Archive for Sunday, February 17, 2013

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How to Help: Ballard Center needs additional support on Friday afternoons
February 17, 2013
Ballard Community Services is seeking a volunteer to work at its North Lawrence location on Friday afternoons. Shifts will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This volunteer will greet clients and assist them in the accessing Ballard’s food pantry, and also offer assistance with other community resources. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, with good communication skills and an ability to work positively with people of all backgrounds and life circumstances. Training and ongoing support will be provided by Ballard staff. If interested, contact Derek at 785-842-0729 or
Opinion: Angel Goodrich refuses to let KU lose
February 17, 2013
Angel Goodrich did what point guards are born to do in leading Kansas University past Oklahoma, 81-71, because that’s what she always does. By Tom Keegan
KU baton twirler wins national college championship
February 17, 2013
Shannon Livengood, a Kansas University sophomore and the baton twirler for the KU marching band, won a national collegiate twirling championship earlier this month. But the highlight of the experience for Livengood, who choreographs her own routines and practices for hours alone, may have been the rare chance to talk to others who do what she does. By Matt Erickson
Angel Goodrich sets KU assists record as Jayhawks take down No. 22 Oklahoma, 81-71
03:46 p.m., February 17, 2013 Updated 06:21 p.m.
Carolyn Davis scored 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to an 81-71 victory over No. 22 Oklahoma on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: America’s chilling policy on drones
February 17, 2013 in print edition on A9
If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that “patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel,” then the dictionary must be the first.
Notebook: Traylor sprains thumb; Withey Big 12’s top blocker
February 17, 2013
Notes and quotes from Kansas University’s 73-47 basketball victory over Texas. By Gary Bedore
Mario Chalmers honored by jersey ceremony
February 17, 2013
Former Kansas University basketball combo guard Mario Chalmers had his jersey number 15 hung in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters in an emotional ceremony at halftime of Saturday’s KU-Texas game. By Gary Bedore
UT laments shooting woes
Longhorns hit just 21.8 percent of shots
February 17, 2013
The Longhorns made just 21.8 percent of their field-goal attempts in a 73-47 loss to Kansas University. “We didn’t simply mentally do the things we wanted to get done on either end,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s the thing that bothers me.” By Jesse Newell
Opinion: KU makes it hard for recruit Julius Randle to say no
February 17, 2013
Julius Randle, ranked second by Rivals behind only Andrew Wiggins in the Class of 2013 among high school basketball players, had a seat behind the Kansas University bench Saturday night. He was treated to an evening that highlighted the past and reminded the audience that the present, somehow, never strays far from the glorious days of yesteryear. By Tom Keegan• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
Simply smothering: Defense carries Kansas to rout of Texas
February 17, 2013
If ESPN’s “GameDay” announcers like defense, they’ll definitely push for more and more telecasts at Kansas University, site of the Jayhawks’ 73-47 smothering of Texas on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
Campbell swims to silvers at state; Free State fifth as team
February 17, 2013
One might assume Free State High junior Canaan Campbell grew tired Saturday of looking over to the adjacent lane at the Class 6A state swimming championships and seeing Blue Valley Northwest senior Jesse Musser. By Benton Smith
Nine Lions, six Firebirds punch tickets to state wrestling
February 17, 2013
Four Lawrence High wrestlers won Class 6A regional titles and five more secured state-tournament berths, but no Lion had an easier Saturday on the mats at Free State than senior Andrew Denning. By Benton Smith
Weekend wrap-up: 14 plead guilty to drug trafficking; woman convicted for letting child drive car
February 17, 2013
In Douglas County Court, a Lawrence woman was found guilty of child endangerment after her 13-year-old niece crashed a car, and a man is convicted of breaking a Weaver’s department store window in October. In federal court in Kansas City, Kan., a Lawrence man is one of 14 people found guilty in an ongoing $16M drug trafficking case. By Ian Cummings
Recreation center and Rock Chalk Park Q&A
February 17, 2013
The proposed Rock Chalk Park and city recreation project in Northwest Lawrence has generated a seemingly endless number of questions about the plans and the people and motives behind it. Here are answers to many of those questions. By Chad Lawhorn
KU officials forming contingency plans in case state funding drops
February 17, 2013
If Gov. Sam Brownback has his way, the flow of funds from the state to Kansas University will stay steady in 2013-14, with the addition of some support for a new health education building. But with months remaining before a state budget is produced, KU officials are preparing for the worst, just in case. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence not alone in considering regional recreation center, researcher says
February 17, 2013
Lawrence is thinking big, and it is not alone. Bill Beckner, research manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, spends his time trying to help people understand the trends in the recreation industry. These days, one is easy to spot: Extra-large regional recreation centers, like the $25 million center Lawrence is contemplating. By Chad Lawhorn
Does Lawrence really have a shortage of gyms?
