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Archive for Monday, February 6, 2012

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The day in photos, Feb. 6, 2012
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Polls
Who do you think is KU's most important bench player going forward?

Poll results

Response Percent
Conner Teahan
 
47%
Kevin Young
 
30%
Justin Wesley
 
15%
Naadir Tharpe
 
5%
Other
 
1%
Total 485
Would you take an active role in a city of Lawrence community farming program?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
77%
Yes
 
22%
Total 277
What was your favorite Super Bowl ad?

Poll results

Response Percent
Doritos - “Man’s Best Friend”
 
17%
Chrysler - “Halftime in America”
 
14%
M&Ms - “Just My Shell”
 
11%
Volkswagon - “Dog Strikes Back”
 
6%
Bud Light - “Weego”
 
6%
Doritos - “Sling Baby”
 
4%
Chevy - “Apocalypse”
 
3%
Audi - “Vampire Party”
 
3%
SKECHERS - “Go Run”
 
3%
Honda - “Matthew Broderick’s Day Off”
 
3%
Hyundai - “Cheetah Attack”
 
3%
Fiat - “Seduction”
 
2%
Dannon Oikos - “The Tease with John Stamos”
 
1%
Acura NSX - “Jerry Seinfeld”
 
1%
Kia - “A Dream Car. For Real Life”
 
1%
Pepsi - “Respect”
 
1%
CareerBuilder - “Business Trip”
 
1%
Samsung Galaxy Note - “A Thing Called Love”
 
1%
GoDaddy - “Body Paint”
 
1%
E-Trade - “Fatherhood”
 
1%
Chevy - “Happy Grad”
 
0%
Taxact.com - “Bathroom Break”
 
0%
H&M - “David Beckham Bodywear”
 
0%
Coke - “Polar Bears”
 
0%
“The Avengers” trailer
 
0%
“The Dictator” trailer
 
0%
Chevy Sonic - “Stunt Anthem”
 
0%
Bud Light - “LMFAO”
 
0%
Budweiser - “Eternal Optimism”
 
0%
Bud Light - “Platinum”
 
0%
Bridgestone - “Performance Balls”
 
0%
GE - “Turbines”
 
0%
Teleflora.com - “Adriana Lima”
 
0%
Toyota Camry - “Connections”
 
0%
Jetblue - “Cubicle Workspace”
 
0%
Pepsi Max - “Check Out with Regis Philbin”
 
0%
GoDaddy - “Internet Cloud”
 
0%
“John Carter” trailer
 
0%
Best Buy - “Phone Innovators”
 
0%
Lexus - “Beast”
 
0%
Cars.com - “Confident With You”
 
0%
Hulu Plus - “Will Arnett”
 
0%
Toyota Camry - “It’s Reinvented”
 
0%
Century21 - “Smarter. Bolder. Faster.”
 
0%
GE - “Building Something in Louisville”
 
0%
MetLife - “Everyone”
 
0%
Hyundai Genesis Coup - “Think Fast”
 
0%
Cadillac ATS - “Green Hell”
 
0%
Kauffman Foundation - “Will It Be You?”
 
