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Lawrence man ticketed after clipping elbow of bicyclist
January 17, 2012
A rural Lawrence man was ticketed Monday afternoon after he clipped the elbow of a bicyclist while trying to pass a group of riders south of Lawrence.
Fort Hays State University’s online programs recognized by U.S. News and World Report
January 17, 2012
U.S. News and World Report has recognized Fort Hays State University for its online course offerings. And at Kansas University, officials are looking to bolster the number of online classes offered with an emphasis on adding more degree programs.
Lawrence man, 38, ordered to stand trial on child sex crime charges
January 17, 2012
A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered a 38-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial on child sex crime charges for an alleged October incident with a 6-year-old girl.
KU Hospital receives award from EPA for its efforts to reduce waste
January 17, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized Kansas University Hospital on Tuesday for reducing its volume of solid waste.
Positions eliminated in Journal-World’s production, distribution departments
January 17, 2012
The staff reduction, management said, was triggered by changes in printing arrangements for USA Today, which has been produced at the Journal-World for more than 25 years. However, beginning Monday, Gannett Co. Inc. shifted a significant quantity of the printing to a company-owned plant in Des Moines, Iowa.
State senator says she caught Rep. TerriLois Gregory recording conversation
January 17, 2012
A state senator said Tuesday that she caught state Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, recording a conversation between the two of them.
Speaker O’Neal says he won’t resign, despite petition blasting him for anti-Obama emails
January 17, 2012
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal says he will not resign because of criticism he’s received since forwarding two emails critical of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Former governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty to speak at the Dole Institute
January 17, 2012
“An Evening With Tim Pawlenty” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive. Bill Lacy, director of the institute, will interview the former governor to get his take on presidential politics and the nation’s big problems.
Forecast: Kansas economy to improve, but more slowly
January 17, 2012
The Kansas economy is still anticipated to strengthen in 2012, albeit more slowly than had been earlier expected, according to an updated forecast released Tuesday.
Brownback seeks spending cap but details unsettled
January 17, 2012
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is floating a proposal to cap the annual growth in state spending at 2 percent — an idea with broad appeal among fellow conservatives — but said Tuesday that he’ll leave the details of how best to accomplish it to the GOP-controlled Legislature.
2 KCK policemen plead guilty in FBI sting case
January 17, 2012
Two former Kansas City, Kan., police officers have admitted stealing money, electronics and video games while serving search warrants in a case that culminated with an FBI sting and videotapes of the crimes.
Kansas county sees oil, gas lease searches spike
January 17, 2012
An increase in oil and gas exploration in southwestern Kansas has led to such a surge in people seeking information on oil and gas leases and land titles that Ford County has had to institute crowd control measures at the building where the searches are conducted.
eBay back in operation in Lawrence after being down Tuesday afternoon
January 17, 2012
Users of the buying and selling website eBay couldn’t access the site for several hours in Lawrence today. However, others in the state and throughout the country were able to continue bidding on items.
Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery after argument with woman
January 17, 2012
An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday morning at his west Lawrence apartment and later charged with aggravated battery after an incident with a woman.
Robin Hood in reverse:’ Brownback’s plan would raise taxes paid by poorest Kansans
11:07 a.m., January 17, 2012 Updated 03:00 p.m.
More criticism emerged Tuesday over Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax plan as figures showed the poorest of Kansans would face a huge increase in their tax liability.
SRS to take applications for heating aid
January 17, 2012
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services plans to start taking applications Wednesday from people who need help paying their winter heating bills.
Kansas Democrats seeking pay boost for state workers
January 17, 2012
Two Democrats in the Kansas Senate want to raise the salaries of state workers who earn less than private-sector employees with similar jobs.
Town Talk: Sources say local call center downsizing; city to host public input session on trash and recycling on Thursday; are renters getting a raw deal on trash?
January 17, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Fire at Perry home displaces family
January 17, 2012
rage early Monday morning in Perry damaged the home of a Jefferson County family.
Statehouse Live: Democratic chair Wagnon blasts Brownback’s tax plan
January 17, 2012
Brownback has proposed decreasing state income tax rates, eliminating the state income tax for thousands of businesses, doing away with numerous tax credits and deductions, and keeping the state sales tax at 6.3 cents per dollar, when under current law it is supposed to drop to 5.7 cents per dollar in 2013.
Warm up for National Soup Month
January 17, 2012
Extension agent Susan Johnson shows you how to create soup from fridge leftovers.
Kansas Republican leaders under pressure from right
January 17, 2012
The top Republican leaders in the Kansas House and Senate face criticism from their political right because of how they’re handling major issues.
Texas woman blames affair for Kansas City homicide
January 17, 2012
A Texas woman accused in the shooting death of a psychiatrist in suburban Kansas City has been taken into custody in Kansas.
Schools task force to forward consolidation proposals to consultants
January 17, 2012
A school consolidation advisory group picked what members believe are the five best scenarios for closing two to three elementary schools in Lawrence over the next couple of years.
Parking concerns in Oread neighborhood drive boarding house debate
January 17, 2012
The issue of big boarding houses and the future of the Oread neighborhood will return to Lawrence City Hall tonight.
Final Fridays organizers envision full-time city position to promote arts
January 17, 2012
Final Fridays may just be the beginning. Organizers of the year-and-a-half-old monthly arts event in downtown Lawrence are now envisioning a new full-time city position that would promote the arts and work to bring “creative industries” to the city.
Lawrence reptile, amphibian expert dies at age 72
January 17, 2012
A Lawrence expert on reptiles and amphibians who inspired many young people to pursue their own careers in herpetology died from a heart attack Saturday in Florida at age 72.
Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas
January 17, 2012
The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel.
