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Archive for Friday, February 28, 2014

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12:31 a.m.
Presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith discusses the upcoming 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs. Richard Norton Smith: LBJ still casts shadow over presidency
February 27, 2014
Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith says that after half a century, President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs still have a profound impact on the way Americans live. But his handling of the war in Vietnam, and the divisiveness of the 1960s generally, also continue to resonate in U.S. politics and elections. Smith was in Lawrence this week to deliver a series of lectures at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University. By Peter Hancock
9:00 a.m.
Demonstrators carry signs 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 Outside Lawrence, discrimination based on sexual orientation already legal in Kansas
February 27, 2014
Kansas has attracted an onslaught of national criticism over a proposed bill that media often have summarized as allowing discrimination against gays. Lost in the fray has been the status quo: Kansans don’t need this law to legally discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, legal experts say. With few exceptions — namely, Lawrence — they already can. By Sara Shepherd
11:45 a.m.
Campus folklore and rumors suggest that Strong Hall is backwards. Kansas AAUP pushing for stronger patent rights for faculty
February 28, 2014
The Kansas chapter of the American Association of University Professors is currently crafting a bill to offer the state Legislature that would ensure faculty retain the right to patent technology they develop in summers or on their own time. By Ben Unglesbee
1:22 p.m.
Notre Dame junior swimmer Emma Reaney is hugged by Irish head coach Brian Barnes after winning the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2014 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. Reaney, a Lawrence High grad and former member of city swimming clubs, broke the NCAA and American records in the race with a time of 2:04.34. Lawrence native Reaney swims to big records under ex-Aquahawks coach
February 28, 2014
Lawrence native Emma Reaney, a junior at Notre Dame, has made a huge splash not only in the school’s record books, but the NCAA and American ones, too. Saturday at the ACC Championships, Reaney broke NCAA Division I and American records in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.34. By Chris Duderstadt

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1-time payments boost Kansas revenues in February
February 28, 2014
State officials said Friday that several one-time income tax payments totaling more than $50 million helped boost Kansas revenue collections in February ahead of official estimates.
Cliff Alexander’s Chicago Curie High team forfeits all victories
Squad may be allowed to compete in Illinois state tournament
February 28, 2014
Seven unnamed Curie High players were deemed ineligible on Friday.
CLOSINGS and modified hours March 2-3
05:24 p.m., February 28, 2014 Updated 03:12 p.m.
Districts in Baldwin City, Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood are among schools that have canceled Monday classes because of extreme cold temperatures and dangerous road conditions. See other weather-related closings for March 2-3.
Topeka man receives two life sentences for murders
February 28, 2014
A Shawnee County judge sentenced a 40-year-old Topeka man to consecutive life sentences for two murders that happened a dozen years apart, including one involving a body discovered in Douglas County.
28-year-old Lawrence man facing identity theft, felony drug charges
February 28, 2014
An early-morning car stop led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of identity theft and felony drug charges.
Wiggins one of 10 semifinalists for Naismith Trophy
February 28, 2014
Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Men’s Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.
Northeast Kansas prosecutor launches U.S. Senate bid
February 28, 2014
A northeast Kansas prosecutor has opened his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat by criticizing three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts for moving to the right on issues.
Work group reviewing regents’ social media policy opts for an advisory version
01:56 p.m., February 28, 2014 Updated 03:52 p.m.
The work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents controversial social media policy approved a draft of an alternative policy that would be advisory in nature. The draft, which nixes most punitive language, will be open for public comment starting next week. By Ben Unglesbee
Sentencing set for Lawrence man convicted of indecent liberties with a minor, criminal sodomy
February 28, 2014
A 42-year-old Lawrence man will be sentenced in April after pleading no contest Friday to charges of criminal sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. After the plea, District Judge Peggy Kittel revoked the man’s bond on Friday, which was previously $75,000, and scheduled his sentencing for April 18.
K-State gets $60M gift, largest in its history
February 28, 2014
Kansas State University received a $60 million gift Friday from the family of longtime benefactor Jack Vanier, the largest private donation in school history, to be used for a range of academic programs along with the latest round of athletic development.
League of Women Voters wants to honor person who promotes open government
February 28, 2014
The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters is seeking nominations for the Helen Fluker Award, which recognizes an individual for promoting open and accessible government.
Religious freedom and gay rights debate will re-emerge in Kansas Legislature next week
10:57 a.m., February 28, 2014 Updated 06:07 p.m.
