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Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Congress sends Obama legislation to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
January 1, 2013
Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit.
6:00 a.m.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Roberts, Moran vote for bill avoiding fiscal cliff; Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, Huelskamp vote against it
January 1, 2013
Kansas’ all-Republican delegation split Tuesday on the bill that avoided sending the federal government over the so-called fiscal cliff. U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran voted for the bill, and all four U.S. representatives voted against it. Those are Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence; Kevin Yoder of Overland Park, Mike Pompeo of Wichita and Tim Huelskamp of Fowler. By Scott Rothschild.
12:00 p.m.
Marjorie Baker holds  newborn daughter Alexis in her room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. Alexis, born at 2:51 a.m., was the first baby born in Lawrence in 2013. First Lawrence baby of 2013 a ‘Jayhawk’
January 1, 2013
While some were still out celebrating the New Year, Marjorie and Maurice Baker of Lawrence were celebrating a new addition. At 2:51 a.m. Tuesday, Marjorie gave birth to Alexis Baker, the first child of 2013 for the city. “It’s the first Jayhawk born this year so I like it,” husband Maurice Baker said. “No one will ever forget her birthday.” Marjorie was excited to have the first 2013 baby at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but noted, “I really didn’t care as long as she was healthy.”By Adam Strunk

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How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 2 NBA games
January 2, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Bill Self: Jayhawks’ defense needs work
January 2, 2013
Kansas University’s basketball defense, which received rave reviews for holding Ohio State to 30.8 percent shooting in a 74-66 road victory on Dec. 22, might be a tad overrated at this point, coach Bill Self says. By Gary Bedore
Natalie Knight makes right
January 2, 2013
Natalie Knight had a huge night for Kansas in every way Wednesday in a 72-63 victory over Kansas State witnessed by 3,727 fans in Allen Fieldhouse. By Tom Keegan
Counter punch: Kansas women end skid against ’Cats
January 2, 2013
Kansas University opened the Big 12 season with a 72-63 victory over rival Kansas State, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats. By Matt Tait
Lecompton postal hours to be cut early
January 2, 2013
Residents of a northeast Kansas town are upset that the hours at their post office will be reduced five weeks earlier than expected.
State trying to make sperm donor pay child support
January 2, 2013
A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after answering an online ad is fighting the state’s efforts to suddenly force him to pay child support for the now 3-year-old girl, arguing that he and the women signed an agreement waiving all of his parental rights. By Johnn Hanna, The Associated Press
NBAF land transfer signed
January 2, 2013
Department of Homeland Security officials have signed a land transfer agreement that allows for the construction of a new federal animal research lab near Kansas State University in Manhattan. Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the state’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday that the move indicated the federal department is committed to building the $1.14 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. John Milburn, The Associated Press
Webb leaving Eudora football to coach in Independence, Mo.
January 2, 2013
After 11 seasons at Eudora High and two straight Class 4A state championship game appearances, football coach Gregg Webb is moving on to tackle a new challenge at Truman High, in Independence, Mo. By Benton Smith
Part of North 400 Road to close for repair
January 2, 2013
County road northwest of Baldwin City to close Jan. 7 for one week.
Two people charged in New Year’s Day disturbance at house party
January 2, 2013
Two Lawrence residents were charged in Douglas County District Court with misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an altercation at a New Year’s Day party.
City hopes to win stimulus funding to test compressed natural gas in city vehicles
January 2, 2013
City commissioners at a special year-end meeting Thursday morning are expected to apply for about $162,000 in grant money to equip three new city vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, and to build two compressed natural gas fueling stations. By Chad Lawhorn
Man charged with weapons crimes stemming from New Year’s Day incident
January 2, 2013
A 23-year-old man accused of shooting a firearm into an occupied vehicle early New Year’s Day was charged in Douglas County District Court Wednesday with criminal discharge and possession of a firearm. By Shaun Hittle
Local barbecue team makes TV debut Sunday on Pitmasters
National show to feature duo from Tonganoxie, Eudora
January 2, 2013
Truebud BBQ out-cooked hundreds of competitive barbecuers last year, but will the local team be able to smoke its competition on national TV? By Sara Shepherd
City to begin enforcing ordinance requiring sidewalks to be cleared of snow at 8 a.m. Thursday
01:32 p.m., January 2, 2013 Updated 03:42 p.m.
