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Archive for Monday, February 27, 2012

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Photo galleries
KU vs. Oklahoma State
Podcasts
Polls
Should those in prison or jail be allowed to have MP3 players to listen to music?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
62%
Yes
 
37%
Total 727
Have you done your income taxes yet?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
51%
No
 
48%
Total 35
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Lawrence middle school educator earns Kansas Master Teacher honor
February 27, 2012
A Southwest Middle School teacher has been named to the 2012 class of Kansas Master Teachers.
Lawrence man suffers self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say
February 27, 2012
Police determined a Lawrence man had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday night while on a trail in southern Lawrence, said Sgt. Damon Thomas, a patrol shift supervisor.
City law interpretation spares lives of chickens slated for slaughter in public display of art
February 27, 2012
A public slaughtering of chickens won’t happen inside Lawrence city limits after a local artist was warned her planned art project could subject her to a fine under the city’s animal cruelty ordinance.
School finance lawsuit looms over Legislature
February 27, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback says it is a good legal strategy for legislators to change the school finance formula just before a trial on education funding.
Man charged with threatening officers with a knife, breaking neighbor’s window
February 27, 2012
A 51-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday night after he was accused of throwing a brick through his neighbor’s window and threatening two Lawrence police officers with a knife, according to Douglas County court records.
Former KU player Marcus Morris cited for misdemeanor battery
February 27, 2012
Former Kansas University and current NBA player Marcus Morris received a misdemeanor battery citation early Sunday related to an alleged fight at a Lawrence night club, Supervising City Prosecutor Jerry Little said Monday afternoon.
City of Lawrence unveils four new locations for recycling glass
February 27, 2012
About that pyramid of beer bottles in your garage following Saturday’s game: You don’t have to keep it anymore, unless of course you want to.
Kansas GOP leader questions pace of meetings review
February 27, 2012
A Republican leader in the Kansas Legislature on Monday questioned the pace of a Democratic district attorney’s investigation of private meetings GOP Gov. Sam Brownback had with legislators at his official residence, suggesting the prosecutor has been slow to move because the case isn’t important.
Lawrence robbery suspect pleads on day of trial
February 27, 2012
A 24-year-old Franklin County man entered a plea Monday in connection with a robbery last March in the 800 block of Hilltop Drive.
Around and About for Feb. 25, 2012
February 27, 2012
Madison Frehe, of De Soto, has been named to the Dean’s List at Central College in Pella, Iowa. The honor is awarded to full-time students who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher while taking 12 or more graded credit hours.
Shawnee County DA to begin interviews on private meetings with Brownback
February 27, 2012
A spokesman for a northeast Kansas district attorney says his office plans to begin setting up interviews this week with legislators who had private meetings with Gov. Sam Brownback at his official residence.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to deliver this year’s Dole Lecture
February 27, 2012
The Dole Institute of Politics has selected former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell to deliver the 2012 Dole Lecture.
Lawrence police officer receives department’s first Purple Heart for his injuries
11:15 a.m., February 27, 2012 Updated 12:14 p.m.
On Feb. 26, 2011, Lawrence police Officer Jonathan Evinger stopped a vehicle with an illegal license plate near 26th and Iowa streets.
Statehouse Live; School funding lawsuit looms over Legislature
February 27, 2012
Last week, several legislative leaders said it would be better to delay action on Brownback’s school funding plan so that it could be further analyzed after the current legislative session and before the next one.
Report: Russia, Ukraine foiled plot to kill Putin
February 27, 2012
Security forces have foiled a Chechen-linked plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state television said Monday in a report likely to boost support for the Russian leader in a presidential election less than a week away.
Lawmakers take long break after ‘turnaround’
February 27, 2012
Kansas legislators have scheduled a short week of work to give themselves a long break after this year’s session hit its official halfway point.
Salina considers changes to discrimination law
February 27, 2012
Stephanie Mott, chairwoman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, is backing a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes to Salina’s equality ordinance.
Plaque stolen from historic former Topeka school
February 27, 2012
The National Park Service says it will replace a plaque at a former Topeka elementary school after a community activist discovered it was missing.
Kansas State researcher: Don’t rekindle romance
February 27, 2012
Rekindling romance with an ex may lead to stress and unhappiness.
