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12:56 a.m.
The National Weather Service predicts eight to 10 inches of snow to blanket the Lawrence area on Tuesday. Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service. Snow shuts down city for second time in a week
February 25, 2013
For the second time in a week, the city is bracing for a near-shutdown, with eight to 10 inches of snow in the forecast for today and Kansas University and Lawrence schools closed by the wintry weather.The storm may also hamper voting in the primary election for City Commission, in which voters will be choosing among 11 candidates. By Matt Erickson • Here’s a list of closings and cancellations for Tuesday.
6:52 a.m.
The National Weather Service predicts eight to 10 inches of snow to blanket the Lawrence area on Tuesday. Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service. City cleans up after second storm
6:49 a.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 7:07 p.m.
Lawrence is cleaning up after the second snow storm in less than a week, but this one wasn’t as bad as Thursday’s. As much as seven inches of wet snow fell today, and city plows are making quick work of it. There may be more flurries tonight, but the forecast is for warming over the next few days. By Ian Cummings, Matt Erickson and Sara Shepherd. • The Lawrence snow plow tracker. • Here’s a list of closings for Wednesday. • The Lawrence City Commission primary election is on. Voting continues until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
10:37 p.m.
The six candidates for three open city commission seats from left clockwise, Mike Amyx, Jeremy Farmer, Terry Riordan, Leslie Soden, Scott Criqui and Rob Chestnut. City Commission primary: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan, Chestnut, Criqui, Soden qualify for April election
10:21 p.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 11:32 p.m.
Longtime City Commissioner Mike Amyx — who is seeking his fifth term on the commission — took the top spot in Tuesday’s primary election, besting the field by more than 500 votes. Jeremy Farmer, Terry Riordan, Rob Chestnut, Scott Criqui and Leslie Soden took the other five places on the general election ballot, from which three new commissioners will be elected on April 2. By Chad Lawhorn

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Kansas golfer Kawinpakorn ties for 12th in Miami
February 26, 2013
Kansas University freshman golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for 12th place after the final round of the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge on Tuesday at Shula’s Golf Club.
Snow affects KU baseball, tennis schedules
February 26, 2013
Kansas Athletics made several changes to this week’s schedule after heavy snow Monday and Tuesday.
KU’s McDougald, Hawkinson build buzz at NFL combine
February 26, 2013
Three days after former Kansas University offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson hit the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the timing portion of this year’s NFL combine, former KU safety Bradley McDougald capped things off with a solid showing on Tuesday. By Matt Tait
KU women hope to repeat men’s magic at Hilton
February 26, 2013
Count KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson among those who hope what KU senior Elijah Johnson did to Iowa State during Monday night’s 108-96 overtime victory will have a lingering effect on Hilton Coliseum. By Matt Tait
Butler homers in Royals’ victory
February 26, 2013
Terry Francona named his opening-day starter and then watched the Kansas City Royals thump a couple of Cleveland’s relievers. Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs Tuesday for the unbeaten Royals in a 4-1 win, handing Cleveland its first loss in six spring games.
Opinion: Cyclones give boost to college hoops
February 26, 2013
The ugliness of the aftermath late Monday night deflected attention from the prettiest college basketball game in this season littered with ugly ones. Column by Tom Keegan
How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 26 NBA games
February 26, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Self downplays run-in with ‘animated’ Iowa State fan
February 26, 2013
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self said he did not feel threatened when an Iowa State fan approached and yelled at him after the Jayhawks’ overtime victory on Monday in Ames, Iowa. By Gary Bedore
City Commission primary: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan, Chestnut, Criqui, Soden qualify for April election
10:21 p.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 11:32 p.m.
Longtime City Commissioner Mike Amyx — who is seeking his fifth term on the commission — took the top spot in Tuesday’s primary election, besting the field by more than 500 votes. Jeremy Farmer, Terry Riordan, Rob Chestnut, Scott Criqui and Leslie Soden took the other five places on the general election ballot, from which three new commissioners will be elected on April 2. By Chad Lawhorn
Voters, poll workers find ways to cope with snow on election day
February 26, 2013
Democracy has a snow plow — or at least skis. Voter turnout was low at most polling sites across Lawrence on Tuesday, as heavy snowfall in the morning kept many voters away for the day. But the winter weather didn’t even come close to shutting down Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission primary election. By Chad Lawhorn
No updates on suspected serial arson case; Last fire Dec. 27
February 26, 2013
No new crimes, and no new information on investigation into suspected serial arson cases in Lawrence. Since October, 21 fires in south central Lawrence have fit a similar pattern, with the most recent on Dec. 27. By Shaun Hittle
City agrees to move ahead on Ninth and Kentucky street project
February 26, 2013
A project to improve traffic flow near Ninth and Kentucky streets is set to begin in July. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission primary results live blog: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan, Chestnut, Criqui, Soden unofficial winners
07:51 p.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 09:58 p.m.
