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Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ contains more than tax issues
March 12, 2012
The anti-abortion group Kansans for Life says the bill strengthens civil rights for the unborn and increases crucial information given to women who are thinking of getting an abortion. But Kari Ann Rinker, the Kansas coordinator of the National Organization for Women, calls the 68-page measure “the most sweeping anti-abortion bill in the nation.”
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University Medical Center's School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan. Photo taken Sept. 29, 2011. KU’s law school drops again in national rankings, while 12 programs make top 10
March 13, 2012
U.S. News and World Report released new rankings for graduate programs on Tuesday, and while Kansas University had 12 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities, its School of Law, hampered by slumping employment numbers, dropped into to a tie for 89th overall.
10:00 a.m.
Free State pitching coach Layne Meyer was hitting ground balls to the infield during practice in the 2010 file photo. A recent report named Lawrence the top city in the country for sports-related jobs. Lawrence tops the country in sports jobs LQ — location quotient
March 12, 2012
As Lawrence and the Kansas University community brace for another March Madness run, it’s clear sports — especially college basketball — play a prominent role here.
3:15 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse Kansas budget plan draws fire over school funding
March 13, 2012
A proposed $14 billion state budget being considered in the Kansas House drew bipartisan criticism Tuesday because it would withhold some education funds and push school districts to tap their cash reserves first.
6:00 p.m.
Detroit forward Doug Anderson (23) reacts after a shot next to St. John's guard Nurideen Lindsey (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Detroit won 69-63. Dunkin’ Detroit may fuel KU’s fire
March 14, 2012
Gargantuan scoreboards that play basketball highlights tend to show more plays featuring players dunking than curling around screens, catching the ball, squaring to the hoop and swishing the shot.

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House committee approves splitting Kansas City, Kan.; Democrats allege ‘gerrymandering’
March 14, 2012
In the map proposed by O’Neal, Lawrence would be wholly placed in the 3rd along with Johnson County, and the southeast part of Kansas City, which includes the Kansas University Medical Center, and Miami County.
Ottawa mother gets jail sentence for son’s death after he was hit by vehicle
March 14, 2012
A judge has sentenced a 40-year-old Ottawa woman to serve one year in jail after her 4-year-old son was struck by a vehicle last March and later died.
House approves tax cuts despite misgivings
March 14, 2012
A sweeping package of tax cuts was approved by the Kansas House on Wednesday despite misgivings about its cost and the breaks offered to wealthy residents, though it’s expected to get a cold reception in the Senate.
50 from De Soto treated for food poisoning during East Coast band trip
01:53 p.m., March 14, 2012 Updated 04:35 p.m.
Fifty students and chaperones from a De Soto High School have been treated for food poisoning symptoms at a western Pennsylvania hospital after becoming ill while traveling for a band trip to New York.
Delay in computer project shadows Kobach bill
March 14, 2012
A computer upgrade project could present an obstacle to Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who wants a law requiring new voters to prove their U.S. citizenship to come into effect before this year’s presidential election.
Injured Royals catcher Perez says he’s returning to KC
March 14, 2012
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez said Wednesday on Twitter that he’s returning to Kansas City after hurting his knee.
Three Olathe men charged with illegally hunting deer in Douglas County
12:39 p.m., March 14, 2012 Updated 03:54 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors have filed criminal hunting charges against two more men in connection with December 2011 sting operation conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Committee adopts bill that prohibits state funding of remedial courses at public colleges
March 14, 2012
A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would prohibit state funds from being used for remedial courses at Kansas University and other public colleges.
Janitor uses mop to stop theft from Lawrence grocery store
March 14, 2012
A janitor at Dillons, 1000 W. 23rd St., used a mop to strike a suspect trying to steal a cash drawer early Wednesday and interrupted a theft from the grocery store, police said.
Two-day hunter education course scheduled
March 14, 2012
Registration is open for the spring two-day hunter education course in Douglas County.
Drought forces relocation of Kansas bison herd
March 14, 2012
A lack of forage caused by the lingering drought in southwest Kansas has forced the state to temporarily move most of its bison from the Sandsage Bison and Wildlife Area near Garden City.
Bungled escape plot leaves Wichita teens all wet
March 14, 2012
Police in Wichita say three teenage girls who plotted to escape from a juvenile detention facility instead found themselves being evacuated wearing nothing but towels.
Judge sides with Nebraska firm in Kansas gas lawsuit
March 14, 2012
A federal judge has granted a Nebraska gas firm immediate access to 9,100 condemned acres in south-central Kansas at the center of a fight over gas seeping from the company’s underground storage facility.
Kansas lawmaker faces new complaints from activist
March 14, 2012
A longtime Kansas Republican Party activist filed two ethics complaints Tuesday against a GOP state senator who once ran against the activist’s mother, accusing the legislator of misusing campaign funds and filing a fraudulent campaign finance report.
Town Talk: Kia dealership on 23rd Street to build new showroom; Douglas County job growth outpaces the state, but how has Lawrence become a magnet for government jobs?
March 14, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Committee to consider resolution condemning United Nations Agenda 21
March 14, 2012
House Resolution 6018 states that United Nations Agenda 21, approved in 1992, is a covert plan of radical sustainable development that is opposed to the American way of life, specifically private ownership of property, homes and cars and farms.
