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City Commission agenda for Feb. 14
February 10, 2012
City may take step toward new rec center
Netflix and Hulu air new scripted originals
February 10, 2012
Within just over a week, Netflix and Hulu are both debuting their first stabs at original scripted programming.
Audit: North Dakota university awarded unearned degrees
February 10, 2012
Facing pressure to bring in more students as North Dakota’s booming oil industry made it tougher to coax new high school graduates into college, Dickinson State University began looking overseas to boost its enrollment.
Navy names ship for Giffords
February 10, 2012
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship will be named after Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived being shot in the head last January when a gunman opened fire as Giffords met with constituents outside a Tucson grocery store.
Suicide bombers kill 28 in Syria; rebels deny involvement
February 10, 2012
Two suicide car bombers struck security compounds in Aleppo on Friday, killing 28 people, Syrian officials said, bringing significant violence for the first time to an industrial center that has largely stood by President Bashar Assad during the 11-month uprising against his rule.
7-year-old girl hurt in accident on Kansas Highway 33
February 10, 2012
A 7-year-old Olathe girl was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., after a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in southeastern Douglas County.
Students show off projects at county science fair today
February 10, 2012
Daniel Mangiaracino has been waiting most of his life to participate in a science fair — well, at least since before he was in kindergarten.
Lawrence City Commision to review plan to turn Gaslight mobile park into student housing complex
February 10, 2012
A plan to convert a South Lawrence trailer park into a development that will have nearly 1,000 bedrooms for local college students is set for a key vote at Lawrence City Hall.
Kansas Court of Appeals rules Martin Miller should get new murder trial
February 10, 2012
A Kansas Court of Appeals panel has ruled a former Lawrence carpenter and Christian school leader convicted of killing his wife should get a new trial based on errors in the jury instructions at his 2005 trial.
CNN’s Candy Crowley receives William Allen White award from KU
February 10, 2012
Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor of CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” thought the 2004 presidential election would be her last hoorah covering the campaign trail.
Brownback initiatives have problems, legislative leaders say
February 10, 2012
Leaders from both political parties on Friday said Gov. Sam Brownback’s legislative initiatives, including overhauling the state tax code and school finance system, had problems.
Kansas House GOP issues tax plan
February 10, 2012
House Republican leaders are proposing a plan to cut Kansas income taxes, removing one key objection to an earlier proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback.
Topeka bank officer charged with $2.8 million fraud
February 10, 2012
A former vice president of Heritage Bank in Topeka has been charged with bank fraud for allegedly falsifying loan applications from otherwise unqualified buyers who were purchasing real estate from her as the seller.
Kansas Senate leader rejects bill to allow guns on college campuses
February 10, 2012
The Kansas Senate leader said Friday he had no interest in a bill that would allow concealed carry of weapons on college campuses.
Obama budget predicts $1.3T deficit for 2012
February 10, 2012
The White House on Friday confirmed a report that President Barack Obama’s new budget predicts a $1.3 trillion deficit for the ongoing fiscal year. The deficit would drop to $901 billion next year under the administration’s tax and spending policies.
Report: Teacher in LA molest case paid to resign
February 10, 2012
The former third-grade teacher charged with committing lewd acts on students was paid $40,000 to drop an appeal of his firing, a newspaper reported Friday.
Kansas Supreme Court affirms verdict in teen’s death
February 10, 2012
The state’s highest court upheld the capital murder and aggravated kidnapping convictions of a Wichita man who was paid to kill a pregnant 14-year-old girl.
Congressman asks for delay in Eisenhower Memorial
February 10, 2012
Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf is asking a federal panel to reject architect Frank Gehry’s design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.
Proposed abortion ban blocked by abortion foe
02:07 p.m., February 10, 2012 Updated 04:10 p.m.
A leading anti-abortion legislator is blocking a push to enact a constitutional amendment that would ban on abortion in Kansas.
Historian to discuss life of Lecompton man killed in Quantrill’s raid
February 10, 2012
The Lecompton Historical Society recently received the tombstone of one of three men from the town killed in Quantrill’s Raid in 1863.
Statehouse Live: House redraws its own lines with strong vote
February 10, 2012
Legislators must redraw boundaries for legislative, congressional and State Board of Education districts to accommodate population shifts over the past 10 years.
Court finds Kansan competent for trial on Obama threats
February 10, 2012
A federal judge has found a Kansas man competent to stand trial on charges of threatening the president of the United States.
Town Talk: PepperJax Grill plans to move to Mass. Street; retailers post strong holiday sales numbers; Gould Evans slated to be architects for rec center idea
09:50 a.m., February 10, 2012 Updated 11:03 a.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
AARP asks consumers to contact KCC to oppose Westar rate hike
February 10, 2012
As state regulators consider Westar Energy’s proposed rate increase, which would give shareholders a 10-percent profit, AARP Kansas is stepping up calls for people to oppose the decision.
Ottawa man arrested in connection with a Jan. 10 robbery
February 10, 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.
Lawrence man charged with eluding police
February 10, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday charged a 23-year-old Lawrence man with eluding police while driving recklessly during an incident reported Wednesday afternoon.
Employee groups oppose proposed KPERS changes
February 10, 2012
Representatives of numerous government employee groups on Thursday urged legislators to reject a move to replace the current public pension system with a 401(k)-type plan.
Leaving ‘No Child’ law: Obama lets 10 states flee
February 10, 2012
It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.
