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Archive for Friday, January 17, 2014

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12:29 a.m.
Kansas University Medical Center's School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan. Photo taken Sept. 29, 2011. 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
9:18 a.m.
Free State swimmer Josh Terrell, left, congratulates Jordan Portela after Portela won the 200-yard freestyle event Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the FSHS swimming and diving invitational. Freshman swimmer leads FSHS on senior day
January 17, 2014
Free State freshman Jordan Portela stole the show on the Firebirds’ swimming and diving senior day Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Portela won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races and was a part of the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team. By Chris Duderstadt
11:18 a.m.
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010, a sign marks the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the state’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday that the move indicated the federal department is committed to building the $1.14 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Kansas delegation splits on spending bill with NBAF funding
4:07 p.m., January 16, 2014 Updated 6:18 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
3:17 p.m.
Holcomb 1, pictured above, is operating at 85 percent capacity. The Holcomb Station Project proposed by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation would add a second plant that would operate at 90 percent capacity. 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
4:30 p.m.
Brittny Adams, of Topeka, wipes away tears as Jeremy Edens, son of homicide victim Gary Edens, 51, testifies about the moment he realized that his father had been shot during an alleged confrontation with Adams and Jonathan R. Rush July 17, 2013, at Gary Edens' home at 647 N. Michigan St., at a hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. Adams now faces a charge of first-degree murder. Topeka woman pleads guilty in July 2013 shooting death of Lawrence man
4:26 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 5:21 p.m.
A 20-year-old Topeka woman pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the July 2013 shooting death of Gary Edens, 51, of Lawrence. By Stephen Montemayor

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Group chosen to work on social media policy; KU’s Epp will co-chair
January 17, 2014
Kansas University professor Chuck Epp has been named co-chair of a committee that will review the controversial social media policy that was recently approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man charged with robbing Wichita bank
January 17, 2014
A Lawrence man was charged Friday with robbing a bank in Wichita, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Wilt Chamberlain film ‘Jayhawkers’ premiering Feb. 14
January 17, 2014
Kansas University professor Kevin Willmott will premiere his new film “Jayhawkers” at the Lied Center February 14.
Malone to sit with Kansas Supreme Court to consider murder appeal
January 17, 2014
Douglas County District Court Judge Michael Malone will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a murder case out of Johnson County.
Topeka woman pleads guilty in July 2013 shooting death of Lawrence man
04:26 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 05:21 p.m.
A 20-year-old Topeka woman pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the July 2013 shooting death of Gary Edens, 51, of Lawrence. By Stephen Montemayor
Kansas University Medical Center receives $10 million for research
January 17, 2014
Researchers at Kansas University Medical Center will conduct three new research projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Police respond to calls of shooting at gymnastics academy
01:49 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Police responded to calls of a shooting at Lawrence Gymnastics and Athletics at 4930 Legends Drive.
Appeals panel upholds denial of KU tenure to Romkes
12:47 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 05:44 p.m.
A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld Kansas University’s decision to deny tenure to an assistant professor in a case that drew national attention. By Scott Rothschild
Man in custody after two-hour search in East Hills Business Park
12:38 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 02:21 p.m.
Lawrence police have in custody a man they had been seeking in the East Hills Business Park.
Ottawa County Jail inmate found guilty of escape
January 17, 2014
An inmate was found guilty of aggravated escape from custody and battery Thursday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Santos M. Carrera-Morales, 24, who attempted to break out of Ottawa County Jail in 2012, will be sentenced Feb. 11.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 16
January 17, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Jan. 16.
Big recruiting weekend looms for Kansas University football
January 17, 2014
After a monthlong dead period, college football coaches hit the road recruiting again Thursday. By Matt Tait
Veritas boys fall in Braymer semis
January 17, 2014
Chad Stieben scored 25 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team from absorbing a 66-60 loss to Tina-Avalon on Thursday night in the Braymer tournament semifinals.
