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Weather meeting to offer tips, info
February 17, 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.
Fat tunes: Group makes music for Mardi Gras
Musicians to parade downtown
February 17, 2012
This year they plan to spread their raucous, colorful cheer beginning around noon, at 11th and Massachusetts streets, and then work their way down to Free State Brewery, 636 Mass., where, as band-member-wife Sarah Revell put it, “they just kind of take over.”
Suspended police officers’ names not released
Officials say identities will be given to ‘appropriate parties’
February 17, 2012
One day after Lawrence city officials confirmed that two police officers were suspended related to an investigation into the dismissal of traffic tickets in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets, the city’s attorney said it would notify appropriate parties in the judicial system about the identity of the individuals involved.
Similar tragedies to deadly Honduran prison fire could occur across region
February 17, 2012
The world’s worst prison fire in a century happened in a lockup like many in Honduras: a decrepit, suffocating place of overcrowded, dark cellblocks where many inmates were accused only of petty crimes.
Global clearinghouse to evict Iranian banks
February 17, 2012
A financial clearinghouse used by virtually every country and major corporation in the world agreed Friday to shut out Iran from its respected network, an unprecedented escalation of global economic pressure to halt Iran’s suspected drive for nuclear weapons.
States attack ‘Obamacare’ with birth control bills
February 17, 2012
Republican lawmakers in a handful of states are opening another front in the war against President Obama’s health care overhaul, seizing on the hot-button issue of birth control with bills that would allow insurance companies to ignore new federal rules requiring them to cover contraception.
Congress approves tax present for 160 million wage-earners
February 17, 2012
Americans are getting an election-year tax present. Congress voted with rare speed and cooperation Friday to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and to renew unemployment benefits for millions more who haven’t seen a paycheck in six months.
Federal court camera experiment begins
February 17, 2012
A pilot project to study the impact of cameras in federal courthouses began this week in Topeka with the recording of a civil case concerning water use in Douglas County.
Koch releases emailed threats on eve of protests
05:03 p.m., February 17, 2012 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Charles Koch says he and his brother and their employees are getting death threats and hate messages because of their political beliefs.
Explosives in Statehouse incident were fireworks
February 17, 2012
Kansas authorities say explosives found in a pickup near the state Capitol earlier this week were illegal homemade fireworks.
Kobach-supported immigration bills probably stalled, Kansas leaders say
February 17, 2012
After four days of emotional hearings, legislative leaders said several proposed immigration bills supported by Secretary of State Kris Kobach are probably dead. “I don’t sense the support in the Senate for that kind of legislation,” said Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton.
Leavenworth police looking for murder suspect
02:22 p.m., February 17, 2012 Updated 03:29 p.m.
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of killing two brothers in Leavenworth.
Ron Paul plans KC visit Saturday
February 17, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is planning a stop in Kansas City.
House to start working Kan. income tax bills
February 17, 2012
Members of the Kansas House Taxation Committee will begin working next week on rival plans for reducing the state’s income tax rates.
Ford CEO Mulally to be featured speaker at KU’s commencement
February 17, 2012
Ford CEO and president Alan Mulally will be the featured speaker at Kansas University’s commencement this year, breaking a long trend of having chancellors deliver the KU address to graduates.
No charges planned in abortion records shredding
February 17, 2012
A northeast Kansas prosecutor says he won’t file criminal charges over the state’s destruction of abortion records, an issue that had overshadowed a criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Shawnee County DA meets with agencies on Capitol incident
February 17, 2012
A prosecutor has met with law enforcement officers about an investigation into a pickup containing homemade bombs that was parked near the Kansas Capitol.
New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid dies in Syria
February 17, 2012
New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose dispatches captured untold stories from Baghdad under “shock and awe” bombing to Libya wracked by civil war, died Thursday of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president.
Town Talk: Medical testing business opens on Sixth Street; from 2x4s to lathe tools, the weapons that may get you tased in Lawrence
February 17, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KCK man pleads guilty to 2008 Lawrence robbery
February 17, 2012
A 23-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded guilty Friday to robbery and aggravated assault for his role in a 2008 west Lawrence robbery.
Kansas sites added to historic places list
February 17, 2012
Eight Kansas locations have been added to National Register of Historic Places, including a former railroad office building dating to 1910.
Abortion insurance case reassigned again
February 17, 2012
A lawsuit challenging a Kansas law restricting insurance coverage of abortion has been reassigned to still another federal judge.
8 Kansas legislators endorse Gingrich for president
February 17, 2012
Eight Kansas legislators have endorsed former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Lawrence High School honor roll for fall 2011
February 17, 2012
These Lawrence High School students were named to the honor roll for the first semester of the 2011-12 school year.
Government asks automakers to curb dashboard tech
February 17, 2012
Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and web surfing, the government says, and it’s asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving.
Report: Parents need more info on phone apps for children
February 17, 2012
Who is monitoring the apps that kids use on their phones? The government complained Thursday that software companies producing games and other mobile applications aren’t telling parents what personal information is being collected from kids and how companies are using it.
Southwest Middle School honor roll for fall 2011
February 17, 2012
Southwest Middle School has announced its fall 2011 honor roll.
