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Republicans, Democrats duel again over property tax relief
March 5, 2012
House Bill 2609 would apply $90 million over two years to the Local Ad Valorem Tax Reduction Fund, which was established in 1938, but which the Legislature had stopped funding in 2002 to help bridge state budget shortfalls.
Statehouse Live: Opposing sides of rail-trails square off before committee
March 5, 2012
But rail-trail supporters said the agriculture groups were getting fired up over nothing. No one is paying taxes on rail trails, they said.
Plenty of events coming to Downtown Lawrence, including some that might close streets
March 5, 2012
A 16-pound steel ball, lots of spandex and a few detours are all on tap for Downtown Lawrence.
Big 12 coaches, media honor Kansas women
05:10 p.m., March 5, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Still riding high from Sunday’s surprise victory in Norman, Okla., the Kansas University women’s basketball team received a double dose of good news on Monday.
Atchison man pleads no contest to aggravated battery in Lawrence
March 5, 2012
A 22-year-old Atchison man Monday pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated battery in connection with a June incident in which a Lawrence man was injured.
Man reports he was robbed of about $1,500 in cash early Monday
March 5, 2012
Lawrence police are investigating a robbery reported early Monday after a man alleged an acquaintance and others took money from him at knife point at Days Inn, 730 Iowa.
Gingrich names Kansas election team
March 5, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has named the members of his Kansas leadership team ahead of the state’s upcoming GOP caucuses.
American Legion pancake feed raises $6,000 for baseball
March 5, 2012
A pancake feed Saturday to benefit American Legion baseball in Lawrence drew nearly 650 people and raised more than $6,000, said Hank Sipple, finance officer for American Legion Post 14.
Rock Chalk Revue award winners announced
March 5, 2012
Members of Kansas University’s greek community came together last weekend for the 63rd annual Rock Chalk Revue.
Thieves take items from three vehicles on KU campus over weekend
March 5, 2012
Three vehicle burglaries involving broken windows were reported on the Kansas University campus over the weekend.
Thomas Robinson wins AP Big 12 Player of the Year
MU coach Frank Haith named coach of year
12:05 p.m., March 5, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson on Monday was named the Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year one day after the conference coaches accorded him the same honor.
Former LHS student shot Friday night during party in Kansas City, Mo.
March 5, 2012
A former Lawrence High School student was hospitalized after a weekend shooting at a party in Kansas City, Mo., according to police.
National Weather Service reviews decisions on tornado warnings
March 5, 2012
Meterologists in the Topeka bureau of the National Weather Service say the tornado that hit Harveyville last week formed too quickly to have time to issue a warning.
Cabin where state song was written receives grant
March 5, 2012
Kansans are being asked to help pay for repairs to a 140-year-old cabin where Brewster Higley wrote the lyrics for what would become the state song, “Home on the Range.”
Brownback signing water policy changes
March 5, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is traveling to southwestern Kansas to sign two bills he initiated to prolong the life of the state’s water resources.
Brownback announces annual Easter egg hunt
March 5, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and first lady Mary Brownback have announced the date for the annual children’s Easter egg hunt at Cedar Crest, their official residence.
Town Talk: Local winery looking to open tasting room at golf course; January home sales down 28 percent; surprising report on Lawrence home values
March 5, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Support drops for Kan. 401(k)-style plan
March 5, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s support has kept alive a proposal to start 401(k)-style pension plan for new Kansas teachers and government workers even as other Republicans in the Legislature lose interest.
Indiana baby found in field after tornado dies
March 5, 2012
An Indiana toddler found in a field after violent tornadoes died Sunday after being taken off life support, ending a hopeful tale for survivors in the Midwest and South picking through the storms’ devastation.
Did anybody want ‘Breaking In’ to return?
March 5, 2012
As we round the bend toward the end of another TV season, folks are wondering what shows will stay or go. When I speculate on such matters, I tend to be wrong more than half the time.
