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Archive for Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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1:34 a.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. 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
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. 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.
12:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback's State of the State address earlier this week pointed to the existence of the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority as "one of the clearest examples of duplication in state government."
The governor proposed merging the two under Secretary of Transportation Mike King. 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
3:01 p.m.
In this file photo by Journal-World staffer Richard Gwin, postal carrier Matt Woodruff delivers mail on his route in Lawrence. U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery to trim costs
February 6, 2013
The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress. The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. By The Associated Press
5:51 p.m.
In this file photo by Journal-World staffer Richard Gwin, postal carrier Matt Woodruff delivers mail on his route in Lawrence. For many in Lawrence, cutting Saturday mail delivery poses no problem
February 6, 2013
As the U.S. Postal Service announces cuts to Saturday mail delivery, officials, business owners and residents in Lawrence explain why the change won’t affect them. By Ian Cummings Associated Press: U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery

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How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 6 NBA games
February 6, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Free State senior named Youth of the Year by Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence
February 6, 2013
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence has named Free State High School senior Ajala Anavberokhai its 2013 Youth of the Year.
Baylor women throttle Kansas
09:07 p.m., February 6, 2013 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Brittney Griner had 26 points and had 13 rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor rout Kansas University, 86-45, on Wednesday night.
Supporters of new abortion bill say KU working to solve issue
February 6, 2013
A wide-ranging bill that would regulate abortion more strictly in Kansas was introduced in the House Wednesday, but it includes language that would allow Kansas University medical students to receive privately funded abortion training.By Scott Rothschild
KU track’s Geubelle earns another weekly honor
February 6, 2013
Kansas University senior horizontal jumper Andrea Geubelle earned another weekly honor Wednesday. Geubelle, who was named the Div. I National Athlete of the week Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), on Wednesday was named the Big 12’s Female Athlete of the Week.
FSHS swimmers named all-league
February 6, 2013
Three Free State High swimmers were named to the 2013 All-Sunflower League boys swimming team, following their performances at the league finals this past weekend.
Area prep athletes sign with college teams
06:45 p.m., February 6, 2013 Updated 12:43 a.m.
Wednesday, better known in the recruiting world as national signing day, marked not only the culmination of high school careers, but also the beginning of the future for numerous area high school athletes who will move on to compete in the collegiate ranks. And even more will follow suit in the days to come. By Benton Smith
Woman injured after being struck by vehicle on 23rd Street
06:13 p.m., February 6, 2013 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A woman was transported via air-ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle at 1015 W. 23rd St.
County OKs energy upgrades for courthouse
February 6, 2013
Douglas County commissioners approved a $155,000 project to upgrade heating and cooling systems in the courthouse. The project, similar to one already completed at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, is expected to yield at least $11,000 in annual energy savings. By Peter Hancock
Drug trafficker who implicated KU basketball players pleads guilty
February 6, 2013
A 33-year-old Overland Park man who prosecutors accused of selling drugs to KU basketball players has pleaded guilty to his part in a $16.9 million drug trafficking conspiracy organized by Lawrence residents.
For many in Lawrence, cutting Saturday mail delivery poses no problem
February 6, 2013
As the U.S. Postal Service announces cuts to Saturday mail delivery, officials, business owners and residents in Lawrence explain why the change won’t affect them. By Ian Cummings Associated Press: U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery
Kansas Bioscience Authority announces $324,000 investment in animal drug company
February 6, 2013
The Kansas Bioscience Authority on Wednesday announced the recipient and amount of an investment awarded last month: Animal drug company Aratana Therapeutics will receive about $324,000 in KBA funding.
As city commissioner, Rost would focus tax dollars on core needs
February 6, 2013
Michael Rost would like to add a little boredom to his life by becoming a Lawrence city commissioner. By Chad Lawhorn
Bulk of homes in Douglas County expected to see decline in values; county to send out new values at month’s end
February 6, 2013
About 60 percent of homeowners in Douglas County have had the value of their homes drop in the last year, according to the latest estimates from the county appraiser’s office. By Chad Lawhorn
Man with illegal gun, bulletproof vest detained at Lawrence bank on Tuesday
February 6, 2013
Lawrence police detained a man wearing a bulletproof vest under his shirt and seized a gun Tuesday afternoon after employees at a bank reported the man was behaving suspiciously. Ian Cummings
Wagle to get award from KU Cancer Center
February 6, 2013
The Kansas University Cancer Center on Thursday will present its 2013 Leadership Award to Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle for her support of cancer research, therapies and prevention. By Scott Rothschild.
Nobel Prize winner to speak at Dole Institute next week
February 6, 2013
Robert Merton, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, will speak at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics next week.
U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery to trim costs
February 6, 2013
The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress. The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. By The Associated Press
Lawrence school district’s Science and Engineering Fair will showcase students’ imaginations
February 6, 2013
The Lawrence school district’s Science and Engineering Fair will take place this weekend at Southwest Middle School. More than 300 students will exhibit projects in life science, physical science and engineering. By Peter Hancock
Statehouse Live: Committee chairwoman says business-backed, anti-union bill needs more study
February 6, 2013
After two Senate committee meetings on a business-backed bill aimed at curbing political action by state workers’ unions, the committee chair said Wednesday the legislation needs to be studied more before a vote. By Scott Rothschild
Area basketball roundup: Mill Valley boys rout KC Ward
February 6, 2013
Wyatt Voorhes made six three-pointers in the first quarter and scored a game-high 21 points for Mill Valley (13-2).
