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Archive for Sunday, January 29, 2012

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12:00 a.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.
2:00 p.m.
This wing of the Larned State Hospital houses participants involved in the Sexual Predator Treatment Program. Most sexual predators in Kansas never make it out of treatment, according to data
January 29, 2012
A Douglas County jury recently found that 42-year-old Kodi Thomas was a sexually violent predator and sent him into state custody for treatment. Thomas, convicted of attempted rape and burglary in 1996, will join 216 other sex offenders at the Larned State Hospital in the Sexual Predator Treatment Program.
6:00 p.m.
Thomas Adkins, left, and Darrell Harden, who work for Steve Dick Masonry of Olathe, lay bricks for the new Dillons store on Jan. 17 in the 1800 block of Massachusetts Street. Payroll totals in 2010 for the construction industry in Douglas County shrank by almost $29 million compared with 2005, according to a new U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis study. Report shows industries in Douglas County with growing, shrinking payrolls
January 29, 2012
It is a magic trick even Houdini would be proud of: pop one bubble and make nearly $29 million worth of paychecks disappear.
10:00 p.m.
Sherry Schaub, a retired executive at Quaker Oats, has been chairman of Kids Alive International for more than two decades. With his wife, Carol, Sherry has traveled around the world helping the organization build homes and schools for at risk children in third world countries. The couple sponsor 11 children, whose pictures and countries are pinned into the map behind them. Lawrence couple help rescue children in Third World countries through Kids Alive International
January 29, 2012
On the wall in Carol Schaub’s study is a map of the world. Pinned to it are all the countries where Carol and her husband, Sherry, sponsor children through Kids Alive International.

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Lawrence school leader applauds Obama plan to reduce dropouts
January 29, 2012
In his State of the Union address last Tuesday, Obama called on every state to require students to stay in school until they have graduated or turned 18.
The politics of being president: Richard Norton Smith reflects on White House successes, failures
January 29, 2012
Success as president has eluded some very honorable men — William Howard Taft and Herbert Hoover — because they were politically inept once they took over the most political job in the world.
School district ahead of the curve on lunch menu upgrades
January 29, 2012
Goodbye hot dog. Hello whole wheat spaghetti. Last week, the federal government released new standards for school lunches that would boost the amount of healthy foods school children are offered.
Taxi driver gets glimpse into many walks of life ­
January 29, 2012
It’s part comedy club, part retail operation. Randall Barnes should know — he’s been working the night shift, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., for more than a year.
‘Bleeding Kansas’ series kicks off in Lecompton with Underground Railroad lecture
January 29, 2012
On Sunday, a large crowd filled the upstairs room of Lecompton’s Constitution Hall State Historic Site, possibly the oldest wooden structure in the state at 156 years old, to celebrate the 151st Kansas Day.
How to help: CASA seeks volunteers to help children through court process
January 29, 2012
Douglas County CASA is looking for new, dedicated volunteers. Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers trained to be advocates for children who have been abused and neglected and are under the protection of the court.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School honor roll for fall 2011
January 29, 2012
These Liberty Memorial Central Middle School students were named to honor rolls for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
Bishop Seabury Academy honor roll for fall 2011
January 29, 2012
These Bishop Seabury Academy students were named to the honor roll for the fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year. These students had grade-point averages of at least 3.5, with no grade lower than a B-.
St. John Catholic School honor roll for fall 2011
January 29, 2012
These sixth-graders at St. John Catholic School have been named to honor rolls for the fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
Veritas Christian School honor roll for fall 2011
January 29, 2012
These Veritas Christian School students have been named to honor rolls for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
Ag. leader seeks waiver for illegal immigrants
January 29, 2012
Facing pressure from large dairies and feedlots desperate for workers, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a federal waiver that would allow companies to hire illegal immigrants.
