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Archive for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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12:13 a.m.
Lawrence resident Diane McFarland browses the wine selection at Myers Retail Liquor, 902 W. 23rd Street, Friday, June 9, 2010. Lawrence liquor store owners oppose push for groceries to sell more alcohol
February 25, 2014
Liquor store owners in Lawrence and elsewhere across the state are worried that House Bill 2556, which had a hearing before the House Commerce Committee last week, could put them out of business and hurt the state’s economy by transferring profits to out-of-state corporations. By Giles Bruce
12:16 p.m.
Work continues on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex near Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The track and field stadium, far left, is the furthest along, with a projected opening set for spring 2014. The concrete pad for the city's eight-gym recreation center, top center, also has been poured. The center is expected to open in  summer 2014.  The concrete pads along the right edge of the photo are parking lots to serve the entire complex. In the center of the site are a soccer field and a softball stadium for Kansas University. 
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.
2:31 p.m.
Donnie Young looks over a wastewater lagoon on the dairy farm he is part-owner of near Ulysses in this 2006 photo. Faced with a declining water table in the Ogallala Aquifer, water is reused in six different processes at the dairy before finally being used to irrigate crops. 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
4:39 p.m.
A demonstrator flies a pride flag during a rally for equality on the south side of the Kansas statehouse, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The rally was organized by Equality Kansas and the American Civil Liberties Union. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Gay-rights advocates rally at Kansas Statehouse; efforts underway to revive alternative bill
3:15 p.m., February 25, 2014 Updated 5:20 p.m.
As protestors rallied Tuesday outside the Capitol to bury a bill that they said would have provided legal protection for discrimination against gays, a Christian group sought to revive an alternative. “We are not seeking to discriminate against anyone,” said Robert Noland, executive director of the Kansas Family Planning Council Action. By Scott Rothschild

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Amber Alert for Texas girl canceled Wednesday morning
10:25 p.m., February 25, 2014 Updated 11:01 a.m.
The Amber Alert was canceled at 9:28 a.m. on Feb. 26. Check back for more information as it develops.
United Way of Douglas County raises $1.7 million in annual campaign
February 25, 2014
The United Way of Douglas County announced Tuesday it raised $1.7 million during its 2013-2014 fundraising campaign, matching last year’s haul but still falling just shy of its goal of $1.8 million. By Elliot Hughes
Homeless shelter pays off $225,000 loan to city early
February 25, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter presented a $225,000 check to the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday to pay off a short-term loan the city gave the homeless shelter last year. By Chad Lawhorn
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 25
February 25, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Trial set for man arrested after Presto armed robbery
February 25, 2014
A Douglas County District Judge found enough evidence Tuesday linking a 36-year-old Lawrence man to an early-morning armed robbery last month to set the case for a May 14 trial.
Former domestic violence offender, drug abuser details how he turned life around
February 25, 2014
Guy Maxwell is in Lawrence on vacation, visiting his son and grandson. But whenever he takes a holiday, he says, he likes to plan something that could be “meaningful and help someone else.” So on Monday night, at an auditorium inside the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Maxwell talked about his past as a drug abuser and domestic violence offender and his journey to becoming a certified counselor on a range of topics.
KU Hospital listed as one of the 100 best in the U.S.
February 25, 2014
The rankings company Healthgrades named Kansas University Hospital as one of the 100 best in the U.S. based on patient outcomes and mortality rates. It was one of two hospitals in Kansas listed and the only in the Kansas City area.
Lawrence Journal-World wins 35 Kansas Press Association awards
February 25, 2014
The Lawrence Journal-World won 35 news and advertising awards, including best website and all three news story awards, in the 2014 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence contest.
Watkins Museum to open new Lawrence Girl Scouts exhibit Friday
February 25, 2014
A new exhibit at Watkins Museum of History celebrating the history of Girl Scouts in Lawrence will open during Final Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 with a reception celebrating the museum’s collaboration with Lawrence Girl Scouts.
Gay-rights advocates rally at Kansas Statehouse; efforts underway to revive alternative bill
03:15 p.m., February 25, 2014 Updated 05:20 p.m.
As protestors rallied Tuesday outside the Capitol to bury a bill that they said would have provided legal protection for discrimination against gays, a Christian group sought to revive an alternative. “We are not seeking to discriminate against anyone,” said Robert Noland, executive director of the Kansas Family Planning Council Action. By Scott Rothschild
Curator at Carnegie Museum to join KU as Foundation Distinguished Professor
February 25, 2014
K. Christopher Beard, a prominent paleontologist and distinguished chair of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum, will become Kansas University’s second “Foundation Professor.”