Veritas boys, girls lose at Manhattan CHIEF
February 6, 2013
Veritas’ girls basketball team fell behind early in the first quarter, 13-5, and never closed the deficit, losing 51-35 at Manhattan CHIEF on Tuesday night.
Seabury girls roll; boys snap streak
February 6, 2013
Seabury avenged a early-season girls basketball loss, defeating Topeka Heritage, 54-21, on Tuesday at Seabury.
Local high school runners get all-star nods
February 6, 2013
Four local high school seniors have been chosen for the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Cross Country Run.
Lions’ Strauss up for another football award
February 6, 2013
Lawrence High senior Brad Strauss has been nominated for another high school football award. Strauss, a finalist in December for the Thomas A. Simone Award, now has been named one of six finalists for the 2012 Get Busy Livin’-Kpreps Player of the Year Award.
KU women’s track earns No. 1 ranking
February 6, 2013
The nation’s track and field coaches named the Kansas University women’s squad as the No. 1 team in the country, USTFCCA announced Tuesday.
Lawrence High boys step up without starter; LHS girls lose to SM West
February 6, 2013
Playing without one of its top scorers and most dynamic players on Tuesday night at Shawnee Mission West, the Lawrence High boys basketball team got a little extra from everybody in the lineup and used a second-half surge to race to a 61-50 victory over the Vikings. By Matt Tait
Free State girls earn ‘gutsy’ win
February 6, 2013
Name something that could go wrong for a team leading by double digits entering the fourth quarter, and it probably happened to Free State High’s girls basketball team Tuesday night at home against Leavenworth. Yet, somehow, the Firebirds found a way to earn a 63-58 victory. By Benton Smith
Second-half surge propels FSHS boys past Leavenworth
February 6, 2013
With junior forwards Khadre Lane and Cole Moreano leading the way Tuesday night, Free State’s boys basketball team found its energy in the second half at home after surrendering its lead and defeated visiting Leavenworth, 64-48. By Benton Smith
KU women get one last go at Griner, Baylor
February 6, 2013
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will face top-ranked Baylor — and Bears center Brittney Griner — one more time, at 7 p.m. today in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks hope they can apply lessons learned from previous encounters to slow down BU and its dominant senior star. By Matt Tait
Latest group of KU football recruits set to sign today
February 6, 2013
Today, national signing day, marks the culmination of a year’s worth of effort for the Kansas University football program as athletes across the country are expected to sign letters of intent with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Jayhawks looking to bounce back against rebuilding TCU
February 6, 2013
After a weekend loss to Oklahoma State, the Kansas University men’s basketball team will be looking to get back on the winning track at 8 p.m. today at TCU. The Horned Frogs are winless in their first Big 12 season, but KU coach Bill Self says he expects a competitive game. By Gary Bedore
Southwest Middle School announces honor roll students
February 6, 2013
Southwest Middle School has announced its first semester Honor Roll and Principal’s List for 2012-2013 school year.
West Middle School announces honor roll students
February 6, 2013
West Middle School has announced its Honor Rolls for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 school year.
25 years ago: City trees showing damage from 1986 cold snap
February 6, 2013
The damage could be beyond repair.
40 years ago: KU to acquire land on Oread, Louisiana streets
February 6, 2013
The acquisitions included the old Gaslight Tavern building.
100 years ago: Weight-based auto tax approved by Lawrence auto club
February 6, 2013
“A copy of the resolution will be sent to Topeka to the state legislature.”
How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 5 NBA games
February 6, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Veritas Christian School announces honor roll students
February 6, 2013
Veritas Christian School has announced its first semester Honor Roll for the 2012-2013 school year.
Letter: Pressure point
February 6, 2013
The Republicans in the Kansas Legislature contradict themselves. They state, without proof, that teachers were being pressured to donate funds for political advocacy. Yet they feel no compunction in pressuring their own caucus to vote in certain ways.
Editorial: Financial focus
Various controversies about a proposed local recreation complex shouldn’t distract taxpayers from initial concerns about the financial viability of this project.
February 6, 2013
In recent weeks, considerable attention has been focused on the unorthodox method by which a proposed recreation complex in northwest Lawrence would be bid, constructed and operated. Lawrence taxpayers, however, shouldn’t let the controversy surrounding the project’s primary developer distract them from initial concerns many people had about how and whether the city will be able to attract enough tournaments and other events to make its new recreation center financially viable.
Opinion: Clinton produced no breakthroughs
February 6, 2013 in print edition on A7
When Hillary Clinton took office, much of the world had been alienated from the United States by the policies of the Bush administration. Expectations were high that President Obama’s team would change the tone, and Clinton delivered. She put a glamorous, smart, politically astute face on American policy.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Traitorous Eight’ build an enduring revolution
February 6, 2013
Say the words “revolution” and “Northern California” in the same sentence, and you wouldn’t be blamed for conjuring images of Beat Generation poets or Berkeley hippies. But the revolution discussed on “Silicon Valley” (8 p.m., PBS), an “American Experience” presentation, was hatched by guys with skinny ties, slide rules and multiple doctorates in chemistry and physics. And it proved to be much more permanent and profound.
Tune In Tonight: Unknowns still the real stars of ‘Idol’
February 6, 2013
“American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) enters its Hollywood round. This is when the competition moves beyond the good-to-awful initial auditions and when possible favorites emerge.
Horoscopes for Feb. 6
February 6, 2013
For Wednesday, Feb. 6: This year you forge a new path. You also often stop and reflect. This combination proves to be very effective in your day-to-day life. If you are single, your friends or colleagues might prove instrumental in introducing you to someone who intrigues you. If you are attached, spend several weekends together as a couple.