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Archive for Monday, January 13, 2014

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12:15 a.m.
Tents on the ice at the CReSIS Subglacial Lake Whillans field camp on the Siple Coast, Antarctica. Photo courtesy of KU CReSIS Deputy Director, Carl Leuschen. At the world’s top and bottom, KU’s CReSIS breaking new ground
January 13, 2014
Several teams from Kansas University’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets have been gathering data from the world’s polar regions. From a massive aquifer and canyon to a trip that narrowly survived a government shutdown, the research season has been full of milestones and discoveries. By Ben Unglesbee
10:36 a.m.
MAD Farm's Dan Phelps harvests some heads of lettuce in a hoop house garden in this file photo from January 2012. Tunnel project aims to help farmers lasso economic potential of specialty crops
January 13, 2014
The Kansas Rural Center this month announced the creation of its Tunnel to Table project, funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. With workshops kicking off in spring, the project aims to provide information and networking for Kansas farmers considering or already growing specialty crops in polytunnels. By Sara Shepherd
12:36 p.m.
Paul Corcoran, who teaches sixth-grade math and language arts at Lawrence's West Middle School, wears kilts to school most days of the week to celebrate his Irish heritage. Teachers in kilts not out of the ordinary at Lawrence middle school
January 13, 2014
Paul Corcoran, a sixth-grade teacher in Lawrence, started wearing kilts in the early 2000s, when he was at Deerfield Elementary School, to celebrate his Celtic heritage. He continued the tradition when sixth-grade classes moved two years ago to West Middle School, where he has influenced a colleague into wearing them as well. By Giles Bruce
2:26 p.m.
Windmills are seen behind blades of grass blown by the wind at the Invenergy Wind Development wind farm near Judith Gap, Mont., in this April 17, 2010, photo. Kansas officials are looking at ways to better manage transportation of massive wind turbine parts on highways. Transmission lines would send Kansas wind power to eastern U.S.
January 13, 2014
A Texas-based energy company hopes to build a high-voltage transmission line across the entire state to deliver Kansas wind energy to the eastern United States. But the plan still needs approval in other states, and some Kansas landowners still hope to stop it. By Peter Hancock
4:19 p.m.
These spiders were about the size of a human hand and lived 165 million years ago, during the Middle Jurassic period. The male, Mongolarachne jurassica, and female, Nephila jurassica, were similar in size. Photo courtesy of Kansas University and Paul Selden. Jurassic spider: KU scientist discovers largest known arachnid fossil
January 13, 2014
A Kansas University researcher recently identified the largest known fossilized spider, a relic of the Middle Jurassic period. The discovery, described in the journal Naturwissenschaften, was of a male spider about the size of a hand.By Ben Unglesbee

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Column: Embiid shows Hilton crowd his version of magic
Hoiberg: KU 7-footer best player in nation
January 13, 2014
Even on a night when Naddir Tharpe played with fire in his eyes and on his shooting hand, a night Andrew Wiggins flashed insane quickness and snared 19 rebounds, the Jayhawks needed a big second half from center Joel Embiid to survive 24 turnovers in a 77-70 win. By Tom Keegan
KU women’s track earns preseason No. 10 rank
January 13, 2014
The Kansas University women’s track team opened at No. 10 in the preseason indoor national rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Lawrence district cancels K12 Inc. contract
January 13, 2014
After posting a 2013 graduation rate of just 26 percent, K12 Inc. was terminated last week as the contract manager of Lawrence Virtual High School. The company is the largest private, for-profit charter school companies in the United States. By Peter Hancock
Defense accuses prosecution of contaminating evidence in second trial of 1997 rape case
January 13, 2014
The defense filed a motion in District Court on Monday to dismiss the state’s second trial against Robert Grey, a Lawrence man accused in the1997 rape of a Kansas University student. By Nikki Wentling
City set to use eminent domain to purchase deteriorating East Lawrence property
January 13, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners are set to use their eminent domain powers — and pay about $115,000 in the process — to acquire an East Lawrence property that has deteriorated for decades but managed to avoid city prosecution. By Chad Lawhorn
City to consider applying for grant to create new director of arts and culture
January 13, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will consider taking another step toward creating a new $75,000 per year director of arts and culture position at City Hall.
Jurassic spider: KU scientist discovers largest known arachnid fossil
January 13, 2014
A Kansas University researcher recently identified the largest known fossilized spider, a relic of the Middle Jurassic period. The discovery, described in the journal Naturwissenschaften, was of a male spider about the size of a hand.By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence High takes second at State Novice Debate Championships
January 13, 2014
The Lawrence High School novice debate team of Sungho Hwang and Bridget Smith placed second in the ninth-grade division this weekend at the Sunflower Novice State Championships. Hwang and Smith were 7-2 at the tournament, losing a split decision in the final round to Olathe Northwest. By Peter Hancock
KanCare battle renews as 2014 legislative session starts
January 13, 2014
The 2014 legislative session started Monday and Republicans and Democrats immediately renewed the battle over Gov. Sam Brownback’s privatized Medicaid system called KanCare. Republicans on the KanCare oversight committee passed a recommendation reaffirming Brownback’s plan to put long-term supports for those with developmental disabilities under KanCare by Feb. 1. By Scott Rothschild
Man accused in dressing room peeping case pleads not guilty
January 13, 2014
A Lawrence man accused of secretly video-taping people in clothing store dressing rooms pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday in Douglas County District Court.
