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KU student competes in Miss America pageant
January 17, 2013
Kansas University student Sloane Lewis represented Kansas Saturday during the 92nd annual Miss America pageant. Lewis had to delay her senior year of college to begin her duties as Miss Kansas last June. by Meagan Thomas
Group seeks champions of open government
January 17, 2013
Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters is accepting nominations for the 13th annual Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government award.
8-year-old rural Baldwin City girl drowns in bathtub
09:33 p.m., January 17, 2013 Updated 03:40 p.m.
An 8-year-old rural Baldwin City girl died Thursday evening from an accidental drowning in a bathtub, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. By Shaun Hittle
Downtown retail vacancy rate drops in 2012 as new projects begin
January 17, 2013
Retail vacancy rates in downtown fell to 4.4 percent at the end of 2012, according to a new survey from the Lawrence commercial real estate office of Colliers International. Last year at this time, the survey found downtown had a vacancy rate of 7.4 percent after several high-profile closings. By Chad Lawhorn
Three men arrested for robbery in connection with theft of drugs, electronics, from Lawrence home
January 17, 2013
Two Lawrence men and a Perry man were arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated robbery and other crimes in connection with a Monday incident at an apartment in the 1700 block of West 24th Street.
Influence of late professor Francis Heller looms large at KU
January 17, 2013
A campus leader, a soldier, an expert in several fields, an associate of Harry Truman, a dedicated educator — it’s tough to fit everything Francis Heller was into one sentence. Heller, a longtime Kansas University administrator and professor, died Jan. 9 at age 95. By Matt Erickson
New KU program allows students to complete bachelor’s, law degrees in six years
January 17, 2013
A new program at Kansas University will make it possible for students to shave a year off the time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree and finish law school. It also aims to convince more top KU undergraduates to stick around to earn their law degrees. By Matt Erickson
Third candidate files for school board seat
January 17, 2013
Kristie Adair, a former paraeducator, is the third candidate to file for the April 2 school board election. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County sees drop in alcohol-related accidents
January 17, 2013
For the second straight year, Douglas County saw a reduction in alcohol-related traffic accidents, according to data from the Kansas Department of Transportation. By Shaun Hittle
Regents applaud Brownback’s flat budget for higher education
January 17, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback’s flat-funding budget proposal for higher education is a far cry from what the Kansas Board of Regents wanted. By Scott Rothschild.
Driver of postal truck sent to hospital after Thursday morning accident
January 17, 2013
A van rear-ended a U.S. Postal Service truck in North Lawrence on Third Street about 10 a.m. Thursday, sending one person to the hospital. By Shaun Hittle
Notebook
KU freshman guard says right ankle has responded well to treatment
03:38 p.m., January 17, 2013 Updated 12:23 a.m.
Ben McLemore says his injured right ankle is about “85 percent” healed. By Gary Bedore
Brownback plans to transfer highway funds to schools, merge Kansas Turnpike Authority raise questions
January 17, 2013
Members of the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday voiced concerns over Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to pay for education with highway funds and merge the Kansas Turnpike Authority with the state transportation agency. By Scott Rothschid.
Two seriously injured in I-70 rollover accident
January 17, 2013
Two people were seriously injured and taken to KU Medical Center early Thursday morning after a rollover accident on I-70 in Lawrence
KU chancellor mourns Jan. 4 death of student
January 17, 2013
Kansas University on Thursday released a statement from Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little mourning the death of a KU junior who died earlier this month. Raphael “Rafe” Biltz, a junior from Mulvane, died Jan. 4.
Lawrence man found guilty in retrial of 2006 murder case
12:07 p.m., January 17, 2013 Updated 12:07 p.m.
Once more, a Douglas County jury found Christopher Belone, 41, guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the July 2006 beating death of Linda Begay, of Lawrence. By Ian Cummings
Statehouse Live: Regents direct universities to propose tuition rate requests covering two years
January 17, 2013
State higher education officials Thursday directed universities to propose tuition rate requests covering a two-year period. By Scott Rothschild.
