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Revised income, sales tax bill clears Senate
March 14, 2013
Legislation cutting Kansas’ personal income tax rates cleared the state Senate on Thursday, but Republicans in both chambers remained split over GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to offset such reductions by canceling a promised decrease in the sales tax.
Powerlifter to take place among elite American Indian athletes in national hall of fame
March 14, 2013
Hundreds of trophies and medals filled six tables Thursday night in the Coffin Sports Complex on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. The display was part of a ceremony honoring the achievements of Lawrence powerlifter Brady Tanner. On Saturday, Tanner will become the first Special Olympian inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo., joining the likes of Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills. But for all his achievements — including three gold medals from the 2011 World Special Olympic Games in Greece and numerous national titles — Tanner’s attitude was the attribute most mentioned by event speakers. By Adam Strunk
Opinion: Iowa State gets final shot at payback
March 14, 2013
Kansas and Iowa State produced two memorable games in the regular season. The third matchup should be just as compelling, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
Notebook: Rio Adams shines late; Sherron Collins, Alex Smith attend game
March 14, 2013
Kansas University freshman guard Rio Adams made the most of his five minutes of playing time on Thursday in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore
Stars in stripes: KU’s new duds bring shooting luck in blowout over Texas Tech
March 14, 2013
Led by Ben McLemore’s 24 points, Kansas University’s basketball team clubbed Texas Tech, 91-63, in Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal contest in Sprint Center. The rout came with the Jayhawks dressed in new adidas camo uniforms and shorts. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio
After loss, Red Raiders give slight edge to KU in matchup against Iowa State
March 14, 2013
Shortly after doing their part to help the Kansas University men’s basketball team disprove the cliché that beating a team three times in the same season is tough to do, members of the Texas Tech Red Raiders sounded off about Friday’s semifinal match-up between KU and Iowa State. By Matt Tait• Box score
Legislature considering measures to move local elections to November, allow partisanship
March 14, 2013
But Senate minority leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said on Tuesday that the partisanship portion of the Senate bills is part of a power grab by the radical right of the Republican Party to dominate all aspects of the political scene in Kansas. By Nikki Wentling
Senate approves Chamber-backed bill opposed by unions
March 14, 2013
With only Republican support, the Kansas Senate on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting public employee unions from deducting money from members’ paychecks to pay for political activities. By Scott Rothschild
Gay rights advocate has quarantine concerns over proposed changes in infectious disease law
March 14, 2013
A proposal by the state health department could result in the quarantine of people with AIDS or HIV, the leader of a gay and lesbian rights group said Thursday. By Scott Rothschild
Bill would allow open carry of firearms in the Kansas Statehouse, according to a Lawrence legislator; measures now go to Senate
March 14, 2013
A Lawrence legislator on Thursday said his amendment to a gun bill has an error that would allow the open carry of firearms in the Statehouse. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man arrested in connection with break-in at Lawrence High
March 14, 2013
A 43-year-old man was arrested early Thursday morning in connection with a break-in at Lawrence High School. Ian Cummings
Kansas divers finish season at NCAA Zone
March 14, 2013
Kansas University senior diver Christy Cash placed a career-best 12th in the platform event on Wednesday at the NCAA Zone Championships.
Teams trot out unique uniforms for March tourneys
March 14, 2013
Camouflage-patterned shorts. Neon-trimmed tops. Those special uniforms Cincinnati trotted out at the Big East tournament were pretty eye-catching, to say the least.
Jayhawks open Big 12 tournament against Red Raiders
March 14, 2013
Texas Tech coach Chris Walker is hoping his Red Raiders, who were plastered by KU, 79-42, on March 4, benefit from some March Madness today against the Jayhawks in a 2 p.m., Big 12 tournament quarterfinal. By Gary Bedore
Kansas baseball slugs Jackson State, 11-0
March 14, 2013
Few baseball players in the Big 12 know as much about getting hot at the plate as Kansas University sophomore outfielder Michael Suiter, who capped an eight-run fifth inning for the Jayhawks in an 11-0 victory over Jackson State Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. By Benton Smith
Garden Calendar: Trapping best remedy to get rid of moles
March 14, 2013
The giant mounds of soil in my lawn that appeared after the snow melted tell me that I have a new and unwelcome visitor to my yard: a mole.
