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Archive for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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1:10 a.m.
Kansas guard Ben McLemore swings off the rim after a dunk against Baylor during the second half on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. Twisted ending: Ben McLemore suffers minor ankle injury in KU rout over Baylor
January 15, 2013
Kansas guard Ben McLemore, who scored a game-high 17 points off 7-of-13 shooting while playing 34 minutes in the Jayhawks’ 61-44 victory over the Bears, suffered a Grade One sprain of the ankle and is listed day-to-day, coach Bill Self told the Journal-World. By Gary Bedore • Box score
6:00 a.m.
Republican legislative leaders on Monday held a news conference criticizing the court ruling that found the Legislature has shirked its constitutional duty in funding schools. From left to right are State Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, and chairman of the Senate Education Committee; House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg; House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell; Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, who is standing at the podium; and House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast, R-Emporia.
Statehouse Live: Republican leaders considering constitutional change to thwart school finance ruling
January 14, 2013
Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said Monday that state leaders are considering putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot in April that would thwart a court-ordered increase in school funding. By Scott Rothschild.
12:00 p.m.
Kansas University student Matt Bevens is pictured outside City Hall in Topeka, where he is vying for a City Council seat. Bevens says he is most interested in reducing crime and improving the city’s infrastructure. 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.
6:31 p.m.
Lowell Freeman, 94, a World War II veteran army ranger matches his hand size with some KU basketball greats while he and Shannon Hielscher, Topeka VA Medical Center RN, tour the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Freeman and Hielscher and a group of disabled veterans from the VA center toured the KU campus Tuesday with the KU Collegiate Veterans Association. Veterans from Topeka VA nursing-home unit visit athletics hall, other KU landmarks
January 15, 2013
On a rare full-day outing for the people of the nursing-home unit of the Topeka Veterans Affairs Medical Center, eight veterans got to tour the KU campus, including the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Erickson
9:47 p.m.
Governor Sam Brownback waves to lawmakers as he is escorted to the speaker's podium of the House chamber before delivering the State of the State address on Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse. In his speech, Brownback called for a cut in taxes and changes in the way judges are selected. Brownback: Keep state sales tax at current level, cut more income taxes; change judicial selection
January 15, 2013
Despite dwindling revenues because of tax cuts, and a court order to increase school funding, Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday upped the ante, calling for more tax cuts, and changes in the way appellate judges are selected. By Scott Rothschild

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Extra level for downtown parking garage wins City Commission approval
January 15, 2013
City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday agreed to move ahead with a plan to add an extra level onto the proposed parking garage adjacent to the expansion of the Lawrence Public Library.
City sends northwest Lawrence retail zoning request back to Planning Commission
January 15, 2013
A request to rezone 146 acres at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway for retail and commercial uses will get another review from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Proposed city building codes to get further review
January 15, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night agreed to ask a city advisory board to further review portions of proposed set of building codes for the city.
City commissioners approve $800,000 worth of work to support area around Poehler Lofts project
January 15, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners unanimously agreed to approve more than $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
Brownback: Keep state sales tax at current level, cut more income taxes; change judicial selection
January 15, 2013
Despite dwindling revenues because of tax cuts, and a court order to increase school funding, Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday upped the ante, calling for more tax cuts, and changes in the way appellate judges are selected. By Scott Rothschild
State Board of Education eyes new accreditation standards
January 15, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education is likely to vote next month to change accreditation standards to mirror federal No Child Left Behind waiver. By Peter Hancock
Area comic book authors get $36,000 kick-start for anthology
January 15, 2013
A group of Kansas City-area comic book authors needed $18,500 to complete their dream project, a 200-page anthology about a time-traveling detective. With some help from Kickstarter, they raised almost twice that amount in a month.
Tipsy Taxi, with ridership still high on New Year’s Eve, looking toward St. Patty’s Day
January 15, 2013
Hundreds of people found a free ride home on New Year’s Eve with Tipsy Taxi, and might have the chance to do so again on other holidays.
Electrical fire destroys home near Lecompton
January 15, 2013
The fire that destroyed a house three miles west of Lecompton this morning was caused by a faulty electrical cord, according to a state fire marshal’s report.
Ben McLemore ‘sore’ after ankle sprain, but may not miss next game
05:09 p.m., January 15, 2013 Updated 12:09 a.m.
Kansas men’s basketball star Ben McLemore is responding well to treatment after spraining his right ankle against Baylor, coach Bill Self said Tuesday. By Gary Bedore
Veterans from Topeka VA nursing-home unit visit athletics hall, other KU landmarks
January 15, 2013
On a rare full-day outing for the people of the nursing-home unit of the Topeka Veterans Affairs Medical Center, eight veterans got to tour the KU campus, including the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Erickson
Writing assessments to be voluntary for districts
January 15, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education agrees that districts don’t have to give writing assessments this year as the state gears up for new standards in 2013-14. By Peter Hancock
Drug charges filed against Lawrence day care owner
January 15, 2013
Douglas County prosecutors have filed numerous drug charges against the owner of a North Lawrence day care searched in October by police. By Shaun Hittle
Problems with World Company websites resolved
January 15, 2013
The World Company websites experienced some technical problems today, beginning around 8 a.m. Users of the sites most likely encountered error messages when attempting to accessing the sites. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence man arrested for rape, indecent liberties with a child
January 15, 2013
A 41-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Monday on suspicion of several sex crimes involving a juvenile, including several counts of rape, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy.
