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Tubby Smith: Andrew Wiggins negates strong Texas Tech effort
February 18, 2014
First-year Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith did just about everything a coach could do to set his team up for an upset Tuesday night in United Spirit Arena. By Tom Keegan
Notebook: Wayne Selden hits critical three after slow start
Chenowith discusses Embiid’s shot-blocking prowess
February 18, 2014
Kansas University freshman guard Wayne Selden wasn’t lacking in confidence as he went up for a huge three-point shot attempt with 2:34 left and the Jayhawks down by four points to Texas Tech on Tuesday night in United Spirit Arena. By Gary Bedore
Column: Joel Embiid thrives in return to Kansas lineup
February 18, 2014
After the bumps and bruises that tend to gain steam through the night settle in, more will be known about just how close freshman Joel Embiid’s long, graceful, athletic body is to a full recovery from knee and back injuries. But he was far enough recovered to play a huge role in Kansas University getting out of a United Spirit Arena with a victory. By Tom Keegan
New territory: Andrew Wiggins’ first game-winner lifts Jayhawks
February 18, 2014
Kansas University freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins — who has already accomplished superhuman feats in basketball, evidenced by all of his driving and dunking highlights shown on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this year and last — added a first to his hoops résumé on Tuesday, in the Jayhawks’ 64-63 win at Texas Tech. By Gary Bedore
Amber Alert issued out of Springfield, Mo.
February 18, 2014
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 10-year-old girl from Springfield, Mo.
Lawrence police to conduct seatbelt enforcement Wednesday evening
February 18, 2014
The Lawrence Police Department will conduct nighttime seat belt enforcement the evening of Feb. 19.
City agrees to seek help from consultants on possible convention center
February 18, 2014
The idea of a new conference/convention center — either downtown, near the Kansas University campus or maybe even at Clinton Lake — is worth exploring, city commissioners determined Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas House panel considers opt-in-only sex education
February 18, 2014
What began as a hearing about human health and sex education for Kansas students evolved Tuesday into a debate on parental involvement and best school practices.
Lawrence Home Show to be held this weekend
February 18, 2014
The Lawrence Home Builders Association will hold the annual Lawrence Home Show this weekend at the Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3430 S. Iowa St.
Train clips unoccupied vehicle in Lawrence
February 18, 2014
A Burlington-Northern Santa Fe train struck an unoccupied vehicle positioned too closely to the tracks Tuesday afternoon in Lawrence.
ECKAN offers $500 scholarships for area low-income high school seniors
February 18, 2014
The East Central Kansas Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) is accepting applications for its $500 college scholarship for low-income graduating high school seniors in Anderson, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Lyon, Miami, Morris and Osage counties.
KU drops legislative request for bonding authority to build fieldhouse apartments
February 18, 2014
Kansas University on Tuesday dropped its legislative request for bonding authority to build a $17.5 million apartment building for basketball players. By Scott Rothschild
KU law school courting Missourians with new scholarships
February 18, 2014
The Kansas University law school is hoping to recruit Missourians from the Kansas City area using new scholarships that reduce tuition to in-state rates. The scholarships come at a time when fewer people are applying to law school and regional schools are vying to increase their footprint in Kansas City. By Ben Unglesbee
Trial set for man charged with aggravated kidnapping, robbery
February 18, 2014
A 20-year-old Topeka man who was arrested following a lengthy December disturbance at a Lawrence apartment will go to trial April 30 on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated battery.
Woman injured in Monday collision treated, released from K.C.-area hospital
February 18, 2014
The 18-year-old woman taken to a Kansas City-area hospital after a three-vehicle collision at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue on Monday has been treated and released, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.
31st Street reduced to one lane in each direction near Ousdahl
February 18, 2014
The city of Lawrence has closed the inside eastbound and westbound lanes of 31st Street near the intersection with Ousdahl, effective today, for roadwork.
Watkins Museum to hold tea in honor of Lawrence benefactor
February 18, 2014
The Watkins Museum will hold an afternoon tea at 2 p.m. March 8 to celebrate the legacy of Lawrence benefactor Elizabeth Miller Watkins.
Kansas University students to appear on C-SPAN Wednesday morning
February 18, 2014
Six Kansas University students will be featured on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, when they will ask questions to policy experts regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. The students’ questions will be broadcast live from the C-SPAN Bus, which is currently on its winter tour of universities in the Big 12 Conference.
Lawrence woman jailed on battery charges after vehicle-pedestrian collision
February 18, 2014
A 26-year-old Lawrence woman is in Douglas County Jail after a vehicle she was driving allegedly struck a man in East Lawrence on Monday afternoon.
Key Kansas senator says he is concerned with regents graduation rates
February 18, 2014
State Sen. Tom Arpke, R-Salina, said Tuesday he wants to see graduation rates at regents universities increase and more streamlining of course offerings. By Scott Rothschild
KU debate team qualifies for national tournament
February 18, 2014
KU senior Melanie Campbell, of Lenexa, and freshman Kevin Christopher Birzer, of Leawood, were one of 16 teams chosen to enter the first round of the national debate competition.