Live blog of Lawrence City Commission Primary Election.
No snow days for KU’s residential dining halls
Staff spent night on campus to ensure breakfast would be served on time
February 26, 2013
A skeleton crew of KU Dining Services employees spent Monday night on campus to ensure they’d be in place to open all residence hall cafeterias for breakfast by the usual 7 a.m. Tuesday — not that they expected an onslaught of students at that hour, But there were some. By Sara Shepherd
Winter weather limits turnout at several Lawrence polling places
February 26, 2013
If you ever wanted to make a difference at Lawrence City Hall, today may be the day. Based on the snow-limited activity at polling places, it appears every vote will matter in today’s Lawrence City Commission primary election. By Chad Lawhorn
Big 12: Officiating errors were made at end of regulation in KU-ISU game
February 26, 2013
The Big 12 conference released the following statement Tuesday afternoon following Kansas’ 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Monday night in Ames, Iowa.
Seabury girls sub-state game pushed back
February 26, 2013
Tuesday night’s Class 2A sub-state girls basketball game at Bishop Seabury Academy has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Area school districts cancel classes on Wednesday
01:48 p.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 07:01 p.m.
A list of cancellations, closings for Wednesday.
Town Talk: Last-minute guide to Lawrence City Commission primary election
February 26, 2013
A last-minute voters guide for the Lawrence City Commission Primary Election.
Lawsuit alleging age discrimination at KU dismissed
February 26, 2013
A lawsuit filed by a former Kansas University employee who alleged age discrimination was dismissed earlier this month in Douglas County District Court. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence superintendent: No immediate impact on Lawrence schools expected from federal sequestration cuts
February 26, 2013
Lawrence schools superintendent Rick Doll says the district probably has enough cash in reserve to absorb federal spending cuts through the end of this academic year. Thursday is the deadline for Congress and President Obama to reach an agreement to avoid sequestration that would slash federal spending. By Peter Hancock.
Republicans push through resolution opposing expansion of Medicaid
February 26, 2013
Republicans on a House committee Tuesday pushed through a resolution that says the Legislature does not want to expand Medicaid to upwards of 150,000 low-income Kansans under the federal Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
KU student arrested in stabbing incident at KU’s Oliver Hall
11:29 a.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 03:59 p.m.
A 19-year-old Kansas University student has been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident that left another student with serious injuries about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at a Kansas University residence hall. Ian Cummings
All polling sites open, ready for primary election voters
February 26, 2013
It’s a winter wonderland in Lawrence. And it’s Election Day. The polls are open until 7 p.m. today. By Caroline Trowbridge
City cleans up after second storm
06:49 a.m., February 26, 2013 Updated 07:07 p.m.
Lawrence is cleaning up after the second snow storm in less than a week, but this one wasn’t as bad as Thursday’s. As much as seven inches of wet snow fell today, and city plows are making quick work of it. There may be more flurries tonight, but the forecast is for warming over the next few days. By Ian Cummings, Matt Erickson and Sara Shepherd. • The Lawrence snow plow tracker. • Here’s a list of closings for Wednesday. • The Lawrence City Commission primary election is on. Voting continues until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 25 NBA games
February 26, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Area basketball roundup: Louisburg knocks off Baldwin
February 26, 2013
Baldwin High’s boys basketball team found one quarter of inspired ball wasn’t enough to overcome three quarters of listless play.
Chemistry key for Lions’ big three
Guards Bonner, Mosiman, Roberts work well, play well together for LHS
February 26, 2013
The way they joke around and spend so much time together away from the court, Lawrence High basketball players Anthony Bonner, Jake Mosiman and Justin Roberts act like they have been playing together for years. That’s not the case. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks heap praise on QB for leadership
February 26, 2013
The more people within Kansas University’s football program talk, the more it becomes clear that junior quarterback Jake Heaps is taking his role as team leader very seriously.
NAIA honors FSHS senior Parker
February 26, 2013
Free State High senior basketball and softball player Courtney Parker has been selected as an NAIA High School Champions of Character Award winner.