By 8 a.m. Thursday, Lawrence property owners need to have their sidewalks cleared of snow or run the risk of a city fine. By Chad Lawhorn
Activist Sandra Fluke to speak at KU in March
January 2, 2013
Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke will speak at Kansas University in March, delivering this year’s Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture.
South Middle School sixth-graders raise $500 for hurricane relief
January 2, 2013
Penny war contest will benefit storm victims on the East Coast. By Peter Hancock
KU offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen won’t play football in 2013
09:10 a.m., January 2, 2013 Updated 11:56 p.m.
Kansas offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen has decided to end his football playing career, KU football coach Charlie Weis announced Wednesday morning. By Matt Tait
Lawrence police officer killed in one-vehicle accident at Sixth and Wakarusa
02:56 a.m., January 2, 2013 Updated 05:17 p.m.
An off-duty Lawrence police officer was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Lawrence.
2013 Preview: Weinaug: Decisions in Topeka to decide county’s fate in 2013
January 2, 2013
State and national decisions about budgets and health care will determine how Douglas County government fares in 2013. By Peter Hancock
2013 Preview: Transportation: What to expect on the roads and at the pump
January 2, 2013
Several area road repair projects will impact local drivers in 2013. A $6.5 million road repair project on Iowa Street could snarl local traffic, with city commissioners agreeing recently to shut down a portion of Bob Billings Parkway/15th Street from May 20 to Aug. 16. By Shaun Hittle
Opinion: U.S. taxes force citizenship choice
January 2, 2013 in print edition on A6
We read about famous people like French film star Gerard Depardieu, who moved to Belgium to avoid a 75 percent income tax on millionaires proposed by France’s Socialist government (a measure rejected last week by a French council, though French leadership has vowed to resubmit a similar proposal). Then there is Eduardo Saverin, who took the extreme step of giving up his U.S. citizenship and could see a savings of $39 million on his Facebook investment, according to the research firm Wealth-X. He says business reasons, rather than high taxes, were his primary motivation.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Nova’ recalls Icelandic volcano
January 2, 2013
The Mayan calendar was so 2012. “Doomsday Volcanoes” on “NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS) recalls the 2010 eruption of an unpronounceable volcano in Iceland. Actually, it was called Eyjafjallajokull. And if you get that as a crossword puzzle clue, more power to you.
25 years ago: Bank robber escapes with ‘undisclosed amount’
January 2, 2013
The robber had held up the Douglas County Bank branch at 15th and Kasold.
40 years ago: First Lawrence baby of ‘73 wins prizes from local merchants
January 2, 2013
David Raymond Williams made his appearance at 9:27 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Editorial: Cooperative effort
Just Food’s plan to take over supplying three other local food pantries is the kind of coordinated effort that can help social service agencies provide more and better services.
January 2, 2013
When the Just Food pantry was founded in 2009, we were among those who questioned whether the agency would simply duplicate services already being provided by other local social service entities.
Opinion: Renewed draft could curb gun violence
January 2, 2013
In the light of the massacre at Newtown, Conn., and the murder of two firemen in Webster, N.Y., national attention has again turned to how we can reduce gun violence in America. The responses have been predictable.
Horoscopes for Jan. 2
January 2, 2013
For Wednesday, Jan. 2: This year you could experience unusual tension involving your work and its direction. The wise Goat would take a class or two in order to fine-tune his or her specialization even more. If you are single, you will be drawn to a foreigner or someone quite bohemian. If you are attached, the two of you might choose a new mutual hobby or pastime.
100 years ago: Parcel-post system inaugurated in U.S. post offices
January 2, 2013
“All day today persons with packages called at the Lawrence post office and tried out the new carrier system.”