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Archive for Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Also from February 19

Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
FSHS boys basketball vs. SM South FSHS girls basketball vs. SM South LHS boys basketball vs. SM North LHS girls basketball vs. SM North
Podcasts
Polls
In your opinion, the sex-ed curriculum in Lawrence schools is:

Poll results

Response Percent
Appropriate for middle schoolers and high schoolers.
 
53%
Incomplete in its depiction of human anatomy and reproduction.
 
37%
Too graphic in general for use in a classroom.
 
5%
Inappropriate for middle schoolers and high schoolers.
 
4%
Total 97
Videos

Lead stories

12:22 a.m.
Anna Kimbrell, Lawrence, a third-year KU law student, studies in the law school library Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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. 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
12:00 p.m.
Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo 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
2:00 p.m.
Lelia Hayden, Topeka, holds a sign promoting equality as she and other demonstrators gather on the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse for a group photo by organizers in protest to House bill 2453, a measure approved by the House that would have allowed people to cite religious beliefs in denying services to same-sex couples. The demonstration, which drew several hundred members was organized by the Topeka non-profit group Planting Peace. Debate over religious beliefs, gay rights will continue
February 19, 2014
Some legislators say they want the issue to go away, but it won’t. Last week, the Kansas Legislature was the object of political scorn across the state and nation after the House approved a bill that critics said would allow Jim Crow-like discrimination against gays and lesbians. But even though House Bill 2453 has been buried, the conflict between gay rights and the religious beliefs of some will rise again as early as next month. By Scott Rothschild
5:06 p.m.
Wilson Arnett, Lawrence High School senior, talks to Stacey Lamb, Lawrence, at the "Chance" station Wednesday during the "Reality U" program at the school. Reality U is a financial literacy program providing students with a projected profile of their lives and monthly expenses at the age of 26. Teens visit life booths including insurance, housing, utilities, child care and charitable giving. Teens — and reporter — get dose of financial reality at LHS
February 19, 2014
Back in high school, this was not the reality I pictured for my 26-year-old self. Posing as a student to go through a financial literacy program called Reality U Wednesday at Lawrence High School was a reminder for me — and an eye opener for the real teens around me — of some key truths. One: Life is expensive. Two: It doesn’t always happen like you planned. By Sara Shepherd

