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Archive for Sunday, January 13, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Elijah Johnson (15) and the bench celebrate a bucket by the Jayhawks against Texas Tech during the first half on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Opinion: Jayhawks will need to turn up juice against Baylor
January 12, 2013
There are a lot of reasons to like the Kansas basketball team’s chances against Baylor on Monday, even after a sluggish performance in a 60-46 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score • Photo gallery
12:06 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. Dealing with state tax cuts driving the 2013 legislative agenda
January 12, 2013
The state of Kansas faces its own fiscal cliff as the Legislature starts the 2013 session on Monday. Because of tax cuts pushed through last year by Gov. Sam Brownback and conservative legislators, state revenues are shrinking. And the appetite among the growing conservative majority in the Legislature for more budget cuts is growing. By Scott Rothschild
12:18 a.m.
Hundreds of Native Americans and supporters participate in a round dance in South Park on Saturday to raise awareness about the Idle No More movement. Native Americans, supporters put on flash mob demonstration in South Park for Idle No More
January 12, 2013
Hundreds of Native Americans put on a flash mob demonstration at South Park to support a Canadian chief’s hunger strike as part of the Idle No More movement. By Rebekka Schlichting
6:33 p.m.
Kansas players Carolyn Davis, left, and Monica Engelman (13) double team Brittney Griner (42) during Kansas' game against Baylor, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU women fall to top-ranked Baylor, 82-60
3:26 p.m., January 13, 2013 Updated 6:18 p.m.
The top-ranked Baylor Bears knocked off the No. 17 Kansas University women’s basketball team, 82-60, Sunday in front of a half-full Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU men wary of Baylor PG Pierre Jackson
January 13, 2013
Pierre Jackson, the starting point guard on Baylor’s 2012 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team, certainly has lived up to expectations after arriving in Waco, Texas, as national junior college player of the year. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Guard play crucial for KU
January 13, 2013
Even more than Kevin Young and Ben McLemore, this Kansas team that can count on consistently strong efforts from seniors Jeff Withey and Travis Releford swings in the direction of its point-guard play. By Tom Keegan
Rain or shine, pastor’s daily devotion to running carries prayers though Lawrence
January 13, 2013
Imagine running around the block. To many of us, it sounds tough, sweaty and generally unappealing. It’s hard for a lot of people, but not for the Rev. Nate Rovenstine, pastor at Lawrence Wesleyan Church. He ran around every block and on every street in Lawrence, all the while praying for the community he was running by. By Rebekka Schlichting
Six ways to use unwanted gift cards
January 13, 2013
Gift cards are easily forgotten. All too often they’re placed in drawers or stuffed into wallets, never to be seen again. Some $1.7 billion of the $110 billion gift cards bought in 2012 will go unused, according to estimates from research company CEB TowerGroup. By The Associated Press
School board to consider legal settlement
January 13, 2013
Agreement would cost $25,000 to settle wrongful termination claim by former employee. By Peter Hancock
KU junior, 21, running for City Council seat in Topeka
January 13, 2013
Matt Bevens, a Kansas University junior, is no stranger to extracurricular activities: He’s on the KU debate team, plays racquetball and runs a business with his father. This semester, he’s adding another one: a campaign for a city council seat in Topeka.
Longtime pediatrician leaving Lawrence with legacy of service
January 13, 2013
Retired pediatrician Helen Gilles, 90, has had a tremendous influence on the health and well-being of Lawrence’s younger generations. Having treated up to 25 patients a day for almost 40 years, the number of children she has seen easily totals in the thousands. “I can’t go anyplace where someone doesn’t know me,” Gilles said. By Adam Strunk
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 13 NBA games
January 13, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday’s NBA games.
Mario Chalmers goes on a 3-point spree for Heat
January 13, 2013
Former Kansas Jayhawk Mario Chalmers put on a shooting display to remember in Sacramento on Saturday night, making 10 3-pointers — the most in the NBA this season and good enough to tie a 20-year-old Miami Heat franchise record.
