Advertisement

Archive for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Artificial turf is made of a plastic-like material that allows water to drain into the ground. Lawrence city commissioners went against a staff recommendation and agreed on Tuesday to “grandfather in” more than 20,000 square feet of artificial turf that was installed contrary to city code at a west Lawrence apartment complex. On a 4-1 vote, city commissioners said a development group led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel could keep the synthetic turf that was installed at the Tuckaway Apartments at Frontier, which is near Sixth and Frontier. City allows fake grass at apartments
February 8, 2012
The grass will always be greener on the other side of at least one Lawrence fence. Lawrence city commissioners went against a staff recommendation and agreed on Tuesday to “grandfather in” more than 20,000 square feet of artificial turf that was installed contrary to city code at a west Lawrence apartment complex.
10:00 a.m.
Gov. Brownback gave the State of the State address on Wednesday January 11, 2011. Opposition increases to Brownback tax plan, KPERS changes
February 7, 2012
Pushback increased Tuesday against two major initiatives sought by Gov. Sam Brownback on taxes and public pensions.
2:00 p.m.
Dole Institute director Bill Lacy, left, listens as former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty speaks Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at the Dole Institute of Politics.
At KU, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says candidate needs to unite, excite GOP base
February 8, 2012
Mitt Romney had a rough Tuesday night in Minnesota and Missouri, but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spent much of his evening in Lawrence defending the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.
5:51 p.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, right, seen here in 2009, announced today he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore has Alzheimer’s
5:22 p.m., February 8, 2012 Updated 12:36 a.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who represented Kansas’ 3rd District, which includes Lawrence, from 1998 to 2010, announced today that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
8:00 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little KU Chancellor Gray-Little outlines retention, graduation goals
February 7, 2012
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little Tuesday outlined a plan to increase retention and graduation rates and research funding.

All stories

Bill Self: KU rebounds nicely from loss to MU
February 8, 2012
Bill Self loves the way his Kansas University basketball team has bounced back from Saturday’s deflating loss at Missouri.
Defense polarizes programs
February 8, 2012
As I watched both teams on the same court for the second time this season Wednesday night, a light flickered in a normally very dark place — my brain — and it became plain to see why Kansas keeps beating Baylor, even though the Bears win so many recruiting battles. The Jayhawks make it no fun to play against them. They plant themselves in your face and stay there. The Bears have so many good basketball players, but nothing about them makes Kansas dread playing them.
Baylor coach Scott Drew defends defense
February 8, 2012
Through 15 minutes, Baylor’s zone forced seven turnovers and appeared to be disrupting Kansas University’s basketball offense. So what changed in the Bears’ 68-54 loss to the Jayhawks on Wednesday night?
Jeff Withey bears down
Kansas big man ‘amazing’ against Baylor
February 8, 2012
A little peer pressure helped Jeff Withey bury Baylor on Wednesday night in Ferrell Center.
KU women crush Texas, 85-61
10:07 p.m., February 8, 2012 Updated 11:53 p.m.
The Kansas University women’s basketball team improved to 17-6 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play with an 85-61 blowout of Texas on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The victory gave the Jayhawks the season sweep of the Longhorns. Aishah Sutherland led the Jayhawks with 24 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Angel Goodrich set an Allen Fieldhouse record with 16 assists.
Police investigate reports of shots fired near Second and Michigan streets Wednesday evening
06:04 p.m., February 8, 2012 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Lawrence police received reports of gunshots Wednesday evening near Second and Michigan streets at the Michigan Way Apartments, though no suspects or victims have been found.
Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore has Alzheimer’s
05:22 p.m., February 8, 2012 Updated 12:36 a.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who represented Kansas’ 3rd District, which includes Lawrence, from 1998 to 2010, announced today that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Growing number of KU professors boycotting academic journal publisher
February 8, 2012
More than 20 Kansas University faculty members have joined an online petition agreeing to boycott Elsevier, the international publisher of academic journals, because of its “exorbitant” prices and other business tactics.
Kansas Senate approves congressional map that consolidates Lawrence in 2nd, puts Manhattan in 1st
February 8, 2012
The Kansas Senate Wednesday approved a bi-partisan congressional redistricting plan that puts all of Lawrence in the 2nd U.S. House district.
Lawrence, KU hosting public forums to discuss public transportation, transit depot idea
February 8, 2012
The city and KU will host three public meetings next week to get feedback on proposed changes to the transit system, and city leaders said they still want to hear feedback about the idea of locating a transit hub in the Santa Fe Depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets.
