Archive for Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Students from Sunflower Elementary School's choir, lead by music teacher Paul Gipson, perform at the district's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 12, 2012 at Free State High School. Students celebrate MLK, community service
January 12, 2012
Students from across the Lawrence school district are working to answer a particular question. It’s a question that may — like them — seem small, but is ultimately powerful. It’s the question Martin Luther King Jr. described as “life’s most urgent:” What are you doing for others?
6:00 a.m.
State Reps. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, and Connie O'Brien, R-Tonganoxie, are among 25 members of the Kansas House backing a measure introduced by pro-life group Personhood Kansas to outlaw abortion. Abortion ban to be proposed in Kansas House
3:26 p.m., January 13, 2012 Updated 5:29 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.
10:00 a.m.
Gov. Brownback gave the State of the State address on Wednesday January 11, 2011. 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.
1:00 p.m.
Lori Alexander works at her dispatcher station in a secure area of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., in this 2009 file photo. 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. 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.
5:08 p.m.
Revelers celebrate the end of prohibition in Chicago. The Watkins Community Museum of History will host a "Speakeasy Night," a fundraiser celebrating the free-wheeling 1920s. Museum fundraiser toasts era of the speakeasy
January 14, 2012
Deep within the archives of the Watkins Community Museum of History is a poster with a classical female figure standing on a pedestal surrounded by somber-looking people. It reads, “Observance and enforcement not repeal.”

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T-Rob troubled by ISU
Big man contributes despite attention
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B5
Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson was swarmed so much by Iowa State’s defense Saturday that he didn’t even have a field-goal attempt after halftime. That didn’t mean he wasn’t a big contributor in the Jayhawks’ 82-73 comeback victory over the Cyclones.
KU women fired up for Columbia finale
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B1
Fortunate to survive its double-overtime battle with Iowa State on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University women’s basketball team heads to Missouri today for what could be the last time in a long while.
Wide-open Jeff Withey makes Cyclones pay
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B1
Shock can do amazing things to the mind. It even can make Jeff Withey look more like a 7-footer than an 82-percent free-throw shooter.
Tweet nothings: Tyshawn Taylor scores 28, silences Twitterati
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B1
Much-criticized Tyshawn Taylor, who sparred with some Kansas University basketball fans on Twitter little over a week ago, said he definitely “felt the love” Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse and again Saturday night on the Internet.
Man sentenced to life in death of 13-year-old
January 14, 2012
A third man has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a 13-year-old Wichita boy on Father’s Day.
Governor eyes gambling funds for Kansas debt
January 14, 2012
With two new state-owned casinos opening for business, Gov. Sam Brownback wants to use almost $70 million from the state’s share of gambling revenues to retire outstanding debt.
Donations grow for family that lost home in fire
January 14, 2012
Agencies helping a Douglas County family whose house was destroyed by a fire have been inundated with donations and are now expanding their efforts.
Night of chaos, fear after cruise ship ran aground
January 14, 2012
The first course had just been served in the Costa Concordia’s dining room when the wine glasses, forks and plates of cuttlefish and mushrooms smashed to the ground. At the magic show in the theater, the trash cans tipped over and the theater curtains turned on their side. Then the hallways turned upside down, and passengers crawled on bruised knees through the dark. Others jumped alone into the cold Mediterranean Sea.
Brown v. Board site to honor MLK
January 14, 2012
The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site has activities planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Egypt leader ends presidential bid in protest
January 14, 2012
Egypt’s reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei withdrew from the presidential race Saturday, saying a fair election is impossible under the military’s grip nearly a year after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Many fear that the ruling generals will push through a candidate of their own to preserve their power.
Police: Woman shot by officer had knife
January 14, 2012
Police say an officer shot and critically wounded a woman because she was going after another woman with a knife.
Man charged with trying to drown kids
January 14, 2012
A 23-year-old man is charged with attempting to drown his two young children in Kansas City, Kan.
Analysts: S&P downgrades could have been worse
January 14, 2012
The decision by Standard & Poor’s to strip France of its prized AAA credit rating and downgrade eight other European countries slammed a continent struggling with a debt crisis and an economic slowdown. But beleaguered Europeans can take some comfort: It could have been worse.
KU professor studies how media cover mothers who kill kids
January 14, 2012
Barbara Barnett admits the topic of her research is grim.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for January 17, 2012
City to consider $25,000 payment to help health center
January 14, 2012
City commissioners will consider making a one-time payment of $25,000 to Lawrence’s Heartland Community Health Center to help fund a medical billings specialist.
Democrats dominate county fundraising in 2011
January 14, 2012
The disparity in fundraising between Douglas County’s major political parties continued in 2011.
Vagrants and tree shade: Old ordinance books give insight into mid-1800s city life
January 14, 2012
Inside a locked storage room on the third floor of City Hall there’s a whole corner full of the books. Most of them are a good 18 inches tall and heavy. Inside many of them — the oldest ones — are line after line of handwritten ink.
Executive pay varies widely at Lawrence nonprofits
January 14, 2012
From housing the homeless to raising money for Kansas University to providing health care for the uninsured, dozens of Lawrence nonprofit agencies work daily performing what the Internal Revenue Service considers charitable, tax-exempt work. While such organizations fit into a similar tax classification, a Journal-World investigation found wide variation in how much the directors of local nonprofits are paid.
