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Independent group inspecting Apple suppliers
February 13, 2012
Apple said Monday that an independent group, the Fair Labor Association, has started inspecting working conditions in the Chinese factories where its iPads and iPhones are assembled.
Study trimming super-size with half-orders, plate colors
February 13, 2012
Call it the alter-ego of super-sizing.
House GOP leaders have backup on payroll tax
February 13, 2012
In an abrupt about-face, House GOP leaders announced Monday that they are willing to extend the two percentage point cut in the payroll tax through the end of the year and add the approximately $100 billion cost to the nation’s $15 trillion-plus debt.
Lawrence man sues Kansas highway patrolman over Tasing incident
February 13, 2012
A 26-year-old Lawrence man has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas highway patrolman alleging the trooper used excessive force when he used a Taser during a 2011 Lawrence incident
Debate starts in Kansas Legislature on illegal immigration
February 13, 2012
State legislators on Monday started a week-long debate on immigration policy ranging from allowing undocumented workers to stay in Kansas to measures aimed at chasing them away.
House GOP tax cut proposal would also cut highway program, transportation officials say
February 13, 2012
Highway projects would be delayed and possibly shelved if a House Republican leadership plan to cut taxes was approved, officials said Monday.
Bill designed to raise disaster funds criticized as establishing hidden tax
February 13, 2012
A plan to raise funds to handle future disasters got some rough treatment Monday from critics who said it would put in place a hidden tax increase.
After tornado, young professionals in Joplin search for a new, service-oriented path
February 13, 2012
The twister that blasted an immense hole in this Missouri city almost nine months ago also smashed the carefully crafted career plans of many young professionals. With much of their community in ruins, they abandoned secure corporate jobs to devote themselves to the town’s long recovery.
Obama’s budget: Government still getting bigger
February 13, 2012
Taking a pass on reining in government growth, President Obama unveiled a record $3.8 trillion election-year budget plan Monday, calling for stimulus-style spending on roads and schools and tax hikes on the wealthy to help pay the costs. The ideas landed with a thud on Capitol Hill.
Branch manager of Chicago Public Library to be first of three finalists to interview for directorship of Lawrence Public Library
February 13, 2012
A manager of a branch of the Chicago Public Library will be the first of three finalists interviewed for the director position at the Lawrence Public Library.
Around and About for Feb. 11, 2012
February 13, 2012
Kansas State University has announced Semester Honors for fall 2011. Semester honors are for students who earned a 3.75 GPA or higher for the semester while enrolled in at least 12 hours of graded course work.
Carolyn Davis to miss rest of season with dislocated knee, torn ACL
01:12 p.m., February 13, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Carolyn Davis will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season after suffering a dislocated knee and torn ACL in Sunday’s game Kansas State, KU coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Monday.
KU moves up to No. 4 in AP, No. 5 in coaches poll
February 13, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team moved up three spots to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, while jumping five spots to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Both rankings were released Monday.
White House’s 2013 budget includes no new money for Kansas bio-security lab
12:44 p.m., February 13, 2012 Updated 12:50 a.m.
Kansas officials were stunned and upset Monday to learn that President Barack Obama recommended no additional funding for construction of a new biosecurity lab, jeopardizing a high-visibility project that the state had seen as a powerful engine of economic growth.
Short supply of helium not expected to deflate Valentine’s Day balloons
February 13, 2012
Without it, heart-shaped balloons would fall flat this Valentine’s Day.
Statehouse Live: House GOP plan to cut taxes would short transportation program
February 13, 2012
T-Works is a 10-year, multi-billion transportation program that was approved by the Legislature in 2010.
City to appeal judge’s ruling that part of sidewalk ordinance unconstitutional
February 13, 2012
Lawrence city prosecutors will appeal a recent municipal court decision that declared part of a sidewalk ordinance was unconstitutional.
Jeff Withey wins Big 12 player of the week
February 13, 2012
Kansas center Jeff Withey was named the Big 12’s player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Printable Valentines from Go!
February 13, 2012
Download and print these free Go! valentines.
Legislature considering 13 alcohol bills
09:51 a.m., February 13, 2012 Updated 11:58 a.m.
The Kansas Legislature is spending more time than usual on alcohol-related bills during the current session.
6th grader submits antifreeze law to Legislature
February 13, 2012
A Kansas 6th grader is honoring the memory of his dog by asking the Kansas Legislature to regulate antifreeze.
12-year-old Wichita girl dies after hit by police car
February 13, 2012
A 12-year-old Wichita girl has died after she was hit by a police car.