2 people in custody after police chase on Kansas Turnpike
04:34 p.m., February 8, 2012 Updated 09:32 p.m.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers have five people in custody after a police chase on the Kansas Turnpike, a dispatcher said Wednesday.
Labor groups blast Brownback over tax plan, several other bills
February 8, 2012
But Brownback, in an event with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, defended his proposal.
Kansas House moves remap bill; Senate plans debate
February 8, 2012
The Kansas House gave first round approval Wednesday to a bill that redraws its members’ districts to shift power within the chamber from rural communities to the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Kansas income tax debate accelerates
February 8, 2012
Opponents to Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal for cutting Kansas income tax rates said Wednesday the Republican’s plan is misguided and would punish working families.
Hutchinson mayor helps nab thieves
February 8, 2012
Hutchinson Mayor Ron Sellers found out what it’s like to be a crime fighter and a crime victim on the same night.
Concealed carry on campuses approved by committee
February 8, 2012
House Bill 2353 is now headed to the full House for consideration with a recommendation for approval from the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Kansas teachers to deliver pension petition
February 8, 2012
A group of Johnson County teachers is heading to the Kansas Statehouse to deliver signatures they have gathered in protest of plans to change the state employee retirement system.
Missouri teen gets life with possible parole in killing
February 8, 2012
A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Statehouse Live: Committee approves new voter registration requirements
February 8, 2012
Republicans on the House Elections Committee pushed the bill, sought by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, to the full House for consideration, while Democrats opposed it.
Town Talk: Wind turbine and cars in the median proposed for Lawrence Auto Plaza; home show set for this weekend; neighbors want new downtown study as result of Ninth and N.H. hotel/apartment plans
February 8, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Woman transported to hospital after motorcycle accident
February 8, 2012
A motorcycle driver was transported to a Topeka hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening after her motorcycle left the road as she was traveling north on Wellman Road in Jefferson County, just north of the Jefferson-Douglas county line, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.
Dow approaches 13,000, and maybe a record to come
February 8, 2012
It was just last summer that the Dow Jones industrial average shed 2,000 points in three terrifying weeks. Investors had a host of things to worry about, including the possibility of another recession.
Gun investigation bill dies in House committee
February 8, 2012
The so-called “Bloomberg Bill,” aimed at keeping some gun investigations conducted by other states out of Kansas, failed to make it out of the Kansas House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee on Tuesday.
California same-sex marriage ban struck down
February 8, 2012
Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled California’s ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to “lessen the status and human dignity” of gays.
City allows fake grass at apartments
But commissioners say turf should only be used in ‘limited situations’ in future
February 8, 2012
The grass will always be greener on the other side of at least one Lawrence fence. Lawrence city commissioners went against a staff recommendation and agreed on Tuesday to “grandfather in” more than 20,000 square feet of artificial turf that was installed contrary to city code at a west Lawrence apartment complex.
More offenders may be required to register under proposed amendments to act
February 8, 2012
More sexual, violent and drug offenders will likely be required to register with the state under the current version of amendments to the Kansas Offender Registration Act.
Diamond dropped in kettle sells for $6,325 on eBay
February 8, 2012
Having a special, albeit largely mysterious, story seems to have paid off in the case of a diamond discovered in a Shawnee Salvation Army kettle.
Brownback sees threat to NBAF
12:27 a.m., February 8, 2012 Updated 12:06 p.m.
Some state legislators said Tuesday they were surprised by remarks from Gov. Sam Brownback that Kansas and its congressional delegation face “a continuous fight” to obtain federal funding for a new lab that would research plant and animal pathogens.
At KU, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says candidate needs to unite, excite GOP base
February 8, 2012
Mitt Romney had a rough Tuesday night in Minnesota and Missouri, but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spent much of his evening in Lawrence defending the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.
Activist reflects on, looks ahead to feminist issues
February 8, 2012
In front of nearly 1,000 people, the speaker pauses from her prepared notes. “Let me tell you a personal story,” she says. “In 1972, I was in jail. I was on the FBI’s most wanted list — that’s what activism was.”
$2.4 million gift to KU to establish scholarships
February 8, 2012
A $2.4 million estate gift from Kansas University alumnus George A. Daniels will establish an endowed scholarship for undergraduates at KU.
