Archive for Monday, January 20, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
North Lawrence resident Mary Drouin shops for green beans at Checkers Foods, 2300 Louisiana St. Drouin, who is low-income and limits how much she drives, lives in one of Lawrence's four federally designated food deserts, where a combination of low income, lack of supermarkets and lack of transportation makes it difficult for some residents to access healthy food. Extra steps to eat: Creating oases in Lawrence’s ‘food desert’ an ongoing challenge
January 20, 2014
At the grocery store, Mary Drouin will probably be in the outermost aisles, selecting the healthiest fresh produce, milk and eggs she can afford. But sticking to her healthy goals is a challenge for Drouin because of where she lives (North Lawrence, which has no supermarket) and how much money she makes (not much). Drouin is one of nearly 18,000 Lawrencians living in a federally designated food desert, four adjacent census tracts that blanket the northeast part of the city. By Sara Shepherd
10:00 a.m.
A welcome sign greets drivers entering Lawrence along North Second Street in North Lawrence. Many in North Lawrence say the entryway into the city is better than it used to be but admit that there's room for improvement. City Hall: Lawrence streets are getting better
January 20, 2014
Lawrence shoppers pay a little bit more, but Lawrence motorists get a little smoother ride. That was the idea behind a three-tenths-of-a-cent infrastructure sales tax approved by voters in 2008, and now a report out of City Hall says motorists are starting to feel the benefit. By Chad Lawhorn
12:00 p.m.
Baldwin City native Adam Guss opened Summit's Steps Minerals, 17 W. 9th St., last month. New downtown shop selling gems, minerals sourced from around the world
January 20, 2014
Tucked inside a humble space downtown are enough gems and minerals to give the illusion of stepping into a cave rich with geological diversity. By Stephen Montemayor
2:00 p.m.
The Blue Valley school district's Center for Advanced Professional Studies, located at 7501 W. 149th Terrace in Overland Park. Blue Valley career training center inspires Lawrence chamber, school district
January 20, 2014
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce representatives saw a typical afternoon at the Blue Valley school district’s state-of-the-art career training center during a tour envisioned to glean inspiration for their own program and facility in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd
4:46 p.m.
The Kansas legislature has violated its constitutional duty to provide suitable funding for public schools, a three-judge panel ruled Jan. 11. The panel ordered the legislature to fund public schools at $4,492 per-pupil rather than the $3,838 per-pupil schools are currently receiving. Kansas working on new plan for accrediting schools
January 20, 2014
Kansas education officials are making plans for sweeping changes in the way public schools are graded and accredited. It would be the first comprehensive overhaul of school regulations since Quality Performance Accreditation, or QPA, was introduced in 1992. By Peter Hancock

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Baylor’s foul-line woes lead to loss at Kansas
January 20, 2014
Although the game is complicated to the core in so many ways, sometimes the difference between winning and losing a basketball game can be boiled down to the simplest things. No. 24 Baylor found that out the hard way on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Bears were outscored by 17 points at the free-throw line in a 78-68 loss to No. 8 Kansas. By Matt Tait
Self: KU forward Tarik Black should be fine
January 20, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said after Monday’s 78-68 victory over Baylor that senior forward Tarik Black sustained a sprained ankle and was expected to be fine.
Car fire slows traffic along I-70 near Lawrence
January 20, 2014
A car fire along mile marker 205 of Interstate 70 near Lawrence has slowed traffic, according to an alert from the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Roberts, Wolf blast Obamacare at Douglas County GOP event
January 20, 2014
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and his GOP primary opponent Dr. Milton Wolf, on Monday blasted President Barack Obama over the federal health reform called Obamacare. But Wolf also blamed Roberts for Obamacare during a Douglas County Republican Party event that focused on health care. By Scott Rothschild
Police respond to strong-arm robbery, catch student taking picture from fraternity
January 20, 2014
Officers with the Lawrence Police Department responded to reports of battery and strong-arm robbery early Monday morning near Jayhawk Café.
Former employees recall Sasko as kind, generous
January 20, 2014
People who worked at Harold “Hal” Sasko’s restaurants remember him as a kind and generous employer who cared deeply for his workers, many of whom were high school students working part-time jobs. Sasko, 52, was found dead in his home Friday night. Police are still searching for a 19-year-old woman who is believed to have been staying in his house. By Peter Hancock and Nicole Wentling
KU honors King with candlelight vigil, speeches, music
January 20, 2014
More than 60 people walked into the rotunda of Strong Hall on the Kansas University campus Monday afternoon to begin a series of events commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, some of several held over the three-day weekend. By Elliot Hughes
Police continue to await autopsy report for KU student who died in December
January 20, 2014
Police continue to await the autopsy report for a Kansas University student who was found dead after leaving a party on foot on a bitter cold December night. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas working on new plan for accrediting schools
January 20, 2014
Kansas education officials are making plans for sweeping changes in the way public schools are graded and accredited. It would be the first comprehensive overhaul of school regulations since Quality Performance Accreditation, or QPA, was introduced in 1992. By Peter Hancock
Police waited nearly 18 hours to announce homicide, missing woman
January 20, 2014
Lawrence police waited nearly 18 hours before notifying the public and news media about a missing woman whose disappearance may be connected to the city’s latest homicide. By Peter Hancock
Sub-zero wind chills coming tomorrow to Lawrence
January 20, 2014
Enjoy today’s warm weather while you can, because it’s not going to last.
