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Longtime Audio-Reader volunteer honored for rare sense of empathy
February 15, 2012
Sometimes, when Chuck Fisher gets up at night, he takes the opportunity to practice an exercise that helps him connect with the visually impaired people he reads to every week as a volunteer for the Kansas Audio-Reader Network.
Journalists discuss college sports scandals
February 15, 2012
The Penn State University scandal involving sexual abuse. Numerous NCAA violations against the Ohio State University football program. A two-year-long ticket scandal at Kansas University. It’s a rough time for college athletics.
Manufacturers providing outsize boost to economy
February 15, 2012
American factories are humming — and driving the economy forward.
Iran claims progress made in nuke fuel
February 15, 2012
In defiant swipes at its foes, Iran said Wednesday it is dramatically closer to mastering the production of nuclear fuel even as the U.S. weighs tougher pressures and Tehran’s suspected shadow war with Israel brings probes far beyond the Middle East.
Officials: 358 killed in Honduras prison fire
February 15, 2012
Honduran officials confirmed Wednesday that 358 people died when a fire tore through an overcrowded prison, making it the world’s deadliest prison fire in a century.
KU women lose at Iowa State, 66-47
February 15, 2012
The Kansas University women’s basketball team couldn’t hold a two-point halftime lead, falling 66-47 to Iowa State on Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa.
Douglas County judge won’t dismiss case against two Lawrence robbery suspects
February 15, 2012
A Douglas County judge Wednesday declined to dismiss a Lawrence robbery case Wednesday after defense attorneys accused prosecutors of coercing a juvenile defendant who has been adjudicated in the case.
Kansas Board of Regents OK tuition break for some Missouri students at Edwards Campus
February 15, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a proposal by Kansas University to expand the Metro KC Tuition Waiver on the Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
Kansas Board of Education OKs No Child waiver
February 15, 2012
The Kansas Board of Education has approved the state’s request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Two sent to hospital after crash on U.S. 24-59
February 15, 2012
Two people were taken to the hospital after an accident Wednesday morning north of Lawrence in Jefferson County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
KU working to solve communication problems associated with efficiency program
February 15, 2012
As Kansas University begins to make changes associated with its plan to be more efficient, administrators are working on ways to better communicate those moves.
Missouri man arrested for alleged threatening calls to Brownback’s office
February 15, 2012
Police have arrested a Columbia, Mo., man suspected of phoning in a threat to the Kansas governor’s office from a motel in Topeka.
Rally hits Capitol in opposition to Brownback, Kobach initiatives
03:24 p.m., February 15, 2012 Updated 12:22 a.m.
More than 300 people on Wednesday converged on the Statehouse to rally against the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and corporate influence over the Kansas Legislature.
KDOT awards two construction bids for Douglas County projects
February 15, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded bids for two projects in Douglas County.
KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honors four alumni
February 15, 2012
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected four of its graduates for the highest honor given to its alumni.
Explosives found in truck parked near Statehouse
In events police say are unrelated, one man arrested for allegedly making threatening call to governor’s office, owner of suspicious truck arrested
12:57 p.m., February 15, 2012 Updated 12:28 a.m.
Several homemade bombs were found Wednesday in a pickup truck parked near the Kansas Statehouse that had specialty license plates issued only to U.S. military paratroopers, and police said they arrested the owner inside an underground tunnel connecting the Capitol to an office building.
Police involved in brief chase Wednesday morning
February 15, 2012
A Lawrence police officer was involved in a brief vehicle chase Wednesday morning that ultimately was called off by a supervisor.
Committee advances higher education budget, but several issues will be visited again
February 15, 2012
Conservative Republicans questioned several itemized spending increases endorsed by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican.
Protesters plan ‘Occupy Koch Town’ in Wichita
February 15, 2012
Protestors are hoping to draw people from across the nation to Wichita over the President’s Day weekend for an “Occupy Koch Town” event.
KCC to study Westar’s shareholder return
February 15, 2012
Kansas Corporation Commission members say they will scrutinize Westar Energy’s contention that its shareholders need to make a 10 percent return on their investment in the utility.
KC Chamber announces plans to pursue ‘Big 5’ ideas
February 15, 2012
A series of meetings is under way in Missouri and Kansas on how to make Kansas City the nation’s most entrepreneurial city.
Kansas Democrats name new communications director
February 15, 2012
The Kansas Democratic Party has a new communications director.
Kansans United in Voice and Spirit to rally
February 15, 2012
A coalition of Kansas organizations is heading to the Statehouse to rally against various Republican legislative proposals and some of Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s initiatives.
Natural gas leak causes evacuation of buildings near 11th and New Hampshire streets
10:15 a.m., February 15, 2012 Updated 12:13 p.m.
Emergency crews are evacuating buildings near 11th and New Hampshire streets due to a natural gas leak. Traffic on 11th Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets is blocked.
Owner of former Yellow House Store files lawsuit against KU Police Department, detective
February 15, 2012
Carrie Neighbors, an owner of the former Yellow House Store in Lawrence serving an eight-year federal prison sentence for convictions in a wire fraud and conspiracy case, has filed a lawsuit in Douglas County District Court against the Kansas University Police Department and a detective, Michael Riner.
Lawrence man, 24, reports $9,000 stolen from him via criminal use of credit card
February 15, 2012
A 43-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole $9,000 from him through criminal use of a Discover credit card. The theft occurred between Jan. 1 and Feb. 6, according to a police report.