Development leader, city leader offer 2012 business predictions
February 17, 2012
A leader of the largest group working to attract new businesses to the Kansas City area told a Lawrence crowd Thursday that he expects to see positive signs in 2012.
Pump Patrol
February 17, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.35 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Lawrence man reports 1977 Chevrolet stolen
February 17, 2012
A 52-year-old Lawrence man reported his 1977 Chevrolet stolen from the 600 block of Second Street sometime 10 a.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to police reports.
Lawrence man reports Honda Civic stolen
February 17, 2012
A 39-year-old Lawrence man reported his 1990 Honda Civic stolen from the 1200 block of 27th Street sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to police reports. He estimated the loss at $1,100.
Lawrence woman reports $3,700 in cash stolen
February 17, 2012
A 43-year-old Lawrence woman reported $3,700 in cash stolen from the 2400 block of Ousdahl Road at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, according to police reports.
Lawrence man reports car stolen
February 17, 2012
A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported his green 1998 Honda Civic stolen from the 300 block of Stockade Street sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to police reports. He estimated the loss at $1,500.
Companies awarded county road projects
February 17, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded bids for two projects in Douglas County.
Koch protest may draw 500
February 17, 2012
Organizers of a weekend protest in Wichita targeting billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch say about 500 activists have confirmed their plans to attend.
9th and N.H. project rejected
City Commission likely to take up development plan
February 17, 2012
The city’s Historic Resources Commission unanimously rejected plans for a multi-story hotel/apartment building at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, likely putting the fate of the project in the hands of Lawrence city commissioners.
Heard on the Hill: Lawsuit sheds light on tenure process; basketball campers upset about potential rules change
February 17, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: KU seeks new parking garage
February 17, 2012
KU officials were requesting the Board of Regents to amend their capital improvements budget.
40 years ago: Target date set for Clinton dam
February 17, 2012
A contract for construction of the Clinton dam, embankment works, and spillway could be awarded on or around May 1.
100 years ago: Kansas women meet on suffrage issue
February 17, 2012
“Kansas women today fired the first real gun in their campaign for complete suffrage.”
Jayhawks in the NBA
February 17, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
Pair of Seabury newcomers shoulders load for Seahawks
February 17, 2012
Change can be a good thing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy.
Free State diver Krieger advances to state finals
February 17, 2012
Free State’s Dan Krieger advanced to the diving finals Thursday at the state high school swimming and diving championships. Krieger was in 12th place after the semifinals. The Firebirds’ Trevor Hillis was 24th in preliminaries and failed to advance.
City wrestlers ready for regional battles
February 17, 2012
Every high school wrestler in Kansas has been waiting all season for this weekend. Wrestlers from eight schools will be battling to secure their invitations to the state tournament when a Class 6A regional begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lawrence High.
Kansas football adds two area walk-ons
February 17, 2012
The Kansas University football program added a couple of walk-ons from the Kansas City area on Thursday.
Knicks’ Lin added to Rising Stars Challenge
February 17, 2012
Jeremy Lin will play in the Rising Stars Challenge after all.
Self raves about Tyshawn Taylor’s big-time Big 12 play
February 17, 2012
Tyshawn Taylor’s play of late has thrown him into the discussion at the very least for Big 12 Player of the Year honors.
Focus on pitching: Jayhawks swap roles in advance of 2012 KU baseball opener
February 17, 2012
In an effort to turn around his team’s fortune late in games, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price has flip-flopped pitchers heading into the 2012 season.
Elijah Johnson still learning, growing with KU
February 17, 2012
Great college basketball coaches know what expectations to set, how to drive players to meet them and how to convince them it’s in their selfish interests to play unselfishly.
Hall of Fame catcher Carter dies
February 17, 2012 in print edition on B2
Gary Carter was nicknamed “Kid” for good reason.
U.S. is betting on Muslim Brotherhood
February 17, 2012
President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood began three years ago in his famous June 2009 speech in Cairo.
Where credit’s due
It’s way past time for Kansas Board of Regents schools to make sure students can easily transfer credits from community colleges to state universities.
February 17, 2012
This doesn’t seem like rocket science. In fact, it’s surprising to learn there’s still a problem with making sure students can take courses at Kansas community colleges and have credit for those courses count toward a four-year degree at a state university. If that’s the case, however, it’s high time the Kansas Board of Regents got to work on the issue.
NYC rent control is illegal taking
February 17, 2012
James and Jeanne Harmon reside in and supposedly own a five-story brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a building that has been in their family since 1949.
‘Undercover Boss’ goes on a ‘shark’ hunt
February 17, 2012
If the boss is so nice, why does he have to pretend he’s somebody else? With “Amazing Race” returning on Sunday night, CBS moves “Undercover Boss” (7 p.m.) to Fridays. For the uninitiated, this documentary series invites CEOs of companies big and small to pretend to be just one of the rank and file employees at the corporation’s factory, office or franchise.
Horoscope for Feb. 17
February 17, 2012
For Friday, Feb. 17: This year family becomes very important, yet you also demand enormous privacy. Juggling the various demands in your life takes talent. At first it might be difficult, but you will handle everything. Remain confident. If you are single, you could choose an emotionally unavailable person. Unless you are comfortable with this situation, the sooner you clear out, the better. If you are attached, you benefit from frequent weekends away together.