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Fate of Kansas elections bill tied to computer issue
January 16, 2012
Progress on modernizing the Kansas computer system for issuing driver’s licenses is six months ahead of schedule and could mean that some potential voters will be required to show proof of their U.S. citizenship during this year’s presidential election, a key legislator said Monday.
Western Kansas dairy at risk of losing key permit
January 16, 2012
A large western Kansas dairy with a history of problems will have to close if it’s unable to successfully appeal the revocation of a crucial permit.
Kansas liquor stores back measure to allow tastings
January 16, 2012
Some Kansas liquor store owners are hoping the Legislature makes it legal for them to hold tastings in which customers can sample certain products before buying them.
Historic church on Kansas plains being repaired
January 16, 2012
Repairs and renovations are under way at the historic Cathedral of the Plains in north-central Kansas.
MagnaGro owner answers lawsuit related to fatal accident at Lawrence plant
January 16, 2012
The owner of MagnaGro Corp. has denied a Eudora woman’s claims that he failed to provide safety information to employees in a lawsuit over a 2010 industrial accident at the business.
Weis announces dismissal of 10 Jayhawks from KU football program
January 16, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Monday announced the dismissal of 10 players from the KU football team.
New MBA program at Baker University targets recent grads
January 16, 2012
A new MBA program at Baker University is targeted for recent graduates just starting their careers.
Judge dismisses suit man made against Shawnee County couple he held at knifepoint
12:58 p.m., January 16, 2012 Updated 06:44 p.m.
A Shawnee County judge has dismissed a breach of contract lawsuit against a Kansas couple filed by a Colorado man who held the couple hostage.
Huntsman quits GOP race, backs Romney
January 16, 2012
Jon Huntsman abandoned his once-promising campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday and endorsed Mitt Romney as the man “best equipped to defeat Barack Obama.”
Oskaloosa man, 42, dies in one-vehicle accident early Monday
January 16, 2012
A 42-year-old Oskaloosa man died in a one-vehicle, rollover crash early Monday on U.S. Highway 59 three miles south of Oskaloosa.
Brownback’s budget includes disaster relief funds
January 16, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing that Kansas create a special fund to help cover the costs of recovering from natural disasters.
Riley County GOP to fill House vacancy
January 16, 2012
Riley County Republicans will meet later this month to fill an upcoming vacancy in the Kansas House.
Town Talk: Prosoco to add second shift at East Hills facility; Oread boarding house issue back up for debate; property sales for the week ending Jan. 9
January 16, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending Jan. 9, 2012
January 16, 2012
Land transfers from the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending Jan. 9, 2012.
Tyshawn Taylor shares Big 12 player of the week honor with Baylor’s Perry Jones III
Baylor coach Scott Drew will keep team on court for KU pregame video
08:34 a.m., January 16, 2012 Updated 12:43 p.m.
Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor has been named the Big 12’s co-player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Touring Mount Rushmore’s famous faces goes virtual
January 16, 2012
Virtual visitors to Mount Rushmore can now explore even more remote areas of the memorial than some who see it in person.
Chefs root for ginger’s versatile properties
January 16, 2012
Fresh, dried, candied or pickled, the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale — ginger root to you and me — is a hot commodity at the moment.
Dog instructor lauds electric collars in teaching obedience
January 16, 2012
Who knew the right collar could make a dog more polite?
Cruise ship captain’s conduct blasted as more found dead
January 16, 2012
Maritime authorities, passengers and mounting evidence pointed Sunday toward the captain of a cruise liner that ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast, amid accusations that he abandoned ship before everyone was safely evacuated and was showing off when he steered the vessel far too close to shore.
Rivals: Split conservative vote in S.C. aids Romney
January 16, 2012
A splintered conservative vote in South Carolina could pave the way for Mitt Romney to win this week’s pivotal primary, some rivals said Sunday, acknowledging an outcome that prominent state lawmakers suggested could end the nomination fight.
Towering legend, flawed man? MLK’s image evolving
January 16, 2012
On the National Mall in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. is a towering, heroic figure carved in stone. On the Broadway stage, he’s a living, breathing man who chain smokes, sips liquor and occasionally curses.
Library offers free financial fitness classes
January 16, 2012
Is fiscal fitness at the top of your priorities list for 2012? Lawrence Public Library is poised to help.
World War I dog tags returned to Kansas family
January 16, 2012
The dog tag of a World War I infantryman has been returned to his family in Kansas after being lost for more than 90 years on a battlefield in northeastern France.
Men arrested for having stolen 2004 Chevrolet truck
January 16, 2012
Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of possessing a stolen 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Kansas town of Elmo now quiet after a busy past
January 16, 2012
It’s not all quiet in Elmo, although there isn’t much left.
Heard on the Hill: KU communication studies prof Nancy Baym leaving KU; KU geographer William Woods interviewed in NY Times; JoAnn Browning hired as new engineering associate dean
January 16, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence Locale: Spencer Research Library full of hidden treasures on KU’s campus
January 16, 2012
It’s one of the easier places to miss on Kansas University’s campus, so hidden that it completely eluded me for the four years I spent earning a bachelor’s degree at KU. It is the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, and it is located squarely behind Strong Hall at 1450 Poplar Lane — “probably the shortest street on campus,” says Spencer’s head librarian, Beth Whittaker.
