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Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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1:11 a.m.
Forecast from the National Weather Service. Residents hunker down for impending snowstorm
February 19, 2013
Snow may pack Lawrence parking lots in the very near future, but cars packed the lots Tuesday evening. Droves of people stocked up on necessities — food, gasoline, ice melt — in preparation for a snowstorm expected to dump 7 to 10 inches of snow on Lawrence late Wednesday night. By Adam Strunk
7:02 a.m.
Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel watches a video presenting renderings of his proposed Rock Chalk Park during the city commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at City Hall. Details emerge about agreements between Fritzel entity and KU on Rock Chalk Park project
9:31 p.m., February 19, 2013 Updated 12:12 a.m.
An entity controlled by Thomas Fritzel will be the exclusive provider of all concessions on the Kansas University portions of the proposed Rock Chalk Park project, according to documents released Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
12:00 p.m.
Forecast from the National Weather Service. Snow coming down hard, area roads snowpacked
8:41 a.m., February 20, 2013 Updated 8:23 a.m.
City crews stopped to help a motorist at the intersection of Vermont and Seventh streets about 8 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as a foot of snow for the Lawrence area Thursday as a major winter storm moved in overnight. Snow started falling around midnight, but most of the snowfall is expected during the day Thursday, possibly coming down at a rate of as much as two inches an hour. By Shaun Hittle Related Stories: • Winter storm forces closings, cancellations • City officials ask residents on Thursday trash routes to set out trash early because of snow

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Rockets, Kings swap Aldrich, Robinson; Morris twins reunited in Phoenix
February 20, 2013
Former Kansas University players Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson were all on the move Wednesday night on the eve of the NBA’s trade deadline.
KU women fall to red-hot Texas, 93-83
February 20, 2013
Texas hit its first 10 field-goal tries and shot a scorching 76 percent from the floor in the first half and cruised to a 93-83 victory over Kansas University in Big 12 women’s basketball on Wednesday.
Visitors share thoughts on future of KU campus at master plan forums
February 20, 2013
How Kansas University will deal with the changing ways students will learn in coming years, how much KU’s West Campus will or won’t expand, how KU and Lawrence can work together for sustainability — these were among the questions on the minds of visitors at two forums Wednesday concerning KU’s new master plan. By Matt Erickson
Senate approves constitutional amendment to remove courts from school finance decisions
05:55 p.m., February 20, 2013 Updated 06:26 p.m.
The Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the courts from school finance decisions and give exclusive power to the Legislature on how much state funding public schools receive. By Scott Rothschild
County OKs development pact with city
February 20, 2013
Douglas County commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Lawrence that clears the way for development of the new East Hills Business Park in eastern Lawrence. By Peter Hancock
Menards files plans to build store east of Home Depot near 31st and Iowa
February 20, 2013
The intersection of 31st and Iowa streets may end up becoming a handyman’s haven. Menards has filed plans at Lawrence City Hall to build a large home improvement center just east of the Home Depot store near 31st and Iowa streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man held on $30,000 bond, charged with aggravated robbery
February 20, 2013
A 20-year-old Lawrence man remained in custody with bond set at $30,000 after Douglas County prosecutors charged him with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Ian Cummings
LMH likely won’t decide until summer about opening wellness center at Rock Chalk Park
February 20, 2013
Leaders with Lawrence Memorial Hospital said it probably will be this summer before the hospital decides whether it wants to open a wellness center in the city’s proposed $25 million recreation center. By Chad Lawhorn
LHS senior Strauss wins Dylan Meier award
February 20, 2013
Lawrence High senior football star Brad Strauss has been named the Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Player of the Year.
Opponents, supporters of abortion bill square off
February 20, 2013
Opponents of a wide-ranging abortion bill Wednesday said the measure would threaten the health of Kansas women and could trigger a ban on all abortions. But supporters of House Bill 2253 said it removes tax credits for anything abortion-related, protects health care providers who refuse involvement in abortions, and bolsters information provided women who are seeking an abortion. By Scott Rothschild
City officials ask residents on Thursday trash routes to set out trash tonight because of snow; Deffenbaugh makes changes to recycling service
February 20, 2013
Lawrence residents, if Thursday is your trash day, the city wants you to set out your trash carts tonight.
Police respond to bank robbery, Lawrence’s second in a week
12:43 p.m., February 20, 2013 Updated 01:57 p.m.
Lawrence police responded to a reported bank robbery early Wednesday afternoon at Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St. By Ian Cummings
Bite Sighs: Subdue your sweet tooth in small bites
February 20, 2013
You may have noticed from most of my columns that I have a raging sweet tooth. It’s a little hard to keep under control, especially during times of stress. I think I’ve found a way around it: Smaller portions! By Audrey Lintner
Body found in rubble of exploded KC restaurant
February 20, 2013
Search crews at the site of a massive explosion that destroyed a popular Kansas City, Mo., restaurant have found the remains of one person, the city’s mayor said Wednesday morning. Mayor Sly James declined to say whether the person was a man or a woman.
Winter storm forces cancellation of classes, events
10:17 a.m., February 20, 2013 Updated 01:35 p.m.
The snow storm has prompted cancellations and closings. Staff Reports
Snow coming down hard, area roads snowpacked
08:41 a.m., February 20, 2013 Updated 08:23 a.m.
City crews stopped to help a motorist at the intersection of Vermont and Seventh streets about 8 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as a foot of snow for the Lawrence area Thursday as a major winter storm moved in overnight. Snow started falling around midnight, but most of the snowfall is expected during the day Thursday, possibly coming down at a rate of as much as two inches an hour. By Shaun Hittle Related Stories: • Winter storm forces closings, cancellations • City officials ask residents on Thursday trash routes to set out trash early because of snow
Opinion: Rush to the rescue?
