Archive for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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On the street
As part of the state’s commemoration of the Kansas sesquicentennial, Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the top 12 Notable Kansas Events. Which would you pick as No. 1?

Poll results

Response Percent
Brown v. Board of Education
Kansas-Nebraska Act
Dust Bowl
Indian Removal
Cattle Drives
Women’s Rights
Railroad Development
Wheat Industry
Aviation Industry
Overland Trails
Other (please specify in the comments)
Rural Electrification
Reform Movements
Total 597

Lead stories

12:02 a.m.
For a fully-equipped home studio, this three-light set-up would handle many subjects with a variety of lighting possibilities. But even a one kit, with floodlight, umbrella and stand, would go along ways in establishing an inexpensive home studio. 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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self puts his head in his hand after a foul by the Jayhawks during the second half on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Anti-Jayhawks dig big hole in first half
January 24, 2012
It was as if some of the players on the fifth-ranked Kansas University basketball squad had been instructed by an acting professor to pretend, for a half, to be a team as diametrically opposed to itself as possible, just to see how that might work.
2:00 p.m.
Inmate William King works on a bicycle Jan. 18 at Lansing Correctional Facility. The prison’s bicycle repair shop serves the dual function of employing inmates and providing bicycles to those who need them. Since 1999, the shop has donated more than 4,700 bicycles around the area. Program gives jobs to Lansing inmates and thousands of bikes to community
January 24, 2012
Most of the inmates in Lansing Correctional Facility’s bike program shy away from fixing up the frilly girly bikes, but William King gravitates toward them.
6:09 p.m.
Tom Thornton resigned as Kansas Bioscience Authority's CEO Friday, April 15, 2011, during an investigation of the agency. An audit of KBA released Monday criticized Thorton's actions, like destroying documents after he resigned. Brownback hints at need for more KBA scrutiny; supporters say it’s not needed
4:18 p.m., January 24, 2012 Updated 5:32 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday hinted that the Kansas Bioscience Authority may need more oversight. But defenders of the KBA said that wasn’t needed.

