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Archive for Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
A steep hill and trees make trains hard to spot at this railroad crossing along East 950 Road northwest of Lawrence. At the urging of parents whose son died at this spot a year ago, the Douglas County Commission is asking for the state to help make it safer. Parents, county press for safer railroad crossing
February 25, 2012
At the urging of grieving parents, the Douglas County Commission is asking the state for help in upgrading a dangerous railroad crossing.
10:00 a.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department patrol car responds to a call at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. One police officer accused of fixing traffic tickets no longer a city employee; second officer still on suspension
9:26 a.m., February 24, 2012 Updated 3:12 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.
2:00 p.m.
Loring Henderson, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter (LCS) foreground right, describes what the inside of the future shelter will look like Tuesday, Oct. 4th during the announcement of the pending property purchase at the Franklin Business Center, 3701 Franklin Park Circle. It was also the official kickoff of the public phase to raise the last $800,000 to complete the capital campaign. The Lawrence Community Shelter has already raised about 75 percent of the money necessary to purchase and renovate the property and provide a decent shelter, for the needs of the families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Lawrence and Douglas County. 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.
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse 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.”
10:00 p.m.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke Friday at Fort Leavenworth’s Lewis and Clark Center to roughly 1,000 U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. 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.

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Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
February 25, 2012
Road work planned for the week of Feb. 26.
Class, symposium to examine weather systems, safety
February 25, 2012
The Douglas County Emergency Management office is hosting two upcoming severe weather training sessions.
Wetlands manager honored by Kansas Wildlife Federation
February 25, 2012
Sitting at a table Friday morning, Roger Boyd concentrated on winding a small strip of paper to form a wheel for a model tractor. At 64 years of age, Boyd wasn’t building an elaborate model as some retirement hobby. The tractor is part of a display of the future Baker Wetlands Visitor Center.
Bill changing court appointments stalls
February 25, 2012
Many abortion opponents and conservative Republicans in Kansas are pushing to give the governor and legislators more influence over the appointment of appellate court judges, but a proposal seen as a step toward accomplishing their goals has stalled in the Legislature.
Parents, county press for safer railroad crossing
February 25, 2012
At the urging of grieving parents, the Douglas County Commission is asking the state for help in upgrading a dangerous railroad crossing.
Nurse gets 3 years for drug tampering
February 25, 2012
A Kansas nurse who admitted diluting morphine solutions at a Salina nursing home has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Man injured in two-car accident on I-70 near Lecompton
February 25, 2012
A 36-year-old man from Mexico was injured Thursday evening on Interstate 70 after his 2007 Plymouth van was rear-ended by a St. George man’s 2004 Chevrolet truck just west of the Lecompton interchange.
Pump Patrol
February 25, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.56 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Brownback not interested in keeping MU rivalry
February 25, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback says he has no interest in keeping Kansas University’s rivalry with the University of Missouri alive when the Tigers leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference next year.
25 years ago: City considers mall-related ballot questions
February 25, 2012
Three possible mall-related ballot questions were before the City Commission for approval this week.
40 years ago: Central Junior High library to get an upgrade
February 25, 2012
The grant was to raise the library to American Library Association standards.
Veritas girls win consolation game at state tourney
February 25, 2012
The Veritas girls beat Olathe Christian, 34-22, in the consolation bracket of the KCAA state tournament on Friday night, avenging two losses to Olathe Christian in the regular season.
Westwood eliminates Watney
February 25, 2012
Lee Westwood got his revenge on Nick Watney on Friday and moved a step closer to a shot at regaining the No. 1 ranking. Westwood was eliminated in the Match Play Championship each of the last two years by Watney.
Cavs’ Irving impressive in Challenge
February 25, 2012
Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving made eight three-pointers and finished with 34 points, helping Team Chuck beat Team Shaq, 146-133, in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.
Patrick top qualifier for Nationwide race
February 25, 2012 in print edition on B2
Danica Patrick has won the pole for the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona.
The end of the Border War in the words of former KU players
February 25, 2012
Like hordes of Kansas University basketball players before him and those who wore the Crimson and Blue after him, Greg Dreiling circled a couple games on the schedule before the start of each and every season.
