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Water, sewer upgrades would tap wallets
February 12, 2013
Leaky pipes and a growing city may end up costing the average Lawrence homeowner about $500 in extra water and sewer bills over the next five years. By Chad Lawhorn
Senate panel OKs most of governor’s tax proposals
February 12, 2013
A Kansas Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed most of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for further overhauling the state’s tax system, jettisoning one revenue-raising proposal that helps balance the budget while deferring a debate on other potentially unpopular provisions. By John Hanna, The Associated Press
Rhythm and Meaning: Jazz at KU’ opens Friday with live music, discussion
February 12, 2013
Prominent jazz collections of the Midwest will star in a new exhibit on the Kansas University campus. “Rhythm and Meaning: Jazz at KU” opens with a free public reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Advocates for disabled students urge stricter rules for seclusion and restraint
February 12, 2013
New regulations being proposed would give parents the right to challenge the use of “emergency safety interventions” to their local board of education. But advocates for students with severe behavioral disorders say the State Department of Education should have direct enforcement responsibilities. By Peter Hancock
Statehouse Live: Budget subcommittee cuts KU Med Center proposal, recommends audit of KU
04:49 p.m., February 12, 2013 Updated 06:51 p.m.
A Senate budget subcommittee on Tuesday recommended a $10 million cut in Kansas University’s proposed budget. By Scott Rothschild.
KU student charged with aggravated sexual battery, burglary
February 12, 2013
A 20-year-old Kansas University student has been charged with aggravated sexual battery, among other offenses, after his arrest Monday afternoon at Oliver Hall. Ian Cummings
Chestnut wants to focus on big-picture issues with second term on City Commission
February 12, 2013
Rob Chestnut is still a numbers guy. Now, two years after deciding not to seek a second term on the commission, Chestnut still has city numbers on his mind. These days there is one that comes up frequently: 20.By Chad Lawhorn
Baker president announces plans for expanded student union in ‘State of the University’ speech
02:20 p.m., February 12, 2013 Updated 07:01 p.m.
A few days after announcing her retirement next year, Baker University President Pat Long outlined for students, faculty and staff Tuesday what’s in store for her remaining 16 months: an expansion of a new leadership program and a new student union that, attendees learned, will bear her name. By Matt Erickson
Expert shares insights on serial sex offenders
February 12, 2013
The Douglas County court system is routinely flooded with sex crime cases involving suspects with no criminal record. But that provides a clue as to how serial sex offenders are able to navigate society without coming into contact with the criminal justice system, said David Lisak, a forensic psychologist who led a training in Topeka this week. By Shaun Hittle
High-speed chase ends with suspect’s vehicle on fire east of Perry
09:53 a.m., February 12, 2013 Updated 01:56 p.m.
A high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 24 from Topeka to Jefferson County Tuesday morning ended with a suspect vehicle on fire in a field about four miles northeast of Perry, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Ian Cummings
Notebook: Jeff Withey sets KU blocks record; assistants take over film session Sunday
February 12, 2013
Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey, who broke the KU and Big 12 single-season record for blocked shots a year ago, on Monday surpassed Greg Ostertag as leading shot blocker in school history. By Gary Bedore
City basketball teams move up in Class 6A ranks
February 12, 2013
The city’s top two high school basketball teams — the Lawrence High boys and the Free State girls — both moved up a spot in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 6A rankings, released Monday.
Ottawa hoops signs LHS grad
February 12, 2013
Lawrence High graduate Chance Riley has signed a basketball letter of intent with Ottawa University.
Veritas girls top Midland, 37-24
February 12, 2013
Veritas Christian fell behind, 8-0, in the first quarter on Monday at Midland Adventist, but the Eagles regrouped and cruised to a 37-24 girls basketball victory.
