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Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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12:56 a.m.
The proposed site plan for the Rock Chalk Park Sports Complex in northwest Lawrence. City approves development agreement, tax abatement for $25M Rock Chalk Park recreation center
March 5, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners gave final approval Tuesday night to a development agreement that allows the $25 million Rock Chalk recreation center project to move forward. They also approved an ordinance that will give the larger Rock Chalk Park project, which includes privately owned athletic facilities to be used by Kansas University, a 100 percent property tax abatement for the next 10 years. By Chad Lawhorn
1:13 p.m.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry and Deputy Sheriff Jerrod W. Fredricks were arrested and charged with felony counts of interference with a law enforcement officer and official misconduct. Photos from Wyandotte County Jail. Franklin County sheriff appears in court on criminal charges; removal hearing set for March 14
March 6, 2013
Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry (left) was charged in Franklin County District Court with a felony count of interfering with law enforcement, as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct, during his first court appearance Wednesday. Curry, along with Franklin County Sheriff Deputy Jerrod Fredricks (right), was arrested last week by KBI special agents. By Shaun Hittle
5:32 p.m.
A new report by a nonpartisan health consumer group says middle-class Americans are being deeply affected by the insurance crisis. They are paying more for insurance, but their incomes are declining. Businesses also are dropping insurance benefits because of the high costs. Former Ottawa superintendent receiving full salary of $10,899 per month and benefits
March 6, 2013
Dean Katt, who resigned as superintendent of the Ottawa school district last week, will continue receiving his full $10,899 per month salary and benefits through Oct. 31 while he remains on board as a consultant with no specific duties. By Peter Hancock
10:44 p.m.
The six candidates for three open city commission seats from left clockwise, Mike Amyx, Jeremy Farmer, Terry Riordan, Leslie Soden, Scott Criqui and Rob Chestnut. Candidates say it is time to move on from recreation center issue
March 6, 2013
A few questions on the Rock Chalk Park sports village may still be forthcoming, but City Commission candidates on Wednesday showed no signs of wanting to overturn this week’s decision to move forward on the project. By Chad Lawhorn

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Just too much: FSHS overwhelmed by mighty Huskies
March 6, 2013
Free State played as flawless a first half as a coach could hope for Wednesday afternoon against Blue Valley Northwest, but the Huskies got back to their lethal brand of hoops when it came time to win and ended Free State’s season with a 56-37 victory. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Separate sports, politics
March 6, 2013
It wasn’t enough for university presidents and chancellors to mess up college sports — thanks to the Knight Commission — now the politicians want their bottles of spray paint. By Tom Keegan
Candidates say it is time to move on from recreation center issue
March 6, 2013
A few questions on the Rock Chalk Park sports village may still be forthcoming, but City Commission candidates on Wednesday showed no signs of wanting to overturn this week’s decision to move forward on the project. By Chad Lawhorn
School board candidates share similar views on major issues
March 6, 2013
The four candidates running for three seats on the Lawrence school board all strongly support the proposed $92.5 million bond issue and share similar views on other major issues. Voters will elect three of the four candidates in the April 2 general election. By Peter Hancock
City approves new location for Tuesday Farmers’ Market in downtown
March 6, 2013
The Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market has found a new home for its Tuesday afternoon markets.
Lawrence man charged in federal court with the illegal sale of eagle feathers
05:17 p.m., March 6, 2013 Updated 08:45 p.m.
A Lawrence man and an Oklahoma man were charged Wednesday in federal court with “unlawfully selling feathers from eagles and hawks covered by a federal law protecting migratory birds,” according to a news release from the office of U.S. District Attorney of Kansas Barry Grissom. By Shaun Hittle
Rental inspection proposal stalls, will be revisited
March 6, 2013
City commissioners balked at the idea of creating a new rental licensing program Tuesday night but did not pull the plug on the idea.