0%
Total 361
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Razor wire is wrapped near the top of twelve-foot fencing at the Lansing Correctional Facility East Unit. Last year, none of the 39 people seeking pardons from Gov. Sam Brownback received them, an open records request by the Journal-World has revealed. Pardon denials range from murder to traffic tickets
February 6, 2012
In all, 39 people were denied pardons by Brownback last year; no pardons were granted, according to letters from the governor’s office to pardon applicants
10:00 a.m.
Fairchild displays a mock warrant, which he says is easy to peruse on an iPad. With the use of certain software, Fairchild can electronically sign the warrant so it can be served. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Michael Hardy and his cousin Kayla take a ride on SafeBus in December. They say the transportation service, provided by Kansas University, is something they use often. 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.
3:00 p.m.
Online chat
Recap: Department on Aging Secretary chats about Medicaid reform
February 6, 2012
Kansas Department on Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan will be available Feb. 6 to discuss the state’s plan to privatize the Medicaid program or other policies regarding senior care. Sullivan heads the Department on Aging which is responsible for administration of Older American’s Act programs, distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments, and regulation and survey processes for several different adult care home licensure categories. Sullivan has been involved with aging services for 18 years. Before heading the Department on Aging, he was executive director of Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita, which received a state award for its efforts in culture change and person-centered care.
6:00 p.m.
Artificial turf is made of a plastic-like material that allows water to drain into the ground. City commissioners will be asked to decide Tuesday whether artificial turf at Tuckaway Apartments at Frontier will be allowed to stay. 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.
10:00 p.m.
Tonganoxie author Lisa Harkrader has a new young adult novel "Beanboy" coming out Feb. 14. The book is about Tucker MacBean, a middle school kid who enters a comic book contest. Gas-powered reading: “Beanboy” is the latest offering by Tonganoxie YA author
February 6, 2012
Lisa Harkrader follows up her successful YA debut “Airball: My Life in Briefs” with “The Adventures of Beanboy.”

