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City scales back plans for Santa Fe Depot rehab
January 21, 2014
Plans to rehabilitate the old Santa Fe Depot in East Lawrence will shrink in scope after Lawrence city commissioners were told state grant officials weren’t on board with all the proposed improvements.
City advisory board wants to further consider $500k grant to Wicked Broadband
January 21, 2014
A proposal to provide a $500,000 grant to Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband to spur a super-fast broadband service similar to Kansas City’s Google Fiber project has some support among members of a key city advisory board. But it also has some questions: Like whether a $500,000 grant may turn into millions of dollars in city investment in the next several years. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man to appear in court in February after discharged gun injures one
January 21, 2014
A 28-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault after a firearm discharged inside an apartment and injured the next-door neighbor, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3.
Charge dropped for Baldwin City woman accused of hosting minors consuming alcohol
January 21, 2014
A judge has dismissed a charge against a Baldwin City woman accused of hosting minors consuming alcohol, citing wording of the statute in question. The charge stemmed from a bonfire where a teen reportedly was badly burned. By Sara Shepherd
Lecompton’s three city council incumbents to run unopposed
January 21, 2014
The filing deadline to run for office in Lecompton has passed and there will be no challengers for the three incumbents whose seats were up for grabs.
Jenkins, Wakefield report contributions in 2nd District Congressional race
January 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, reported raising $1.1 million last year and has $1.6 million cash on hand in her re-election effort to represent the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Lawrence. Jenkins’ total is far more than that of her likely Democratic opponent, Margie Wakefield, of Lawrence, who reported raising $214,660 in five months.
Family of missing 19-year-old woman who lived with homicide victim hopeful that she will call
04:37 p.m., January 21, 2014 Updated 05:32 p.m.
An older sister of the 19-year-old Lawrence woman reported missing Saturday after the discovery of a man’s body in their Southwest Lawrence home is still hopeful that she’ll call. By Stephen Montemayor
House leader says legislators and higher education officials need ‘shared goals’
January 21, 2014
One of the House leaders who last year led the march to cut the higher education budget says efforts are now underway to bring legislators and higher education officials together. By Scott Rothschild
Naadir Tharpe, Joel Embiid pick up more awards
January 21, 2014
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Kansas University junior guard Naadir Tharpe as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and his teammate, freshman center Joel Embiid, as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Jan. 19.
Independence Inc. appoints new co-directors
January 21, 2014
Local nonprofit Independence, Inc. has appointed two longtime employees to serve as the new co-directors of the organization.
Panel hears testimony about fracking, Kansas quakes
11:20 a.m., January 21, 2014 Updated 06:06 p.m.
A Kansas House committee is getting an update on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in the state and the potential connection to increased seismic activity.
Law school alumnus gives $1 million to KU for scholarships
10:19 a.m., January 21, 2014 Updated 04:44 p.m.
A graduate of the Kansas University School of Law gave $1 million to the school to create a new scholarship for students.
Benefit to help cancer survivors ‘catch a break’
January 21, 2014
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association will host its second annual Arctic Blast fundraiser on Feb. 1.
Lawrence health coaches change clients’ lives, one bad habit at a time
January 21, 2014
Health coaches help people improve their lifestyle choices, setting goals on things like nutrition and exercise; some also make sure clients are following through on the advice of their traditional doctors. Their popularity is part of a shift in health care to a more holistic, coordinated approach, as well as a growing awareness of how poor health habits contribute to high rates of chronic disease in America. By Giles Bruce
Notebook: Joel Embiid earns national player of week honor
January 21, 2014
Embiid on Monday was named CBSsports.com’s national player of the week. By Gary Bedore
Area basketball roundup: Eudora boys win first-round game at Tonganoxie Invitational
January 21, 2014
Austin Downing scored 22 points, and Mitchell Ballock had 21 as Eudora High beat Jefferson West on Monday in an opening game of the Tonganoxie Basketball Invitational.
