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Free State senior takes home Youth of the Year award
February 12, 2014
Out of a pool of five candidates, Innocent Anavberokhai, a senior at Free State High School, took home the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence’s Youth of the Year award Wednesday night at the Lawrence Arts Center.
KU women hang on, top TCU, 62-53
09:03 p.m., February 12, 2014 Updated 12:10 a.m.
The Kansas University women’s basketball team climbed back from a double-digit deficit during the first half and held on to beat TCU, 62-53, on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
About 8,000 more Kansans sign up for insurance marketplace in January
February 12, 2014
About 8,000 more Kansans obtained health coverage in January through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace. By Giles Bruce
Kansas educators to get cost reduction for some KU graduate classes
February 12, 2014
Kansas University announced a pilot program through the School of Education that will provide university funds to lower tuition and fees for Pre K-12 educators working at private or public schools in Kansas. By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery after Haskell incident
February 12, 2014
A former Haskell Indian Nations University student was booked into Douglas County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated battery stemming from an on-campus altercation last week.
Kansas to ask for extension and changes to No Child Left Behind waiver
February 12, 2014
The Kansas State Department of Education will soon ask the federal government to extend the state’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. Federal officials have said Kansas is at “high risk” of losing its waiver, but state officials are confident it will be continued. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man suspected of aggravated battery
February 12, 2014
A 33-year-old Lawrence man was booked into Douglas County Jail early Wednesday morning on suspicion of aggravated battery and obstructing a legal process.
No changes in description of shooting death investigation; update could come by weekend
February 12, 2014
An update on the investigation into the shooting death of a 23-year-old Lawrence man could come by week’s end, but on Wednesday Lawrence police reported no change in how they were categorizing the circumstances of the man’s death.
Sample Kansas reading, math tests now online
February 12, 2014
People interested in seeing what kind of reading and math tests Kansas students will take this spring can now go online and take a practice exam. Kansas University’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation is developing the new tests, which are aligned to the Common Core standards. By Peter Hancock
Kansas regents push back at criticisms of social media policy
February 12, 2014
Several Kansas Board of Regents members on Wednesday pushed back at accusations that their social media policy infringes on freedom of speech. By Scott Rothschild
State education board moves forward on fingerprinting requirements
February 12, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education plans to vote next month to begin the process of changing state regulations to require all public school teachers and administrators submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check as a condition of being licensed. The change would affect an estimated 35,000 school officials. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House panel expands gun-rights measure
February 12, 2014
Kansas residents could carry loaded handguns in their vehicles, even without a concealed carry permit, under a bill that cleared a legislative committee Wednesday.
Kansas House approves allowing businesses to deny service to same-sex couples
February 12, 2014
The Kansas House on Wednesday approved a bill that says people can cite religious beliefs to deny to same-sex couples goods, services, accommodations, jobs or employment benefits.
Dress giveaway makes prom accessible for Lawrence students
February 12, 2014
Project Prom Dress will be held at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests can choose from more than 200 dresses, as well as the Social Service League’s collection of shoes, bags and jewelry. By Joanna Hlavacek
Hearing in Ottawa quadruple homicide case reopened to public, moved to next month
February 12, 2014
A Franklin County judge has granted a request from state prosecutors to reopen an evidentiary hearing in the capital murder case of a man accused of killing four people, including an 18-month-old child, in rural Ottawa last year.
State senator criticizes KU over Guth tweet, Caboni email, tuition and graduation rates
09:39 a.m., February 12, 2014 Updated 10:18 a.m.
The head of a subcommittee that is reviewing Kansas University’s budget lobbed several pointed criticisms of KU administration during a discussion on Wednesday with KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. By Scott Rothschild
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 11
February 12, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Feb. 11.
KU women look for strong end to games, season
February 12, 2014
The last time the Kansas University women’s basketball team faced TCU, the Jayhawks let the game slip away, 52-50, despite holding an 11-point lead with 5:23 to play. As KU coach Bonnie Henrickson and her players prepare for tonight’s 7 p.m. rematch with the Horned Frogs at Allen Fieldhouse, their minds are fixed on holding their focus to the end. By Matt Tait
SM Northwest girls keep LHS winless in league play
February 12, 2014
The Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball team simply had too many weapons. Hitting Lawrence High from all directions, seventh-ranked SM Northwest used a decisive 8-2 run in the third quarter to pull away for a 71-52 Sunflower League victory on Tuesday night.
