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Archive for Thursday, January 16, 2014

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12:34 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his annual State of the State address in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Topeka, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Brownback's speech outlined his policy priorities for the 2014 legislative session. Behind Brownback are Senate president Susan Wagle and Speaker of the House Ray Merrick. Brownback: Legislature, not courts, should decide school funding
7:43 p.m., January 15, 2014 Updated 9:01 p.m.
Starting a new legislative session during an election year, Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said his conservative Republican policies have helped Kansas climb out of the Great Recession. By Scott Rothschild
10:37 a.m.
A creative window display tries to entice passersby to shop for sale items at Weaver's Department Store, 901 Massachusetts St., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The psychology of the ‘winter blues’ and ‘retail therapy’
January 16, 2014
It’s cloudy and bitterly cold, a good explanation for our winter misery. But the fact that you find yourself in the mall to combat the “winter blues” is no coincidence. It’s refuge from undesirable weather and more active than watching television on the couch all day, but there is a biological explanation for the mood change and urge to fill voids with the latest apparel. By Nadia Imafidon
1:19 p.m.
Advantages of growing plants without using soil include not having to deal with weeds, raking watering and critters. Garden Variety: The pros and cons of hydroponics
January 16, 2014
Hydroponics, nutrient-solution culture, water culture, soilless culture, gravel culture, nutri-culture, whatever you call it, has been around since the 16th century. By Stan Ring
4:46 p.m.
Yoga students prepare for the start of a Hot Hatha class at OmTree Shala, 1405 Massachusetts St. Family Adventures: Yoga classes a relaxing escape for Mom
January 16, 2014
The Kid said looking at me very seriously from his spot at the dinner table. “Mama,” he said. “It’s time for you to go to yoga now.” Even in my frazzled state of mind, I had to laugh. From the mouths of babes, as the saying goes. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

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Full roster of Read Across Lawrence events revealed
January 16, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library announced its full roster of events for its Read Across Lawrence program, which will revolve around the novel “Housekeeping,” by Marilynne Robinson and its themes.
Jayhawks land commitment from 2014 defensive end Daniel Wise
January 16, 2014
Just hours before the Jayhawks usher in the latest crop of promising prospects, Daniel Wise, a 6-foot-2, 244-pound defensive end from Hebron High in Lewisville, Texas, gave an oral commitment to KU coach Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks.
Topeka man pleads guilty to killings 12 years apart
January 16, 2014
A 40-year-old Topeka man has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder for killings that happened a dozen years apart.
Likely opponents Brownback, Davis speak on school funding
January 16, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday blamed his predecessors for school budget cuts, but his likely Democratic opponent, House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, said Brownback’s massive tax cuts have eliminated the state’s ability to adequately finance schools. By Scott Rothschild
Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations abound in Lawrence
January 16, 2014
AmeriCorps members from the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence and the United Way will hold a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event on Jan. 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Lawrence debate teams to vie for state championship
January 16, 2014
Debate squads from Lawrence and Free State High Schools are competing in the 6A state championship tournament this weekend in Olathe. By Peter Hancock
Governor’s budget leaves out prized project for KU
January 16, 2014
Gov. Brownback’s recently unveiled budget left out one of Kansas University’s prized goals: a $75 million education and training facility for the KU Medical Center. But it did include $2 million for the Kansas Institute for Translational Chemical Biology, which would support existing labs that work on new technologies and drugs.By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas delegation splits on spending bill with NBAF funding
04:07 p.m., January 16, 2014 Updated 06:18 p.m.
U.S. Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder voted for a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill that included $404 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Mike Pompeo voted no. By Peter Hancock
47-year-old Ottawa man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for meth distribution
January 16, 2014
A 47-year-old Ottawa man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Wednesday for trafficking methamphetamine.
Tipsy Taxi reports increase in free New Year’s Eve rides
January 16, 2014
In its 28th year, the Tipsy Taxi offered by DCCCA provided free rides home to 835 people, up from 688 a year ago, according to Jen Jordan, a DCCCA spokeswoman.
Altercation over pizza, attempted theft of breakfast cereal and movie poster nets three early-morning arrests
01:48 p.m., January 16, 2014 Updated 02:32 p.m.
Pizza, breakfast cereal and a Rocky Balboa poster served as catalysts for early-morning arrests in unrelated incidents near 14th and Ohio streets on Thursday.
Public comment period opens on proposed changes to permit for coal-fired plant
January 16, 2014
State environmental officials are seeking public comment to a proposed change in the permit given to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build an 895-megawatt coal-burning electric generating plant in southwest Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Judge closes hearing on Ottawa quadruple homicide
January 16, 2014
A Franklin County judge granted a request from state prosecutors for a two-hour hearing next month that will be closed to the public to discuss evidence in the capital murder case of a man accused of killing four people, including an 18-month-old child, in rural Ottawa last year.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital endowment reports success
January 16, 2014
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Endowment Association had a successful past year, its director said this week. By Giles Bruce
Brownback’s budget restores some, not all, higher ed cuts
10:12 a.m., January 16, 2014 Updated 05:34 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday proposed to restore some of the cuts made to higher education but not all.
Charges expected against second man arrested following Sunday armed robbery
January 16, 2014
The second of two Lawrence men arrested in connection with a Sunday armed robbery has been booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 15
January 16, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Fix-It Chick: Finding the right shovel for you
January 16, 2014
If shoveling snow is not your favorite thing to do, the problem might be the shovel itself. Depending on snow type and personal preferences, choosing the right shovel can make or break the deal.
