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Archive for Sunday, January 5, 2014

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12:14 a.m.
Dr. Mark Praeger has been a physician in Lawrence for more than 35 years. He retired last week. Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A moment with a surgeon
January 5, 2014
Mark Praeger hasn’t tied a good Bead Head Pheasant Tail for years. Every time Praeger even thinks about using his magnificent hands to mess with some thread and a little Peacock leg — it is a fly-fishing term, before you go off half-cocked — you interrupt him. A phone call, a page, a tap on the shoulder: That’s been Praeger’s Lawrence life. He’s a surgeon, which means one minute he has his hands all over a Woolly Bugger — again, fly-fishing — and the next he has his hands in a man’s chest. (Yes, he washed them.) By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Brownie Wilson of the Kansas Geological Survey documents data about well depths in the Ogallala Aquifer and uploads information into a database at Kansas University. The information helps farmers estimate the usable life remaining in their groundwater supplies. Western Kansas ponders its future as geologists measure aquifer decline
January 5, 2014
The Kansas Geological Survey is surveying wells in the Ogallala Aquifer to measure how rapidly groundwater supplies are being depleted. The aquifer is critical to the agricultural economy of the region, and farmers know it’s a finite resource with a limited usable lifespan. By Peter Hancock
6:48 p.m.
Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al, feels the bitter cold wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snowblower downtown early Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2014. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as low as minus 25 to minus 32 Sunday night through Monday morning. Wind chill warning expires, advisory in effect for Douglas County
6:27 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 12:07 p.m.
A face-numbing winter blast caused few weather-related incidents during the weekend, but sub-zero temperatures closed schools today in Lawrence and surrounding communities. Get your forecast today and take a look at the weekend’s weather round-up. Click here for the latest area closings. By Nicole Wentling and Elliot Hughes

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 5
January 5, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Jan. 5.
Notebook: Tharpe plays despite ankle injury
January 5, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who often talks about the importance of toughness, praised junior point guard Naadir Tharpe for playing, despite a nasty left-ankle sprain, on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Column: Better team won Sunday’s Top 25 showdown at Allen Fieldhouse
January 5, 2014
The rankings and the oddsmakers’ lines suggest that San Diego State’s 61-57 Sunday afternoon victory against Kansas counts as an upset. Nothing about it felt that way. By Tom Keegan
Offensively challenged Jayhawks suffer rare home loss, 61-57 to San Diego State
January 5, 2014
Sunday’s 61-57 loss to San Diego State was the KU men’s basketball team’s first defeat at home to a non-Big 12 foe since a 78-71 setback to Oral Roberts on Nov. 15, 2006, and now the Jayhawks are looking for answers. By Gary Bedore
21st-ranked Aztecs outplay Jayhawks inside to claim 61-57 victory
January 5, 2014
Following his team’s 61-57 victory over Kansas University on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher sat in front of the media with the look of a math teacher and meticulously dissected all of the things that allowed his team to pull the upset. By Matt Tait
Wind chill warning expires, advisory in effect for Douglas County
06:27 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 12:07 p.m.
A face-numbing winter blast caused few weather-related incidents during the weekend, but sub-zero temperatures closed schools today in Lawrence and surrounding communities. Get your forecast today and take a look at the weekend’s weather round-up. Click here for the latest area closings. By Nicole Wentling and Elliot Hughes
Baylor women beat up on KU
05:37 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 06:11 p.m.
Odyssey Sims scored 30 points while matching the Baylor record for career 3-pointers and the No. 9 Lady Bears stretched their home winning streak to 68 games with a 75-55 win over Kansas on Sunday.
Former ag secretary addresses water issues, aquifer depletion
January 5, 2014
Josh Svaty, a former state agriculture secretary who is now a vice president of the Salina-based Land Institute, says water supply issues in western Kansas should be a major concern for people in eastern Kansas. But he says there is little economic incentive for western Kansas farmers to stop depleting the Ogallala Aquifer. By Peter Hancock
Closings, Jan. 5-6
02:11 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 04:35 p.m.
Closings for Jan. 5-6.
United Way, Boys & Girls Club hold donation drive for King Day
January 5, 2014
As a project to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the United Way of Douglas County and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence are holding a donation drive for hygiene products through Jan. 17.
Wind chill warning issued for Douglas County, subzero temperatures expected Sunday night
11:15 a.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 01:56 p.m.
Across Douglas County, accumulated snowfall reached anywhere 2 to 5 inches Saturday night into Sunday, according to estimates made by the National Weather Service.Though there is no more precipitation expected, wind gusts may drift the existing snow, and subzero temperatures are in the forecast Sunday into Monday.
KU Natural History Museum begins to restore panorama
January 5, 2014
The Kansas University Natural History Museum has begun to restore its treasured wildlife panorama, but museum officials say they have a long road ahead.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 4
January 5, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Jan. 4.
