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Archive for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical workers and law enforcement officers respond to a head-on crash Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011 on U.S. Highway 56, west of Worden. Report: Overbrook woman fell asleep before fatal accident on U.S. Highway 56
1:05 p.m., February 20, 2012 Updated 3:09 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.
10:00 a.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. Final report from school consolidation group doesn’t include closings
February 21, 2012
In the end, a working group tasked with finding ways to close Lawrence elementary schools decided on just three points: a bond is needed, the district has to address the staffing deficiencies in its elementary schools, and building improvements that eliminate portable classrooms are a must.
2:00 p.m.
.Jennifer Lutz's home at 705 Ohio sits in old West Lawrence in a tight neighborhood full of historic homes. Change of value notices are expected to be mailed within a few days, and the new values will be down for many Douglas County property owners. Property values decline for most homeowners in Douglas County
February 21, 2012
New numbers suggest 2012 is the year the bursting of the housing bubble finally will start showing up on Douglas County property tax bills.
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse 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.

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2nd library director candidate presents vision for future
February 21, 2012
The role of the Lawrence Public Library ought to grow to include areas for budding filmmakers, aspiring recording artists and a host of other creative types, a finalist for the library’s director position told a Lawrence audience Tuesday.
City moves Auto Plaza project forward
February 21, 2012
South Lawrence may soon have a new landmark. Lawrence city commissioners unanimously expressed support for a proposal by the Briggs Auto Group to build a 75-foot-tall wind turbine in the center of the Lawrence Auto Plaza near 31st and Iowa streets.
Nutrition Q&A: All about empty calories
February 21, 2012
Empty calories do you no good.
Douglas County prosecutors to review cases involving Lawrence police involved in dismissing speeding tickets
05:08 p.m., February 21, 2012 Updated 10:07 p.m.
Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib has identified to Douglas County prosecutors officers who were the subject of an internal investigation related to the dismissal of speeding tickets in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets.
Republicans rebuff Democratic property tax cut plan
February 21, 2012
The legislative Democratic plan to reduce property taxes was rejected by Republicans in the House on Tuesday.
Kansas Senate panel stalls on governor’s school funding plan
February 21, 2012
The Senate Education Committee Tuesday stalled in its work on Gov. Sam Brownback’s school finance overhaul.
Power restored on KU campus after mouse causes electrical short
02:27 p.m., February 21, 2012 Updated 03:57 p.m.
A power outage is affecting buildings on the Kansas University campus.
Two arrested in separate overnight incidents in Lawrence
February 21, 2012
Lawrence police arrested two people early Tuesday morning after two separate incidents, one in west Lawrence and one downtown.
Phony DEA agents scamming Kansans
February 21, 2012
A sheriff in northeastern Kansas is warning of a new telephone scam from someone claiming to be with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Cessna moves sport aircraft work to Independence
February 21, 2012
Cessna Aircraft has moved work on its 162 Skycatcher from Wichita to its plant in Independence.
Kansas Star Casino nets $21.6 million in first weeks
February 21, 2012
The Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane brought in $21.6 million in gambling revenue through January.
Topeka Zoo’s oldest female orangutan dies
February 21, 2012
The Topeka Zoo’s oldest female orangutan has died at the age of 45.
Proud K-Stater from Woodlawn School named Lawrence Elementary Teacher of the Year
February 21, 2012
Marilou Cavin was recognized by Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll during a school assembly. Doll told the elementary students that Cavin had been selected as teacher of the year for her calm, steady presence and willingness to help others.
Town Talk: Homebuilding off to stronger start in 2012; Crown Volkswagen undertakes major remodel; weekly property sales, including a large downtown building
February 21, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County land transfer for the week ending Feb. 13
February 21, 2012
Land transfers from the Douglas County Register of Deeds office for the week ending Feb. 13, 2012
Baker University names finalists for new executive position
February 21, 2012
Baker University has identified four higher education leaders as finalists for its new position of executive vice president for academic affairs and dean of its College of Arts and Sciences.
Lawrence therapeutics company among latest recipients of investment money from KBA
February 21, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s investment committee approved just under $2 million in new investments Monday, including funding for a therapeutics company in Lawrence.
Seoul holds military drills despite threat
February 21, 2012
South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea on Monday despite Pyongyang’s threat to respond with a “merciless” attack.
Oil jumps to nine-month high after Iran cuts supply
February 21, 2012
Oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel on Monday after Iran said it halted crude exports to Britain and France in an escalation of a dispute over the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear program.
House panel approves bill cutting income tax
February 21, 2012
A plan for cutting individual income taxes in Kansas and helping the state’s small businesses cleared a state House committee Monday, but in tinkering with a proposal from the chamber’s Republican leaders, legislators could be proposing a bigger burden for poor workers.
Chicago school draws scrutiny over student fines
February 21, 2012
A sense of order and decorum prevails at Noble Street College Prep as students move quickly through a hallway adorned with banners from dozens of colleges. Everyone wears a school polo shirt neatly tucked into khaki trousers. There’s plenty of chatter but no jostling, no cellphones and no dawdling.
Forces mass outside rebel stronghold in Syria
February 21, 2012
Syrian tanks and troops massed Monday outside the resistance stronghold of Homs for a possible ground assault that one activist warned could unleash a new round of fierce and bloody urban combat even as the Red Cross tried to broker a cease-fire to allow emergency aid in.
