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Archive for Thursday, February 28, 2013

Also from February 28

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Free State girls vs. Olathe North Free State boys vs. Gardner-Edgerton
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of the adidas camo alternate uniforms?

Poll results

Response Percent
Don’t like ‘em
 
75%
Indifferent — it’s just a game or two
 
14%
Like ‘em
 
8%
Undecided
 
0%
Total 3564

Lead stories

12:32 a.m.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry, left, and Deputy Jerrod W. Fredricks were arrested by the KBI on Wednesday on felony charges of obstruction of justice, though no details of the allegations were made public. KBI arrests Franklin County sheriff and deputy on obstruction of justice charges
5:47 p.m., February 27, 2013 Updated 8:37 p.m.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry and Deputy Jerrod W. Fredricks were arrested by the KBI on Wednesday on felony charges of interfering with a law enforcement officer, though no details of the allegations were made public. By Ian Cummings
9:19 a.m.
A dredging operation sits east of downtown Lawrence along the Kansas River. Environmentalists say proposals to expand dredging of the river would degrade the river bed and bank, as well as stir up pollutants that have settled at the bottom of the river. County likely to OK sand pit permit
February 28, 2013
The Douglas County Commission has agreed to give a provisional approval for a sand pit mining operation near Eudora, subject to numerous conditions. But a final vote won’t happen for at least two weeks. By Peter Hancock.
2:15 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. LMH named one of the country’s top 100 hospitals in new independent review
12:50 p.m., February 28, 2013 Updated 5:29 p.m.
Lawrence is home to one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, according to a new report.
3:55 p.m.
New Adidas uniforms KU to wear alternate adidas camo uniforms in Big 12 tournament
February 28, 2013
The Kansas men’s basketball team will be wearing alternate camo uniforms from adidas for at least one game in this year’s Big 12 tournament, KU coach Bill Self confirmed during a weekly press conference Thursday. By Jesse Newell