All stories

City agrees to rename street for Fambrough
January 24, 2012
If ever there is to be a museum devoted to exploring all things vile about Missouri, Lawrence soon will have the perfect intersection for it.
Kansas Republicans critical of Obama’s address
January 24, 2012
Roberts said he wished Obama had laid out details on reducing regulations, reforming taxes for all Americans, promoting businesses, such as aviation companies, and reducing entitlement spending.
Fact check: Obama pushes plans that flopped before
January 24, 2012
It was a wish list, not a to-do list. President Barack Obama’s array of plans in his State of the Union speech was light on a key piece of context — namely, that his hands are so tied until after the election that it is doubtful many if any of them can be done in the remainder of his term. There can be little more than wishful thinking behind his call to end oil industry subsidies — something he could not get through a Democratic Congress, much less today’s divided Congress, much less in this election year.
In GOP response, Daniels blames Obama for economy
January 24, 2012
President Barack Obama has resorted to “extremism” with stifling, anti-growth policies and has tried dividing Americans, not uniting them, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday in the formal Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address.
Obama: American dream in peril, fast action needed
08:55 p.m., January 24, 2012 Updated 09:27 p.m.
Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires, delivering a State of the Union address filled with re-election themes. Restoring a fair shot for all, Obama said, is “the defining issue of our time.”
Full text of President Obama’s State of the Union speech
Remarks as prepared for delivery — “An America Built to Last”
January 24, 2012
Remarks as prepared for delivery — “An America Built to Last”
Romney’s mountain of wealth could cause loud echo
January 24, 2012
Mitt Romney’s tax returns tell the tale: Yes, he’s rich — really rich. His returns, spanning more than 500 pages and released under political pressure Tuesday, represent an extraordinary financial accounting of one of the wealthiest U.S. presidential candidates in generations, with his annual income topping $20 million.
Obama: US must reclaim values of fairness for all
January 24, 2012
President Barack Obama says America is at a defining moment — deciding whether it will settle for being a nation where many people barely get by or one where everybody gets a fair shot at success.
Brownback hints at need for more KBA scrutiny; supporters say it’s not needed
04:18 p.m., January 24, 2012 Updated 05:32 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday hinted that the Kansas Bioscience Authority may need more oversight. But defenders of the KBA said that wasn’t needed.
Ottawa man pleads no contest to taking $90,000 from woman, 95, under his care
January 24, 2012
An Ottawa man has reached a plea agreement with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office amid allegations he stole more than $90,000 from a 95-year-old woman while he was designated her power of attorney from 2006 to 2007.
Lawrence jobless rate falls in December
January 24, 2012
The Lawrence area, as well as Kansas in general, saw unemployment rates fall again in December, according to recently released figures from the Kansas Department of Labor.
Incumbents only candidates for three seats on Lecompton City Council
January 24, 2012
No one has filed to oppose three incumbents who are seeking re-election to the Lecompton City Council.
Rally held in support of medical marijuana
January 24, 2012
The measure would legalize marijuana use for people with debilitating conditions, such as cancer.
3 high school students from Lawrence named candidates for Presidential Scholar designation
January 24, 2012
Lawrence High School senior Leah Towle and Free Sate High School senior Sisira Srisutiva have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.
Sloan’s proposal for an electric car fee met with skepticism
11:55 a.m., January 24, 2012 Updated 02:25 p.m.
A Kansas legislator is worrying about the state’s flow of funds for highway projects and road maintenance if consumers flock to electric cars or hybrids because those vehicles use less gasoline, raising less gas taxes.
Schmidt critical of Mission’s ‘driveway tax’
January 24, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has criticized a so-called “driveway tax” adopted by a Johnson County community that ties collections to how much traffic a specific property generates.
Statehouse Live: Brownback says he will look into SRS food stamp policy that has cut assistance to some but plans no change
11:23 a.m., January 24, 2012 Updated 05:36 p.m.
Brownback said he wants to speak with field staff with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to determine the impact of the new policy.
Mexican national gets nine years in prison for molesting girl, will be deported after serving sentence
January 24, 2012
A Douglas County judge ordered a 39-year-old Mexican national to serve nine years in prison for his conviction on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Federal Judge Wesley Brown, who presided over KU ticket scandal case, dies at age 104
11:03 a.m., January 24, 2012 Updated 10:36 p.m.
As the nation’s oldest sitting federal judge in history, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown allowed himself few concessions to his advancing age as he insisted on presiding over significant and often complex cases right up until his death at 104.
Be heart-healthy and have your eggs, too
January 24, 2012
Extension agent Susan Johnson talks about the ins and outs of eggs.
A dead time for farmers? Not quite
January 24, 2012
On the farm, there’s work to be done, season be darned, though this warm winter has certainly helped.
Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ leads Oscars with 11 nominations
January 24, 2012
Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure “Hugo” leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
Heard on the Hill: Former philosophy teacher up for chancellor in Maine; snowy owl ‘irruption’ makes New York Times; law students have a ball
January 24, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Florida debate full of heated charges, countercharges
January 24, 2012
Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms Monday night in a crackling campaign debate, the former Massachusetts governor tagging his rival as a Washington “influence peddler,” only to be accused in turn of spreading falsehoods over many years in politics.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says farewell to Tucson constituents
January 24, 2012
On a bittersweet day for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the outgoing congresswoman spent her final hours in Tucson as the city’s U.S. representative, finishing the meeting she started on the morning she was shot and bidding farewell to constituents who supported her through a long recovery.
Aggravated battery charge filed against suspect in fight at Cadillac Ranch
January 24, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors filed an aggravated battery charge Monday against a 19-year-old Lawrence man accused of punching and injuring a 25-year-old man during a fight just before 1 a.m. Sunday at Cadillac Ranch, 2515 W. Sixth St.
Warrant needed for GPS tracking, Supreme Court says
January 24, 2012
In a rare defeat for law enforcement, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed on Monday to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge’s approval. The justices made clear it wouldn’t be their final word on increasingly advanced high-tech surveillance of Americans.