Bill Self to be inducted into Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
11:58 a.m., January 15, 2013 Updated 04:06 p.m.
Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self is one of seven people in the 2013 induction class for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb announced Tuesday.
Statehouse Live: State agriculture secretary calls for repeal of laws restricting corporate farms
January 15, 2013
Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman on Tuesday called for the repeal of Kansas corporate farming laws. Scott Rothschild
Opinion: After victory, KU’s ‘scout’ deserves honor
January 15, 2013
When Baylor called a play Monday night, Kansas looked more sure about the moving parts than the guys running it. Credit a senior-laden team, a veteran coach with an effective system in place and long-time assistants who know how to scout, writes Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan.
Autopsy: Chiefs’ Belcher drunk
January 15, 2013
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and then killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, an autopsy released Monday showed.
New Chiefs GM Dorsey gets ‘dream job’
January 15, 2013
John Dorsey called becoming the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs the “perfect storm.” The word “serendipity” may have been more appropriate.
Seabury girls fall
January 15, 2013
Bishop Seabury Academy took a four-point lead into halftime, but two single-digit quarters after the break doomed the Seahawks to a loss in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
FSHS bowling sweeps meet
January 15, 2013
Free State High swept boys and girls titles at a bowling meet Monday hosted by Maranatha Academy.
FSHS senior Kennedy Kirkpatrick not badly hurt
January 15, 2013
Getting diagnosed with a partially torn medial collateral ligament doesn’t seem like a pleasant way to spend one’s afternoon, but Free State High girls basketball senior Kennedy Kirkpatrick was overjoyed Monday when she received that news. By Benton Smith
Special kind of crazy’ thief steals disabled dog’s wheelchair
January 15, 2013
An Ottawa family wants to know what kind of person would steal the wheels right out from under a disabled 10-year-old dog.
Notebook: Bill Self likes ‘showcase’ that ESPN’s Big Monday brings
January 15, 2013
Kansas coach Bill Self likes playing on ESPN Big Monday even with a quick turnaround. By Gary Bedore
Twisted ending: Ben McLemore suffers minor ankle injury in KU rout over Baylor
January 15, 2013
Kansas guard Ben McLemore, who scored a game-high 17 points off 7-of-13 shooting while playing 34 minutes in the Jayhawks’ 61-44 victory over the Bears, suffered a Grade One sprain of the ankle and is listed day-to-day, coach Bill Self told the Journal-World. By Gary Bedore • Box score
Letter: Draft opposed
January 15, 2013
No disrespect to Mr. Hoeflich or Col. Overstreet, but I think reinstating the draft would be a bad idea. I would agree if our country was invaded, such as was the case in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, then, yes, a national draft would be in order.
Letter: Elder care
January 15, 2013
Nursing home care of the elderly is so expensive that only very affluent families can afford the price. So, most elderly are forced onto humiliating Medicaid, which provides that one keep $60 a month for personal expenses. However, the state of Rhode Island has a wise law providing salaries to family members who will care for their own elderly at home. This frees them to resign their other job.
Letter: Who’s lying?
January 15, 2013
During the “fiscal crisis” dilemma, the U.S. secretary of defense went on record, saying that the automatic cuts to the defense budget would be catastrophic to our national security. The new appointee to that post flatly states the defense budget is bloated and needs to be drastically cut back.
25 years ago: City Commission to discuss routine issues, address controversial amendment
January 15, 2013
The Journal-World had received an abundance of letters both in support of and in opposition to the amendment.
40 years ago: Social Security to open Lawrence office
January 15, 2013
A branch office of the Social Security Administration was to open in Lawrence no later than Jan. 1, 1974.
Editorial: Pain, gain
The pain of local road construction is allowing the city to report gains in local street conditions.
January 15, 2013
Patience. Planning. Those may be good recommendations for drivers in Lawrence in the months ahead. On tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda is a presentation concerning the “pavement management program” planned for this year; in other words, street work. It’s an ambitious plan that’s certain to disrupt familiar traffic patterns for many residents and probably cause frustration for those visiting the city and not expecting detours and delays.
100 years ago: Young man scams bank, Mass Street businesses
January 15, 2013
“The fellow was in Lawrence Monday and while he was here secured something close to $100 in cash as a result of his day’s work.”
Opinion: Venezuela ties to Cuba are puzzling
January 15, 2013 in print edition on A7
As Venezuelans anxiously awaited news from ailing President Hugo Chavez and his ministers in Cuba in recent days, I received a tweet that stated, “This is the first case in history where a country subsidizes another, and is dominated by the latter.”
Tune In Tonight: History’s ‘Presidents’ borders on the frenetic
January 15, 2013
Try making a documentary without footage. That’s always been the bane of the filmmaker covering a historical period that predates motion pictures. Ken Burns offered a nifty solution with his patented panning and zooming of old photographs in “The Civil War” and other series.
Horoscopes for Jan. 15
January 15, 2013
For Tuesday, Jan. 15: This year you develop a new hobby or interest. Though you might have flirted with the idea of trying this pastime before, it wasn’t until recently that you decided to become informed on the subject. If you are single, you have a unique opportunity to enrich your inner circle and meet someone very different. If you are attached, as a couple, you will socialize more and share more with each other.