Archive for Monday, February 3, 2014

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12:00 a.m.
Retired astronaut Steve Hawley flew into space to help launch the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and to repair it in 1997. Today, Hawley is working with Hubble again, this time to investigate an abnormal planetary nebula he first studied as a young astronomer in the 1970s. KU professor who launched Hubble Telescope uses it again for research
February 3, 2014
During his 30-year career with NASA, retired astronaut Steve Hawley flew into space to help launch the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and to repair it in 1997. Today, Hawley is working with Hubble again, this time to investigate an abnormal planetary nebula he first studied as a young astronomer in the 1970s. By Joanna Hlavacek
10:00 a.m.
Marcus Ledesma, seafood manager for Hy-Vee at 4000 W. Sixth St., prepares catfish and tilapia for sale. The sign displayed next to him describes Hy-Vee's recently announced effort to increase the amount of sustainable seafood it offers and make it easier for shoppers to see which products meet that criteria. Lawrence grocers move toward more sustainable seafood offerings
February 3, 2014
Starting today, Lawrence Hy-Vee customers will start seeing sustainable seafood offerings with signage marking them as a “responsible choice.” The move is one of the latest by grocery stores to increase the amount of so-called “sustainable” seafood they offer, and to make it easier for shoppers to see which products meet that criteria. By Sara Shepherd
10:41 a.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn News conference regarding 19-year-old murder suspect scheduled for 2:15 p.m.
February 3, 2014
District Attorney Charles Branson will hold a news conference today to explain the charges against Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, a 19-year-old woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence businessman Harold M. Sasko.
12:41 p.m.
Snow-laden trees created a winter wonderland around this woman walking her dogs down Crescent Road Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Crescent was among side streets that had yet to be plowed by late morning. Lawrence prepares for winter storm arriving tonight
8:20 a.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 11:43 a.m.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Douglas and surrounding counties, beginning at midnight lasting until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
1:31 p.m.
Photo illustration of Harold Sasko and Sarah McLinn. Murder suspect’s attorney: McLinn has ‘mental problems’
1:30 p.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 3:08 p.m.
Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, 19, appeared at 1:30 p.m. today before District Judge Paula Martin to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of Lawrence businessman Harold M. Sasko, 52. District Attorney Charles Branson said the state of Kansas will seek “Hard 50,” or 50 years in prison without parole, against McLinn. McLinn’s attorney said the case “isn’t a matter of who has done it, but why.”
5:42 p.m.
Carl Cornwell, attorney for Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, talks with media members following a Monday preliminary proceeding for McLinn outside the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center in Lawrence. Prosecution seeking ‘Hard 50’ for Lawrence murder suspect McLinn
February 3, 2014
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says the state will seek a “Hard 50” sentence if Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, the 19-year-old woman accused of killing 52-year-old Lawrence resident Harold Sasko, is convicted of first-degree murder.

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 3
February 3, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Feb. 3.
Area basketball roundup: Ottawa boys, girls beat Spring Hill
February 3, 2014
Ottawa — Isaac McCullough hit six three-pointers on his way to 34 points as the Ottawa High boys basketball team defeated Spring Hill, 66-49, on Monday.
LHS boys No. 2 in 6A ranks; FSHS girls at No. 10
February 3, 2014
The Lawrence High boys basketball team moved up a spot in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, which was released Monday.
KU football picks up commitment from one of top prospects in Dallas
February 3, 2014
A little more than 24 hours before the arrival of signing day, the Kansas University football program got some huge news when Dallas Carter High athlete Corey Avery orally committed to the Jayhawks on live television in his hometown.
CLOSINGS and modified hours Feb. 6
07:55 p.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Closings Feb. 4-5
City high schools postpone Tuesday sporting events
February 3, 2014
Lawrence high schools have postponed all sporting events scheduled for Tuesday because of the threat of inclement weather.
Single car accident hospitalizes two in Douglas County
February 3, 2014
A single-vehicle accident in western Douglas County hospitalized two people with serious injuries Monday, according to Lyle Schwartz, division chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.
Prosecution seeking ‘Hard 50’ for Lawrence murder suspect McLinn
February 3, 2014
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says the state will seek a “Hard 50” sentence if Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, the 19-year-old woman accused of killing 52-year-old Lawrence resident Harold Sasko, is convicted of first-degree murder.
Man connected to 2013 Lawrence homicide sentenced on federal gun charge
February 3, 2014
Jonathan R. Rush was sentenced to 40 months in prison on a federal gun charge stemming from a July 2013 murder in Lawrence. A co-defendant, Brittny Adams-Humphrey pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Gary Edens. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Regents president discusses higher education priorities at Rotary
February 3, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents President Andy Thompkins gave a talk at the Lawrence Rotary Club on Monday. Front and center among topics was the regents’ effort to increase the numbers of Kansans with degrees. Thompkins was also asked about the regents relationship with the legislature. strong>By Ben Unglesbee
Dispute between homeowner, city continues over Rock Chalk Park lighting plan
February 3, 2014
A plan for lighting the Rock Chalk Park sports complex in northwest Lawrence is still creating some sparks between the city and the homeowner who lives nearest the complex. By Chad Lawhorn
Douglas County Fairgrounds may get open pavilion, more parking
February 3, 2014
Douglas County commissioners will meet Wednesday to discuss a proposed $6.5 million master plan for improvements at the county fairgrounds. They will also hold a study session to discuss possible new development codes for wind energy projects. By Peter Hancock
Kansas legislative hearing on broadband cancelled
February 3, 2014
A hearing on a bill that critics said would have killed the ability of cities and counties to bring broadband Internet to their areas was cancelled.
