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Lou Frydman, Holocaust survivor and mental health advocate, dies
January 27, 2012
Lou Frydman, a survivor of the Holocaust who worked as a Kansas University social welfare professor and an advocate for change in the mental health system, died Tuesday. He was 81.
Area students provide labor, collect life lessons during recent sojourn in Haiti
January 27, 2012
Molly Schmeidler didn’t know very much about Haiti before this winter. But the Baker University senior from Hays said she learned a lot about the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere on a recent trip. For one, she learned how few students can afford to go to school there. Public schools are few and far between, so if Haitian citizens can’t pay, they can’t get a good education.
As inmates age, medical costs soar
January 27, 2012
Prison inmates across the country are getting older, and more expensive, for states and the federal government, according to a report released Friday by Human Rights Watch.
Kansas residents oppose plans for federal lab
January 27, 2012
Residents and college faculty in northeast Kansas said Friday they were worried health and safety would be threatened if deadly pathogens escaped from a new federal research lab.
American economy not healthy yet, but healing
January 27, 2012
The American economy may not be truly healthy yet, but it’s healing.
Security Council talks Syrian crisis
January 27, 2012
The Security Council began closed-door negotiations Friday on a new Arab-European draft resolution aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria, but Russia’s envoy said he could not back the current language as it stands.
Lawsuit filed after injury at KU Fiji party moving to Douglas County
January 27, 2012
The lawsuit filed after a Kansas University Phi Gamma Delta pledge was injured at a 2010 party will be moved to Douglas County District Court.
Brock Berglund saga over; KU grants QB full release
04:41 p.m., January 27, 2012 Updated 06:07 p.m.
Former Kansas University quarterback Brock Berglund has been granted a release from his scholarship and is free to enroll at another university.
KBA paying ex-CEO Thornton’s legal fees
January 27, 2012
Kansas Bioscience Authority funds are being used to pay the legal fees of former CEO Tom Thornton as an audit and investigation into his tenure continues.
Democratic leaders criticize Kobach for backing GOP state senate hopeful
January 27, 2012
Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature are criticizing Secretary of State Kris Kobach for serving as the honorary campaign chairman for a fellow Republican who’s running for a state Senate seat.
Kansas Highway Patrol plans saturation patrol this weekend
January 27, 2012
The Kansas Highway Patrol will conduct a saturation patrol in Lawrence and Douglas County Saturday night as troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
Taiwan official deported, sentenced to time served
January 27, 2012
A Taiwan representative accused of underpaying and overworking two Filipina housekeepers at her suburban Kansas City home was sentenced Friday to time served and immediate deportation.
Tired and broke, Santorum heads home to do taxes
January 27, 2012
Rick Santorum is taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the Tuesday primary that even he expects to deal him a third consecutive loss.
Officials accelerate road and bridge projects
January 27, 2012
The highway acceleration proposal was part of legislative Democrats’ Kansas Jobs First plan.Democrats thanked Brownback, a Republican, for moving forward with the plan, and Brownback said the Democratic proposal was a good one.
Overland Park man, 38, sentenced to 18 months in prison for battery
January 27, 2012
A Douglas County judge Friday ordered a 38-year-old Overland Park man to serve an 18-month prison sentence for threatening a woman with a handgun during a domestic incident last July in the 700 block of Connecticut Street.
State speeds up work on 32 road projects
January 27, 2012
State officials say they will accelerate work on 32 road projects worth nearly $50 million to take advantage of low construction prices.
Agency holding NBAF hearing in Kansas
January 27, 2012
Members of a National Research Council committee are in Kansas holding a public hearing on the risks associated with National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.
Man guilty of using child as shield in standoff
January 27, 2012
A Reno County jury found a 28-year-old Wichita man guilty of using his sister as a shield during a standoff with police last year.
Workers at GM’s Kansas City, Kan., plant vote to authorize strike
January 27, 2012
Workers at the General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.
State says water in Kansas creek healthy again
January 27, 2012
State health officials say the water in an east-central creek is safe for animal consumption again, after cleanup of a chemical spill.
U.S. Rep. Jenkins looking over congressional redistricting map
January 27, 2012
The process could have a big impact on Lawrence, which was split 10 years ago between the 2nd and 3rd districts. Some potential plans would place Lawrence entirely in the 2nd District.
Town Talk: 2011 Lawrence home sales fall nearly 15 percent; Papa Keno’s pizza changes ownership; N. Lawrence customer service center plans to add 60-plus jobs by year’s end; weekly land transfers
January 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Douglas County sand Transfers for the week ending Jan. 23, 2012
January 27, 2012
Land transfers from the Douglas County Register of Deeds office for the week ending Jan. 23, 2012.
Local students dominate art contest
January 27, 2012
Lawrence students had a near sweep in a statewide art competition that is connected with Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.
‘Slice of Ag’ event helps students understand where food originates
January 27, 2012
From petting a calf to climbing into the cab of an $82,000 John Deere tractor, fourth-graders got a taste of farm life Thursday morning at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Trash task force tries to dispose of concerns
January 27, 2012
One week after being pelted with concerns from Lawrence residents, the city’s Solid Waste Task Force on Thursday said it heard them loud and clear.
City again orders recycling center to clean up property
Owner says he’s working with neighbors on noise, odor and other complaints
January 27, 2012
A battle over the future of an east Lawrence recycling center that neighbors contend is operating as an illegal salvage yard could continue into March or April, City Hall leaders said this week.
