Archive for Monday, January 9, 2012

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Woman, 40, to serve one year on probation for role in Baldwin City arson
January 9, 2012
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 40-year-old woman to serve one year on probation for a misdemeanor conviction related to a May arson case in Baldwin City.
New charges filed against KU student accused of putting ex-girlfriend in danger
January 9, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have filed new charges against an 18-year-old Kansas University student who is accused of placing his former girlfriend in danger.
Environment efforts of 8 groups awarded with total of $20,000 in grants
January 9, 2012
Douglas County Community Foundation has announced eight groups received a total of $20,000 in grants to preserve nature and educate others about the environment.
Fire whom? Mitt Romney draws flak on eve of New Hampshire primary
January 9, 2012
Republican front-runner Mitt Romney stumbled down the homestretch of the New Hampshire primary on Monday, declaring, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” as his rivals intensified already fierce criticism.
Tonganoxie City Council votes to enter agreement to keep administrator until spring
January 9, 2012
The Tonganoxie City Council agreed Monday to fill a void in City Hall with an agreement to keep Mike Yanez on as city administrator until his replacement starts this spring.
USDA to close Food Safety Inspection Service office in Lawrence
January 9, 2012 in print edition on A3
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to close its Food Safety Inspection Service office in Lawrence, part of a larger plan to save the department $150 million annually.
City to consider stricter enforcement of rental ordinance
January 9, 2012
Three is the magic number, and Lawrence city commissioners are poised to get more serious about making local landlords and tenants understand it.
Kansas Republican legislator blasts House Speaker Mike O’Neal
January 9, 2012
State Rep. Owen Donohoe, R-Shawnee, has issued a blistering attack on House Speaker Mike O’Neal, accusing his fellow Republican of nepotism and abuse of power.
Incumbent seeks re-election to Lecompton City Council
05:25 p.m., January 9, 2012 Updated 02:04 p.m.
Jimmy Wilkins is running for re-election to the Lecompton City Council. Wilkins, 40, is seeking another two-year term on the five-member council, which oversees municipal operations and government for the community of 666 residents northwest of Lawrence. Wilkins, a Republican, is a senior maintenance worker for the city of Lawrence. He filed his paperwork Monday at the Douglas County Courthouse. The filing deadline for candidates is noon Jan. 24, and the election is April 3. Two other council members’ terms are up for election: Christy Mallonee and Jennifer Smith. Neither has filed as a candidate. The filing fee is $5. The council meets twice per month, and council members are paid $30 per meeting.
Douglas County to fight landowners’ lawsuit over shooting range approval
January 9, 2012
Douglas County Commissioners are disputing claims made in a lawsuit that they “unreasonably and arbitrarily” approved a permit in October for a firing range at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge near Lone Star Lake. “We just disagree with that and don’t believe that to be the case,” Douglas County counselor Evan Ice said. “That’s going to be basically the tack we’ll be taking in court.”
Lawrence City Commission considering enforcing limits on how many unrelated people can live in a single-family home
January 9, 2012
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will consider a host of rental regulations to crack down on landlords and renters who disobey the city ordinance that prohibits more than three unrelated people from living in a single-family home.
Kansas Bioscience Authority wants to retain KU professor being wooed by another university
January 9, 2012
An engineering professor at Kansas University could be the beneficiary of a retention package from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Brownback rethinking state funding of the arts, officials say
January 9, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is working on ways to provide funding for the arts after his controversial veto last year that made Kansas the first state in the nation to stop funding the arts.
I-35 ramp off I-435 West to be closed Wednesday
January 9, 2012
Westbound Interstate 435 to the northbound/southbound Interstate 35 ramp will be closed Wednesday as crews work to repair guardrails. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. The Kansas Department of Transportation warns delays are inevitable, and advises drivers to plot alternate routes.
Kansas, Bombardier to give details of expansion deal
January 9, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback and Bombardier Aerospace officials plan to release details Tuesday of a deal between the state and the company for the expansion of a Learjet plant in Wichita.