Murder suspect’s attorney: McLinn has ‘mental problems’
01:30 p.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 03:08 p.m.
Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, 19, appeared at 1:30 p.m. today before District Judge Paula Martin to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of Lawrence businessman Harold M. Sasko, 52. District Attorney Charles Branson said the state of Kansas will seek “Hard 50,” or 50 years in prison without parole, against McLinn. McLinn’s attorney said the case “isn’t a matter of who has done it, but why.”
Bill would expand KU’s options for buying insurance
12:03 p.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 02:00 p.m.
A bill allowing Kansas’ public universities to purchase property insurance from companies that haven’t been admitted to do business in the state, could save $500,000 per year, officials said Monday. By Scott Rothschild
News conference regarding 19-year-old murder suspect scheduled for 2:15 p.m.
February 3, 2014
District Attorney Charles Branson will hold a news conference today to explain the charges against Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, a 19-year-old woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence businessman Harold M. Sasko.
Lawrence prepares for winter storm arriving tonight
08:20 a.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 11:43 a.m.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Douglas and surrounding counties, beginning at midnight lasting until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
100 years ago: Speaker urges rural families to allow children more free time
February 3, 2014
“‘It is good for the boy to have time to play baseball. He should work, but the continual grind of plowing corn six days in the week is not good.”
25 years ago: Lawrence braces for cold front
February 3, 2014
Residents were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures this week, but that was due to change.
40 years ago: Editorial questions motives of liquor-by-the-drink opponents
February 3, 2014
“Why do legislators treat the subject like it is covered with poison ivy?”
Bankruptcies for Feb. 3
February 3, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
100 years ago: Pool halls, billiards rooms, bowling alleys to face city ban
February 3, 2014
“The city council last night passed the ordinance ousting these places from the city.”
Letter: Court system
February 3, 2014
Gov. Brownback is again promoting a Kansas constitutional amendment to select Kansas Supreme Court Justices politically instead of our current “merit-based” process. After a three-year study in 2013, the League of Women Voters-Kansas concluded the current system provides the best basis for selecting judges independent of political considerations.
Letter: Costly policies
February 3, 2014
Gov. Brownback is crowing about the Kansas economy without justification. Since he took office in January 2011 the Kansas unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points while the nation’s as a whole dropped 3 percentage points over the same period. The governor’s economic program is essentially what the first President Bush labeled “voodoo economics.”
Marriages for Feb. 3
February 3, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Opinion: N.Y. congressional race draws interest
February 3, 2014
“There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.”      — Washington Irving      Rep. Chris Gibson has tested Irving’s theory. Gibson, whose closely cropped graying hair announces his Army pedigree, believes he should be in the Guinness Book of Records for having moved so swiftly — in 10 months — from membership in America’s most admired to its least admired institution. On March 1, 2010, he ended a 24-year military career and on Nov. 2 was elected to Congress. This fall, he will participate in perhaps the year’s most interesting congressional contest.
Letter: Scare tactics
February 3, 2014
I am writing about the Jan. 30 article announcing Sandy Praeger joining the bipartisan group named “Reroute the Roadmap.” In the article, Praeger said, “We looked at the roadmap that the governor outlined when he took office, and when you look at where we’re going today, we’re going in the wrong direction.”
Editorial: KCI costs
Providing a few additional amenities and making some questionable ‘improvements’ in parking doesn’t justify a $1.2 billion project to replace Kansas City International Airport.
February 3, 2014
The arguments being made to support an estimated $1.2 billion rebuild of Kansas City International Airport continue to be unconvincing. Lawrence residents wouldn’t be involved in supporting this project with their tax dollars, but anyone who uses the airport is likely to be affected by increased fees or airfares that result from an upgrade.
Lawrence grocers move toward more sustainable seafood offerings
February 3, 2014
Starting today, Lawrence Hy-Vee customers will start seeing sustainable seafood offerings with signage marking them as a “responsible choice.” The move is one of the latest by grocery stores to increase the amount of so-called “sustainable” seafood they offer, and to make it easier for shoppers to see which products meet that criteria. By Sara Shepherd
Business briefcase Feb. 3
February 3, 2014
Adam Johnson has become a Google trusted photographer with the Google Business Photos program, which creates street-view virtual tours for businesses on Google Maps.
KU professor who launched Hubble Telescope uses it again for research
February 3, 2014
During his 30-year career with NASA, retired astronaut Steve Hawley flew into space to help launch the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and to repair it in 1997. Today, Hawley is working with Hubble again, this time to investigate an abnormal planetary nebula he first studied as a young astronomer in the 1970s. By Joanna Hlavacek
Proponent of Kansas Aqueduct project pushes plan before Legislature
February 3, 2014
Proponents of a 360-mile long canal from the northeast tip of Kansas to western Kansas that would draw water from the Missouri River to replenish the Ogallala Aquifer were pushing their project in the Statehouse last week. By Scott Rothschild