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Basehor-Linwood tight end Ben Johnson commits to KU football
February 23, 2012
Ben Johnson, a junior tight end from Basehor-Linwood High School, has orally committed to the Kansas football team, Rivals.com is reporting.
Business-backed unemployment insurance bill approved in the House
February 23, 2012
Republicans touted House Bill 2638 as a way to increase new business activity in Kansas, while Democrats said the measure was “crazy.” It was approved 85-39.
Health Care Freedom Act’ falls one vote short of getting on November ballot
February 23, 2012
The Kansas Senate voted 26-14 for the so-called Health Care Freedom Amendment but that was one vote less than the two thirds majority that is required to put propositions on the ballot.
Democrats get Republicans to join in property tax relief proposal
February 23, 2012
But any bi-partisan spirit quickly soured when several Republicans in the GOP-controlled House said the felt they had been tricked.
USPS consolidating 7 mail processing centers
February 23, 2012
The United States Postal Service plans to consolidate seven mail processing centers in Kansas to reduce costs.
Kansas House passes citizenship bill; Senate divided
February 23, 2012
Republicans pushed a bill through the Kansas House Thursday requiring potential voters to prove their U.S. citizenship ahead of this year’s election, although GOP senators are divided on whether the state will be ready to enforce the rule.
Fake Beard Bandit’ admits robberies in 4 states
February 23, 2012
An Oklahoma man nicknamed the “Fake Beard Bandit” has pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Kansas House approves income tax check-off for arts
February 23, 2012
The Kansas House has approved a bill that would let Kansas residents contribute to arts programs when they pay their income taxes.
Senate OKs increased fines for Kansas Highway 10; bill now moves to House
February 23, 2012
The Kansas Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would double fines on Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Johnson County.
Free State High School’s Lynne Renick named as Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year
February 23, 2012
Lynne Renick picked the wrong day to wear a hula skirt to work.
Lawrence man, 28, indicted on federal gun charge
February 23, 2012
A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has indicted a 28-year-old Lawrence man on a federal gun charge, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Senate passes bill honoring Frankfort soldiers
February 23, 2012
A bill to honor 37 servicemen from a small northeast Kansas town who died in World War II is headed to Gov. Sam Brownback for his signature.
State modifies system for paying legislative pages
February 23, 2012
For the hundreds of Kansas students who serve each year as legislative pages, the check will no longer be in the mail.
Galena mayor holds robbery suspect at gunpoint
February 23, 2012
Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby doesn’t take kindly to trespassers on his property.
House approves bills repealing outdated laws
11:14 a.m., February 23, 2012 Updated 04:05 p.m.
Kansas House members will consider a series of bills recommended by the Office of the Repealer that identify laws, rules or regulations that are deemed no longer necessary.
Olathe woman who faked research data faces sentencing
February 23, 2012
A federal judge has granted a sentencing delay for a Kansas researcher who admitted falsifying data in a 2010 clinical trial of an allergy pill on human subjects.
Brownback’s chief of staff testifies in redistricting
February 23, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff says the governor is in favor of making Leavenworth County a distinct Kansas Senate district.
3 car break-ins reported at KU Park and Ride lot on West Campus
February 23, 2012
Kansas University police officers have taken reports of three Wednesday break-ins of vehicles parked in the KU Park and Ride lot on West Campus.
Town Talk: Pair of single moms open East Lawrence sports bar; alteration shop zips into South Lawrence; second-floor apartment project slated for downtown
February 23, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU athletics department showing interest in west Lawrence recreation center
February 23, 2012
Plans for a new west Lawrence recreation center are taking a twist with talk of the Kansas University athletics department exploring interest in the project.
Douglas County Commission to move ahead with application process for heritage grants
February 23, 2012
Two hours of public debate didn’t sway the Douglas County Commission’s stance on setting aside $350,000 for heritage preservation projects.
Kansas City man, 36, charged with aggravated assault
February 23, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors charged a 36-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man with aggravated assault after an incident early Tuesday in downtown Lawrence.
KU scholarship program for wounded veterans in flux
February 23, 2012
As the United States Army is reviewing whether to continue a program that sends wounded veterans to Kansas University for graduate study, a KU office is looking to support those veterans and their families with a new scholarship.
Ticket case’s legal aspects unclear
February 23, 2012
Federal authorities who investigated allegations that two suspended Lawrence police officers had a role in dismissing speeding tickets in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets declined to pursue criminal charges.
Heard on the Hill: Adjuncts across the nation share data on working conditions; KU among universities that opposed multi-year scholarship rule; youth basketball tournament set for Saturday
February 23, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: City commission candidates meet for first debate
February 23, 2012
Before a crowd of more than 100 people, the candidates spoke on current city issues.
