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Archive for Monday, January 6, 2014

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12:10 a.m.
Jeff Neal, operating partner at Sunflower Pawn and Jewelry, 2429 Iowa St., uses a loupe to examine a Rolex watch being sold by a customer on Friday. Proposal would require weekly reports to police from pawnbrokers, precious metal dealers
January 6, 2014
Lawrence pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers will be required to submit records of received property to police each week via a designated website if a proposed ordinance is approved. By Sara Shepherd
6:43 a.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Bill Musick, a Lawrence Public Works employee, clears some snow from the city parking garage at Sixth and New Hampshire Streets on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. 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
12:20 p.m.
Child care provider June Roush cooks with Taiven Hanson, center, and Barrett Maimer, right, during a 2013 Healthy Sprouts farm-to-preschool activity in Baldwin City. Farm-to-preschool program seeks funds to operate upcoming year, long-term
January 6, 2014
Healthy Sprouts, a countywide farm-to-preschool program, is closer to securing funding to operate another growing season but is seeking more community support to sustain it long term. By Sara Shepherd
2:07 p.m.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, and state Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, speak Tuesday at a news conference. They said a revenue projection of Gov. Sam Brownback's tax cuts, if applied proportionately, would result in a $900 million cut to education. Brownback has said he will protect school funding. Davis picks up public school endorsements
January 6, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis has received the endorsement of two major public school groups. Staff Reports
6:41 p.m.
In temperatures around 3 degrees, Kenden Christenson, left, and David Hammons change a flat tire on Christenson's car Monday in the parking lot of Sun Creations Inc., 826 Pennsylvania, where the two work. Lawrence hobbles through extreme cold
January 6, 2014
A “polar vortex,” described by the National Weather Service as the southward movement of Arctic wind, created cold temperatures for much of the country on Monday. Though it was not a record low, the Lawrence area dipped down to minus 9 degrees Monday morning with wind chill values as low was minus 25. The weather broke down cars, burst pipes and caused safety concerns for many Lawrence residents. By Nikki Wentling

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Judge orders probation, drug treatment for woman in burglary case
January 6, 2014
A Lawrence woman who said addiction to methamphetamine drove her participation in a string of storage-unit thefts asked to be sent to rehab Monday during her sentencing hearing. By Sara Shepherd
City looking to replace part of Rock Chalk Park roadwork after contractor disregarded warning from inspector
January 6, 2014
City engineers are recommending a portion of the roadwork at the Rock Chalk Park sports complex be torn out and rebuilt after crews employed by Lawrence contractor Thomas Fritzel disregarded warnings that the project wasn’t being built correctly. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence hobbles through extreme cold
January 6, 2014
A “polar vortex,” described by the National Weather Service as the southward movement of Arctic wind, created cold temperatures for much of the country on Monday. Though it was not a record low, the Lawrence area dipped down to minus 9 degrees Monday morning with wind chill values as low was minus 25. The weather broke down cars, burst pipes and caused safety concerns for many Lawrence residents. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence Municipal court moved to temporary location for Tuesday, Wednesday
January 6, 2014
Lawrence Municipal Court proceedings till take place in a temporary location from Jan. 7-8 due to a flooded courtroom.
Concern raised about cost of proposed $17.5 million “Fieldhouse Apartments”
January 6, 2014
A proposed $17.5 million apartment building for students, including student-athletes, near Allen Fieldhouse, has raised the concern of one member of the Kansas Board of Regents. KU is seeking authorization for a two-story, 49,500-square-foot building, which would be built along the west side of Naismith Drive, starting on the south end of the parking lot north of Oliver Hall and running north from there. All the parking spots taken up by the building would be replaced west of Oliver Hall. By Scott Rothschild
Topeka’s first flight to Chicago lifting off as planned despite winter storm
January 6, 2014
Despite the winter storm that blasted Chicago over the weekend and continuing subzero temperatures, Topeka Regional Airport’s inaugural flight to the Windy City will take off as planned Tuesday. By Sara Shepherd
CLOSINGS Jan. 7
January 6, 2014
Closings For Jan. 7
County to discuss heritage conservation grants
January 6, 2014
Douglas County commissioners will review the process for distributing $325,000 in grants for local historic and cultural preservation projects when they meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The list of grant winners will be announced next week. By Peter Hancock
Occupants run from scene after wreck at 24th and Iowa
January 6, 2014
Two people ran from the scene — one after apparently being thrown from the vehicle — after crashing an SUV near 24th and Iowa streets this afternoon, witnesses told police.
Firefighters battle blaze south of Lawrence
January 6, 2014
Firefighters from the Wakarusa, Osage, Palmyra, Lecompton and Clinton fire departments are currently battling a house fire south of Lawrence.
Davis picks up public school endorsements
January 6, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis has received the endorsement of two major public school groups. Staff Reports
25 years ago: Lawrence studies ‘model block program’
January 6, 2014
The program was currently being used in Kansas City, Mo.
40 years ago: Responsibility for Potter Lake ice falls through the cracks
January 6, 2014
“How do you say when ice is safe? I don’t want the responsibility, frankly.”
KU proposing apartments near Allen Fieldhouse
January 6, 2014
Kansas University is seeking authorization to build a $17.5 million apartment building for students near Allen Fieldhouse. By Scott Rothschild
Proposal would require weekly reports to police from pawnbrokers, precious metal dealers
January 6, 2014
Lawrence pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers will be required to submit records of received property to police each week via a designated website if a proposed ordinance is approved. By Sara Shepherd
Farm-to-preschool program seeks funds to operate upcoming year, long-term
January 6, 2014
Healthy Sprouts, a countywide farm-to-preschool program, is closer to securing funding to operate another growing season but is seeking more community support to sustain it long term. By Sara Shepherd
Editorial: Salary surge
A proposal to more than double salaries for the Lawrence City Commission is likely to gain approval Tuesday unless the public insists on more moderate action.
January 6, 2014
Whatever negative feedback Lawrence city commissioners have received about huge commission salary increases, it isn’t enough to cause them to back off on the proposal.
Opinion: 2014 election gains are up for grabs
January 6, 2014
Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in congressional elections. Some numbers define the political landscape.
Opinion: Bernanke will go down as innovator
January 6, 2014
When Ben Bernanke was asked last month what historians would write about his eight-year tenure as Fed chairman, which ends Jan. 31, he gave a characteristically reticent answer: “I’ll be interested to see. I hope I live long enough to read the textbooks.”
100 years ago: Clinton man to be tried for assault, attempted murder
January 6, 2014
“Stebbins had been in company with Harrell’s wife a number of times.”
Longtime auto dealer Dale Willey retires
January 6, 2014
The name remains, but Dale Willey has handed over the keys to Lawrence’s Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealership after a 43-year ride. By Scott Rothschild