Sitting judges donate to anti-abortion PAC
January 29, 2012
Two sitting Sedgwick County judges contributed to the state’s leading anti-abortion political action committee after hearing abortion cases, a newspaper reported Sunday.
U.S. must talk, listen about guns
January 29, 2012
In a democracy, nothing is supposed to matter more than the will of the people.
Medal of Honor sought for priest
January 29, 2012
The Kansas congressional delegation is making their case to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that a late Roman Catholic priest deserves a Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Korean War.
Older students in Atchison getting iPads
January 29, 2012
Students in Atchison Public Schools are getting iPads.
Kansas seeks to beef up budget to deal with fracking
January 29, 2012
The Kansas Corporation Commission, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in the state, says it doesn’t have the necessary staff to inspect the growing number of oil and gas drilling sites involving horizontal fracturing, or fracking.
Lawrence couple help rescue children in Third World countries through Kids Alive International
January 29, 2012
On the wall in Carol Schaub’s study is a map of the world. Pinned to it are all the countries where Carol and her husband, Sherry, sponsor children through Kids Alive International.
Report shows industries in Douglas County with growing, shrinking payrolls
January 29, 2012
It is a magic trick even Houdini would be proud of: pop one bubble and make nearly $29 million worth of paychecks disappear.
Arab League halts observer mission in Syria
January 29, 2012
The Arab League halted its observer mission in Syria on Saturday because of escalating violence that killed nearly 100 people the past three days, as pro-Assad forces battled dissident soldiers in a belt of suburbs on the eastern edge of Damascus in the most intense fighting yet so close to the capital.
IMF chief presses for more cash
January 29, 2012
The head of the International Monetary Fund appeared to be making headway Saturday in her drive to boost the institution’s financial firepower so that it can help Europe prevent its crippling debt crisis from further damaging the global economy.
College leaders wary of Obama cost-control plan
January 29, 2012
Fuzzy math, Illinois State University’s president called it. “Political theater of the worst sort,” said the University of Washington’s head.
Most sexual predators in Kansas never make it out of treatment, according to data
January 29, 2012
A Douglas County jury recently found that 42-year-old Kodi Thomas was a sexually violent predator and sent him into state custody for treatment. Thomas, convicted of attempted rape and burglary in 1996, will join 216 other sex offenders at the Larned State Hospital in the Sexual Predator Treatment Program.
Romney would rank among the richest presidents ever
January 29, 2012
Just how rich is Mitt Romney? Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. Then double that number. Now you’re in Romney territory.
Pump patrol
January 29, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.21 at several stations.
Woman, 2 children killed in crash near Topeka
January 29, 2012
The Kansas Highway Patrol says a woman and her two children are dead after a car collided with their minivan on Interstate 70 west of Topeka.
LHS girls bounce back with 53-24 victory
January 29, 2012
As far as ideal Saturday mornings go, playing in the seventh-place game at the Firebird Winter Classic had to be about as appealing to Lawrence High’s girls basketball team as some bizarre combination of running suicides while doing homework.
Seabury boys hold off University Academy
January 29, 2012
Khadre Lane scored 27 points, and Georgi Funtarov added 26 points to lead Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team to the University Academy Tournament title.
Jayhawks in the NBA, Jan. 29
January 29, 2012 in print edition on B9
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of Jan. 28.
FSHS wrestling duo take top places
January 29, 2012
Free State wrestlers Ben Soukup and Spencer Wilson took first place, and the Firebirds placed third Saturday at the Osawatomie Invitational.
Records fall at Jayhawk Classic
January 29, 2012
Fourteen Kansas University track and field athletes won individual events on Friday at the Jayhawk Classic in Anschutz Pavilion.
Obama rejects patience of politics
January 29, 2012
War, said James Madison, is “the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.” Randolph Bourne, the radical essayist killed by the influenza unleashed by World War I, warned, “War is the health of the state.” Hence Barack Obama’s State of the Union hymn: Onward civilian soldiers, marching as to war.