LHS baseball team ranked 50th nationally
February 25, 2012
Baseball America released its national preseason top 50 rankings, and Lawrence High cracked the list at No. 50. Coach Brad Stoll downplayed the importance of making the list.
Lions boys bowlers win regional title
February 25, 2012
When it comes to bowling, Lawrence High senior Riley Gentry operates best by distracting himself from the task at hand.
Free throws priceless for one family
February 25, 2012
The players wore pink warm-up shirts and socks. Some even tied pink shoelaces. The cheerleaders had pink ribbons in their hair. To heighten cancer awareness, it was Pink Night at the old Lawrence High gymnasium, better known as “The Jungle,” for the Friday night city basketball showdowns.
KU bowlers set for sectional
February 25, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s bowling club earned the No. 5 seed and will compete March 10-11 in the Euless, Texas, sectional of the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships. KU finished the regular season ranked 19th nationally.
FSHS girls sprint past rival LHS
February 25, 2012
The Free State High girls basketball team played Friday night’s game at the pace they prefer to play. They were going faster than a father rushing his wife to the hospital to give birth.
Simpson champ at Big 12 Indoor
February 25, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior Francine Simpson won the women’s long jump championship Friday at the Big 12 Indoor track and field championships.
Lawrence High wrestlers in third at 6A state
February 25, 2012
Lawrence High was in third place in the team standings after the first day of the Class 6A state wrestling tournament at Hartman Arena.
Lions clip Firebirds on Willoughby buzzer-beater
February 25, 2012
For the first seven minutes and 59 seconds of the fourth quarter Friday night, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team couldn’t get a single shot to drop through the net.
KU swimmers 4th at Big 12 meet
February 25, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas held fourth place among five teams after Friday’s events in the Big 12 women’s swimming championships.
Plenty to play for: Big 12 title, revenge motivate KU in final battle with MU
February 25, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball players congregate at center court and chant, “Big 12 champs,” as they conclude each practice during the marathon conference season.
Kansas baseball splits two games
February 25, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore pitcher Frank Duncan carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and KU’s baseball team defeated Mississippi Valley State, 9-2, on Friday as the Jayhawks split a pair of games.
Kansas softball streak hits nine
February 25, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s softball winning streak reached nine games Friday with a 5-1 victory against Gardner-Webb in the Seahawk Classic. Earlier Friday, the Jayhawks defeated Fairfield, 5-3.
Horoscope for Feb. 25
February 25, 2012
New options appear all year long, if you are willing to see them. Your ability to express your authentic self changes situations substantially. People cannot help but respond. If you are single, you will enjoy dating and could meet several potential suitors. If you are attached, security will build between you.
‘Witchslayer’ over the line in horrible
February 25, 2012
Look for Shannen Doherty (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) to appear in the fantasy film “Witchslayer Gretl” (8 p.m., Syfy). It’s a follow-up of sorts to the Hansel and Gretl story, with Hansel returning to the forest 20 years after their dust-up with the wicked witch. Speaking of wicked spells, if she’s Gretl, why isn’t he Hansl? Just wondering.
Faith Forum: How does the economy seem to affect expressions of faith in your estimation?
February 25, 2012
Robert Minor, professor emeritus in Kansas University’s religious studies department, and the Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton answer.
Study needed to update Kansas Board of Regents
February 25, 2012
This time of year, Kansas House and Senate members are engaged in intense study and debate trying to get new laws and regulations passed, eliminate other laws and regulations and play hard-ball politics.
Act on Syria
February 25, 2012
Dear President Obama: Do not give up your day job.
Rivalry’s roots
February 25, 2012
In Friday’s front-page hype of the final regular season game between the ’Hawks and Tigers, the attribution of the beginning of the rivalry to William Clarke Quantrill is just silly.
U.S.-Taliban talks worry Afghan women
February 25, 2012 in print edition on A8
Fawzia Koofi, the 19th of her father’s 23 children by seven wives, was put outside to die after she was born, because she was female.
100 years ago: KU engineers hold annual banquet
February 25, 2012
“The engineering school of the University will have a fete this evening in Robinson gymnasium.”