Fort Riley division readies for Afghanistan
February 27, 2012
The 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters is getting ready to leave Fort Riley and Kansas for a year in Afghanistan.
5 students reported wounded in Ohio shooting
February 27, 2012
A gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding five students, authorities said. A suspect — believed to be a student — was arrested a short distance away.
Town Talk: Large youth Texas fieldhouse may serve as model for Lawrence project; North Lawrence river project up for key votes tonight; downtown homeless shelter sets Sept. 16 as move-out date
February 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU forward Thomas Robinson wins Big 12 player of the week
KU center Jeff Withey probable for OSU game
10:23 a.m., February 27, 2012 Updated 04:16 p.m.
Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson was selected as the Big 12’s player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
One person injured in I-70 accident west of Lecompton interchange
09:14 a.m., February 27, 2012 Updated 01:53 p.m.
A 43-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to an area hospital after a two-vehicle accident about 7:35 a.m. Monday on Interstate 70 west of Lawrence, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Officials say 3 killed in Canadian train derailment
February 27, 2012
A Canadian Via Rail passenger train derailed west of Toronto on Sunday, killing three railroad employees and injuring dozens of passengers, officials said.
Santorum: Romney isn’t conservative enough for GOP
February 27, 2012
The question of whether Mitt Romney is conservative enough to deserve the Republican presidential nomination regained center stage in the GOP contest Sunday, with Rick Santorum saying the former Massachusetts governor fails the test.
Rule could cost debtors their only income
February 27, 2012
Thousands of poor and disabled men stand to lose their only income next year because of a change in government policy that will allow states to seize every dollar of federal benefits from people who owe back child support
Hutchinson Zoo limits wild animals it will help
February 27, 2012
Animal lovers who bring wild animals to the rehabilitation center at the Hutchinson Zoo might be turned away because of new state guidelines about caring for wildlife, zoo officials said.
How to Help: Big Brothers seeks to shrink waiting list
February 27, 2012
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County is calling all sports fans, video gamers, fishing enthusiasts and anyone willing to catch bugs or ride bikes. Big Brothers Big Sisters has 68 boys waiting for a Big Brother like you; some of these boys have been waiting for more than a year.
Shooting reported at Broken Arrow School Sunday evening
February 27, 2012
Lawrence police responded Sunday to a reported shooting at Broken Arrow School, 2704 La.
Regional differences complicate Kansas redistricting
February 27, 2012
Regional differences are complicating a redistricting debate in the Kansas Legislature that political differences have already made contentious.
Arts checkoff won’t complete picture, advocates say
February 27, 2012
Nine months after Gov. Sam Brownback put Kansas on the map as the only state to defund the arts, legislators are trying to figure out the best way to turn that decision back.
Heard on the Hill: The Big Event has students ready to volunteer, but they still need projects to work on; local AAUP chapter involved in tenure spat; fans take to YouTube after KU-MU game
February 27, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU baseball rolls, 14-1
February 27, 2012
Senior Zac Elgie and freshman Joey Luvisi each hit a three-run home run, and four Kansas University pitchers allowed just one run off five hits over seven innings in a 14-1 college baseball rout of winless Mississippi Valley State on Sunday.
25 years ago: Pari-mutuel betting passed in Topeka
February 27, 2012
A bill designed to implement pari-mutuel betting in Kansas had passed this morning in Topeka, 98-24.
40 years ago: Students describe plans for Hashinger Hall
February 27, 2012
A committee of 15 Kansas University students had recently met to expand their plans for developing Hashinger Hall into a residential creative arts center.
Horoscope for Feb. 27
February 27, 2012
For Monday, Feb. 27: Energy combines with drive this year. You will be close to unstoppable when you are focused. If you are single, your strength and awareness make you desirable on yet another level, causing others to feel intimidated. If you are attached, include your significant other more often in your plans.
PBS takes ‘Hi’ road with Cab Calloway
February 27, 2012
I’ve long thought that the great PBS series “American Masters” (9 p.m., check local listings) should really be called “American Originals.” And no one better deserves or personifies that title than tonight’s “Masters” subject, Cab Calloway.
KU tennis wins
February 27, 2012
Kansas University’s tennis team remained undefeated in dual competition with a 5-2 victory over Montana on Sunday.