ISU’s Royce White can, does hit free throws
January 29, 2012
Following a made free throw with 8:04 to go, Iowa State forward Royce White walked all the way up to the rim and inspected the underside of the net.
KU basketball notebook: ISU puts end to KU’s 10-game streak
January 29, 2012
Iowa State snapped Kansas University’s 10-game winning streak. KU had won seven straight on the road, which dates to last season.
Road test exposes Kansas’ thin bench
January 29, 2012 in print edition on B1
It sure is nice to have a quality bench when the need arises.
Taken by storm: Cyclone fans swamp floor to celebrate win over KU
January 29, 2012 in print edition on B1
Hundreds of Iowa State students raced onto the court, swaying and singing the song “Sweet Caroline” before finally heading home after the unranked Cyclones’ 72-64 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. There certainly was a lot for ISU (15-6, 5-3) to celebrate.
Amtrak delay
Plans to provide an Amtrak connection from Kansas to Texas shouldn’t be delayed for long.
January 29, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation’s decision to put planning for expanded passenger rail service on hold may be reasonable from a financial standpoint, but it still is disappointing to communities, like Lawrence, that would benefit from a new Amtrak route that would provide rail connections from Kansas to Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.
Around and about in local business
January 29, 2012
Local business news for the week ending January 28, 2011.
25 years ago: Kansas dignitaries, local schoolchildren celebrate state’s birthday
January 29, 2012
Gov. Hayden was to cut and serve a large birthday cake in the first floor rotunda.
40 years ago: Sledding and skating available on this cold Kansas Day
January 29, 2012
Kansas Day fell on a Saturday in 1972, and the weather was crisp and cold.
100 years ago: Campus activities quieter as tests approach
January 29, 2012
“The thinning of the ranks by the stay-at-homes was easily seen by the small crowd at the basketball game.”
Selected verses
January 29, 2012
Recently, an antiquated, hateful and unconstitutional law regarding homosexuality was inexplicably left on the books during a purge of old laws here in Kansas. While many have decried this omission as homophobic and a disgrace, others have quoted scripture to justify a continued assault on non-heterosexuals.
Kovel’s Antiques: Many types of tea accessories are collectible
January 29, 2012
Tea, it is said, was first drunk by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung about 2737 B.C.
Garden Calendar: Interested in herbs? Study group offers opportunities for learning
January 29, 2012
When I first heard about the Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group, my interest was piqued. I grow a few herbs — basil, oregano and a few others — but have been afraid to venture beyond those herbs with which I am very familiar. A study group sounded like the perfect place to learn new herbs and new tips on how to use them.
Behind the Lens: Finding a perfect feature photo
January 29, 2012
Our photography staff is often relied upon to gather stand-alone images for the newspaper.
HBO presses its ‘Luck’
January 29, 2012
The new series “Luck” (8 p.m., HBO) is the New York Yankees of television dramas, an enterprise so laden with talent, it inspires both awe and resentment.
Pro Bowl to feature plenty of new faces
January 29, 2012 in print edition on B2
Tony Gonzalez, Ray Lewis and Champ Bailey know what to expect. The new faces at the Pro Bowl aren’t so sure and are curious how intense they should play in today’s all-star game.
LHS wrestling third at O-North
January 29, 2012
Lawrence High’s wrestling team placed third as a team on Saturday in the “Wrestle for a Cure” dual tournament at Olathe North.
Horoscope for Jan. 29
January 29, 2012
For Sunday, Jan. 29: You seem more than willing to make adjustments this year. On the other hand, many doors could close when you give up being a risk-taker. If you are single, you could meet your next sweetie just by going to the cleaners! If you are attached, don’t take your sweetie as part of the landscape, or you could become the landscape. TAURUS can be a stick in the mud.
FSHS girls hang on, win Classic crown
January 29, 2012 in print edition on B1
The ending might not have been perfect, but it’s hard to argue with a championship.