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Archive for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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12:39 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson is displeased by a call during the annual Jayhawks for a Cure game against Oklahoma, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. KU women: KSU ‘biggest game of the year’
February 26, 2014
The Kansas University women’s basketball team has reached the point of the year when every remaining game magically transforms into the Jayhawks’ biggest game of the season. Tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup with Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse might have been that anyway. By Matt Tait
11:00 a.m.
United Way: logo 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
11:47 a.m.
Lawrence High junior Anthony Bonner (15) tries to score in the final seconds as Shawnee Mission East's Christian Blessen (10) defends, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at LHS. LHS boys’ comeback falls short vs. SME
February 26, 2014
Lawrence High staged a wild second-half comeback only to fall short against clutch-shooting Shawnee Mission East, 69-65, Tuesday night in an intense, entertaining Sunflower League boys basketball game in the Jungle, the old-school LHS gymnasium. By Tom Keegan
2:13 p.m.
In this photo from Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger discusses issues related to the federal overhaul of health care during an interview in her office in Topeka, Kan. Praeger is a Republican but supports expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law. Praeger urges defeat of health care compact bill
February 26, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger on Wednesday said a House bill aimed at allowing Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul could jeopardize Medicare funding for seniors. Praeger said House Bill 2553 would place federal funding for all health care services and health plans under the control of the Kansas Legislature and governor. Praeger said if state revenues fall short then the funds for Medicare and other health programs could be used to support other state functions. By Scott Rothschild
7:42 p.m.
Greg Williams Lawrence Chamber of Commerce CEO to resign in March
5:49 p.m., February 26, 2014 Updated 7:20 p.m.
Greg Williams, the CEO and president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, will resign his position in mid-March.

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County allows wind energy company to apply for construction of two meteorological towers
February 26, 2014
The Douglas County Commission will allow NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind energy developer in the United States, to proceed in the application process to erect two meteorological towers in the countryside to study the area’s wind patterns.
KU women fall to K-State, 76-68
21-0 first-half hole dooms Jayhawks
09:00 p.m., February 26, 2014 Updated 12:10 a.m.
A 21-0 deficit during the game’s first six minutes proved to be too much for the Kansas University women’s basketball team to overcome in a 76-68 loss to Kansas State on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Five from Bishop Seabury named National Merit finalists
February 26, 2014
Five students from Bishop Seabury Academy have been named finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition. Staff reports
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce CEO to resign in March
05:49 p.m., February 26, 2014 Updated 07:20 p.m.
Greg Williams, the CEO and president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, will resign his position in mid-March.
Kansans support use of federal funds to expand Medicaid, poll says
February 26, 2014
Kansans strongly support accepting federal funds to broaden access to Medicaid, according to a poll released Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Glitch causing multiple mobile Amber Alerts fixed
February 26, 2014
Lawrence-area cellphone users heard repeated, loud Amber Alert notifications when a 10-year-old Missouri girl went missing last week, but only one audible alert on Tuesday after a missing Texas teen was thought to be traveling on Interstate 35 near Lenexa.
Groundbreaking set for new Daisy Hill residence halls
February 26, 2014
Kansas University has set a construction plan and next week will celebrate a groundbreaking for a $47.8 million student housing project.
Bode named Kansas Master Teacher
February 26, 2014
John Bode, a third grade teacher at New York school, has been named a 2014 Kansas Master Teacher award recipient. Staff Reports
Praeger urges defeat of health care compact bill
February 26, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger on Wednesday said a House bill aimed at allowing Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul could jeopardize Medicare funding for seniors. Praeger said House Bill 2553 would place federal funding for all health care services and health plans under the control of the Kansas Legislature and governor. Praeger said if state revenues fall short then the funds for Medicare and other health programs could be used to support other state functions. By Scott Rothschild
No. 6-ranked recruit Myles Turner to visit KU for Texas Tech game
February 26, 2014
Big man recruit Myles Turner will visit Kansas University, Rivals.com reports.
New KU track at Rock Chalk Park honored with distinct label
February 26, 2014
Kansas University officials announced Wednesday that the track surface at Rock Chalk Park will be recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the fifth Class I Certified track on United States soil, and will be one of only 105 in the entire world.