Lawrence woman, 24, reports stolen items valued at $2,050
February 15, 2012
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone stole her 17-inch black Toshiba laptop, a black iPad and cash from work, for a total value of $2,050, in a burglary of her apartment Feb. 5 in the 2100 block of Kasold Drive.
Heard on the Hill: Nunemaker Center getting new exterior lights; provost’s office still looking for research collaborations; car sharing program attracts first users
February 15, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence man, 33, reports stolen vehicle
February 15, 2012
A 33-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Feb. 5 that someone stole his 1987 GMC Jimmy vehicle valued at $6,000 about 9:15 p.m. Feb. 5 from the 500 block of North Seventh Street.
25 years ago: Do neighborhood PACs have unfair impact on elections?
February 15, 2012
The group had established the committee to endorse candidates who shared the interests of the neighborhood.
40 years ago: Sunday beer sales defeated in Kansas legislature
February 15, 2012
The Kansas House today defeated a proposal to legalize Sunday carry-out sales of 3.2 beer.
100 years ago: Lunchtime cafeteria opens at KU
February 15, 2012
“The highest priced article on the menu costs but seven cents — that’s soup.”
City basketball roundup: Seabury soph Lane scores 35 points
February 15, 2012
Bishop Seabury did not trail in the second half after taking the lead early in the third quarter and held on for a two-point win over Spring Hill.
Big 12 releases KU football schedule
February 15, 2012
While the rest of the Big 12 football world greeted Tuesday’s release of the 2012 conference football schedules with euphoria and a sigh of relief, at least one man in Lawrence refused to get worked up about the wait.
FSHS girls frustrated by SMNW in uncharacteristic 57-44 loss
February 15, 2012
An unexpected change in personality didn’t do Free State High’s girls basketball team any good Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Shots don’t fall for LHS boys in 57-42 loss to SMS
February 15, 2012
Lawrence High coach Mike Lewis said his team was never able to grab offensive momentum.
Lions bowlers sweep Firebirds in season finale
February 15, 2012
Although Tuesday marked Senior Night for Free State High’s bowling team, the Firebirds’ rivals from Lawrence High stole the show at Royal Crest Lanes.
KU track athlete honored by Big 12
February 15, 2012
The Big 12 named Kansas University junior Andrea Geubelle its female conference track and field athlete of the week on Tuesday.
Kansas golf team takes 16th at UCF
February 15, 2012
The Kansas University women’s golf team finished in 16th place after the final round of the 18-team UCF Challenge on Tuesday.
Football legend Gale Sayers leaves Kansas Athletics post
February 15, 2012
Kansas University football great and pro football Hall of Fame inductee Gale Sayers, hired in October of 2009 to be KU’s director of fundraising for special projects, no longer is employed by the university.
Whirlwind week earns Jeff Withey national award
February 15, 2012
Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey on Tuesday was named the Oscar Robertson national player of the week as awarded by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Down to the wire: FSHS boys hold off SMNW, 47-45
February 15, 2012
Free State High’s boys basketball team was inches away from its third straight loss Tuesday night.
Jayhawks change up strategy for first game without Davis
February 15, 2012
When the Kansas University women’s basketball team knocked off Iowa State in a double-overtime thriller on Jan. 11 at Allen Fieldhouse, junior forward Carolyn Davis played 32 minutes, scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished three assists.
Tiger missed opportunity against Phil
February 15, 2012 in print edition on B2
In the wake of Sunday’s Tiger-Phil showdown at the Pebble Beach corral, one prevailing image emerges.
Chiefs complete coaching staff
February 15, 2012 in print edition on B2
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel announced the remainder of his staff on Tuesday, which includes quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, who was passed over for the offensive coordinator position.
Royals exercise 2013 option on skipper Yost
February 15, 2012 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals have exercised their option on manager Ned Yost to keep him with the club through the 2013 season.
Settlement paves way for WVU
February 15, 2012 in print edition on B2
West Virginia University announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 15)
February 15, 2012 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 14.
‘American Idol’: It’s all or none
February 15, 2012
So what ails “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox)? The only thing people talk about is its declining ratings. As your intrepid TV-ologist, I endeavored to get to the bottom of this sad decline. But first I had to watch a whole hour’s worth.
Horoscope for Feb. 15
February 15, 2012
For Wednesday, Feb. 15: This year keep your eye on long-term objectives. Many friends surround you, causing distraction. Juggling different elements and maintaining a high level of organization evolves in importance. If you are single, make conscious choices as to the tone of a romance. If you are attached, you might choose to polish your living skills together. Count on SAGITTARIUS.
Still too tall
February 15, 2012
A front-page news item in the Feb. 2 Journal-World was titled optimistically “Developers revise plans for Ninth and New Hampshire hotel to respond to neighbors’ concerns.”
Shrinking paper
February 15, 2012
Lower the masthead, the Journal-World newspaper is shrinking?
Action on Syria
February 15, 2012
We have been following, with great interest, the events in Syria and the bombardment of Homs and other cities by the dictator of that renegade country, Bashar Al-Assad.
Halting carnage in Syria isn’t easy
February 15, 2012
In 1982, I interviewed Syrian Information Minister Ahmed Iskander in Damascus, shortly after the regime had killed at least 10,000 people in the city of Hama.
Predictable end
The issue of local elementary school consolidation is back where it belongs: with the school board and its top administrators.
February 15, 2012
The decision of a local school task force not to complete its charge of recommending how to consolidate central-city elementary schools is disappointing but not surprising.