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Kan. lawmaker to offer alternative income tax plan
March 11, 2013
A powerful Republican lawmaker said Monday he has a proposal to reduce Kansas’ personal income taxes that would also allow the state sales tax to drop as scheduled, avoiding the GOP governor’s plan to stabilize the state budget by maintaining the current sales tax rate.
Traveler’s Starbucks quest leads him to Lawrence
March 11, 2013
A man attempting to drink coffee at every company-operated Starbucks Coffee Company store in the world stopped in Lawrence on Sunday night to check another store off his ever-growing list of Starbucks locations. By Meagan Thomas
School board hires principals, discusses bond plans
March 11, 2013
The Lawrence school board named two new principals for the 2013-14 school year, and named a permanent assistant principal at another school. Board members also reaffirmed their commitment that the proposed $92.5 million bond issue will not result in higher property taxes. By Peter Hancock
City Commission candidates quizzed on ways to cut City Hall budget
March 11, 2013
When it comes to putting a damper on City Hall spending, ideas from Lawrence City Commission candidates range from slashing the proposed $25 million recreation center to creating a new citizens task force. By Chad Lawhorn
City of Lawrence to consider rate increases for water and sewer bills
March 11, 2013
Just in time for grass-growing season, Lawrence city commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday will consider increasing water and sewer rates. By Chad Lawhorn
Bill would limit nuisance lawsuits against ag interests
March 11, 2013
Already seeking repeal of corporate farming restrictions, Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Monday pushed for passage of a bill that would limit nuisance lawsuits against agricultural operations. By Scott Rothschild
Area students capture state chess titles
March 11, 2013
A Southwest Middle School student is one step away from qualifying for the national K-8 chess tournament this summer. Apramay Mishra was among several Lawrence-area chess players who captured individual and team titles Saturday at the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association state tournament in Wichita. By Peter Hancock
House Appropriations Committee whittles down Brownback’s budget plan on higher education by $16 million
March 11, 2013
Republicans on the House budget committee on Friday approved a recommendation that would cut $16 million in higher education funding from Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal. By Scott Rothschild
New undersheriff appointed in Douglas County
March 11, 2013
James Martin Jr., a Lawrence police captain, has been appointed as a new undersheriff in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Ian Cummings
Deanell Tacha one of two attorneys selected to mediate Kansas school finance lawsuit
March 11, 2013
Attorneys involved in a Kansas school finance lawsuit on Monday announced they had picked the dean of Pepperdine University’s law school and a Topeka attorney to serve as mediators to settle the case. By The Associated Press
Kansas Highway Patrol to enforce seat-belt laws at area high schools
March 11, 2013
Drivers in Kansas can get a ticket for not wearing their seat belts, and high school students in Douglas County will be under extra scrutiny for the next two weeks. Ian Cummings
Opponents of bill eliminating classified worker system say the proposal will lead to patronage
March 11, 2013
Representatives of state workers on Monday said a bill dismantling the classified employment system would mean jobs would be based on politics instead of merit. By Scott Rothschild
AP: Marcus Smart Big 12 player of year; Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore 1st team
March 11, 2013
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is The Associated Press Big 12 men’s basketball Player of the Year.
Lawrence district testing ‘blended classroom’ model to provide more flexibility, learning opportunities
March 11, 2013
Lawrence schools are field testing a new model for classroom instruction geared toward 21st century learning. The new model blends traditional teacher-led activity in school with online activities that can be done anytime, anywhere. But its future in Lawrence may depend on passage of a proposed bond issue. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence bars cited for serving minors 92 times in 2012; few penalties doled out
March 11, 2013
Lawrence bars were cited more than 200 times for serving minors in the past two years. But records obtained by the Journal-World show such citations rarely result in significant penalties. By Shaun Hittle
Bankruptcies for March 11
March 11, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Divorces for March 11
March 11, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court
Marriages for March 11
March 11, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court.
How to Help: Green thumbs needed for gardening project
March 11, 2013
Volunteers who enjoy being outside, digging in the garden and supporting Lawrence’s local food movement are needed for the upcoming “Growing Food, Growing Health” volunteer workdays. Upcoming workdays are this Saturday and March 30, both from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Middle School Garden, 2700 Harvard Road. To attend, or for more information, contact Lily Siebert at Lily@TheMerc.coop or 785-843-8544.
Jayhawks 11th in women’s golf
March 11, 2013
Kansas University Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat shot a 2-under 70 in her final round and tied for 19th overall, and KU’s women’s golf team placed 11th at the 16-team Clover Cup.
KU tennis dual at OSU called
March 11, 2013
Sunday’s dual tennis match between Kansas University and Oklahoma State has been postponed indefinitely due to inclement weather. A new match date has not yet been decided.
Kansas rowing falls to Sooners
March 11, 2013
A day after tallying four-consecutive victories over Kansas State, Kansas University’s rowing team closed the Oklahoma Invite on Sunday by falling to the host squad from the University of Oklahoma. The Sooners swept all six races.
Lions’ Jake Mosiman second-teamer
March 11, 2013
No city players made the cut this season for the Sunflower League’s five-player boys basketball first team, but six were recognized by the league’s coaches with postseason honors.
Firebirds’ Kennedy Kirkpatrick all-league pick
March 11, 2013
Free State senior guard Kennedy Kirkpatrick concluded her high school playing career with her third straight first team All-Sunflower League selection.
