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Romney: Raise Medicare eligibility age
February 24, 2012
Four days before critical primary elections, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney outlined a far-reaching plan Friday to gradually delay Americans’ eligibility for Medicare as well as Social Security.
‘Friends of Syria’ vow support for opposition
February 24, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton blasted Russia and China as “despicable” for opposing U.N. action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria, and more than 60 nations began planning a civilian peacekeeping mission to deploy after the Damascus regime halts its crackdown on the opposition.
Oil prices rising to near 2011 highs
February 24, 2012
Oil prices are approaching last year’s highs as tensions increase over Iran’s nuclear program. The rise pushed gasoline prices on Friday to a national average of $3.65 per gallon, the highest ever for this time of year.
Former defense secretary Rumsfeld visits Fort Leavenworth
February 24, 2012
Donald Rumsfeld recalled his 2001 Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing in which he fielded a question from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas about what worried him late at night.
City Commission agenda for Feb. 28
February 24, 2012
City commissioners will have a study session with the Solid Waste Task Force to discuss the task force’s final report. Commissioners then will accept public comment on the report at their 6:35 p.m. meeting.
KU women trounced by No. 1 Baylor, 76-45
February 24, 2012
The Kansas women’s basketball team had one of its worst offensive first halves in school history in a 76-45 loss to No. 1 Baylor on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Suspect in vehicle chase drives on railroad tracks
05:11 p.m., February 24, 2012 Updated 07:01 p.m.
Police conducted a brief pursuit of a vehicle Friday afternoon near downtown Lawrence as officers were looking for a wanted person associated with a vehicle.
Lawrence Community Shelter seeks $100,000 each from Douglas County and city
February 24, 2012
A bigger building is on the way for the Lawrence Community Shelter, but so to is a bigger request for public funding to support the county’s lone homeless shelter.
Brownback’s school finance plan may be subject of interim study
February 24, 2012
Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, said there was “weak support” for Brownback’s plan on the Senate Education Committee. “So the logical choice is to refer it to an interim committee for further study,” Vratil said.
Brownback focuses on Leavenworth County in Senate redistricting plan
February 24, 2012
Democrats accuse governor of interfering for political reasons.
NCAA football moves kickoffs to 35, touchbacks to 25
February 24, 2012
Kickoffs in major college football will move from the 30 to the 35-yard line next season, a change intended to keep players safer.
TV screenwriter to share tips with KU students
February 24, 2012
An author and screenwriter advises those aspiring to become a Hollywood writer to become comfortable with a tight deadline, and to delineate thinking time from writing time.
Kansas Highway Patrol to conduct a saturation patrol Saturday night in Lawrence, Douglas County
February 24, 2012
The Kansas Highway Patrol plans to conduct a saturation patrol Saturday night in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Proposal would put chapel in the Capitol
February 24, 2012
House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, has proposed a place “reserved for prayer and meditation in the state Capitol building.”
Statehouse Live: Proposal would put chapel in the Capitol
February 24, 2012
House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, has proposed a place “reserved for prayer and meditation in the state Capitol building.”
Get KU Decades of Domination over MU poster in Friday’s and Saturday’s Journal-World
February 24, 2012
Looking to make a statement at Saturday’s KU-MU basketball game? Take a Decades of Domination poster along with you.
One police officer accused of fixing traffic tickets no longer a city employee; second officer still on suspension
09:26 a.m., February 24, 2012 Updated 03:12 p.m.
One officer involved in a Lawrence police traffic ticket-fixing investigation is no longer employed with the department, Police Chief Tarik Khatib said in a statement Friday morning.
Town Talk: Plans filed to add new retailers next to Walmart on South Iowa; homeless shelter seeks $200,000 of annual funding from city, county; former Lawrence radio host lands gig in San Diego
February 24, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Claim surfaces that Mormons baptized Anne Frank after death
February 24, 2012
A new claim has surfaced that the Mormon church has posthumously baptized a Holocaust victim, this time Anne Frank.
