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Archive for Monday, November 4, 2013

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
"Makataimeshekiakiah, Black Hawk of the Sauk and Fox," a 2008 bronze sculpture by Jim Brothers, is pictured in this file photo. The sculpture's approximate dimensions are 12 inches high, 8 inches wide and 6 inches deep. In some sculpture thefts, scrap metal money is thieves’ goal
November 4, 2013
A bronze bust by artist Jim Brothers isn’t the only recent case of a sculpture being stolen from area galleries or public locales. The person who took the Brothers piece — and his motives — remains unknown. But the perpetrators in a few other thefts apparently were looking to cash in by turning the artworks into scrap metal. By Sara Shepherd
10:00 a.m.
In addition to the everyday ear, nose and throat problems, Lawrence otolaryngologist Lee Reussner and speech pathologist Jennifer Cannady say that they take on quite a few opera singers into their patient load. The two are pictured in an exam room at the Kansas Voice Center in the Medical Arts Building, 1112, W. Sixth Street. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Lawrence doctors find clientele in opera singers
November 4, 2013
Lee Reussner is the director of the Kansas Voice Center, where he and Jennifer Cannady, a speech and language pathologist, treat a number of people on voice issues, including professional singers of all sorts of genres — opera being the most common. By Elliot Hughes
1:12 p.m.
Redycab is a new taxi service coming to Lawrence. New Lawrence taxi service wants to shorten wait times, with flash
November 4, 2013
Lawrence residents have another taxi service and its cabs won’t be difficult to spot: They’ll be the illuminated cars with sound systems not unlike those the taxi riders may have encountered in bars earlier in the evening. By Stephen Montemayor
6:09 p.m.
State Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, speaks Wednesday during a meeting between legislators and Kansas University officials on budget matters. The meeting was held at the KU Medical Center. Touting its economic impact, KU skips over the humanities when arguing for higher education
November 4, 2013
KU administrators laid out several reasons why the state should finance education at the university and the state. Most of those reasons were economic, involving the impact of research and fields that are mostly technical. Left out of the conversation was a large part of what university does: teaching and research in the humanities, arts and social sciences. By Ben Unglesbee

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All-Big 12 soccer taps 3 Jayhawks
November 4, 2013
Three Kansas University soccer players earned some sort of All-Big 12 honors on Monday.
KU freshman Soucie honored by Big 12
November 4, 2013
Kansas University freshman middle blocker Tayler Soucie on Monday earned her second Big 12 Rookie of the Week award.
Tweaks to OL likely for KU
November 4, 2013
After freeing up his plate by giving offensive-game-planning duties to assistant coaches Ron Powlus and Jeff Blasko, Kansas University head coach Charlie Weis began working more closely with KU’s wide receivers, and, just like that, the wide receivers began playing better on Saturdays. Can the same approach benefit the offensive line? By Matt Tait
Point-guard switch in store for Kansas’ second exhibition
November 4, 2013
Frank Mason — who scored five points with one assist and three turnovers while playing 18 minutes as Naadir Tharpe’s understudy in last Tuesday’s 84-55 opening exhibition rout of Pittsburg State — is slated to start in KU’s exhibition finale against Fort Hays State (7 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse). By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Catching up: Jamari Traylor growing into his role
November 4, 2013
Jamari Traylor joined Kansas University’s perennial-powerhouse basketball program and in many ways it was as if practices were in English and he spoke a foreign language. He possessed the raw athletic ability, but didn’t have the background to apply those skills with as much purpose as the basketball lifers who surrounded him daily. By Tom Keegan
Imperfect Chiefs carry perfect record into bye
November 4, 2013
As much as Alex Smith tries to avoid it, the veteran quarterback can’t help but hear what outsiders are saying about his Kansas City Chiefs.
KU bowling finishes 5th at Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge
November 4, 2013
The Kansas University men’s club bowling team placed fifth out of 15 teams at the two-day Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge in Lawrence last weekend.
County to discuss flood insurance, zoning regulations
November 4, 2013
Douglas County commissioners will hear a report on the county’s latest flood insurance rating when they meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The rating could affect premiums that some property owners in rural Douglas County pay for flood insurance. By Peter Hancock
Report cites critical need for more early-childhood education funding
November 4, 2013
A new report says nearly half of Kansas children age 8 and younger live in low-income households, putting them at risk of falling behind early in school. Local advocates say that points to a need for more funding for preschool and early-childhood education funding. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence city commissioners to debate rental licensing program
November 4, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners are to discuss the future of a proposed citywide rental-licensing program at a study session Tuesday afternoon.
