Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2012

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LHS boys vs. Wichita Northwest Free State wrestling
Have you ever seen a movie being filmed?

Poll results

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Lead stories

10:00 a.m.
Shaun Gibbs, 12, racks hay into a pen of bison at his grandfather Don Gibbs’ Lone Star Lake Bison Ranch and Meat Co., near Overbrook, after school Wednesday. The herd of 18 bison, including 2.200-pound bull King Louie, left, have been moved from the pasture to the pen for the winter and get fed twice a day. According to data from the state climatologist, the November through mid-January average temperature of 39.5 degrees is three degrees above average. Data show this November to January is 16th warmest in Lawrence since 1909
January 18, 2012
The past couple of days in Lawrence notwithstanding, it sure seems like it’s been a pretty warm winter so far.
2:00 p.m.
The webpage of the encyclopedia website Wikipedia shows a stark black-and-white page with the message: "Imagine a world without free knowledge", at an office in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. The shutdown of one of the Internet's most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work. (AP Photo/) Bill aimed at online piracy panned by Internet companies, Kansas Congressional delegation
9:56 a.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 2:56 p.m.
Kansas University graduate Maggie Koerth’s employer, BoingBoing, was one of numerous prominent websites — including Wikipedia and Reddit — that “blacked out” their sites Wednesday in protest of controversial legislation being considered by Congress.
6:01 p.m.
AmeriCorps volunteer Rene Romig sorts through piles of donations to be given to the family of Roger and Camay Guilory, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court. The Guilory's home was destroyed in a Dec. 29 fire. Although the eleven-member-family is still in transition, local outreach organizations are organizing donations large and small for when they are settled. Donations pour in for family who lost home
January 18, 2012
This time of year routinely can be slow for Eric Marx and his lawn and landscaping company. Then he saw last weekend that Douglas County United Way and AmeriCorps members needed help collecting donated furniture for a Douglas County family of 11 that lost their home west of Lawrence in a Dec. 30 fire.
10:00 p.m.
A Chinese couple observe a giant dragon lantern Sunday Feb. 6, 2000 during the Lantern Festival at Zhongshan Park in Shanghai, the last Year of the Dragon. Kansas University will be celebrating the Chinese New Year Sunday at the Lied Center. Lied Center to host KU’s Chinese New Year celebration
January 19, 2012
Shenji Pan is helping to plan a big celebration for the Chinese New Year. In fact, the party is so big it’s outgrown its previous digs at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. It’ll be Sunday at the Lied Center, which seats more than 2,000 people.