Ridicule helped doom Va. ultrasound bill
February 24, 2012
Once the word “transvaginal” became a big joke on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” it wasn’t long before Virginia’s conservative Republicans realized they had overreached on abortion. Gov. Bob McDonnell and GOP state lawmakers Wednesday abandoned a bill requiring women to undergo an intrusive type of sonogram before an abortion — an abrupt reversal that demonstrated the power of political satire and illustrated again how combustible the issue of women’s reproductive health has become over the past few weeks.
Romney pounces on Santorum’s compromises
February 24, 2012
One day after a feisty debate, Mitt Romney criticized Republican rival Rick Santorum and courted tea party voters Thursday in a pair of primary states separated by nearly 2,000 miles.
St. Pat’s charity auction Saturday
February 24, 2012
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee is hosting its annual Charity Benefit Auction on Saturday night at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway.
In battered city, cries of tragic plight
February 24, 2012
Medics stitch wounds with thread used for clothing. Hungry residents risk Syrian government sniper fire or shelling to hunt for dwindling supplies of bread and canned food on the streets of the besieged city of Homs. The opposition stronghold was being destroyed “inch by inch,” by government forces, with collapsed walls and scorched buildings, according to accounts Thursday, while Western and Arab leaders hoped to silence the guns long enough to rush in relief aid.
Poll: Millionaire tax, spending cuts popular
February 24, 2012
Most people like President Barack Obama’s proposal to make millionaires pay a significant share of their incomes in taxes. Yet they’d still rather cut spending than boost taxes to balance the federal budget, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, giving Republicans an edge over Democrats in their core ideological dispute over the nation’s fiscal ills.
Obama apologizes as Quran protests rage
February 24, 2012
President Barack Obama apologized to Afghans on Thursday for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base, trying to assuage rising anti-American sentiment as an Afghan soldier gunned down two American troops during another day of angry protests.
Higher gas prices cloud Obama’s re-election
February 24, 2012
Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics.
Input sought on 6th St.
February 24, 2012
Figuring out the need for new roads, traffic signals and other transportation improvements near Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway will be the subject of a public meeting next week.
Lawrence woman makes bomb threat, arrested for shoplifting
February 24, 2012
A Lawrence woman fled from officers after reports that she was seen shoplifting at Kohl’s Department Store, 3240 Iowa. The woman ran to Walmart, 3300 Iowa, and then called 911, telling dispatch that there was bomb on site.
United Way meets goal, starts planning for future
February 24, 2012
The United Way of Douglas County met its fundraising goal of $1,700,000 for the 2011-2012 campaign. The group had its annual meeting Thursday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H., where President Peter Luckey recognized community groups that gave to the organization and announced its 2012 and 2013 community goals.
The last border battle: Kansas and Missouri to play their final regular season basketball game Saturday
February 24, 2012
As Kansas and Missouri prepare to meet on the basketball court for the 267th time Saturday, it might just be the last (in the regular season, anyway), thanks to conference realignment. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the long rivalry.
Heard on the Hill: Tuition compact idea spreading to other schools; physics professor finds extinctions could be related to radioactive isotope; KJHK radio station nominated for mtvU award
February 24, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: USD 497 chooses name for new school
February 24, 2012
The elementary school was scheduled to be open for the 1988-89 school year.
40 years ago: Commercial zoning voted down for Sixth and Lawrence
February 24, 2012
“The city has enough commercially zoned land to last until the year 2000.”
KU swimming in 4th at Big 12
February 24, 2012
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place after two days of the four-day Big 12 Championships.
Veritas boys win in tourney
February 24, 2012
Andrew Currier hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer after making a steal, and Veritas Christian defeated Topeka Cair Paravel, 38-36, on Thursday in the KCAA boys basketball tournament.
