Archive for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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KU women's basketball vs. Oklahoma State LHS girls vs. Olathe South
Do you consider the price of gas when planning for a long drive?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t drive
Total 593
Who do you think is KU's most improved player this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Jeff Withey
Tyshawn Taylor
Thomas Robinson
Travis Releford
Total 3093

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Mo-ped reported stolen
February 29, 2012
A 20-year-old Lawrence man reported a $1,700 mo-ped stolen from the 2100 block of West 31st Street on Sunday, according to police reports.
$1,500 in jewelry reported stolen in burglary
February 29, 2012
A 22-year-old Lawrence woman reported $1,500 worth of jewelry stolen in a burglary in the 2100 block of Naismith Drive on Saturday, according to police reports.
2 laptops reported stolen in burglary
February 29, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported two Mac laptops, valued at a total of $2,200, stolen in a burglary in the 1000 block of Alabama Street on Saturday, according to police reports.
Senators want House to leave map alone
February 29, 2012
Kansas senators asked the House leadership Wednesday to avoid the temptation of making adjustments in any map that redraws Senate districts.
Phones, coat reported stolen
February 29, 2012
A 25-year-old Lawrence man reported two cellphones and a coat, valued at a total of $1,049, stolen from the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street on Friday, according to police reports.
Weapons among $2,200 in items stolen in reported burglary
February 29, 2012
55-year-old Lawrence man reported $2,200 worth of weapons and other materials stolen in a burglary in the 2400 block of Arkansas Street on Feb. 23, according to police reports.
Laptop, iPad reported stolen in burglary
February 29, 2012
A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported a laptop and iPad, valued at a total of $1,400, stolen in a burglary in the 800 block of Michigan Street on Feb. 21, according to police reports.
Over $1,000 in equipment reported stolen near Spencer Research Library
February 29, 2012
More than $1,000 worth of construction equipment was stolen from outside Spencer Research Library, according to a Kansas University police report.
Man with outstanding warrants apprehended near U.S. 24-40
February 29, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers apprehended a man with outstanding warrants who ran from them Wednesday afternoon near U.S. Highway 24-40 northeast of Lawrence.
Couple plead to welfare fraud
February 29, 2012
A Leavenworth couple will be sentenced in March after pleading no contest to defrauding the state’s welfare system.
6 arrested in weekend saturation patrol
February 29, 2012
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers arrested six suspected drunken drivers Saturday night as part of a saturation patrol in the Lawrence and Douglas County area.
Negotiations begin between Lawrence teachers, school board
February 29, 2012
A boost in salaries, health insurance contributions and what teachers get paid to cover extracurricular duties are all on the line in the latest round of negotiations between teachers and Lawrence school district administrators.
Traffic delays expected on game day
February 29, 2012
Fans headed to Allen Fieldhouse from Johnson County for Saturday night’s Kansas-Texas game may have to fight through some significant traffic delays on Interstate 435 as crews will demolish bridges over Quivira Road.
KU researcher helps find giant fleas that may have bugged dinos
February 29, 2012
Large fleas up to an inch long roamed the earth more than 150 million years ago and had mouth parts strong enough to puncture the hides of some dinosaurs, a Kansas University researcher has found.
Will higher gas prices derail the economy?
February 29, 2012
The price of gas has jumped 45 cents since Jan. 1 and is the highest on record for this time of year, an average of $3.73 a gallon. On Wall Street, talk has turned from the European debt crisis to another worry: Will higher gas prices derail the economic recovery?
Study: Old flu drug speeds brain injury recovery
February 29, 2012
Researchers are reporting the first treatment to speed recovery from severe brain injuries caused by falls and car crashes: a cheap flu medicine whose side benefits were discovered by accident decades ago.
Egypt lifts travel ban on U.S. workers
February 29, 2012
Egypt lifted a travel ban Wednesday on seven Americans charged with fomenting unrest by working for illegally funded pro-democracy groups, signaling an end to the worst crisis in Egypt-U.S. relations in 30 years.
North Korea says it will halt some nuclear activities
Country takes step in exchange for food aid
February 29, 2012
North Korea raised hopes Wednesday for a major easing in nuclear tensions under its youthful new leader, agreeing to suspend uranium enrichment at a major facility and refrain from missile and nuclear tests in exchange for a mountain of critically needed U.S. food aid.
Monkees singer Davy Jones dies
February 29, 2012
Davy Jones, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66.
KU women fall to Oklahoma State, 66-63
08:58 p.m., February 29, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
In what no doubt will serve as a serious blow to their hopes of making the NCAA Tournament, the Kansas University women’s basketball team dropped a tough home game to Oklahoma State, 66-63, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
High school seniors candidates for Presidential Scholar Program
February 29, 2012
Lawrence High School senior Leah Towle and Free State High School senior Sisira Srisutiva have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.
