Archive for Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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City commissioners start process to change occupancy standards for some single-family homes
February 5, 2013
Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to initiate a code revision that would change how many unrelated people could live in single family homes in certain neighborhoods of the city.
City starts condemnation process for old property at 1106 Rhode Island St.
February 5, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to start the process of condemning a dilapidated house and property at 1106 Rhode Island Street.
City sets March bid date for Farmland business park construction project
February 5, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday set a bid date of March 12 for about $10 million worth of infrastructure work to begin at the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant in eastern Lawrence.
City commissioner unexpectedly raises issue of Lawrence drinking water fluoridation
February 5, 2013
Like a cavity that sneaks up on you at the dentist office, Lawrence city commissioners found the makings of an unexpected debate on Tuesday. Should the city’s two water treatment plants continue to add fluoride to the city’s drinking water? By Chad Lawhorn
Legislature considering delays in renewable energy standards
February 5, 2013
Members of the Kansas House and Senate are proposing to delay or modify the mandates established by the Renewable Energy Standards Act, bringing to the Kansas Legislature a broader debate about climate change. By Nikki Wentling
Indiana man charged in Douglas County with six felony counts of soliciting a minor for sex
February 5, 2013
A 35-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind., man has been charged with six felony sex crimes involving the solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes by electronic communications. Ian Cummings
KU student appears in court on charges filed after accident in which another student lost his legs
February 5, 2013
Julian Kuszmaul, charged with a DUI offense along with drug possession and a traffic infraction, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in his first appearance in Douglas County District Court. By Ian Cummings
Sportswriter Frank Deford speaking at KU on Friday
February 5, 2013
Sportswriter, author and commentator Frank Deford will speak at Kansas University on Friday as he receives the 2013 William Allen White Foundation National Citation.
New bioscience chief concedes past problems at agency
February 5, 2013
The new leader of the Kansas Bioscience Authority said Tuesday that the recent history of the agency has been shaky, but he urged the committee to reject Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal, which would cut funding to the KBA significantly. By Scott Rothschild
Transportation secretary has no specifics on savings if agency takes over turnpike
February 5, 2013
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King on Tuesday said he had no specifics on how the state would save $30 million over the next two years by taking over the Kansas Turnpike Authority. By Scott Rothschild
Mike Amyx says fire still burning as he seeks fifth term on Lawrence City Commission
February 5, 2013
Ever since Mike Amyx was first elected to the Lawrence City Commission at the age of 29 — in 1983 — there has been a seemingly endless list of issues for the city to rule upon. By Chad Lawhorn
Elderly Lawrence woman robbed at home by masked burglar
February 5, 2013
An elderly Lawrence woman told police early Tuesday morning she had been robbed in her home by a burglar wearing a ski mask. Ian Cummings
Statehouse Live: Bill would require KU to play Wichita State University in basketball
February 5, 2013
A Wichita legislator on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require Kansas University men’s basketball team to play Wichita State University annually. By Scott Rothschild.
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of indecent liberties with 15-year-old girl
February 5, 2013
A 23-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties involving a 15-year-old girl. Ian Cummings
Kansas school boards seek relief from federal regulations
February 5, 2013
Kansas school boards are joining a national effort to pass legislation to rein in the power of the U.S. Department of Education to tie federal funding to costly new regulations and conditions. The push comes as states are now implementing waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind law. By Peter Hancock
Statehouse Live: Opponents of anti-union bill say it could shut down nearly all union political speech
10:27 a.m., February 5, 2013 Updated 06:17 p.m.
Opponents of an anti-union bill said Tuesday they fear the measure could prevent public sector employee unions from nearly all political speech.
Kansas assistant football coach: Recruiting game has changed
February 5, 2013
Fans aren’t the only ones who obsesses over the perceived worth of an incoming football prospect. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Andrew White waiting, learning
February 5, 2013
The best way to get better at anything is to compete against somebody who is better at it than you, as Andrew White III is learning this season. By Tom Keegan
40 years ago: Bingo defeat casts cloud over American Legion
February 5, 2013
“We may not have the money needed to keep the doors open.”
25 years ago: K mart distribution center to be expanded
February 5, 2013
The project would add 317,000 square feet to the 17-year-old building.
100 years ago: Early-morning blaze destroys grain and produce company
February 5, 2013
“The flames lighted up the eastern sky for many hours this morning.”
Editorial: Sensible move
A bill being considered in the Kansas House will allow county prosecutors to seek stronger penalties in injury accidents involving a drunken driver.
February 5, 2013
House Bill 2043 would allow prosecutors to seek stronger penalties against drunken drivers involved in some injury accidents. This legislation appears to address circumstances that could not have been foreseen when the original law was enacted and it would be unjust for this measure to get lost in some legislative shuffle before the 2013 session ends.
Letter: Visitors center
February 5, 2013
Nancy Pike Hause, Lawrence, explains why she thinks the Lawrence Visitor’s Center provides everything visitors need.
Letter: Lincoln’s stature
February 5, 2013
Peter J. Conway, Lawrence, explains why Abraham Lincoln wasn’t just another president and did more for America than any other American.
Letter: Attack on teaching
February 5, 2013
David Burress, Lawrence, believes there is no technological substitute for a face-to-face teacher-pupil relationship.
Opinion: Syria will be top priority for Kerry
February 5, 2013 in print edition on A9
John Kerry’s first task as incoming secretary of state should be to develop a coherent policy for Syria, where U.S. sanctions are proving counterproductive, the fighting around Damascus is deadlocked, the economy is in ruins and the country is headed toward a sectarian breakup.
One-day art market to feature fresh artists, functional works
February 5, 2013
High-end fine art isn’t for all artists. It’s not for all patrons’ pocketbooks, either. That in mind, a dozen under-the-radar artists are planning an event that combines fresh, original artistic designs with practical items and approachable-sized — and priced — canvasses. By Sara Shepherd
Horoscopes for Feb. 5
February 5, 2013
For Tuesday, Feb. 5: This year you emphasize your long-term goals. You also have a wide collection of friends, all of whom seem to be strong supporters. If you are single, you could meet someone through a friendship. If you are attached, make sure that you focus on the friendship as well as the romance.