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Brownback, KU officials hope to draw on free-state history to fight modern-day slavery
January 31, 2013
Kansas, a state whose roots lie in abolitionism, ought to be a leader in fighting the slavery that still exists all over the globe today, Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday. That’s the idea behind the first-ever Kansas Conference on Slavery and Human Trafficking, which kicked off Thursday night at Kansas University. By Matt Erickson
City Hall brokers deal to scrap controversial bidding process for $25M recreation center; proposal now calls for open bidding
06:40 p.m., January 31, 2013 Updated 06:48 p.m.
Facing mounting concerns from the public, City Hall officials have brokered a tentative deal to scrap a controversial bidding process for a proposed $25 million city recreation center in northwest Lawrence.
Antique motorcycle show slated for Sunday at fairgrounds
January 31, 2013
The Santa Fe Trail chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America will hold its fourth annual Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet on Sunday.
Branson asks lawmakers to support bill allowing additional charges in DUI cases
January 31, 2013
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson testified before the Kansas legislature Thursday in support of a bill that would allow prosecutors to file a charge of aggravated battery against drunken drivers in injury accident. By Shaun Hittle
City announces tentative plan to hold open bidding for proposed $25M recreation center
January 31, 2013
Lawrence city officials have negotiated a new plan that calls for the proposed $25 million city recreation center in northwest Lawrence to be competitively bid through the city’s standard bidding process.
Lawrence man charged with rape, aggravated indecent liberities involving teenage girl
January 31, 2013
A 33-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in a case involving a teenage girl. By Ian Cummings
Two Lawrence men arrested on suspicion of many offenses after crash outside bowling alley
January 31, 2013
Two Lawrence men were arrested on suspicion of many offenses Wednesday night after jumping out of a still-moving stolen truck outside Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa Street about 11 p.m.
Three Lawrence students nominated as Presidential Scholars
January 31, 2013
Two students from Lawrence High School and one from Free State have been nominated for one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The final awards will be announced this summer.
Camping out in cold worth it to KU students for free burritos for a year
January 31, 2013
A couple dozen burrito lovers camped out all night for a special offer from Freebirds Burritos before the store’s Lawrence grand opening on Massachusetts street Thursday. By Shaun Hittle
Statehouse Live: Labor groups suffer blow in Kansas House
January 31, 2013
The Kansas National Education Association and public employee unions on Thursday suffered a blow as the House approved a bill that both sides agreed would hurt the labor groups. By Scott Rothschild
AAU coach clears Twitter confusion: Ben McLemore’s brother won’t be attending KU next year
January 31, 2013
Kevin McLemore, a 6-foot senior guard from St. Louis’ Normandy High and brother of Ben McLemore, will not be attending Kansas University next year, his AAU coach, Darius Cobb, said Thursday.
County spelling bee set for Saturday
January 31, 2013
The top spellers of Douglas County in third through eighth grades will compete Saturday at Southwest Middle School.
LHS girls reschedule
January 31, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team will finally play Topeka West on Feb. 13, almost a month after the date initially scheduled.
Seabury boys fall
January 31, 2013
Marcus Allen led three Seabury players in double figures with 16 points, but the Seahawks fell to Kansas City Christian, 53-49, Tuesday night in high school boys basketball.
LHS girls bowlers win sixth straight
January 31, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls bowling team won its sixth consecutive tournament Wednesday, defeating Olathe East, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley Southwest.
Lawrence High wrestling splits on Senior Night
January 31, 2013
Lawrence High’s wrestling team began its Senior Night Wednesday with a comeback victory in a dual against Blue Valley Southwest, but couldn’t replicate the late-match heroics in a loss to Baldwin. By Benton Smith
Kansas, nation struggle to score
January 31, 2013
Kansas University’s basketball team has labored a bit offensively the past six games, but the Jayhawks aren’t the only ones struggling to score this season. By Gary Bedore
GOP proposes amendment to end school funding lawsuit
January 31, 2013
Republican legislators in Kansas want to rewrite the education funding provision in the state constitution to end a pending lawsuit that threatens to force the state to boost spending on public schools.
25 years ago: K-State ends KU streak with Allen Fieldhouse win
January 31, 2013
Fans of the Jayhawks said farewell to a lengthy winning streak this week.
40 years ago: Bingo amendment introduced in state senate
January 31, 2013
One issue was how to legalize bingo without legalizing a number of other gambling games.
100 years ago: Creamery building destroyed in overnight fire
January 31, 2013
“‘We hope to rebuild as soon as possible,’ said President J. F. Crum this morning.”
How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 30 NBA games
January 31, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Editorial: Arts failure
January 31, 2013
Any hope that Kansans had for a renewed effort to preserve a state arts agency have been dashed by drastic reductions in the state arts budget proposed earlier this month by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Our Town Sports
January 31, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Thursday, Jan. 31.
Garden Calendar: Upcoming workshop to teach homeowners how to manage stormwater
January 31, 2013
On Feb. 9, the Missouri Prairie Foundation/Grow Native! is presenting “Native Landscaping and Rain Gardens” at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds Building No. 1, 2110 Harper St. By Jennifer Smith
Kaw Valley to host seed fair, exchange
January 31, 2013
The Kaw Valley Seeds Project’s Fouth Annual Seed Fair is scheduled for Feb. 9 and will feature vendors, food, children’s activities and a seed exchange. By Meagan Thomas
Opinion: Beyonce-gate? Uproar is sign of the times
January 31, 2013 in print edition on A6
Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term last week. I mention that only because there’s a good chance you missed it. That news, after all, was overshadowed by an apparently more important story out of Washington. It was a story that, according to the New York Daily News, caused the public to react in “outrage,” a word The Daily Mail in London echoed. One poor fellow tweeted that his life was “shattered” by it. And a local anchor in D.C. even affixed the dreaded scandal suffix: “gate.”
Opinion: Christie could be contender in ’16
January 31, 2013 in print edition on A6
Coyness is not part of Chris Christie’s repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation. New Jersey’s governor is more Mickey Spillane than Jane Austen and his persona, which sometimes is that of a bulldog who got up on the wrong side of the bed, is so popular he seems to be cruising toward re-election this November and does not deny that he might look beyond that.
Horoscopes for Jan. 31
January 31, 2013
For Thursday, Jan. 31: This year you will want to detach, especially when you are triggered. You also will make more of an effort to look at the big picture. If you are single, you could become involved with someone very different and creative. If you are attached, develop a new hobby together, or plan that long-desired trip.