February 17, 2013
As the debate has brewed about whether Lawrence should build a $25 million regional recreation center, a statistic has frequently popped up: National standards suggest the city has a shortage of about 18 gyms. It turns out, though, that that number is a bit like the score of many pickup basketball games — open to interpretation. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas to Kenya program improves the lives of children
12:00 a.m., February 17, 2013 Updated 12:05 a.m.
A Kansas-based program is helping children in Kenya get excited about reading by providing them with e-readers and digital libraries. By Rebekka Schlichtling
Off the Beaten Plate: Spicy Hot Pot with Pig’s Feet at Jade Garden
February 17, 2013
No. 118, the Spicy Hot Pot with Pig’s Feet and Shrimp, brought to you courtesy of the “authentic” menu at Jade Garden. By Sara Shepherd.
Visiting Israeli professor to speak at screening of ‘5 Broken Cameras’
12:00 a.m., February 17, 2013 Updated 03:24 p.m.
A visiting Israeli professor will speak at an upcoming screening of “5 Broken Cameras.” The screening is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Drive.
Art or just plain weirdness? Small gallery space aims to spark big discussion
12:00 a.m., February 17, 2013 Updated 11:51 a.m.
Just because people make things — very creative things — doesn’t mean those things are art. Or does it? A tiny alcove inside the Lawrence Arts Center is being converted into a new gallery to showcase creations — yes, they’re probably going to be weird — that incite the question. By Sara Shepherd.
Former KU pitcher Brett Bochy joins dad in big-league camp
February 17, 2013
A little bit of playful razzing comes with the territory for Brett Bochy. He gets it. The former Kansas University pitcher is in his first big league camp for the San Francisco Giants. And, his dad’s the manager.
KU women counting on Monica Engelman for strong finish
February 17, 2013
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson believes guard Monica Engelman’s career-best 26-point effort against TCU on Wednesday could be exactly what the senior needs to finish the season strong. By Jesse Newell
25 years ago: No injuries reported in morning school bus accident
February 17, 2013
The bus had been stopped on a rural road in Baldwin when it was struck by a car.
40 years ago: K-10 injunction to be settled; construction to begin in June
February 17, 2013
A hearing had been set for April 4 to settle the issue.
100 years ago: LHS delivers ‘surprise of the season’ to KU basketball team
February 17, 2013
“The college men were handicapped by the smallness of the court.”
Editorial: Punitive proposal
A Senate subcommittee’s recommendation to cut funding for a Kansas University Medical Center building and single out KU for a comprehensive audit has a punitive tone.
February 17, 2013
Apparently it’s a difficult slog across uncertain terrain to position the state to increase the number of doctors that Kansas University Medical Center graduates each year. And it doesn’t get any easier.
February Final Friday Preview: Percolator exhibit features small versions of world’s largest things
February 17, 2013
If you like art to tell you about where we’ve been as a society or where we are going, you won’t want to miss this month’s Final Friday. By Margie Carr
Behind the Lens: A multimedia balancing act
February 17, 2013
Now that many of us have smartphones, still cameras and video cameras, it can be difficult to choose what tool to use to visually document a person or event. By Mike Yoder
At annual film festival, silence is golden
February 17, 2013
Film buffs will get a chance to see silent films almost 100 years old, complete with live music accompaniment, at the 17th Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday at Washburn University in Topeka. By Eric Melin
City Commission agenda for Feb. 19 meeting
February 17, 2013
The February 19, 2013 City Commission Meeting
Church hosting performance to commemorate Black History Month
February 17, 2013
St. Luke AME Church, 900 New York St., hosts a musical every February but it isn’t the typical singing, acting and dancing expected of such a show. This musical is a collaboration of performances by musical groups from the Lawrence and Kansas City area meant to commemorate Black History Month.
Opinion: State of the Union becomes grotesque
February 17, 2013 in print edition on A9
In the 12 months we have to steel ourselves for the next State of the Union spectacle, let us count the ways that this spawn of democratic Caesarism — presidency-worship — has become grotesque. It would be the most embarrassing ceremony in the nation’s civic liturgy were the nation still capable of being embarrassed by its puerile faith in presidential magic.
NPR quiz show host to speak Monday at KU
February 17, 2013
The longtime host of National Public Radio’s current events quiz show, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” — sharp-witted author, broadcast personality and commentator Peter Sagal — is planning an appearance at Kansas University.
Horoscopes for Feb. 17
February 17, 2013
For Sunday, Feb. 17: This year you move away from some of your firmly held positions. You see the power of being flexible and giving others their space. If you are single, Cupid’s arrow could hit the bull’s-eye this year. If you are attached, there might be times when no one can find the two of you.