40 years ago: Health department doc will be difficult to replace
March 14, 2013
Several doctors urged the board to hire Clinton back at an increased salary.
Our Town Sports (March 14)
March 14, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for March 14.
Letter: Village details
March 14, 2013
As an update to the Feb. 23 letter by Ellen Paulsen, I would like to share more details about the Eastside Village Lawrence concept. The vision for this “first” village model encompasses both East Lawrence and North Lawrence. The Village to Village concept is a national program, begun in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in 2001. The village model is a grass-roots movement that incorporates everyone throughout the aging process in a community that supports individuals to live in their own homes, for as long as possible, with the help of their neighbors. There are currently 93 villages with 125 in development.
Letter: Expanded care
March 14, 2013
There is a lot at stake for Kansas hospitals according to the new report funded by the American Hospital Association. It is titled “Economic and Employment Effects of expanding KanCare in Kansas” and is authored by researchers at Regional Economic Models Inc. and George Washington University. The federal funding associated with KanCare expansion will help create approximately 3,400 new jobs in 2014 and 4,000 new jobs by 2020 in the health care industry. This could result in a net cost savings for the state of Kansas from 2014-2020.
Letter: Expertise lost
March 14, 2013
It was interesting to read about the proposed bill that would eliminate the state’s classified employment system. This should not be a surprise to any current state employee. It appears to simply be a way to codify a practice that was introduced when Gov. Brownback took office. For the only time in my experience, at that time, all unclassified state employees were fired or forced into retirement and replaced by inexperienced friends and political allies of the administration. The amount of knowledge and agency experience that was lost was enormous.
Chiefs add CB Robinson, WR Avery on busy day
March 14, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs remained active in free agency on Wednesday, making official a wave of free-agent signings that included veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson and speedy wide receiver Donnie Avery.
Style Scout: Valentino Moreno
March 14, 2013
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? There’s a lot of girls’ stuff. It would be great to have more fashion places for guys where you have access to shoes, ties and stuff like that.
Style Scout: Raya Bowden
March 14, 2013
Dream job? International puppy baby sitter
100 years ago: KU women describe their ‘ideal Jayhawker’
March 14, 2013
“He must be a good conversationalist and realize that a girl is not flattered by having nonsense talked to her all the time.”
Editorial: More democratic?
Efforts to change the way judges are appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court don’t feel more democratic.
March 14, 2013
Legislation to change the way judges are appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals apparently is on its way to becoming law in Kansas. The bill eliminates the current process by which an appointed nominating committee reviews applications and recommends three nominees to the governor. Under the new process, the governor will have the exclusive right to appoint anyone he or she chooses, regardless of the nominee’s qualifications for the job, as long as that choice is confirmed by the Kansas Senate.
Tune In Tonight: ‘The Office’ takes sad, surprise turn
March 14, 2013
Most long-running series treat their final seasons as a kind of victory lap. They run toward the inevitable, often concluding at the altar. Even NBC’s quirky “30 Rock” ended there. For the last several months — or last few years, even — “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC) has been spinning its narrative wheels. It was difficult to predict where the show might end up because, with the exception of a series of romances that went nowhere, it, too, was going nowhere.
Opinion: U.S. must plan for worst in N. Korea
March 14, 2013 in print edition on A8
The Obama administration’s approach toward North Korea has been described as “strategic patience.” A more accurate evaluation of U.S. policy would be “failure.” The administration has alternately wooed and threatened North Korea for four years, with no discernible effect.
Horoscopes for March 14
March 14, 2013
For Thursday, March 14: This year you become familiar with the unexpected, so much so that you might become bored when nothing new happens. Your luck with money depends on how well you respond to your inner voice. If you are single, remember that you don’t need to impress a new suitor. If you are attached, the two of you might make a major investment that you both find exciting.
25 years ago: Holcom on schedule for summer opening
March 14, 2013
Work on the $1.3 million recreation center was reported to be about 70 percent complete.
How former Jayhawks fared in March 13 NBA games
March 14, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Santana effective for Royals
March 14, 2013
Ervin Santana struck out seven in four innings, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez hit run-singles, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-2, Wednesday to improve their spring training record to 14-2.