Immigration courtrooms silent during ICE review
January 17, 2012
In a trial of a politically divisive program, U.S. prosecutors in Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country — perhaps indefinitely — so officials can reduce an overwhelming backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to national security.
Front-runner Romney fends off attacks in South Carolina debate
January 17, 2012
Under heavy debate pressure from his rivals, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney defended his record as a venture capitalist, insisted he bears no responsibility for attack ads aired by his allies and grudgingly said in campaign debate Monday night he might release his income tax returns this spring.
Heard on the Hill: KU astronaut, professor Steve Hawley gives talk about manned spaceflight; e-textbooks could be the future; Jayhawk license plates extend to Alaska
January 17, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Inspiring words
12:00 a.m., January 17, 2012 Updated 10:37 a.m.
Let the words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Detroit speech on June 23, 1963, ring in your ears and carry you through your years: “I have a dream this afternoon that one day, one day, men will no longer burn down houses and the church of God simply because people want to be free.”
Royals look to lock up young stars
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B2
Kansas City Royals owner David Glass believes small-market franchises must do whatever it takes to lock up young talent long term, even if it’s a sometimes risky proposition.
Big 12 honors Tyshawn Taylor, other notes
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B4
Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor was named co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday — with Baylor forward Perry Jones III — by a panel of media covering the conference.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B3
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.
Baylor bothered by raucous fieldhouse
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B4
The deafening noise might not have impacted his ability to showcase his NBA game, but Baylor University big man Perry Jones III admitted after Monday’s 92-74 loss to No. 7 Kansas University that the Allen Fieldhouse crowd played a huge role in the outcome.
Charlie Weis kicks backsides, returns names
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B1
For the first time since being introduced as the new Kansas University football coach on Dec. 9, Charlie Weis spoke with the media Monday, partly to offer a state-of-the-program address and partly to introduce quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps and wide receiver Justin McCay.
Tyshawn Taylor transforms magically
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B1
It’s as if Tyshawn Taylor woke up a few mornings ago and his identity had changed, even if his body had stayed the same. He became Sherron Collins, plus a few inches and minus a few dozen pounds.
QB Dayne Crist, coach Charlie Weis happily reunite
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B5
Nobody in the room knew the quarterback as well as the coach. And nobody on hand knew the coach as well as the quarterback. That’s the way it’s supposed to work but generally doesn’t when both men are new to the scene.
Babies try lip-reading in learning to talk, study says
January 17, 2012
Babies don’t learn to talk just from hearing sounds. New research suggests they’re lip-readers too.
Awesome babeee! KU routs Baylor, wows Dick Vitale
January 17, 2012 in print edition on B1
Dick Vitale removed his headphones, leaned forward in his press row seat and proceeded to lavish praise on Kansas University’s basketball team late Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Rally marks MLK day with voting rights message
January 17, 2012
Thousands commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday outside South Carolina’s capitol heard a message that wouldn’t have been out of place during the halcyon days of the civil rights movement a half-century ago: the need to protect all citizens’ right to vote.
Targeted funds
Kansas University officials apparently have been successful in selling the governor on the need to direct money at specific university goals.
January 17, 2012
Budget and tax proposals put forth by Gov. Sam Brownback already have spurred considerable debate and some concerns. The state budget for the next fiscal year is far from set, but we hope when the dust settles at the end of the legislative session some key funding proposals that will benefit Kansas University are still in the mix.
Fieldhouse slobs
January 17, 2012
Having recently moved to Lawrence, I was excited to be invited to join with the group from the Lutheran Student Center for their Allen Fieldhouse cleanup fundraiser after the KU-Iowa State men’s basketball game on Jan. 14. For decades I have heard about this historic, hallowed arena being such a special place, one which showcased excellent basketball, great sportsmanship and dedicated fans!
SLT loophole
January 17, 2012
KDOT dropped their SLT toll idea (“Toll Roadblock,” Jan. 12) like a hot potato. Their attorneys understood any change in traffic estimates would trigger a new environmental impact statement. Today that would eliminate every wetlands route. Like the controversial coal power plant in western Kansas, promoters of the wetlands SLT route
No safety net
January 17, 2012
Once again I read, in Scott Rothschild’s article, that Medicaid provides services for low-income Kansas residents. This is actually less than half true and misleads people into thinking that all poor Kansans have some sort of safety net. Kansas provides Medicaid to only 44 percent of those adults who live in poverty, (families with children and those over 65). For the 152,000 other adults under 65, who are impoverished without children, there is no safety net.
Smooth operators: Smoothies blend nutrition and a simple package
January 17, 2012
No matter your health goal in 2012, there’s probably a smoothie for you.
Horoscopes for January 17
January 17, 2012
This year you see life with more vitality than ever. Whether you are an activist or a socialite, you will have the opportunity to bring people together for a specific cause. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone very special during the year. If you are attached, encourage your significant other to join you. Scorpio is a true friend.
‘Remodeled’ has narrow audience
January 17, 2012
If television is to be believed, half of the American economy is devoted to fashion. Into this fairy-tale universe comes “Remodeled” (8 p.m., CW), an odd choice for a network show, as it seems too small and niche-marketed even for Bravo.
It’s time for the U.S. to look south
January 17, 2012
It’s no big secret that the United States has lost some economic and political clout in Latin America over the past decade, but United Nations economic projections for 2020 should set off alarm bells in Washington.
25 years ago: Lawrence drivers in dozens of accidents as snowstorm hits area
January 17, 2012
More snow was expected to arrive before the storms finally subsided.
40 years ago: Governor’s message gets lukewarm reception in Lawrence
January 17, 2012
Lawrence area legislators were not expressing unalloyed joy after hearing Gov. Robert Docking’s budget message on the previous day.
100 years ago: Two Lawrence men build motorized sled
January 17, 2012
“They have rigged up a very clever contrivance.”