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Archive for Friday, January 18, 2013

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12:29 a.m.
Two shoppers exit Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop as Christmas lights shine in downtown Lawrence on Wednesday. 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
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback's State of the State address earlier this week pointed to the existence of the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority as "one of the clearest examples of duplication in state government."
The governor proposed merging the two under Secretary of Transportation Mike King. 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.
10:15 p.m.
The proposed site plan for the Rock Chalk Park Sports Complex in northwest Lawrence. Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won’t profit from the KU sports complex
6:20 p.m., January 18, 2013 Updated 7:48 p.m.
Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel broke his silence Friday about his role in the proposed $50 million Rock Chalk Park development in northwest Lawrence, promising that his company won’t profit from the Kansas University sports complex. Among other things, he said he will be paid $1.3 million per year in lease payments by the university over the next 30 years for use of the facility. The university would take ownership of the facility after 50 years. By Chad Lawhorn

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How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 18 NBA games
January 18, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA games.
Lawrence city commission agenda for Jan. 22
January 18, 2013
Lawrence City Commission meeting, 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won’t profit from the KU sports complex
06:20 p.m., January 18, 2013 Updated 07:48 p.m.
Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel broke his silence Friday about his role in the proposed $50 million Rock Chalk Park development in northwest Lawrence, promising that his company won’t profit from the Kansas University sports complex. Among other things, he said he will be paid $1.3 million per year in lease payments by the university over the next 30 years for use of the facility. The university would take ownership of the facility after 50 years. By Chad Lawhorn
Weekend wrap-up: Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson county courts
January 18, 2013
This week, a McLouth man is charged with dealing methamphetamine, two face charges in Franklin County for a convenience store robbery, and a Fort Riley soldier signs a diversion agreement with prosecutors in a February aggravated assault case involving a handgun.
KU soccer’s Whitney Berry drafted into NWSL
January 18, 2013
Kansas University senior midfielder Whitney Berry was selected with the third pick in the third round of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft by FC Kansas City on Friday. The 19th overall pick, Berry is the second Jayhawk to be drafted by a professional team in the United States.
KU football player cited for battery
January 18, 2013
A junior Kansas University football player was cited for battery in an early morning incident Sunday at Tonic, 728 Massachusetts St., according to municipal court records.
Three arrested in Jefferson County after wide search for stolen truck
January 18, 2013
Three people suspected of using a stolen truck to try to steal scrap metal in Jefferson County were arrested Thursday in the 1200 block of Rice Road, about 10 miles north of Lawrence, after a chase that involved several area law enforcement agencies.
Students march to honor, study Martin Luther King Jr.
January 18, 2013
Sixth-grade students from Liberty Memorial Central Middle School staged a civil rights march down Massachusetts Street Friday as they learned about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Peter Hancock
Constitution Hall to host Bleeding Kansas series
January 18, 2013
Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 319 Elmore St., Lecompton, will hold it’s annual Bleeding Kansas Series at 2 p.m. on Sundays Jan. 27 through Feb. 24. Presenters will include Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and authors Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart.
Police pursue man with stolen checks, gun, suspected in Tonganoxie burglary
January 18, 2013
A man who tried to cash a stolen check at a Lawrence bank on Thursday, and was involved in two car accidents while fleeing police, remains at large.
Lawrence man receives two life sentences for sex crimes against 6-year-old girl
January 18, 2013
A 39-year-old Lawrence man has received two life sentences for sex crimes in connection with a 2011 incident involving a 6-year-old girl.
Prominent KU donor Al Self dies at 91
January 18, 2013
Madison “Al” Self, who along with his wife donated more to Kansas University than any other individual donor, died this past weekend in Illinois.
Boil water advisory canceled for Jefferson County district
January 18, 2013
A boil water advisory, issued Wednesday for Jefferson County Rural Water District No. 10, has been canceled, according to a news release issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas Court of Appeals panel sides with Douglas County quarry on permit issue
January 18, 2013
In a long-running dispute, a panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed a decision that granted a permit for a quarry operation in Douglas County. By Scott Rothschild
Statehouse Live: GOP losing steam on quickie proposal to change constitution on school finance
January 18, 2013
House Speaker Ray Merrick on Friday said it was unlikely that the Legislature could place a constitutional amendment on the April ballot that would seek to thwart a court order to increase school funding. By Scott Rothschild
Douglas County GOP to host discussion about health care coverage
January 18, 2013
The Douglas County Republican Party is hosting a discussion of health care coverage in Kansas.
High-speed police pursuit in East Lawrence ends in arrest at pumpkin patch
January 18, 2013
Several police cars pursued a black Cadillac late Friday morning on a meandering high-speed chase through East Lawrence, from 10th and Rhode Island Streets to East 15th Street, before the Cadillac was found stopped near a pumpkin patch east of the city limits.