Kansas softball shuts out ULM
March 11, 2013
Senior left fielder Maggie Hull tagged her 20th career home run, and Alicia Pille threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Kansas University softball blanked Louisiana-Monroe, 6-0, to win the FAU Invitational on Sunday.
Royals roll, 17-11
March 11, 2013
Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game, one of four shots by the Los Angeles Angels. On this day, that wasn’t nearly enough.
KU defensive line infused
Jayhawks’ assistant coach Buddy Wyatt enthused by ‘new blood’
March 11, 2013
Kansas University’s shortage of football defensive linemen last spring became a well-known fact, but an infusion of “new blood” has defensive-line coach Buddy Wyatt fired up this spring. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Perry Ellis lone highlight for KU at Baylor
March 11, 2013
Forage through wreckage long enough and you’re bound to stumble upon a hidden treasure, which brings us to Saturday’s 23-point loss to Baylor in the Ferrell Center. By Tom Keegan
New policy monitors police dismissal of tickets; report examines cases
March 11, 2013
A new city policy aimed at keeping tabs on traffic and parking tickets issued by the Lawrence Police Department “has been effective,” according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. By Shaun Hittle
Digging into their roots: Amateur genealogists try to grow knowledge of family trees, history
March 11, 2013
Joni Hughes’ obsession with researching her family tree started with a simple enough question. She was looking for the first name of an ancestor from a few generations back. Finding that easily, she wanted to know more. And more. “Let me give you a warning,” Hughes said. “It’s addictive. You find one little piece of information, and you’re hooked.”
CASA is perfect home for caring lawyer
March 11, 2013
As a newly minted attorney practicing with the Lawrence firm Pendleton and Sutton, Anne Hall had been looking for a way to volunteer in the community. Her husband, Adam Hall, suggested she become a Court Appointed Special Advocate as a way to combine her passion for mentoring teens with her legal know-how. By Micki Chestnut
Letter: Watchdogs
March 11, 2013
March 10-16 is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information. It is a reminder to us about how important it is to make our voices heard all year long, not just on Election Day.
Editorial: After the fact
How can legislation rewarding investments that already have taken place be considered an incentive for business?
March 11, 2013
A bill under discussion would provide more than $10 million in sales tax exemptions and corporate income tax credits to large enterprises involved in animal agriculture. The Brownback administration hopes the move will generate investment in production facilities for milking cows, laying eggs and raising livestock for slaughter.
100 years ago: Offical Boy Scout troop started in Lawrence
March 11, 2013
“The movement has been growing steadily since its beginning and evidently it has come to stay.”
Capitol Report: Drones, guns and school finance
March 11, 2013
Drones, guns and school finance. By Scott Rothschild.
40 years ago: No growth for West 15th Street… yet
March 11, 2013
City commissioners argued that there was not yet enough public need for developing the area.
Offbeat Occupations: Flower power planner
March 11, 2013
In 2013, the city of Lawrence will plant 31,000 flowers and bulbs and take care of about 30,000 trees. And someone has to oversee it all. Enter Crystal Miles, the city’s horticulture and forestry manager.
Double Take: Breaking up is hard but necessary
March 11, 2013
Last month we discussed rules for romance, the first of which was to consider dating a process of figuring out who you don’t belong with. This comes up no less than 10 times a week in my office. It’s a rule that’s obviously true yet hard to follow, and if you’re going to put it to good use, breaking up will become a major part of your search for true love.
The Fashion Column: Kansas City Fashion Week recap
March 11, 2013
Although today the Midwest isn’t exactly known as the fashion hub where trends are born, Kansas City Fashion Week has innovatively revived the fashion scene with fresh new designers showcasing everything from edgy styles to bridal wear and everything in between.
25 years ago: Lawrence couple to tie the knot during St. Pat’s parade
March 11, 2013
Many people in Lawrence were looking forward to the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Opinion: CPAC should welcome Christie
March 11, 2013 in print edition on A8
It’s a safe bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:
Delicious/Nutritious: Spicy sides
March 11, 2013
Sriracha is a Thai hot sauce, and it’s not for weak taste buds. But for cooks looking to spice it up, try these side dishes.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Kings Point’ a moving look at retired life
March 11, 2013
We’re all going to get old. Unless we don’t. That’s a hard fact we live with every day. The Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary “Kings Point” (8 p.m., HBO) takes a bittersweet look at the residents of a Delray Beach, Fla., retirement home.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a bathroom sink drain
March 11, 2013
Basically, when it comes replacing a lavatory drain assembly, if you can access it, you can fix it.
Opinion: Drones should be the last resort
March 11, 2013 in print edition on A8
Sen. Rand Paul made some dubious warnings about drone strikes on San Francisco cafes in his filibuster last week against the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director. But his larger argument for clearer limits on drones is absolutely right.
Kansas State Board of Education to review new social studies standards
March 11, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education will review the latest draft of proposed new standards for K-12 history, government and social studies. The discussion comes as the Kansas Legislature is debating a bill that would mandate the teaching of certain content. By Peter Hancock
Horoscopes for March 11
March 11, 2013
For Monday, March 11: This year your creativity flourishes and evolves. Others look to you for resolutions to their problems. If you are single, you can afford to be discriminating when it comes to romantic suitors. If you are attached, your passion comes through in many ways, especially toward your sweetie.