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Archive for Thursday, February 7, 2013

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1:02 a.m.
From left Jeff Withey, Jamari Traylor, Elijah Johnson and Kevin Young, watch the final seconds of the Jayhawks 62-55 loss to Texas Christian University, Wednesday at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. First to ‘worst’: Lowly TCU stuns Jayhawks
February 7, 2013
Kansas University did much more than lose a basketball game on Wednesday to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference. By Gary Bedore• KU-TCU
12:00 p.m.

Mark Robbins, collections manager for the ornithology department, displays an albatross in a spacious new lab Wednesday at Kansas University’s Museum of Natural History. Dyche Hall, where the museum is housed, now has eight new state-of-the-art laboratories after a two-year, $3.5 million renovation. New KU natural history labs ready for research after $3.5 million renovations
February 7, 2013
After a 2-year, $3.5 million effort that renovated some labs that dated back 50 years or more, Kansas University’s Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute is ready to unveil new facilities that will allow its scientists to do things they never have before, protect irreplaceable specimens and keep people safer. By Matt Erickson
3:08 p.m.
Mardi Gras march down Massachusetts Street planned for next week; everyone invited to participate
February 7, 2013
Two New Orleans transplants will lead an annual lunchtime Mardi Gras parade in downtown Lawrence next week.
3:13 p.m.
Brownback wants school finance case to go to mediation
February 7, 2013
State officials on Thursday asked the Kansas Supreme Court to appoint a mediator to resolve a ruling that the Kansas Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to provide suitable funding for schools. By Scott Rothschild
7:00 p.m.
Stevie Drake, 16, of Lawrence, has been missing since Jan. 31. Lawrence mother searching for missing teen
February 7, 2013
A Lawrence mother is searching for her 16-year-old son who ran away from home last week. Shirley Morriss said her son, Stevie Drake, is a Lawrence High School sophomore and was last seen about 2 p.m. Jan. 31 near Sixth and Kentucky streets. Morriss filed a missing person’s report with Lawrence police and created a Facebook page to seek help from the public. Morriss said her son, who has run away before, is about 5-foot-5, 120 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. By Ian Cummings

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Ballock, Becker spark Eudora past Spring Hill
February 7, 2013
Andrew Ballock scored 23 points, and Nick Becker had 10 points and eight rebounds to lead Eudora High to a 56-48 high school boys basketball victory over Spring Hill on Thursday night.
KU soccer announces 5 signings
February 7, 2013
Kansas University soccer on Thursday announced the signing of five players to letters of intent.
Free State, Lawrence High make most of Last Chance
February 7, 2013
Free State’s Hunter Robinson qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke and Josh Terrell in the 100 butterfly at the Free State Boys Last Chance Meet on Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
LHS girls bowlers finally let someone else win
February 7, 2013
Thursday afternoon provided a new and somewhat unexpected experience for Lawrence High’s girls bowling team: not finishing first. By Benton Smith
How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 7 NBA games
February 7, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
KU football recruiting class gets some national love
February 7, 2013
Now that the ink is dry and the faxes have fallen silent, what do the so-called experts think about Charlie Weis’ latest recruiting class? By Matt Tait
Staying the course: Bill Self, Jayhawks not panicking over skid
February 7, 2013
Bill Self isn’t going to throw Kansas University’s basketball playbook out the window and start diagramming new offensive and defensive sets. By Gary Bedore
Higher-than-normal flu cases reported in Kansas
February 7, 2013
Kansans are reeling from influenza and flu-like symptoms, government health officials said, and the state’s death toll is near 700 since the flu season began.
2 family members leave Westboro Baptist Church
February 7, 2013
Two granddaughters of the founder of a Topeka anti-gay church have left the group and apologized for any hurt they caused others.
Some Republicans resisting Brownback’s tax plan
February 7, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback is meeting resistance to his tax plan from fellow Republicans because he’s mixing promises of future cuts in individual income tax rates with proposals to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues to plug holes in the state budget. By John Hanna, Associated Press
Opinion: Could KU be too nice?