February 20, 2013 in print edition on A6
Dear David from Georgia: I want to thank you for the email you sent last week. It made me laugh out loud. It seems you were unhappy I took a shot at Rush Limbaugh a few days back. Limbaugh had argued that John Lewis might have avoided having his skull fractured by Alabama state troopers while protesting for voting rights in Selma, Ala., 48 years ago, if only he’d been armed. I suggested, tongue in cheek, that Limbaugh would have given the same advice to Rosa Parks, who famously refused to surrender her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus.
Veritas boys lose at buzzer to St. John’s Military
February 20, 2013
Veritas’ boys basketball team lost at the buzzer, 59-58, on a putback after an offensive rebound by St. John’s Military in Salina.
LHS girls can’t overcome turnovers vs. SM North
February 20, 2013
The Lawrence High girls struggled against Shawnee Mission North’s full-court press, turning it over 33 times in a 51-37 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at LHS. By Jesse Newell
SM East defense frustrates FSHS boys
February 20, 2013
Shawnee Mission East showed why it is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A and shut down the Free State boys basketball team in the fourth quarter to win easily, 56-33, on Tuesday at FSHS. By Benton Smith
Mosiman shines for LHS boys on Senior Night
February 20, 2013
Lawrence High senior Jake Mosiman scored seven-straight points to break a tie and put the Lions up for good early in the second half, helping LHS to a 71-53 victory over Shawnee Mission North on Senior Night, Tuesday at LHS. By Jesse Newell
Seabury girls get revenge against Wichita Defenders
February 20, 2013
Seabury’s girls basketball team avenged a 13-point loss earlier this season with a win over the Wichita Defenders on Tuesday night at Seabury.
Firebirds girls fight slumps, sickness to win in OT
February 20, 2013
The Free State girls basketball found the remedy to all its ailments and knocked off Shawnee Mission East, 56-45 in overtime, on Tuesday at FSHS. By Benton Smith
Area basketball roundup: Ojeleye sets state record
February 20, 2013
Semi Ojeleye set the state career scoring record, scoring 26 points to raise his career scoring total to 2,563 points, as the Ottawa boys took down Eudora, 65-27.
Jayhawks plan payback, not backflips, at Oklahoma State
February 20, 2013
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart’s victorious backflip on Feb. 2 at a stunned Allen Fieldhouse didn’t sit well with Kansas University men’s basketball players, who promise there won’t be any acrobatics if KU wins at OSU today. By Gary Bedore
KU women wary of complacency after big win
February 20, 2013
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson had a simple message for her team following its 81-71 home victory over No. 22 Oklahoma on Saturday: Don’t become complacent. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: McLemore, Smart face off again as Big 12’s best freshmen
February 20, 2013
Kansas University’s Ben McLemore and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart play different positions and with different styles, but their superstar performances as freshmen have set them apart from the rest of the Big 12’s newcomers. Column by Tom Keegan
How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 19 NBA games
February 20, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Chiefs release receiver Breaston, tight end Boss
February 20, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss as part of their roster overhaul under new coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.
Letter: Forcing values
February 20, 2013
I am replying to the Feb. 15 Journal-World article “Bill targeting sexually oriented business.” Statements by conservatives such as Steve Brunk of Wichita were a collection of false accusations and fabrications. They associate criminal activity with clubs that feature semi-nude dancers. If a club has a history of crime and violence, the city will close it down, as has been the case in Lawrence several times in the past.
Letter: Respect not automatic
February 20, 2013
This is in response to the well-written letter from Bill Getz (Feb. 18), in which he concluded the picture of Mr. Brownback that the Journal-World uses is not dignified enough for someone in the governor’s office, and that the office itself deserves respect whether earned or not.
Editorial: Water work
The price tag is not small, but it’s probably time to move ahead on needed improvements to the city’s water and sewer facilities.
February 20, 2013
Police and fire protection. Streets. Water supplies and sewer infrastructure. It’s hard to argue that those are essential services the city is expected to provide.
Opinion: Democrats fear Hispanic Republicans
February 20, 2013 in print edition on A6
Just as Lenin’s body remains on public display in Russia, because one never knows when he might be useful to rally the masses, so, too, does the ghost (but thankfully not the body) of the late Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., remain a useful symbol for Democrats in Washington.
25 years ago: Task force witnesses LHS overcrowding
February 20, 2013
Task force members stood at an intersection of two busy hallways to get a firsthand look at crowding at “rush hour.”
40 years ago: Improved entryway planned for south end of downtown
February 20, 2013
Final plans were approved this week for Phase II of the Neighborhood Development Program.
100 years ago: Consolidated delivery system proposed for downtown merchants
February 20, 2013
“The Butcher boy and the Grocery boy are to be only memories in the minds of Lawrence housewives….”
Tune In Tonight: Oscar broadcast most often a one-time deal
February 20, 2013
Got Oscar fever? Didn’t think so. Katie Couric hosts the “20/20” ‘‘news” special “Mad About Oscar” (9 p.m., ABC). This isn’t so much about the chances of “Argo” or “Lincoln” walking away with Best Picture, but clips from past Oscar ceremonies, including memorable winners, inadvertently amusing speeches and unscripted moments.
Horoscopes for Feb. 20
February 20, 2013
For Wednesday, Feb. 20: You have many dreams that you choose not to share. This year, you might witness one of them being fulfilled. If you are single, you could meet someone who seems so special that you have to pinch yourself to make sure the experience is real. If you are attached, the two of you seem to develop a new style of communication.