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Archive for Sunday, February 5, 2012

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1:08 a.m.
Crowds fill the floor of the new Hollywood Casino, a Las Vegas-style casino at the Kansas Speedway, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. The casino is the first one in the Kansas City market in 15 years. 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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor hangs his head after the loss to Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Mizzou Arena. Tyshawn Taylor tries to shoulder blame
February 5, 2012
The other guys score the last 11 points of the game and beat your guys, and you want to scream at somebody. That’s understandable. But when it’s Tyshawn Taylor you want to scream at, that’s where it gets a whole lot tougher to comprehend.
10:00 a.m.
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, state Reps. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, and Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, speak with attendees at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast on Saturday at the Eldridge Hotel. Also speaking at the event were state Sens. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and state Reps. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, and Ann Mah, D-Topeka. Differences arise between legislators over school finance, voter registration
February 4, 2012
Douglas County legislators differed sharply over school finance, taxes, concealed carry and election law Saturday, mirroring the contentious debates dominating the 2012 legislative session.
6:00 p.m.
Overland Park police officer Mark Vargo, a member of the Overland Park Bomb Squad, controls a robot designed for handling and observing potentially explosive devices back onto the team’s truck Wednesday after a demonstration outside Allen Fieldhouse. The bomb squad unit in Overland Park has been in operation since the ’70s. Overland Park Bomb Squad brings cautious approach on every call
February 5, 2012
Overland Park Bomb Squad technician Jim Dawkins showed off the team’s “bomb suit” before Wednesday’s Kansas University men’s basketball game.
10:00 p.m.
Incoming provost Jeff Vitter is pictured Tuesday, April 6, 2010 inside Strong Hall at Kansas University. Vitter will take over as provost on July 1, 2010. KU looking at ways to maintain affordability
February 4, 2012
As President Barack Obama continues to tout new policies designed to keep college costs down, Kansas University’s provost said the university is undertaking its own measures.

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Capitol Briefing: Brownback lobbies for tax credits
February 5, 2012
News from the Kansas Statehouse compiled both Scott Rothschild.
City to decide whether to allow use of artificial grass in commercial projects
February 5, 2012
On the lawn of the Tuckaway Apartments at Frontier, it looks like Tiger Woods could play through at any moment. The grass, of course, isn’t grass. It is synthetic turf, and other than for use on sports fields, the city’s commercial landscape code says it is prohibited.
With iPads, judges in touch any time, any place
11:17 p.m., February 5, 2012 Updated 11:16 a.m.
Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild during his 16 years on the bench estimates he’s signed search warrants at nearly every restaurant in town. But those days are now over for the county’s six judges.
KU students designate SafeBus as preferred ride
February 5, 2012
SafeBus is not a normal bus: It’s a party where the guests change every 10 minutes.
Bankruptcies
February 5, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Marriages
February 5, 2012
Marriage licenses granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending February 5, 2012.
Divorces
February 5, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending Feb. 5, 2012.
Rollover accident near Basehor reported Friday
February 5, 2012
Emergency crews responded to a rollover accident just east of Basehor on Friday afternoon
Around and about in local business
February 5, 2012
Local business news for the week ending February 4, 2012.
Time winding down for working group’s school consolidation recommendations
February 5, 2012
Time is about to be up for a group of community members who have been tasked to decided which of Lawrence’s elementary schools should close.
Overland Park Bomb Squad brings cautious approach on every call
February 5, 2012
Overland Park Bomb Squad technician Jim Dawkins showed off the team’s “bomb suit” before Wednesday’s Kansas University men’s basketball game.
Project lets Kansas students find Civil War graves
February 5, 2012
Middle school students across Kansas are being encouraged to learn more about their history and communities by searching local cemeteries for the graves of Civil War veterans.
Panel discusses effect February Sisters had on women’s rights at KU
February 5, 2012
It was a Friday. C.J. Brune remembers because she felt relief the week was over.
City Commission agenda for Feb. 7
February 5, 2012
City commissioners will hear concerns from an Old West Lawrence resident who believes the installation of a special cable/telephone box by AT& is creating an aesthetics problem in the neighborhood.
Defense: ATF sting targeted black males
February 5, 2012
A bogus pawn shop operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives targeted black males during a months-long firearms sting operation that was racially motivated, a defense attorney claimed in a court filing seeking to dismiss charges against his client.
Eighth-grader spells out a win in county bee
February 5, 2012
Consecrate, subjugate, ethanol, ubiquitous and contiguous. Those are just a few of the words Emma Steimle was able to spell correctly, helping her win the first-place trophy at the Douglas County Spelling Bee on Saturday.
Only in Lawrence to honor local unsung heroes
February 5, 2012
It’s time again for the Lawrence Journal-World’s Only in Lawrence “Larry Awards.”
Bill Self lauds arena’s aura
February 5, 2012
Bill Self said he “loved the atmosphere” at Saturday’s Kansas-Missouri basketball game at Mizzou Arena.