Devoted Jayhawk fan and alumnus Gary Woodland eyes return to PGA elite
12:17 a.m., January 17, 2013 Updated 09:25 a.m.
PGA touring pro Gary Woodland, a former Kansas University golfer and big KU basketball fan, is hoping to make a comeback in 2013 after an injury-plagued 2012 season. By Tom Keegan
Keegan honored as Kansas sportswriter of the year
January 17, 2013
Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan, now in his eighth year leading the sports department, has been named the Kansas sportswriter of the year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
FSHS wrestling falls in SMNW dual
January 17, 2013
Shawnee Mission Northwest defeated Free State, 45-35, on Wednesday in a high school wrestling dual.
KU football, soccer set GPA records in fall 2012
January 17, 2013
The Kansas University football and soccer teams set academic records during the fall semester in 2012.
Lawrence High boys confident in face of tough competition at tourney
January 17, 2013
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team begins playing tonight at the three-day Topeka Invitational Tournament against some of the top competition in the state. By Benton Smith
Free State boys hope to end losing streak, build chemistry
January 17, 2013
The Free State boys basketball team hopes to break a six-game losing streak as soon as tonight, when the Firebirds begin their three-day stay at the McPherson Invitational Basketball Tournament. By Benton Smith
KU freshman Ellis settling in; McLemore to practice today
January 17, 2013
Kansas University freshman forward Perry Ellis had a strong first semester in the classroom and is getting more comfortable on the court. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Hearings put focus on national security
January 17, 2013 in print edition on A8
Senate hearings on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary will be a distinctive Washington entertainment, a donnybrook without drama. He should be confirmed: Presidents are due substantial deference in selecting Cabinet members because they administer presidential policies and, unlike judicial appointments, they leave when their nominators do. Hagel will be confirmed because Sen. Chuck Schumer, after hesitating theatrically enough to propitiate supporters of Israel, of whom there are many among his New York constituents, has decided not to oppose Hagel. Opposition would have ended Schumer’s hope to make the nation nostalgic for Harry Reid by succeeding him as Senate Democratic leader. Still, the hearings will be sound and fury signifying renewed interest in national security policy, which can be illuminated by Hagel addressing questions like these:
25 years ago: LMH charges among lowest in nation
January 17, 2013
The hospital also had one of the lowest charges in the state for room and board.
40 years ago: KU students line up for spring enrollment
January 17, 2013
Students with last names beginning with “O” through “Sn” today began the job of enrolling.
Style Scout: Natalie Schaefer
January 17, 2013
Fashion trends you hate: Not dressing for the weather.
Style Scout: Skylar Cowdry
January 17, 2013
Describe your style: Old-fashioned with a modern twist.
100 years ago: KU hospital donor dies at 92
January 17, 2013
“Ten years ago he made a gift of $90,000 to the University of Kansas for the purpose of erecting a University Hospital.”
Editorial: Mental health effort
The details haven’t been worked out, but the Kansas governor’s attention to the state’s mental health needs could be a positive step.
January 17, 2013
It’s too bad it took the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the hands of a gunman who reportedly had mental health problems in Connecticut to get the nation’s attention about the need for added attention to mental health services.
Garden Calendar: Making birds feel at home
January 17, 2013
As we watch a nuthatch descend the trunk of nearby tree and listen to the uninterrupted chirping of numerous other birds, I understand why Julie Trowbridge-Alford provides food, water and shelter for birds in her yard.
Our Town Sports for Jan. 17
January 17, 2013
A weekly roundup of local events, results and accomplishments.
Opinion: Humanity must temper power
January 17, 2013 in print edition on A8
Does torture work? It is a Bush-era debate that has found Obama-era relevance because of a new movie, “Zero Dark Thirty,” in which torture seems to work quite well.
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 16 NBA games
January 17, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Horoscopes for Jan. 17
January 17, 2013
For Thursday, Jan. 17: This year you will make an unusually strong effort to keep the peace; however, remember that you are human. If you are single, a serious yet attractive member of the opposite sex strolls right through your door. If you are attached, the two of you have serious talks and become more accepting of each other.