Archive for Friday, February 8, 2013

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12:05 a.m.
Stevie Drake, 16, of Lawrence, has been missing since Jan. 31. Lawrence mother searching for missing teen
February 7, 2013
A Lawrence mother is searching for her 16-year-old son who ran away from home last week. Shirley Morriss said her son, Stevie Drake, is a Lawrence High School sophomore and was last seen about 2 p.m. Jan. 31 near Sixth and Kentucky streets. Morriss filed a missing person’s report with Lawrence police and created a Facebook page to seek help from the public. Morriss said her son, who has run away before, is about 5-foot-5, 120 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. By Ian Cummings
6:00 a.m.
From left, news editors and publishers Steve Haynes, Dave Seaton, Jerry Seib and Jeanny Sharp. Drought, state budget on minds of newspaper publishers gathered at KU
February 7, 2013
The ongoing drought is weighing on the minds of Kansans, and state budget questions linger as well, said newspaper publishers and editors gathered at Kansas University on Thursday night. By Matt Erickson
12:00 p.m.
Tom Russell, 95, the former head of the Baker University art department, works daily in his art studio in his Baldwin City home. Russell was a student of regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton and a friend of abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Russell will be honored Sunday at Baldwin City’s 25th annual chocolate auction. Local painter befriended luminaries of art world, led resurgence at Baker University
February 7, 2013
The subject of Tom Russell’s latest completed painting is a view from his Baldwin City studio of a tree in full autumn splendor behind those still holding on to their faded summer color. “I just finished it,” Russell said. “It took me a long time. I started it when it looked like that. “I can only sit or stand for about three hours before it starts to hurt. I used to spend hours in the studio. I’d lose all track of time.” By Elvyn Jones
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. Statehouse Live: Brownback administration releases estimate on expanding Medicaid, $600 million over 10 years
February 8, 2013
Expanding Medicaid under federal health reform will cost Kansas approximately $600 million over 10 years, according to an executive summary of a study released Friday by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. By Scott Rothschild.

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Reserve Asia Boyd playing larger role for KU women
February 8, 2013
Since a season-ending injury to Kansas University starter Natalie Knight, reserve Asia Boyd has been thrust into a bigger role for the KU women’s team, which hosts West Virginia at 2 p.m. today. By Matt Tait
Baker University president retiring in 2014
February 8, 2013
Baker University President Pat Long will retire in June 2014, the university’s Board of Trustees announced Friday.
Mirth Cafe closing Monday, moving to new location downtown
February 8, 2013
Mirth Cafe, 745 New Hampshire St., will close next week while it moves to another downtown location, owner Ron Zahorik said Friday.
City agenda for Feb. 12 meeting
February 8, 2013
Lawrence City Commission meeting agenda for Feb. 12
Statehouse Live: Brownback administration releases estimate on expanding Medicaid, $600 million over 10 years
February 8, 2013
Expanding Medicaid under federal health reform will cost Kansas approximately $600 million over 10 years, according to an executive summary of a study released Friday by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. By Scott Rothschild.
Douglas County prosecutor’s comments lead court to vacate sentence
February 8, 2013
Comments in criminal proceedings by Douglas County prosecutor Amy McGowan have again been questioned by the Kansas Supreme Court. This time, McGowan’s statements led the court on Friday to vacate the 52-month prison sentence of a Douglas County man, who pleaded no contest to attempted sexual exploitation of a child, and sent the case back to district court. By Scott Rothschild.
City now strongly considering adding glass to proposed curbside recycling program
February 8, 2013
It is now looking more likely that glass may be a part of a new citywide curbside recycling program under consideration by city officials. By Chad Lawhorn
Sports writer Frank Deford expresses concerns about journalism in talk at KU
February 8, 2013
Upon becoming the first sports journalist to be honored with the William Allen White Foundation National Citation on Friday at Kansas University, Frank Deford held up the craft of sports writing as something significant, while also worrying about its state in the Internet age. By Matt Erickson
Jayhawks try to refocus with players-only meeting
01:30 p.m., February 8, 2013 Updated 12:32 a.m.
Kansas University freshman guard Ben McLemore is hoping a players-only team meeting held Thursday in the Jayhawks’ locker room will help cure what’s ailing the KU basketball team. By Gary Bedore
Letter: Fluoride study
February 8, 2013
According to an article in the Wednesday Journal-World, Lawrence city commissioners are looking for current research on water fluoridation. City Auditor Michael Eglinski says “it would be pretty simple to compile a report on the latest scientific research on the issue.”
100 years ago: Mystery surrounds death of former postal official’s wife
February 8, 2013
“Mrs. Barnes does not believe she committed suicide. She thinks the woman had too much for which to live.”
25 years ago: Lawrence doctor leaves for federal post in D.C.
February 8, 2013
Dr. Ralph Reed was to take a leave of absence from Reed Medical Group.
Editorial: Park progress
It’s good to see progress being made on plans to convert the former Farmland Industries property into a new business park.
February 8, 2013
“Let’s go, Farmland!” Well, it may not have the same rockin’ sound as the more familiar “Let’s go, Jayhawks,” but it’s worth shouting in some quarters just the same.
Letter: Broad impact
February 8, 2013
A new breed of Republicans wants to cut taxes and force down wages. Where will tax revenue come from? Think long-term impact.
Letter: City conflict?
February 8, 2013
With the situation surrounding the proposed Rock Chalk Park/community recreation center getting more confusing and suspect every day, it is time to re-evaluate the city’s role in this venture and ask some hard questions.
Tune In Tonight: Job hunt becomes reality show
February 8, 2013
It had to happen. In fact, why did it take so long for network television to turn chronic unemployment and widespread misery into an excuse for a game show?
Opinion: U.S. embracing its traditional allies
February 8, 2013 in print edition on A8
Every movie buff remembers the conclusion of “The Wizard of Oz,” when Dorothy wishes herself back from a head-spinning foreign travail by repeating the phrase, “There’s no place like home.” Well, there was a bit of that sentimental homecoming on display last weekend at the Munich Security Conference, whose theme might have been “Back to the Future.”
40 years ago: Radar units approved for turnpike patrol
February 8, 2013
The units would be purchased through a highway safety program grant.
Horoscopes for Feb. 8
February 8, 2013
For Friday, Feb. 8: This year you will alternate between being reclusive and being open and friendly with others. During the times you spend alone, you will center yourself and become more grounded. If you are single, you could change that status quo, if you so choose. If you are attached, your sweetie finds you to be unusually magnetic and caring this year.