Bill to open Kansas police records advances
February 25, 2014
A proposal for making Kansas police records more available to the public has cleared a committee, a victory for open-records advocates who have been working to overcome opposition from prosecutors.
House budget committee not done with higher education budget
February 25, 2014
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, said Tuesday his committee would continue to work on the higher education budget even though it approved the spending plan one day earlier. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas bill changing airspace protection has drawn the attention — and opposition — of Army and Air Force
February 25, 2014
A bill before the Kansas Legislature that narrows the definition of what is considered an airport hazard has gained opposition from airports across the state and the U.S. military. By Scott Rothschild
Planning Commission approves apartment project near Memorial Stadium, defers action on west Lawrence family fun center
February 25, 2014
A proposed five-story apartment and retail building across from Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium won a key vote from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn
Brownback continues push for all-day K
February 25, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools to continue to build support for his proposal to expand state funding for all-day kindergarten instruction.
Notebook: Donation marks start of Fieldhouse Apartments project
February 25, 2014
Kansas University alumni Kent and Missy McCarthy have donated the lead gift for the financing of Phase One of the Fieldhouse Apartments project at KU, it was announced Monday night. By Gary Bedore
Decade of dominance: Kansas earns share of 10th straight Big 12 title
February 25, 2014
Bill Self exited briskly out the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse, hands up, palms extended high, at the conclusion of Kansas University’s historic 83-75 victory over Oklahoma on Monday night. The fans behind the KU bench and in the north student section stuck around after the 11th-year KU coach’s ESPN interview to acknowledge ever-so- briefly one of the great accomplishments in school history — a 10th straight Big 12 regular-season title. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Grocery, convenience store owners want to sell ‘strong beer’
February 25, 2014
Pricing of the beer was also being questioned.
100 years ago: Topeka editor Arthur Capper to run for governor
February 25, 2014
“‘I do promise that if elected I shall look after the business of the state as I look after my own….’”
40 years ago: Emergency allocation approved for Lawrence Indian Center
February 25, 2014
The center, at 1912 Massachusetts Street, had been founded in 1971.
Editorial: Lecompton focus
A recent series of programs in Lecompton shared interesting insights about the Civil War period.
February 25, 2014
Congratulations to the Kansas State Historical Society and the folks in Lecompton for this year’s series of presentations related to issues surrounding slavery and the Civil War.
Letter: Sinful lifestyle
February 25, 2014
Recent concerns in Kansas government have centered around protecting Christian rights versus denying gay rights. Actually, speaking as a Christian, we don’t have rights per se since we are committed to the Lordship of Christ. However, we are blessed to have rights bestowed on us by our Constitution; albeit, they are slowly being lost to other groups who don’t share the same truth.
Letter: Right side?
February 25, 2014
On Feb. 16, I watched the movie “Jayhawkers” by Kansas University professor Kevin Wilmott. The majority of the viewing audience was white. Many of them looked old enough to know what happened pre-Wilt Chamberlain to African-Americans in Lawrence. Poet great Langston Hughes is a reference point for this experience.
Your turn: Director has calling to help homeless
February 25, 2014
If the data heads are right and I’ve spent a third of my life sleeping, I’d be willing to wager that I’ve spent another large fraction of my sweet life pie sitting in Community Commission on Homelessness meetings and related gatherings of committees, coalitions and tasking, tsking forces.
Opinion: Leaders find dissent harder to squelch
February 25, 2014
As a wave of protests against government corruption and misrule rolls from country to country, nervous autocrats are using the same formula to crush dissent.
Double Take: There’s nothing ‘small government’ about Kansas’ stupid divorce bill
February 25, 2014
The commonality of divorce impacts teens and young adults. It undermines their trust of the “us” in our world. It makes them leery of commitment. It will thus come as a great comfort to Kansans, already impressed with pro-spanking and anti-gay initiatives in Topeka, that legislators have found a cure for divorce — make it impossible to get one or, at least, ridiculously difficult and embarrassing.
Seniors don’t have to suffer from mental illness in silence, Douglas County experts say
February 25, 2014
Many senior citizens have their first experience with mental illness at a later age. Conditions like depression and anxiety can be brought on or exacerbated by situations that often accompany aging: the loss of a spouse, failing health, a move into a nursing home or assisted-living facility. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence liquor store owners oppose push for groceries to sell more alcohol
February 25, 2014
Liquor store owners in Lawrence and elsewhere across the state are worried that House Bill 2556, which had a hearing before the House Commerce Committee last week, could put them out of business and hurt the state’s economy by transferring profits to out-of-state corporations. By Giles Bruce