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Year later, Egypt activists seek further revolution
January 20, 2012
A crowd of anti-military activists suddenly converged on a bustling Cairo boulevard, erecting makeshift screens and showing videos of soldiers beating protesters, dragging women on the ground, partially stripping one and stomping on her chest. Their message: The generals ruling Egypt have to go.
Home sales up at end of dismal year
January 20, 2012
Home sales in December reached their highest pace in nearly a year. The gain coincided with other signs that the troubled housing market improved at the end of last year.
Cruise ship’s oil threatens marine paradise off Italy
January 20, 2012
Stone fortresses and watchtowers that centuries ago stood guard against marauding pirates loom above pristine waters threatened by a modern peril: fuel trapped within the capsized Costa Concordia luxury liner.
New trial ordered in 1997 rape case
January 20, 2012
A Kansas Court of Appeals panel has ordered that Robert Grey, a 38-year-old Lawrence man, should get a new trial for his conviction in the 1997 rape of a Kansas University student.
Two injured in accident at Wakarusa and Bob Billings
January 20, 2012
Two Lawrence residents were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after their cars collided at the intersection of Wakarusa Drive and Bob Billings Parkway at 6 p.m. Friday.
Street name change would create intersection of Fambrough and — ack! — Missouri
January 20, 2012
Not even death and conference realignment, it appears, can separate Don Fambrough and his arch nemesis, Missouri.
After protest, Congress puts off movie piracy bill
January 20, 2012
Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year. Critics said the bills would result in censorship and stifle Internet innovation.
Brownback’s tax proposal on the ropes
January 20, 2012
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said he doubted the plan by Brownback, a Republican, could pass either the House or Senate even though the GOP has huge majorities in both chambers.
Kansas Supreme Court says local judge erred when sentencing man for indecent liberties with a child
January 20, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court Friday vacated the sentence of a 32-year-old man convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a 6-year-old in Douglas County in 2009.
51 measures proposed for repeal, but not law criminalizing gay sex
January 20, 2012
Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, pushed for repeal of the law and said he was angered by Brownback’s decision.
Town Talk: City to host meeting about converting Santa Fe Depot into transit hub; a bus system the city uses but doesn’t pay for; more on gasoline prices; street renaming on city’s agenda
January 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Statehouse Live: House GOP leaders unveil tax proposal
January 20, 2012
The plan caps state spending to 2 percent growth, and revenue received above that will be used to reduce state income tax rates.
Museum plans activities to honor Kansas statehood
January 20, 2012
The Kansas Museum of History is planning a full day of activities Jan. 27 to mark the 151st anniversary of the state’s admission to the union.
100-year-old recalls life before highways, cars
At 96, she rebuilt a home that was lost to make way for new U.S. Highway 59
January 20, 2012
From her large living room window, Ruth Perry can watch traffic zooming north and south on U.S. Highway 59.
Opponents ask city to dump, alter trash plan
January 20, 2012
The size, shape, scope, cost and even the ethics of a draft report on recommendations for changes to the city’s trash and recycling system were called into question by Lawrence residents Thursday evening at City Hall.
Pump patrol
January 20, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.15 at several stations.
Chamber VP leaving Lawrence
January 20, 2012
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Beth Johnson, vice president of economic development since 2006, will be taking a similar position with the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce.
25 years ago: Area representatives split on death penalty
January 20, 2012
The bill would have allowed death by lethal injection for first-degree murder convictions.
40 years ago: Funding awarded for sports complex
January 20, 2012
The grants were to be matched 50-50 with city funds.
Tongie boys win big
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B3
Dane Erickson led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds as Tonganoxie High’s boys cruised to a 75-41 basketball victory over Atchison on Thursday in the Tongie Invitational.
Tyler Roste, Olivia Marshall lead Free State bowlers
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B3
Tyler Roste rolled a 596 series and Olivia Marshall had a 540 series to lead Free State High’s bowlers in a four-team tournament Thursday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Lawrence bowlers win SMW tourney
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B3
Austin Bennett rolled a 616 series, and Kierstan Warren had a 596 series as Lawrence High won both the boys and girls divisions of the Shawnee Mission West bowling tournament Thursday at College Lanes.
