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Final question spoils KU adviser’s ‘Jeopardy!’ effort
January 13, 2012
Lawrence resident Preston Nicholson spent most of his appearance on the television game show “Jeopardy!” ahead of the pack, giving correct responses on the topics of Pocahontas, the Foo Fighters, “Jane Eyre” and the Po River. But he faltered on the Final Jeopardy question.
Tricky transfer awaits tanker inching to Alaska
January 13, 2012
A Russian tanker has muscled its way through hundreds of miles of Bering Sea ice several feet thick to deliver fuel to Nome. Now comes the tricky part: getting more than a million gallons of diesel and gasoline to shore through a mile-long hose without a spill.
Balmy winter brings economic surprises
January 13, 2012
Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises.
Obama takes on big government: ‘It has to change’
January 13, 2012
Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues.
Tensions high, U.S. warns Iran not to block shipping
January 13, 2012
Tensions rising by the day, the Obama administration said Friday it is warning Iran through public and private channels against any action that threatens the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf. The Navy revealed that two U.S. ships in and near the Gulf were harassed by Iranian speedboats last week.
Broken Arrow School in Lawrence wins Governor’s Achievement Award
January 13, 2012
For the second time in five years, Broken Arrow Elementary School has been named one of the top preforming schools in the state. The school was one of 43 Kansas elementary schools to receive the Governor’s Achievement Award for 2011.
Broken Arrow School in Lawrence wins Governor’s Achievement Award
January 13, 2012
For the second time in five years, Broken Arrow Elementary School has been named one of the top preforming schools in the state. The school was one of 43 Kansas elementary schools to receive the Governor’s Achievement Award for 2011.
Lawrence, Douglas County emergency dispatch operation needs $7 million in upgrades
January 13, 2012
Calls of distress usually come into the city and county’s emergency dispatch center. Now, a $7 million call is being made from the center to local government officials. Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug said Friday he’s recommending the city of Lawrence and Douglas County come up with $7 million in the near future to help the center that handles 911 calls and other emergency communications meet new federal technology standards.
What Kansas taxpayers could expect under the governor’s proposal
January 13, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is pushing a plan to cut the state income tax and do away with numerous exemptions and deductions. His plan would also keep in place the 6.3 percent state sales tax, which was scheduled to decrease to 5.7 percent in 2013.
Battle forming over Brownback’s plan to scrap earned income tax credit
January 13, 2012
Democrats and advocates for low-income families on Friday blasted Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed tax plan because it would junk tax credits aimed at helping poor and elderly Kansans.
Charles Price, ambassador under Reagan, dies at 80
January 13, 2012
Charles Price II, who served as ambassador to Belgium and Great Britain for President Ronald Reagan, has died in California.
Abortion ban to be proposed in Kansas House
03:26 p.m., January 13, 2012 Updated 05:29 p.m.
A group pursuing an amendment to the Kansas Constitution to ban abortion says 25 state House members have agreed to sponsor the measure.
Rep. Hensely predicts Manhattan could move to 1st District
January 13, 2012
The Kansas Senate’s top Democrat says the easiest way to resolve congressional redistricting issues would be to move the Manhattan area into a district with western Kansas.
Court of Appeals upholds taxation of oilfield equipment
January 13, 2012
The Kansas Court of Appeals upheld the taxation of oilfield machinery Friday, ruling surface pumping and down-hole equipment do not qualify for the sales and use tax exemptions given to the state’s processing facilities.
Judge refuses probation request, orders man to prison in sexual battery case
January 13, 2012
A Douglas County judge Friday morning ordered a 22-year-old Lawrence man to serve a 32-month prison sentence for an aggravated sexual battery conviction in connection with an April 2010 incident at a Lawrence apartment.
Lawrence man pleads guilty to attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child charge
January 13, 2012
A 29-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Friday to attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child for a December 2010 incident with a 13-year-old girl.
Firefighters extinguish blaze at Meadowbrook Apartments
No one will be displaced
12:53 p.m., January 13, 2012 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical crews have extinguished a fire reported on the second floor of a building at the Meadowbrook Apartments complex.
Obama seeks power to merge agencies
January 13, 2012
President Barack Obama on Friday took aim at his government’s own messy bureaucracy, prodding Congress to give him greater power to merge agencies and promising he would start by collapsing six major economic departments into one. Pressing Republicans on one of their own political issues, Obama said it was time for an “effective, lean government.”