Seabury boys rock Midland
January 17, 2014
Jomain Rouser had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Mikey Wycoff added 14 points to lead Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team past Midland Adventist, 69-32, on Thursday night.
Krom 5th, LHS bowling teams last at O-South
January 17, 2014
Lawrence High bowler Miranda Krom placed fifth among varsity girls with a three-game series of 552 on Thursday at the Olathe South quadrangular.
FSHS wrestlers send off seniors with win
January 17, 2014
Free State High’s wrestling team won six of eight victories by pin on its way to a 45-27 dual victory over Topeka on Thursday at FSHS. By Chris Duderstadt
LHS boys face Olathe East in top-five matchup
January 17, 2014
One of Class 6A’s top boys basketball teams tonight will experience something it hasn’t in more than a month: a loss. Olathe East, led by the tandem of 6-foot-7 brothers Ezra and Josiah Talbert, will bring a 7-1 record and a No. 4 ranking to Lawrence High’s gym at 7 tonight. By Bobby Nightengale
Freshman swimmer leads FSHS on senior day
January 17, 2014
Free State freshman Jordan Portela stole the show on the Firebirds’ swimming and diving senior day Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Portela won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races and was a part of the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team. By Chris Duderstadt
Column: Smart’s remarks likely to backfire
January 17, 2014
When athletes and coaches speak, they are ever mindful that opponents listen, ready to twist every syllable to their advantage. That leaves the rest of us trying to interpret the speakers’ true feelings. Thursday’s news conference inside Allen Fieldhouse, more so even than usual, required activating the truth radar, thanks to Marcus Smart’s backflip on James Naismith Court last season and his preseason remarks to USA Today, which hinted he thought Andrew Wiggins was overhyped. Column by Tom Keegan
Tharpe’s team: Junior guard embraces leadership role after benching
January 17, 2014
Mired in a slump that cost him his starting job, Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe decided it was time for a one-on-one sit-down session with coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: All Lawrence legislators will oppose state death penalty
January 17, 2014
The governor said the proposal had “overwhelming public support.”
40 years ago: Kief’s suffers large loss in ovenight burglary
January 17, 2014
Entry had been made by punching a hole in a wall.
100 years ago: Local union carpenters to demand 40 cents an hour this spring
January 17, 2014
“This is an increase of 2 1/2 cents per hour.”
Letter: No Burroughs fan
January 17, 2014
Can’t say I agree with your paean of praise for William S. Burroughs (“A Century of Burroughs,” Journal-World, Jan. 12). Drug addict, murderer, destructive iconoclast, panderer of famous personality could best describe this “architect of culture.”
Letter: Local needs noted
January 17, 2014
Something that I think Lawrence needs to improve on is having places for teens to hang out. There is literally nowhere for one to go and hang with their friends.
Letter: Other costs
January 17, 2014
I am writing in reference to Michael Kelly’s response (Public Forum, Jan. 11) to Ms. Henderson’s letter (Jan. 4) celebrating her recently obtained affordable health care. Mr. Kelly takes issue with the Affordable Care Act and those that qualify for low premiums. He believes those who pay little or nothing for health care are a “charity” and lists all of the costs of providing care for these “charity” cases.
Editorial: ‘Good faith’ effort?
It’s disappointing that the Kansas Board of Regents is unwilling to suspend its new social media policy until that policy is reviewed.
January 17, 2014
Just because the members of the Kansas Board of Regents approved a new social media policy “in good faith,” doesn’t mean they got the policy right — or that they shouldn’t suspend the policy until they can fully consider its impact on state universities.
Royals sign Penny, Mota
January 17, 2014
The Royals have signed former All-Star pitcher Brad Penny and veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to minor-league contracts that include invitations to spring training.
Opinion: U.S. energy picture gets brighter
January 17, 2014
For decades, Americans have talked about “energy policy” as if it were the political equivalent of a migraine. The phrase connoted pain — in ever-rising gas prices, costly government schemes and dependence on imports from precarious Middle East regimes.