Notebook: Bill Self’s 500th win ‘was a good one’
February 26, 2013
Bill Self’s 500th career coaching victory was one for the ages. By Gary Bedore• • Box score•KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
KU women’s golf, golfer third in Florida
February 26, 2013
Kansas University golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn carded two even-par rounds to tie for third place after the first day of the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge on Monday.
Royals blow by Diamondbacks, 16-4
February 26, 2013
Billy Butler doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice Monday, leading the Kansas City Royals in a 16-4 romp of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Seabury boys fall, 51-33, in finale
February 26, 2013
Eighth-seed Bishop Seabury Academy fell to top-seeded Lyndon, 51-33, on Monday in the first round of Class 2A boys basketball sub-state.
Opinion: Elijah Johnson responds to ‘man-up’ talk
February 26, 2013
Elijah Johnson, the guy who couldn’t shoot straight or dribble great for so much of the season, responded to a couple of “man-up” speeches by delivering a more clutch performance than any Kansas player since … good question. A long, long time. By Tom Keegan• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Perfect storm: Elijah Johnson buries ISU with 39 points
February 26, 2013
It’s safe to say Elijah Johnson’s senior slump is over. Johnson exploded for 39 points — that’s right, 39 — in the Jayhawks’ thrilling 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Monday in Hilton Coliseum. By Gary Bedore• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
ISU coach Fred Hoiberg impressed by Elijah Johnson, says late no-call ‘didn’t go our way’
February 26, 2013
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t hesitate to give Kansas guard Elijah Johnson credit for his late-game heroics in KU’s 108-96 overtime victory over ISU, saying he played “great.” By Jesse Newell• • Box score•KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
25 years ago: New codes proposed for rural constructions
February 26, 2013
The safety proposals were for single-family construction.
40 years ago: Change in store for license renewals in Kansas
February 26, 2013
The bill requiring drivers to pass a vision test and an open-book exam cleared the Kansas House today.
Letter: Energy policy
February 26, 2013
People of faith are called to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. That’s why Kansas Interfaith Power & Light supports the most effective state policy we have for the development of clean energy in Kansas: the renewable portfolio standard.
Letter: Voter access
February 26, 2013
Residents of Douglas County are mighty lucky to have Jamie Shew as our county clerk. Jamie and his staff have worked tirelessly to ensure voters have ready access to the polls.
Letter: Good job
February 26, 2013
During this past weekend, I received numerous compliments from our residents about how well the snow was removed from our city streets. In all cases, they asked me to convey this expression of gratitude to the city employees who worked tirelessly to accomplish this task and thank them for the safety they provided us.
Editorial: Good project
Pending work on Ninth Street will be a boon for downtown motorists.
February 26, 2013
A street project on tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda will be a major boon to downtown traffic movement.
Editorial: Extra mile
You can’t always beat Mother Nature, but the Douglas County clerk is doing his best to maximize participation in today’s primary election.
February 26, 2013
At this point, it’s not clear how adverse weather conditions may affect today’s primary election to narrow the field of Lawrence City Commission candidates. What is clear is that Douglas County is fortunate to have a county clerk who goes above and beyond the call of duty to try to maximize voter participation in local, state and national elections.
Opinion: U.S. must shore up faith in democracy
February 26, 2013 in print edition on ANone
Any member of Congress who refuses to compromise on the budget sequester this week should be given this mandatory assignment: Read “Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government.”
Tune In Tonight: New cop drama ‘Golden Boy’ cliched in some parts, but worth a shot
February 26, 2013
“Golden Boy” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) becomes the latest television drama set in the New York Police Department. After airing tonight and March 5 in the “Vegas” slot, it will move to Fridays on March 8, right before “Blue Bloods,” taking the place of “CSI: NY.” Too bad we can’t collect a pension from just watching all of these NYC cop shows.
100 years ago: Editorial: Lawrence should remember its temperance heroes
February 26, 2013
“Lawrence used to have 18 saloons. Prohibition has done wonders for Kansas.”
Lawrence professionals give spring break safety, health tips
February 26, 2013
Snow storms and cold weather make winter feel as if it’s never ending, but for many, spring break is only a few weeks away. The ways students prep for spring break aren’t always best for them, but professionals in Lawrence have healthier and safer alternatives to get ready for a week on the beach. By Meagan Thomas
Horoscopes for Feb. 26
February 26, 2013
For Tuesday, Feb. 26: This year you often find yourself caught in the middle of arguments. You can see the pros and cons of each side, but you might not feel confident enough to offer your opinion. If you are single, you might be challenged to meet the right person. If you are attached, a relationship needs tending if you want it to work.