KU golfers place at women’s amateur event
January 21, 2014
Kansas University women’s golfer Minami Levonowich shot a four-round 316 to tie for 23rd place at the South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship, or the SALLY, Jan. 15-18 at Oceanside Country Club.
KU’s Gardner wins national, Big 12 player of the week awards
January 21, 2014
Kansas University junior forward Chelsea Gardner was named espnW’s Player of the Week on Monday, after scoring 28 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks in a victory against No. 7 Baylor on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 20
January 21, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Jan. 20.
Four in a row: Kansas pulls off rare feat vs. ranked foes
January 21, 2014
For the first time in a long time, a college basketball team has rattled off four consecutive regular-season victories against ranked squads. With a 78-68 home win against No. 24 Baylor, No. 8 Kansas became the first team since 1996-97 North Carolina to take four straight against AP top 25 teams. By Gary Bedore
Column: Selden’s hustle, toughness can’t be overlooked
January 21, 2014
The scoreboard isn’t always the best indicator of which team will win a game, a series, a championship. Wayne Selden, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound freshman guard from Roxbury, Mass., saw the ball flying out of bounds Monday night at Allen Field House and ran after it. Thinking quickly, he went in the air to save it. By Tom Keegan
25 years ago: Trafficway planners weigh latest EPA regulations
January 21, 2014
Would the proposed road satisfy new EPA policies?
Letter: Caring culture
January 21, 2014
I was pleased when Lawrence Memorial Hospital was recently recognized as one of the nation’s 100 best hospitals. I did wonder what standards were met to earn such a high ranking. I learned the answer to my question during a six-week stay in LMH during November and December. The health care and moral support I received from the staff was, without exception, outstanding.
Letter: Carbon standards
January 21, 2014
Friday’s column by David Ignatius pointed out a brighter U.S. energy picture. While the forces he describes are positive, to me, they skirt the real issue of climate change. I feel it is time to accept the costs to move away from carbon.
Letter: Filling the gaps
January 21, 2014
A Jan. 18 Journal-World article notes savings associated with the combination of the Kansas Turnpike Authority and Kansas Department of Transportation. This combination provides the state an opportunity to use specific purpose fee funds to fill state funding gaps created by tax cuts. The article states that KDOT maintenance facilities in Emporia will move in with KTA facilities. KDOT facilities will be sold.
40 years ago: Wescoe Hall opens today
January 21, 2014
After 2 1/2 years of construction, Kansas University’s Wescoe Hall opened for full use today.
State agencies look to KU Med for help with psychiatrist shortage
January 21, 2014
Hospitals and mental health centers in rural parts of the state have struggled to attract psychiatrist. Now some agencies are looking to KU Med to help fill the dearth by expanding its residencies. By Ben Unglesbee
Editorial: Right direction
Maintaining city streets is an ongoing battle, but a city report indicates Lawrence at least may be gaining on its backlog of needed repairs.
January 21, 2014
In case you hadn’t noticed, Lawrence streets are starting to get better. The fact that you may have needed a city report to tell you that, however, means the condition of city streets still has a ways to go.
Letters: Burroughs defense
January 21, 2014
Do those who despise William Burroughs’ art feel that “The Scream” by Edvard Munch is trash …
Opinion: U.S. outflanked on Syria policy
January 21, 2014
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. That’s certainly the case with the photo of beaming Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem clasping hands with grinning Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week in Moscow — as though in a victory salute.
100 years ago: Railway accuses KU geology students of trespassing while on hike
January 21, 2014
“The Santa Fe officials are not even promising to let the matter pass over.”
Double Take: Nobody is born to be monogamous
January 21, 2014
Periodically, I rant about teen ethics. Actually, many of our columns are about that topic, some more explicitly than others. Ethics define how we should treat others and ourselves toward a greater good. Nowhere are they more critical than in learning how to love and be loved.