Opinion: Naadir Tharpe big reason nightmare stretch is over
February 12, 2013
On this night, especially in the first half, Kansas sophomore point guard Naadir Tharpe did a brilliant job of doing what point guards are supposed to do, which is to bring out the best in the other four players on the floor, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
KU football counting on help from walk-ons
February 12, 2013
On Wednesday a few unfamiliar names made their way onto the Kansas University football radar on national signing day. By Matt Tait
KSU coach Bruce Weber on loss to Jayhawks: ‘ … we caught ‘em at the wrong time’
February 12, 2013
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber had plenty of answers for why the Jayhawks turned a 12-7 slugfest into a 47-29 laugher in the final 13 minutes of the first half. By Matt Tait
3 is enough: McLemore helps KU snap out of funk with win over KSU
February 12, 2013
Not only was birthday boy Ben McLemore thrilled to score 30 points, but he was also elated the Kansas men’s basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak and avoided losing four in a row for the first time since the 1988-89 season with an 83-62 rout over Kansas State. By Gary Bedore• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Opinion: Latin America’s corruption starts at top
February 12, 2013 in print edition on A9
A new study on corruption in Latin America contains some alarming figures — an average of about 20 percent of the region’s people say they have been asked to pay a bribe by a policeman or another public official in the past year, compared with 5 percent in the United States and 3 percent in Canada.
40 years ago: Clinton area residents voice road concerns
February 12, 2013
They claimed there had been little or no maintenance done on the roads for several years.
25 years ago: Haskell student represents U.S. at snow-sculpting competition
February 12, 2013
Temperatures had hovered around 5 degrees above zero during the contest.
100 years ago: Two boys arrested after selling well drill for scrap
February 12, 2013
“The drill is said to be worth about $50 but the boys sold it to a junk dealer on the north side for $1.”
Letter: Tax loss?
February 12, 2013
Chuck Thomsen, Lawrence, explains why the City Commission needs to show more concern regarding the return on investment to the taxpayers of Lawrence.
Letter: Reasonable fees
February 12, 2013
Jen Sherwood, Lawrence, thinks the new adoption fees at the Lawrence Humane Society are a great way to help maximize the amount of care the Humane Society can provide.
Letter: Caring carrier
February 12, 2013
Michael Doudoroff, Lawrence, praises reporter Chad Lawhorn for his article on retiring letter carrier Tom Carlson and mention of Carlson’s predecessor, Bill Hayes.
Editorial: Village vision
Plans for a large “retirement” or “intergenerational” village in Lawrence deserve more discussion before the city makes any financial commitment.
February 12, 2013
A request for city funds to get the ball rolling on a proposed retirement village deserves to be pulled off the consent agenda for tonight’s Lawrence City Commission meeting. The proposed project deserves more discussion and public input before the city approves even a small investment in moving it forward.
Opinion: Forces in Afghanistan need clear strategy
February 12, 2013 in print edition on A10
I’m in a C-17 transport plane with the chairman of the joint chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, to a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, at which Gen. “Fighting Joe” Dunford will take over responsibility for the toughest, most thankless job in the military — overseeing the supposed “end” of our Afghan war.
Tune In Tonight: New ‘Face’ looks familiar
February 12, 2013
In many ways, “The Face” (8 p.m., Oxygen) takes the “America” out of “America’s Next Top Model,” a series it resembles in so many ways. Although it is set in New York and many of the 12 mannequin hopefuls hail from the 50 states, “The Face” has a certain international flair. It could be shot anywhere, and often it seems to be taking place on Mars.
Students jump into heart health education
February 12, 2013
During physical education at Langston Hughes School, P.E. teacher Reenie Stogsdill has her students jog two laps around the gym before sitting in lines. Stogsdill uses February, which is American Heart Month, to remind her students how lucky they are to be able to take that quick run at the beginning of class. By Meagan Thomas
Horoscopes for Feb. 12
February 12, 2013
For Tuesday, Feb. 12: This year you alternate between being emotionally detached and being oversensitive. If you have an artistic talent, it is likely to emerge. If you are single, someone could come into your life unexpectedly. If you are attached, you often have very emotional talks.