Kansas House advances sales tax refund on textbooks
February 18, 2014
College students in Kansas would get a tax break on the purchase of their textbooks under a proposal that was advanced Tuesday by the House. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence woman pleads guilty to felony forgery charges
February 18, 2014
A 43-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded guilty to three counts of felony forgery for using another person’s checks at area businesses last month.
Kansas House panel restores $16M for all-day K
February 18, 2014
A Kansas House budget committee has restored $16 million for Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to fund all-day kindergarten, keeping the money in place while a separate committee reviews the merits of the plan.
Poster that incited Kansas sex-ed debate lists ‘grinding,’ ‘oral sex’
February 18, 2014
A poster at a Shawnee middle school that incited a debate today before the House Education Committee listed sexual acts including “oral sex” and “grinding.”
Four KU students nominated for Goldwater scholarships
February 18, 2014
Four Kansas University students are up for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which provide up to $7,500 a year for undergraduates pursuing careers in math, science and engineering fields.
Measure aims to cut Kansas out of health overhaul
09:40 a.m., February 18, 2014 Updated 03:28 p.m.
Conservative Republican state officials who oppose the federal health care overhaul told Kansas legislators Tuesday that they can position the state to opt out of its requirements.
Proposed Kansas bill would allow stronger spanking
February 18, 2014
A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.
25 years ago: Concerns increasing about homeless people sheltering in woods
February 18, 2014
A local man said homeless people had been living in a tent on his property along the Kansas River.
100 years ago: Women’s study group indignant about ‘indecent’ Lawrence vaudeville act
February 18, 2014
“The manager […] will try to avoid anything in the future that may offend their sense of feeling.”
40 years ago: Credit card use increasing on Kansas Turnpike
February 18, 2014
Commercial vehicles accounted for about 30 percent of total toll revenue.
Topeka resident writes book about legacy of Spencer family
February 18, 2014
Topeka-based author Ken Crockett spent years researching the personal lives, business successes and philanthropy of Kenneth and Helen Spencer, two people who left a pronounced mark on Lawrence. Crockett’s latest book, titled “Kenneth and Helen Spencer of Kansas: Champions of Culture & Commerce in the Sunflower State,” is a nonfiction, biographical account of the Spencers and their legacy. By Nikki Wentling
Letter: Fluoride, thyroid
February 18, 2014
Fluoride vs. no fluoride in drinking water is the problem. Fluoride prevents cavities but does it promote thyroid problems because the thyroid gland needs iodine? If the fluoride is more soluble in water and  beats the iodine from getting to the thyroid, hypothyroidism may result.
Letter: KU hindsight
February 18, 2014
Why the loss to Kansas State? Because they shot much better, had more assists and simply wanted it more. KU did outrebound them by 14, but when you make your shots like K-State did, there is nothing to rebound!
Letter: Party of bigotry
February 18, 2014
Once again, the Kansas Republican Party has demonstrated itself to be the party of bigotry and hate. It is difficult to hear legitimate views on issues such as fiscal responsibility and state’s rights when coming from the mouths of those who try to legislate intolerance using “religious freedom” as an excuse for inequality and discrimination of those who are not of like mind.
Letter: Social justice
February 18, 2014
I imagine I was not the only one who felt assaulted when reading the front page of the Journal-World last Thursday. Guns in cars? Disrespect for the university that produces amazing leaders and thinkers whose work benefits so many in Kansas and around the world? Religious tyranny packaged as “freedom”? Dangerously oppressive regulation of citizens’ constitutional right to speak freely?
Editorial: Community leader
The executive director who has been the heart and soul of the Lawrence Community Shelter will be difficult to replace.
February 18, 2014
Loring Henderson is a special individual who has done much to help make Lawrence a better community. Last week, Henderson announced he would be retiring as executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter. No one is indispensable, but he will be extremely difficult to replace.
Opinion: Kerry’s obsession pushes for peace
February 18, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry has done Israelis and Palestinians a huge favor by pushing them to make one last try at negotiating a two-state solution. After months of effort, Kerry will soon present a draft framework meant to serve as a basis for a final agreement. Critics such as Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have called Kerry’s project “obsessive and messianic.” Although those remarks were quickly refuted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ya’alon was correct: You really do have to be mad to try to close the current gap between Israelis and Palestinians.
10 heart health tips for women
February 18, 2014
Ten heart health tips specifically for women.
Double Take: Why can’t I take a ‘mental health’ day off?
February 18, 2014
Why is it that we can say we’re going to throw up and not go to school, but if we say we’re too sad or feel like dying, we have to go. Aren’t mental health issues just as important as physical ones?
KU Eye celebrates 100th anniversary
February 18, 2014
Kansas University’s department of ophthalmology was founded on Jan. 1, 1914. To mark its centennial year, the department — also known as KU Eye — plans several public events to raise awareness and promote vision care.
Heart disease kills ‘one woman a minute,’ area experts warn
February 18, 2014
February is heart health month in America, and local doctors and advocacy groups have made it a priority to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease in women. By Giles Bruce