Big battle expected in Legislature over Brownback’s tax plan
January 9, 2012
Douglas County legislators on Monday provided a preview of what may be one of most contentious debates in the 2012 legislative session — a proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback to decrease the state personal income tax.
How Tom Keegan voted: AP college basketball poll for Jan. 9, 2012
January 9, 2012
The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan’s ballot for the AP college basketball poll on Jan. 9, 2012.
KU moves up to No. 10 in both polls
January 9, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team jumped to No. 10 in both national rankings following victories over Kansas State and Oklahoma last week.
KU hires new liaison to Washington, D.C.
January 9, 2012
Kansas University has hired Jack Cline, who has experience working at universities and in politics, to fill its director of federal relations position.
Best friends remember 9-year-old slain in Tucson
January 9, 2012
Three little girls made plans for the future. They built sandcastles, they danced to pop songs, they swam, they laughed, they swore to be roommates in college. Two of the girls, now 10, stood Sunday on a stage in Tucson and told a crowd of hundreds, many weeping, about their friend. Christina-Taylor Green, a 9-year-old born on Sept. 11, 2001, aspired to dance with Beyonce, to be the first woman in Major League Baseball and one day be elected president of the United States.
Rep. Giffords leads Tucson shooting remembrance
January 9, 2012
After a year of struggling to re-learn how to walk and speak, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords confidently climbed the steps on an outdoor stage on Sunday and led a crowd of hundreds in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out on a cold Tucson night just one year after she survived a gunshot to the head.
UN agency confirms Iran nuke work at bunker
January 9, 2012
The U.N. nuclear agency on Monday confirmed that Iran has begun enriching uranium at an underground bunker to a level that can be upgraded more quickly for use in a nuclear weapon than the nation’s main enriched stockpile.
Feds charge ex-Kosovo man in Fla. Islamic plot
January 9, 2012
A 25-year-old man from the former Yugoslavia was charged with plotting a radical Islamic attack on crowded locations around Tampa, including nightclubs and a sheriff’s office, with a car bomb, assault rifle and other explosives, federal authorities said Monday.
William Daley, Obama chief of staff, resigns
02:18 p.m., January 9, 2012 Updated 11:25 p.m.
In a jolt to the White House, President Barack Obama announced Monday that chief of staff William Daley was quitting and heading home, capping a short and rocky tenure that had been expected to last until Election Day. Obama budget chief Jack Lew, a figure long familiar with Washington’s ways, will take over one of the most consuming jobs in America.
US condemns Iranian death sentence for American
January 9, 2012
The Obama administration denied on Monday that an American man sentenced to death in Iran was a CIA spy, and sharply criticized the Islamic republic in Tehran for what it called a pattern of arresting innocent people for political reasons.
US court backs foreign campaign contribution ban
January 9, 2012
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal seeking to expand the ability of foreigners to contribute to American political campaigns.
Ruptured rail car dumps acid in Kansas creek
January 9, 2012
A ruptured rail car leaked up to 11,000 gallons of sulfuric acid into a creek in east-central Kansas.
Restoration continues revelations at Statehouse
January 9, 2012
While the campaign to rehabilitate the dome’s interior proceeds, proposals to spend an extra $21 million to replace copper covering the dome and the House and Senate chambers irritate politicians returning Monday for the 2012 session who wonder when cost escalations will end.
Douglas County commissioners to consider changing district boundaries to better reflect census
January 9, 2012
County commissioners will discuss how those numbers will play into redistricting at its meeting at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. A public hearing will be held on three proposals for adjusting the commissioner districts so that each has roughly the same number of people.
Lawrence’s Tipsy Taxi New Year’s service doubles rides provided but can use donations
January 9, 2012
Nearly 900 people took advantage of the Tipsy Taxi on New Year’s Eve, a record number for the program sponsored by DCCCA, the drug prevention and substance abuse treatment agency.