Battle of the bigs: Big-name big men to meet on Big Monday
12:00 a.m., January 16, 2012 Updated 01:44 a.m.
Bill Self worked at Kansas University — as a graduate assistant — the last time a visiting Big 12/Big Eight team came to Allen Fieldhouse with an unblemished overall record. One has to go back to Jan. 21, 1986, when No. 5-ranked Oklahoma (17-0) was taken down by No. 7-rated KU, 98-92.
Dreamin’ until tonight’s tipoff
January 16, 2012
Close your eyes and picture places you might want to be at 8:30 p.m. today.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 16, 2012 in print edition on B4
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
January 16, 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.
Horoscope for Jan. 16
January 16, 2012
For Monday, Jan. 16: You could be overly serious and stern, especially within your community and professional world. Others often back off when you make a statement. If you are single, this person could become more than a friend. If you are attached, you and your significant other will gain through getting to know each other better. Scorpio comes through in a crunch.
Cops, ghosts mingle on ‘Alcatraz’ and ‘Lost Girl’
January 16, 2012
So there’s this island where strange things happen and people who should be very old or dead show up unchanged nearly half a century later. And there’s an underground lair filled with computers that may or may not be the source of the weirdness. And it stars Jorge Garcia, and it’s created by J.J. Abrams. Only Garcia’s character is no Hurley and “Alcatraz” (7 p.m., Fox) is no “Lost.”
Enforcement challenge
The city has new tools to enforce occupancy limits on rental housing, but enforcement still will be a challenge.
January 16, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners certainly are talking tougher when it comes to cracking down on problem landlords in the city.
Bureaucracy mires port improvements
January 16, 2012
Thanks to globalization, and to containerized shipping that began in 1956 and makes globalization work, commodities swiftly move vast distances around the planet. Wal-Mart alone imports 400,000 containers a year. Trade flows can, however, be deflected or even defeated by a distance of just five feet.
U.S., Iran need back channel to communicate
January 16, 2012
As the United States and Iran move closer toward open confrontation, it’s important that both take quiet steps to avoid the miscalculations and misunderstandings that can lead to an inadvertent military conflict.
January 16, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending January 14, 2012.
January 16, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending January 14, 2012.
Web culture breeds wacky and wild holidays
January 16, 2012
Today is a real holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but every day’s a holiday on the Internet.
25 years ago: Gas prices on the rise
January 16, 2012
Drivers had paid as little as 69.9 cents a gallon during 1986.
40 years ago: LHS captures debate trophy
January 16, 2012
Lawrence High School had captured the State debate championship for the second straight year.
100 years ago: Salvation Army asks help for families even if fathers are ‘shiftless’
January 16, 2012
“And how can a baby get out and rustle for itself?”
Lawrence Laundry: What to wear in your 30s
January 16, 2012
You’re in your 30s, and whether you’re living the single life or married with kids, we can agree on two things: 1) You must dress your age, and 2) The fashion world is doing nothing to help you dress your age. When in doubt, stick with these four style concepts to get you through this tender decade.
Fix-It Chick: Shower water filter can help improve skin, hair
January 16, 2012
If you have dry skin or notice a distinctive smell in your shower water, consider installing a shower water filter. Filtering shower water has been proven to reduce dry skin, increase softness and health of hair and eliminate chlorine and sulfur smells that often plague household water systems.
River City Jules: Teen debaters long on arguments, short on breath
January 16, 2012
Mr. P promised, at high school parent night, that our teenage daughter would leave his class capable of organizing a logical and well-constructed debate. My husband and I chuckled at the thought of our little teeny-bopper making sense in 18 short weeks. Still, we watched as her nights of endless research evolved into weekends on the road while tales of our country’s exo-mesospheric needs overpowered dinner conversation and post-competition recaps filled our Saturday nights.
Daytripper: West started getting wild in St. Joseph, Mo.
January 16, 2012
This historic little town, whose motto is “Where the West Officially Started Getting Wild,” is filled with surprises. The Pony Express got its start in St. Joseph on April 3, 1860, and outlaw Jesse James met his end there when he was shot and killed on the same date 22 years later.
Double Take: Being apart during break causes girlfriend to doubt relationship
January 16, 2012
Halfway through break he went on a trip with his friends, and I haven’t heard from him since. It’s been a week and its not normal for a bf not to text his gf every day in this day and age, so I’m worried that he’s bored with me or maybe he doesn’t really love me like I thought he did. And now I’m thinking maybe I should break up with him if he doesn’t care about me. What do you think?
Bite Sighs: Gluten-free breakfast bake not as hard as it may sound
January 16, 2012
The very idea of dealing with something as temperamental as pie crust is enough to make many novice bakers turn in their aprons. Throw in a need for gluten-free nutrition, and you’ve got the potential for an uprising that has nothing to do with yeast.
Offbeat Occupation: Bowler combines passion with work
January 16, 2012
Kristal Scott Wilson is a former professional bowler who now works at Jayhawk Bowling Supply, 355 Iowa.