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Lawrence man convicted on ‘bath salts’ drug charge
January 3, 2012
A federal jury has convicted a Kansas man for possessing a form of a synthetic drug often called “bath salts.”
Bomb squad removes object from Lawrence woman’s deck
January 3, 2012
Lawrence police called in a bomb squad from Leavenworth County to remove an object from a Lawrence woman’s deck Saturday morning.
Man to stand trial for rape of roommate
January 3, 2012
A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered a 27-year-old Lawrence man to face a trial on a rape charge, prosecutors said.
Boeing plans employee meeting amid closure study
January 3, 2012
A decision about the possible closure of the Boeing Co.’s defense plant in Wichita appeared imminent after a mandatory meeting for all employees was set for today at the facility.
Wildcat sees the light, renounces all things purple, starts waving wheat
January 3, 2012
Having grown up bleeding purple, Terry Dahl should by all rights subscribe to the familiar EMAW slogan reverberating out of Manhattan these days. Every Man a Wildcat? Not anymore. Dahl is a converted Jayhawk.
Absentee voting concerns raised under new law
January 3, 2012
An election law written by Secretary of State Kris Kobach that requires photo identification to vote and other restrictions is raising new concerns about absentee voting.
Prep wide receiver Gehrig Dieter picks SMU
January 3, 2012
Three-star wide receiver and Max Preps first team All-American Gehrig Dieter announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will play his college football at SMU.
KU bowling team ranked 18th nationally
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B4
The Kansas University men’s bowling team is ranked 18th nationally out of 156 schools, according to’s team rankings at the end of the fall semester.
Woman arrested after fight at Lawrence burrito stand
January 3, 2012
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Sunday on an aggravated battery charge after another woman was injured during an altercation in the Burrito King, 900 Ill., drive-thru lane.
Topeka man pleads in infant son’s death
January 3, 2012
A Topeka man pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of his 9-month-old son.
Wichita man dies after trying to break up domestic dispute
January 3, 2012
A Wichita man died after being stabbed when he tried to break up a domestic dispute.
3-year-old KCK girl dies days after being hit by car
January 3, 2012
A 3-year-old girl from Kansas City, Kan., has died from injuries she suffered after being hit by a car early Sunday.
KU football names Rob Ianello WR coach and recruiting coordinator
Buddy Wyatt retained as D-Line coach
January 3, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis continues to lean on his experience at Notre Dame to shape his coaching staff at Kansas. Tuesday, Weis named Rob Ianello the program’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, the same positions he held under Weis at Notre Dame from 2005-08.
5 injured in head-on collision on U.S. Highway 56; highway reopens
01:13 p.m., January 3, 2012 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Two Overbrook women, a Missouri woman and two Baldwin City children were injured in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 56 in southwestern Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Speaker O’Neal forwards anti-Obama email
12:43 p.m., January 3, 2012 Updated 02:47 p.m.
The email, which has been posted in various places on the internet, refers to a bumper sticker that reads “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”
Homicide in Manhattan related to motorcycle group
January 3, 2012
Riley County police say a Manhattan man’s death on New Year’s Day was the result of a drive-by shooting at a motorcycle gang’s clubhouse.
Tougher sentences increase cost of justice in Kansas
January 3, 2012
Tougher sentencing laws and reduced prisoner programming budgets have Kansas officials discussing ways to balance the need to protect the public against efforts to reduce the state’s burgeoning prison population, Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts said.
Sheriff’s deputy says shooting death of Wellsville man was accidental, not homicide
10:44 a.m., January 3, 2012 Updated 11:49 a.m.
Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators say a 56-year-old Wellsville man died in an accidental shooting last weekend at his home.
Midwest economic survey suggests further slowdown
January 3, 2012
Legislators say there is building support for Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to change Kansas policies to conserve the state’s water and extend the life of the its aquifers.
Town Talk: Compton’s Ninth and N.H. incentive request up for approval tonight; former Stone Creek building sells to investment group; Burger King open on Sixth Street
January 3, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Buddy the Beagle, who roamed Kanopolis Lake for 2 months, has a new home
10:30 a.m., January 3, 2012 Updated 12:48 a.m.
A beagle that had been running wild at a central Kansas lake since he escaped his owner during a hunting trip in November has been captured by a concerned local resident who feared the dog wouldn’t last the winter.
Child shot in Topeka hotel room
January 3, 2012
Police in Topeka are investigating the New Year’s Eve shooting of a 7-year-old child at a hotel in the northern part of the city.
Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
January 3, 2012
President Barack Obama and Congress are starting the election year locked in a tussle over a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas that will force the White House to make a politically risky choice between two key Democratic constituencies.
Statehouse Live: Legislators to hear from area groups before 2012 session
09:32 a.m., January 3, 2012 Updated 11:57 p.m.
The 2012 Legislature convenes Monday.
Douglas County Land Transfers for week ending Dec. 26
January 3, 2012
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending Dec. 26.
Douglas County Commission to consider plans for sustainability center
January 3, 2012
At their first meeting of the new year, Douglas County Commissioners on Wednesday will consider issuing a conditional-use permit for Good Earth Gatherings, a recreational facility which would provide outreach and education on sustainable and healthy living.
U.S. auto industry poised to post another good sales year
January 3, 2012
After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth — the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession.
Road funds at risk in some states over safety rule
January 3, 2012
Stuck in a financial pothole, Missouri’s highway department has been selling equipment and eliminating employees to scrounge up enough money to repair its roads. Unless it also changes state law, it could lose tens of millions of federal highway dollars as a penalty for not adopting new safety requirements for commercial truck drivers.
