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Archive for Saturday, January 28, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Fourth grade students from Pinckney School reach to pet a Jersey dairy cow at the Slice of Ag day at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. From left are Bella Crawford-Parker, Tatiana Green, Mina Dailey and Eli Cohavi. Fourth graders from across Lawrence learned about farm animals, produce and equipment at the annual educational event. ‘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.
6:00 a.m.
This is a view from the front balcony of the Senate chambers at the Topeka Capitol building. Several images were merged in Photoshop to created the panorama. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Two guards enter the maximum-security block at the Lansing Correctional Facility in 2005. 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. 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.
2:00 p.m.
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. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University placed Phi Gamma Delta on probation for two years after concluding a hazing investigation in October 2010. The investigation followed an incident during which KU freshman Matt Fritzie was injured while diving into a makeshift pool at the fraternity house on Sept. 17, 2010. 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.
10:00 p.m.
Baker students interact with the kindergarten class offered at Ecole Shalom, the school located on the Haitian-American Caucus's compound we stayed on in Croix des Bouquets, a village outside of Port-au-Prince. 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.

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Cain backs Gingrich for GOP nomination
January 28, 2012
Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain threw his support behind Newt Gingrich on Saturday night, providing the former House speaker with a late boost just days before Florida’s primary.
Oakland police arrest over 100 protesters
January 28, 2012
Police were in the process of arresting about 100 Occupy protesters for failing to disperse Saturday night, hours after officers used tear gas on a rowdy group of demonstrators who threw rocks and flares at them and tore down fences.
History project focuses on Civil War veterans
January 28, 2012
Kansas students and their teachers are being encouraged to learn more about Civil War veterans buried in the state’s cemeteries.
Legislative action on KBA audit unclear
January 28, 2012
Kansas legislative leaders say they see little need for significant changes to laws governing the Kansas Bioscience Authority, despite a forensic audit that found instances of document destruction and misuse of funds and questioned the management style of its former president and CEO.
KPA: Dinners hosted by Gov. Brownback may have violated meetings act
January 28, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman is defending the dinners he hosted this month with legislative leaders amid questions about whether they violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Think tank says governor’s tax plan would benefit large businesses, wealthy investors
January 28, 2012
A tax research center says a major part of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax overhaul would create a new giveaway to large businesses at the expense of state services and other taxpayers.
Workshop an open book for mastering binding
January 28, 2012
Gripping a pair of scissors, Erin Billing cuts a diamond shape into the center of a crisp piece of blue paper. She repeats the process seven times.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
January 28, 2012
Road work planned for the week of January 30, 2011.
Baylor women rout KU, 74-46
09:21 p.m., January 28, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas women’s basketball team was no match for No. 1 Baylor, dropping a 74-46 decision on Saturday night at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
Dog killed in mobile-home fire; no injuries reported
January 28, 2012
A Saturday evening fire destroyed a mobile home at 1908 E. 19th St. and killed a small dog, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical officials said. No one was hurt in the fire, which began about 5 p.m. and was under control by 6 p.m.
Man convicted in accident that killed girl
January 28, 2012
A Wichita man has been found guilty for his role in a traffic accident that killed a 5-year-old girl.
Ottawa man pleads no contest in battery charge
January 28, 2012
A 24-year-old Ottawa man pleaded no contest Friday to a simple battery charge in connection with a Jan. 11 incident in which another man was injured at a party in the 1100 block of Mississippi Street.
Report: Nation’s cattle herd continues decline
January 28, 2012
The nation’s cattle herd has shrunk to its smallest size in 50 years amid a brutal drought in the Southwest that shriveled pastures and drove hay prices to record levels, a new report said Friday.
Lawrence man sentenced to probation for criminal threat
January 28, 2012
A 32-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Friday to serve one year on probation for threatening another man in August in downtown Lawrence.
25 years ago: Entertainment options in and near Lawrence
January 28, 2012
If you had been in the mood for a movie this week in 1987, you would have had a few new releases from which to choose.
40 years ago: Snowmobiling Kansans must seek snowier regions
January 28, 2012
“The contraptions are simply no good without several inches of snow….”