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Family claims in lawsuit that former 87-year-old resident of Brandon Woods at Alvamar was sexually assaulted
January 19, 2012
The family of a former 87-year-old resident of Brandon Woods at Alvamar claims in a lawsuit filed last week that she was sexually assaulted October 2010 in her room and that the Lawrence retirement cent
Proposed ban on abortion introduced in Kansas House
January 19, 2012
A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to ban abortion has been formally introduced by 25 state House members.
Douglas County jurors determine 42-year-old Lawrence man is sexually violent predator
January 19, 2012
A Douglas County jury deliberated for 20 minutes Thursday afternoon before finding a 42-year-old man was a sexually violent predator, meaning he will to return to state custody for treatment.
Attorney enters plea of not guilty for KU basketball player accused of possessing alcohol
January 19, 2012
Kansas University basketball player Ben McLemore pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to a misdemeanor charge of minor in possession of alcohol.
Attorneys for South Lawrence Trafficway supporters, opponents square off in oral arguments in Denver appeals court
January 19, 2012
Attorneys on both sides of the South Lawrence Trafficway argument made their cases in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Thursday.
First-year math teacher at LHS singled out for honor
January 19, 2012
When students ask Lawrence High School math teacher Jason Karlin why they need to know those complicated algebra II equations, Karlin has 15 years of corporate experience to back up his answer.
Speaker O’Neal apologizes over anti-Obama email, but will stay in office
January 19, 2012
In a prepared statement, O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, issued an apology. O’Neal’s office said he is not stepping down.
Consultant Laffer praises Brownback’s tax plan
12:43 p.m., January 19, 2012 Updated 04:49 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to increase taxes on poor Kansans will help them in the long run because the plan will produce jobs and improve the state economy, nationally known low-tax advocate Arthur Laffer said Thursday.
Ex-wife says Gingrich wanted ‘open marriage’
January 19, 2012
Dredging up a past that Newt Gingrich has worked hard to bury, the GOP presidential candidate’s second ex-wife says Gingrich asked for an “open marriage” in which he could have both a wife and a mistress.
Details of his vast personal fortune trail Romney
January 19, 2012
Under duress two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney acknowledged he has invested part of his millions in the Cayman Islands, although his aides say he never used the location as a tax haven.
Santorum edges Romney in belated Iowa GOP count
January 19, 2012
In a surprise flip, Rick Santorum edged front-runner Mitt Romney by 34 votes in the final tally of the Iowa caucuses, Republican officials said Thursday. But no winner was declared because some votes still remain missing two weeks after the event’s closest contest ever.
Former trailblazer Kodak files for Chapter 11
January 19, 2012
Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, raising the specter that the 132-year-old trailblazer could become the most storied casualty of a digital age.
Tradition of mystery figure who toasted Edgar Allan Poe appears over, as ‘Toaster’ fails to show for third year
January 19, 2012
Edgar Allan Poe fans waited long past a midnight dreary, but it appears annual visits to the writer’s grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the “Poe Toaster” shall occur nevermore.
Unemployment claims at 352,000, fewest since 2008
January 19, 2012
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week to 352,000, the fewest since April 2008. The decline added to evidence that the job market is strengthening.
Rick Perry drops out of presidential race, endorses Gingrich
January 19, 2012
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary.
Kansas River considered as National Water Trail
January 19, 2012
The federal government has begun the process for designating the Kansas River between Junction City and its junction with the Missouri River near Kansas City as a National Historic Water Trail.
Another Jefferson County resident dies on U.S. Highway 59, south of Oskaloosa
January 19, 2012
For the second time this week, a Jefferson County resident has died in a one-vehicle crash on the same stretch of U.S. Highway 59 three miles south of Oskaloosa.
Town Talk: From Denver, site of today’s oral arguments in the SLT case; a primer on the fight over whether the road should be built through the Baker Wetlands
January 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU School of Pharmacy applauded by Senate committee
January 19, 2012
“We talk about economic development, but the bottom line is we are saving lines,” Stella, a distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, told the Senate Commerce Committee.
Charlie Weis names DeMontie Cross as new KU linebackers coach
09:59 a.m., January 19, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has announced the final piece to his coaching staff puzzle. Thursday, Weis named DeMontie Cross as KU’s linebackers coach.
Pump patrol
January 19, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.15 at several stations.
Principals set standards list for elementary schools
January 19, 2012
From full-day kindergarten to a full-time nurse, elementary school principals have set a list of standards that the district’s elementary schools should follow.
KU bioscience and tech center gets new tenant
January 19, 2012
Ligand Pharmaceuticals, a drug-discovery company, will move into the Bioscience and Technology Business Center at Kansas University and bring the incubator space on KU’s West Campus to 100 percent occupancy.
