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Archive for Monday, February 20, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
The Kansas University Cancer Center 1 of 2 paths await KU after National Cancer Institute decision
February 19, 2012
After site visitors pack up and leave Kansas University’s Cancer Center this week, they’ll take with them a recommendation to Washington, and then KU’s Cancer Center, which has aggressively pursued the prize of designation from the National Cancer Institute, will head down one of two paths.
6:00 a.m.
This Union Pacific crossing is northeast of Lawrence and clearly marked. The rest of the country has seen dramatic drops in train fatalities in the past two decades, but Kansas’ numbers have remained steady, with about 16 fatalities per year. Kansas train-related fatality rate stubbornly steady
February 19, 2012
On a clear Friday afternoon last February, Kyle Snyder, 22, of Lecompton, hit the brakes on his pickup truck as he approached the railroad tracks on East 950 Road northwest of Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. Mother of CLO client files lawsuit claiming wrongful death
February 19, 2012
A McLouth woman has filed a lawsuit against Community Living Opportunities Inc. alleging her son died in 2010 because of injuries he suffered at a west Lawrence residential facility.
2:00 p.m.
Six Lawrence elementary schools are being considered for consolidation. They are, clockwise from left, Sunset Hill, Kennedy, Hillcrest, New York, Pinckney and Cordley Elementary. School consolidation group looks beyond closings
February 19, 2012
The issue of which elementary schools to close in Lawrence is one that won’t go away. But before the school district can decide which schools to consolidate, it needs to create a long-term vision.
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas University Cancer Center KU Cancer Center building strength
February 19, 2012
Kansas University’s Cancer Center, which faces one last hurdle this week in its ongoing quest to achieve National Cancer Institute designation, will remain focused on its mission regardless of the outcome.

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Power outages in Douglas and Leavenworth County
February 20, 2012
About 1700 residents in Douglas and Leavenworth County are without power after Monday night’s storm.
Former KU men’s basketball captain Al Correll dies
February 20, 2012
Former Kansas University men’s basketball player Al Correll, a captain of the 1963-64 Jayhawk team, died on Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.
Proposal gets aired that would allow in-state tuition for military veterans at Kansas universities
February 20, 2012
Boomsma and Sara Sneath, a Marine Corps veteran and Kansas native, said Kansas would benefit by attracting more veterans who are older, more likely married with families and who will settle down where they attend school.
Lawrence author distills advice into ‘Marriage Rules’
February 20, 2012
Clinical psychologist, best-selling author and relationship expert Harriet Lerner, of Lawrence, has just released her 11th book, “Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and Coupled Up” (Gotham Books, 2012). And just as its title suggests, the compact book teaches readers how to stay connected to their partners. How to navigate this most intimate and complicated of relationships, giving the best of ourselves without sacrificing our core values, beliefs and priorities.
Lawrence ordinance at center of fight over Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act
February 20, 2012
“This is nothing more than legislative gay-bashing,” said Thomas Witt, president of the Kansas Equality Commission, after the House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 2260, which is called the Kansas preservation of religious freedom act.
Suspect in Topeka burglary, battery case held in Douglas County Jail
February 20, 2012
Authorities did not say Monday why a Topeka man was jailed in Douglas County on a warrant for a Shawnee County burglary and battery case.
Senator proposes adding funds to Brownback’s school finance plan
February 20, 2012
State Sen. Steve Abrams of Arkansas City said his proposal would allocate the funding based on the number of students in each district who are deemed at risk of failing.
Second Lawrence library director candidate ready to meet the public
February 20, 2012
A former supervisor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Library is one of three finalists for the director position of the Lawrence Public Library.
Kansas water policy changes moving forward
February 20, 2012
Legislators moved forward Monday on Kansas water policy changes aimed at improving conservation efforts and prolonging the life of water supplies.
Report: Overbrook woman fell asleep before fatal accident on U.S. Highway 56
01:05 p.m., February 20, 2012 Updated 03:09 p.m.
An Overbrook woman whose vehicle drifted left of the center line in a Jan. 3 fatality crash on U.S. Highway 56 told an investigator she fell asleep while driving, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
Statehouse Live: House approves bill that labor says is unfair
February 20, 2012
House Bill 2531 was approved 85-36 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Kansas House panel backs away from 401(k)-style plan
11:20 a.m., February 20, 2012 Updated 02:20 p.m.
A Kansas House committee appears to be backing away from a proposal to start a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
Veritas Christian’s Preston Randall will walk on for KU football
February 20, 2012
Preston Randall, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior from Veritas Christian School in Lawrence, will walk on for the Kansas football team next year, Rivals.com is reporting.