Horoscopes for March 6
March 5, 2012
Once you focus, something you desire — an object, goal or situation — becomes a distinct possibility. You have a strong sense of direction that is fueled by an enthusiasm often not seen by others. If you are single, you are the apple of many people’s eyes. The only question is: Who will you choose? If you are attached, you have great influence over your sweetie.
Former Lawrence student reportedly injured in Kansas City shooting
March 5, 2012
A former Lawrence high school student was reported injured after a shooting late Friday night at what witnesses say was a party in Kansas City, Mo.
Parent advocacy group to study state’s school funding plans
March 5, 2012
The Lawrence school district is hoping the lobbying power of parents will help convince the Kansas Legislature to better fund schools.
Meth takes heavy toll on users
March 5, 2012
By the time a methamphetamine addict gets to Stacey Hauck, there isn’t much left. “We call it hitting bottom,” said Hauck, clinical director of addiction services for the Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County. “There’s nothing left, and no one left.” Reaching that low is usually the only way back.
Bowlers hit the road for St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser
12:12 a.m., March 5, 2012 Updated 12:33 p.m.
Kilts. Cannonballs. Plenty of beer. All of this made for a Sunday afternoon of Irish road bowling at Clinton Lake State Park. The eclectic event was a fundraiser for local charities hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of Lawrence. Charlie Upton, one of the event’s organizers, claimed it was the first such event west of the Mississippi.
Heard on the Hill: Basketball team spending more than $500k to schedule games; fan celebrates a little too hard after KU-MU game; students suggest that professors clarify use of technology in class
March 5, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Horoscope for March 5
March 5, 2012
For Monday, March 5: This year your creativity evolves in various areas of your life. You express yourself in a solid, appealing manner, and you make your interactions effective and clear. Deal with unexpected insights, which could be nearly perpetual. If you are single, your appeal reaches many people. If you are attached, express your caring more often, and a new bond will appear in the relationship.
Bachelor’ hides nothing
March 5, 2012
According to the stuff the network feeds me, the women on tonight’s two-hour helping of “The Bachelor” (7 p.m., ABC) will “tell all”! As a less-than-regular “Bachelor” watcher, I’m a bit perplexed. How can folks who live under continual surveillance, whose every utterance and banal machination is documented and dissected, have anything more to divulge? And why would anybody besides the very bored and undiscerning want to listen to people who never shut up “tell all”?
Billy Butler sparks K.C.
March 5, 2012
Kansas City’s Billy Butler has been heeding the advice of his manager Ned Yost.
Jayhawks in the NBA (March 4)
March 5, 2012
How former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of March 4.
KU swimmer earns trip to Trials
March 5, 2012
Kansas University’s Brooke Brull this weekend earned a trip to the Olympic Trials this summer.
KU baseball falls to Zags
March 5, 2012
Kansas University managed just two runs off six hits in a 7-2 college baseball loss to undefeated Gonzaga on Sunday, the Jayhawks’ third straight loss.
Kansas softball rained out
March 5, 2012
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of Kansas University’s scheduled softball game Sunday against Connecticut.
Kansas’ season amazing
March 5, 2012
Statisticians armed with state-of-the-art calculators still were busy finding a definitive answer to Saturday night’s burning question when Bill Self shut the door on an amazing regular season.
Divorces and annulments
March 5, 2012
Divorces and annulments granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 3, 2012.
March 5, 2012
Marriages licensed in Douglas County District Court the week ending March 3, 2012.
Undue attention
March 5, 2012
I think it’s disgusting that the Journal-World felt the need to plaster headlines on the front page about one of our police officers fixing tickets.
Chicken stew
It’s OK to kill chickens for food but not for art.
March 5, 2012
Maybe it’s one of those “only in Lawrence” things. When artist Amber Hansen set out to show us something about the food we eat, where it comes from and what it goes through to get to our tables, well — not so fast! Can’t keep chickens on display here. Can’t butcher them in the city limits. Freedom of expression goes only so far.
Potential loss
A possible job opportunity for a KU faculty member is both good and bad news.
