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Judge acquits man accused of shooting Bullet the cat
05:14 p.m., March 1, 2012 Updated 05:28 p.m.
A Lawrence Municipal Court judge Thursday acquitted a man who was accused of shooting a stray cat last year.
Kansas Legislators raise concerns about schools reaching dyslexic students
March 1, 2012
Frustrated parents, reduced education budgets and legislators converged Thursday over the issue of trying to help students with dyslexia.
Kochs file lawsuit over think tank ownership
March 1, 2012
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, known for supporting conservative political causes and candidates, are pursuing a lawsuit in their native Kansas over the ownership of a libertarian-leaning think tank based in Washington.
Petition drive targets governor’s school finance proposal
March 1, 2012
Several organizations have joined forces in a petition drive that calls for increased school funding and opposition to Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed school finance overhaul.
Town Talk: Lender seeks ownership of Lawrence Athletic Club over default of $2.4 million loan; New York real estate trust buys downtown property; more on chickens and art
March 1, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Tornado did strike southern Douglas County, National Weather Service says; several buildings damaged
March 1, 2012
The National Weather Service has determined an EF-0 tornado struck parts of southern Douglas County and damaged buildings south of Globe and Worden.
Tornado did strike southern Douglas County Tuesday, National Weather Service says; several buildings damaged
March 1, 2012
The National Weather Service has determined an EF-0 tornado struck parts of southern Douglas County and damaged buildings south of Globe and Worden.
Bald eagles nesting in Kansas
March 1, 2012
More bald eagles appear to be nesting in Kansas.
Harveyville tornado claims 1 life
March 1, 2012
A man injured in a tornado that hit the small eastern Kansas of Harveyville has died.
Statehouse Live: Proposal to charge senior citizens to hunt, fish faces stiff opposition
March 1, 2012
Kansans who are 65 and older are currently exempt from paying for hunting and fishing fees. The annual permits cost $20.50 each.
Two men die near Lansing in apparent murder-suicide
10:15 a.m., March 1, 2012 Updated 02:06 p.m.
Two men died Wednesday night west of Lansing after an apparent murder-suicide, Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor said.
Conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart dies at 43
March 1, 2012
Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart has died at the age of 43.
Heard on the Hill: KU, K-State competing in recycling again; KU looking for director of institutional compliance post; KPR recipient of 3,700 classical music CDs
March 1, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Free State hopes for fast start
March 1, 2012
Free State High’s boys basketball team is fully aware of the first step it will need to take to have success in its sub-state opener.
LHS boys flip over sub-state foe
March 1, 2012
A coin-flip tie-breaker might have done Lawrence High’s boys basketball team a bit of a favor.
LHS girls’ season ends at Olathe South, 58-32
March 1, 2012
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood was able to leave his returning players with a good teaching moment following the Lions’ 58-32 sub-state loss to Olathe South on Wednesday night.
Firebirds deliver 57-42 win
March 1, 2012
Away from the program the previous two days, Bryan Duncan returned Wednesday night not only a proud father but also a satisfied coach. His Free State girls opened sub-state in complete control and disposed of Olathe North, 57-42, at FSHS.
Brett Ballard has BU ballin’
March 1, 2012
Now director of basketball operations for Kansas University’s third-ranked basketball team, Barry Hinson knows how to evaluate college basketball coaches, having been a successful one himself.
Jordan Juenemann ‘worked so hard’ for his shot
March 1, 2012
A Fort Hays State University scholarship offer didn’t tempt hometown hero Jordan Juenemann, nor did overtures from various other NCAA Div. II teams and junior colleges in Kansas.
NCAA calls schools recruiting Muhammad
March 1, 2012 in print edition on B2
The NCAA has contacted each school recruiting the country’s top-ranked high school basketball prospect, Shabazz Muhammad, and made them aware of financial dealings that could compromise Muhammad’s amateur status, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday.
Late run lifts Missouri past ISU, 78-72
March 1, 2012 in print edition on B2
Michael Dixon scored 21 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures, and the seventh-ranked Tigers beat Iowa State, 78-72, on Wednesday night, clinching the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 1)
March 1, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 29.
Our Town Sports
March 1, 2012 in print edition on B10
Lawrence swim team and lessons: Ad Astra Area Aquatics is a competitive year-round swim team that offers practices for ages 6-18 throughout the week. AAAA is always accepting new members. For information, visit adastraareaaquatics.org or call Patrick at 331-6940.
Pump patrol
March 1, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.67 at several stations.
25 years ago: Spelunkers meet at KU for conference
March 1, 2012
Kansas had more than 450 caves located in 40 of its counties.
40 years ago: Striking KU employees reach settlement
March 1, 2012
A nine-day strike at Kansas University came to an end today.
100 years ago: February broke only one weather record
March 1, 2012
“February was just an ordinary winter month.”
Tuition clock
Four-year tuition compacts work fine for Kansas University students who complete degrees in four years but not so well for the 64 percent who do not.
March 1, 2012
Some recently reported figures on student retention at Kansas University again raise questions about exactly who reaps the greatest benefit from KU’s four-year tuition compacts.
GOP worldview misdirects the fear
March 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
Bob Morris is scared of Girl Scouts. If you are waiting for the punch line, sorry, but there isn’t one. Morris, an Indiana state legislator, recently attacked the Scouts in a letter to his colleagues urging them to vote down a nonbinding resolution honoring the group on its centennial. There has never been a safer, more plain vanilla measure in the history of American politics, but Morris felt the need to warn fellow legislators of the organization’s corrupting influence. The Girl Scouts, he wrote, is the “tactical arm” of Planned Parenthood. He called it a “radicalized” group with a homosexual agenda that promotes abortion while seeking “the destruction of traditional American values.”
Super PAC hysteria not justified
March 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
When Communists and sympathizers made excuses for Stalin’s terror, they said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” To which George Orwell responded, “Where’s the omelet?”
Horoscope for March 1
March 1, 2012
For Thursday, March 1: This year you open up because of a willingness to go within. Your ability to communicate also is heightened. Be careful when handling what you might consider to be difficult feelings, but do not run away from them. Try to express hurt before it evolves into anger. If you are single, developing a stable relationship this year could be challenging. If you are attached, you and your significant other often find yourselves at odds.
‘Awake’ is quite good; will it last?
March 1, 2012
Is “Awake” (9 p.m., NBC) a new cop drama? A psychological thriller? A fantasy? The only thing we know for certain is that it asks us to wonder where real life ends and dreams begin. And that’s just for starters.