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Archive for Sunday, January 22, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Elijah Johnson tosses a pass from the floor underneath Texas guard Myck Kabongo after a steal during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Frank Erwin Center. Elijah Johnson deserves lot of ‘D’ credit
January 22, 2012 in print edition on 1B
Tyshawn Taylor again sped his Kansas University basketball team to victory, 69-66 against Texas in the Erwin Center on Saturday, and the toughest defensive assignment, as usual, went to Travis Releford. But Taylor isn’t the only guard playing well for the Jayhawks, and Releford isn’t the only perimeter player taking pride in his defense.
10:00 a.m.
New York School Working group gives pros, cons of school consolidation options
January 21, 2012
In a kind of public school version of the television show “Survivor,” a group of more than 30 parents and teachers have been meeting for the past five months to determine which schools would be voted off the Lawrence school district’s island.
2:00 p.m.
KSDS staff members Jenna Petesch, left, and Annette Metz work with a couple of yellow Labradors, who will become assistance dogs. The two dozen dogs at KSDS, formerly known as the Kansas Specialty Dog Service, in Washington, Kan., get about an hour a day of training from staff. Assistance dogs trained in Kansas provide gift of independence
January 21, 2012
Washington, population 1,100, is one of the small Kansas towns not far from the Nebraska border along Kansas Highway 36, in the north-central part of the state.
6:00 p.m.
Grace Eason, left, and other members of the Punarjanma city team, Maame Britwum, Cadence Learned, Trenna Soderling and Bennett Haase-Divine, all from West Middle School, describe their city of the future to Natalie McCombs, a bridge design engineer with HNTB Corporation in Kansas City, Mo., and a judge in the 2012 Great Plains Region Future City Competition on Saturday at Kansas University. The West Middle School team placed second in the competition. At competition, students model future cities around clean energy
9:25 p.m., January 21, 2012 Updated 11:40 a.m.
The cities of the future will be models of efficiency and good living. They will run on clean energy and have staggeringly beautiful gardens. They will also have names like Snoopy City and Pinkville.
10:00 p.m.
An Apple employee demonstrates an interactive feature of iBooks 2 for iPad, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in New York. IBooks 2 will be able to display books with videos and other interactive features. E-textbooks, on devices like the iPad, may soon become commonplace, as they are at the KU Medical Center campus.
KU School of Nursing touts benefits of e-textbooks
January 21, 2012
In the not too distant future, instead of lugging 30 pounds of textbooks up Mount Oread for a day of class, students may just take along their tablet computer.

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Lecompton icon makes way home
Descendants turn over portrait of Sen. Jim Lane
January 22, 2012
“Wild Jim Lane,” an 1890 painting of Kansas’ first senator, has recently been donated to Lecompton’s Historical Society and will be unveiled as part of a special “Bleeding Kansas” history lecture series on Feb. 5.
Kobach struggles to find support for hunting bill
January 22, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is having a tough time finding support for a plan that would allow the governor to distribute 12 big-game hunting permits at his discretion.
Kansas cuts food aid for illegal immigrants’ kids
January 22, 2012
Kansas welfare officials have eliminated or slashed food stamp benefits for hundreds of low-income, U.S.-born children whose parents are illegal immigrants.
How to Help: Small World seeking volunteer to help with tasks around office
January 22, 2012
Small World is in need of a volunteer to act as its hospitality chair. This volunteer will greet new students, conduct building tours, prepare the coffee and tea cart each morning, assist with setting up food during assemblies and potlucks, etc.
Capitol Briefing: Davis on O’Neal’s Obama email; Fee for electric vehicles; What’s next
January 22, 2012
News from the Kansas Statehouse compiled by Scott Rothschild.
Stars of flash mob give encore performance
10:27 p.m., January 22, 2012 Updated 11:10 a.m.
In December, the video of their “flash mob,” or surprise dance routine, at the Lawrence Target went viral. On Sunday afternoon, the group of Meadowlark Estates residents performed a new one at the retirement community in northwest Lawrence.
Library closes the book on successful fundraising campaign
January 22, 2012
The towering stack of books that has been growing in the lobby of the Lawrence Public Library has grown even taller than library officials had hoped.
Citizen of the Years recipient smoothed intersection of trades, professionals
January 22, 2012
Dropping out of Kansas University may have been the best career decision Dwayne Peaslee ever made.
Joe Paterno, former Penn State football coach, dead at age 85
January 22, 2012
Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday. He was 85.
Lawrence wrestling places second
January 22, 2012
Lawrence High wrestlers Nick Pursel, Reece Wright-Conklin and Brad Wilson took first place in their respective weight classes, and the Lions took second place as a team on Saturday at the Blue Valley Northwest Tournament.
FSHS wrestler wins Paola championship
January 22, 2012
Free State High junior wrestler Spencer Wilson won the championship in the 182-pound weight class, and the Firebirds finished 10th overall Saturday at the Paola Invitational.
KU swimming falls in Arkansas dual
January 22, 2012
Arkansas won the first seven events on the day and cruised to a 199-96 victory over Kansas University in a swimming and diving dual on Saturday.
Funtarov has 20 in Seabury boys’ loss
January 22, 2012
Georgi Funtarov scored 20 points, and Khadre Lane scored 13 as the Seabury Academy boys basketball team lost to Blue Valley, 68-44, on Saturday in the seventh-place game of the Indian/Viking Classic.