Stallworth’s 50 turns 40
February 24, 2012
Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most remarkable days in Kansas University basketball history: the day Isaac “Bud” Stallworth exploded for 50 points in a 93-80 victory over Missouri in Allen Fieldhouse.
State awaits LHS, FSHS wrestlers
February 24, 2012
Everything Lawrence High’s wrestling team has done this season has been geared toward today and Saturday.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 24)
February 24, 2012 in print edition on B4
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 23.
Brittney Griner, Baylor have KU women’s attention
February 24, 2012
Baylor All-American forward Brittney Griner is averaging 22.7 points and 9.8 rebounds, but it’s another aspect of her game that impresses Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson the most.
Kansas LB Steven Johnson eager for combine shot
February 24, 2012
Two years ago at this time, Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson had just 10 career tackles and was a relative unknown in college football. Today, he’s in Indianapolis going through the first of a four-day stay at the NFL combine, a tell-all football job interview that tests the speed, strength and smarts of the top college players in the country.
Kenseth, Stewart win qualifiers
February 24, 2012 in print edition on B2
Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle. The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday’s race — right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle.
Tyshawn Taylor expects ‘crazy’ game
February 24, 2012
The end is near for Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who has just two home games left to play in his college career.
Mr. Do It All: LHS senior Logan Henrichs versatile
February 24, 2012
It’s not every night that Logan Henrichs’ stat line jumps off the page and demands attention.
K.C. catcher to have surgery
February 24, 2012 in print edition on B2
Royals catcher Manny Pina will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and could miss the rest of spring training.
Watney sends Woods packing at Match Play
February 24, 2012 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods had a five-foot birdie putt to extend the match, and Nick Watney already was thinking about how to play the next hole. He had his yardage book out, trying to decide whether 3-wood was the right club to hit off the first tee.
Braun’s suspension overturned
February 24, 2012 in print edition on B2
National League MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, the first time a baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.
Wichita Heights has streak end at 62
February 24, 2012 in print edition on B2
Wichita East defeated Wichita Heights, the No. 10 team in the USA TODAY Super 25 boys basketball rankings, 57-51, on Tuesday, ending the nation’s longest active high school boys basketball winning streak at 62 games.
Flawed theory
February 24, 2012
Thank you for printing “Policy group looks at Laffer tax claims” in Saturday’s Journal-World.
KU asset
New facilities at Kansas University’s Edwards Campus in Johnson County will help further KU’s mission and contributions in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
February 24, 2012
The addition of the new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology building on Kansas University’s Edwards Campus in Johnson County is a significant step in the transition of the school from a facility to meet the needs of so-called non-traditional students to a university that will become a major educational institution.
Iran won’t back down easily
February 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
“We are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a rational actor,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, last Sunday on CNN. That sounds right to me, but his comment raises a tricky question: How much pressure will it take to get this “rational” country to curb its nuclear program?
New attacks on free speech
February 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
Pat Buchanan might have seen the end of the line coming at MSNBC when last month network president Phil Griffin commented on his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” by saying, “I don’t think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”
Musicals, Marines and fishing boats
February 24, 2012
While fans of “Smash” wait for that drama to coalesce around its make-believe musical, “Great Performances” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) offers viewers the real thing: a presentation of “Memphis,” the 2010 Tony winner for Best Musical.
Horoscope for Feb. 24
February 24, 2012
For Friday, Feb. 24. This year you demonstrate your skills with dealing with financial changes. If you feel fortunate, buy a lottery ticket. Remain in tune with your budget, even if someone is talking about a risk. If you are single, be careful, as your work could become far less of a priority if you meet that special person. Romance flourishes through May and into 2013. If you are attached, learn not to play into a sweetie’s controlling ways. Be nonreactive.
100 years ago: KU debating club argues pros, cons of parcel post system, divorce laws
February 24, 2012
“At the first formal debate of the University Debating society held last night two questions were up for debate.”