Bicyclist injured after accident at Fifth and Michigan streets
February 29, 2012
A 30-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after she was struck on her bicycle by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon at Fifth and Michigan streets.
Attorney for KU’s McLemore suggests entrapment defense in minor in possession of alcohol citation
February 29, 2012
An attorney for a Kansas University basketball player who is fighting a minor in possession of alcohol citation has mentioned an entrapment defense.
KU football spring game set for 1 p.m. kickoff, April 28
February 29, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced Wednesday that the program’s annual spring game, which marks the end of spring drills, will take place at 1 p.m., April 28.
Two men receive lengthy prison sentences related to 2010 drug raid east of Lawrence
February 29, 2012
A federal judge has sentenced two Lawrence men to serve lengthy prison sentences for their role in making counterfeit money and trafficking drugs.
Rare Douglas County Treasurer’s property sale usually includes some interesting buys
February 29, 2012
Bring your cash — and maybe a map. The Douglas County Treasurer’s office will host a rare tax auction on Tuesday, where nine pieces of real estate will be sold regardless of how low a bid may be. “It may be an opportunity to pick up a bargain,” said Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist.
West Junior High basketball players thank their biggest fans
February 29, 2012
The season ended for the West Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team more than a week ago, but that didn’t keep the players out of the gym Wednesday.
House Republicans change course on measure providing property tax relief
February 29, 2012
And one House Republican, state Rep. Owen Donohoe of Shawnee, said he would bring a resolution of censure against state Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, whose property tax relief amendment was approved last week.
Speaker O’Neal wants to end taxpayer funding of remedial college courses
February 29, 2012
House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, on Wednesday touted his bill that would prohibit the use of tax dollars for remedial courses at state universities, and cut in half the number of students who are admitted but don’t meet minimum admission standards.
White House receives Kansas NCLB waiver request
February 29, 2012
A request from the Kansas Department of Education seeking a waiver from the provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law has been formally received in Washington.
Former wife of ex-KU official seeks judgment
February 29, 2012
The former wife of the highest-ranking official caught in a ticket scalping scandal at the University of Kansas has asked a federal judge to rule in her favor in the civil lawsuit filed by the government over assets.
K-State expanding recruiting in Vietnam.
February 29, 2012
Kansas State University is expanding its recruiting efforts in Vietnam.
Kansas House panel expects to vote on abortion bill
February 29, 2012
A Kansas House committee is preparing to act on a bill aimed at preventing the state from indirectly subsidizing abortions through tax credits or deductions.
Douglas County ready to help Harveyville following tornado
09:52 a.m., February 29, 2012 Updated 04:50 p.m.
Douglas County emergency management officials were helping coordinate assistance for Harveyville after a tornado damaged the Wabaunsee County town Tuesday night, said Teri Smith, emergency management director.
Town Talk: Former Gaslight spot in N. Lawrence to get new life, and bikes for rent; Wall St. Journal speculates Knology looking for buyer; former Rod’s Hallmark going out of business
February 29, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Powerful storm injures 14 in Harveyville
09:03 a.m., February 29, 2012 Updated 07:26 p.m.
The small eastern Kansas town of Harveyville took a direct hit from an apparent tornado late Tuesday, injuring 11 people and reducing much of the town to ruins.
Case focuses on if ATF targeted blacks
February 29, 2012
A judge in Wichita has granted more time for motions over a federal firearms sting that lawyers for some of the defendants claim was racially motivated.
Lawrence man, 36, taken to LMH after being struck by car
February 29, 2012
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after he was struck by a car while jogging at the intersection of Wakarusa Drive and 24th Street Tuesday evening.
Director candidate: Technology can be good for libraries
February 29, 2012
Technology won’t kill libraries but rather will make them better, the third and final candidate seeking to become the director of the Lawrence Public Library told a crowd Tuesday.
City wants more info on possible rental registration program fee increase
February 29, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners want more information about a possible fee increase after a city audit determined the city’s rental registration program is not paying for itself.
City takes steps to change trash system
February 29, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting took another step toward creating a trash system that will require residents to use special city trash carts instead of cans or bags, and they said they’re confident residents will grow to love the carts.
Kansan’s dog claims win at Westminster
February 29, 2012
An outgoing, easily excitable Shawnee resident who loves attention and weighs about 40 pounds isn’t quite able to put into words how it feels to be a winner.
Leap year babies just can’t get enough of today
February 29, 2012
Depending on how you count, Neva Gregory turns 12 or 3 today. The sixth-grader at West Middle School is one of eight students in the Lawrence school district who was born Feb. 29, a date that comes around just once every four years.