ISU star Kane a game-time decision against Kansas
Monday afternoon Tweet from ISU guard: “Ankle feeling good.”
January 13, 2014
The availability of Iowa State men’s basketball senior guard DeAndre Kane remains up in the air hours before the Cyclones play host to Kansas at Hilton Coliseum, in Ames, Iowa. By Benton Smith
Colyer’s $500,000 loan to Gov. Brownback’s campaign causes a stir as session starts
10:42 a.m., January 13, 2014 Updated 04:49 p.m.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer loaned $500K to Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign at the end of 2013.
Selden named Big 12’s top newcomer of the week
Freshman also picks up award from Athlon
09:19 a.m., January 13, 2014 Updated 12:51 p.m.
Wayne Selden’s turnaround with the start of Big 12 play earned the Kansas University freshman the honor of being named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
Marriages for Jan. 13
January 13, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Veritas girls lose in opener of Braymer tournament
January 13, 2014
The Veritas Christian girls basketball team opened the Braymer Invitational with a 54-47 loss to Ludlow, Mo., Southwest on Monday.
KU student, competing to become Miss Kansas, advocates for people with special needs
January 13, 2014
Jennifer Salva, a student at Kansas University, was recently named Miss Topeka, the regional preliminary for the Miss America pageant, and has chosen as her platform helping people with special needs. By Giles Bruce
Local business to throw fundraiser for Ballard Center, Penn House
January 13, 2014
Several local businesses are throwing a fundraising event on Feb. 8 for the Ballard Center and Penn House of Lawrence.
40 years ago: USD 497 applies for ‘computer learning’ grant
January 13, 2014
If the application were approved, 120 Lawrence High School students were expected to participate.
Business briefcase Jan. 13
January 13, 2014
Lawrence & Topeka Roofing, along with sister companies Wichita Roofing & Remodeling and Salina Roofing, has changed its name to Eaton Roofing & Exteriors.
Teachers in kilts not out of the ordinary at Lawrence middle school
January 13, 2014
Paul Corcoran, a sixth-grade teacher in Lawrence, started wearing kilts in the early 2000s, when he was at Deerfield Elementary School, to celebrate his Celtic heritage. He continued the tradition when sixth-grade classes moved two years ago to West Middle School, where he has influenced a colleague into wearing them as well. By Giles Bruce
Transmission lines would send Kansas wind power to eastern U.S.
January 13, 2014
A Texas-based energy company hopes to build a high-voltage transmission line across the entire state to deliver Kansas wind energy to the eastern United States. But the plan still needs approval in other states, and some Kansas landowners still hope to stop it. By Peter Hancock
Editorial: Dyche draw
Preserving the iconic wildlife panorama in Dyche Hall should be a top priority for Kansas University officials.
January 13, 2014
There is, perhaps, no single attraction that has been seen by more visitors to Kansas University than the iconic wildlife panorama in KU’s Museum of Natural History. It’s good news that a major effort has been launched to preserve the panorama for future generations.
Opinion: Laugh often and 19 more rules to live by
January 13, 2014
I’ve made a list of 20 rules to live by. 1. Bring your sense of humor with you at all times. Bring your friends with a sense of humor. If their friends have a sense of humor, invite them, too. Remember this when going to hospitals, weight-loss centers and funerals, as well as when going to work, coming home, waking up and going to sleep.
Opinion: Gates’ assessment is honest, troubling
January 13, 2014
Reading the devastating memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, people are likely to ask the same troubling questions that emerge from the morning newspapers these days: How did the Obama administration’s foreign-policy process get so broken, and how can it be put back together?
At the world’s top and bottom, KU’s CReSIS breaking new ground
January 13, 2014
Several teams from Kansas University’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets have been gathering data from the world’s polar regions. From a massive aquifer and canyon to a trip that narrowly survived a government shutdown, the research season has been full of milestones and discoveries. By Ben Unglesbee
No zero-tolerance disciplinary philosophy for Lawrence schools
January 13, 2014
Lawrence schools already appear to practice much of what the Obama administration recommended last week in avoiding zero-tolerance disciplinary policies.
25 years ago: City installs new meter mechanisms on Mass Street
January 13, 2014
The cost of parking was raised from 10 cents to 20 cents per hour.
Tunnel project aims to help farmers lasso economic potential of specialty crops
January 13, 2014
The Kansas Rural Center this month announced the creation of its Tunnel to Table project, funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. With workshops kicking off in spring, the project aims to provide information and networking for Kansas farmers considering or already growing specialty crops in polytunnels. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas School Board to review 2013 progress, and lack thereof
January 13, 2014
Last year, the Kansas State Board of Education was shocked to see widening achievement gaps for poor children and ethnic minorities. Since then, efforts to study and address the problem have stalled. By Peter Hancock
100 years ago: KU dean recommends rebuilding of state prison
January 13, 2014
“A vigorous indictment is made of present conditions at Lansing in its relation to tuberculosis among the prisoners.”
Divorces for Jan. 13
January 13, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Letter: Harm done
January 13, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents passed a policy which prohibits faculty and other employees from communicating anything that may harm the best interests of universities under its domain.