Archive for Friday, February 22, 2013

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Purim celebration open to community
February 22, 2013
A communitywide Purim celebration will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 N. Second St. Participants will be treated to Mediterranean dishes, and have opportunities to make candles and take a picture next to a replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
City Commission agenda for Feb. 26 meeting
February 22, 2013
City Commission meeting. 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall.
Health care providers oppose Republican resolution to not expand Medicaid
February 22, 2013
Allowing more low-income people to get health coverage will save lives and boost the economy, health care providers said Friday as they urged legislators to reject a resolution that says Kansas isn’t interested in expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild.
School board to honor Presidential Scholar, National Merit finalists
February 22, 2013
All eight area high school students who were named semi-finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. have been named finalists. The Lawrence school board will recognize them at the board meeting Monday night. By Peter Hancock.
Plaintiffs file cross-appeal in school finance lawsuit
February 22, 2013
Plaintiffs in the school finance case “Gannon vs. Kansas” say the district court should have ordered even more funding for Kansas schools. Lawyers expect the Kansas Supreme Court to take up the case this fall. By Peter Hancock.
Area farmers, ranchers call snow blast a ‘good start’
February 22, 2013
Kansas farmers and ranchers were grateful for this week’s snow storm. But they say it made only a minor dent in the region’s long-term drought situation. By Peter Hancock.
Douglas County election officials urge early voting in primary as more snow threatens area
02:24 p.m., February 22, 2013 Updated 03:35 p.m.
With the possibility of more snow Sunday and Monday, county election officials are urging voters to take advantage of advance voting. By Peter Hancock.
Sen. Holland, Revenue Secretary Jordan to discuss impact of state income tax cuts
February 22, 2013
Income tax cuts signed into law last year by Gov. Sam Brownback will be the subject of a public discussion at the Dole Institute of Politics between state Sen. Tom Holland and Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. The event will start at 4 p.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public. By Scott Rothschild.
Riordan thinks doctor’s perspective, problem solving skills would be asset to City Commission
February 22, 2013
The simple answer to why Terry Riordan chose a career as a pediatrician, as opposed to some other more glamorous medical specialty, is that he likes kids. But there’s another answer that is a bit more telling. By Chad Lawhorn
Library foundation to host Lawrence “Masters”
February 22, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library Foundation hopes members of the community will come to the library this weekend, not to read, but to play mini golf and help raise money for the foundation at its event, Caddy Stacks. By Meagan Thomas
Snow prompts rescheduling of many Final Fridays events
February 22, 2013
With Lawrence still digging out from Thursday’s snowstorm, most art galleries are rescheduling planned Final Fridays events for next Friday, March 1. However, some activities are still on and others have been rescheduled for other dates. Here’s what we know so far. By Sara Shepherd
U.S. Rep. Pompeo critical of KU Chancellor Gray-Little’s video on sequestration
February 22, 2013
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, accused Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little of overly strong rhetoric in a video put out by a science and research group that urges Congress to stop the sequester. By Scott Rothschild.
Mail deliveries interrupted by snow; normal schedule should return Saturday
10:09 a.m., February 22, 2013 Updated 07:51 p.m.
City street-plowing crews moved onto residential streets Friday morning, with about 24 hours of work ahead of them before they’re finished. Mail delivery was delayed by the storm—and by lack of mail. By Matt Erickson and Ian Cummings • City of Lawrence real-time snow plow tracking map Related Stories: • Interactive map: Snowfall totals across Kansas • School districts, KU call off classes Friday; other closings • Best of the web: Snowstorm edition
Journal-World carriers working to deliver papers in snow
February 22, 2013
Unplowed streets are making it difficult for Lawrence Journal-World carriers to reach all customers for delivery this morning.
Foot of snow stops Lawrence cold; schools, KU, others cancel Friday classes and activities
February 22, 2013
Lawrence’s mild winter ended with a bang Thursday, as early-morning claps of “thundersnow” heralded a daylong storm that left a foot of snow on the ground, blocking roads, closing schools and canceling local activities. By Shaun Hittle and Chad Lawhorn Related Stories: • School districts, KU call off classes Friday; other closings • Best of the web: Snowstorm edition
Study touts benefits of midwife-led birth centers
February 22, 2013
Conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers, the national study shows that women who receive care at midwife-led birth centers incur lower medical costs and are less likely to have cesarean births than women who give birth at hospitals. By Rob Roberts
25 years ago: Videotapes increasing in popularity in U.S. homes
February 22, 2013
People were building video libraries to use and display “much like record or even book collections.”
40 years ago: Commission attempts better connection with public
February 22, 2013
Commissioners cited reduced public attendance at recent meetings.
100 years ago: Second water main break floods Mass Street
February 22, 2013
“A section of the pavement more than 25 feet square seemed to raise up as if lifted by an explosion.”
Letter: Masters, servants
February 22, 2013
The recent curbside recycling proposal set forth by the Lawrence city commissioners replaces a market-oriented private recycling program with a state-run monopoly recycling program managed by a central planning committee. This would increase cost, be mandatory and no longer would individuals have freedom of choice.
Editorial: What meeting?
Legislation currently under discussion would seriously undermine the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
February 22, 2013
Riddle: When is a meeting not a meeting? Answer: “The term ‘meeting’ shall not include: (a) Occasions when a majority of the membership of a body or agency subject to this act attends a social gathering or otherwise gathers so long as the body or agency does not deliberate specific matters that, at the time of the exchange, the participating members expect to come before the body or agency at a later date; and (b) gatherings of any political party caucus of either house of the legislature.”
Opinion: Fix the flawed voting process
February 22, 2013 in print edition on ANone
After the State of the Union, the big question remains: Can congressional Democrats and Republicans put aside partisan politics to seriously address the major issues facing our country? With the debt crisis ever looming, and judicial and executive nominees languishing, there is plenty of opportunity for partisan rancor.
Opinion: New ties to Russia would benefit U.S.
February 22, 2013 in print edition on ANone
A sign of Russia’s defensiveness, bordering on paranoia, is that some senior Russian officials regard the recent buzz about shale gas and oil as American propaganda designed to undermine Moscow’s clout as an energy producer.
Horoscopes for Feb. 22
February 22, 2013
For Friday, Feb. 22: This year others find you to be alluring and nearly magical. You have a flair for the dramatic. It is a given that you will be noticed. If you are single, you could encounter one great person after another. If you are attached, the two of you will spice up your relationship in many ways.