Lions record second place
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s 200 freestyle relay team set a school record that had stood for 21 years, Zach Andregg — who swam on that record-setting relay team — lowered his own individual record in the 200 individual medley, and LHS placed second at a swimming a diving meet Thursday at Knox Natatorium.
Volleyball tops Jayhawks’ fall GPA list
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B3
Volleyball and women’s golf were the top teams among the eight that posted grade-point averages of 3.0 and above for Kansas University’s fall 2011 semester.
KU recruiting budget tops Big 12
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s athletic department had the Big 12’s biggest overall recruiting budget for men’s sports during the 2010-11 school year, according to businessofcollegesports.com.
Travis Releford excels at ‘little things’
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B1
Here’s what’s really cool about Kansas University junior wing Travis Releford: You never hear him say he’s a combination of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Altered anthem bothers Bill Self
‘Home of Chiefs’ chant not ‘honoring your country’
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B1
For some inexplicable reason, the words “Home of the Chiefs” instead of “Home of the Brave” emanate from Kansas University’s student section at the conclusion of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before KU basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse. Ninth-year KU coach Bill Self hopes that peculiar rendition of the national anthem will end as soon as the next home game — Monday versus Texas A&M.
FSHS wins on old-school trey play
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B1
Gabe Patterson’s three-point play gave Free State the lead, and the Firebirds held on for a 52-50 high school boys basketball victory over Buhler on Thursday in the McPherson Invitational.
Trey-mendous: Was-it-or-wasn’t-it 3 lifts LHS
January 20, 2012 in print edition on B1
Ask a member of Lawrence High’s boys basketball team about Shane Willoughby’s buzzer-beating shot to end the game Thursday in the first round of the Topeka Invitational, and he’ll likely smile, shrug his shoulders and respond something along the lines of: Hey, the refs called it a three.
Brownback says Perry fought hard race
January 20, 2012
Now that his candidate — Rick Perry — is out of the presidential race, Gov. Sam Brownback is not throwing his support behind anyone else in the contest at this point, Brownback’s office said Thursday.
Fiery debate tops bizarre GOP campaign day in S.C.
January 20, 2012
The race for the Republican presidential nomination took a turn toward the South Carolina surreal Thursday as Rick Perry dropped out, Newt Gingrich faced stunning allegations from an ex-wife and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky front-runner’s standing.
Art clarification
January 20, 2012
I want to apologize to Emily Johnson’s extended family for my “frivolous” attack on art.
War costs
January 20, 2012
My nephew from Oklahoma was home for Christmas on a two-week break from his second tour in Afghanistan. He leads his National Guard squad on the edge of the northern mountains. He was diagnosed with PTSD after his first tour; he’s gone back by now.
Out of darkness
January 20, 2012
I am sure I am not the only Journal-World reader who has noticed the almost daily mentions of someone being charged for acts of child molestation.
Vital vaccines
Kansas legislators should head off efforts to expand exemptions for childhood vaccinations.
January 20, 2012
Parents’ rights over their children are important, but broadening the exemptions for childhood vaccinations isn’t in the best interests of the state.
U.S. pressure already affecting Iran
January 20, 2012
The squeeze is already beginning on Iran’s oil exports — and guess which nation quietly reduced its purchases from Tehran this month. Why, that would be China, Iran’s supposed protector.
The Articulate Body’: Finding beauty in gestures
January 20, 2012
Posture is more than just something your mother complained that you didn’t do well enough: It’s a window into how we treat each other.
100 years ago: No more late hours: KU dances to end earlier
January 20, 2012
“This decision of the University Council is a wise one.”
Horoscopes for January 20
January 20, 2012
This year you often switch from being gregarious and open to being closed off and in deep thought. As you live in this pendulum, others often question when to approach you. Capricorn might understand you too well!
HBO’s ‘Roach’ rewards patient viewers
January 20, 2012
The new, unscripted, slice-of-life series “On Freddie Roach” (8:30 p.m., HBO) may appeal to fans of boxing and documentary films. They are not necessarily overlapping groups. Folks who like the fast, furious and brutal pace of boxing may find “Freddie” a tad languid. And “Freddie” may interest fans of a certain type of documentary — the long, slow-to-build kind without narration or other techniques that answer viewers’ most basic questions, like, “Who is Freddie Roach?”