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Archive for Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Megan Stuke's Poached pears in crystalized ginger with vanilla ice cream and Sarah Henning's gingery pear fig crumble pizza..Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo 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.
6:00 a.m.
This artist rendering provided by the Eisenhower Commission shows a model for the national memorial to be built in Washington for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's family wants to halt the planning of a memorial honoring the 34th president because they object to the design. Eisenhower family wants DC memorial redesigned
3:04 p.m., January 10, 2012 Updated 6:26 p.m.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s family wants to halt the planning of a memorial honoring the 34th president because they object to the design.
10:00 a.m.
City approves tougher rental regulations for single-family homes
January 10, 2012
Landlords who create problems for Lawrence neighborhoods may soon have their own problems to deal with, courtesy of Lawrence City Hall.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support to challengers of eight moderate Republican senators. Clockwise from left, Tim Owens, Overland Park; Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick; Terrie Huntington, Fairway; Steve Morris, Hugoton; Vicki Schmidt, Topeka; John Vratil, Leawood; Jean Schodorf, Wichita, and Pete Brungardt, Salina. Business lobby, aided by $36,000 from Koch Industries, targets eight Republican incumbents in state Senate for defeat
10:57 a.m., January 10, 2012 Updated 7:54 p.m.
The announcement and filing of campaign finance reports illustrates the effort by Brownback’s supporters to gain control of the Senate.
3:05 p.m.
Online chat
Chat recap: Radiologist discusses book about health care system
January 11, 2012
Dr. Kipp Van Camp, an interventional radiologist in Topeka, will be available Jan. 11 to discuss his new book, “Misdiagnosis: A Practicing Physician’s Case Study in Health Care Reform." He said the book covers the history of how we got to where we are, identifies what’s wrong and right with the system, provides details about the Affordable Care Act, and provides solutions. Dr. Van Camp owns a radiology company called Critical Imaging Associates in Topeka. He also is owner and medical director of Rejuvenate Medical Spa, providing minimally invasive cosmetic medical procedures. He serves as an adjunct professor at Washburn University and Kansas University. Van Camp is one of two hosts on a medical radio talk show called Doctor’s Orders, which airs on stations in Topeka and Kansas City.
6:00 p.m.
City crews have been collecting Christmas trees for a couple of weeks; from left are Jeffery Moten and James Pearson, who spent Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 collecting trees. The trees are placed in rows for wildlife to use. Christmas trees given second life at former landfill north of Lawrence
January 10, 2012
The ghosts of Christmas trees past rest in an old landfill several miles north of Lawrence.

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Robert Griffin III makes it official: he’s headed to NFL draft
January 11, 2012
When Robert Griffin III arrived at Baylor four years ago with new coach Art Briles, the Bears had never even had a winning season in the Big 12.
Julien Lewis leads Texas over Texas A&M 61-51
January 11, 2012
With leading scorer J’Covan Brown still limited by a right ankle injury, a committee of players shouldered the offensive burden for Texas on Wednesday night.
No. 9 Missouri gets past Iowa State, 76-69
January 11, 2012
No. 9 Missouri was down to five players with a minute left and the host Cyclones breathing down its neck.
Blast kills Iran nuclear expert amid ‘covert war’
U.S. denies having role in slaying
January 11, 2012
It seemed a clockwork killing: Motorcycle riders flashed by and attached a magnetic bomb onto a car carrying a nuclear scientist working at Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility. By the time the blast tore apart the silver Peugeot, the bike was blocks away, weaving through Tehran traffic after what Iran calls the latest strike in an escalating covert war.
Brown winter means more green for cities
January 11, 2012
The warm, brown winter that has disappointed snow lovers in much of the U.S. has put more green in the pockets of state and local governments that had their budgets busted last year by the high cost of keeping streets and highways clear.
Tiny frog claimed as world’s smallest vertebrate
January 11, 2012
A frog that can perch on the tip of your pinkie with room to spare has been claimed as the world’s smallest vertebrate species, out-tinying a fish that got the title in 2006. But the discoverer of another weensy fish disputes the claim. A tempest in a thimble, some might say.
Against business? GOP split on Romney’s practices
January 11, 2012
What gives? Some of Mitt Romney’s rivals are waging a fierce attack that you’d never think would come from the mouths of Republicans who claim Ronald Reagan as their hero. They’re blasting the GOP front-runner for aggressive, wealth-creating business tactics.