US to send ambassador to Myanmar, upgrading ties
January 13, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday the United States will exchange ambassadors with Myanmar in response to its freeing political prisoners and other reforms.
Peru court sentences Joran Van der Sloot to 28 years
January 13, 2012
A Peruvian court on Friday sentenced Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison for murder of a young woman he met at a Lima casino.
Europe hit by downgrade speculation
January 13, 2012
The euro hit its lowest mark in over a year Friday on fears of a widespread European downgrade, in a sour end to what had been one of Europe’s brightest weeks since the debt crisis intensified.
Marine video outrage not stopping peace talk moves
January 13, 2012
Pentagon officials worry that outrage over a video purporting to depict Marines urinating on Taliban corpses will tarnish the reputation of the entire military. Some also fear it could undermine prospects for exploratory Afghan peace talks.
Conservatives torn over defending, opposing Romney
January 13, 2012
Torn between reality and their political dreams, leading conservatives are defending Mitt Romney’s private sector success and acknowledging that his presidential nomination may be inevitable even as they search for a more palatable candidate.
Stephen Colbert moves closer to entering South Carolina GOP primary
January 13, 2012
By transferring his super PAC to Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert moves closer to entering the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, his home state. Campaigning politicians are prohibited from simultaneously running super PACs.
Senate panel begins Kansas tax study
11:13 a.m., January 13, 2012 Updated 03:29 p.m.
A Kansas commission is beginning its review of proposed changes in the state tax code, including those put forth this week by Gov. Sam Brownback.
AirTran Airlines to keep Wichita service as Southwest
January 13, 2012
Kansas officials say AirTran Airlines will continue flying out of Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport as it transitions to Southwest Airlines.
2 wind farms in western Kansas secure financing
January 13, 2012
Developers of two separate wind farms in western Kansas say they have secured financing to complete the projects.
Feds give $1.5 million to 4 Kansas towns for homes
January 13, 2012
The federal government has awarded a total of about $1.5 million to four north-central Kansas communities to improve housing.
Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry plans presidential run, return to Kansas
January 13, 2012
An abortion opponent who made headlines in Kansas 20 years ago returns to the state this month to open a campaign office for a presidential run.
State Senate panel to take up redistricting rules
January 13, 2012
A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to start work on redrawing the state’s political boundaries.
KU scholar writes book about Elijah Mays, Martin Luther King Jr.’s mentor
January 13, 2012
A Kansas University American studies scholar will publish a new biography on a man who civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. called his spiritual mentor.
Town Talk: This and that about Old Navy, Sears; restaurant site being converted to insurance offices; a $7 million question for the city and the county; potbellied pigs in waiting
January 13, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Rev It Up! raises over $6K for organization
January 13, 2012
A downtown hot rod event earned $6,463 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County.
Obama, DNC raise $68M in final 3 months of 2011
January 13, 2012
President Barack Obama hauled in more than $68 million for his campaign and the Democratic Party during the final three months of 2011, a show of force that allows him to compete — for now at least — in the new reality of freewheeling outside political groups.
GOP rallies around Romney after hits on Bain
January 13, 2012
An array of Republicans and conservatives — including some of Mitt Romney’s sharpest critics — rushed to the GOP presidential front-runner’s defense Thursday to counter efforts to paint the former venture capitalist as a job-killer. Under fire, Romney rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry backed off from directly attacking Romney’s tenure at the helm of Bain Capital.
Young voters propelling 76-year-old Ron Paul’s campaign
January 13, 2012
A 76-year-old great-grandfather who gives eye-glazing speeches on monetary policy, displays a crotchety streak and disappears from the Republican campaign trail for days at a time to rest is captivating young voters.
Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into Marines video
January 13, 2012
Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses — an act that appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.
Retail sales weaken in Dec. but cap record year
January 13, 2012
America’s retailers enjoyed a record 2011 and their first $400 billion sales months ever. But the final month of the year was a dud.
Big storm hits Alaska as weary residents dig out
January 13, 2012
The worst winter anyone can remember in Alaska has piled snow so high people can’t see out the windows, kept a tanker in ice-choked waters from delivering fuel on time and turned snow-packed roofs into sled runs.
Nursery cares for orphaned seal pups
January 13, 2012
Storms that have lashed the Dutch coast this year have created a wave of orphaned baby seals — some so young their umbilical cords are still attached — wrenched from their mothers and washed up on beaches and dikes.