Heard on the Hill: Huron recommendations bring changes in KU facilities department; KU looking for new director of undergraduate research; lecture to focus on anti-evolution controversies
February 8, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Ex-KU LB Johnson gets NFL combine invite
February 8, 2012
The Kansas Jayhawks are back in the NFL combine.
City basketball roundup: Veritas boys rally to win at St. Mary’s
February 8, 2012
Veritas won a back-and-forth game at St. Mary’s Academy, 38-33, after trailing by six points midway through the fourth quarter.
NFL needs to tweak FG rules
February 8, 2012 in print edition on B2
The falling confetti provided the perfect mascara. The coronation of Eli Manning as the game’s “money” quarterback du jour diverted attention from what should’ve been one of the NFL’s great embarrassments
Henrickson: Kansas, Texas both ‘desperate’ for a win
February 8, 2012
The last time they met, in early January, the Kansas University women’s basketball team knocked off then-No. 23 Texas in Austin for its first road victory against a ranked team since 2000 and moved to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play.
Free State soccer player signs with Fort Hays
February 8, 2012
One of the top returning players for Free State High’s girls soccer team has chosen a college destination to extend her career on the pitch.
Memphis set to join to Big East
February 8, 2012
Memphis is the latest school to sign up for a spot in the new Big East.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 8)
February 8, 2012 in print edition on B5
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 7.
LHS boys start, finish strong against SM West
February 8, 2012
In a game as tightly contested as Lawrence High’s 54-51 victory against Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday night at LHS, to say one play mattered more than any other would be unfair and inaccurate.
Big battle, part 2: Baylor, Kansas frontcourts prep for rematch, revenge
February 8, 2012
A certain top-five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Perry Jones III elected to return to Baylor University for his sophomore season. His main reason? The desire to remain a carefree, 19-year-old kid at a place he loves.
FSHS boys fall short of comeback
February 8, 2012
If Free State High’s boys basketball team wanted to hone its comeback repertoire Tuesday night, it might have picked the wrong opponent to try that against.
Horoscope for Feb. 8
February 8, 2012
For Wednesday, Feb. 8: This year you unravel a long-term issue by remaining gentle and caring. Others feel safer with you, no matter what type of relationship you have. If you are single, you might see a change in a major relationship, waving on more of what you want. If you are attached, don’t test your sweetie’s patience. VIRGO understands you perhaps far too well.
Legislature should limit major initiatives
February 8, 2012
It would appear that the governor and his staff members wish to remake some of the most essential and complex aspects of state government during this year’s legislative session. He has already given the Legislature plans to remake the state tax system and the school finance system, transform the present state retirement system (KPERS) from a defined-benefit plan to a defined-contribution plan, and put a cap on state spending through limiting the state’s ability to spend additional revenues beyond a certain fixed percentage.
Why Israeli strike should worry U.S.
February 8, 2012
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is refreshingly frank, sometimes stunningly so. He outdid himself on a trip to Europe last week, making headlines on two sensitive topics.
Local talent?
A strong understanding of Lawrence may be more important than traditional chamber of commerce credentials in hiring a new executive for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
February 8, 2012
As the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce apparently heads into the home stretch of its search for a new chief executive officer, wanting to have the new hired leader in place yet this quarter, let’s hope there’s a new perspective about a fundamental qualification for the job. Instead of playing another round of musical chairs within the ranks of professional chamber of commerce execs, maybe it’s time to recognize that what’s needed for Lawrence is someone who understands Lawrence and can function effectively in our community, with all its idiosyncrasies.
100 years ago: Law against cigarette sales spelled out
February 8, 2012
“Who is selling cigarettes in Lawrence?”
40 years ago: Letter-writer objects to sex education
February 8, 2012
“I understand Woodlawn School children are guinea pigs….”
25 years ago: Funding running out for defense of county poor
February 8, 2012
Douglas County was running out of money to pay lawyers to defend indigent clients.
Firebirds girls win ugly, 55-48
February 8, 2012
Out of the ordinary was the theme of the night Tuesday for Free State High’s girls basketball team.
Styles of Self, Drew differ
February 8, 2012
Kansas and Baylor — two of three schools that, along with Missouri, headed into the week with a share of first place in the Big 12 basketball standings — illustrate that not all programs in the top 10 in the national rankings take the same path.
Back to future for CBS News
February 8, 2012
CBS News takes a page from the distant past and reintroduces the special “Person to Person” (7 p.m.) to a new generation.