Businesses spend more, fire less as economy grows
January 27, 2012
Businesses are growing more confident in the economy, investing in more equipment and laying off fewer workers.
No energy industry backing for the word ‘fracking’
January 27, 2012
A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines. The word is “fracking” — as in hydraulic fracturing, a technique long used by the oil and gas industry to free oil and gas from rock.
Pentagon: Army, Marines to shrink as budget slows
January 27, 2012
The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marine Corps, retiring older planes and trimming war costs. It drew quick criticism from Republicans, signaling the difficulty of scaling back defense budgets in an election year.
After SEAL raid, pirates move hostage
January 27, 2012
Pirates moved an American hostage at least three times in 24 hours and threatened Thursday to kill him after U.S. Navy SEALs rescued an American and a Dane in a bold, dark-of-night raid that raises questions about whether other Western captives are now in greater danger.
Romney the aggressor in last Fla. debate before primary
January 27, 2012
An aggressive Mitt Romney repeatedly challenged Republican rival Newt Gingrich in a fast-paced campaign debate Thursday night just before a Florida primary that could be pivotal in the GOP presidential race. He rebuffed criticism of his own stance on immigration and ridiculed the former House speaker’s call to build costly projects in key primary states and to colonize the moon.
Heard on the Hill: State of the University speech moves to video; Mandy Patinkin rocks and chalks at Kauffman Center; Allen Fieldhouse gameday video attracts attention
January 27, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Millions now manage aging parents’ care from afar
January 27, 2012
Kristy Bryner worries her 80-year-old mom might slip and fall when she picks up the newspaper, or that she’ll get in an accident when she drives to the grocery store. What if she has a medical emergency and no one’s there to help? What if, like her father, her mother slips into a fog of dementia?
Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 27
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B4
Here’s how the Jayhawks in the NBA fared for games of Jan. 26.
Fiester, Hanson lead FSHS bowlers
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B3
Nate Fiester rolled a 667 series to lead the Free State boys, and Haley Hanson had a 447 series for the FSHS girls in a triangular bowling meet Thursday hosted by Olathe South.
Warren’s career-best 620 sparks LHS girls
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High sophomore bowler Kierstan Warren did the math, and heading into her final frame during Thursday’s home invitational, her three-game total sat at 598.
Cleveland prep CBs visiting KU
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B1
The final recruiting weekend for the Class of 2012 begins today, and Kansas University’s football program is scheduled to welcome a couple of potential impact players to town.
ISU will challenge Jeff Withey
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B1
In sports, when something is as important to its fan base as the Kansas University basketball team is to its followers, conclusions tend to be reached quickly. The memory of Jeff Withey missing a few wide-open 15-footers in the first half of the Jan. 14 game against Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse has rooted so deeply and replayed so many times in some brains that the 7-foot center is struggling with his jump shot.
Tyshawn Taylor’s treys ‘aren’t important’
Teahan, Johnson struggling behind arc
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B1
Tyshawn Taylor has been hot from three-point land — teammates Elijah Johnson and Conner Teahan not so much — in recent Kansas University basketball games.
Abbey Casady, FSHS belt out blowout
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B1
The talents of Abbey Casady, a junior guard on Free State High’s girls basketball team, aren’t limited to the court.
25 years ago: New prenatal-care program catches on in Kansas
January 27, 2012
There was a new focus on prenatal care in the area.
100 years ago: Latin requirements reduced for Kansas college admissions
January 27, 2012
“Hereafter it will not be necessary to have studied so much Latin to enter Kansas colleges.”
40 years ago: Car registration shifting to staggered schedule
January 27, 2012
Three different colors of Kansas license plates were legal at this time.
Trash input
January 27, 2012
What’s the point of holding public meetings to supposedly listen to the residents of Lawrence express their opinions on the proposed trash and recycling changes?
Candidates must move beyond slogans
January 27, 2012
The foreign-policy theme that should dominate this year’s presidential campaign is “American renewal.” Each candidate claims to have a strategy for halting the nation’s decline, but their versions often amount to “more of the same” — which ain’t gonna work.
KBA restart
Although a forensic audit revealed some past problems at the Kansas Bioscience Authority, it also may give the KBA a fresh start.
January 27, 2012
Now that the forensic audit of the Kansas Bioscience Authority and its former president and chief executive officer has been completed, it is time for a fresh start for the KBA.
Horoscope for Jan. 27
January 27, 2012
You’ll become unusually gregarious and spontaneous this year. If you are attached, remain sensitive to your significant other as he or she adjusts to the “new you.” If you are single, you’ll certainly have your choice of suitors. Take your time getting to know them. You could make a purchase of a new car or computer out of the blue. Others find you to be unpredictable. Aries brings out the wildness in you.
‘Bering Sea Gold’ goes to extremes
January 27, 2012
Cable has become a place where men and women go to get away from each other. Every night, there are millions of women watching marathons of shows about cakes, weddings and dresses, while guys wallow in macho daydreams like “Gold Rush” (8 p.m., Discovery) or its more extreme and ridiculous incarnation, “Bering Sea Gold” (9 p.m., Discovery).
Gingrich is pragmatic choice
January 27, 2012
A longtime conservative friend sent me an email after reading something positive I had written about Newt Gingrich: “Whoever votes (for) or supports Newt for president is out of their mind.”
LHS sings blues after loss to Rural
January 27, 2012 in print edition on B1
Even though Topeka Washburn Rural had the best player on the floor Thursday, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team wasn’t interested in conceding its first-round game to the Blues at the Firebird Winter Classic.