Archive for Monday, February 24, 2014

Lead stories

1:24 a.m.
Lawrence homebrewer Angelo Ruiz tastes some beer he made at his home. Ruiz is the president of the Lawrence Brewers Guild. He and other local homebrewers are hoping a bill will succeed in the Kansas Senate that would ease restrictions on how homebrewers can share their product. Lawrence homebrewers hopeful bill paves way for fewer restrictions
February 24, 2014
Formally called the Substitute for House Bill No. 2223, the bill would allow homemade beer, wine or cider to be served to guests and judges so long as the brewer isn’t compensated. Until now, homebrewers haven’t been able to share their beer outside of their home. By Stephen Montemayor
9:00 a.m.
Kansas basketball snowbird Rosalie Gerstner, Ness City, walks arm-in-arm with her grandson Brian Gerstner, Baldwin City, as the two make their way to Allen Fieldhouse prior to tipoff of the Jayhawks' game against the Horned Frogs of TCU on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. For years, Gerstner would make the 300-mile trip from Ness City for the home games, but now retired, has decided to rent an apartment in Lawrence during basketball season. KU basketball snowbird picks ‘Hawks over heatwaves
February 24, 2014
Retiree Rosalie Gerstner doesn’t head south to escape the blustery Western Kansas winter. She heads east — for Allen Fieldhouse. By Sara Shepherd
11:00 a.m.
Le Tuan sits in one of his buses that he's built with curved seats and a wet bar, just to name a few of the features included in his custom buses. Lawrence business takes vehicle customizing to the ‘extreme’
February 24, 2014
In North Lawrence, in an old seed and grain warehouse, Le Tuan is building mobile man caves and video gaming buses. Here’s the story of Extreme Bus Builders. By Giles Bruce
1:13 p.m.
The Rusty Blackbird gets its name from its plumage, which is edged with a rusty brown color during the fall and early winter. In the spring and summer, male Rusties are glossy black and females are a silvery, slate grey. Rusties have pale yellow eyes, and, compared to other blackbirds, they are relatively thin. 
Audubon Society plans to track Rusty Blackbird
February 24, 2014
Growing up on a farm in southeast Kansas inspired a lifelong interest in nature for Lawrence resident Gary Anderson. About eight years ago, this interest, coupled with a desire to get outdoors more often, drove Anderson to the Jayhawk Audubon Society. Now he serves as president. By Nikki Wentling
4:45 p.m.
The last set of stairs is a narrow spiral that hovers 75 feet above the chandelier that hangs in the dome. Dome tours at capitol resume after 13 years
February 24, 2014
After 13 years, more than $300 million of renovations to the Kansas statehouse are finally finished. For some this simply means the unsightly crane and scaffolding have been removed. However, it also means that tours to the top of the dome have resumed. In the two weeks since tours began Feb. 6 more than 1,200 visitors have made the trek to the top. By Ashleigh Tidwell

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Column: Familiar song emanates from Allen Fieldhouse
February 24, 2014
The lyrics and notes change, but the song remains the same. High school All-Americans around whom their teams revolved come to Kansas University with little clue just how hard they must compete to maintain a winning tradition like few others in sports. By Tom Keegan
Naadir Tharpe puts pesky Sooners away late
February 24, 2014
With the outcome of Monday’s game hanging in the balance and Oklahoma within striking distance of gutting out its first victory at Allen Fieldhouse since 1993, the littlest guy on the floor slew the Sooners. By Matt Tait
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 24
February 24, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Feb. 24.
LHS boys climb to No. 4 in 6A hoops poll
February 24, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team jumped two spots to No. 4 in the Class 6A poll, released Monday by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. The Lions beat then-No. 10 Olathe North on Friday and Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday.
LHS grad breaks NCAA swimming record
February 24, 2014
Lawrence High graduate Emma Reaney broke the NCAA and American record on the 200-yard breaststroke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.
Kansas pitcher Duncan earns weekly baseball honors
February 24, 2014
Kansas University pitcher Frank Duncan earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors Monday.
KU baseball wraps up tourney with eight straight victory
February 24, 2014
Kansas University’s baseball team stayed perfect to start the season with a 9-4 victory over St. Bonaventure on Monday in the final game of the Snowbird Classic.