Tharpe, Embiid sweep Big 12 weekly awards
January 20, 2014
Kansas University teammates Naadir Tharpe and Joel Embiid have been named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week after the Jayhawks’ victories against two top-10 opponents last week.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 19
January 20, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Jan. 19.
Blue Valley career training center inspires Lawrence chamber, school district
January 20, 2014
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce representatives saw a typical afternoon at the Blue Valley school district’s state-of-the-art career training center during a tour envisioned to glean inspiration for their own program and facility in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd
25 years ago: Roller-skating, gun-collecting, and a new U.S. president share local headlines
January 20, 2014
George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated today as the 41st president of the United States.
40 years ago: Lawrence shoe warehouse to close its doors
January 20, 2014
About 78 hourly, clerical, and managerial personnel were to be affected.
100 years ago: City of Lawrence on track to abolish pool halls, bowling alleys, and fortune-tellers
January 20, 2014
“Recently there has been much agitation against pool halls in the city.”
Letter: Path to heaven
January 20, 2014
Here are some samples from the Bible of those who will or will not be occupants of heaven. They are given clearly and concisely in two different ways.
Business briefcase Jan. 20
January 20, 2014
Kansas University’s School of Business will begin its spring lecture series with a presentation by the chairman, president and CEO of QuikTrip Corporation, Chet Cadieux.
Opinion: Bill would fund pediatric research
January 20, 2014
“Stop talking; start doing.” This is what Gabriella Miller, a passionate and dedicated childhood cancer awareness advocate, asked of our nation’s leaders.
Extra steps to eat: Creating oases in Lawrence’s ‘food desert’ an ongoing challenge
January 20, 2014
At the grocery store, Mary Drouin will probably be in the outermost aisles, selecting the healthiest fresh produce, milk and eggs she can afford. But sticking to her healthy goals is a challenge for Drouin because of where she lives (North Lawrence, which has no supermarket) and how much money she makes (not much). Drouin is one of nearly 18,000 Lawrencians living in a federally designated food desert, four adjacent census tracts that blanket the northeast part of the city. By Sara Shepherd
Bill would put legislative committee meetings a mouse click away
January 20, 2014
If there is one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s that the public is skeptical of what their elected officials are doing. By Scott Rothschild
Opinion: Union coercion violates worker rights
January 20, 2014
The Democratic Party is the party of government because it embraces a proposition it has done much to refute — that government is a nimble, skillful social engineer — and because government employees are a significant component of the party’s base and of its financial support through government employees unions. Franklin Roosevelt, architect of the modern party, believed unionization would be inappropriate in the public sector. Today’s party, however, aggressively uses government coercion to create supposed “government employees” from whom unions can extract money, some of it for the party.
Lawrence women ‘transform’ for charity pageant
January 20, 2014
On Saturday, 10 Lawrence women will compete in the Transformations Charity Gala, a pageant in which the winner receives prize money to benefit a local charity. By Joanna Hlavacek
Editorial: Sticker shock
Despite some reservations about its cost, plans for a luxury apartment building to house KU athletes is moving forward.
January 20, 2014
At their meeting Wednesday, members of the Kansas Board of Regents endorsed a proposed $17.5 million apartment building at Kansas University. The high-dollar structure will house 66 students and is intended primarily to serve as a recruiting tool for KU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Bankruptcies for Jan. 20
January 20, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for Jan. 13
January 20, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for Jan. 20
January 20, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Optimists will hold chili feed
January 20, 2014
The Lawrence Breakfast Optimists Club will hold its annual chili feed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the American Legion Hall.
City Hall: Lawrence streets are getting better
January 20, 2014
Lawrence shoppers pay a little bit more, but Lawrence motorists get a little smoother ride. That was the idea behind a three-tenths-of-a-cent infrastructure sales tax approved by voters in 2008, and now a report out of City Hall says motorists are starting to feel the benefit. By Chad Lawhorn
New downtown shop selling gems, minerals sourced from around the world
January 20, 2014
Tucked inside a humble space downtown are enough gems and minerals to give the illusion of stepping into a cave rich with geological diversity. By Stephen Montemayor