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Lawrence man, 23, arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, criminal damage
February 14, 2012
Lawrence police Tuesday afternoon arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.
Junction City man, 26, charged with aggravated assault
February 14, 2012
Prosecutors charged a 26-year-old Junction City man, Cory Mack Preston, with aggravated assault after he was accused early Sunday morning of brandishing a handgun during a dispute at the Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third St.
Lawrence man, 20, charged with aggravated battery
February 14, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors filed an aggravated battery charge Monday against a 20-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested after police said a 34-year-old man suffered facial fractures.
City Commission approves plan to build apartments on mobile home lot
February 14, 2012
A plan to add about 1,000 student bedrooms to the area near 31st and Iowa streets won unanimous approval from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday.
City puts plans for west Lawrence recreation center on hold
February 14, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday slowed down the process of designing a potential west Lawrence recreation center after a mysterious private development group sent word that it may be interested in building its own facility that could meet the city’s needs.
School board cooling on consolidation plan
February 14, 2012
The majority of Lawrence school board members acknowledge that changes in state funding and enrollment numbers could be enough to persuade them not to shut down any elementary schools.
County Commission to hear plan for senior housing
February 14, 2012
Wednesday, Douglas County commissioners will consider a proposal from Tenants to Homeowners to turn an empty, county-owned lot into moderately priced senior housing.
Tentative deal reached on payroll tax cut
February 14, 2012
House-Senate talks on renewing a payroll tax cut that delivers about $20 a week to the average worker yielded a tentative agreement Tuesday, with lawmakers planning to unveil the pact today and sending the measure to President Barack Obama as early as this week.
Free State teacher’s essay goes viral, gets plagiarized
February 14, 2012
A Free State High School biology teacher’s essay defending his profession has gone viral.
Brownback administration supports bill that critics say could invalidate Lawrence anti-discrimination ordinance
February 14, 2012
Lori Wagner, of Lawrence, said House Bill 2620 would allow people to claim religious reasons for challenging a Lawrence ordinance that bars discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. “It would legalize discrimination,” Wagner said. “If the underlying goal is to go after gay people, we’re not going to have it,” she said.
Property owner claims in lawsuit Overbrook man cut $50,000 worth of trees for firewood
February 14, 2012
A Douglas County man has filed a lawsuit accusing an Overbrook man of removing 62 trees, valued at more than $50,000, from his property and selling them as firewood.
National Weather Service hosting discussion about severe weather
February 14, 2012
On Feb. 28, the National Weather Service in Topeka will present Weather 101, which will include information about how thunderstorms develop, features of severe weather and safety tips.
Sex crime defendant’s attorney wants information about teenage accusers
February 14, 2012
A defense attorney for a Shelter Inc. employee who faces three sex crime charges is seeking more information about the man’s teenage accusers, including their juvenile criminal history.
Despite federal budget cut, getting NBAF remains a priority for Kansas, leaders say
February 14, 2012
Clay Blair, the first chairman of the Kansas Bioscience Authority and former chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, said Tuesday he was surprised and disappointed that President Obama did not propose funding for the National Bio- and Agro-defense facility in his budget.
Missouri man gets 5-year prison sentence for robbery on KU campus
February 14, 2012
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 21-year-old Belton, Mo., man to serve a five-year prison sentence for his involvement in a 2009 robbery on the Kansas University campus.
Jeff Withey named Oscar Robertson national player of the week
February 14, 2012
Kansas center Jeff Withey has been named the Oscar Robertson national player of the week, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced Tuesday.
Democrats, Republicans express concerns over popping the cap on local property taxes for schools
February 14, 2012
House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said Brownback’s proposal would lead to an education system of “haves and have nots” and skyrocketing property taxes.
Drug testing for Kansas welfare recipients proposed
February 14, 2012
A group of Kansas lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require a third of Kansas welfare recipients to pay to be tested for drugs.
Wichita might strike oil at proposed library site
February 14, 2012
City officials confirmed Monday that they are considering drilling on the land after being told that significant deposits of oil might be found under the site, although no official discussions have been held, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Town Talk: Minsky’s to open in downtown Lawrence; renderings for 31st and Iowa apartments; East Lawrence coffee house up for approval
10:30 a.m., February 14, 2012 Updated 11:00 a.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
A guide to get grocery shopping
February 14, 2012
Extension agent Susan Johnson explains the ins and outs of what should be in your cart.
Feminist author featured at Kansas NOW event
February 14, 2012
Feminist writer Amanda Marcotte will be featured during a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread.
Statehouse Live: “Rubber stamp” incident over abortion bill generates more comment
February 14, 2012
Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, has written a letter critical of the way Kari Ann Rinker, state coordinator for the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women, delivered testimony last week in opposition to an abortion regulation bill.
Two Lawrence police department employees suspended, pending investigation
February 14, 2012
Two Lawrence Police Department employees have been suspended pending an investigation of alleged inappropriate conduct, Police Chief Tarik Khatib said Monday evening.