Fla. man injured in accident on Turnpike
January 13, 2012
A 34-year-old Sebring, Fla., man was injured in an accident on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence on Thursday.
Lawrence man reports pickup stolen
January 13, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence man reported that his 1971 Chevrolet pickup valued at $20,000 was stolen between 1:30 and 2:10 p.m. Monday from the 2600 block of Skyview Court, according to police records.
KU student reports car stolen
January 13, 2012
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported that his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix valued at $12,000 was stolen between 6 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday from the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road, according to police records.
Shelter Inc. employee faces child sex crime charges
January 13, 2012
A 46-year-old Lawrence man who worked at an agency that helps teenagers faces three sex crime charges, according to Douglas County District Court records.
Heard on the Hill: KU medical dean in Wichita returns from India; ‘godfather’ weighs in on woo debate; I’m looking for new things going on in your world
January 13, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
LHS girls fall to O-South
January 13, 2012
Monica Howard scored 14 points, and Anna Wright added 11, but Lawrence High dropped a 57-43 decision to Olathe South on Thursday night in high school girls basketball.
LHS wrestlers to be tested
January 13, 2012
Throughout the season, Lawrence High’s wrestling team has sat atop the Class 6A rankings. This weekend, that status will be put to a serious test.
Tongie splits with Lansing
January 13, 2012
Eric McPherson scored 12 points, and Dane Erickson added 11, but Tonganoxie fell to Lansing on Thursday night in high school boys basketball.
Recruit impressed by Kansas’ NFL ties
January 13, 2012
A man who stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 360 pounds is going to draw interest from football coaches whether he plays the game or not. In the case of Carlos Lozano, a mammoth offensive lineman at East Los Angeles College, it just so happens that football also is one of his passions, and that was enough to entice new Kansas University coach Charlie Weis to offer the lineman a scholarship.
Kevin Young guns (and runs and rebounds and passes and … )
January 13, 2012
Kansas University junior basketball forward Kevin Young — who sat out last season while working as a student assistant coach at Barstow (Calif.) Community College and earning his associate degree at San Bernardino CC — says he’s had no problem re-adjusting to the demands of major-college basketball.
It’s time for RPI to RIP
January 13, 2012 in print edition on B1
It never hurts to dream. Permanent world peace. Full employment. A shining sun every day. Last, but far from least, a Selection Sunday in which the acronym RPI never is mentioned and is not in any way a part of the process.
Free State goes to the wire for swim win
January 13, 2012
The stage was set for a showdown Thursday evening at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center as Free State High’s boys swimming team looked to hold off Topeka Washburn Rural.
Board duties
Community input is good, but advisory groups shouldn’t be used to perform duties that should be handled by paid staff or elected officials.
January 13, 2012
Lawrence public school board members and district administrators must have had some time on their hands as they waited for the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group to present its plan for the future of the district’s buildings.
Teachers in U.S. deserve more respect
January 13, 2012
Every year, America spends more than $500 billion on elementary and secondary education, much of that on our teachers. We do this because we know that they are among the country’s essential expenditures.
Ron Paul is campaign’s biggest story
January 13, 2012 in print edition on A8
There are two stories coming out of New Hampshire. The big story is Mitt Romney. The bigger one is Ron Paul.
25 years ago: USD 497 to add a new elementary school
January 13, 2012
School board members had decided to move ahead on plans for several building projects.
40 years ago: Area legislators ask opinions on state issues
January 13, 2012
A short questionnaire published by Rep. John Vogel, Rep. Morris Kay, and Sen. Arden Booth asked for responses on several questions.
100 years ago: Home Economics classes to begin serving food at KU
January 13, 2012
“These meals that the girls will serve will not consist of fudge, stuffed dates or oranges and such fluffy stuff….”
The return of America’s most bigoted family
January 13, 2012
Tonight, a filmmaker returns to a family so loathsome, it’s funny. Almost. Louis Theroux revisits the peculiarly vengeful Phelps clan in his new documentary “America’s Most Hated Family” (9 p.m., National Geographic).
Horoscope for Jan. 13
January 13, 2012
You are very energetic this year. Foreigners, higher education and a willingness to grow mark the next 12 months. If you are single, you will put yourself out there more, increasing your chances of meeting Mr. or Ms. Right. If you are attached, this year presents many different opportunities to become even closer. Virgo points to greater intellectualism.