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American Legion hosts annual pancake feed.
February 28, 2013
The American Legion will host its 64th annual pancake feed Saturday. The fundraising event will be from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at the American Legion Hall, 3408 W. Sixth St.
Pastors shoot for end to malaria
February 28, 2013
Pastors from four United Methodist churches will raise funds to fight malaria by shooting baskets on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church West Campus, 867 U.S. Highway 40. Pastors Mitch Todd and Tom Brady, both of First United Methodist Church, will each shoot 1,000 free throws at the event, which is from noon to 3 p.m. By Staff Reports
No foul play suspected in KU student’s death
07:54 p.m., February 28, 2013 Updated 11:55 p.m.
A Kansas University senior was found dead at Ellsworth Residence Hall; no foul play is suspected.
Drug testing for welfare benefits one of many bills worked on as Legislature nears deadline
February 28, 2013
The Senate on Thursday approved a bill requiring drug testing for recipients of welfare and unemployment benefits—and even legislators—who are suspected of drug use.
Senior advocate earns League of Women Voters award
03:56 p.m., February 28, 2013 Updated 10:30 a.m.
Mitzi McFatrich will be honored March 9 by the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters for her work promoting open and accessible government. The annual Helen Fluker Award will be presented Saturday, March 9.
KU to wear alternate adidas camo uniforms in Big 12 tournament
February 28, 2013
The Kansas men’s basketball team will be wearing alternate camo uniforms from adidas for at least one game in this year’s Big 12 tournament, KU coach Bill Self confirmed during a weekly press conference Thursday. By Jesse Newell
Jayhawks flocked to Elijah Johnson in victorious locker room
Call from dad most meaningful in wake of 39-point game; Self, Elijah forgive Iowa State
03:24 p.m., February 28, 2013 Updated 02:18 a.m.
Iowa State’s student body president says he was disgusted by tweets sent to Kansas University’s Elijah Johnson after the Jayhawks’ victory on Monday in Ames. By Gary Bedore
Douglas County won’t have final say on open-pit sand mining operation
February 28, 2013
Even if Douglas County grants a conditional use permit for a sand pit mine near Eudora, several more agencies will weigh in. County commissioners are expected to vote March 13 to move the project forward. By Peter Hancock.
Federal budget cut coming Friday could cost KU millions in research funding
February 28, 2013
Mandatory, across-the-board federal budget cuts due to take effect Friday could cost Kansas University about $12.6 million in research funding by the end of September, KU officials estimate. The cuts, called “sequestration,” could threaten medical research, jobs, funding for graduate students and more. By Matt Erickson
Some details begin to surface in allegations against Franklin County sheriff and deputy
February 28, 2013
The full scope of an obstruction of justice case against Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry and a deputy remains unclear, but a few details of the allegations are beginning to surface in court documents. By Ian Cummings
LMH named one of the country’s top 100 hospitals in new independent review
12:50 p.m., February 28, 2013 Updated 05:29 p.m.
Lawrence is home to one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, according to a new report.
Lawrence officer who died in auto accident had blood-alcohol level three times legal limit
February 28, 2013
An off-duty Lawrence police officer who died in a single-vehicle accident Jan. 2 at the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, according to a report released Thursday by the Kansas Highway Patrol. By Shaun Hittle
County likely to OK sand pit permit
February 28, 2013
The Douglas County Commission has agreed to give a provisional approval for a sand pit mining operation near Eudora, subject to numerous conditions. But a final vote won’t happen for at least two weeks. By Peter Hancock.
Gaumer lifts Seabury girls
February 28, 2013
Alex Gaumer made one of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to give Bishop Seabury a 50-49, first-round Class 2A girls basketball sub-state victory over Wabaunsee on Wednesday at Seabury.
Pair of football Lions get $1K scholarships
February 28, 2013
Lawrence High senior football players Drake Hofer and Brad Strauss each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.
KU swimming in 5th at league
February 28, 2013
The 800-yard freestyle relay team gave Kansas University’s swimming and diving team 30 points on the first day of the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday night at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Big 12 honors 16 KU swimmers
February 28, 2013
Kansas University landed 16 honorees on the Big 12 Academic Swim teams.
Eudora boys, BHS girls win
February 28, 2013
Andrew Ballock scored a game-high 21 points to lead Eudora High.
FSHS, LHS girls gird for Olathe foes
February 28, 2013
Olathe North plays at Free State, while Lawrence High travels to Olathe South to open the postseason.By Benton Smith
Kansas’ Bill Self had a ball at ISU
February 28, 2013
Kansas University senior Elijah Johnson presented a gift to coach Bill Self on Monday night in a jubilant Hilton Coliseum locker room — a keepsake basketball. By Gary Bedore
Chiefs acquire 49ers QB Smith
February 28, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the 49ers in the first major acquisition since Andy Reid took over as the team’s new coach in early January, a person with knowledge of the trade told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Blue Valley West ends Lions’ run
February 28, 2013
Although Lawrence High fought back and took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, Blue Valley West thwarted Lawrence’s state-tournament dreams with a 60-55 victory at LHS. By Benton Smith
Angry ‘Bird: Fired-up Cole Moreano sparks Firebirds past Gardner
February 28, 2013
Cole Moreano gave Free State the offensive — and emotional — boost that the Firebirds needed in a 53-47 boys basketball upset over second-seeded Gardner-Edgerton. By Jesse Newell
KU’s new $4.7 million computing facility opens door to complex research simulations
February 28, 2013
The final thumbprint left by the 2009 federal stimulus on the Kansas University campus is now complete: a remodeled Advanced Computing Facility, making use of a $4.7 million federal grant, that will for allow for 24 times more computing power at KU’s Nichols Hall, where researchers conduct complex simulations that can last weeks or months. By Matt Erickson
25 years ago: Lawrence Salvation Army still lacking a leader
February 28, 2013
The Army’s advisory board was beginning to wonder about the delay.
40 years ago: Kansas Senate to discuss death penalty, abortion, tax relief
February 28, 2013
The death penalty bill would have made death a mandatory sentence for four classes of murder.
Our Town Sports
February 28, 2013
Our Town Sports for Feb. 28
Style Scout: Brian Vollbracht
February 28, 2013
Fashion trends you love: Wing tip shoes, bow ties and watches.
Style Scout: Vanessa Thomas
February 28, 2013
Dream job: I’m doing it! I sing with Doc Severinsen. We sing jazz and sometimes we sing with symphonies where I sing well-known classical pieces.
Letter: Buyer’s choice
February 28, 2013
Years ago, before I moved to Lawrence, one of the things that attracted me to the area was the many fine independent bookstores. I am told, not that many years ago there were seven music stores downtown; now there’s one. I do realize it’s technology and changing times.
Editorial: Important choice
It’s important for local voters to look at the experience and knowledge candidates would bring to the Lawrence City Commission.
February 28, 2013
Voting for a city commissioner is an important opportunity and responsibility. Those elected to the commission for two- and four-year terms will play a significant role in the future of Lawrence. The three individuals elected on April 2 will represent a majority of the five-member commission. Voting as a group, they would control the city in most every respect.
Opinion: Culture has gone over the ‘edge’
February 28, 2013 in print edition on A8
The tweet went as follows: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a (expletive), right?” The missing word is a bit of verbal sewage sometimes used to disparage women. Begins with “c,” rhymes with “hunt.” Its target here, however, was not a woman. Quvenzhane Wallis is the actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Hushpuppy in the celebrated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” She was all of 6 when the movie was filmed. She is 9 now.
Opinion: Politics driving government dysfunction
February 28, 2013 in print edition on A8
Some of us can recall the helpless feeling of being in a vehicle driven by someone who is intoxicated. If you’re like me, you don’t want to cause a scene unless the driving is really erratic. But there comes a moment when you need to say: Stop the car. You’re going to hurt someone. Hand over the keys.
Garden Calendar: Heed safety advice when pruning trees with chain saws
February 28, 2013
Although safety is always important when pruning trees, I worry the most when we have a winter storm — whether it brings wind, heavy snow loads, or ice that coats and weighs the branches to breakage.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Parade’ ends memorably
February 28, 2013
The war heats up as “Parade’s End” (8 p.m., HBO, part five of five) concludes. This extraordinary hour features harrowing trench battle scenes and depictions of the bravery, confusion and fear of men mired in mud and subject to unceasing bombardment. It’s quite remarkable.
100 years ago: New ‘special delivery’ option expected to increase parcel-post business
February 28, 2013
“This is an entirely new ruling, as special delivery for packages has been barred heretofore.”
Horoscopes for Feb. 28
February 28, 2013
For Thursday, Feb. 28: This year you seem to inspire others on a deep level, especially close loved ones and friends. Your trademark will be to look squarely at life-and-death issues before coming to your own conclusions about a life philosophy. If you are single, you certainly are desirable. If you are attached, your sweetie most likely will want to participate in your search for depth and meaning.