Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Tyshawn Taylor (10) puts up a floater under the goal in the first half of the Jayhawks game against the Baylor Bears. Taylor scored 19 points in the win. 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.
10:00 a.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.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas legislators are considering allowing guns on college campuses. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Talk of a new transit station on the eastern edge of downtown will increase next week, as will proposals to change several routes that are part of the city and Kansas University’s bus systems. 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. 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.

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Kansas House chair removes teacher rating measure
February 9, 2012
A proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback to post teacher evaluations on school district websites was removed Thursday from a House education bill after it sparked outrage.
Grocer faces sentencing in food stamp scam
February 9, 2012
The owner of a Kansas grocery store is pleading with a federal judge to spare him from prison for his role in a food stamp scam targeting poor people willing to sell their government benefits for cash.
Audit clears State Department in Keystone probe
February 9, 2012
The State Department’s internal watchdog cleared the agency Thursday of any impropriety in its review of a permit for a controversial pipeline that that would carry Canadian oil produced from tar sands to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast.
Teachers deliver pension petitions to Capitol
February 9, 2012
Teachers from Kansas City-area school districts have delivered petitions on pension issues signed by more than 6,400 school employees to the Statehouse.
Judge sets trial date in abortion threat case
February 9, 2012
A judge has set a trial date in the government’s lawsuit against an abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor training to offer abortions.
Kansas woman delivers baby after hit-and-run crash
February 9, 2012
A northeast Kansas woman injured after a hit-and-run crash involving a tractor-trailer has delivered a healthy baby girl.
KU Chancellor discusses race relations at Fort Leavenworth Black History Month event
February 9, 2012
While serving in conflicts abroad, the U.S. military has been on the front lines of a historic battle at home, said Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little: African-Americans’ fight for civil rights.
Three long-time Lawrence public schools administrators to retire
February 9, 2012
Three veteran administrators — who have more than a 100 years of education experience among them — will retire from Lawrence Public Schools at the end of the school year.
Lawrence city sidewalk ordinance ruled unconstitutional
February 9, 2012
A Lawrence Municipal Court judge has declared part of a city ordinance that makes it illegal to obstruct traffic on a sidewalk vague and unconstitutional. Judge Randy McGrath made the ruling Wednesday in a trial of Robert Gilmore, 54, who faced three misdemeanor counts of prohibited use of a right of way for incidents last year on Massachusetts Street.
Perry Ellis selected as McDonald’s All-American
February 9, 2012
Kansas signee Perry Ellis has been selected as one of 24 players on the final rosters of the McDonald’s All-American teams.
Tickets on sale soon for Rock Chalk Revue
February 9, 2012
Members of Kansas University’s greek community will gather for the 63rd time for another rendition of Rock Chalk Revue, an annual variety show fund-raiser.
Committee hearing heats up on Kansas abortion bill
February 9, 2012
Temperatures rose Thursday during a committee hearing on a bill to add further restrictions on abortions.
Lawrence Home Show set for this weekend
February 9, 2012
Many of the nearly 70 vendors at this weekend’s 12th Annual Lawrence Home Show will be playing off of that theme as more residents look to remodel rather than re-locate.
Lawrence leaders say changing to LED traffic lights a bright idea, money saver
February 9, 2012
A handful of city officials on Thursday celebrated briefly at Ninth and Massachusetts as crews completed a multi-year project to replace all incandescent traffic signal bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights.
High school students invited to program on college financial aid
February 9, 2012
Area high school students and parents at an event on the Kansas University campus this Sunday can learn more about financial aid for college and become eligible to win a $500 scholarship.
Tonganoxie man injured in a one-vehicle accident near Basehor
February 9, 2012
A 78-year-old Tonganoxie man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident about three miles north of Basehor, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Police arrest second suspect in connection with robbery at Lawrence apartment
February 9, 2012
Lawrence police have arrested a second suspect, a 23-year-old Ottawa man, who is charged in connection with a Jan. 10 robbery at a Lawrence apartment.
Town Talk: Roger Morningstar to open New York pizza place in West Lawrence; library to introduce three finalists for director job to public; Iwig Dairy to open store on Friday
February 9, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Early morning fire displaces residents in northern Lawrence
08:25 a.m., February 9, 2012 Updated 01:28 p.m.
A chimney fire early Thursday damaged a house in northern Lawrence and has displaced two residents there, a Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman said.
Public broadcasting dealt setback in House Appropriations Committee
February 9, 2012
The motion to remove the funding request deadlocked 10-10 and then Appropriations Chairman Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, broke the tie and voted to kill the funds.
In scientific coup, Russians reach Antarctic lake
February 9, 2012
Opening a scientific frontier miles under the Antarctic ice, Russian experts drilled down and finally reached the surface of a gigantic freshwater lake, an achievement the mission chief likened to placing a man on the moon.
Caffeine fix as easy as taking deep breath
February 9, 2012
Move over, coffee and Red Bull. A Harvard professor thinks the next big thing will be people inhaling their caffeine from a lipstick-sized tube. Critics say the novel product is not without its risks.
Romney’s losses show conservative doubts
February 9, 2012
Mitt Romney still can’t seem to win over the bulk of the conservatives who make up the bedrock of the Republican Party.
After wins, new challenges await Santorum
February 9, 2012
One day after Rick Santorum’s startling breakthrough in the presidential race, his few aides decamped to distant states to start building campaign organizations from scratch. It was evidence of his challenge in converting sudden momentum into victories in the rush of contests ahead.