2 KCK policemen poised to plead FBI sting case
January 9, 2012
Two Kansas City, Kan., police officers apparently will plead guilty to a federal indictment accusing them and another officer of stealing video games, electronics and money while serving search warrants.
KU professor is keynote speaker at governor’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. event
January 9, 2012
A Kansas University associate professor of philosophy is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the governor’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday.
Douglas County authorities investigating Topeka man’s death as a homicide
10:38 a.m., January 9, 2012 Updated 03:28 p.m.
Officers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Topeka police continue to investigate the death of a 39-year-old Topeka man whose body was found Thursday in northwestern Douglas County.
Remapping on agenda as Kansas lawmakers open session
January 9, 2012
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal is expecting a commission to approve the rules it will use in its redistricting work on the first day of the Legislature’s annual session.
Kansas board to discuss school funding changes
January 9, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to rewrite the Kansas school finance formula gets another round of discussion this week by the State Board of Education.
Kansas attorney general says changes would protect children
January 9, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is pushing proposals during this year’s legislative session that he says strengthen protections for child against violent crime.
Kansas lawmakers face big issues, but no deficit
January 9, 2012
For the first time in nearly five years, lawmakers won’t face a gaping hole in the state budget when they return to the Kansas Statehouse on Monday.
KU school of education gets $2.5 million scholarship gift
January 9, 2012
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife have made a $2.5 million commitment to establish an endowed scholarship program at KU’s School of Education, which is the largest gift in the school’s history.
Kansas City Chiefs name Romeo Crennel head coach
10:30 a.m., January 9, 2012 Updated 12:41 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Romeo Crennel as their new head coach.
Town Talk: Iwig Dairy close to finalizing deal for store at 19th and Mass.; big changes on tap for city’s rental regulations; property sales for week of Jan. 2
January 9, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
U.S. 59 reopens after accident blocked traffic
09:59 a.m., January 9, 2012 Updated 12:13 p.m.
U.S. Highway 59 north of Oskaloosa is blocked Monday morning after a Jefferson County vehicle pulling a trailer rolled over, Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.
Travis Releford wins Big 12 player of the week
January 9, 2012
Kansas small forward Travis Releford was honored by the Big 12 on Monday as the conference’s player of the week.
Jayhawk Audubon Society plans fundraiser
January 9, 2012
The Jayhawk Audubon Society will host its late winter bird seed, book and bird feeder sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vermont St. Proceeds benefit the group and its conservation efforts.
Real estate transfers for week ending Jan. 2
January 9, 2012
Douglas County real estate transfers for the week ending Jan. 2.
Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop arrested in Wisconsin
January 9, 2012
Authorities in southern Wisconsin are facing a tongue twister thanks to the arrest of Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.
Statehouse Live: Major debate forming over Brownback’s desire to cut taxes
January 9, 2012
State Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, the leading Democrat in the Senate on tax issues, said elimination of the personal income tax, which provides nearly one-half of state budget revenue, will result in increases in local sales and property taxes, shifting the tax burden from the wealthiest Kansans to the middle class.
Lawsuit claims DES-breast cancer link
January 9, 2012
Arline MacCormack first heard about DES from her mother when she was 17. Three decades later, MacCormack believes that the drug her mother took to prevent miscarriages caused her to develop breast cancer at age 44.
Report: Iran enriching uranium at private lab
January 9, 2012
Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper reported Sunday in another show of defiance against Western pressure to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program.
Kansas Coliseum arena finds new use
January 9, 2012 in print edition on A2
The National Institute for Aviation Research will use an arena at the former Kansas Coliseum complex to take on more full-scale structural testing for clients.
Topeka remembers victims of gun violence
January 9, 2012
Topeka had two ceremonies Sunday to remember victims of gun violence nationally and locally.
GOP rivals take aim at Romney 2 days before N.H. primary
January 9, 2012
With the hours slipping away before New Hampshire’s presidential primary, Republican rivals fought on multiple fronts Sunday to slow Mitt Romney’s march toward his party’s nomination.