KU Hospital expanding to meet demand
March 14, 2012
Kansas University Hospital leaders on Tuesday said patient growth is leading the hospital to add new space and new patient beds more quickly than previously planned.
Heard on the Hill: All about academic brackets: chancellor talks up Inside Higher Ed bracket; KU men fall in Sweet 16 in another academic bracket; KU women drop in first round
March 14, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Fiber-optic technology in; remedial classes out
March 14, 2012
Southwestern Bell Telephone was making a $7 million dollar investment Lawrence.
40 years ago: New city library nearing completion
March 14, 2012
The new library was expected to be welcoming patrons by mid-August.
100 years ago: YMCA active at Haskell
March 14, 2012
“The institution that does things at Haskell Institute is the Young Men’s Christian Association.”
Reports: Big 12, ESPN near $1.3 billion TV deal
March 14, 2012
The Big 12 and ESPN are close to a nine-year, $1.3 billion extension of the conference’s current television contract, according to reports by SportsBusiness Daily and CBSSports.com.
KU bowling club goes to nationals
March 14, 2012
Kansas University’s men’s bowling club placed fourth at sectionals to earn a trip to the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships.
LHS soccer player signs to Butler CC
March 14, 2012
With the start of Lawrence High girls soccer season a couple weeks away, one of the team’s seniors now has one less thing to worry about.
KU NFL hopefuls to show off skills
March 14, 2012
With the start of spring practice less than two weeks away, the Kansas University football program will put the finishing touches on last year’s group today at the Anderson Family Football Complex and Memorial Stadium.
Post presence: Assistant coach Manning making most of ‘great spot’ on KU bench
March 14, 2012
Danny Manning, who has worked on Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball coaching staff the past nine seasons, wants to run his own program some day.
Lions hope for spring success
March 14, 2012
With the arrival of spring sports, each program, each coach, each player might have a different definition of success.
Dunkin’ Detroit may fuel KU’s fire
March 14, 2012
Gargantuan scoreboards that play basketball highlights tend to show more plays featuring players dunking than curling around screens, catching the ball, squaring to the hoop and swishing the shot.
How former Jayhawks fared (March 14)
March 14, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 13.
Sunflower power: LHS graduate Dorian Green thrilled to be at Colorado State
March 14, 2012
Kansas does not have much of a reputation for cranking out Div. I basketball talent at a rapid pace, but this year’s NCAA Tournament features 12 players who hail from the Sunflower State. Although that list includes a handful of walk-ons and players who never would be considered household names, one of the best known Kansans currently preparing for the Big Dance grew up in Lawrence.
Sunflower power: Kansas State wildly unpredictable
March 14, 2012
Elevated from assistant coach when mentor Bob Huggins bolted for his alma mater West Virginia after spending one year in Manhattan, Frank Martin inherited a Kansas State basketball program that had gone 11 consecutive years without an NCAA Tournament appearance, but had upgraded its recruiting during Huggins’ short stay.
Sunflower power: Wichita State not worried after its stellar year
March 14, 2012
A shocking loss to Illinois State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament did not shake the spirit or confidence of Wichita State Shockers coach Gregg Marshall.
Ideas endorsed
March 14, 2012
In response to Fred Sack’s March 8 letter:
Clean energy
March 14, 2012
No matter “what’s the matter with Kansas” we Kansans ought to be demanding that the energy used in our homes, workplaces and vehicles be generated by clean, safe and renewable methods.
Question time
School board members need to start getting all of their questions answered about possible plans to consolidate Lawrence elementary schools.
March 14, 2012
Lawrence school board members are taking a step in the right direction by starting to ask specific questions related to possible elementary school consolidation.
Dems outmaneuver GOP
March 14, 2012 in print edition on A6
You’ve got to hand it to Democrats and the Obama re-election campaign. Like a quarterback who looks left to draw the defense away from his intended target on the right, Democrats have managed to divert our attention. Instead of debating President Obama’s dreadful record on just about everything, Democrats have managed to get Republicans talking about sex and morality. Rather than figuring out what to do about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, Democrats have put Republicans on the defensive over the use of vulgar words applied to liberal women. For their use of equally offensive or similar words applied to conservative women, they mostly get a pass, because this isn’t about the words; it’s about politics.
Horoscopes for March 14
March 14, 2012
This year Lady Luck appears and could impact your life financially and/or emotionally. Self-discipline is a must, or you could overindulge and take away from your good fortune. If you are single, you will have more than one opportunity to change your status. If you are attached, you find your sweetie to be provocative and full of information.
Every day is Halloween on ‘Monster Man’
March 14, 2012
Around the time they turn 13, boys are supposed to put their toys away. This never occurred to Cleve Hall, an old-fashioned effects expert for Hollywood films. He’s the “star” of the reality series “Monster Man” (10 p.m., Syfy).
Romney lacks Hispanic support
March 14, 2012 in print edition on A6
Two new polls of Latino voters confirm what I have been writing for several months: Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney is so unpopular among Hispanic voters that he would have a hard time winning the November elections.