40 years ago: City considers restricting trash pick-up to curbside only
February 23, 2012
About 27 percent of city residents were already placing cans or bags on the curb.
Royals, relievers agree on contracts
February 23, 2012 in print edition on B2
The Royals have agreed to terms with relievers Louis Coleman and Greg Holland for this season, leaving five unsigned players on the 40-man roster.
Calhoun to undergo back surgery
February 23, 2012 in print edition on B2
UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun will undergo surgery next week to address a lower-back condition, and he will miss the Huskies’ next two games.
Our Town Sports
February 23, 2012 in print edition on B2
Lawrence swim team and lessons: Ad Astra Area Aquatics is a competitive year-round swim team that offers practices for ages 6-18 throughout the week. AAAA is always accepting new members. For information, visit adastraareaaquatics.org or call Patrick at 331-6940.
Donald eliminated at Match Play
February 23, 2012 in print edition on B2
Luke Donald has become only the third No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round of the Match Play Championship. Ernie Els built an early lead and never let go in a 5-and-4 victory over the top-ranked player in the world.
Bill Self hypes KU-MU
February 23, 2012
Let the hype for Saturday’s Kansas-Missouri game begin.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 23)
February 23, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 22.
Journal-World’s Tait honored in APSE contest
February 23, 2012
Matt Tait, the Journal-World’s Kansas University football beat writer, was honored among the top 10 in the Beat Writing category of the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest, it was announced on Wednesday.
Victory should provide tourney lesson
February 23, 2012
While winning a basketball game Wednesday night in Reed Arena, the fourth-ranked Kansas University basketball team also managed to diagram a blueprint for how to make an early exit in the NCAA Tournament.
KU swim team fourth at Big 12 championship
February 23, 2012
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team sits in fourth place after the first day of the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Firebirds’ Gabe Patterson ready for rematch
February 23, 2012
Gabe Patterson remembers it like it was yesterday.
Awfully close: Kansas barely holds on
February 23, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team put itself in position to claim at least a tie for its eighth-straight Big 12 championship Saturday at home against Missouri. So why wasn’t ninth-year coach Bill Self smiling after Wednesday’s 66-58 victory over Texas A&M in Reed Arena?
Horoscope for Feb. 23
February 23, 2012
For Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012: This year you forge a new path, but only after you are sure that the status quo does not work. Tension and sarcasm often mark your endeavors. Are they a reason to move in another direction? Deal with funds carefully. Your communication excels. If you are single, you will see the results of being able to present yourself well. Look for romance after June. If you are attached, the two of you work through some hot-button issues. Passion plays a significant role in your bond.
St. Luke’s credit due
February 23, 2012
Regarding your recent article on the use of pipeline embolization devices to treat cerebral aneurysms, kudos to the Kansas University Medical Center for having performed the first one in the state of Kansas.
The strong survive
February 23, 2012
What in the wild, wild world of Lawrence, Kansas, is going on here? At my alma mater (Kansas University), we have gone through a ticket scandal with trusted employees in jail. We’ve got people there that don’t have a clue. Why do we have suspended police officers with no names? Why does our capable city manager not head this controversy off? Where are the checks and balances? Come on, City Hall.
School gratitude
February 23, 2012
Times are tough for school programs, particularly in the arts.
Share the reports
February 23, 2012
I urge the city to release the police investigation of the ticket-fixing scandal. It would clear the air to assure the public that there is not a cover-up
Water laws
Two bills currently being considered by Kansas legislators would produce only limited benefits for the state’s water supply.
February 23, 2012
“If we are to have a future, we have to have water,” says Gov. Sam Brownback.
‘Filthy Rich’ not about the glamour
February 23, 2012
As the saying goes, you can’t be too thin or too rich. But you can be “Filthy Rich” (8 p.m., CNBC). Tonight’s program is no celebration of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but a troubling examination of money sheltering and furtive investments.
GOP still lacks formidable candidate
February 23, 2012 in print edition on A8
The Midwest begins on the western slopes of the Allegheny Mountains, around Rick Santorum’s Pittsburgh, birthplace of the Ohio River, the original highway into the Midwest. Pittsburgh fueled the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, an early eruption of Western resentment of the overbearing East, which taxed the whiskey that Westerners made from their grain. Santorum the Midwesterner, after victories in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, is waging more of his political capital on the region.
100 years ago: Governor speaks out against one-size-fits-all education
February 23, 2012
“Students are obliged to study a varied collection of subjects, with the result that they don’t know any one thing well….”
Jayhawks’ Elijah Johnson foils Aggies’ plan
February 23, 2012
Billy Kennedy gambled and lost.