Prosecutors want sex crime convict to remain in state custody
January 19, 2012
A Douglas County jury Wednesday began hearing evidence in the case of a 42-year-old man convicted of sex crimes whom prosecutors aim to keep in state custody instead of released on parole.
Landmark National to buy Wellsville Bank
January 19, 2012
Landmark National Bank, which operates two banks in Lawrence but is based out of Manhattan, has reached a deal to purchase The Wellsville Bank.
Heard on the Hill: E-textbook programs gain traction in other universities; KU prof’s mass extinction theory getting new attention; Student Union Activities accepting submissions for film contest
January 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lied Center to host KU’s Chinese New Year celebration
January 19, 2012
Shenji Pan is helping to plan a big celebration for the Chinese New Year. In fact, the party is so big it’s outgrown its previous digs at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. It’ll be Sunday at the Lied Center, which seats more than 2,000 people.
Our Town Sports for Jan. 19
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B5
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
P-OF Alex Jones to miss KU softball season
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B3
Alex Jones, a two-year starter at center field and pitcher for Kansas University’s softball team, will miss the 2012 season because of a torn anterior-cruciate ligament.
Top prep basketball tournaments on tap
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B3
The Topeka Invitational rarely is an easy tournament to win, and this year will be no different.
Coach Charlie Weis a Jersey straight talker
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B1
Charlie Weis must have played hooky the day the media consultant visited the football coaches convention and taught how to speak in politically correct platitudes, how to put a greater premium on image than integrity. Ask Kansas University’s new football coach a question, and he answers it as honestly as he can. If he can’t, he might even tell you why he can’t.
Charlie Weis heaps praise on QB
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B1
New Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps doesn’t appear to fit the major-college quarterback stereotype. He’s married. He’s shorter than the ideal height for the position. And, despite coming to KU during the middle of his sophomore year at BYU, he looks as if he’d fit in fine posing as a high school sophomore.
FSHS wrestlers rout Cougars
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B3
A Wednesday night wrestling dual between Free State High and Shawnee Mission Northwest might have been billed as Senior Night, but it was the Firebirds’ younger wrestlers who snagged the spotlight.
Travis Releford exemplifies KU’s thieving ways
January 19, 2012 in print edition on B1
While talking during a postgame interview just outside the Kansas University locker room Monday night, KU small forward Travis Releford was interrupted by someone behind him. “Great game,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said, shaking Releford’s hand. “Good luck this year.”
25 years ago: Sculpting it or shoveling it, Lawrence deals with a foot of snow
January 19, 2012
Nearly a foot of snow had fallen in Lawrence on the recent weekend.
40 years ago: Computer-aided enrollment goes faster than ever
January 19, 2012
Do you remember the “enrollment maze” at Kansas University?
100 years ago: Son of local family stationed in China during revolution
January 19, 2012
“Paul Atkinson is stationed on the U.S. Gunboat Pompey now at Shanghai.”
Fambrough St.
January 19, 2012
Don Fambrough positively affected thousands of lives during his many years of service to our community. Obviously he impacted football players and their families — not just helping them become better athletes but mentoring them to become productive and giving citizens as he was. I had the honor and privilege of being around Coach Fam in a number of settings: leading and playing in bands, civic organizations, supporting good causes, education and many others. I came away from every encounter a better person.
War is a different universe
January 19, 2012
Nearly 30 years ago, Greg told me how it was, cutting the ears off dead men.
Photography unfairly tied to terrorism
January 19, 2012
Shawn Nee, 35, works in television but hopes to publish a book of photographs. Shane Quentin, 31, repairs bicycles but enjoys photographing industrial scenes at night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department probably wishes both would find other hobbies. Herewith a story of today’s inevitable friction between people exercising, and others protecting, freedom.
Salary scale
Like private businesses, nonprofit groups must offer competitive salaries to keep top leaders.
January 19, 2012
In business, the axiom “you get what you pay for” often rings true. And if a business wants to keep its top talent, it has to be competitive, offering its leadership salaries and benefits in line with its industry. The same goes for nonprofits.
Teen antics are animated on ‘Unsupervised’
January 19, 2012
Adolescence can be awkward and ugly, but the good news is the animated “Unsupervised” (9:30 p.m., FX) shows a glint of humanity beneath its teenage characters’ crude language and behavior. A lot of the talent behind this FX cartoon comes from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” ‘‘Unsupervised” is more restrained and character-driven in comparison.
Horoscope for Jan. 19
January 19, 2012
This year you choose to keep much of your life hush-hush. At least many of your feelings about what surrounds you will not be known to anyone but you. If you are single, someone you choose might be withdrawn and secretive. If you are attached, share more, and your relationship will bloom. Sagittarius sees past your defenses.