Property values decline for most homeowners in Douglas County
February 21, 2012
New numbers suggest 2012 is the year the bursting of the housing bubble finally will start showing up on Douglas County property tax bills.
Final report from school consolidation group doesn’t include closings
February 21, 2012
In the end, a working group tasked with finding ways to close Lawrence elementary schools decided on just three points: a bond is needed, the district has to address the staffing deficiencies in its elementary schools, and building improvements that eliminate portable classrooms are a must.
Hepatitis C deaths up; baby boomers most at risk
February 21, 2012
Deaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C are on the rise, and new data shows baby boomers especially should take heed — they are most at risk.
EU diplomat: Bailout deal for Greece reached
February 21, 2012
After more than 12 hours of talks, the countries that use the euro reached an agreement early today to hand Greece 130 billion euros, or $170 billion, in extra bailout loans to save it from a potentially disastrous default next month, an European Union diplomat said.
County commission sets hearing on heritage spending
February 21, 2012
With a budget crisis looming, one Douglas County commissioner wants the county to reconsider spending $350,000 a year on preserving natural and cultural heritage sites.
USDA chief to give Landon Lecture
February 21, 2012
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Kansas in April to speak at Kansas State University.
Heard on the Hill: Professor who was denied tenure still attracting attention; search for KU medical school dean continuing; former philosophy prof to take over University of Maine system
February 21, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Developers restate determination to build Lawrence mall
February 21, 2012
“When the dust clears, there will be either a mall downtown or … there’ll be a mall in the suburbs.”
40 years ago: Some KU employees form picket line
February 21, 2012
Employees of the Kansas University buildings and grounds department were protesting a lack of salary increases.
100 years ago: Early highway in planning stages
February 21, 2012
“The Golden Belt Road is being mapped out today….”
KU pitcher Thomas Taylor earns league honor
February 21, 2012
Kansas junior right-handed pitcher Thomas Taylor has been named the Big 12 Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb 20.
Two Lions given scholarship money
February 21, 2012
Lawrence High football seniors Anthony Buffalomeat and Anthony Rosen both recently received scholarship money for college.
Anthony Buffalomeat gets Shrine invite
February 21, 2012
Senior Lawrence High wide receiver Anthony Buffalomeat has been selected to play in the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Nick Collison injures quad
February 21, 2012
The Oklahoma City Thunder were without reserves James Harden and Nick Collison for Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Source: Chiefs, CB Stanford Routt reach 3-year deal
February 21, 2012
The Chiefs agreed to terms on a $19.6 million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, which should help Kansas City absorb the potential loss of Brandon Carr.
KU’s Angel Goodrich on brink
Guard seven assists shy of school women’s assists record
February 21, 2012
Angel Goodrich has a chance to set the Kansas University women’s basketball single-season assist record during the Jayhawks’ road game against Texas Tech at 7 tonight. Just don’t expect her to make a big fuss if she does.
Jayhawks vow: First things first
February 21, 2012
Kansas University basketball veterans Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson braced themselves for a barrage of questions from a larger-than-normal contingent of media members before practice Monday in Allen Fieldhouse. “We kind of prepared ourselves when we walked out here. We figured it’d be all Missouri questions,” Taylor, KU’s senior point guard, said amid a backdrop of about a hundred students representing groups camping out for Saturday’s 3 p.m. home game against Missouri.
Aggies will test Kansas
February 21, 2012
The Missouri game, in case you haven’t heard, is Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. The website “Bovada.lv” has released college basketball player-of-the-year odds, and Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson (7/4) is the slight favorite over Kentucky’s Anthony Davis (2/1), who is way ahead of Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (13/2).
Lynn-sanity! Lynn Robinson’s FSHS career nears its end
February 21, 2012
It doesn’t seem that long ago to Free State High guard Lynn Robinson that she was coming into the program as a sophomore, trying to find her place on what would become a state-tournament team. Time flies when you’re a three-year starter renowned for harassing opposing point guards and knocking down three-pointers.
Jayhawks in the NBA for Feb. 21
February 21, 2012
How former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Feb. 20, 2012.
Killing for ‘art’
February 21, 2012
As a transplanted Lawrencian, I have several thoughts regarding the exhibit “Story of Chickens – A Revolution.”
Who will pay?
February 21, 2012
The airwaves are full of political spots tearing hair and gnashing teeth about the new national health care system.
Common sense
February 21, 2012
The proposal by Kansas House Republican leaders to divert highway funds to pay for a cut in state income tax is a striking example of what my mother (in my youth) would have called “cutting off your nose to spite your face.”
Many honors
Is the large number of students on local high school honor rolls diluting the academic honor?
February 21, 2012
Not too many years ago, Lawrence public school officials visited with Journal-World representatives and urged the newspaper not to publish the names of students on the school’s honor roll. The argument was that such a listing would hurt the feelings of those who did not make the honor roll.
Political hot potato
Should we be offended that no one seems to want to represent us in Congress?
February 21, 2012
It’s almost amusing to see Douglas County, which has leaned toward Democratic candidates in recent years, being bounced from one congressional district to another during the current redistricting debate.
Drug legalization gaining support
February 21, 2012
For the first time since the United States launched its “war on drugs” four decades ago, there are signs that the forces supporting legalization or de-criminalization of illegal drugs are gaining momentum across the hemisphere.