Kansas swimmers lose dual to Iowa State
February 5, 2012
The Kansas University swimming and diving team lost a close meet to Iowa State on Saturday, 158-142, in the final dual of the regular season.
KU women place 7th at NYC track meet
February 5, 2012
Kansas University senior thrower Elena Krechyk set a KU record in the weight throw, and the women’s team placed seventh on Saturday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Former Chiefs lineman Roaf elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
February 5, 2012 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Willie Roaf joined running back Curtis Martin and three other linemen as the newest players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with one senior committee choice.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 5)
February 5, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 4.
Free State fourth, LHS sixth at league swim meet
February 5, 2012
Free State High’s boys swimming team had its sights set on third place at the Sunflower League Championships Saturday at Mission Trail Middle School.
Missouri’s Kim English discourages ‘rah-rah celebration’
February 5, 2012
When a few Missouri students ran onto the court after Saturday’s game, MU guard Kim English waved his arms, trying to get them to go back to their seats. There was a reason, he said.
Tyshawn Taylor tries to shoulder blame
February 5, 2012
The other guys score the last 11 points of the game and beat your guys, and you want to scream at somebody. That’s understandable. But when it’s Tyshawn Taylor you want to scream at, that’s where it gets a whole lot tougher to comprehend.
Miserable ending: MU’s 11-0 end run dooms Jayhawks
February 5, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self walked dejectedly down a Mizzou Arena hallway late Saturday night, his path crossing that of former NBA 7-footer Will Perdue. “Will, Will, Will … we had that game where we wanted it,” Self said, as ESPN Radio color analyst Perdue nodded his head solemnly in agreement. Self’s Jayhawks, who led by a whopping eight points following a baseline dunk by guard Tyshawn Taylor with 3:21 left, didn’t score the rest of the game in falling to Missouri, 74-71.
KU’s Weis has ties to both Pats, Giants
February 5, 2012
Two weeks ago, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis stood on the home sideline at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and openly rooted for the team with which he won three Super Bowl rings in nine seasons as an NFL assistant coach in the AFC Championship game.
Kansas women stumble at A&M
February 5, 2012
Defending national women’s basketball champion Texas A&M is playing itself into Big 12 contention, while Kansas University is quickly falling out of it.
Capitalist system promotes change
February 5, 2012
In the basement of the newspaper where I worked during the summers of my youth was a prodigious printing press, a rumbling monster that looked like the engine of a Mississippi River steamboat.
‘Soul Train’ host’s death spurs memory
February 5, 2012
This was for us. And that was a new thing, so we gathered faithfully to the television as that hard-working cartoon engine chugged across the screen, rainbow smoke pouring from its stack, the announcer calling us to order once upon a Saturday.
Political lines
A plan that makes relatively minor changes to the state’s 2nd Congressional District has spurred a major political reaction.
February 5, 2012
The reaction to a plan approved by a Kansas Senate committee to redraw the boundaries for the state’s four congressional districts is a vivid reminder of why redistricting often is referred to as the Kansas Legislature’s most political task.
25 years ago: Burglar gets away with dozens of boots
February 5, 2012
A burglar had thrown a 27-pound rock through a plate-glass window at Gordon’s Boots Center.
40 years ago: KU reaches agreement with ‘February Sisters’
February 5, 2012
The group ended their peaceful 13-hour sit-in at the East Asian Studies Center.
Kovel’s Antiques: Arts and Crafts-era maker had own style
February 5, 2012
Arts and Crafts, or Mission, furniture is described in most catalogs and books as functional and simple, with straight legs and arms. Pieces have little decoration, just visible mortise-and-tenon joints.
Garden Calendar: Seed fair seeks to entertain, build reserve
February 5, 2012
Come out to the third annual Kaw Valley Seeds Project Fair this Saturday for an opportunity to share and pick up seeds, learn about gardening and seed saving, and just have fun.
Behind the Lens: Things photographers don’t want to hear
February 5, 2012
Recently I came across a photography blog about what newspaper photographers don’t like to hear said to them when working.
Boomer Girl Diary: Getting into a Siri-ous friendship
February 5, 2012
I was so excited to find her under the tree. “Look how beautiful!” I cried. “So sleek, so chic. So… me!”
A few choices beyond the Super Bowl
February 5, 2012
Sequels tend to pile up when you’re not watching. I’m still not sure how many movies “Leprechaun” has spawned.
Horoscope for Feb. 5
February 5, 2012
­For Sunday, Feb. 5: You are about accomplishment this year. If that is what feels good to you, great, but try not to judge people in the same way. A partner and/or those close to you could be very difficult unless you accept the differences that exist between you. Stay even and centered through good diet, exercise and health management. If you are single, you fall into a very intense relationship. If you are attached, the two of you create far more sparks than in recent years.
100 years ago: Winter hasn’t left yet; gas pressure still low
February 5, 2012
“MERCURY IS DROPPING ALL OVER COUNTRY. Temperatures Are Reported to Zero And Below In Many Places. WILL BE STILL COLDER TONIGHT.”