Jobs gap between young and old is widest ever
February 9, 2012
Squeezed by a tight job market, young Americans are especially struggling. They have suffered bigger income losses than other age groups and are less likely to be employed than at any time since World War II.
Study: Electric boost helps brain learn better
February 9, 2012
People learned better when a key part of their brains got mild zaps of electricity, a finding that may someday help Alzheimer’s patients keep more of their memories.
Police dispatch questioned after father torches house, killing boys
February 9, 2012
Emergency call logs show that nearly eight minutes elapsed between when a social worker called 911 to report that Josh Powell’s children were in danger and when sheriff’s deputies were dispatched. By the time officers were on their way, the home was exploding in a gas-fueled inferno, with Powell and his two young boys inside.
New military roles to be recommended for women
February 9, 2012
For the past decade women in the U.S. military have served, fought and died on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Opponents criticize latest abortion bill in Kansas Legislature
February 9, 2012
Last year, five bills limiting abortion services and affordable contraception were passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Ottawa man arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping
February 9, 2012
A 23-year-old Ottawa man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of an aggravated robbery and kidnapping that occurred Jan. 10, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office records. His bond was set at $50,000, and he remained in custody as of Wednesday night.
Fire damages house southwest of Baldwin City
February 9, 2012
Emergency crews were able to contain a house fire at 208 East 1600 Road, just southwest of Baldwin City, in about a half-hour, said Randy DeMersseman, chief of the Palmyra Township Fire Department.
Chamber of Commerce names interim vice president of economic development
February 9, 2012
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is turning to a longtime banker and former chamber leader to serve as its interim director of economic development.
Bill would give certification to batterer intervention programs
February 9, 2012
A Topeka man, who prefers that his name not be used, said he severely abused his wife for eight years. During this time, he said, he attended several programs to try to change and was told he had an anger issue. He simply needed to identify his “triggers” and stay away from them. Meanwhile, his wife was told she needed to monitor his moods and try to defuse them.
County may face $2.4 million budget shortfall in 2013
February 9, 2012
Just a few weeks into a new fiscal year, Douglas County commissioners are already bracing for the difficult budget decisions that could come in 2013.
Heard on the Hill: Student body president is against concealed carry law; evolution in Kansas has been an issue for a long, long time; article details an interesting meeting with James Naismith
February 9, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Poll reveals Kansans’ opinions on death penalty, drug testing
February 9, 2012
The Kansas University Institute for Public Policy and Business Research had polled 561 state residents.
40 years ago: Assaulted woman fights back
February 9, 2012
Police reported today an occurrence from a recent night in the 1100 block of Tennessee.
100 years ago: KU women form athletic association
February 9, 2012
“At a meeting yesterday afternoon at the University Gymnasium fifty woman students of the University organized what will be known as ‘The Women’s Athletic Association.’”
Memphis final piece for coast-to-coast Big East Conference
February 9, 2012 in print edition on B2
The Big East has acquired all the pieces needed to build a new coast-to-coast conference. Putting them all together, though, is going to take awhile.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 9)
February 9, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 8.
Free State girls bowling places fifth at KC Turner
February 9, 2012
Haley Hanson placed sixth overall with a 539 series as Free State High’s girls bowling team placed fifth at the six-team Kansas City Turner Invitational on Wednesday at Ranch Bowl.
Our Town Sports for Feb. 9
February 9, 2012
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Love, money … it’s Valentine’s
February 9, 2012
Valentine’s Day approaches, and with it, obligatory holiday episodes.
Horoscope for Feb. 9
February 9, 2012
For Thursday, Feb. 9: You could become unusually fussy and demanding this year. You might believe that you are the best at this or that. As a result, you make waves wherever you go and often have an entourage of the opposite sex around you. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy relating more closely. VIRGO cares about the basics.
Public faith vs. private faith
February 9, 2012
Really? Seriously? In the history of pro sports, men have done all sorts of things to commemorate their feats on the field or the court. They have flopped like seals, walked like gorillas, head-butted like bighorn sheep. They have high-fived, low-fived, dog-piled, chest-bumped, wept, kissed their own biceps. They have break-danced, river-danced, jitterbugged and otherwise tripped the light fantastic.
Recycling plea
February 9, 2012
I walk every day, so when I see the mountains of garbage people put out for pickup, I get upset. It’s cringe-worthy to see all the cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and metal going to the landfill. I hear most do not want to pay for recycling because they hardly put out any trash, they do their own recycling, they cannot afford to pay or the bins are too big. The “task force” wants to increase citywide recycling from the current rate of 34 percent. I wonder where they get this figure? I bet it is far less.
‘Hawk’ card won’t work for GOP
February 9, 2012
Through 11 presidential elections, beginning with the Democrats’ nomination of George McGovern in 1972, Republicans have enjoyed a presumption of superiority regarding national security. This year, however, events and their rhetoric are dissipating their advantage.
Medicaid push
Kansas officials should listen to those voicing concerns about Medicaid changes and take the time to make the necessary revisions to their plan.
February 9, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration have come up with a plan they say will improve care and reduce costs for Medicaid recipients in the state. That’s a good goal, but questions being raised about the plan indicate that the state needs to iron out more of the details before rushing ahead with a plan that will affect about 380,000 vulnerable Kansans.