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Sporting KC cites loss of trust for change
January 16, 2013
The loss of trust — not money or a tarnished reputation — led Sporting KC to sever ties with the cancer charity founded by Lance Armstrong, according to a team official.
Brownback proposes eliminating mortgage deduction
January 16, 2013
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback surprised some fellow conservatives Wednesday by reviving a failed proposal to eliminate Kansas’ popular deduction for interest paid on home mortgages to help close a budget shortfall while further reducing state income tax rates. By John Hanna, The Associated Press
Abortion opponent seeks to shield jail visits
January 16, 2013
An anti-abortion activist accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor training to offer abortions asked a federal court on Wednesday to forbid the government from prying into her jailhouse ministry with the man convicted of killing Dr. George Tiller. The Associated Press
Derby helps single mom rebound
‘She needed to be part of this team’
January 16, 2013
When Mary Strafuss’ marriage fell apart last spring, she and her two daughters were left alone in their Shawnee home, where they entered what Strafuss described as some dark and confusing times. Then, a few months ago, Strafuss’ 14-year-old daughter, Meara Roach, showed her mom a black-and-blue way out of the tunnel: roller derby. By Rob Roberts
County OKs quarry plans
January 16, 2013
Vote clears the way for the next phase of Big Springs Quarry operation in western Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence organizations, individuals plan several events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 16, 2013
Local schools, churches and businesses are coming together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.By Rebekka Schlichting
Amyx and Lawrence attorney to seek terms on City Commission; primary election set for Feb. 26
January 16, 2013
With two more candidates emerging on Wednesday, the race for the Lawrence City Commission will require a primary election, and it appears it also will feature a debate over the proposed $25 million recreation center. By Chad Lawhorn
Cromwell won’t seek re-election to Lawrence City Commission
January 16, 2013
City Commissioner Aron Cromwell confirmed that he will not seek re-election to the commission.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man charged with eight sex crimes involving girl, now 11
January 16, 2013
A 41-year-old Lawrence man was charged Wednesday with eight felony sex crimes involving a girl who is now 11.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital looks at changes to charity care policy
January 16, 2013
The way financially strapped patients receive a discount on medical care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital soon may change. By Chad Lawhorn
Alumnus makes $500,000 gift to KU’s national-power debate team
January 16, 2013
As an investment firm executive, Kansas University graduate David Pittaway says his time on the accomplished KU debate team has helped him in his career and given him something to brag about. Now he’s helping to ensure its continued success with a $500,000 gift to create an endowed professorship for the team’s head coach, announced Wednesday. By Matt Erickson
Base state aid per pupil would stay the same next year under Brownback plan
January 16, 2013
Public schools will receive no increase in base state aid in the next school year and a small increase in the one after that under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback’s budget proposal provides a portion of funding for new medical education building at KU Med
January 16, 2013
Kansas University received some of what it wanted under Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget plan that was unveiled Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
State education board eyes new social studies standards
January 16, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education is expected to vote in March on standards guiding history, government and social studies education in Kansas that place more emphasis on ethnic diversity. By Peter Hancock
Eudora city administrator resigns, takes similar job in Minnesota
03:03 p.m., January 16, 2013 Updated 03:54 p.m.
Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein announced his resignation, effective March 1, accroding to a news release issued Wednesday. By Shaun Hittle
Boil water advisory in effect for water district in Jefferson County
January 16, 2013
A boil water advisory has been issued for the Rural Water District No. 10 public water system, which includes the Lakeshore Estates in Jefferson County. By Shaun Hittle
Mental health exam ordered for woman accused of desecrating body of former Lawrence resident
January 16, 2013
A woman accused of desecrating the body of a former Lawrence woman was ordered by an Oklahoma judge Wednesday to undergo a mental health evaluation, according to court records. By Shaun Hittle
Illinois woman receives one year of probation in case where children were bound and blindfolded in parking lot
January 16, 2013
A 43-year-old Northlake, Ill., woman has received one year of probation for charges of child endangerment stemming from a June 13, 2012, incident in which two of her children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot. By Ian Cummings
Turnpike reopened to eastbound traffic after semitrailer catches fire east of Lawrence
10:28 a.m., January 16, 2013 Updated 01:55 p.m.
Traffic on the Kansas Turnpike at mile marker 217, east of Lawrence, was slowed Wednesday by a semi-tractor trailer on fire.
Statehouse Live: Brownback’s budget calls for no increase next year in school funding; abolishing mortgage interest tax deduction
January 16, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal was released today, and a first glance shows no increase in base state aid per pupil for public school students in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. By Scott Rothschild
Judge again rules wife of husband convicted in KU ticket scandal cannot keep assets
January 16, 2013
A federal judge has again ruled the former wife of a Kansas University official caught in a ticket scalping scandal cannot keep money and property fraudulently transferred to her in the couple’s divorce settlement. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas lawmakers asked to repeal corporate farm laws
January 16, 2013
Kansas’ top agriculture official called Tuesday for the repeal of state laws restricting corporations’ involvement in agriculture, a move that would reverse a policy enacted more than 80 years ago.