Bill limiting collective bargaining for Kansas teachers draws fire
March 6, 2013
School administrators on Wednesday said a bill limiting teachers in contract negotiations would make schools run more efficiently, but a standing-room-only crowd of teachers and their advocates said the legislation represented an attack on teachers. By Scott Rothschild
Former Ottawa superintendent receiving full salary of $10,899 per month and benefits
March 6, 2013
Dean Katt, who resigned as superintendent of the Ottawa school district last week, will continue receiving his full $10,899 per month salary and benefits through Oct. 31 while he remains on board as a consultant with no specific duties. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence educator Kathleen Bowen named one of seven Kansas Master Teachers
March 6, 2013
Kathleen Bowen, gifted education facilitator at Hillcrest and Sunset Hill schools in Lawrence, has been named one of seven “Kansas Master Teachers” for 2013 by Emporia State University. This is the second straight year a Lawrence teacher has received one of the honors. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County United Way receives $19,000 volunteer grant
March 6, 2013
The United Way of Douglas County’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center has received a Volunteer Generation Fund grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission for the third year in a row. This year’s grant is for about $19,000.
National chapter addresses alleged animal abuse at KU fraternity
March 6, 2013
The Kansas University chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity will no longer allow live animals at events, will host a service project benefiting an animal-related organization and will host an animal rights speaker at the fraternity, according to Martin Cobb, a spokesman for the national chapter. The move comes following allegations of animal abuse at the fraternity. By Shaun Hittle
Douglas County Commission delays quarry review for three weeks
March 6, 2013
Douglas County commissioners have deferred action on proposed changes for Big Springs Quarry for three weeks. The issue will be discussed March 27. By Peter Hancock
Blue Valley NW ends Free State’s season at state
Unbeaten Huskies take control late, win 56-37
March 6, 2013
The Firebirds hung around longer than many probably expected them to, but Blue Valley Northwest’s ability to force turnovers and consistently get to the paint off the bounce made it impossible for Free State (11-12) to keep up with the Huskies (23-0), who prevailed 56-37. By Benton Smith
Franklin County sheriff appears in court on criminal charges; removal hearing set for March 14
March 6, 2013
Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry (left) was charged in Franklin County District Court with a felony count of interfering with law enforcement, as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct, during his first court appearance Wednesday. Curry, along with Franklin County Sheriff Deputy Jerrod Fredricks (right), was arrested last week by KBI special agents. By Shaun Hittle
Under bill, concealed carry of guns would be decided by school boards, university leaders
March 6, 2013
School boards and university administratorss would be able to decide if they want employees who have concealed-carry licenses to be able to carry their weapon on the job, under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee. By Scott Rothschild
Opinion: Spread-out state tourney not hoops heaven
March 6, 2013
The format of Kansas high school basketball’s postseason keeps fans from enjoying the best the state tournament has to offer. Column by Tom Witherspoon
KU bowling heads to Las Vegas
March 6, 2013
The Kansas University bowling team will be participating in one of the four intercollegiate team championship sectionals from Thursday through Monday, March 11, in Las Vegas.
Two Kansas men’s golfers finish in top five at Louisiana Classics
March 6, 2013
Kansas University seniors Alex Gutesha and Chris Gilbert finished in the top five, and sophomore Stan Gautier tied for 17th as KU’s men’s golf team placed sixth Tuesday in the Louisiana Classics.