Legislators to resume Kansas tax debate
February 13, 2012
Legislative committees have scheduled additional hearings this week to consider several plans to cut the Kansas tax rates
Town Talk: Craft beer festival coming to Downtown Lawrence; city commissioners set date to begin discussing trash changes; weekly property sales
February 13, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County land transfers for week ending Feb. 6, 2012
February 13, 2012
Douglas County land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds.
Two area schools cancel classes, activities postponed because of snow
08:23 a.m., February 13, 2012 Updated 10:43 a.m.
Two Lawrence area schools are closed today because of weather.
Heard on the Hill: Conference football likely to be set soon, brides-to-be exhale; KU music students offering free lessons; Kansas State coach wants everyone to stop swearing at KSU games
February 13, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Perry woman injured in one-vehicle accident on K-10 west of Eudora
06:43 a.m., February 13, 2012 Updated 09:42 a.m.
A 32-year-old Perry woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday morning after she was injured in an accident on a snowy Kansas Highway 10.
Derby man injured in I-70 accident
February 13, 2012
An 18-year-old Derby man was involved in a one-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Kansas Turnpike at 2:20 a.m. Sunday. The driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a median wall near mile marker 211, east of Lawrence. He was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was released later Sunday morning.
Junction City man arrested on aggravated assault charge
February 13, 2012
A 26-year-old Junction City man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after he brandished a handgun during a dispute at the Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third St., shortly after 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The suspect is currently in custody at the Douglas County Jail.
Aggravated battery arrest made after fight
February 13, 2012
A 20-year-old Lawrence man was arrested at 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning on suspicion of aggravated battery. Lawrence Police Sgt. Kirk Fultz said officers were called to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a 34-year-old man arrived with facial fractures and missing teeth. Fultz said the victim was waiting for a cab at a home in the 1600 block of Edgehill Road when a fight broke out. The suspect is currently in custody at the Douglas County Jail.
Bankruptcies for Feb. 13
February 13, 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:
Ex-staff chief to Democratic governors discusses Cedar Crest meetings
February 13, 2012
A former chief of staff to two past Democratic governors says he can’t remember them inviting legislators to the governor’s official residence by committee.
Man charged with poaching 14-point buck
February 13, 2012
A Topeka man has been charged with poaching a 14-point whitetail buck that could have broken a state record that has stood for more than 35 years, authorities said.
DNA database helps provide missing links in unsolved cases
February 13, 2012
It has the power to help solve rapes, murders and burglaries. And while most people are sleeping, the Combined Offender DNA Index System, or CODIS, works to compare the DNA of unknown suspects to the more than 10 million profiles from across the country already in the system.
Investigators seek answers to Whitney Houston’s death
February 13, 2012
Investigators worked Sunday to piece together what killed Whitney Houston as the music industry’s biggest names gathered for a Grammy Awards show that at times felt as much like a memorial as a celebration.
Obama’s budget going to Congress
February 13, 2012
The new budget that President Barack Obama is sending to Congress aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by restraining government spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. To help a weak economy, Obama’s proposal today requests increases in transportation, education and other areas.
Horoscope for Feb. 13
February 13, 2012
For Monday, Feb. 13: This year you frequently discover that you are in the limelight, like it or not. With the spotlight comes additional responsibility. You might buy a home or add to your present domain. Instincts guide you with finances. If you are single, you attract quite a few people. If you are attached, the two of you start acting like new lovers. SCORPIO is proud to know you.
Unleash the dog show!
February 13, 2012
Forget Valentine’s Day. Tonight we celebrate our greatest, most enduring and generally least complicated love affair. That between people and dogs.
KU women’s golf sits at 16th place
February 13, 2012
The Kansas women’s golf team sits in 16th place after the first round of the 18-team UCF Challenge on Sunday.
KU’s Pille strikes out 13 in shutout softball victory
February 13, 2012
Kansas University pitcher Alicia Pille struck out 13, and the Jayhawks shut out Northern Colorado, 1-0, on Sunday morning at the Southeastern Lion Classic.
Report: Speedy running back commits to KU
February 13, 2012
It appears Kansas University’s football recruiting class for 2012 grew by one over the weekend.
Spradling ready to step up, lead Wildcats
February 13, 2012
Kansas State’s signing of Shawnee Mission South guard Will Spradling to a national letter of intent in November of 2009 did not create a lot of buzz in the college basketball world.