SDSU last nonconference test for KU men
January 5, 2014
For Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches, the quest for a 10th straight Big 12 title is near, but not yet here. A major event precedes Wednesday’s league opener at Oklahoma: Today’s nonconference showdown between the No. 16-ranked Jayhawks (9-3) and No. 21 San Diego State Aztecs (11-1). By Gary Bedore
Column: Aztecs guard Thames a tough matchup for Jayhawks
January 5, 2014
The 21st-ranked San Diego State men’s basketball team not only features the nation’s second-best two-point field goal percentage defense (.388) and the least-praised great coach of his era(s?), Steve Fisher, it also has the country’s most underrated guard. Column by Tom Keegan
KU women wary of Baylor sidekick-turned-star
January 5, 2014
Brittney Griner may be gone from Baylor, but members of the Kansas University women’s basketball team don’t think today’s 3 p.m. game against the No. 9 Bears in Waco, Texas, will be anything but a dogfight. That’s largely because of senior forward Odyssey Sims, Griner’s former teammate who has shown she can handle being Baylor’s top player. By Matt Tait
Haskell women win at McPherson Classic; men lose
January 5, 2014
The Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team beat McPherson, 48-42, Saturday at the McPherson College Classic.
25 years ago: Stricter parking rules to affect new apartments
January 5, 2014
One commissioner predicted the change would lead to either rising rents or to future housing shortages.
40 years ago: Water in KU drinking fountains no longer served chilled
January 5, 2014
As part of a continuing effort to save energy, KU had turned off the refrigeration units in campus drinking fountains.
Arts Center holding ‘Pinocchio’ auditions
January 5, 2014
It’s no lie: The Lawrence Arts Center will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Pinocchio” this week.
Western Kansas ponders its future as geologists measure aquifer decline
January 5, 2014
The Kansas Geological Survey is surveying wells in the Ogallala Aquifer to measure how rapidly groundwater supplies are being depleted. The aquifer is critical to the agricultural economy of the region, and farmers know it’s a finite resource with a limited usable lifespan. By Peter Hancock
Commissioners to consider natural gas to power transit buses
January 5, 2014
It’s cheaper than diesel, but compressed natural gas may still not be cheap enough to get Lawrence officials to switch their transit fleet. By Chad Lawhorn
The year ahead in higher education
January 5, 2014
Here’s preview of the new faces, buildings and programs at area universities in 2014. By Ben Unglesbee
Career and technical education gaining new prominence
January 5, 2014
The Lawrence school district plans to open its new College and Career Center by 2015, which will allow high school students to get a head start on their postsecondary education before they graduate. The new center is an example of how the lined separating high school and college are being erased. By Peter Hancock
100 years ago: William Jennings Bryan makes surprise visit to Lawrence
January 5, 2014
“The coming of Mr. Bryan was not known until nearly noon.”
The nature of DIY collective, tape label, friend group Whatever Forever
January 5, 2014
With such a high concentration of talent in just one area, why not combine forces as a music collective inspired solely by the friendships developed from putting different music perspectives in one room, and playing?
Status and fate of social media policy unclear at Kansas universities
January 5, 2014
After the Kansas Board of Regents announced Tuesday they would review a recently approved social media policy, the policy’s fate and status remain uncertain. Whether it’s enforceable at KU and other universities remains in question, but it could still have an effect on speech. By Ben Unglesbee
Editorial: Hospital cuts
Increased efficiency at state hospitals is good, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of adequate services for vulnerable Kansans.
January 5, 2014
In the name of increased efficiency, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has announced plans to eliminate about 57 jobs at two state hospitals that serve Kansans with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
Opinion: Government oppresses more than serves
January 5, 2014
An enterprising journalist recently unearthed a remarkable statement made by Hillary Clinton during her attempt to nationalize health care in 1993. According to Clinton, if we Americans are allowed too much discretion in how we spend our health care dollars, we won’t spend wisely and won’t get the care we need.
Opinion: First Amendment protects idiocy
January 5, 2014
Fair warning: This is about the “Duck Dynasty” controversy. Yes, I know. I’m sick of it, too.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A moment with a surgeon
January 5, 2014
Mark Praeger hasn’t tied a good Bead Head Pheasant Tail for years. Every time Praeger even thinks about using his magnificent hands to mess with some thread and a little Peacock leg — it is a fly-fishing term, before you go off half-cocked — you interrupt him. A phone call, a page, a tap on the shoulder: That’s been Praeger’s Lawrence life. He’s a surgeon, which means one minute he has his hands all over a Woolly Bugger — again, fly-fishing — and the next he has his hands in a man’s chest. (Yes, he washed them.) By Chad Lawhorn