February 7, 2013
Bill Self, a masterful brainwasher who year-in-and-year out has shown he knows how to put his players in the right frame of mind to maximize their abilities, is as good at getting his team to bounce back as any coach in any sport. Until, that is, Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas. By Tom Keegan
Women turn 100 within a day of each other
February 7, 2013
With only one in 5,785 Americans 100 years or older, according to the U.S. Census, reaching the century mark is a rare deal. But in Eudora two women will turn 100 within a day of each other. By Adam Strunk
Local painter befriended luminaries of art world, led resurgence at Baker University
February 7, 2013
The subject of Tom Russell’s latest completed painting is a view from his Baldwin City studio of a tree in full autumn splendor behind those still holding on to their faded summer color. “I just finished it,” Russell said. “It took me a long time. I started it when it looked like that. “I can only sit or stand for about three hours before it starts to hurt. I used to spend hours in the studio. I’d lose all track of time.” By Elvyn Jones
City Commission candidates split on idea of expanded rental licensing program
February 7, 2013
A proposal to expand the city’s rental licensing program appears to be just as dividing among the field of Lawrence City Commission candidates as it is among landlords and renters. By Chad Lawhorn
Drought, state budget on minds of newspaper publishers gathered at KU
February 7, 2013
The ongoing drought is weighing on the minds of Kansans, and state budget questions linger as well, said newspaper publishers and editors gathered at Kansas University on Thursday night. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence mother searching for missing teen
February 7, 2013
A Lawrence mother is searching for her 16-year-old son who ran away from home last week. Shirley Morriss said her son, Stevie Drake, is a Lawrence High School sophomore and was last seen about 2 p.m. Jan. 31 near Sixth and Kentucky streets. Morriss filed a missing person’s report with Lawrence police and created a Facebook page to seek help from the public. Morriss said her son, who has run away before, is about 5-foot-5, 120 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. By Ian Cummings
KU Endowment’s investment returns below national average for fiscal 2012, mainly because of global market
February 7, 2013
The Kansas University Endowment Association wasn’t alone when its investment returns fell during the last fiscal year, but its year was worse than average. KUEA president Dale Seuferling says the negative returns were largely due to the endowment’s international investments, and the endowment’s long-term performance is still solid. By Matt Erickson
Mardi Gras march down Massachusetts Street planned for next week; everyone invited to participate
February 7, 2013
Two New Orleans transplants will lead an annual lunchtime Mardi Gras parade in downtown Lawrence next week.
Brownback wants school finance case to go to mediation
February 7, 2013
State officials on Thursday asked the Kansas Supreme Court to appoint a mediator to resolve a ruling that the Kansas Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to provide suitable funding for schools. By Scott Rothschild
KU CLAS alumni award winners include Air Force general, contributors to ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Sesame Street’
February 7, 2013
An Air Force general, a longtime diplomat and an Emmy Award winner are among the five people honored this year with the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Postal officials: No layoffs planned at local post offices, despite upcoming cessation of Saturday mail delivery
February 7, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to cut Saturday delivery doesn’t necessarily mean layoffs at local post offices, officials say, but the number of postal service jobs nationally is decreasing. By Ian Cummings
Lawsuit filed against railroad in 2011 death of Lecompton man
February 7, 2013
A Lecompton couple whose son was killed by a train in 2011 filed a lawsuit last week against Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. Thomas and Laury Snyder’s son Kyle, 22, died on Feb. 4, 2011, when his northbound pickup collided with the eastbound BNSF train at a crossing northwest of Lawrence. The crossing has a sign but no flashing lights or gates. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence City Commission forum tonight
February 7, 2013
Lawrence City Commission candidates will participate in a public forum tonight sponsored by the local Voter Education Coalition.
KU Cancer Center honors Senate President Susan Wagle
February 7, 2013
Calling Senate President Susan Wagle a “true profile in courage,” Dr. Roy Jensen, director of the Kansas University Cancer Center, on Thursday presented Wagle with the center’s 2013 Leadership Award for her support of cancer research, therapies and prevention. By Scott Rothschild.
Free State High School senior named 2012 Siemens Award winner
February 7, 2013
Andrei Eilliott, a senior at Free State High School, is one of two Kansas students to win the 2012 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement. The award recognizes academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.