Kansas House panel postpones vote on abortion bill
10:03 a.m., February 20, 2012 Updated 02:21 p.m.
A Kansas House committee has postponed its vote on a bill aimed at preventing the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax credits or deductions.
Town Talk: Esquina reopens with new emphasis on Spanish-Mediterranean, seafood dishes; Tapas looks to create open-air storefront; 23rd St. quick lube proposal not so quick at City Hall
February 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
German government, opposition agree on new president
February 20, 2012
Germany’s government and the two major opposition parties said Sunday they would jointly nominate former East German human rights activist Joachim Gauck to be the country’s next president.
Sex-changing treatment for kids: It’s on the rise
February 20, 2012
A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.
Iran cuts oil exports to Britain, France
February 20, 2012
Iran has halted oil shipments to Britain and France, the Oil Ministry said Sunday, in an apparent pre-emptive blow against the European Union after the bloc imposed sanctions on Iran’s crucial fuel exports.
FDA to review inhalable caffeine
February 20, 2012
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement.
Arizona sheriff facing long odds after gay outing
February 20, 2012
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hardline stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration and appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in a 2010 re-election ad in which McCain urged federal officials to just “complete the danged fence.
Pilot Club’s antique show to be held this weekend
February 20, 2012
The Pilot Club’s semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be Friday and Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets.
Romney faces questions about intensity of support
February 20, 2012
If Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for president, he’ll face the urgent task of inspiring the party’s conservative core and rallying them to beat President Barack Obama.
Wichita-area thieves targeting police cars
February 20, 2012
Thieves have been breaking into law enforcement vehicles in the Wichita area and making off with weapons and other equipment.
Santorum backtracks on Obama remarks
GOP presidential candidate says he was questioning ‘world view,’ not faith
February 20, 2012
Rick Santorum on Sunday condemned what he called President Barack Obama’s world view that “elevates the Earth above man,” discouraging increased use of natural resources.
Kansas officials open to NBAF funding alternatives
February 20, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislative leaders are regrouping after the proposed 2013 federal budget failed to include construction dollars for a new biosecurity lab, raising questions about the project’s future.
Can the stock market pick the next president?
February 20, 2012
The number has been repeated so often by presidential prognosticators that it’s an article of faith: No president has been re-elected since World War II with an unemployment rate higher than 7.2 percent.
2 judicial officials slain in Syria
February 20, 2012
Gunmen in Syria staged a guerrilla-style ambush that killed a senior state prosecutor and a judge Sunday in an attack that suggested armed factions are growing bolder and more coordinated in their uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime.
‘Riverdance’ saying goodbye to North America
Farewell tour of production to stop in Kansas City
February 20, 2012
When Julian Erskine last saw the American touring company of “Riverdance,” he had to smile.
Around and about in local business
February 20, 2012
Local business news for the week ending February 18, 2012.
How to Help: Potential DCAP volunteers should attend meeting tonight
February 20, 2012
Douglas County AIDS Project (DCAP) is hosting a volunteer orientation Monday night at the United Way Center, 2518 Ridge Court. The session runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
New building to showcase ‘BEST’ of KU’s Edwards Campus
February 20, 2012
A new building on Kansas University’s Edwards Campus will fully open soon, and will house students and faculty for what will become 10 new degree programs to be offered at the campus.
Bankruptcies
February 20, 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.
Divorces
February 20, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending February 18, 2012.
Marriages
February 20, 2012
Marriage licenses approved in Douglas County District Court the week ending February 18, 2012.
Man, 21, arrested on aggravated burglary, possession of stolen property charges
February 20, 2012
A 21-year-old transient man was arrested on charges of aggravated burglary and possession of stolen property after breaking into a residence in the 1400 block of Coventry Manor on Sunday morning.
Heard on the Hill: Nearly 2,000 students show up for Missouri campout lottery; Legal Services for Students offering free tax help; KU alumnus, TV journalist Russ Ptacek leaving Kansas City
February 20, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Horoscopes for February 21
February 20, 2012
This year you channel your enormous creativity and hefty magnetism into your day-to-day life. Individually, these traits could be hard to resist. Together, they could make you a powerhouse. If you are single, and you would like to change your status, you will have an opportunity to do so. If you are attached, as a couple you can steer your relationship in a new direction, if you so choose.
Quiet hit won’t quit
February 20, 2012
Some hits are more expected than others. Everybody knew the Super Bowl would attract a monster audience. The audience for last Sunday’s Grammy Awards shocked everybody. Just under 40 million tuned in to see their favorites perform and to see how the music industry would react to the sudden death of Whitney Houston. (The show must go on; and it did.) Ratings-wise, it was like a lightning strike.