More planets than stars found in galaxy
January 11, 2012
The more astronomers look for other worlds, the more they find that it’s a crowded and crazy cosmos. They think planets easily outnumber stars in our galaxy and they’re even finding them in the strangest of places. And they’ve only begun to count.
$1,000 motorbike reported stolen
January 11, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported that his Rino motorbike valued at $1,000 was stolen between noon and 11 p.m. Monday from the 1700 block of Ohio Street, according to police records.
Firearm discharge reported within city limits
January 11, 2012
A 33-year-old Lawrence woman reported a criminal discharge of a firearm in the 2500 block of Alabama Street on Tuesday, according to police records.
Man arrested on suspicion of battery of LMH nurse
January 11, 2012
A 52-year-old Lawrence man was arrested in connection with a battery of a nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital early Tuesday morning, according to police and sheriff’s department records.
Low risk of heart incidents found for marathoners
January 11, 2012
It’s dramatic news when a marathon runner collapses with no pulse. Now a big study finds such calamities are rare and usually due to a pre-existing heart problem.
Want good customer service? Get online
January 11, 2012
Consumers are demanding better service in unprecedented ways.
High court keeps judges out of church job disputes
January 11, 2012 in print edition on A1
Religious workers can’t sue for job discrimination, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, saying for the first time that churches — not courts — are the best judges of whether clergy and other religious employees should be fired or hired.
In State of State, Brownback outlines plan to cut Kansas personal income tax
07:35 p.m., January 11, 2012 Updated 08:40 p.m.
Brownback’s proposals prompted a rousing cheer from his fellow conservatives. But his plan was sure to encounter bumps from moderate Republicans and Democrats after years of budget cuts to schools, social services and public safety during the recession.
Full text of Democrats’ response to Gov. Brownback’s State of the State address
January 11, 2012
Rep. Paul Davis gives the Democrats’ response to Gov. Brownback’s State of the State address.
Full text of Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address
January 11, 2012
Full text of Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address
Rep. Mike Pompeo sets up website, online petition to promote aviation industry
January 11, 2012
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo is using some of his campaign money to set up a website and online petition to promote the general aviation industry.
Kobach endorses Romney for president
January 11, 2012
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.
Lawrence man sentenced to two years probation for assisting in 2010 Walmart robbery
January 11, 2012
A Douglas County judge sentenced a Lawrence man to serve probation for two years for serving as a lookout in a 2010 robbery at Walmart.
Conflict between rich, poor strongest in 24 years
January 11, 2012
Tensions between the rich and poor are increasing and at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century, a new survey shows. Americans now see more social conflict over wealth inequality than over the hot-button topics of immigration, race relations and age.
Ohio Amish plead not guilty in beard-cutting attacks
January 11, 2012
Twelve members of a breakaway Amish group pleaded not guilty Wednesday to beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in a feud over church discipline.
TransCanada: New route for pipeline nearly done
January 11, 2012
A Canadian company attempting to build a $7 billion pipeline to carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast soon will have a new route that seeks to allay worries of U.S. regulators, a company executive said Wednesday.
Obama aims to reward businesses that invest in US
January 11, 2012
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he wants to reward companies that invest in America and eliminate tax breaks for companies that don’t, and he’s planning new tax proposals to do it.
Mitt Romney attacks Obama as too cozy with Europe
January 11, 2012
Europeans awoke Wednesday to find themselves plunged into the middle of the U.S. presidential race after a Republican front-runner accused President Barack Obama of cozying up to Europe while ignoring basic American values.
Lawrence man enters aggravated battery plea for 2011 incident
January 11, 2012
A 55-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to an aggravated battery charge Wednesday for an incident last summer in which he was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl while in a car.
Astronomers see more planets than stars in galaxy
January 11, 2012
The more astronomers look for other worlds, the more they find that it’s a crowded and crazy cosmos. They think planets easily outnumber stars in our galaxy and they’re even finding them in the strangest of places.
On second anniversary of earthquake, few major Haiti reconstruction projects have begun
January 11, 2012
Ambitious plans call for $500 million to build 50 new grade schools, $200 million to give Port-au-Prince its first wastewater treatment plant, and $224 million to create an industrial park for 65,000 garment industry workers — all aimed at laying the groundwork for a new Haiti. But as the hemisphere’s poorest country marks the second anniversary of the earthquake that killed some 300,000 people, only about half of the $4.6 billion in promised aid has been spent. Half a million people are still living in crowded camps. And only four of the 10 largest projects funded by international donors have broken ground.