FSHS swimming wins BVSW tri
January 16, 2013
Free State won the Blue Valley Southwest triangular with 236 points on Tuesday, beating out host BVSW (145 points) and Blue Valley West (134 points).
LHS girls bowling first at Topeka Seaman
January 16, 2013
Lawrence High varsity girls bowling placed first at the Topeka Seaman quadrangular on Tuesday.
Area basketball roundup: Tonganoxie girls, boys win at home tourney
January 16, 2013
Tonganoxie’s girls basketball team jumped out to an 18-2 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 47-32 win against Eudora in the opening round of the Tonganoxie Invitational on Tuesday.
Veritas girls lose in second-half collapse at Topeka Cornerstone
January 16, 2013
Veritas Christian went scoreless in the fourth quarter and was limited to five points in the second half of a 59-24 high school girls basketball loss to Topeka Cornerstone on Tuesday.
Weis sets earlier start to KU spring football practice
January 16, 2013
Instead of kicking off spring practice in the last days of March, as KU has done for the past several years, Kansas coach Charlie Weis is moving up the Jayhawks from one of the latest starts in college football to one of the earliest. By Matt Tait
Sporting KC’s home renamed Sporting Park
January 16, 2013
The home of Sporting Kansas City has a new name following a disagreement between the Major League Soccer team and the cancer charity founded by Lance Armstrong.
Free State girls put on passing display in 66-21 rout of KC Washington
January 16, 2013
Every member of Free State High’s girls basketball team channeled her inner point guard and extra passes ruled the night Tuesday in the Firebirds’ 66-21 thumping of Kansas City Washington. By Benton Smith
Chiefs now turn focus to draft
January 16, 2013
The wholesale overhaul of the Kansas City Chiefs is nearly complete.
Letter: Flawed tax code
January 16, 2013
The governor has warned that the unanimous ruling of the judicial panel could lead to drastically higher property taxes for Kansans. (“Level of school funding ruled unconstitutional,” Journal-World, Jan. 12.). The governor refuses to acknowledge that his tax policies are at the heart of the issue. He refuses to be accountable!
Editorial: Quick fix
What’s the quickest way to improve fourth-grade reading scores? Keep poor readers in the third grade!
January 16, 2013
It’s hard to argue with Gov. Sam Brownback’s new emphasis on raising reading scores among Kansas youngsters, but both the governor and legislators need to make sure the state is seeking real improvement rather than a short-term fix that will simply make the statistics look better.
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 15 NBA games
January 16, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Letter: Schools, courts
January 16, 2013
The unconstitutional funding of Kansas public schools is exactly why Gov. Brownback is trying to change the process of nominating judges. King Sam wants judges who will genuflect at his altar.
Early Kansas breweries kept even small-town residents in drink, culture
State prohibition snuffed once-big business
January 16, 2013
Early Kansas settlers from Germany were accustomed to a life where celebrations, meals and most Sundays were washed down with fresh beer. To make that possible, even small towns had their own breweries. By Sara Shepherd.
Opinion: Francis Heller was a KU treasure
January 16, 2013
I have reached an age and stage in my career (this year is my 33rd year as a law teacher) when I find myself wondering whether I have lived a good life, a life that made some difference. I confess that I’m not sure whether I have. But when I think about my friend Francis Heller’s life, of all that he did, of all the lives he touched, of all the men and women he helped, I realize that Francis could have had no such doubts.
Opinion: Control the politicians, not the guns
January 16, 2013 in print edition on A7
If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty. The latest effort to “control” guns in America is as likely to deter someone intent on breaking the law as outlawing lust would affect one’s libido. What’s in a heart can’t be controlled by restricting what’s in a hand.
25 years ago: State to consider altering code for sales tax on services
January 16, 2013
A bill would update the current definition of “sale” in state law to include the term “license to use.”
40 years ago: Military fraternity offers safe escorts for KU women
January 16, 2013
Signs with the project’s phone number had been posted at 150 places on campus.
Tune In Tonight: Remote control holds escape from ‘Ghost Mine’
January 16, 2013
It’s getting increasingly difficult to mine comedy from cable series, when so many already seem like parodies. The new series “Ghost Mine” (9 p.m., Syfy) is a perfect example.
Seabury boys lose to BVSW at Tonganoxie Invitational
January 16, 2013
Caleb Owino scored 10 points and Marcus Allen added eight in a 67-35 high school boys basketball loss to Blue Valley Southwest on Tuesday in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Horoscopes for Jan. 16
January 16, 2013
For Wednesday, Jan. 16: This year you become more forthright and direct, especially where your domestic life is involved. To some people, your energy is inconsistent and changes with the snap of a finger. If you are single, you are most likely to meet someone of importance come summertime. If you are attached, your significant other becomes even more dynamic.
100 years ago: Local auto club urges state to create roads legislation
January 16, 2013
“There was much road enthusiasm in evidence at the meeting last night.”