Longer classes will make up for weather day
February 24, 2014
High school students in Lawrence will spend a few extra minutes in each class to make up a snow day this year. By Peter Hancock
KU receives gift to begin Phase 1 of Fieldhouse Apartments project
McCarthy family recognized during KU-OU basketball game
February 24, 2014
Kansas University alumni Kent and Missy McCarthy have donated the lead gift for the financing of Phase 1 of the Fieldhouse Apartments project at KU.
City hires engineering firm to help settle lighting dispute at Rock Chalk Park
February 24, 2014
The city is planing to spend about $2,500 to hire an engineering firm to examine whether a series of 100-foot light poles at the northwest Lawrence sports complex will unduly cause light to shine onto adjacent properties. Whether the new engineering study will settle the dispute with nearby homeowner Jack Graham is still unclear.
House panel revises Kansas sex ed proposal
February 24, 2014
A House committee has made significant changes to a proposal that would mandate parental action before students receive sex education in Kansas public schools. The House Education Committee heavily amended the bill Monday, changing the proposal from requiring parental approval before a student could receive the instruction to a bill requiring written consent before a student would be withheld.
Aquifers declined in 2013, but at slower rate than in recent years
February 24, 2014
Water tables continued to fall in much of western Kansas last year, but at a more modest rate than in the previous three years. Geologists say above-average rainfall in some areas allowed farmers to irrigate less. By Peter Hancock
Dome tours at capitol resume after 13 years
February 24, 2014
After 13 years, more than $300 million of renovations to the Kansas statehouse are finally finished. For some this simply means the unsightly crane and scaffolding have been removed. However, it also means that tours to the top of the dome have resumed. In the two weeks since tours began Feb. 6 more than 1,200 visitors have made the trek to the top. By Ashleigh Tidwell
Supreme Court declines to review Montana gun law; Kansas has a similar law
February 24, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined for the second time to review a Montana law that exempts from federal regulation guns that are made and kept in the state.
Fire chief says Friday night fire ‘similar’ to 2012 arsons
February 24, 2014
A division chief with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical said a Friday night fire in the 1700 block of West 24th Street was similar to a string of 21 arsons that took place in the same area in 2012.
Notre Dame provost to visit KU, give lecture
February 24, 2014
The provost of the University of Notre Dame will visit Kansas University next week to receive the Department of Psychology’s first 1949 Award, which honors distinguished alumni.
Douglas County businesses receive Foundation Award
February 24, 2014
Fourteen businesses in Douglas County have been named recipients of the Foundation Award, which recognizes local companies for their growth in employment.
Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy receives eight-year accreditation
February 24, 2014
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education gave the School of Pharmacy at Kansas University an eight-year accreditation term, the longest term a school can receive before undergoing another evaluation.
Doll: Politics likely to change Common Core standards
February 24, 2014
Lawrence school district superintendent Rick Doll said the local district fully supports the Common Core standards. But he said they have become so politically charged, they likely will not last long in their present form. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers staying course on public pensions
February 24, 2014
Kansas legislators don’t appear enthusiastic this year about altering the course they’ve set in previous years for improving the long-term financial health of the state pension system.
Kansas higher education budget approved by House committee
12:32 p.m., February 24, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A House committee on Monday recommended an increased higher education budget that mostly follows the recommendation of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Bernie Parmalee added to KU football staff
February 24, 2014
The Kansas University football program’s overhaul of its coaching staff continued Monday, when KU coach Charlie Weis announced the addition of Bernie Parmalee to the staff as a quality control coach for special teams.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 23
February 24, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Feb. 23.
Jayhawks aim to clinch 10th straight Big 12 title tonight
February 24, 2014
Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe remembers the excitement and enthusiasm, the utter frenzy in Allen Fieldhouse the last time the Jayhawks wrapped up at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season basketball championship at home. This year’s squad can claim a share of the league title — their 10th in a row — tonight with a victory against Oklahoma. By Gary Bedore
KU golf’s Hanna finishes tied for 19th
February 24, 2014
Kansas University’s Chase Hanna shot his third-straight round of 1-under-71 to finish tied for 19th place on Sunday at the Desert Intercollegiate.
Kessler, KU softball shut out SIUE
February 24, 2014
Kansas University sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler earned her second victory of the weekend against SIU Edwardsville, 5-0 on Sunday at the Jackson State softball tournament.