Ohio parents admit denying ailing son medical care
January 11, 2012
The parents of an 8-year-old boy who died from Hodgkin lymphoma after suffering for months from undiagnosed swollen glands have pleaded guilty to denying him medical treatment.
Cancer survivors lobby for bald Barbie
January 11, 2012
Barbie has been an astronaut, an architect, a NASCAR driver, and a news anchor. Now, there’s an online movement to get her to attempt what could be her biggest feat yet: going bald to fight cancer.
Missouri man enters plea to 2009 armed robbery on the KU campus
January 11, 2012
A Belton, Mo., man pleaded no contest Wednesday for his involvement in a 2009 robbery on the Kansas University campus.
Missouri man enters plea to 2009 armed robbery on the KU campus
January 11, 2012
A Belton, Mo., man pleaded no contest Wednesday for his involvement in a 2009 robbery on the Kansas University campus.
After Tuesday accident on Kansas Turnpike, car ends up on embankment of rocks
January 11, 2012
A car left the Kansas Turnpike Tuesday and came to rest on an embankment of rocks after the driver had an apparent seizure, a dispatcher for the Kansas Turnpike Authority said on Wednesday.
Agencies seeking donations to help Lawrence family of 11 whose house burned
January 11, 2012
Roger and Camay Guillory and their children escaped the blaze safely at their house, 1772 North 200 Road. Fire officials said it burned after a space heater ignited some bedding. The Guillory family did not have insurance.
Kansas education board at impasse over Brownback school funding plan
January 11, 2012
Bi-partisan discomfort with Gov. Sam Brownback’s school finance plan emerged Wednesday among members of the State Board of Education.
Goodwill stores turn donated books into sales on Amazon.com
January 11, 2012
For the past year and half, the local Goodwill has been shipping their most valuable books to the Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas’ main office, which then lists those books for sale on Amazon.com.
Goodwill stores turn donated books into sales on Amazon.com
January 11, 2012
For the past year and half, the local Goodwill has been shipping their most valuable books to the Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas’ main office, which then lists those books for sale on Amazon.com.
Officials: First vote under new ID law was smooth
January 11, 2012
The first election in Kansas under a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification appears to have gone smoothly.
Kansas sheriff charged with meth distribution
January 11, 2012
The Rooks County sheriff has been charged with distributing methamphetamine.
Third incumbent seeking re-election to Lecompton City Council
January 11, 2012
Christy Mallonee, a member of the Lecompton City Council, filed as a candidate and paid the $5 filing fee Wednesday morning at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Bi-partisan discomfort with Brownback’s school finance plan expressed
January 11, 2012
Education Board member Ken Willard, a Republican from Hutchinson, who supports Brownback’s school funding proposal, pushed for approval of a motion that applauded the governor’s efforts.
Ottawa man, 24, arrested on battery, theft charges
11:05 a.m., January 11, 2012 Updated 02:15 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 24-year-old Ottawa man Wednesday morning and alleged he injured another man and stole a vehicle from Kwik Shop, 1846 Mass.
Winter weather advisory lifted
11:02 a.m., January 11, 2012 Updated 01:10 a.m.
The National Weather Service has lifted a winter weather advisory for Lawrence.
Legislators eager to hear governor’s plans in State of the State address
10:38 a.m., January 11, 2012 Updated 01:43 p.m.
Legislators say they are interested to hear what Gov. Sam Brownback will propose in reforming the Kansas tax code.
Third KCK officer to plead guilty in sting case
January 11, 2012
A third member of a Kansas City, Kan., police unit plans to plead guilty next week to stealing while serving warrants.
Brownback’s campaign raised $247K in 2011
January 11, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign continued raising money after he took office last year and collected more than $247,000 in cash contributions.
Garden City woman loses $4,300 in Internet scam
January 11, 2012
A western Kansas woman is out $4,300 after she fell for an Internet scam that advertised education grants.
ACLU seeks testimony from state’s insurance providers
January 11, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union is planning to question Kansas insurance providers about the impact of a new law restricting abortion coverage.