100 years ago: Women’s suffrage still ‘debatable’ according to local poll
January 28, 2012
“The outcome is a fair index of the opinion of Douglas county voters.”
Paterno flawed, but a good man
January 28, 2012 in print edition on B2
Saints and angels don’t wear tennis shoes or prepare game plans or throw punches or hit baseballs over a fence.
Goodell says recession has helped NFL
January 28, 2012
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the recession has helped build TV audiences for NFL games.
Selig: Expanded playoffs likely in ’12
January 28, 2012 in print edition on B2
Commissioner Bud Selig expects baseball to expand its playoffs this season.
Perry girls clip Oskaloosa, 45-43
January 28, 2012
Madison Hess scored 17 points and Natasha Carver 15.
Seabury girls reach championship game
January 28, 2012
Bishop Seabury defeated the Wichita Defenders, 32-24, to advance to today’s championship game of the University Academy tournament against the host at 5 p.m.
Big track names back Lawrence pitch
January 28, 2012
The woman chosen by Sports Illustrated magazine as the greatest athlete of the 20th century spent Friday going to bat for the city of Lawrence and for track and field.
Kansas aware of ISU ‘magic’
January 28, 2012
Just two of 10 teams in the Big 12 Conference have won more league road games than they have lost during Bill Self’s nine seasons at Kansas University. They are … KU, which takes a 50-17 league road record (.746) under Self into today’s 1 p.m. contest at Iowa State, and Rick Barnes’ Texas Longhorns, a whopping 15 games behind the Jayhawks at 35-32 (.522).
LHS falters late, falls in OT
January 28, 2012
There have to be more enjoyable ways to learn a lesson. Lawrence High’s girls basketball team found out the hard way Friday night at the Firebird Winter Classic that double-digit fourth-quarter leads aren’t invincible. Blue Valley West illustrated that fact with a 53-50 overtime victory in the consolation semifinals.
Semi … sweet! Kennedy Kirkpatrick hits winner; FSHS makes title game
January 28, 2012
Kennedy Kirkpatrick had been in this situation before.
KU women: Baylor more than just Brittney Griner
January 28, 2012
During last year’s 86-51 loss to perennial powerhouse Baylor in the second round of the Big 12 tournament, Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich made just three of nine shots and finished with seven points.
Weakened Obama now pushing small ideas
January 28, 2012
Once upon a time, small ball was not Barack Obama’s game. Tuesday, it was the essence of his State of the Union address.
Harsh tax plan
January 28, 2012
Last weekend, I heard our legislators talk about the governor’s plans for tax policy and school finance.
Faith Forum: What’s your favorite “children’s time” lesson?
January 28, 2012
The Rev. Glenn Fletcher and the Rev. Mary Newberg Gale answer.
‘Namath’ profiles NFL game-changer
January 28, 2012
A divisive pop culture icon, cautionary tale and sports star all rolled into one, quarterback Joe Namath inspires a 90-minute film to match his multifaceted legend in “Namath” (7 p.m., HBO).
How former Jayhawks fared, Jan. 28
January 28, 2012 in print edition on B4
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 27.
Around and About for Jan. 28
January 28, 2012
Jessyka Coulter was named to the Dean’s Honor List at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, for the 2011 fall semester. The Dean’s Honor list recognizes students who achieve a 3.67 grade point average or better.
Separate boards would provide better university oversight
January 28, 2012
Last week, this column focused on the inability of members of the Kansas Board of Regents to know what is going on at the campuses of the six universities they govern and the other 26 state higher education institutions they are responsible for coordinating.
Horoscope for Jan. 28
January 28, 2012
For Saturday, Jan. 28: This year avoid power plays and conflicts. You often could be disappointed by others’ reactions. Learn not to rely on this type of feedback. If you are single, you could be attracted to someone who is not emotional available. If you are attached, the two of you need to agree to disagree. Aries knows how to help you out of the doldrums.
How Democrats got their pockets picked
January 28, 2012
It’s hard to read Thomas Frank’s new book, “Pity the Billionaire,” without being astonished at what utter nincompoops Democrats are.