All stories

School consolidation working group renews resolve for mission
February 6, 2012
With time running out before a deadline to make a recommendation to the board, a working group looking at consolidating schools in the Lawrence district decided to press ahead with its original charge on Monday and is still asking for more data.
Free State High School honor roll for fall 2011
February 6, 2012
These Free State High School students were named to the honor roll for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
Westar, KCC staff file settlement that would increase electric rates by $50 million
08:54 p.m., February 6, 2012 Updated 09:15 a.m.
The proposed agreement was filed by the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and Westar. It will next go to the three-member KCC for consideration.
Prosecutors seek to keep man convicted of sex abuse in custody for more treatment
February 6, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors are asking a judge to order a 54-year-old Lawrence man convicted of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl in the 1990s to remain in state custody for treatment.
Man convicted in Lawrence robbery pleads to federal gun charge
February 6, 2012
A 22-year-old Wichita man, who was convicted in connection with a 2010 Lawrence armed robbery, has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Statehouse Live: Wichita legislator wants to deduct $75,000 from Brownback’s budget because of Laffer
February 6, 2012
Brownback has proposed phasing out the state income tax, eliminating numerous deductions and keeping in place the temporary state sales tax of 6.3 cents per dollar, which under current law is scheduled to fall to 5.7 cents per dollar next year.
Jefferson County man, 66, faces charges of distributing, possessing child pornography
February 6, 2012
Jefferson County prosecutors have filed charges accusing a 66-year-old rural Nortonville man of distributing and possessing child pornography.
Lawrence commissioners to determine whether to create four community gardens
February 6, 2012
Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday will consider approving a plan to allow four pieces of city-owned ground to be used for community gardens or market farms to promote everything from free fruit to fresh produce for local school lunches.
Rich district, poor district on opposite sides of Brownback school finance plan
February 6, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to remove state limits on local property tax increases for schools got a thumbs-up Monday from a wealthy school district, but poorer districts said the proposal wouldn’t be fair to their students.
Lawrence public schools, United Way program in running for Kansas Leadership Center award
February 6, 2012
Lawrence Public Schools and the United Way have teamed up to become one of seven finalists for the Kansas Leadership Center’s Academy for Team Leadership program, which offers the winning organization up to $1 million in leadership training.
Kansas voting rights advocates oppose accelerating proof of citizenship requirement
February 6, 2012
A parade of voting rights advocates on Monday urged legislators to reject a proposal by Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require new voters show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote starting June 15.
How Tom Keegan voted: AP college basketball poll for Feb. 6, 2012
February 6, 2012
The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan’s ballot for the Associated Press college basketball poll on Feb, 6, 2012.
KU moves up to No. 7 in AP, drops to No. 10 in coaches poll
February 6, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team moved up a spot to seventh in the Associated Press coaches poll, while falling two spots to 10th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Lawmakers say issues arose at Gov. Sam Brownback’s dinner events
01:48 p.m., February 6, 2012 Updated 11:54 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback raised issues such as tax cuts and water policy in private meetings with legislators at his official residence, several lawmakers said Monday, although their accounts differed about the details.
Panel endorses Kansas House proposal
February 6, 2012
A Kansas House committee is signing off on a proposal to redraw the chamber’s 125 districts to reflect changes in the 2010 census.
Victim seeks legislative help to strengthen Kansas anti-stalking law
February 6, 2012
A bill introduced in the Kansas legislature last week would provide further protections for victims of stalking and domestic violence.
Pope names bishop for Salina, Kansas
February 6, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has named a new bishop for the Salina, Kan., diocese.
Google installing fast Internet service in KCK
February 6, 2012
Google plans to begin construction Monday on its long-awaited super-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kan.
Olathe sets homicide record in 2011
February 6, 2012
Olathe had six homicides last year, setting a record for the Kansas City suburb.
Town Talk: Headmasters moves out of downtown; community orchard, other gardens planned on city land; Del Monte expanding dog food plant
February 6, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Early-morning fire destroys parks and recreation maintenance facility at 11th and Haskell
February 6, 2012
A Lawrence Parks and Recreation maintenance facility has been destroyed by an early-morning fire near 11th and Haskell.
Fire reported at Lawrence public works garage
05:12 a.m., February 6, 2012 Updated 07:10 a.m.
A two-alarm fire is being reported at the city of Lawrence’s public works garage at 1141 Haskell.
How to help: Small World needs help for its smallest charges
February 6, 2012
Small World is in immediate need of volunteers to provide care and supervision in its nursery.
Horoscope for Feb. 6
February 6, 2012
For Monday, Feb. 6: This year you open up to different perspectives. At the same time, you open up to different voices within you. You often wonder which voice to listen to — the cool, logical one, or the emotional, passionate humming in your mind. If you are single, your desirability is unquestionable. If you are attached, do remember that it takes two to make a relationship work. LEO often cares about what you do but approaches these comparable concerns differently.
NBC puts on a really big show
February 6, 2012
There’s nothing particularly wrong with “Smash” (9 p.m., NBC), except that nothing about it feels quite right.
Obama: Israel has not decided on Iran attack
February 6, 2012
President Barack Obama said Sunday he does not think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran over its disputed nuclear program, a standoff that has the Middle East on edge.