Opinion: Enough is enough: Boycott Arizona
February 26, 2014
Boycott Arizona. Somebody design the T-shirts. Somebody ready the bumper stickers.
FSHS boys stall in second half, lose to SMW
February 26, 2014
Free State High’s boys basketball team hit big shots in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night at FSHS. Shawnee Mission West answered with bigger ones. By Bobby Nightengale
Undermanned LHS girls struggle vs. SME
February 26, 2014
The Lawrence High girls basketball team simply could not keep up with Shawnee Mission East during a 37-25 loss on Tuesday night at LHS.
FSHS girls fall apart down stretch
February 26, 2014
Free State High’s girls basketball team kept close with Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday night until midway through the fourth quarter. Then the wheels fell off. By Bobby Nightengale
LHS boys’ comeback falls short vs. SME
February 26, 2014
Lawrence High staged a wild second-half comeback only to fall short against clutch-shooting Shawnee Mission East, 69-65, Tuesday night in an intense, entertaining Sunflower League boys basketball game in the Jungle, the old-school LHS gymnasium. By Tom Keegan
Eudora boys roll
February 26, 2014
Mitchell Ballock scored 25 points, and Eudora defeated Ottawa on Tuesday night in high school boys basketball.
Seabury boys lose
February 26, 2014
Coach Ashley Battles was anything but disappointed after Bishop Seabury’s 14-point boys basketball loss to St. James Academy.
Jayhawks won’t celebrate Big 12 title just yet
February 26, 2014
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players won’t break out the T-shirts and hats until the day they wrap up the undisputed 2013-14 Big 12 regular-season championship. By Gary Bedore
Big 12 honors 9 Jayhawks in swimming/diving
February 26, 2014
Nine Kansas University representatives were named to the Swimming and Diving Academic All-Big 12 first- and second-teams, the league announced Tuesday.
Kansas tennis ranked No. 45
February 26, 2014
Kansas University’s tennis team rose to a program-high No. 45 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association top-75 rankings as announced by the ITA Tuesday.
KU baseball moves series
February 26, 2014
Kansas University’s scheduled baseball home opener has been moved away from home, but KU still will be considered the “home” team.
Lions’ Kyle Wittman nets scholarship
February 26, 2014
Lawrence High football senior Kyle Wittman was selected as a 2014 Scholar Athlete by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.
25 years ago: JL’s Grocery Stores change ownership
February 26, 2014
The new owner was planning to operate the stores under the name of Alvin’s IGA.
Gooden, Wizards agree on 10-day contract
February 26, 2014
Drew Gooden has agreed to join the Washington Wizards on a 10-day contract.
KU women: KSU ‘biggest game of the year’
February 26, 2014
The Kansas University women’s basketball team has reached the point of the year when every remaining game magically transforms into the Jayhawks’ biggest game of the season. Tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup with Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse might have been that anyway. By Matt Tait
Letter: No role model
February 26, 2014
William Burroughs is not a good role model for young people and his life and works should not be honored or celebrated in any way. Burroughs had a lifelong addiction to opiates — first morphine and later heroin — and actively promoted drug use.
Letter: Lighten up
February 26, 2014
Given the editor’s seeming obsession with President Obama’s supposed nefarious deeds and with the so-called crazies who are hiding in Lawrence, one wonders whether the editor himself has been taken captive by nasty creatures from outer space.
Editorial: What’s next?
Lighting at Rock Chalk Park is just the latest controversy caused by officials willingness to rush this project forward.
February 26, 2014
Lawrence city officials have agreed to spend approximately $2,500 to hire an engineer to determine whether a series of 100-foot light poles at the Rock Chalk Park development in northwest Lawrence will cause an unacceptable amount of light to shine on adjacent properties.
Opinion: Press freedom under attack
February 26, 2014
After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news. The expressed goal of the survey was to determine if the “critical information needs” of the public are being met. In making the announcement on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated the survey would be “revised” and that the government agency had “no intention” of regulating political speech of journalists or other broadcasters.
40 years ago: Drug, alcohol abuse on the rise in Kansas, study says
February 26, 2014
An estimated 17,000 persons in the state were regular users of fast-acting barbiturates.
100 years ago: Speaker claims need for religious education at Haskell
February 26, 2014
“Christianity cannot be taught in government schools so it is up to the people of the community to see that these people have religious training which they are eager to have.”