Duncan strikes out 14 for KU baseball
February 24, 2014
Kansas University senior right-hander Frank Duncan struck out a career-high 14 batters as the KU baseball team won its seventh straight game, 11-1 against Mississippi Valley State, on Sunday at the Snowbird Classic.
Ex-KU track standout Clemons claims USA 400m title
February 24, 2014
Former Kansas University track and field standout Kyle Clemons won gold in the 400 meters on Sunday at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships.
Column: WSU deserves top spot in poll
February 24, 2014
In the chummy world of college basketball, everybody knows who sits at the cool kids’ table. Wichita State is not welcome at the cool kids’ table and will not be ranked No. 1 when today’s Associated Press college basketball poll is released. Column by Tom Keegan
25 years ago: Abrupt closing of day care center catches parents off guard
February 24, 2014
A total of 44 children had attended the center.
40 years ago: LMH expansion hits temporary snag
February 24, 2014
In a related development, the board agreed that the 1969 addition to the original facility would be retained and utilized in the new structure.
Bankruptcies for Feb. 24
February 24, 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.
Divorces for Feb. 24
February 24, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for Feb. 24
February 24, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Letter: Bill reaction nonsense
February 24, 2014
The hysteria around the bill concerning rights not to provide services for homosexuals is nonsense. This has even invaded our sports page. A few thoughts and questions to consider:
Letter: Green energy
February 24, 2014
Ken Meyer, in his Feb. 17 letter, makes a valid point about corn-based ethanol, which I would be among the last to attempt to defend. His statements about the carbon footprint of green energy alternatives is way off the mark, however.
Opinion: U.S. must rebalance its global role
February 24, 2014
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, was trying to explain recently why her state has remained “internationalist” in its soul, even as it shares the national anger about Iraq and Afghanistan. In Minnesota, she says, “internationalism is not just tolerated, it’s embraced.”
Letter: Don’t get any ideas
February 24, 2014
After all the recent ridiculous laws submitted or passed by the Kansas government (the most recent being about sex education) I can just see what the next few will be.
Editorial: Local votes
It would be nice to have more voters in local city and school elections, but shifting those elections to November and making them partisan are bad ideas.
February 24, 2014
An effort to combine city and school board elections with other partisan races is another example of Kansas legislators trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.
Lawrence business takes vehicle customizing to the ‘extreme’
February 24, 2014
In North Lawrence, in an old seed and grain warehouse, Le Tuan is building mobile man caves and video gaming buses. Here’s the story of Extreme Bus Builders. By Giles Bruce
KU student leaders call for end of athletics fees
February 24, 2014
With revenues for big-ticket sports at Kansas University climbing ever higher, student leaders have recommended an end to the subsidy students pay to the athletics department. Last week students on an advisory board overseeing a student fee that goes to the department challenged the dollar amount as well as the overall role of student fees in supporting university athletics. By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence homebrewers hopeful bill paves way for fewer restrictions
February 24, 2014
Formally called the Substitute for House Bill No. 2223, the bill would allow homemade beer, wine or cider to be served to guests and judges so long as the brewer isn’t compensated. Until now, homebrewers haven’t been able to share their beer outside of their home. By Stephen Montemayor
Business briefcase Feb. 24
February 24, 2014
Teri Smith, the director of Douglas County Emergency Management, has completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Audubon Society plans to track Rusty Blackbird
February 24, 2014
Growing up on a farm in southeast Kansas inspired a lifelong interest in nature for Lawrence resident Gary Anderson. About eight years ago, this interest, coupled with a desire to get outdoors more often, drove Anderson to the Jayhawk Audubon Society. Now he serves as president. By Nikki Wentling
Website encourages investment in Lawrence area
February 24, 2014
The Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence and Douglas County has launched a website to expand its business attraction efforts.
KU basketball snowbird picks ‘Hawks over heatwaves
February 24, 2014
Retiree Rosalie Gerstner doesn’t head south to escape the blustery Western Kansas winter. She heads east — for Allen Fieldhouse. By Sara Shepherd
100 years ago: KU a bargain compared to East Coast schools, registrar says
February 24, 2014
“‘In Lawrence, there isn’t much else to spend money on. No students own automobiles, and I don’t believe there’s a private steam yacht on the whole Kaw river.’”