March 5, 2012
Stuart Bell, dean of the Kansas University School of Engineering, has been one of KU’s true all-stars.
25 years ago: State lottery to start with scratch-off tickets
March 5, 2012
More sophisticated computerized games would follow.
40 years ago: Welfare workers seek relief as budget cuts restored
March 5, 2012
Since June, 1970, Douglas County’s welfare rolls had increased by over 50 percent.
100 years ago: City finds solution for unshoveled walks, unpaid court costs
March 5, 2012
“Babe Strode and Levi Washington have joined the ranks of Marshal Carter’s show shovelers, taking up their duties this morning.”
GOP field not likely to change
March 5, 2012 in print edition on A8
So it continues. Mitt Romney’s daily-double followed Rick Santorum’s trifecta, and now the contest moves here to Massachusetts and to nine other states that together, in a Super Tuesday rush for delegates, probably won’t resolve the Republican presidential race any more than the last two rounds did.
Book review: ‘Mastiff’ hard to get into at first
March 5, 2012
You know that awkward moment when you don’t fully understand a book you’re supposed to be reviewing for a citywide newspaper? I wouldn’t recommend it. Maybe if I had read the two other books that come before “Mastiff” by Tamora Pierce in the Tortall Legend Series, I would have understood it a lot better, and enjoyed it more? Just a thought.
Book review: ‘Drop In’ a gnarly tale about skateboarding, dude
March 5, 2012
“Drop In” by Donald Lemke, volume 1 of the “Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution” series, starts when Tony Hawk lands the first ever 900-degree spin on a skateboard. That is two and a half spins!
Do-it-yourself home projects help you save
March 5, 2012
This year, everyone is looking to save on their household budget. But just because you’re scaling back doesn’t mean you can’t make some improvements around the house. Use these DIY home improvement and cleanup tips to help revamp your home, without spending a fortune.
2 kids in a bedroom can be better than 1
March 5, 2012
In the Panebianco house, sharing a bedroom is about more than saving space. Gerri and Sam Panebianco have chosen to put their sons, 3-year-old J.P. and 2-year-old Eric, in the same room because they want them to become good friends and develop social skills.
100th season ahead for D.C.’s cherry blossom trees
March 5, 2012
Washington is getting ready to celebrate 100 years with its famous cherry blossom trees, and peak bloom season is just around the corner.
Divorce lawyers: Pet custody cases increasing
March 5, 2012
They still fight like cats and dogs in divorce court. But more and more they are fighting about cats and dogs. Custody cases involving pets are on the rise across the country.
Going on vacation? Hire a sitter for your garden
March 5, 2012
Gardeners don’t have to remain housebound during the vacation season just because their edibles and flowers need tending. Find a sitter to handle the work.
Go Green: Light pollution disrupts plant, animal and human rhythms
March 5, 2012
A child of the suburbs, I was 40 before I saw the Milky Way, our home galaxy. Lying on my back on a prairie hilltop near Manhattan gave me a long overdue sense of my size and place in the larger universe, a sense my ancestors, living in a much darker world, had taken for granted.
Fix-It Chick: Is it time yet? A guide to spring lawn seeding
March 5, 2012
Planting grass seed in the spring can be a tricky venture. Soil temperature, moisture and sowing technique all play a part in successful lawn generation. A little planning and a lot of due diligence can result in a beautiful summer time lawn.
Double Take: Sexting now may turn into scandal later
March 5, 2012
One might think it unwise in the current political climate to run as a Republican for Congress and be (a) gay; (b) dating an undocumented worker; and (c) sending explicit photos of yourself so engaged. Yet that’s exactly what Arizona’s Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu did. He’s now stepped down as a volunteer for Mitt Romney to defend himself against allegations that he threatened to deport his Mexican paramour if he let the story slip.
River City Jules: It could always be worse
March 5, 2012
It was a beautiful, sunny day. Not a cloud hovered as I sat outside and knocked out my to-do list from the back deck.