KU baseball game washed out
February 20, 2012
Kansas baseball’s game against Lipscomb on Sunday was canceled because of inclement weather.
KU softball wins Charlotte Classic
February 20, 2012
Kansas University’s softball team was declared the champion of the Charlotte Classic Sunday after tournament officials canceled the championship game in advance of rain and thunderstorms.
Jayhawk tennis moves to 5-0
February 20, 2012
Kansas University’s tennis team remained undefeated in dual competition on Sunday as KU took down Arkansas-Little Rock, 6-1, at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Ex-KU star Dave Robisch keeps eye on current team
February 20, 2012
Former Kansas University basketball All-American Dave Robisch, who attended practice on Friday and the Jayhawks’ 83-50 home rout of Texas Tech on Saturday, definitely likes what he’s seen out of the 2011-12 squad.
Sizing up swats: Teammate compares block kings Aldrich, Withey
February 20, 2012
Jeff Withey’s recent emergence has led to inevitable comparisons to former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich.
Jayhawks in the NBA for Feb. 20
February 20, 2012
How the former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Feb. 19.
25 years ago: Manhattan mayor to pay off wager at KU-K State game
February 20, 2012
“But you know who I’ll be rooting for. Let there be no mistake.”
40 years ago: No more pet turtles
February 20, 2012
The Kansas State Board of Health recently had outlawed the sale or promotional offering of turtles and other reptiles in the state of Kansas.
100 years ago: Cooking classes, street repairs, and another wolf hunt
February 20, 2012
“This course in cookery is offered in response to requests from housekeepers.”
Iowa caucus woes raise anxiety
February 20, 2012
Iowa seems like scorched earth today, and not only because there has been an unusual drought of snow this winter. The caucuses are over; the candidates are gone. But a sense of anxiety, even embarrassment, lingers.
Sidewalk stand
The city’s sidewalk ordinance is a weak tool to combat panhandling in downtown Lawrence.
February 20, 2012
Lawrence City Hall leaders are heading off to court to try to prove the constitutionality of a city ordinance that regulates the manner in which people can walk, lie, stand or sit on a public sidewalk.
Frozen by disease, Ali still Greatest
February 20, 2012
They gathered in the bowels of the arena where most of the great fights of the last two decades have taken place, old men now all sharing one shining moment from years gone by. They had come to honor The Greatest, though whether Muhammad Ali remembered who they were or knew what it was all about was a matter of speculation that on this night would go unanswered.
Assistant football coach Ianello relishes return to roots
February 20, 2012
In coming to coach football at Kansas University, Rob Ianello is returning to what he’s used to and doing it with a different eye.
Improving balance is important at any age
February 20, 2012
Some mature health concerns are obvious: osteoporosis, heart problems, loss of hearing, diminished eye sight and weight gain. One problem that doesn’t get much attention until it’s gone is balance.
Keep your mental edge as you age
February 20, 2012
Cognitive decline, including memory loss, is one of the top fears among people over the age of 55.
Fix-It Chick: How to hang objects on plaster walls
February 20, 2012
Hanging anything onto a plaster wall is a bit of a challenge. Depth finders help locate studs behind the plaster, but drilling through plaster and lathe into a stud is often problematic. There are a few good options to consider when trying to hang something on a plaster wall.
River City Jules: Is that a TV in your pocket?
February 20, 2012
“I never thought chuck wagon dinners sounded good before,” my husband confessed at the dinner table. We had been talking about last summer’s voyage to Wyoming, a trip that included a horse-drawn wagon ride to a barbecue dinner and cowboy sing-a-long. What’s not to love?
Daytripper: Make memories with your grandkids in Truman’s hometown
February 20, 2012
Intergenerational travel is a growing trend, and grandparents in Lawrence don’t have to stray too far from home to take the grandkids on a memorable adventure.
Pharmacists weigh in with advice about vitamin supplements
February 20, 2012
When it comes to understanding which vitamins are right for you, it can be tricky to know what your body needs. For some, a multivitamin can help fill in gaps in nutrition, for others, extra calcium and vitamin D are needed to help keep bones strong and healthy.
Double Take: All parties need sensitivity when a child comes out
February 20, 2012
Miranda: There may be no harder life situation for a teen than to be gay and at the point of coming out to your family.
KU’s Osher Institute offers education opportunities without homework, tests
February 20, 2012
Kansas University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers courses and special events to people over 50, has a new director and plans to increase its reach and financial base.