Archive for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Marilou Cavin talks with her second-grade students after receiving the school district's Elementary School Teacher of the year award Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Woodlawn. "I think you should redecorate our room," said one student, after Cavin was awarded a check for $1,000 for the honor. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Douglas County prosecutors to review cases involving Lawrence police involved in dismissing speeding tickets
5:08 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.
2:00 p.m.
In this Nov. 10, 2010 file photo, the company logo is displayed is at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. A Lawrence man is suing Google in federal court alleging that the Internet search giant illegally obtained his personal information and conspired to use it for targeted marketing. Lawrence resident files lawsuit against Google
February 22, 2012
A Lawrence man is suing Google Inc. in federal court alleging that the Internet search giant illegally obtained his personal information and conspired to use it for targeted marketing.
6:00 p.m.
Bradley J. Allen gives his thoughts on the future of libraries to those gathered Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at the Lawrence Public Library. Allen is the second of three candidates for the position of library director to interview for the job and address the public. 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.

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Proposal to double fines on K-10 advances in Senate
February 22, 2012
“The point is not to fine people. The point is to save lives,” said state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, who has pushed for the legislation on behalf of the family of Cainan Shutt, a 5-year-old Eudora boy who was killed in an accident last year on K-10.
Lawrence man, 45, charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child
04:07 p.m., February 22, 2012 Updated 05:13 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors have filed four sex-crime charges against a 45-year-old Lawrence man whom police arrested Tuesday night.
Perry man, 19, pleads no contest to child endangerment for choking girlfriend
04:04 p.m., February 22, 2012 Updated 04:39 p.m.
A 19-year-old Perry man pleaded no contest Wednesday to two misdemeanor charges after he was accused of choking his former girlfriend dozens of times last year.
Skull found in Sedgwick County tied to 1949 Halloween prank
February 22, 2012
A human skull found in south-central Kansas last month turned out to be nothing more than a remnant of a six-decade-old Halloween prank.
Rumsfeld to speak at Fort Leavenworth
February 22, 2012
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be in northeastern Kansas this week to address military officers and sign books for the public.
Child abuse reporting changes move forward in Kansas House
February 22, 2012
The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill amending state law on mandatory reporting of alleged child abuse.
Sporting KC, Zusi agreed to terms on new deal
February 22, 2012
Midfielder Graham Zusi has signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City after putting together a breakout season in which he scored five goals and added nine assists.
Brownback’s chief seeks changes in state Senate districts that could affect Holland, Kultala
February 22, 2012
Leavenworth County is represented by Sens. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Kelly Kultala, D-Kansas City. Brownback, a Republican, defeated Holland in the November gubernatorial race. Kultala was Holland’s lieutenant governor running mate.
Kansas GOP income tax plan hits poorest
12:57 p.m., February 22, 2012 Updated 03:45 p.m.
Revenue estimates for the House Republicans’ income tax plan show that the lowest income earners in Kansas would be the only bracket that would see their tax rates go up.
Douglas County judge orders release of sex offender Christopher Saemisch, who has served his prison sentence
12:24 p.m., February 22, 2012 Updated 04:00 p.m.
A Douglas County judge Wednesday ordered a 54-year-old man who had served his time for molesting a Lawrence girl in the 1990s to be released instead of kept in state custody for sex-offender treatment.
Town Talk: Talk of a West Lawrence recreation center involving KU Athletics heats up; a car wash project and a discussion about whether the city is business friendly
February 22, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
GOP-led Kansas House rejects Democratic tax proposal
February 22, 2012
The Republican-controlled Kansas House has rejected a Democratic proposal for keeping local property taxes in check.
Kansas House advances voter citizenship bill
09:35 a.m., February 22, 2012 Updated 03:33 p.m.
The Kansas House has given first-round approval to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s bill requiring some potential voters to prove they’re U.S. citizens before this year’s presidential election.
Kansas students create art for Dream Rocket Project
February 22, 2012
Art created by Kansas students will be among those wrapped around a 365-foot replica of the Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Kansas City man admits embezzling from homeowner groups
February 22, 2012
The owner of a Kansas City business admitted that he embezzled more than $750,000 from dozens of homeowners associations.
Lin helps break stereotypes
February 22, 2012 in print edition on A8
So, have you caught “Lin-sanity” yet? Meaning, of course, Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks point guard who has, in just a couple weeks, done what big name stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire could not: make the Knicks matter.
Lawrence man taken to LMH after 19th and Iowa accident
February 22, 2012
A 20-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a two-vehicle accident near 19th and Iowa streets Tuesday afternoon.
Man, 20, sentenced to 1 year probation for role in Eudora burglaries
February 22, 2012
A 20-year-old man was sentenced to serve one year on probation Tuesday for his role in a string of Eudora burglaries last year.
Lawrence resident files lawsuit against Google
Attorneys say conduct violated federal Wiretap Act
February 22, 2012
A Lawrence man is suing Google Inc. in federal court alleging that the Internet search giant illegally obtained his personal information and conspired to use it for targeted marketing.
Loss of license ordered in Kansas abortion case
February 22, 2012
A state administrative judge has ordered the revocation of a Kansas doctor’s license over her referrals of young patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions, concluding their care was “seriously jeopardized” by inadequate mental health examinations.
Workshop offers advice to small businesses
February 22, 2012
The event was designed to help area people looking to take that scary leap of starting a small business, said Will Katz, director of the center that offers free consulting to local small businesses.
Fluker Award recipient named
February 22, 2012
The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters has selected Scott Criqui to receive the 2012 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award.