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 19
February 19, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Royals report to spring training with playoffs in mind
February 19, 2014
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is all about “Breaking Bad” this spring training. He has downloaded the popular cable TV series onto his iPad and plans to watch episodes as he runs on a treadmill. The Royals breaking good, however, will be foremost on Yost’s mind. On Wednesday, the first day for position players to report, he simply smiled when asked whether a documentary on the Royals’ breaking good would be a good download.
Area basketball roundup: Ottawa girls fall to Paola, 57-46
February 19, 2014
Corie Fischer scored 26 points for the Cyclones, but the Ottawa girls basketball team lost on Wednesday at Paola.
Nickname ‘Fish’ sticks with KU juco safety Smithson
February 19, 2014
Forget you ever read or heard the name Anthony Smithson. He doesn’t exist. Just ask him. Smithson, a junior-college transfer in the Kansas University football program’s latest signing class, goes by “Fish.” His grandmother gave him the aquatic alias when he was just an infant, living in Baltimore’s inner city. By Benton Smith
Self: Jayhawks showed poise late at Texas Tech
February 19, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self had a good feeling about what was about to transpire as he huddled with his players with 12 seconds left in Tuesday’s 64-63 victory at Texas Tech. “The demeanor was good. I think everyone felt comfortable with what we were trying to do. Certainly, we were fortunate, but it worked out well,” Self said. By Gary Bedore
Our Town Sports (Feb. 20)
February 19, 2014
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Feb. 20.
County adopts budget transparency reforms
February 19, 2014
Some outside agencies that receive county funding will undergo more reporting and monitoring under a measure that Douglas County commissioners approved Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
Additional charges expected against Lawrence man arrested following Feb. 14 shooting
February 19, 2014
A Lawrence man charged with attempted first-degree murder allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head as she told the victim to meet him at a park where the shooting occurred, according to prosecutors. By Stephen Montemayor
Baldwin schools would waste $100,000 if Common Core were tossed, superintendent says
February 19, 2014
A bill to kill Common Core educational standards in Kansas has Baldwin School Superintendent Paul Dorathy concerned a $100,000 district investment could be lost.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital lowers number of pneumonia re-admissions, starts being penalized under federal program
February 19, 2014
While Lawrence Memorial Hospital significantly reduced its pneumonia readmission rates from 2012 to 2013, the hospital has begun being penalized under a federal program to cut down on readmissions. By Giles Bruce
Alleged victim testifies against one of two men arrested following January armed robbery
February 19, 2014
One of two Lawrence men arrested after an armed robbery last month returned to Douglas County District Court on Wednesday and now faces an additional charge of aggravated burglary following testimony from one of the two alleged victims.
Teens — and reporter — get dose of financial reality at LHS
February 19, 2014
Back in high school, this was not the reality I pictured for my 26-year-old self. Posing as a student to go through a financial literacy program called Reality U Wednesday at Lawrence High School was a reminder for me — and an eye opener for the real teens around me — of some key truths. One: Life is expensive. Two: It doesn’t always happen like you planned. By Sara Shepherd
Wind advisory issued for Thursday for Douglas County
February 19, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Thursday beginning at 6 a.m. lasting until 6 p.m..
Kansas House panel reviews school standards bill
February 19, 2014
TOPEKA — A Kansas House committee has heard testimony from an overflow crowd on a bill that would bar use of the Common Core standards for reading and math in public schools.
Kansas workers criticize proposal to switch KPERS to 401(k)-style plan for new hires
February 19, 2014
A proposal to change the government employee pension plan for new workers to a 401(k)-type plan was criticized Wednesday as putting more financial risk on employees and lowering their retirement benefits. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas GOP pushes for changes in local elections
11:31 a.m., February 19, 2014 Updated 03:22 p.m.
TOPEKA — The Kansas Republican Party is pushing legislators to change the dates of local elections and make them partisan, but a GOP-dominated state Senate committee hasn’t embraced the entire plan.
Debate over religious beliefs, gay rights will continue
February 19, 2014
Some legislators say they want the issue to go away, but it won’t. Last week, the Kansas Legislature was the object of political scorn across the state and nation after the House approved a bill that critics said would allow Jim Crow-like discrimination against gays and lesbians. But even though House Bill 2453 has been buried, the conflict between gay rights and the religious beliefs of some will rise again as early as next month. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas House panel shortens, adopts climate measure
February 19, 2014
TOPEKA — A Kansas House committee has approved a resolution protesting President Barack Obama’s plan on climate change after stripping out language suggesting the science behind it is flawed.
Kansas House panel to review school standards bill
February 19, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas House committee is preparing to consider legislation that would bar use of the Common Core standards for reading and math in public schools.
Body found believed to be missing Missouri girl’s
07:54 a.m., February 19, 2014 Updated 11:48 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — A middle-school football coach has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction and death of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri, police said Wednesday.
Opinion: White fear trumps black life
February 19, 2014
On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black men were lynched in Marion, Ind. A photographer named Lawrence Beitler had a studio across the street from the lynching tree. He came out and snapped what became an iconic photo, which he made into a postcard and sold. It shows Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith hanging dead and their executioners, faces clearly visible, milling about as if at a picnic. Though authorities possessed this damning photographic evidence, they never arrested anyone for the crime. It was officially attributed to “persons unknown.”
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 18
February 19, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Lawrence High sweeps city bowling showdown
February 19, 2014
Lawrence swept FSHS — the boys won, 2,339-2,302, and the girls prevailed, 2,134-1,989 — in the city bowling showdown.By Benton Smith
After bees die, KU Natural History Museum plans to restock exhibit
February 19, 2014
The Kansas University Natural History Museum says it plans to restock its bee colony exhibit, two weeks after winds and cold temperatures killed an entire colony of bees. By Giles Bruce
25 years ago: Developers ready to break ground on Riverfront Plaza
February 19, 2014
Demolition and site preparation were now under way at the site.
40 years ago: KU scientist surprised by flu deaths
February 19, 2014
Kansas was perhaps being hit by two types of flu viruses at the same time.
Baldwin wins in overtime
February 19, 2014
Baldwin outlasted Louisburg in high school boys basketball, 46-44 in overtime, on Tuesday night.
Seabury boys, girls fall
February 19, 2014
The Seabury boys basketball fell to 11-4 on the season after a 59-50 overtime loss Tuesday to Baileyville B&B.
Veritas boys bag victory
February 19, 2014
Chad Stieben scored 33 points as the Veritas Christian boys basketball team coasted past St. John’s Military, 72-23, on Tuesday.
FSHS girls turn back SM South’s rally
February 19, 2014
After not being able to buy a basket during the early going, visiting Shawnee Mission South finally made a game of it with Free State High in Sunflower League girls basketball Tuesday night.
Bonner powers LHS boys
February 19, 2014
Lawrence High junior Anthony Bonner walked out of Tuesday night’s basketball game against Shawnee Mission North with a large scratch across his face and a bruised elbow. That was the price to pay in a game that included 47 fouls and 63 free throws.
SMS trips Firebirds’ boys in OT
February 19, 2014
Just when it appeared host Free State High was on the brink of delivering a haymaker, tying the score at the end of regulation, Class 6A No. 7-ranked Shawnee Mission South turned it up a notch in overtime Tuesday night.
Coleman scores 27 for Lions’ girls
February 19, 2014
Lawrence High senior Kionna Coleman knew some colleges were going to watch her play on Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission North at LHS. It didn’t take long for her to impress them.
Make your own chocolate-hazelnut spread
February 19, 2014
While it certainly isn’t health food, this chocolate-hazelnut spread is an easy-to-make treat that’s every bit as smooth and addictive as Nutella, but with less oil, sugar and calories.
Letter: Fuel fallacies
February 19, 2014
Climate change is a controversial issue but it shouldn’t be. We continue to ignore and waffle because of fossil fuel misconceptions: that they are the only viable source, that it’s so inexpensive and the industry is too big to combat.
Editorial: Election mess
Legal battles over the state’s new voter registration laws are in danger of derailing Kansas elections.
February 19, 2014
Kansans probably didn’t need anyone to tell them what a mess the state’s election system is in, but the assessment of a Washburn University law professor, who’s an expert on Kansas election law, offers additional reason for alarm — and additional reason for the Kansas Legislature to take some action before the August primary election.
100 years ago: Lawrence Elks to participate in ‘Big Brother’ movement
February 19, 2014
“The ‘Big Brother’ will pay attention to his social life, his associations, his school and his home and his work.”
Opinion: Does legislation reflect Kansas?
February 19, 2014
After the past few weeks of legislative activity I find myself absolutely confused and appalled by what has been going on in Topeka. So much so that I am almost at the point of wondering whether we are witnessing the utter breakdown of our representative form of government. I cannot help but ask whether some of the bills introduced and the statements made by some legislators are actually what their constituents want.