Americans feeling better about economic recovery
February 29, 2012
Americans are feeling better about the economy again, but will it last this time?
Legislature considering measures to conserve state’s groundwater
February 29, 2012
A year that saw little rain has led to sharp declines in Kansas groundwater. And now the Legislature is considering several measures that could slow those declines.
National Geographic photographer to speak at Baker
February 29, 2012
A National Geographic magazine photographer who took a cover photo of a King James Bible housed at Baker University will speak next week at the university.
State A.G.: Office’s funding needs to be more balanced
February 29, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in Lawrence on Tuesday voiced concern about the amount of litigation fees that make up his office’s budget.
Presentation offers tips on severe-weather spotting, safety
February 29, 2012
At about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of South Middle School, several smartphones buzzed with text alerts.
Basehor residents recall mayor, 2 City Council members
February 29, 2012
In great numbers and by a wide margin, Basehor residents on Tuesday decided to clean house at City Hall.
Heard on the Hill: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity returning to KU; fertility expert exercises caution on new stem-cell research; it’s already time to apply for graduation
February 29, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
LHS softball senior signs with college
February 29, 2012
Lawrence High senior softball player Lacey Hurrelbrink is set to continue her playing career at the college level.
Kansas women’s golf takes ninth
February 29, 2012
Thanuttra Boonraksasat carded a final-round 72 at Weston Hills Country Club Tuesday to finish the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge with a three-round score of 4-over par, the best individual finish of any Kansas women’s golfer.
End of a journey: Sutherland’s successful KU career nears finish
February 29, 2012
When Kansas University senior Aishah Sutherland first was recruited by KU coach Bonnie Henrickson as a senior at Perris (Calif.) High, she had to check out a map to make sure she knew where the Sunflower State was located.
Olathe North fresh in mind for Firebirds’ sub-state opener
February 29, 2012
Free State High girls basketball practice was about to start Monday evening when coach Bryan Duncan got the call.
Self: Big 12 championship just the first step
February 29, 2012
It’s probably fitting Kansas University’s basketball team wrapped up — and celebrated — the program’s eighth-straight Big 12 regular-season championship late Monday night at Oklahoma State.
Woods’ agent rips book’s ‘armchair psychology’
February 29, 2012 in print edition on B2
The agent for Tiger Woods lashed out Tuesday against Hank Haney’s book, saying his “armchair psychology” about Woods was “ridiculous” and that it was clear the former swing coach only cares about self-promotion.
NASCAR should try Mondays
February 29, 2012 in print edition on B2
The Daytona 500 wasn’t just delayed. It was a flat-out disaster.
Tech’s Tuberville accused of fraud
February 29, 2012 in print edition on B2
Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has been sued in federal court, accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.7 million in Alabama following his tenure at Auburn.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 29)
February 29, 2012 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 28.
Ticket aftermath
Answering the public’s questions about a police ticket-fixing case will help build trust in the Lawrence Police Department.
February 29, 2012
It took a week for Lawrence city leaders to release basic details about a police ticket-fixing case. One officer is now gone from the department, and another is suspended as a result of an FBI investigation. Beyond that, the public knows little.
Horoscope for Feb. 29
February 29, 2012
For Wednesday, Feb. 29: Often, you will say one thing but do another. Others scratch their heads and wonder what might be going on, as you are sending out mixed messages. If you are single, your interactions could reflect this tendency and cause a problem in your dating life. If you are attached, the two of you will emphasize your domestic life.
‘Psych’ channels its own mojo
February 29, 2012
A bromance fueled by goofball camaraderie and throwaway dialogue based almost entirely on pop culture nerd-dom, “Psych” (9 p.m., USA) enters its seventh season showing few signs of flagging.
Politics won’t shrink God gap
February 29, 2012 in print edition on A8
There have been many “gaps” in modern politics. There is the gender gap, the generation gap and now the God gap, which is the gulf between people who take God’s instructions seriously and those who don’t. Which side of the gap you’re on could influence your vote.
Romney misses chances on religion
February 29, 2012 in print edition on A8
Mitt Romney has missed several golden opportunities to turn this campaign’s religious fixation to his advantage.
LHS set for tough match with quick-hitting O-South
February 29, 2012
There is a reason bracket announcements are sometimes accompanied with trepidation for basketball coaches and players.
25 years ago: Judicial building already having roof problems
February 29, 2012
The decade-old judicial building at 11th and Rhode Island was having serious roof issues.
40 years ago: State legislators meet with students at KU forum
February 29, 2012
Sen. Arden Booth and Reps. John Vogel and Morris Kay had recently appeared at a political forum.
100 years ago: Local centenarian has voted for Democrats since 1832
February 29, 2012
“The old man is still interested in the political game and is staunch in his belief that this is the Democratic year to win.”