Mitt Romney looks for 3rd GOP primary win, but taking South Carolina won’t be easy
January 11, 2012
Mitt Romney says he’s ready for an uphill climb in South Carolina after coasting through New Hampshire. As the Republican presidential contest heads south Wednesday, his rivals are sharpening their attacks and trying to rev up tea partyers and religious conservatives still nervous about the front-runner.
Joran Van der Sloot pleads guilty to killing Peru woman
January 11, 2012
Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.
Bomb kills Iranian nuclear expert
January 11, 2012
Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. The slayings suggest a widening covert effort to set back Iran’s atomic program.
French journalist killed in Syria
January 11, 2012
A reporter for France 2 TV was killed Wednesday in an attack while covering violence in the restive Syrian city of Homs, the French Foreign Minister and the network said.
Michelle Obama: Some seek to give her ‘angry black woman’ image
January 11, 2012
First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she has forcefully imposed her will on White House aides and says people have inaccurately tried to portray her as “some kind of angry black woman.”
Twinkies maker Hostess seeks bankruptcy protection
January 11, 2012
Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions.
KU football announces additions of Clint Bowen, Jeff Blasko to Charlie Weis’ staff
January 11, 2012
Clint Bowen’s return to Kansas University is now official. The Jayhawks announced Wednesday that Bowen and Jeff Blasko (TEs) were the newest members of head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.
North Korea keeps door open for food-nuke deal with U.S.
January 11, 2012
North Korea signaled Wednesday it remains open to suspending uranium enrichment in exchange for U.S. food aid, a deal that appeared imminent before leader Kim Jong Il died last month.
Town Talk: Architects, fundraisers make pitch to build new rec center for city; prospects for compromise on tennis lights brightening; beauty supply store set to open on 23rd Street
January 11, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Brownback’s State of State address, Democratic response tonight
January 11, 2012
The governor’s speech and Democratic response will set the course for the 2012 legislative session.
Kansas City man injured in two-car accident
January 11, 2012
A 45-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was injured in a two-car accident on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence on Jan. 6, according to KTA records.
Lawrence man reports aggravated burglary
January 11, 2012
A 46-year-old Lawrence man reported an aggravated burglary in his home sometime between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of 19th Street, according to a Lawrence police report.
KU student reports stolen 2004 Volkswagen Passat
January 11, 2012
A 22-year-old Kansas University student reported her 2004 Volkswagen Passat valued at $5,500 was stolen between 7 p.m. Dec. 29 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday from the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road, according to a Lawrence police report.
Drug charges filed against 32-year-old Lawrence man
January 11, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have filed drug charges against a 32-year-old Lawrence man who has spent time in prison related to a 2005 Lawrence sexual assault case.
Kobach seeks to move up plans for citizenship proof to June 15
January 11, 2012
The top elections official in Kansas said Tuesday that he’ll push for a change in state law to start requiring some potential voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship beginning June 15, six months earlier than expected.
First Bell: School board taking applications for Finance Advisory Committee; Prairie Park Nature Center offers trips for home-schoolers
January 11, 2012
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KUMC prof gets honorary degree, Viking sword from Finnish university; Wash. Post blog is good higher ed read; winter break really is longer this year
January 11, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Law enforcement officials look back on Culture Farms case
January 11, 2012
“I think they may have underestimated the aggressiveness of law enforcement authorities in Kansas.”
40 years ago: New library among top construction projects in ‘71
January 11, 2012
Construction had appeared to be booming for the first half of 1971, but a sharp decline had begun in August.
100 years ago: Some city schools still closed from lack of heat
January 11, 2012
“The city schools are still suffering from the gas weakness.”
Area high school basketball roundup: Dane Erickson scores 27 points as Tonganoxie boys win
January 11, 2012
Dane Erickson scored a game-high 27 points on 13 of 16 shooting from the foul line, and Tonganoxie (4-3) held on for the win after leading by 13 after three quarters.
Lawrence High wins SM South triangular
January 11, 2012
Lawrence High boys swimming and diving won five of 12 events at the Shawnee Mission South meet on Tuesday.
Free State boys fall short, 60-53
January 11, 2012
The Free State High boys came out flat against Shawnee Mission South and couldn’t compensate despite a good fourth quarter.