Judge won’t lower bond for KU student facing aggravated child endangerment charges
January 24, 2012
A Douglas County judge on Monday declined to lower bond for an 19-year-old Kansas University student who faces aggravated child endangerment charges for alleged incidents involving his former girlfriend.
Public invited to event on Medicaid reform
January 24, 2012
The Kaw Valley Older Women’s League invites the public to a meeting about Kansas Medicaid reform.
Baldwin City man injured in Saturday crash near Vinland in serious condition
January 24, 2012
A 30-year-old Baldwin City man who was injured in a crash early Saturday near Vinland was listed in serious condition Monday morning, a Kansas University Hospital spokesman said.
Principals give update on grade realignment
Middle schools may tweak scheduling, staff
January 24, 2012
Five months into a grade realignment, Lawrence middle school principals reported on their successes and challenges at Monday night’s Lawrence school board meeting.
Baker to begin search for leadership position
January 24, 2012
Baker University is searching for a new executive vice president for academic affairs and dean of its College of Arts and Sciences.
Deal reached with Stormont-Vail over billing issue
January 24, 2012
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office reached a $90,000 settlement agreement with Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, resulting from improper Medicaid billing.
Program gives jobs to Lansing inmates and thousands of bikes to community
January 24, 2012
Most of the inmates in Lansing Correctional Facility’s bike program shy away from fixing up the frilly girly bikes, but William King gravitates toward them.
Warmer weather helps Kansas unemployment in December
January 24, 2012
The Kansas jobless rate decreased in December, in part because of the unseasonably warm weather, officials said.
Matt Tait’s football notebook: Sheahon Zenger comments briefly on Brock Berglund situation
January 24, 2012
There’s still no word on the appeal process for former KU quarterback Brock Berglund, who made more news last week by sending a press release penned by his attorney informing the media that KU had not released him to transfer.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: Tommy Lasorda impressed by Allen Fieldhouse
January 24, 2012
Baseball Hall of Famer/former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda came away from Allen Fieldhouse impressed by the atmosphere in Kansas University’s tradition-rich basketball barn.
Texas A&M Aggies offensively challenged. Still.
January 24, 2012
With junior forward Khris Middleton’s 12.4 points per game and general experience out of the Texas A&M lineup because of injury Monday night, scoring became an issue for the visitors from College Station, Texas.
Anti-Jayhawks dig big hole in first half
January 24, 2012
It was as if some of the players on the fifth-ranked Kansas University basketball squad had been instructed by an acting professor to pretend, for a half, to be a team as diametrically opposed to itself as possible, just to see how that might work.
Roger, Dodger: Tommy Lasorda tells Bill Self to ‘enjoy the wins’ following KU’s 64-54 victory over Texas A&M
January 24, 2012
Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda visited with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self in the Jayhawks’ locker room after KU’s somewhat-lethargic 64-54 victory over Texas A&M on Monday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 24, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
25 years ago: Smoking to be banned in KU’s ‘confined areas’
January 24, 2012
A new no-smoking policy had been approved by the Kansas University Executive Committee.
40 years ago: Federal funding approved for Clinton reservoir, flood prevention
January 24, 2012
President Nixon’s budget, announced today, included $8.5 million for construction at Clinton Reservoir.
Eudora’s Greg Snell invited to Shrine Bowl
January 24, 2012 in print edition on B5
Senior Eudora High lineman Greg Snell has been selected to play in the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
100 years ago: Editorial page covers Presidential race, military spending, capital punishment
January 24, 2012
“It is now figured out that this country will not have war until 1930. Then what is the use of building these big battleships?”
Federal Reserve likely to hint of no rate increase before 2014
January 24, 2012
It could be quite a while yet before the Federal Reserve starts raising the interest rates it’s kept at record lows for three years.
Iran revives Gulf threats after sanctions
January 24, 2012
Senior Iranian lawmakers have stepped up threats that Islamic Republic warships could block the Persian Gulf’s oil tanker traffic after the latest blow by Western leaders seeking to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program: A punishing oil embargo by the European Union that sharply raises the economic stakes for Iran’s defiance.
Obama to take on economic anxiety in State of the Union address
January 24, 2012
Eager to command center stage in a year dominated by Republican infighting, President Barack Obama is polishing a State of the Union address that will go to the heart of Americans’ economic anxiety and try to sway voters to give him four more years. He will speak today to a nation worried about daily struggles and unhappy with his handling of the economy.
Tax plan logic?
January 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
In The Associated Press article on the governor’s tax plan, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan is quoted as telling “a state Senate committee that any increase in the total burden for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of $25,000 or less would be wiped out by a larger commitment to social services in Brownback’s budget.”
It’s a home
January 24, 2012
As the owner of the residence at 1500 Haskell, I wish the Journal-World and the various school consolidation boards would stop referring to my residence as a “site,” as if it is a vacant lot.
Equality issue
January 24, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback recently released a list of 51 “out of date, unreasonable, and burdensome” laws to be repealed. Missing from that list is the law banning same-sex relationships.
Major parties etching new profiles
January 24, 2012
Since 1932, blue-collar worker have been the bedrock upon which Democratic presidential candidates have built their coalitions.
Higher law
January 24, 2012
“Repealer keeps anti-gay law on books” read the Jan. 20 front page Journal-World headline.
No rush
Rather than rushing into new voter registration laws, the state should take the time to get the system right.
January 24, 2012
If the state had an urgent problem with voter fraud, there would be a reason to rush new regulations on voter registration into effect.
State of the Union: long on drama and decorum
January 24, 2012
Look for network and cable schedules to make way for the State of the Union address (8 p.m. on CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News). It’s not a TV show, but it is filled with drama.
Horoscopes for January 24
January 24, 2012
You have an opportunity for a new beginning in several areas of your life. You find that often you have difficulty understanding new concepts because of a very tight belief system. Try to open up the filters to see the world with more depth. If you are single, it might be difficult to maintain that status. If you are attached, your significant other cannot get enough of you. A fellow Aquarius is independent like you but very different in other ways.