Legislators say urban interests diluted in redistricting
January 14, 2012 in print edition on A1
The principle that all Kansans, regardless of where they live in the state, have equal representation is a fantasy.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
January 14, 2012
Road work planned for the week of January 15, 2012.
Museum fundraiser toasts era of the speakeasy
January 14, 2012
Deep within the archives of the Watkins Community Museum of History is a poster with a classical female figure standing on a pedestal surrounded by somber-looking people. It reads, “Observance and enforcement not repeal.”
Account set up to help family displaced by fire
January 14, 2012
In addition to an ongoing household goods drive, a bank account is set up to benefit a Douglas County family of 11 who lost their home in a Dec. 30 fire.
Baldwin track coach given top award
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B4
The success of Baldwin High girls track under the watch of head coach Ted Zuzzio has earned the Bulldogs coach a national award.
LHS wrestlers win, advance to finals
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High senior wrestlers Reece Wright-Conklin (182 pounds) and Nick Pursel (170) each won three matches Friday to reach tonight’s finals in the Newton Tournament.
Unbeaten Olathe Northwest girls pressure Free State, win 50-33
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B4
Facing the No. 1 team in Class 6A on the road, Free State High’s girls basketball team planned on playing a high-scoring game in Olathe Northwest’s gym Friday night.
Firebirds lose seventh straight as Ravens fly to 62-38 victory
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B4
Olathe Northwest played a nasty trick on Free State High’s boys basketball team Friday night.
LHS boys can’t extend early lead, stumble at Olathe South, 54-43
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B1
Not until adversity came its way did Olathe South look like the sixth-ranked 6A team in the state.
Kansas tennis competes in Hawaii
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas University tennis player Dylan Windom took a win over her University of Hawaii opponent on Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational.
Jeff Withey, KU look to hook Iowa State
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior basketball center Jeff Withey, who tries to “dunk everything,” does possess a second weapon in his offensive repertoire.
‘Big D’-fense: Ex-Dallas Cowboys coach Campo to head Weis’ defense
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B1
New Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis reached into the NFL to hire a defensive coordinator, and his choice comes highly recommended from a man who knows how to win the ultimate prize in college and professional football.
City leaders shouldn’t be complacent about retail vacancies
January 14, 2012
Recent headlines in the Journal-World have suggested local business and civic leaders are not overly concerned about retail store closings. They acknowledge there are a number of empty stores but point out that retail sales figures show a slight improvement over last year.
KU track and field wins Mizzou dual
January 14, 2012 in print edition on B3
A strong performance by the Kansas University women’s track and field team propelled the combined men’s and women’s team to a 191-167 head-to-head victory at Missouri on Friday.
Artist responds
January 14, 2012
This is a message for Richard Wingfield (Public Forum, Jan. 12). Thank you for taking all of a paragraph to completely generalize the world of art.
Donation option
January 14, 2012
It is understandable, in this day and age, not to have young girls going door to door anymore selling Girl Scout cookies. But some troops (and the girls and parents) are being left to pick up a financial burden. So wrong.
January 14, 2012
Newt Gingrich asserts himself as “the conservative alternative” to Mitt Romney and savior of society. Meanwhile, he supports or opposes the individual mandate on health insurance as he perceives the advantage of each position at a given time. Rick Santorum also asserts himself as a savior of conservative ideals having voted for the U.S. Patriot Act, which was good at the time.
Mannequins, art
January 14, 2012
I was delighted to read Richard Wingfield’s letter to the editor (Jan. 12). His deft argument revealed the truly insidious relationship between mannequins and arts funding.
Little League teams reflect story of change
January 14, 2012
They are nearing 70 now, the 11 men who were 12-year-old boys in 1955 and who are remembered for the baseball games they could not play. They were — actually, with their matching blue blazers and striped ties, they still are — members of the Cannon Street All Stars.
Teenage bed-wetter saves the world
January 14, 2012
How do you stand out while making yet another coming-of-age teen drama? Fold it into a supernatural fantasy. It’s something Steven Spielberg has been doing for decades. That “Twilight” franchise seems to have found an audience. But it doesn’t always work. Happily, “The Fades” (8 p.m., BBC America) does. For all of the horror, undead doings and apocalyptic creepiness erupting here, its teen characters seem 20 times more human than anybody on ABC Family or MTV.
Horoscope for Jan. 14
January 14, 2012
­For Saturday, Jan. 14: This year many new opportunities appear involving your public image and long-term desires. For some of you, the impact could involve your work; for others, it might even be a political commitment. If you are single, you meet several potential sweeties. If you are attached, through a mutual commitment, the two of you will see an enhanced closeness. Libra pushes you into the limelight.
Faith Forum: How do you answer questions from your congregation about your political beliefs?
January 14, 2012
The Rev. Jill Jarvis and the Rev. Josh Longbottom answer.
25 years ago: Neighborhood strongly opposes bank expansion on Tennessee Street
January 14, 2012
The eight lots in question included four houses, some vacant lots, and a parking lot.
40 years ago: County asks feds for help with Clinton Parkway funding
January 14, 2012
The Army Corps of Engineers said that they would not be able to participate in the funding of the project.
100 years ago: School principal cleared of assault and battery after whipping student
January 14, 2012
“When Justice J. B. Wilson reached his conclusion a cheer broke from the court room.”