Easy does it: LHS boys build big lead slowly, win 44-24
January 11, 2012
If the boys basketball teams at Lawrence High and Shawnee Mission Northwest were having a turn-back-the-clock night Tuesday at LHS, they forgot to promote it.
Ex-KSU coach Vince Gibson dies
January 11, 2012
Former Kansas State and Tulane football coach Vince Gibson has died. He was 78. The Kenner, La., mayor’s office said in a news release that Gibson died at his home on Tuesday.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III plans to declare for NFL Draft
January 11, 2012
The exciting dual-threat quarterback is bypassing his senior season at Baylor and is projected to be one of the top picks in April.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 11, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.
ISU coach focuses on basketball, not cancer
January 11, 2012
Sometimes, in sports, situations arise that take the focus away from the game and put it squarely on real life.
Bill Self, KU wary of Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech
January 11, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team has left Lubbock red-faced — whether from anger or embarrassment — three times in the nine-year Bill Self era.
Baylor owns crunch time in 75-73 win over K-State
January 11, 2012
Baylor coach Scott Drew isn’t oblivious to criticism — no matter how spotless the record or high the ranking.
Working together
Congratulations to everyone involved in making key improvements to the hospital services provided to local sexual assault victims.
January 11, 2012
Lawrence Memorial Hospital and local law enforcement officials deserve the community’s thanks for their collaborative efforts to improve services for sexual assault victims.
Woo defense
January 11, 2012
Who are these buzzkills again that want to stop the “woo?” I am an alum and a former Baby Jay who just doesn’t see the harm in a little extra enthusiasm. Even if the anti-woo faction wins their point and the woo dies, who’s to prevent our rivals from “woo-ing” or worse just to tick us off?
Negative ads
January 11, 2012
In his article “Santorum offers worthy alternative to Mitt” (Journal-World, Jan. 7), Charles Krauthammer concludes that the caucus works as a way to pick a candidate for president because “it winnows” and “has produced, after just one contest, an admirably worthy conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.”
Boeing jolt
January 11, 2012
Boeing’s sudden departure from Wichita brings to mind Mitt Romney’s assertion that corporations are people, but what he didn’t say was that when people lie, it usually doesn’t cost 2,200 decent jobs. He should know. He downsized companies that resulted in the loss of thousands of American jobs. It’s doubtful that either corporate brain gave much thought to those who were left without meaningful employment.
International stories to watch in 2012
January 11, 2012
The events of 2011 — featuring Arab upheavals that no one expected — should serve as a warning against New Year’s predictions.
FSHS girls can’t complete comeback, lose 52-47 to Shawnee Mission South
January 11, 2012
The Free State High girls basketball team has been together long enough for everyone to know when a surge is mounting.
Self-absorbed sitcom lacks laughs, wit and a point
January 11, 2012
“Are You There, Chelsea?” (7:30 p.m., NBC) arrives tonight. And like a dead body washed up on the shore, it’s an unsightly, bloated, hideous desecration of a sitcom that passers-by may glance at out of curiosity — or pity — before averting their eyes.
Horoscope for Jan. 11
January 11, 2012
For Wednesday, Jan. 11: You could find this year rewarding, especially your dealings with one specific person. Trust and closeness will walk hand in hand. If you are single, you could have one friend who becomes very close. This person also could become a romantic tie. Do be careful not to become sloppy in other areas of your life, as you might be consumed by relating. With diligence, your work life will become more fulfilling close to your next birthday. Leo can be helpful with money.
A poor fit
January 11, 2012
Governor Brownback’s initiative on managed care is causing concern in the disability community not so much because there is a fear that actual medical care may be managed in a different way — theoretically a more coordinated, wellness promoting way — but that the state’s request for proposals (seeking to turn over $2.8 billion in taxpayer dollars to a lucky three major insurance carriers, several of which are lined up on our Kansas borders like birds in a Hitchcock movie) presumes to include activities of daily living under the purview of the insurance companies.
Lawrence High girls give up big third-quarter run to SMNW
January 11, 2012
It had been a little more than a month since Lawrence High’s girls basketball team last won a game, and Tuesday night Shawnee Mission Northwest’s McKayla Ross made sure that streak would remain intact.
Former Mangino assistant Clint Bowen to return as part of Charlie Weis’ staff
January 11, 2012 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World has learned that former Kansas University assistant coach and player Clint Bowen has accepted a position on new head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.