Moody’s calls school finance ruling a negative credit factor for Kansas
January 18, 2013
The credit rating company says last week’s court ruling, coupled with pressure from tax cuts, casts a negative cloud over the state’s financial future. By Peter Hancock
Wichita State professor announced as first finalist for top job at KU’s Edwards campus
January 18, 2013
Kansas University on Friday announced the first of three final candidates for the top position at its Edwards Campus in Overland Park: a professor and administrator at Wichita State University.
To our readers: LJWorld.com website problems
January 18, 2013
The World Company websites have experienced some technical problems the past several days.
Morse files for Lawrence school board
January 18, 2013
Adina Morse filed paperwork Friday morning to run for the Lawrence school board. By Peter Hancock
Seabury splits in Tonganoxie
January 18, 2013
Seabury’s girls won and its boys lost at the Tonganoxie Invitational on Thursday.
Veritas girls win
January 18, 2013
Naomi Hickman scored 12 points, and Madi Bennett and Kristen Finger added 11 points apiece to lead Veritas Christian to a 42-25 high school girls basketball victory over Hyman Brand on Thursday night.
LHS wrestlers win O-South dual
January 18, 2013
Lawrence High defeated Olathe South, 49-18, in a wrestling dual on Thursday,
Free State boys bowlers win again
January 18, 2013
Free State High’s boys bowlers claimed their second consecutive victory Thursday, winning the Shawnee Mission North quadrangular.
Lawrence girls first, boys second at bowling invite
January 18, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls bowlers took first place and the LHS boys were second in the LHS Invitational on Thursday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Free State boys fall in McPherson
January 18, 2013
Free State High’s boys basketball squad gave a tough McPherson team all it could handle in the first half before falling, 53-44, on Thursday night in the first round of the McPherson Invitational.
Lions swim to 2nd place at home invitational
January 18, 2013
Lawrence High finished second of seven teams at the Lawrence Invitational — the Lions’ first and only home meet of the year. By Jesse Newell
KU women set sights on track title
January 18, 2013
The Kansas University women’s track and field team enters the 2013 indoor season with a No. 2 national ranking and aspirations of making the upcoming seasons some of the best in school history. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Diamond Dixon precious jewel
January 18, 2013
Diamond Dixon is real, and so is her smile and her gold medal and her national championship in the 2012 NCAA indoor 400 meters. By Tom Keegan
Great escape: Lions open tourney with narrow win
January 18, 2013
Although the fourth quarter turned out to be the least successful eight-minute stretch of the night for Lawrence High’s boys basketball team Thursday, the Lions forced enough defensive stops in the final minutes to overcome a series of late mistakes and knock off Wichita East, 63-57, in the first round of the Topeka Invitational Tournament. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: Student films attract notice at national contest
January 18, 2013
One of the films was becoming quite well known, according to student advisor Marcia Ackerman.
40 years ago: Accident catapults motorcyclist into truck bed
January 18, 2013
The man had suffered a leg injury when his motorcycle struck the rear of the pickup.
Letter: Tax options
January 18, 2013
The city is overlooking some real alternatives in their current discussion of the Rock Chalk Park recreation facility. First off, the $25 million recreation project is supposedly possible without any tax increase since a number of projects’ bonds payments are ending. This sizeable lump of money can be used several ways. One is cutting taxes by lowering the sales or property taxes. Another is putting the excess dollars to work on our urgent infrastructure problems.
Letter: Climate action
January 18, 2013
The lead article in Friday’s Lawrence Journal-World lets us know that all but one Kansas county were declared disaster areas due to the extreme drought this past year. This week we also learned that 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous US, with a 55.3 degree average demolishing the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.
Editorial: Gun action
January 18, 2013
The country also needs to ask whether a one-size-fits-all gun-control solution is rational for a nation as diverse as ours, with many areas where firearms are used for hunting and treasured as family possessions and other locales where firearms are primarily tools of violence or self-defense.
Letter: Science review
January 18, 2013
The second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available for feedback. As a lead state in developing these standards, Kansas has a broad stakeholder team, including K-12 educators, post-secondary scientists and science educators and science and engineering professionals, that has been providing feedback over multiple previous drafts, and the Kansas State Board of Education has agreed to give serious consideration to adopting these standards as the state science standards. For more information about the review process, visit www.ksde.org/science and click on the Next Generation Science Standards tab.
100 years ago: Unseasonably warm temps puzzle Lawrence weather-watchers
January 18, 2013
“This weather certainly is not the kind one usually thinks of in connection with the month of January.”
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 17 NBA games
January 18, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
Horoscopes for Jan. 18
January 18, 2013
For Friday, Jan. 18: This year you discover the importance of sharing your decision-making process with others. When you withhold this information, people don’t understand where you are coming from. If you are single, you could meet someone quite desirable after June. If you are attached, your openness creates a new avenue of communication, which your partner appreciates.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Fringe’ wraps up
January 18, 2013
Is calling a show a “cult” hit just another way of saying it never really found a big audience? “Fringe” (7 p.m., Fox) wraps up its head-scratcher of a story about parallel universes and dark conspiracies tonight. Fox deserves credit for keeping this series around (despite meager ratings) for a final 13-episode season and a chance to finish the story. (For those who still care.)