A year later, Arizona reflects on deadly shooting
January 9, 2012
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting.
Proposals seek to address Kansas’ dentist shortage
January 9, 2012
Dental care is so sparse in some parts of Kansas that 13 counties have no dentists at all, and several proposals are being considered to address the issue.
Safety of popular air shows, races under scrutiny
January 9, 2012
Despite suffering severe injuries in the worst air race accident in the U.S. in more than a half a century, some victims have told their lawyer they would like to attend future races.
Texas Electoral maps at issue before Supreme Court
January 9, 2012
A federal law says states and localities with a history of discrimination cannot change any voting procedures without first getting approval from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington. Yet Texas is asking the Supreme Court to allow the use of new, unapproved electoral districts in this year’s voting for Congress and the state Legislature.
State’s Indian tribes concerned about water, gaming
January 9, 2012
Ponka-We Victors, the only American Indian member of the Kansas Legislature, lived on the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona several years ago during college.
Experts warn of carbon monoxide leaks
Energy audits find draftiness in some homes had prevented deadly levels
January 9, 2012
When Robert Coffman began checking homes for energy efficiency, he discovered some had far more to worry about than drafty windows.
Health officials issue annual fish warning
January 9, 2012
State health officials are warning people not to eat the fish caught in some Kansas lakes and rivers.
Manhattan murder-suicide victim had dropped protection order
January 9, 2012 in print edition on A5
A Kansas woman who claimed her ex-boyfriend had threatened her dropped a protection order against him just eight days before he killed her and himself.
Everyday Life: No year’s resolutions
January 9, 2012
I never understood the big deal about New Year’s resolutions. I grew up with two calendars, regular and Jewish. The Jewish calendar has, in some sense, two new year’s days: the calendar one (in the spring) and the liturgical one (in the fall: Rosh Hashanah, literally, the head of the year). With three days claiming to be the start of a year, how could calendar dates seem anything but arbitrary?
Horoscope for Jan. 9
January 9, 2012
For Monday, Jan. 9: You often find yourself juggling various interests. You wonder whether you should do what you want to do or what you think is correct. If you are single, you could make a new friend a little crazy with these alternating mood swings. If you are attached, walk in your sweetie’s footsteps to understand his or her reactions. Cancer can be challenging and very emotional.
25 years ago: KU announces visiting speakers for spring semester
January 9, 2012
The Student Union Activities organization announced that they were sponsoring visits from authors.
100 years ago: Supply of well-water running low
January 9, 2012
“It will be necessary to pump from the river.”
40 years ago: Lawrence schoolchildren celebrate Epiphany with international customs
January 9, 2012
Fifth and sixth graders at Woodlawn School recently observed Epiphany during a special assembly.
Look for ‘big-boy football’ in BCS title game
January 9, 2012 in print edition on B1
Les Miles squeezed out a smile, clenched his left hand nervously and extended his right hand toward Nick Saban. The coaches got in an awkward grasp, forced a bit of small talk, and then posed for the cameras behind the crystal trophy that only one of them can hoist toward the Superdome roof tonight.
Justin Wesley makes mom proud
‘Snaggletooth’ solid in front of mother at OU
January 9, 2012 in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore basketball forward Justin Wesley hasn’t received any extra pampering or T.L.C. from his mother since he had a front-right tooth knocked out at practice on Nov. 28.
Bankruptcies
January 9, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Marriages
January 9, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending January 7, 2012.
Divorces
January 9, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending January 7, 2012.
A basic right
January 9, 2012
Recently, President Obama reauthorized the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012. Sections 1021 and 1022 of this bill allow for the indefinite detention of people the government suspects are involved in terrorism. This includes U.S. citizens detained on American soil.
Due diligence
January 9, 2012
So Sen. Pat Roberts is “hugely disappointed” at Boeing’s announcement that they have no intention of building the next-generation tanker in Wichita and, indeed, are closing that facility in its entirety. Roberts must feel double-crossed, since he obviously believes he was instrumental in getting the successful (and far superior) EADS tanker contract set aside.