The debate over religious freedom and gay rights will re-emerge in the Kansas Legislature next week, but a key senator said Friday he has no intention on working on a new bill. By Scott Rothschild
Topeka woman sentenced to 13 years for July 2013 murder of 51-year-old Lawrence man
09:31 a.m., February 28, 2014 Updated 10:49 a.m.
A Douglas County District Judge sentenced a 20-year-old Topeka woman on Friday to 155 months in prison for the July 2013 shooting death of a 51-year-old Lawrence man. By Stephen Montemayor
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 27
February 28, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Feb. 27.
KU swimmer Miller sets record at Big 12
February 28, 2014
Kansas University sophomore Chelsie Miller broke a school record in her 200-yard individual medley preliminary and finished third in the finals on Friday at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships.
Self: Selden shouldn’t be overlooked
February 28, 2014
Wayne Selden doesn’t receive as much acclaim as say, Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid, but he’s also having a stellar freshman year, according to Kansas University coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore
Undersized posts huge in city boys’ successes
February 28, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball players were relaxed at practice Thursday. Free State’s practices this week had a more serious tone as they prepared for tonight’s City Showdown, 7 p.m. at FSHS. The Firebirds are working to avenge their 67-48 loss on Dec. 20 at LHS. The Lions are looking for their first win at Free State since an overtime victory on Dec. 16, 2011. By Bobby Nightengale
Column: Andrew Wiggins the right choice for Big 12 Player of the Year
February 28, 2014
Even with three games left in the Big 12 season, it’s difficult to imagine anything happening that could prevent Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins from winning the Big 12’s Player of the Year award. Column by Tom Keegan
Lawrence native Reaney swims to big records under ex-Aquahawks coach
February 28, 2014
Lawrence native Emma Reaney, a junior at Notre Dame, has made a huge splash not only in the school’s record books, but the NCAA and American ones, too. Saturday at the ACC Championships, Reaney broke NCAA Division I and American records in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.34. By Chris Duderstadt
100 years ago: KU celebrates fiftieth anniversary of charter
February 28, 2014
“In 1916, the fiftieth anniversary of the actual founding of the University, a great celebration is planned.”
40 years ago: Consultant claims Lawrence population increase to slow dramatically
February 28, 2014
A projected drop in Kansas University enrollment was to affect the city population, he said.
Kansas AAUP pushing for stronger patent rights for faculty
February 28, 2014
The Kansas chapter of the American Association of University Professors is currently crafting a bill to offer the state Legislature that would ensure faculty retain the right to patent technology they develop in summers or on their own time. By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: Tensions growing in the Pacific
February 28, 2014
A Chinese military expert is explaining to a conference here what he sees as the benign inevitability of Beijing’s rising power in the Pacific. “You should trust China,” he says cheerily. “In 10 years, we will be much stronger, and you will feel safer.”
Editorial: Chamber wanes
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce needs to return to the active, important role it once played in the city.
February 28, 2014
What has happened to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce? Where has it gone?
Letter: Founding principles
February 28, 2014
I would like to reassure Richard Smith for his legislative “Bill reaction nonsense” ten-point consideration in the Feb. 24 Public Forum, specifically No. 10: “Does our creator have rights? Surely those are important to take into consideration.”
Letter: Research nexus
February 28, 2014
As a member of the Joint Economic Development Council, bringing quality jobs to our community is something I care deeply about. When the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is built outside of Manhattan, northeast Kansas can become a major research nexus, and that could serve to draw quality jobs to us. This potential of a research nexus is something we need to plan for now, not after NBAF is built.
Letter: Bitter view
February 28, 2014
We don’t know why we even bother to read Carl Burkhead’s letters (“Sinful lifestyle, Feb. 14). They make us sick. They are always the same repetitive collection of hateful, illogical and absurd assumptions. One “reason” against gay rights is that they can’t procreate. What’s the problem? There are plenty of people in this world procreating; the world certainly isn’t running short of people.
Royals fall to Rangers in spring opener
February 28, 2014
Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-7, on Thursday.
Veritas boys win tourney opener
February 28, 2014
Chad Stieben scored 19 points and Drake Napier scored 13, and Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team defeated Cair Paravel, 56-50, on Thursday in the KCAA tournament.
Baldwin boys turn back De Soto
February 28, 2014
The Baldwin boys completed a 17-3 regular season Thursday, which included two tournament titles and at least a share of the Frontier League crown, with a 58-50 victory against De Soto.
25 years ago: KU architecture students present study on homeless in Lawrence community
February 28, 2014
The students invited city and social service officials to a briefing at Marvin Hall.