Archive for Monday, February 17, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Luke Weaver and his dog, Charlie, recently completed a nearly nine-month hike of the 2,185-mile-long Appalachian Trail. The 24-year-old Weaver said it was something he did to prove to himself he was recovered from surgery gone bad that nearly cost him his right leg. After almost losing leg, Baldwin City man completes Appalachian trail
February 17, 2014
If your ambition is to walk the length of the Appalachian Trail, Luke Weaver advises you take a dog with a good nose and pack plenty of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
10:00 a.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo.Wednesday's warm temperatures dried some for the area wheat, out as Larry Craig and his son Mike of Vinland were starting their harvest. Late planting season, early freeze could spell trouble for wheat crop
February 17, 2014
The late harvest for corn and soybeans last fall pushed back the planting season for winter wheat, which usually happens by early October but this year stretched into November. Freezing temperatures then showed up before many of the plants had begun to germinate. By Giles Bruce
12:00 p.m.
Seabury's Regan Zaremba, left, and Celia Taylor-Puckett, right, apply defensive pressure against Veritas freshman Alyssa Krestan (5) during their game, Saturday evening at Seabury. Seabury sweeps twinbill with Veritas
February 16, 2014
Bishop Seabury Academy’s girls beat Veritas Christian, 60-49, and the Seabury boys made it a sweep, 59-46. By Bobby Nightengale
1:04 p.m.
Protestors remain in Kiev's Maydan square, shown here, although tensions with state police have calmed for now. Photo courtesy of Marc Greenberg. KU team travels to Kiev for conference, visits protests
February 15, 2014
A group of Kansas University instructors and a student recently traveled to the Ukraine for a planned conference. While there they visited makeshift camps created by protesters against the Ukrainian president and heard from businesspeople concerned about corruption in the country. By Ben Unglesbee
4:58 p.m.
Shutterstock image of form filling. Kansas students lobby against sex ed bills
February 17, 2014
A cadre of college students is lobbying Kansas legislators to reject bills that would change the way parents approve student access to sex education courses and materials.

All stories

Resurgent Raiders: Tubby Smith has Texas Tech headed up
February 17, 2014
One victory in Texas Tech’s final six regular-season basketball games would give the Red Raiders six wins in Big 12 conference play for the first time in six seasons. By Gary Bedore
LHS boys drop in 6A hoops poll
February 17, 2014
A few losses last week knocked a couple of area boys basketball teams down in this week’s coaches poll.
Big 12 honors KU baseball’s Hernandez
February 17, 2014
Kansas University third baseman Aaron Hernandez was named the co-Big 12 Baseball Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Kansas baseball sweeps four-game series with BYU
February 17, 2014
Kansas University broke open a close game with nine runs over the final three innings and routed Brigham Young, 10-1, on Monday to complete a sweep of a four-game series.
Kansas defensive back Ronnie Davis fan of rodeo, too
February 17, 2014
Five starters return to the Kansas University secondary, so Northeastern Oklahoma A&M transfer Ronnie Davis realizes playing time will not be easy to come by next season. By Chris Duderstadt
College students lobby against new sex education bills
February 17, 2014
College students lobbied Kansas legislators on Monday to reject bills that would change the way parents approve student access to sex education courses and materials.
Four KU students nominated as Truman scholars
February 17, 2014
Four juniors at Kansas University have been nominated for Harry S. Truman Scholarships. The program provides $30,000 for graduate school to students wanting to pursue careers in public service.
City plans to begin offering classes at Rock Chalk Park recreation center in early September
February 17, 2014
City officials have a construction contract with Lawrence-based Bliss Sports that calls for the center to be completed by July 15, but weather delays now have city officials pessimistic that the project will meet that deadline. By Chad Lawhorn
County to discuss purchasing and budgeting reforms
February 17, 2014
Douglas County commissioners will consider proposals aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to purchasing and funding for outside agencies. Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at the County Courthouse. By Peter Hancock
Federal research funding at KU hits record high
February 17, 2014
In 2013 combined federal research funding for the Kansas University Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses reached $174 million, up from $171 million in 2012, and a new high for the university. By Ben Unglesbee
KU Hospital raises $3.5 million for new building
February 17, 2014
Kansas University announced gifts from Kansas City-based philanthropists toward a new 92-bed facility the hospital hopes to build. The gifts are the first raised so far for the $250 million facility.
Law professor says ‘dual elections’ a real possibility this year
February 17, 2014
Washburn University law professor Reggie Robinson says there is a real possibility that some voters in Kansas will only be allowed to vote in federal elections this year. That could be the result of federal litigation involving the state’s requirement that new voters show proof of citizenship in order to register. By Peter Hancock
KU, UMKC vie for law students
February 17, 2014
The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas are in a border war of sorts as they vie for law school students.
Think you can beat the critic? Make your picks in our Oscar contest
February 17, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards are coming up quickly, and this year Lawrence.com and Liberty Hall have teamed up to bring you an Oscar contest that could win you free passes to movies, concessions and free movie rentals.