Free State boys hold off Shawnee Mission North
February 12, 2014
Free State High’s boys basketball players know they’ve lost a few leads in crunch time this season. On Tuesday night at Shawnee Mission North, they showed that they can learn from their past mistakes. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS girls set points record in victory over SMN
February 12, 2014
Free State High’s girls basketball team started fast and never slowed down Tuesday at Shawnee Mission North. The Firebirds sprinted to a 20-point lead in the first six minutes against SM North and kept shooting well on their way to a school-record 83-51 victory. By Bobby Nightengale
SMNW swat sends LHS boys to OT loss
February 12, 2014
It was another down-to-the-wire Sunflower League clash for the No. 2-ranked Lawrence High boys basketball team. Only this time, it went into overtime. Shawnee Mission Northwest pulled out a 63-62 home victory over LHS Tuesday night after Cougars guard Jake Horner blocked a driving layup by Lions guard Justin Roberts with a tenth of a second remaining on the game clock.
KU tough guy Tarik Black aims to share strengths off court, too
February 12, 2014
For all of his life, senior reserve center Tarik Black was groomed for the role he plays for the seventh-ranked Kansas University basketball team. He’s big brother to younger, even more talented athletes. He knows the view from both sides of that equation. By Tom Keegan
Self: Injured Embiid shut down for days, at least
February 12, 2014
Rest and rehab is ahead for Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid for at least the next couple days as the 7-footer recovers from an aching knee and sore back. “He definitely will not practice. The earliest he’d practice is Friday,” KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday night. “We don’t know yet. We’ll see how he feels day to day,” Self added, asked if Embiid would play in Saturday’s 3 p.m., home game against TCU. By Gary Bedore
40 years ago: Kansas AG leads another drug raid in Lawrence
February 12, 2014
Miller reported that some students had thrown drugs out their windows when officers entered.
Area basketball roundup: Tongie falls in 2OTs
February 12, 2014
James Grizzle scored a game-high 30 points, but Basehor-Linwood outlasted Tonganoxie, 77-69, on Tuesday night in double overtime.
Poll snub fires up Kansas baseball
February 12, 2014
It didn’t go unnoticed in the Kansas University baseball locker room when the Big 12 coaches picked the Jayhawks ninth — dead last — in the conference’s 2014 preseason poll. By Benton Smith
Seabury girls lose at Immaculata
February 12, 2014
The Seabury Academy girls basketball team and Immaculata were neck and neck throughout, but the Seahawks weren’t able to notch their fifth win of the season on Tuesday. Seabury fell, 32-27.
Haskell men lose
February 12, 2014
Stand Lovato was one point off a season-high with 32 points, but it was not enough as the Haskell men’s basketball team lost to Oklahoma Wesleyan, 93-82, Tuesday.
HINU women fall
February 12, 2014
Haskell Indian Nation’s University struggled to keep Oklahoma Wesleyan off the glass as the Indians lost to the Eagles, 77-67, Tuesday.
Bite Sighs: Cash in on extra-rich brownies
February 12, 2014
Have you ever had one of those uncontrollable chocolate cravings? The kind of wild craving that sends you scrounging through the cabinets, looking for a can of frosting and a spoon? Me, too.
Delicious/Nutritious: White chocolate for Valentine’s Day
February 12, 2014
Two sweet treats featuring white chocolate for Valentine’s Day.
25 years ago: Most local child support payments made in full, on time
February 12, 2014
“The interests of the child should always be paramount. But that is not always the case.”
Editorial: Flight choices
Local travelers might consider supporting the efforts to bring commercial airline service back to Topeka.
February 12, 2014
In their first month of operation, the two daily United Airlines flights between Topeka and Chicago didn’t exactly draw big crowds. Maybe travelers not only from Topeka, but from Lawrence and the surrounding area, can do something about that.
Letter: Pipeline safety
February 12, 2014
Approval of the TransCanada Keystone pipeline is looking more likely. A recent report from the Department of State does not identify serious risks to our national interests. Oh, really? What about climate change and dirty tar oil? Tar oil creates an unacceptable additional amount of C02 when energy companies use natural gas to heat the tar to extract the oil. Extraction costs render it the most environmentally unfriendly (C02 generating) kind of oil.
Opinion: Trust important for president
February 12, 2014
Most people accept the notion that politicians don’t always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential.
Opinion: Beatles more subversive than ‘cute’
February 12, 2014
Fifty years ago, the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” You’ve surely seen clips of them on the news, or on tribute shows, japing with the press, smiling those cheerful smiles, singing “All My Loving” — and you probably thought, “Oh, they were so cute.”
LHS bowlers place second
February 12, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys and girls bowling teams took second place at a tournament Tuesday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Lawrence man recalls the night a stray bullet struck him in the thigh
February 12, 2014
Days after the fact, Martin Gibson recalls the events that put him in the crosshairs of a stray bullet on Jan. 18 in Lawrence.
100 years ago: In the news: Lincoln’s Birthday, heavy snow storm, high school basketball
February 12, 2014
“A genuine, honest-to-goodness snow storm broke this morning and rapidly developed into the heaviest fall of the year.”