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Archive for Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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12:22 a.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 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
2:48 p.m.
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
4:43 p.m.
Robert Simari, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was picked in January as dean of the KU medical school. Photo courtesy of Kansas University. Mayo clinic professor picked as new KU medical school dean
1:58 p.m., January 7, 2014 Updated 5:22 p.m.
Kansas University has named a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic as the new executive dean of the KU School of Medicine, the university announced Tuesday. KU picked Robert Simari to replace Barbara Atkinson, who retired from the dean position in the summer 2012. Douglas Girod, KU Medical Center executive vice chancellor, has been serving as interim dean. Staff Reports

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City commissioners back away from previous pay raise proposal, but still boost salaries
January 7, 2014
A pay raise for the Lawrence City Commission won’t be as big as once proposed, and none of the current commissioners will receive a raise unless they are re-elected. By Chad Lawhorn
New social media policy could pose risk to KU accreditation
January 7, 2014
The new social media policy passed by the Kansas Board of Regents in December could threaten Kansas University accreditation, said a professor and member of the committee helping the university to prepare for accreditation next spring. By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence basketball games at Leavenworth postponed
January 7, 2014
Lawrence High’s basketball teams will have to wait a little longer to return to the court.
KU football to play Illinois in 2023, 2024
January 7, 2014
Kansas and Illinois will meet on the gridiron for the first time since 1968 when the Jayhawks host the Illini in 2023 as the first part of a home-and-home series, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.
Mayo clinic professor picked as new KU medical school dean
01:58 p.m., January 7, 2014 Updated 05:22 p.m.
Kansas University has named a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic as the new executive dean of the KU School of Medicine, the university announced Tuesday. KU picked Robert Simari to replace Barbara Atkinson, who retired from the dean position in the summer 2012. Douglas Girod, KU Medical Center executive vice chancellor, has been serving as interim dean. Staff Reports
FSHS wrestling dual postponed
January 7, 2014
The Free State High wrestling team’s Tuesday home dual against Wyandotte got postponed, because Kansas City, Kan., schools had classes called off for winter weather.
Kansas Chamber poll: Taxes, school administration spending too high
January 7, 2014
Business owners in Kansas say both taxes and the amount of money spent on school administration are too high, according to a new survey commissioned by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. By Scott Rothschild
Wind chill advisory canceled for Lawrence; 50s this weekend
January 7, 2014
The National Weather Service has canceled the wind chill advisory in Lawrence for the rest of today, and the forecast calls for warming temperatures this afternoon.
Fire crews respond to house fire in Eudora
January 7, 2014
Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, fire crews responded to a house fire on the 1300 block of Elm Street in Eudora, according to the Douglas County dispatch center.
Sound advice: Wife tells Bill Self to heed his own words
January 7, 2014
During various speaking engagements and interviews during the preseason, Bill Self warned Kansas University basketball fans to be ready for ups and downs as his young Jayhawks aged during the 2013-14 campaign. By Gary Bedore
Column: Look who’s sawin’
Former KU coach Mark Mangino set to return to Big 12 as Iowa State OC
January 7, 2014
Locate that calendar on your desk or refrigerator, in your pocket or computer. Circle the date Nov. 8, 2014. It marks the day Mark Mangino returns to the stadium that the vast majority of Kansas University football fans wish he never had left. By Tom Keegan
Mangino returns to Big 12 — at ISU
January 7, 2014
The second Saturday in November just got a lot more interesting for Kansas University football, as former KU coach Mark Mangino on Monday was announced as the new offensive coordinator at Iowa State. By Matt Tait
Double Take: What boy texts really mean
January 7, 2014
I’m a fifteen-year-old girl. My friends and I were trying to figure out this boy’s texts to one of us, and we started talking about how texting means something different to girls than it does guys. Like, we all sit around and stare at our phones, waiting for a guy to text he’s like, “whatever.” Do you agree with this and how do you clear up confusion, especially if it’s someone you like?
25 years ago: Sanitation department hauled tons of trash in 1988
January 7, 2014
The department had hauled away more than 44,000 tons of refuse.
40 years ago: County discusses recent accidental sounding of tornado sirens
January 7, 2014
A dispatcher at the sheriff’s office had inadvertently pushed the siren button.
100 years ago: City, county battle over ownership of Sixth and Vermont jail site
January 7, 2014
“This controversy has a long standing and the outcome will be interesting to note.”
Editorial: Enforcement aid
Sharing acquisition information with the Lawrence police doesn’t seem like an undue burden to place on local pawnshops and precious metal deals.
January 7, 2014
Requiring local pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers to report their acquisitions each week doesn’t seem like too much to ask, especially if that system results in more closed theft cases and fewer transactions involving stolen property.
Lawrence GiveBack participants have until Jan. 21 to redeem earned credits
January 7, 2014
Participants in the Lawrence GiveBack program can redeem credits until Jan. 21 when the program officially comes to an end.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 6
January 7, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Jan. 6.
Letter: Praeger praise
January 7, 2014
I was so glad to see the nice article about Dr. Mark Praeger on the front page of Sunday’s Journal-World. His retirement is a huge loss to the community, but I hope that he has many enjoyable years ahead of fishing, traveling and anything else his heart fancies. He deserves it.
Letter: Women’s touch
January 7, 2014
In the last paper of the year (Dec. 31), all three front-page stories were about extraordinary women: Saunny Scott, advocate for the homeless and those with disabilities who now fears losing her home as a result of a cut of her daughter’s disability payments; Lindsey Douglas, newly hired to help champion Kansas University during the crisis caused by state cuts to higher education; and Sandy Praeger, struggling to find insurance for uninsured Kansans because Gov. Brownback turned down federal funds to expand Medicaid for those ineligible for ACA plans.
Opinion: KSU prof weighs in on social media policy
January 7, 2014
On New Year’s Eve, the Kansas Board of Regents announced that they would be accepting “recommendations for amendments” to their new social media policy until April. While their decision to involve “representatives from each state university” is a welcome change (they passed the policy without consulting any faculty, staff or administration), “amending” this ill-conceived policy is a bit like hiring an architect after you’ve already built the house.
Opinion: Sixth year often tough for presidents
January 7, 2014
The sixth year of a two-term presidency is rarely kind. The public’s initial romance with the president has faded. The brief momentum he thought he earned by winning re-election has faded too. The White House doesn’t set the agenda any more; events are in charge now.
Trauma-focused psychotherapy clinic opens Lawrence office
January 7, 2014
A mental health clinic specializing in trauma-focused psychotherapy recently opened an office in Lawrence.
How to keep your healthy New Year’s resolutions
January 7, 2014
It’s an age-old question: How do I keep my health-related New Year’s resolution from failing? By Giles Bruce
Child care scholarships allow low-income parents to stay in the workforce
January 7, 2014
Brooke Freeman’s family is among 21 that received a United Way child care scholarship from DCCDA this year and one of 60 families at the Ballard Center who receive a break in tuition subsidized by the United Way through its Self Sufficiency Community Impact Goal.