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Archive for Friday, January 11, 2013

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12:13 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. Hearings on proposals to change the way appellate judges are selected are scheduled for next week as session starts
January 10, 2013
Attempts to change the way appellate judges are selected will be considered during the first week of the 2013 legislative session. The session starts Monday, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings for Wednesday and Thursday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the governor to select justices to the Kansas Supreme Court and judges to the Kansas Court of Appeals, subject to confirmation by the Senate. By Scott Rothschild
6:00 a.m.
Ottawa High School senior Semi Ojeleye has the possibility to break the Kansas high school state record for scoring in a career. The small forward has committed to play basketball for Duke University. A Devil, you say: Ottawa standout Semi Ojeleye says Duke best fit
January 11, 2013
At 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, mammoth Ottawa High senior forward Semi Ojeleye is Thor with a hi-top fade. A teenage superhero in Nike Hyperdunks. And that’s before he even gets his colossal mitts on a basketball. When he does, good luck stopping him. By Benton Smith
12:00 p.m.
Kent Nunemaker cuts corn for silage for Nunemaker-Ross farm Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Nunemaker said they were cutting about three to four weeks early because the crop was showing signs of the effects of the extreme heat and lack of rain. All Kansas counties except one declared disaster areas because of drought
January 10, 2013
Nearly all of Kansas has been declared a federal disaster area in 2013 because of persisting drought conditions. By Ian Cummings
2:56 p.m.
The Kansas legislature has violated its constitutional duty to provide suitable funding for public schools, a three-judge panel ruled Jan. 11. The panel ordered the legislature to fund public schools at $4,492 per-pupil rather than the $3,838 per-pupil schools are currently receiving. Court: Kansas Legislature’s level of funding for schools unconstitutional
2:56 p.m., January 11, 2013 Updated 7:58 p.m.
A three-judge panel has ruled that the current level of school funding in Kansas is unconstitutional and has ordered the legislature to add an estimated $442 million in base state aid per pupil. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already filed a motion for appeal. By Peter Hancock

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Kansas gun prosecutions ranked 3rd in nation
January 11, 2013
Kansas was first in the nation in gun prosecutions in 2011, but fell to third place in 2012 despite prosecutors filing even more cases. By Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press
Domestic violence education workshops offered
January 11, 2013
The Willow Domestic Violence Center is offering free workshops Jan. 14, 15 and 17 to teach the community about domestic violence and its impact on victims.
KU student hospitalized after skiing injury in Colorado
January 11, 2013
A 20-year-old Kansas University student was seriously injured Wednesday after striking a tree during a ski trip in Winter Park, Colo.
Developer seeking $800,000 in public improvements to aid multimillion-dollar East Lawrence art gallery
January 11, 2013
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will consider approving about $800,000 worth of street improvements and other construction-related expenses to upgrade the area around the recently renovated Poehler Lofts building near Eighth and Pennsylvania streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Rare instance of missing record causes problems for plaintiff in Douglas County court
January 11, 2013
The Jefferies family said they needed a transcript of what happened in their court hearing, and were unlucky to find it was never recorded. By Ian Cummings
Mental health advocates applaud Brownback initiative, want more details
January 11, 2013
Mental health advocates on Friday welcomed Gov. Sam Brownback’s attention to mental health needs, but said his proposal to shift $10 million in funds must ensure that other services aren’t left wanting. By Scott Rothschild.
Court: Kansas Legislature’s level of funding for schools unconstitutional
02:56 p.m., January 11, 2013 Updated 07:58 p.m.
A three-judge panel has ruled that the current level of school funding in Kansas is unconstitutional and has ordered the legislature to add an estimated $442 million in base state aid per pupil. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already filed a motion for appeal. By Peter Hancock
Second lawsuit in less than a month filed against KU Hospital
January 11, 2013
For the second time in less than a month, a Kansas University Hospital employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital, alleging employee discrimination. By Shaun Hittle
Conviction affirmed of man sentenced for robbing Lawrence convenience store
January 11, 2013
A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the conviction of a man sentenced in the 2009 robbery of a Lawrence convenience store. By Scott Rothschild.
Land transfers for the week ending Jan. 7, 2013
January 11, 2013
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds Office for the week ending Jan. 7, 2013
Veritas girls fall in Braymer tourney
January 11, 2013
Veritas Christian fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter and absorbed a 58-29 high school girls basketball loss to Braymer (Mo.) on Thursday night in the Braymer Invitational.
Firebirds rule pool
January 11, 2013
Thursday wasn’t the last time this season Free State High’s boys swimmers and divers will compete at their home pool, the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. But the Free State Invite had a hint of finality to it.
Ben McLemore impresses ex-KU assistant Matt Doherty
January 11, 2013
Former Kansas University basketball assistant coach Matt Doherty was not surprised to see Ben McLemore’s last-second, game-tying, overtime-inducing three-pointer bank off the backboard before falling through the net. By Gary Bedore
A Devil, you say: Ottawa standout Semi Ojeleye says Duke best fit
January 11, 2013
At 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, mammoth Ottawa High senior forward Semi Ojeleye is Thor with a hi-top fade. A teenage superhero in Nike Hyperdunks. And that’s before he even gets his colossal mitts on a basketball. When he does, good luck stopping him. By Benton Smith
Dayne Crist relishes all-star invite
12:04 a.m., January 11, 2013 Updated 07:49 a.m.
Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist, who came to KU with a world of hype and left with a whimper, will begin the first stage of his quest to become a professional football player at 7 tonight in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: City commission to discuss human rights amendment
January 11, 2013
Commissioners were to discuss the amendment to prohibit discrimination based on sexual preference.
40 years ago: ‘Deficient’ airport needs improvements, consultant says
January 11, 2013
City funding, and probably a federal grant, would be necessary to make the suggested changes.
100 years ago: Sledders out in full force on Lawrence streets
January 11, 2013
“Some of the larger bobs were going as far as Massachusetts street last night.”
Opinion: How to be trendy in 2013: Eat more grass
January 11, 2013 in print edition on A6
As a hip, hot and happening guy, I like to check in every three years or so with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency’s “Things to Watch” in the coming year. I do not do this every year out of fear of becoming just too trendy.
Opinion: Obama shows shades of Eisenhower
January 11, 2013 in print edition on A6
It’s telling that one of Chuck Hagel’s favorite gifts to friends recently has been a biography of President Dwight Eisenhower, a war hero whose skepticism toward the military is a model for Hagel’s own.
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 10 NBA games
January 11, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Banshee’ a howling good time
January 11, 2013
Gratuitous ultraviolence! Pointlessly explicit sex scenes! Stereotyped villains of every ethnic stripe! Yes, “Banshee” (9 p.m.) is a new Cinemax series. And as such, it’s not half bad.
Horoscopes for Jan. 11
January 11, 2013
For Friday, Jan. 11: This year you often overthink situations; at other times, you are too impulsive. Learning to seesaw between these two qualities will demand a lot of your time and self-discipline. If you are single, your unusual magnetism attracts quite a few admirers, who all want your time and attention. If you are attached, your sweetie might find you to be very me-oriented, which might be true.
Editorial: Safety measures
It’s nice to see statistics on alcohol-related traffic deaths moving in the right direction.
January 11, 2013
First, the silver lining: For two consecutive years, there’s been a decrease in the number of people who died in Kansas in traffic accidents involving alcohol. That reverses a trend in the state that had defied a steady decline in such accidents nationwide, and apparently reflects an emphasis given to the situation by lawmakers and public safety officials.