Boys and Girls Club names new director
February 22, 2012
An area director for a Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma, Wash., will become the new head of the Lawrence organization.
House gives preliminary approval to bill protecting students with disabilities
February 22, 2012
Parents and advocates of disabled children gathered outside the Kansas House of Representatives chambers on Tuesday afternoon, distributing fliers that told stories of “unsafe restraint and seclusion” in Kansas schools.
Heard on the Hill: Cancer Center collaborates to bring drug to trial; KU Libraries’ funds shrinking as percentage of overall budget; KU research shows age of eyes can affect circadian rhythm
February 22, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
North Dakota nickname controversy hurts school
February 22, 2012 in print edition on B2
The pained expression on his face betrayed Dave Hakstol’s emotions last week, when the North Dakota hockey coach reluctantly raised the white flag on his support for the Fighting Sioux nickname. Hakstol, fiercely proud of that name during his three years as a player and 12 seasons as a coach in Grand Forks, had concluded the cost of keeping it is simply too high.
Quinn apologizes for comments on Tebow
February 22, 2012 in print edition on B2
Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unflattering comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback in a GQ article.
One last shot: LHS senior leaders aim for strong finish vs. FSHS
February 22, 2012
Bri Anglin, Christina Haswood and Mutiyat Hameed all were part of Lawrence High’s girls basketball program last year, but this season has brought them new challenges and responsibilities.
UT’s Barnes: Players not listening
February 22, 2012 in print edition on B2
Rick Barnes didn’t sound angry after his Texas Longhorns lost another close game.
Goodrich sets KU assists record in win at Texas Tech
February 22, 2012
Kansas University’s Angel Goodrich led the KU women’s basketball team to a road victory against Texas Tech Tuesday night, and the junior guard did it in record-breaking style.
Baylor women clinch Big 12 crown
February 22, 2012 in print edition on B6
Brittney Griner had 18 points with 10 rebounds, and top-ranked Baylor claimed the outright Big 12 title with an 80-59 victory over Texas on Tuesday night.
Lawrence High girls lose sixth in a row, 48-40
February 22, 2012
In desperate need of a victory and holding a two-possession lead at halftime on Tuesday, Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood advised his Lions that someone would have to impose her will in the coming minutes to get a win.
Lions boys share the ball, win 60-50
February 22, 2012
With heavy doses of driving and dishing, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team showed just how deadly it can be on offense Tuesday night at Shawnee Mission North.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 22)
February 22, 2012 in print edition on B5
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 21.
FSHS girls lock down in victory
February 22, 2012
During a second-quarter timeout, Free State coach Bryan Duncan gave guard Jackie Garcia one objective: Shut down Shawnee Mission East’s Caroline Nick.
Firebirds lose overtime battle, 49-47
February 22, 2012
The Free State boys executed one unlikely basket with the time winding down and the game on the line Tuesday.
40 years ago: Lawrence schoolchildren share views on first President
February 22, 2012
“He used his head to win the war.”
25 years ago: Homeless shelter finishing up first winter of service
February 22, 2012
Since its opening, the shelter had provided 955 instances of lodging for 70 different people.
100 years ago: Lawrence celebrates Washington’s 180th birthday
February 22, 2012
“Today is not a legal holiday in Kansas. That state has only four such events…. Washington’s birthday is observed, however.”
Police questions
February 22, 2012
Sadly, the recent revelation of ticket-fixing by Lawrence police officers supports long-standing rumors of corruption within the department.
Police support
February 22, 2012
As a 22-year Lawrence police officer and a retired Kansas police chief, it’s difficult to read about police officers’ alleged misconduct, especially when the accused represent my former department. I have no information as to who the officers are or the details of any misdeeds, and I shouldn’t know. The rules on personnel matters do not change due to alleged police officer misconduct.
Shoppers have no secrets
February 22, 2012
Over the years I have written about the increasing penchant of both government and private corporations to gather and analyze data about individuals, often without individuals realizing the extent to which this occurs. Most folks don’t realize that their computers are littered with so-called “cookies” placed on them by websites they have visited. These cookies provide the websites with detailed information about the online activities of the computer owners.
Tuition break
Allowing military veterans to pay in-state tuition rates at state universities is a good investment for Kansas.
February 22, 2012
After hearing Monday from two veterans who attend Kansas University, the House Education Budget Committee favorably recommended a bill that would allow all military veterans to pay the lower in-state tuition at any university in the Kansas Board of Regents system. Currently, military personnel and their families must have lived in the state for two years during their service and established a Kansas residence within 30 days of their discharge to qualify for in-state tuition
NCI review
We wish Kansas University Cancer Center officials well today as they meet with reviewers from the National Cancer Institute.
February 22, 2012
Today is a big day for the Kansas University Cancer Center.
Horoscope for Feb. 22
February 22, 2012
For Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012: This year you demonstrate the ability to get along with people who wield power. Your creativity and charisma draw people toward you. Many act differently with you than they do with others. If you are single, you will have to sort through quite a few admirers. If you are attached, remember that this bond consists of two people. Note a tendency to be me-oriented.
‘Nature’ lives large with ‘Giants’
February 22, 2012
“Nature” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) puts on a really big show, devoting three hours to the life, death and procreation of the planet’s most enormous creatures. “Ocean Giants” literally spans the globe, traveling from the Arctic to the Amazon to capture whales at their most amorous, murderous and mysterious.
Healthy A&M ready for KU
February 22, 2012
Texas A&M assistant basketball coach Kyle Keller, who worked on Kansas University’s staff the past three seasons, has taken great pride in watching the Jayhawks from afar during the 2011-12 campaign.