School sense
January 9, 2012
I can’t imagine what the school board or its captive subcommittees are thinking when they consider closing schools such as Hillcrest, Sunset Hill and Pinckney — especially after the recent revelations that these schools are in neighborhoods that are slated to have increased numbers of schoolchildren.
Budget cuts mark true shift at Pentagon
January 9, 2012
When you ask Obama administration officials to explain their foreign policy agenda for 2012, they point first to the defense budget. That’s where they want to make a “pivot” in U.S. strategy — away from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and toward the 21st-century priority of China and the Pacific.
Competitive edge
A proposal to use city facilities to support an Internet provider deserves close scrutiny.
January 9, 2012
The Lawrence City Commission should look with extreme scrutiny on the latest proposal from Community Wireless to provide Internet service to Lawrence residents.
Delicious/Nutritious: Peary easy desserts
January 9, 2012
Megan Stuke and Sarah Henning take advantage of an in-season fruit, pears, for this month’s recipe face-off.
Remnant Rehab: ‘Babies ain’t free’ cross-stitch offers dose of reality
January 9, 2012
In college, my cousin Leanne came to visit me in Lawrence. During her time here, we happened to see a commercial for Lawrence.com that stuck with both of us. In the commercial, a guy is on stage ranting and ends with, “Some of ya gonna have to work two jobs — ‘cause babies ain’t free.”
Shoe clubs called ‘fashion of the future’
January 9, 2012
Once a month, you can automatically receive in the mail a bottle of wine, a box of organic fruit and now, a pair of sequined stilettos. In a cyber twist to the traditional monthly sales clubs, shoe membership websites have become a hit among fashion-forward women, who say they bring together the convenience and affordability of shopping online with the personalized experience offered in a boutique.
Retrain your brain to swap bad habits for good ones
January 9, 2012
What does it really take to change a habit? It may have less to do with willpower and more to do with consistency and a person’s environment, researchers have found.
Lawrence Laundry: Spotted it, found it winter looks
January 9, 2012
I know that just recently it was an environmentally concerning 60 degrees outside, but friends, one of these days, it’s going to get cold.
Police: Woman attacked Clyfford Still painting
January 9, 2012
Investigators are trying to determine why a woman caused $10,000 worth of damage to a large expressionist painting at the Clyfford Still Museum by punching and scratching it, then removing her pants and sliding down the artwork.
Exhibit views prairie from animals’ vantage point
January 9, 2012
A new exhibit at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan showcases the Kansas prairie from the vantage point of the animals that live there.
Fix-It Chick: Get a stalled car started safely with jumper cables
January 9, 2012
Cold weather slows things down, including automobile batteries.
River City Jules: Mystery of the Redbox rental
January 9, 2012
I am not sure what my husband and I were discussing during dinner when Luke’s monologue finally registered in our heads with, “I told the guy to leave me alone. I’m only 10.”
Winter demands the warm comfort of mac and cheese
January 9, 2012
In this grown up version of macaroni and cheese we take a trip to Italy. Sort of.
Offbeat Occupations: Yoga teacher a trainer in graceful aging
January 9, 2012
The sounds of a sitar and a pair of hand drums flow from a stereo in the corner of the room. Ten colored yoga mats are splayed across the center of the floor.
As I See Fit: Start new routine by making small changes
January 9, 2012
Do you look forward to your workouts and gym time? Are you “in shape” and enjoying the compliments that accompany a toned body? Are you thinking about amping your program up a notch?
Double Take: Senior shouldn’t quit in last semester
January 9, 2012
A senior in high school is thinking about dropping out with one semester left.
Confront medical realities
January 9, 2012
Deep down inside, we all know it: It’s inevitable, this living, breathing, beautiful, multipart machine, the human body, is - at some point, somewhere - going to break down.
Euthanasia to control shelter population unpopular
January 9, 2012
Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.