Greek deal to cut spending does not end debt drama
February 10, 2012
More than two years after it came clean about its addiction to debt, Greece may finally have begun its long and painful road to recovery.
$25B foreclosure abuse settlement reached
February 10, 2012
A landmark $25 billion settlement with the nation’s top mortgage lenders was hailed by government officials Thursday as long-overdue relief for victims of foreclosure abuses. But consumer advocates countered that far too few people will benefit.
South Middle School honor roll for fall 2011
February 10, 2012
These South Middle School students have been named to honor rolls for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year:
Heard on the Hill: NCAA makes changes to $2,000 stipend for athletes proposal; Jayhawks get some love on ‘Wheel of Fortune’; KU looking for new accessibility and ADA education post
February 10, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Legal confusion causes roller-coaster ride for liquor prices
February 10, 2012
Many state retailers had begun marking down their prices.
40 years ago: Drinking age proposal, billboard regulations keep state legislators busy
February 10, 2012
The House had been considering a bill to reduce the age of majority.
100 years ago: KU women bring story-time to Lawrence youngsters
February 10, 2012
“Only the best English will be permitted.”
Nate Fiester, Bri Martin lead FSHS bowlers to fourth
February 10, 2012
Nate Fiester rolled a 625 series to place sixth, and Bri Martin rolled a 502 to place ninth to lead their respective Free State High bowling teams in the Washburn Rural Invitational on Thursday at Westridge Lanes.
LHS bowlers snare second
Senior Isaiah Ross has high series in home quad
February 10, 2012
Thursday didn’t get off to the greatest start for Lawrence High senior Isaiah Ross.
Pierce picked for 10th All-Star appearance
February 10, 2012 in print edition on B4
Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce overcame slow starts to return to the All-Star game, while lengthy runs ended for Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
Horoscope for Feb. 10
February 10, 2012
For Friday, Feb. 10: This year you juggle work, relationships and a long-term dream. You might lean one way or another during parts of the year. Depending on your background and needs, you will feel more comfortable dealing with a specific area. If you are single, you’ll meet someone quite exotic and different who opens doors you have never seen. If you are attached, you see a dimension of your mate that is new. LIBRA can say awful comments without others even realizing for hours.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 10)
February 10, 2012 in print edition on B4
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 9.
Jeremy Case digs aide gig
February 10, 2012
Had this been Jeremy Case’s senior year, he probably would be averaging at least 20 minutes a game as the Kansas University basketball team’s third guard. In his day, he warmed the bench, but expresses no regrets. The national-championship ring he won in 2008 comes in handy.
TV treads a narrow path
February 10, 2012
There’s ratings gold in them there gold shows! Two weeks back, “Bering Sea Gold” (10 p.m., Discovery) was the highest-rated series debut in that network’s history. And last week, its cable ratings got even higher, reaching more than 3.5 million total viewers. There was a time when that would have been considered a paltry network audience. But those were in the days before every show had to compete with hundreds of other choices.
Reloaded Veritas off to surprising start
February 10, 2012
To say Veritas Christian boys basketball coach Gary Hammer was concerned about his team’s experience — or lack thereof — entering this season might not give the coach’s apprehension enough justice.
Final Four for football worthy idea
February 10, 2012 in print edition on B2
Nobody needs a Farmers’ Almanac to project Saturday afternoon weather in late December 2014 in any given Midwestern city.
Slump busted: Kansas’ Conner Teahan regains trey form
February 10, 2012
Kansas University senior guard Conner Teahan, who has made four of his last five three-pointers over the last two games, appears to have shot his way out of a prolonged slump.
Royals, Gordon agree on one-year deal
February 10, 2012
Alex Gordon doesn’t know where negotiations stand on a long-term contract. He doesn’t even know how much he deserves to make after a breakout season with the Kansas City Royals.
Garden caution
February 10, 2012
While fully supporting the idea of city-owned gardens (Journal-World., Feb. 7), I must offer some caution on the implementation of this worthwhile scheme.
Musical delight
February 10, 2012
I just returned from the choral concert by local middle and high school students and it’s going to take a while for me to come down from the clouds.
Condemn sin
February 10, 2012
As a “religious fundamentalist” (who does not fear homosexuals), I would like to commend Anna Slemmer for her letter (Public Forum, Feb. 3).
Poor evaluation
February 10, 2012
So Brownback wants to evaluate teachers based on a one-shot test, among other things, and post the evaluation on the Internet.
Pummeling KU
February 10, 2012
I am now convinced that Dolph Simons Jr. stays up nights, scouring any data source, looking for some way to criticize Kansas University and the chancellor.
U.S. should foster Egypt democracy
February 10, 2012
What kind of democratic revolution in Egypt is it that brings charges against 19 American NGO workers who have been advocating democracy? The answer is that it’s a confused revolution, looking for people to blame for its troubles.
Shared burden
Using federal money to subsidize individual higher-education savings accounts is a plan worth considering.
February 10, 2012
With federal and state aid to colleges and universities declining each year and the schools passing some of their financial burden to students and families in the form of higher tuition, attention needs to be focused on ways to keep higher education affordable.
KU football still working on ’12 class
February 10, 2012
Saturday marks the first of a handful of “junior days” for Kansas University’s football program this offseason. However, as the program’s recruiting attention starts to turn toward the Class of 2013, there remains some work to be done in the Class of 2012, most of which officially signed with the Jayhawks on Feb. 1.