Free State’s postseason push lets Hack brothers team up one last time
March 6, 2013
Free State senior Wilson Hack and brother Weston, a sophomore, are savoring their last chance to share a basketball court as the Firebirds boys make their run to the state tournament. By Benton Smith
Firebirds feeling confident against undefeated BVNW
March 6, 2013
Ever since Free State High’s boys basketball team won a sub-state championship Friday at Olathe East, the Firebirds have heard well-wishers doubt the team’s chances against undefeated Blue Valley Northwest. But FSHS players say they’re prepared and confident they have a shot in today’s state tournament in Wichita. By Benton Smith
Self lets Jayhawks have some fun in Senior Night rout
March 6, 2013
With the game against Texas Tech well in hand on Monday, Kansas University coach Bill Self encouraged his players to watch a videoboard tribute to KU’s seniors in lieu of listening to him during a TV time out. By Gary Bedore
Coaches see improvement in KU football’s spring start
March 6, 2013
Piles of snow may have surrounded the field and a chill may have hung in the air, but none of that stopped the Kansas University football team from getting spring practice off to a hot start on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Don’t count out KU’s new-look offensive line yet
March 6, 2013
Nothing beats an offensive line with a few fifth-year seniors loaded with game experience. Kansas University’s football team had three blockers last season who combined for 110 starts in their careers. Now they’re gone, but hope is not. Column by Tom Keegan
Seniors secure victory late against TCU in KU women’s home finale
March 6, 2013
With a minute left, Kansas University’s Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis, the Jayhawks’ senior stars, combined for one final highlight in a 74-67 Senior Night victory over TCU. By Jesse Newell
40 years ago: Rain dampens ardor of primary voters
March 6, 2013
Up until lunchtime, only 1,964 ballots had been cast at the 17 polling places.
100 years ago: Merchants’ Association fights bogus checks, vandalism
March 6, 2013
“Offers of rewards such as the one made last night perhaps will serve as a check upon the bogus check men.”
How former Jayhawks fared in March 5 NBA games
March 6, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Jackson deal restructured
March 6, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have restructured the contract of defensive end Tyson Jackson, freeing up space under the salary cap as free agency approaches.
Royals’ Chen, Hochevar effective
March 6, 2013
Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar are competing for the final spot in the Royals’ rotation. The loser might not be with the organization for too long.
Letter: Civics lesson
March 6, 2013
It’s ironic that a “Celebrate Freedom Week” bill (HB 2280) passed the Kansas House last week. The bill requires, among other things, that public schools offer additional lessons about constitutional rights.
Editorial: Kobach conflict
The Kansas Senate advanced one measure favored by the Kansas secretary of state but added a provision he is less likely to support.
March 6, 2013
Given the lack of evidence of significant voter fraud in the state and the fact that local prosecutors oppose the bill because they believe they have the situation under control, adding enforcement powers and staff to the Secretary of State’s Office seems like a poor expenditure of state funds.
Opinion: New Syria policy falls far short
March 6, 2013 in print edition on A7
Biscuits and Band-Aids. Those two words sum up the farcical “new” policy toward Syria that Secretary of State John Kerry announced at a Rome meeting with Syrian opposition leaders.
Your turn: Long-time resident shares local memories
March 6, 2013
Lawrence is a fun place to live. Yep, I’ve tried it, compared it, and don’t find it wanting. Well, there may be a thing or two that could improve it — like having a mountain on the west side of town, maybe a lock on one side of the Jackman Dam so canoes and small boats could navigate the Kaw. We love what we have though — just the way it is.
Letter: Bond support
March 6, 2013
My vote goes in favor of the bond issue. I see many positives in favor of it, most of all the reinforcing of the neighborhood school model. When we moved here in 1962, one of the best things my wife and I saw that ultimately convinced us to stay here was the fact that our kids could walk to school most of the time (except, of course, when they overslept or had a zero-hour rehearsal!). Add to that the many improvements that are included in the package, with no direct increase in property tax and it’s a no-brainer in my not-normally-humble opinion.
Horoscopes for March 6
March 6, 2013
For Wednesday, March 6: This year you gain greater insight because of your willingness to open up to others and explore new ideas. You genuinely have a great deal of compassion for people in general. If you are single, you have the opportunity to meet someone quite special anytime from this summer on. If you are attached, the two of you will fulfill a long-term dream or desire.
Tune In Tonight: Supernatural stuff and other delusions
March 6, 2013
Can possessions be possessed? Just last week, news stories spread about a segment on Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club,” as he advised a young woman to pray over her recent thrift store purchases “to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.”
25 years ago: KU fans honor Manning, Piper, Marshall on Senior Night
March 6, 2013
The Jayhawk faithful had thrown hundreds of roses down to the court.