Kansas students lobby against sex ed bills
February 17, 2014
A cadre of college students is lobbying Kansas legislators to reject bills that would change the way parents approve student access to sex education courses and materials.
Brownback creates panel to study Kansas seismology
February 17, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has asked the director of the Kansas Geological Survey to lead a task force to develop a plan for increased earthquake activity possibly related to Kansas oil and gas activities.
Bills shift Kansas investment policy on Sudan, Iran
February 17, 2014
A Kansas House committee is considering legislation to lift restrictions on investments by the state pension fund in Sudan but impose new limits concerning Iran.
Vehicle allegedly strikes Lawrence man intentionally
February 17, 2014
Lawrence police were investigating an accident in which a vehicle struck a pedestrian Monday afternoon.
Crash at 19th and Haskell injures one
01:40 p.m., February 17, 2014 Updated 04:45 p.m.
An 18-year-old woman was taken to a Kansas City-area hospital following a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue, according to Lawrence police.
KU to hold symposium on the fate of rural communities
February 17, 2014
The Kansas University School of Law will host a conference titled “Preventing the Ghost Town: What Rural Communities Need to Do to Survive in the Modern Economy.”
Proposed pay raise for classified state employees disappearing from agency budgets
February 17, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed a 1.5 percent pay raise for classified state employees but his fellow Republicans are systematically removing it from agency budgets. By Scott Rothschild
Eudora teacher to receive Horizon Award
February 17, 2014
Noah Musser, who teaches visual arts at Eudora High School, will be honored this week with a Kansas Horizon Award, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers. The award, sponsored by Kansas Cable Telecommunications, will be presented Friday at a luncheon in Topeka. Staff Reports
Perry Ellis shares Big 12 player of week award
February 17, 2014
Sophomores Perry Ellis of Kansas and Isaiah Austin of Baylor shared the latest Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor.
Capitol Report: Death penalty appeals, renewable energy standards
February 17, 2014
Capitol Report: Death penalty, renewable energy
Letter: Energy truths
February 17, 2014
Calls for a “carbon tax” are misguided. If the goal is to reduce “carbon footprints,” then all products must be included. “Green energy” is not very green when the purchase/installation costs are barely paid for before expensive repair/replacement is needed. Manufacturing “green” products creates a carbon footprint that vastly outweighs the product’s carbon benefit.
Editorial: Stormy lessons
Will Superstorm Sandy spur another aftershock of criticism and corruption like the one that followed Katrina?
February 17, 2014
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, causing the deaths of 1,800 people along the Gulf Coast and an estimated $135 billion in damages. The storm wrecked — some say devastated — New Orleans.
Opinion: Putin critics take courageous stand
February 17, 2014
Amid the television extravaganza of the Sochi Olympics, I had a chance to visit last week with a Russian whistleblower named Sergey Kolesnikov. Back in 2010, he had revealed what he claimed was a network of corruption that included a billion-dollar palace on the Black Sea allegedly built by wealthy businessmen for Vladimir Putin.
25 years ago: About half of city commission candidates opposed to suburban mall
February 17, 2014
Eight of the 15 candidates for Lawrence City Commission were against the rezoning.
Business briefcase Feb. 17
February 17, 2014
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will host a free seminar for start-up entrepreneurs Feb. 19.
Late planting season, early freeze could spell trouble for wheat crop
February 17, 2014
The late harvest for corn and soybeans last fall pushed back the planting season for winter wheat, which usually happens by early October but this year stretched into November. Freezing temperatures then showed up before many of the plants had begun to germinate. By Giles Bruce
After almost losing leg, Baldwin City man completes Appalachian trail
February 17, 2014
If your ambition is to walk the length of the Appalachian Trail, Luke Weaver advises you take a dog with a good nose and pack plenty of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
40 years ago: Smaller Clinton Parkway a possibility
February 17, 2014
The reconsideration of the project was due to the possibility of funding failure.
Letter: Balanced plan
February 17, 2014
Recently, Doug Compton has confirmed intent to develop another multi-story residential building downtown. There is concern about it seeming incongruous with the surrounding buildings and catalyzing the trend to neglect the preservation of downtown’s historical air. While I sympathize with the sentiment of historic preservation, it’s important to balance it with embracing contemporary trends and considering community and environmental needs. Compton’s proposition is a necessary addition to downtown but should be mindfully implemented.
Divorces for Feb. 17
February 17, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for Feb. 17
February 17, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Bankruptcies for Feb. 17
February 17, 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.
Langston Hughes Center offers film screenings and lectures on race in America
February 17, 2014
The Langston Hughes Center at Kansas University is offering a series of film screenings, lectures and forums focused on four films chronicling the history of the struggle for civil rights in the United States to help spur dialogue of racial issues in the country.
100 years ago: Lawrence locals charged with assault against cab driver
February 17, 2014
“Howe told the police that he was attacked by the three last night some time after midnight, that he was beat into insensibility and consequently seemed to be short on details of the affair.”