In case you missed them: The most-clicked-on stories this week
January 13, 2013
Here are the most clicked-on stories this week. By Shaun Hittle
KU women fall to top-ranked Baylor, 82-60
03:26 p.m., January 13, 2013 Updated 06:18 p.m.
The top-ranked Baylor Bears knocked off the No. 17 Kansas University women’s basketball team, 82-60, Sunday in front of a half-full Allen Fieldhouse.
Former Kansas inmate who killed 3 in DUI accident has parole revoked
January 13, 2013
The Kansas Department of Corrections is revoking the parole of a former Kansas inmate — who killed three people in a drunken driving accident in 2005 — after she was arrested in Oklahoma on suspicion of driving under the influence. By Shaun Hittle
Opinion: Black apparently more than a color
January 13, 2013 in print edition on A9
I suddenly find myself concerned about my blackness. It had never occurred to me to worry about it before. Then came the incident last month on ESPN’s “First Take” program that initially got commentator Rob Parker suspended and then, last week, fired outright. It seems Parker, who is African-American, analyzed what he saw as the insufficient blackness of Robert Griffin III, rookie quarterback for the Washington, D.C., football team that is named for a racial slur.
FSHS wrestling last at Bobcat Classic
January 13, 2013
Free State High’s wrestling team took last place out of 36 teams at the Bobcat Classic on Saturday at Basehor-Linwood.
LHS wrestling 13th at Newton tourney
January 13, 2013
Lawrence High wrestlers Alan Clothier and Andrew Denning were runners-up in their respective weight classes as the Lions placed 13th at the Newton Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
KU swimming loses double-dual at UCLA
January 13, 2013
Bryce Hinde earned two top-three finishes for Kansas University’s swimming team, which lost its double-dual with San Diego State and UCLA on Saturday at UCLA.
Veritas boys take third place at Braymer tournament
January 13, 2013
ndrew Currier scored 17 points to lead three Veritas Christian players in double figures, and the Eagles’ boys basketball team defeated Tina-Avalon, 55-38, for third place Saturday in the Braymer Invitational.
Wilson is newest member of Douglas County delegation
January 13, 2013
When a federal panel in June redrew legislative district boundaries, John Wilson found political life. His residence had been in House Democratic Leader Paul Davis’ district, but the new map put him in the 10th House District, which became more Democratic friendly by being contained in Douglas County. By Scott Rothschild.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A tale of an abandoned baby, a dime and a Lawrence laundromat
January 13, 2013
Amy always knew she was adopted, but she never knew anything of her biological mother. On Christmas Eve, a letter arrived in the mail that was supposed to change that. It didn’t, at least not with a name. By Chad Lawhorn
Jefferson County man sues McLouth school over alleged 2011 sexual assault of his daughter
January 13, 2013
Jefferson County resident Terry Snell says his 6-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by a teenager at a McLouth school in 2011. Though the 16-year-old boy accused in the case was arrested on several sexual and assault charges, the case was dropped by prosecutors. Police and Jefferson County officials say there isn’t enough evidence in the case, but that hasn’t deterred Snell. By Shaun Hittle
Family and friends remember LHS math teacher Debra Green
January 13, 2013
The longtime Lawrence High School math teacher, who died in December, had deep roots in Douglas County history. By Peter Hancock
For painter and sculptor, volunteering at Van Go offers a chance to make a difference
January 13, 2013
When painter and sculptor Marie McKenzie was the same age as the teenagers she mentors through Van Go Inc.’s JAMS program (Jobs in the Arts Make Sense), her high school offered only one art class. She took it over and over again, starving for a chance to explore different art forms and experiment with new techniques. By Micki Chestnut
Two county commissioners to be sworn in Monday
January 13, 2013
Republican Jim Flory and Democrat Nancy Thellman will be sworn in to new four-year terms Monday. By Peter Hancock
Off the Beaten Plate: The Retro Cupcake at Billy Vanilly
January 13, 2013
Unlike its prepackaged, semi-crusty convenience store counterpart, The Retro’s white curlicue frosting actually smears if you stick your finger in it. By Sara Shepherd.