Jenkins tours Lawrence plastic plant
November 4, 2013
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins toured one of Lawrence’s largest employers Monday, saying the experience will inform her in the future as Congress debates changes to the tax code. By Giles Bruce
Kobach defends voting laws at Lawrence luncheon
November 4, 2013
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said few people have been affected by new laws requiring voters to show photo ID and proof of citizenship. But some who attended the Downtown Rotary Club luncheon were skeptical that the new laws are necessary. By Peter Hancock
Tardy legislator denied pay, granted mileage
November 4, 2013
A legislative committee today rejected paying a state senator his salary and expenses for one day because he was late to a meeting on that day. State Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas, sought $290.66 in legislative pay, expenses and mileage for attending a meeting of the House-Senate health policy oversight committee on Dec. 19, 2012. By Scott Rothschild
Touting its economic impact, KU skips over the humanities when arguing for higher education
November 4, 2013
KU administrators laid out several reasons why the state should finance education at the university and the state. Most of those reasons were economic, involving the impact of research and fields that are mostly technical. Left out of the conversation was a large part of what university does: teaching and research in the humanities, arts and social sciences. By Ben Unglesbee
Wicked Broadband hoping for $500k city grant to bring super-fast Internet to downtown, East Lawrence
November 4, 2013
Officials with Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband say they have a plan to provide some of the fastest Internet speeds in the country to downtown Lawrence, but it will require a $500,000 investment from City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
Children’s grief support group to meet Sunday
November 4, 2013
Keepsake Day is a free afternoon grief support program for children, teens and their parents or caregivers. The next Keepsake Day is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Midland Care Center, 319 Perry St. in Lawrence.
Community partners to host town hall on insurance marketplace at LMH
November 4, 2013
Heartland Community Health Center will host a town hall forum on the new health insurance marketplace this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital auditorium.
KU’s Andrew Wiggins selected to AP preseason All-America team
November 4, 2013
Kansas University freshman guard Andrew Wiggins is one of five selections for the Associated Press preseason All-America team released Monday afternoon.
Shawnee County DA plans listening tours on Senate decision
November 4, 2013
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says he’ll conduct a series of listening tours across the state before formally deciding whether he’ll run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat.
KU, West Virginia kickoff set for 11 a.m., Nov. 16
November 4, 2013
The Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning that the Kansas University football match-up with West Virginia on Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium would start at 11 a.m.
100 years ago: ‘Do you want to get fat? Then board at the county jail.’
November 4, 2013
“‘Yes, they get a good supply of nourishing food, even if it does come only twice a day instead of three times.’”
Bankruptcies for Nov. 4
November 4, 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.
Marriages for Nov. 4
November 4, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Divorces for Nov. 4
November 4, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
New Lawrence taxi service wants to shorten wait times, with flash
November 4, 2013
Lawrence residents have another taxi service and its cabs won’t be difficult to spot: They’ll be the illuminated cars with sound systems not unlike those the taxi riders may have encountered in bars earlier in the evening. By Stephen Montemayor
Editorial: Two sides
In the short term, paying fewer taxes is good news, but Kansans may not be as pleased by the long-term consequences of declining state tax revenue.
November 4, 2013
There certainly are two ways to look at last week’s report that state tax collections for October were 3.8 percent below projections and 6.7 percent below collections for October 2012.
Opinion: Merkel justifiably outraged at U.S.
November 4, 2013
Why on earth was the United States bugging German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal cellphone? Why would the Obama team risk upsetting one of the president’s closest allies? For what — some tattle on trade talks? Surely not for inside dope on combatting terror, given that Germany is one of our closest partners in that fight.
Opinion: Secret data doesn’t lead to better insights
November 4, 2013
Several years ago, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, an in-house think tank for the intelligence community, launched what is known as the “Good Judgment Project.” The idea is to test through forecasting competitions the factors that lead analysts to make good predictions.  
In some sculpture thefts, scrap metal money is thieves’ goal
Motive unknown in case of missing bronze by Jim Brothers
November 4, 2013
A bronze bust by artist Jim Brothers isn’t the only recent case of a sculpture being stolen from area galleries or public locales. The person who took the Brothers piece — and his motives — remains unknown. But the perpetrators in a few other thefts apparently were looking to cash in by turning the artworks into scrap metal. By Sara Shepherd
25 years ago: Virus impacts U.S. computers; KU not affected
November 4, 2013
The cyber-attack had slowed things down, but no data had been destroyed.
40 years ago: Routes proposed for bicycling to KU
November 4, 2013
The road widths were believed to be too narrow for the painting of lanes.
Legislators say big budget cuts to higher ed, other areas would occur if public schools win finance lawsuit
November 4, 2013
Republican legislators are sounding early alarm bells, saying a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court against the state in the school finance lawsuit would result in significant budget cuts, tax increases or both. By Scott Rothschild
United Way volunteer website offers many ways to help
November 4, 2013
Area nonprofit organizations in need of volunteer support post their current volunteer opportunities on the site, which is operated by the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center. On any given day, volunteers can chose from nearly 100 opportunities, which range from short-term projects that take just a few hours to a chance to become a key member of an agency’s team.
Lawrence doctors find clientele in opera singers
November 4, 2013
Lee Reussner is the director of the Kansas Voice Center, where he and Jennifer Cannady, a speech and language pathologist, treat a number of people on voice issues, including professional singers of all sorts of genres — opera being the most common. By Elliot Hughes
Business briefcase Nov. 4
November 4, 2013
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will hold a free seminar for start-up entrepreneurs.