Statehouse Live: KU chancellor questioned by legislators about tuition increases, research
February 7, 2013
Legislators on Thursday expressed concerns to Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little over tuition increases, falling enrollment and the ability of KU to make money off of research. By Scott Rothschild
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending Jan. 28
February 7, 2013
Land transfers for the week ending Jan. 28, 2013
Charlie Weis: Recruiting class permits ‘dramatic’ overhaul
February 7, 2013
The official signing-day release from Kansas University’s football program says the 2013 Jayhawks return 35 letter-winners and 12 starters from last season’s 1-11 team. Those who earned letters will get to keep them, but not everyone will be keeping his job. By Matt Tait
Notebook: Jeff Withey says morale ‘pretty low’
February 7, 2013
Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey admits team morale is “pretty low” following Wednesday’s 62-55 loss to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference. By Gary Bedore
Fairness of Brownback’s tax proposals debated
February 7, 2013
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration released an internal report Wednesday showing that his latest income tax proposals would benefit Kansas’ poorest taxpayers more than its wealthiest ones, but the new analysis failed to quiet criticism from legislators who believe his policies are weighted toward top earners. By John Hanna, Associated Press
First to ‘worst’: Lowly TCU stuns Jayhawks
February 7, 2013
Kansas University did much more than lose a basketball game on Wednesday to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference. By Gary Bedore• KU-TCU
TCU coach takes upset in stride
February 7, 2013
Texas Christian University basketball coach Trent Johnson didn’t appear to be overly excited following his team’s stunning 62-55 victory over No. 5 Kansas University on Wednesday. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: Setback as bad as it gets
February 7, 2013
If James Naismith had known Kansas University one day would butcher the game of basketball as badly as it did in the first half of a stunning loss Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas, he not only might have thought twice about starting the program, he might have passed on the entire idea of inventing the sport. By Tom Keegan
Opinion: Real tragedies should guide gun laws
February 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here’s how serious it has turned out to be.
New KU natural history labs ready for research after $3.5 million renovations
February 7, 2013
After a 2-year, $3.5 million effort that renovated some labs that dated back 50 years or more, Kansas University’s Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute is ready to unveil new facilities that will allow its scientists to do things they never have before, protect irreplaceable specimens and keep people safer. By Matt Erickson
25 years ago: Rate of county traffic deaths remains unchanged
February 7, 2013
There had been 11 traffic deaths in Douglas County in 1987.
40 years ago: State welfare system to be reorganized as SRS
February 7, 2013
In Topeka, an executive reorganization order was issued today calling for a revamping of the state welfare service.
100 years ago: Former ‘Boy Soldier’ dies at home in Lawrence
February 7, 2013
“Although troubled considerable with rheumatism he was always quite active.”
Style Scout: Brett Baugh
February 7, 2013
Describe your style: I try to embody the mystique of an elderly man.
Style Scout: Judy Brynds
February 7, 2013
Fashion trends you love: I like trends that involve mixing and matching pieces. Anything goes when you’re able to have fun and mix bits and pieces of everything together.
Our Town Sports for Feb. 7
February 7, 2013
A weekly roundup of local events, results and accomplishments.
Editorial: Foul law
Kansas legislators should leave state university basketball schedules to their athletic departments.
February 7, 2013
Under the heading of “surely Kansas legislators have something better to do,” state lawmakers should spend no more time on legislation that would require Kansas University and Kansas State University to play basketball with Wichita State University every year.
Editorial: Clueless
Some facts might help the state transportation secretary sell a proposed highway agency merger.
February 7, 2013
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King offered a stunning piece of testimony this week supposedly aimed at convincing state legislators to move forward on Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to merge KDOT and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Garden Calendar: Taming overgrown shrubs
February 7, 2013
The beast of a honeysuckle at the back corner of my office building has been crying for a good rejuvenation pruning, and the time has finally come.
Garden divas: Show stoppers for your flower bed
February 7, 2013
All gardeners want their flower beds to put on a show. Like any Broadway production, that requires some star attractions.
Opinion: Amendment only way to cut budget
February 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
The arguments against a constitutional amendment to require balanced budgets are various and, cumulatively, almost conclusive. Almost. The main arguments are:
Horoscopes for Feb. 7
February 7, 2013
For Thursday, Feb. 7: This year, when thinking about difficult situations, you often feel as if you would like to throw away all the hard work you’ve done in order to start over. Be careful if you choose to proceed in this manner, as few people can adjust to such radical actions. If you are single, you could attract someone who often is involved in uproar. If you are attached, be sure that you both agree on how to handle a situation that could affect your relationship.