City preps learn sub-state assignments
February 27, 2012
Free State High will host Olathe North and Lawrence High will travel to Olathe South in first-round Class 6A sub-state girls basketball games at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Kansas softball wins another tourney title
February 27, 2012
Kristin Martinez threw a complete-game one-hitter, and Kansas University banged out 15 hits as KU softball claimed a run-rule-shortened 14-0 rout of Fairfield to claim its second tournament title in two weeks.
16 Things: Steve Hawley traveled the world and outer space before returning to KU
February 27, 2012
This is another in an occasional series of stories by reporter Andy Hyland, asking Kansas University staff to share “16 Things I’ve Done.” This week, we talked with Steve Hawley, a KU professor of physics and astronomy and a former NASA astronaut.
Capitol Briefing: Tax debate; proof of citizenship; Kobach wins and loses in Neb., KEC v. Pauls
February 27, 2012
Despite heavy criticism of his proposal to cut state income tax rates, Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants the Legislature to continue working on the issue as the second half of the 2012 legislative session starts.
Schools scenario shifts to boundaries
February 27, 2012
Today, the Lawrence school board is expected to accept the recommendations that resulted from six months of work by the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Group.
Convicted sex offender won rare judicial reprieve
February 27, 2012
When convicted sex offender Christopher J. Saemisch, 54, went to trial earlier this month in Douglas County contesting his classification as a sexually violent predator, he was facing long odds.
Constitution vote dismissed as ‘farce’
February 27, 2012
The U.S. and its allies dismissed the Syrian regime’s referendum on a new constitution Sunday as a “farce” meant to justify the bloody crackdown on dissent.
‘Art’ violence
February 27, 2012
It is with disgust and dismay that I read about the Spencer Museum of Art’s plans to sponsor Amber Hansen’s “The Story of Chickens” event, which purports to be a revolutionary examination of the relationship between people and chickens. There
Santorum views
February 27, 2012
Sen. Santorum claimed four years ago that Satan had his sights on America using the vices of pride, vanity and sensuality. Sensuality? It’s not even in the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. One definition in that dictionary of Satan is “one who plots against another.”
Concealed-carry changes
Legislators should take the time to review and explain any expansion of state laws governing concealed firearms.
February 27, 2012
Concealed carry in Kansas isn’t going away. That much is certain. About 40,000 Kansans have been licensed by the state to carry a concealed firearm on their person.
Beatles ringtones now available
February 27, 2012
Hello hello? Beatles fans can now set their cellphones to alert them to incoming calls with “Hello Goodbye,” take a call from IT support with “Help!” or signal a call from an angry partner with “We Can Work It Out” as the Fab Four’s music has become available for the first time as cellphone ring tones.
Balance key for preschool readiness
February 27, 2012
What does being ready for elementary school really mean? It used to mean starting the first day of school with all the supplies on the list, but now we know so much more about how young children’s brains develop. More and more parents are aware of the positive effects of a high quality early childhood education for their child’s success. This knowledge has also led to extra emphasis on acquiring academic skills. Experts suggest parents take a step back and look for programs with a balanced approach to school readiness.
Fix-It Chick: Programmable timer switch gives homeowner more control over sensor lights
February 27, 2012
Installing a programmable timer switch in place of a standard single light switch can afford homeowners the freedom to have lights on when they want them and off when they don’t.
‘12 elections may turn on turnout
February 27, 2012 in print edition on A8
Where did all the voters go? Maybe to the ski slopes. Maybe to the mall. Maybe for a wintry walk along one of the spectacular mountain byways. But not to the caucus venues where, earlier this month, Colorado Republicans were invited to indicate their presidential preferences. Turnout here was down about 6 percent from 2008.
Double Take: Teen denies wrongdoing after stealing iPhone
February 27, 2012
Our 16-year-old daughter recently “found” someone’s iPhone in the locker room. So she took it. The next day, we received a call from an upset parent from the other team after their GPS traced the phone to our house! We confronted our daughter, who eventually handed over the phone. However, the parents contacted school officials, and she was suspended for three days.
100 years ago: Local hunter loses automobile in snowbank
February 27, 2012
“There was no car in sight. Yet this was the place; the car must be somewhere close….”
River City Jules: Rock Chalk Revue history in review
February 27, 2012
Rock Chalk Revue, Kansas University’s campuswide musical philanthropy benefiting the United Way of Douglas County, will open the curtain for its 63rd year this Thursday.