Stats say Taylor deserves Cousy mention
February 13, 2012
The Wooden Award. The Naismith Trophy. The Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year award. The Oscar Robertson Trophy. The Adolph Rupp Trophy.
KU tennis wins Illinois State dual
February 13, 2012
Kansas University’s tennis team defeated Illinois State, 5-2, Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Divorces
February 13, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending February 11, 2012.
Marriages
February 13, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending February 11, 2012.
Capitalism
February 13, 2012
The concept of capitalism seems to be taking an unfair hit lately.
KOMA loophole
February 13, 2012
The Kansas Open Meeting Act’s problem is the hole that’s big enough to allow Earth to pass through that will always allow the “he said/she said” conundrum that’s under way. Of what do I write? KOMA’s allowance of unnoticed meetings of majorities of legislative bodies.
Elite decision
February 13, 2012
Journal-World front page news (Feb. 8) is all too familiar in our city. “City allows fake grass at apartments.” This decision is one of thousands that reflect what is wrong with our country: misguided decisions crafted by politicians that protect the elite 1 percent at the expense of the other 99 percent.
A salute to unexpected actions
February 13, 2012
This month marks the 40th anniversary of an event so unexpected that it created a phrase that’s become part of our political lexicon: The shorthand is “Nixon goes to China,” meaning a moment in which a leader reverses his past positions to do something that is shocking but beneficial.
Accept change
The hotel/apartment project proposed for the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets is part of a positive trend for downtown Lawrence.
February 13, 2012
The soundest strategy to protect Lawrence’s most treasured historic asset — Massachusetts Street — is to give New Hampshire and Vermont streets some flexibility to change.
Together 24/7: Couples who do business alongside one another share secrets to success
February 13, 2012
George Burns and Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille. What do these famous celebrity couples have in common? They chose to spend many, many hours of their professional and recreational life together. Several couples in Lawrence have chosen to do the same and found this union of work, life and marriage to be a worthwhile partnership.
Abuse charges remind parents uncomfortable talks necessary
February 13, 2012
Sinister allegations of abuse by at least two teachers in a Los Angeles school have forced awkward discussions as parents warn youngsters that people they trust — pastors, teachers, even relatives — might do things that could hurt them.
25 years ago: Mall opponents present petition to city
February 13, 2012
Group members had been collecting signatures for the past nine days.
40 years ago: A peek at Lawrence’s movie offerings, burger stands
February 13, 2012
Advertisements proclaimed the quality of the “Hi-Lo” cheeseburger.
100 years ago: Young Lecompton girl walks 12 miles to elope with Lawrence man
February 13, 2012
“That is the story of the elopement of Effie Fowler and Roy Pennington, who left Lawrence in a wagon Saturday afternoon….”
Delicious/Nutritious: Valentine’s Day yumminess
February 13, 2012
Thinking about cooking for your sweetie on Feb. 14? Why not have some wine with your adorable cheese(iness)?
Double Take: IEP cannot guarantee spot on sports team
February 13, 2012
Regarding your recent article on participation in athletics as part of an Individualized Education Program, it appears very possible that the student and parent who wrote in are using the IEP as a vehicle to assure the student’s placement on the middle school volleyball team.
Game-time nutrition: keeping your athlete healthy and strong
February 13, 2012
More than 7 million boys and girls across the country will participate in organized sports this year, and unfortunately, injuries are a part of every season. The mistake athletes, parents and coaches often make is overlooking proper nutrition as a sports injury prevention measure. A balanced diet to fuel your athlete is just as important as protective gear.
Book review: ‘Speak No Evil’ a quick read
February 13, 2012
“Speak No Evil” by Marilyn Kaye is part of the series “Gifted,” the beginning of which I had not read. Fortunately, that did not make the book at all harder to understand.
Everyday LIfe: Any answer will eventually turn against you
February 13, 2012
A few weeks before Christmas my granddaughter told me, in conspiratorial tones, that some kids in her class said that there’s no Santa; parents put out presents early on Christmas morning. “Do you think they’re right?” I asked. “No! That’s ridiculous!” she said. “My parents would never get up that early!”
Fix-It Chick: New dimmer can bring touch lamp back to life
February 13, 2012
Scot M. Kunen invented the touch lamp in 1984 and updated his patent in 1987. Since that time, the dimmable touch control has found its way into many different lamps.
River City Jules: Valentine’s verses
February 13, 2012
To the 20 or so gentlemen who confess to reading my column and the 10, if not 12, more who are not yet ready to admit to it, this one is for you.