25 years ago: Trucks to stay on designated routes within city
January 13, 2013
City staff had proposed the reform because the current ordinance was too vague to be properly enforced.
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 12 NBA games
January 13, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday’s NBA games.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
January 13, 2013
Road work planned for the week of January 14, 2012.
40 years ago: Icy road sends truck off bridge
January 13, 2013
The pickup had gone through a bridge railing and down into the bed of the iced-over Coal Creek.
100 years ago: Record crowd fills Topeka for governor’s inauguration
January 13, 2013
“It was a crowd that would have brought credit to a vain New York assembly or would have been pointed to with pride in haughty Ohio.”
EMU Theatre premieres ‘Let My Mind Flash with Blades’
January 13, 2013
Based on the therapy sessions of Sigmund Freud and poet Hilda Doolittle, “Let My Mind Flash with Blades” is a “what-if” exploration of the pair’s relationship.
Ebullient’ VIM exhibit opens Friday at Arts Center
January 13, 2013
VIM — a first-time collaboration between painters Kent Michael Smith, Lisa Lala and Archie Scott Gobber and ceramist Ben Ahlvers — opens this week with a public reception at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Editorial: Ethics issue
Altering the duties of the Kansas Ethics Commission seems like it should be a low priority for lawmakers.
January 13, 2013
It seems that lawmakers have more important issues to debate than the emasculation of the Kansas Ethics Commission.
Opinion: Movie confronts interrogation issues
January 13, 2013 in print edition on A9
You,” said Jack Nicholson’s Jessep to Tom Cruise’s Kaffee, “have the luxury of not knowing what I know.” Viewers of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” will, according to some informed persons, lose the luxury of not knowing about hard but morally defensible things done on their behalf. Other informed persons, however, say viewers will be misled because the movie intimates (actually it is ambiguous about this) a crucial role of “enhanced interrogation” in extracting information useful to tracking Osama bin Laden. In “A Few Good Men,” Col. Jessep insists that a harsh — and proscribed — training method (“Code Red”) saves lives: “You f—-in’ people … you have no idea how to defend a nation.” “Zero Dark Thirty” explores the boundaries of the permissible when defending not a nation but this nation. Viewers will know going in how the movie ends. They will not know how they will feel when seeing an American tell a detainee, “When you lie to me, I hurt you,” and proceed to do so.
Key issues expected during the 2013 legislative session
January 13, 2013
From school funding to where you can buy wine, legislators will tackle myriad topics. By Scott Rothschild
For 25th anniversary, downtown sculpture exhibit will be local artists only
January 13, 2013
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting entries for its 25th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition, and a couple changes are in store for the milestone year of the event. By Chad Lawhorn.
The wedding singer: Performing at ‘Bachelorette’ nuptials boosts native Lawrencian’s career
January 13, 2013
When “Bachelorette” sweethearts Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum tied the knot on national TV last month, all eyes were on them. But during key moments of the wedding ceremony, all ears were on someone else: Lawrence native Lisa Donnelly. By Sara Shepherd.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Enlightened’ really shines
January 13, 2013
Recovery is never easy, particularly for the acquaintances of those who are getting sober. That’s the essential point of “Enlightened” (8:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO). It’s a very smart, small show that offers a sympathetic look at its main character, Amy (Laura Dern), focusing on how her public efforts to live a more high-minded existence echo the same self-absorption that proved so destructive in her hedonistic days.
Horoscopes for Jan. 13
January 13, 2013
For Sunday, Jan. 13: This year you focus on your financial, emotional and creative assets. You might opt to pursue an innate talent and develop another moneymaking resource. If you are single, you do not need to impress a potential significant other. If you are attached, your significant other might wish you would spend less.
Chiefs tap Packers’ Dorsey as GM
January 13, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs must have figured if the Green Bay Packers were playing in the NFC playoffs Saturday night, they were making a wise choice for their next general manager.