Gov. Mike Hayden recently had sent invitations to both Reagan and Gorbachev to conduct a meeting in Lawrence.
Sheen finds affirmation in his rebel roots
February 3, 2012
The celebrity genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC) returns with a glance at a few of the gnarled branches in Martin Sheen’s family tree.