Garden Variety: The pros and cons of hydroponics
January 16, 2014
Hydroponics, nutrient-solution culture, water culture, soilless culture, gravel culture, nutri-culture, whatever you call it, has been around since the 16th century. By Stan Ring
Style Scout: Blake and Monique Spencer
January 16, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: What were those crop tops those young girls were wearing last season with the muffin tops? They do not match!
Fashion Column Twins: Post-holiday bargains
January 16, 2014
Most people would probably be burnt out on shopping after the holidays, but as a veteran shopper, I say get out there and take advantage of those deals!
Family Adventures: Yoga classes a relaxing escape for Mom
January 16, 2014
The Kid said looking at me very seriously from his spot at the dinner table. “Mama,” he said. “It’s time for you to go to yoga now.” Even in my frazzled state of mind, I had to laugh. From the mouths of babes, as the saying goes. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
Ex-KU QB Berglund on the move again
January 16, 2014
Former Kansas University football player Brock Berglund, who became best known for uttering a quote comparing himself to Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Michael Vick all rolled into one, is on the move again. By Matt Tait
KU track set on repeating 2013 success
January 16, 2014
Kansas University track and field coach Stanley Redwine, his staff and several of his athletes gathered Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse to discuss their expectations for the 2014 season at the team’s annual media day. The Kansas women’s team claimed its first national title in May by winning the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and Redwine believes that success is carrying over into this indoor season. By Chris Duderstadt
OSU’s Marcus Smart returns to scene of backflip
January 16, 2014
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, who certainly will hear a lot about last year’s post-victory backflip from Kansas University fans in pre-game warmups prior to Saturday’s 3 p.m. return game at KU, discussed his actions with the Journal-World at this year’s preseason Big 12 Media Day event. By Gary Bedore
Mrs. Mass.: Burgers on tap
January 16, 2014
A really great pub can be difficult to find. A pub should serve delicious food, have good service and make for a memorable night. You should be able to grab a table and carry on a conversation. These are the kinds of details that can make or break a pub. Fortunately for us, there’s a place in Lawrence that seems to get everything right: Dempsey’s Burger Pub.
Column: Todd-forsaken KU starting QBs rough to rank
January 16, 2014
The Kansas University football program, 9-39 since the departure of the great Todd Reesing, has started seven quarterbacks since No. 5 stopped scrambling and entered the business world. When compared to Reesing, his seven successors are tied for eighth. When compared to each other, who ranks first? Much, much tougher question. Columnist Tom Keegan is stumped and needs your help.
25 years ago: Investors show interest in municipal golf course
January 16, 2014
Four groups had forwarded proposals to the city.
40 years ago: Lawrence elder recalls historic winter of 1886 on Kansas plains
January 16, 2014
Arthur Commons, 99, had been 12 years old that winter, living with his family on a “piece of prairie” near Garden City.
100 years ago: Rooftop burglars steal merchandise from Weavers — and suitcases to carry it in
January 16, 2014
“Entrance to the store was effected through the skylight.”
The psychology of the ‘winter blues’ and ‘retail therapy’
January 16, 2014
It’s cloudy and bitterly cold, a good explanation for our winter misery. But the fact that you find yourself in the mall to combat the “winter blues” is no coincidence. It’s refuge from undesirable weather and more active than watching television on the couch all day, but there is a biological explanation for the mood change and urge to fill voids with the latest apparel. By Nadia Imafidon
Veritas girls, boys win at Braymer tourney
January 16, 2014
Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team raced to a 21-point first-quarter lead and defeated Wentworth Military, 58-20, on Wednesday in the Braymer tournament.
LHS, FSHS boys schedules set
January 16, 2014
Free State High’s boys basketball team will have a tough road ahead in the McPherson Invitational Basketball Tournament next week at McPherson High.
City officials meet with residents to talk traffic concerns stemming from interchange project
January 16, 2014
City traffic officials met with over 70 Lawrence residents Wednesday night to exchange information as the city prepares to reevaluate Bob Billings Parkway with construction of a new interchange along Kansas Highway 10 nearing.
FSHS bowlers first at O-South
January 16, 2014
The Free State boys and girls bowling teams both finished first on Wednesday at the Olathe South quadrangular. The Firebirds beat out O-South, Overland Park Aquinas and Washington High.
Our Town Sports (Jan. 16)
January 16, 2014
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Jan. 16.
Theatre Lawrence takes on Hitchcock in spoof ‘Wrong Window’
January 16, 2014
“Wrong Window,” which opens Friday at Theatre Lawrence, is about as different from heavy drama as one could imagine. The 2008 comic caper spoofs a number of Alfred Hitchcock films, especially “Rear Window.”
Editorial: Good investment
Funding services that help paroled prison inmates succeed on the outside is a good investment for Kansas taxpayers.
January 16, 2014
When the state faces so many financial needs for schools, highways, social programs and other responsibilities, why should Kansas taxpayers spend money on programs to help prison inmates?
Opinion: Privacy protections waning in U.S.
January 16, 2014
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Fourth Amendment. That’s the one that guarantees freedom from unfettered government snooping, the one that says government needs probable cause and a warrant before it can search or seize your things.
Opinion: Common Core breeds conformity
January 16, 2014
Viewed from Washington, which often is the last to learn about important developments, opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative still seems as small as the biblical cloud that ariseth out of the sea, no larger than a man’s hand. Soon, however, this education policy will fill a significant portion of the political sky.
Frank’s hosting night of ‘90s TV nostalgia
January 16, 2014
The cast from Under the Table Productions is putting together their own live-stage rendition of a well-known episode of early ‘90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Spam Musubi at Ramen Bowls
January 16, 2014
Nicknamed “Hawaii’s Steak,” the salty luncheon meat has found its way onto the Japanese, Hawaiian-Pacific menu.