3-year-old girl hit by car in Kansas City
January 3, 2012
Kansas City, Kan., police say a 3-year-old girl was critically injured when she was hit by a car.
New Kansas casino plans to open Feb. 3
January 3, 2012
The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will open next month if it receives final state approval.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment promotes walking through program
January 3, 2012
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is promoting a free program to help people who want to do more walking for exercise in 2012.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback campaigns for Rick Perry
January 3, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is helping Texas Gov. Rick Perry in his final push to win the Iowa Republican caucuses.
Last bastion of GOP moderates in state politics under attack
January 3, 2012 in print edition on A2
Conservatives are attacking moderate Republicans’ major stronghold in Kansas government, hoping voters in this year’s elections remove the last significant obstacles to Gov. Sam Brownback’s push to the right in policy.
School consolidation group seeks more time to turn in report
January 3, 2012
Time is running out for members of an advisory group assigned to recommend which two or three elementary schools should close during the next couple years.
Redistricting likely to extend legislative session
January 3, 2012
The Kansas Legislature’s coming annual session promises to be memorable because of the ambitious agenda already outlined by Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative Republican allies’ desire to pursue social issues such as abortion and immigration.
Franklin County officials investigate shooting death
January 3, 2012
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the shooting death of a 56-year-old Wellsville man.
Family’s history at KU extends for six generations
January 3, 2012
When Cate Dyer, a freshman at Kansas University, graduated from Blue Valley West High School in Stilwell last spring and made the choice to attend KU, genetics may have had something to do with the decision.
ABC comedy is a drag — literally
January 3, 2012
How bad is ABC’s new comedy “Work It” (7:30 p.m.)? Let’s just say I can probably wrap up my end-of-the-year “Worst New Show of 2012” column right now.
Horoscope for Jan. 3
January 3, 2012
Your imagination makes you a force to be dealt with. You are in a period in which you are processing on a deep, emotional level. Others are constantly viewing you in a new light as you process and grow. If you are single, you could meet someone very special. If you are attached, you rebuild the heat of your dating period. Taurus draws out the best in you.
Twice baked: Famed cupcake chef chooses Lawrence for second shop
January 3, 2012
Allyson Fiander brings her recipe for success, as seen on “Cupcake Wars,” to Massachusetts Street.
100 years ago: Shoveling ordinance on the books in 1912
January 3, 2012
“Everyone about town should see that the walks are cleaned off.”
Cowboys claim wild Fiesta Bowl
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B4
Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in his final collegiate game, and Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 3 Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.
Dave Bingham, Lee Stevens honored
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University baseball coach Dave Bingham and Lawrence High product Lee Stevens have been elected to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.
Baylor opens Big 12 with win
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B3
With its highest ranking ever and already with the best start in school history, fourth-ranked Baylor opened Big 12 play accomplishing another first.
Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 2
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B10
How former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Jan. 2.
Marcus Morris sent to NBADL
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B10
Former Kansas University forward Marcus Morris is being sent to the NBA Developmental League for some seasoning, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday night. First-round draft pick Morris is headed to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas.
Penn State’s sad season has sad end
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B2
A season of tragedy and upheaval finally came to an end for Penn State football Monday in a third-rate bowl game played in a half-empty stadium that also has seen much better days.
’Cats will put KU to test
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B1
Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels has played three games in Allen Fieldhouse, Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving, Rodney McGruder and Victor Ojeleye two, Will Spradling and Shane Southwell one. Frank Martin has been the Wildcats’ head coach four times, an assistant to Bob Huggins at K-State once, in Allen Fieldhouse. All those Wildcats have something in common. They never have tasted victory in Allen Fieldhouse.
Transfers settling in at LHS
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B1
Before Lawrence High’s girls basketball season began, it was a bit unknown exactly how the squad would come together.
Bill Self OK with K-State opener
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B1
Bill Self has never been the type of guy to complain about things he has no control over, like the Big 12 basketball schedule.
What a year: Sheahon Zenger had eventful first 365 days
January 3, 2012 in print edition on B1
Today marks Sheahon Zenger’s one-year anniversary as the athletic director at Kansas University.
Quick shift
Kansas officials shouldn’t move too quickly to shift the state’s entire Medicaid program to a managed care system.
January 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
Health care providers and advocates — as well as state legislators — have ample reason to be nervous and cautious about major changes in the state’s Medicaid program.
Resolution: Status quo is good enough
January 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
I’ve been making the same New Year’s resolutions since I was 11: be nicer, get organized and lose weight. And although I still have friends who speak to me, can easily locate 1,392 pencils in my office without searching and am not yet being hauled around by a winch, I haven’t exactly exceeded my expectations.
GOP starts to narrow presidential field
January 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
Here is only a partial list of America’s most important power centers this week: The St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa. The tiny airport in Atlantic, Iowa. The Boyd Building in Shell Rock, Iowa. The community center in Lidderdale, Iowa. The fire station in Prairiesburg, Iowa. The meeting room of the Moose Lodge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Knights of Columbus Hall in Marion, Iowa. And the Masonic Lodge in Columbus City, Iowa.
25 years ago: KU aerospace grad helps with Voyager round-the-world flight
January 3, 2012
Shane had flown to Kenya for a mid-air rendezvous with the twin-engine plane.
40 years ago: Sunflower Cablevision to launch first newscast
January 3, 2012
According to general manager Max Falkenstien, the new local cable TV station would begin broadcasting on Channel 6 at 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 4.