After U.N. veto, U.S. proposes coalition
February 6, 2012
The United States proposed an international coalition to support Syria’s opposition Sunday after Russia and China blocked a U.N. attempt to end nearly 11 months of bloodshed, raising fears that violence will escalate. Rebel soldiers said force was now the only way to oust President Bashar Assad, while the regime vowed to press its military crackdown.
Road work planned for week of Feb. 6
February 6, 2012
Kansas River levee closed for construction of Bowersock Mills & Power Co.’s new plant on the north bank. Users will be detoured to city streets crossing at the controlled intersection of North Second and Locust streets. Completion: late 2012.
Baldwin High’s culinary arts program at risk under proposal
February 6, 2012
Baldwin High School’s culinary arts program is popular, successful and may not be around much longer.
Heard on the Hill: Transfer students can have difficult path to degree; former KU library administrator takes over libraries at U. of DePaul; I saw lots of smart kids at Douglas County Spelling Bee
February 6, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Eli Manning, champs best at both ends
February 6, 2012
Super Bowls most often are won and lost at two points of the game.
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 6, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.
KU football coaches: WR Justin McCay waiver-worthy
February 6, 2012
By now, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has said all he can say about the situation surrounding Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay, a wide receiver from Bishop Miege High who is appealing the NCAA for a hardship waiver that, if granted, would allow him to play at Kansas without sitting out a season.
KU’s Bill Self: ‘We’ve been here before’
February 6, 2012
Losses on successive Saturdays — combined with winning streaks of Baylor (four games) and Missouri (three) — have dropped Kansas University’s basketball team into a three-way tie for first place in the Big 12 Conference.
Pardon denials range from murder to traffic tickets
February 6, 2012
In all, 39 people were denied pardons by Brownback last year; no pardons were granted, according to letters from the governor’s office to pardon applicants
Pay it forward
February 6, 2012
Just an hour ago, I was treated to an act of pure, completely unselfish kindness by a stranger, a woman at the Phillips 66 car wash at Ninth and Iowa.
Backward plan
February 6, 2012
State unemployment and income tax data refute Gov. Brownback’s claim that Kansas will have more jobs if it lowers taxes on corporations and the rich and raises them on the middle class and working poor.
Gingrich may shift GOP’s course
February 6, 2012
There was a discredited president, distrusted by his own party, portrayed by even his fondest allies as a disappointing underachiever. There was an Eastern governor, decorated with breathtaking academic credentials and a star turn in the nonprofit sector, mounting a serious challenge. There was the threat of minor-party candidacies, with charismatic leadership and a core of devoted supporters who could skew the contest. It was perhaps the greatest election in American history. It was exactly a century ago.
Oread parking
A parking permit system for the Oread neighborhood is at least worth a look.
February 6, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners certainly have had no shortage of discussion about the Oread neighborhood east of the Kansas University campus.
25 years ago: Multi-screen theater planned for south Iowa Street
February 6, 2012
A city variance on parking regulations had helped clear the way for a proposed six-screen movie theater.
40 years ago: City postpones final decision on annexation
February 6, 2012
The recent proposed annexation was still raising strong opposition.
Know the drill: Practicing fire escapes at home can save lives
February 6, 2012
When I first told my husband and children that a firefighter was coming to our house to help us conduct a fire drill, my 6-year-old daughter burst into tears. It turns out it was not fear of her home burning, but instead fear of smoke alarm noise that set her off crying. I began to question the wisdom of my decision to do a home fire drill, but I was steadfast in my mission.
Mind Matters: Be honest about expectations in relationships
February 6, 2012
Expectations can be helpful when creating guidelines in a relationship. However, unmet expectations are almost always the cause of anger, frustration and disappointment, often leading to painful and perhaps unnecessary endings.
Clever disguises hide decorating problems
February 6, 2012
Just about every home has an eyesore.
This Valentine’s Day, consider the gift of song
February 6, 2012
This Valentine’s Day, your gift could be one in a million, or one of 189 million.
Underwear for men getting a little extra attention
February 6, 2012
Some things are fashion, and some are necessity. Where do men’s undergarments fall? Increasingly, right in the middle.
Gas-powered reading: “Beanboy” is the latest offering by Tonganoxie YA author
February 6, 2012
Lisa Harkrader follows up her successful YA debut “Airball: My Life in Briefs” with “The Adventures of Beanboy.”
Fix-It Chick: Adjustable steel poles can support sagging floors
February 6, 2012
Adjustable steel columns, also called jack posts or lally columns, can be installed in basements and crawl spaces to support sagging floors or can be used as a fulcrum beneath heavy appliances.
River City Jules: No hablo español, in reality
February 6, 2012
Two days into our vacation in Mexico, I had feared my communication skills would be limited to locating a bar but soon found myself effortlessly conjugating verbs in the present tense as Spanish lessons, dormant for 20 years, came flooding back.
Double Take: ‘Mean girls’ face consequences in life after high school
February 6, 2012
Teenage girls are mean, and if you survived junior high you know this. Once a girl hits that 14- to 15-year-old mindset, she can become so devious it leads to destructive behavior. We tend to be competitive, overthinking creatures as it is, but something about the high school environment turns this toxic.
Go Green: Tips for observing snowy owls and other wildlife
February 6, 2012
Lawrence has had some beautiful visitors from the North this brown winter. Though not unheard of, visits from snowy owls are definitely an exception to the rule in Kansas.
100 years ago: Lawrence playground concept languishing
February 6, 2012
“This is a question that has been brought up several times before the city fathers….”