Wichita Sunrise hammers Veritas boys
January 22, 2012
Elijah Penny and Andrew Currier scored seven points apiece, but the Veritas Christian boys basketball team fell to Wichita Sunrise, 62-25, on Saturday.
FSHS boys start cold, lose 66-51
January 22, 2012
Cold shooting plagued the Free State High boys basketball team early, and the Firebirds couldn’t recover in a 66-51 loss to Shawnee Mission East on Saturday in the third-place game of the McPherson Invitational.
LHS boys’ defense stifles O-South, 61-41
January 22, 2012
It had only been eight days since Lawrence High’s boys basketball team last faced Olathe South, but Saturday’s rematch — for third place at the Topeka Invitational — couldn’t have resembled the Jan. 13 Sunflower League contest any less.
KU men’s basketball notebook: Foul J’Covan Brown? No way
12:00 a.m., January 22, 2012 Updated 10:37 a.m. in print edition on B4
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self wasn’t tempted to foul J’Covan Brown — instead of letting him hoist a possible game-tying three — on Texas’ final possession.
UT’s J’Covan Brown laments misses
‘Big-time players have got to hit big-time shots’
January 22, 2012 in print edition on B1
Texas guard J’Covan Brown took Saturday’s 69-66 loss to Kansas University the hardest after missing a potential game-tying three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer. “If I want to be a big-time player, big-time players have got to hit big-time shots,” Brown said, “and I didn’t make it tonight.”
A&M’s layup clinic sinks KU women
January 22, 2012 in print edition on B1
To say the Texas A&M women’s basketball team cruised to Saturday’s 76-65 victory against Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse because of layups would be fair. To say the Aggies (13-4 overall, 4-2 Big 12) were only successful when they shot layups would not be.
Elijah Johnson deserves lot of ‘D’ credit
January 22, 2012 in print edition on B1
Tyshawn Taylor again sped his Kansas University basketball team to victory, 69-66 against Texas in the Erwin Center on Saturday, and the toughest defensive assignment, as usual, went to Travis Releford. But Taylor isn’t the only guard playing well for the Jayhawks, and Releford isn’t the only perimeter player taking pride in his defense.
Emotional rescue: KU, Thomas Robinson hold it together, edge Texas
January 22, 2012 in print edition on B1
Thomas Robinson once again made his loved ones proud — he tweeted the simple message “FOE” (Family Over Everything) 90 minutes before the game — by scoring 17 points, grabbing nine rebounds and coming up big in crunch time in the Jayhawks’ 69-66 victory over Texas in Erwin Center.
Pump patrol
January 22, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.27 at several stations.
Health care case will be a landmark
January 22, 2012
The Supreme Court can pack large portents in small details. When in late March it considers the constitutionality of Obamacare, there will be five and a half hours of oral argument — the most in almost half a century. This
Tax shift
An income tax plan that puts a greater burden on low-income Kansans needs some more work.
January 22, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has set a bold agenda for the current legislative session including a major overhaul of the state’s income tax system.
25 years ago: Up to half of KU summer classes cut
January 22, 2012
Summer school programs at Kansas University were suffering in the wake of state budget cuts.
Even contraception now controversial
January 22, 2012
Maybe Siri was being an alarmist. When I asked my BFF, the talking virtual assistant behind my new iPhone 4S, where I could find birth control, she answered, “I didn’t find any birth control clinics.” This response wasn’t nearly as chilling as the one she uttered last fall when Siri was asked to find an abortion clinic and pointed to an anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy center.” Nevertheless in this charged atmosphere, she gave me a digital pause.
40 years ago: Plans approved for Mass Street redesign
January 22, 2012
Curbs were also to be redesigned, implementing a space-saving “sawtooth effect.”
Kovel’s Antiques: Forgotten toys still have value
January 22, 2012
Toys often were made to resemble famous people or characters in plays, books or TV shows. Sometimes the character that inspired the toy is forgotten, but the toy remains popular with collectors because it is so well-designed, unusual or lovable.
Behind the Lens: Effective lighting kits don’t have to be expensive
January 22, 2012
In last week’s column I mentioned using household table lights as a possible source of illumination to re-photograph prints or other hard-copy documents. It is a make-do solution only and not one I recommend if you plan on doing a lot of tabletop photography or have a growing interest in photographing other subjects requiring artificial lighting.
Horoscope for Jan. 22
January 22, 2012
For Sunday, Jan. 22: This year you want to be more authentic, yet you get twisted up in language like “I should” or “someone expects.” By getting to know the real you, people will be more at peace with interactions. If you are single, different types of people will appeal to you. Try to avoid commitments this year. If attached, the two of you play many games. Take your interactions with a grain of salt, and continue to express your caring. AQUARIUS could be a soul mate.
Fox has final football game of season
January 22, 2012
Fox doesn’t get to broadcast the Super Bowl this year, so it’s treating Sunday night’s NFC Championship Game between the Giants and 49ers (5:30 p.m.) as the next best thing.
100 years ago: Little boy seriously injured in sledding accident
January 22, 2012
“Frank Osborn, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Osborn, was perhaps fatally injured Saturday in a coasting accident on what is known as ‘the Planing Mill Hill.’”
The Lemonheads’ Evan Dando keeps making music for himself
January 22, 2012
“Where are we playing this time, I wonder?” Evan Dando will play Jan. 27 at The Granada, 1020 Mass.