Perry-Lecompton schools cancel classes due to power outage
February 14, 2012
Perry-Lecompton USD 343 has canceled classes today due to a power outage.
Bombers target Israeli diplomats
February 14, 2012
Israel blamed Iran on Monday for bomb attacks on its diplomats’ cars in India and Georgia, heightening concerns that the Jewish state was moving closer to striking its archenemy.
Most of Romney’s top fundraisers remain anonymous
February 14, 2012
Despite criticism of Fannie Mae by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, his campaign accepted nearly $280,000 in donations raised by a registered lobbyist who once represented the government mortgage giant and whose clients now include a private equity firm and the drug company Pfizer.
Washington governor signs gay marriage bill into law
February 14, 2012
Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
Business dean talks customer service
February 14, 2012
Kansas University’s dean of business took time on Monday to visit the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club and told members that businesses can gain an edge by focusing more on service.
School consolidation working group won’t pursue specific closings
February 14, 2012
The school consolidation working group has abandoned its charge to recommend which elementary schools should close because they feel the majority of the school board no longer backs the task they were assigned to do.
High school principals give update on grade realignment
February 14, 2012
Lawrence’s high school principals said the transition to a ninth- through 12th-grade system is benefiting the district in many areas but added they are continuing to evaluate facility needs at the high schools.
Heard on the Hill: Love is in the air for really old insects, too; Obama’s budget reflects increases in many higher ed programs; those against the “woo” in Rock Chalk Chant appear to be gaining ground
February 14, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Horoscope for Feb. 14
February 14, 2012
For Tuesday, Feb. 14: This year you become more aware of your public image. Attempt to groom it to be more in line with your goals. You will experience a newfound popularity and success. If you are single, you will draw someone much more akin to your needs, probably after spring 2012. If attached, you and your significant other could grow much closer if focusing on a common goal. SAGITTARIUS is your friend.
Love affair changed America
February 14, 2012
Folks who confuse life in the 1950s with “Leave It to Beaver” should not miss the powerful and moving documentary “The Loving Story” (8 p.m., HBO).
Notebook: Jeff Withey 1 block short of triple-double
February 14, 2012
Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey nearly had a triple-double on the same day he was named Big 12 player of the week.
Frank Martin: Game was ‘men’ vs. ‘kids’
February 14, 2012
After his team took a one-point lead in the second half, Kansas State coach Frank Martin said he saw one main difference between Kansas and KSU: maturity. “That’s the difference when you’ve got grown men playing for you,” Martin said following KSU’s 59-53 loss to KU on Monday night. “It makes our guys look like little kids in those moments.”
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 14, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.
Toughened up, Jeff Withey ‘fabulous’
February 14, 2012
You play basketball for Bill Self and you don’t compete hard, he’ll repay you with interest. And he’ll keep repaying you until you get tired of going through more than any physical opponent can put you through. And then you’ll start competing. You might even transform from a lamb in retreat to a charging bull. That’s how Jeff Withey responded to the punitive Self, a football coach who dresses, smiles and sees the court like a basketball coach.
A clean sweep: Tyshawn Taylor talks it up after KU victory
February 14, 2012
Tyshawn Taylor stared into the boisterous Kansas State student section late Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum, pulling out his jersey and the word “Kansas” in the direction of those who tried to make his life oh-so-miserable the previous two hours.
KU women’s golf 15th through two days
February 14, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s golf team moved up to 15th place out of 18 teams at the the UCF Challenge on Monday, the second day of the three-day event.
LHS girls basketball loses fourth in a row
February 14, 2012
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team lost its fourth straight game Monday night, 62-29 at Shawnee Mission South.
25 years ago: Two city commissioners in favor of putting mall on ballot
February 14, 2012
“There’s so much flip-flopping, we need a vote.”
40 years ago: State legislation and Valentine ads
February 14, 2012
“Some motorbikes are red, some horses are blue….”
100 years ago: KU Glee Club leaves on western tour
February 14, 2012
“Stare if you wish for there will be a sight worth seeing….”
A childhood favorite all grown up: Mature mac and cheese
February 14, 2012
Gourmet cheeses, healthy noodles and add-ins like bacon and green chiles make the old combination fresh again.
Divisive task
February 14, 2012
The school consolidation working group is now in full crisis mode, toiling under its divisive charge to decide who among them will be sacrificed in this the latest round of school closures.
Energy options
February 14, 2012
Missing thus far from the discussion of Westar’s latest rate increase request is the larger issue of how electricity is produced for Lawrence and Douglas County.
Ongoing effort
The Lawrence Boys and Girls Club deserves the community’s thanks for the difference it has made for local youngsters over the last 40 years.
February 14, 2012
Forty years after its founding, the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club isn’t just a local fixture; it’s an agency that continues to expand and innovate to meet the growing needs of Lawrence youngsters.
Ike was both common, extraordinary
February 14, 2012
In World War II, he tamed America’s allies and conquered its adversaries. As a conservative college president, he defended liberal professors caught in a virulent red scare.