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Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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1:09 a.m.
Shutterstock image. 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
10:09 a.m.
Saunny Scott is a longtime advocate for the homeless and other causes in Lawrence. Saunny balances her determination to help others with her own struggles, including the possibility of losing her house in East Lawrence. She also cares for an adult daughter with cerebral palsy. Lawrence community members support neighbor in need
January 22, 2014
When Teresa Thompson heard recently that a longtime friend, Saunny Scott, was having financial troubles, she wanted to do whatever she could to help. By Giles Bruce
12:11 p.m.
Along the banks of the Kansas River near downtown, an eagle braves the cold wind and winter weather, watching for fish in the open water of the river. Kaw Valley Eagles day celebrates annual raptor migration
January 22, 2014
This weekend, Lawrence residents will have the opportunity to see majestic birds during presentations children’s activities at the Kaw Valley Eagles Day from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday in the Free State High School commons area.
4:53 p.m.
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss quotes from the book "My Life on Trial," by prominent American lawyer Melvin Belli, during his State of the Judiciary speech before a packed crowd of legislators and court officials in the state Supreme Court hearing room Wednesday. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nuss says without additional funding courts would face closures
January 22, 2014
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss said without additional funding, courts will be forced to close at some point after July 1. “The only question is how long,” Nuss said. By Scott Rothschild

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Firebird Khadre Lane taps Butler; Lions’ Kieran Severa headed to Drake
January 22, 2014
Two years ago, senior Khadre Lane transferred to Free State High to improve his chances of playing basketball in college. In a sign of how quickly things change, Lane has committed to play football at Butler Community College next year. By Bobby Nightengale
New Orleans cuts ex-Jayhawk Taylor
January 22, 2014
Former Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor has been waived by the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Yahoo!Sports.
FSHS on roll heading to tournament
January 22, 2014
After a rough stretch that included four losses in five games, Free State High’s boys basketball team has flipped the script and won two games in a row. By Bobby Nightengale
Bill Self enthused by Frank Mason’s defense vs. Bears
January 22, 2014
Frank Mason certainly gave Kansas University’s basketball team an offensive boost off the bench in Monday’s 78-68 victory over Baylor. Yet it was the backup point guard’s ‘D’ that had Kansas coach Bill Self beaming in the wake of KU’s fifth conference victory in five tries. By Gary Bedore
Our Town Sports for Jan. 23
January 22, 2014
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
Silence, prayer center stage at service in Topeka for missing 19-year-old Sarah McLinn
09:11 p.m., January 22, 2014 Updated 07:37 a.m.
Absent answers there were prayers and silence. Friends and family of Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn — a 19-year-old Lawrence woman last seen on Jan. 14 —gathered at St. David Episcopal Church in Topeka Wednesday night for a two-hour service. By Stephen Montemayor
KU women come up just short in bid to knock off another Top 10 foe
No. 8 Oklahoma State’s strong second half beats Kansas 64-56
09:01 p.m., January 22, 2014 Updated 11:56 p.m.
The Kansas University women’s basketball team nearly pulled off a second straight shocker over a Top 10 team at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. But instead of finishing the job against No. 8 Oklahoma State like they did three days earlier against No. 7 Baylor, the Jayhawks slipped late and lost 64-56. By Matt Tait
County voices opposition to mortgage tax repeal
January 22, 2014
A proposal pending in the Kansas Legislature would repeal the state’s mortgage registration fee, which helps fund county Register of Deeds offices. Douglas County officials say it would cost the local about $1.8 million, which could only be made up through higher property taxes. By Peter Hancock
New system in Lawrence lets riders locate a bus via text message
January 22, 2014
City and Kansas University buses have recently been equipped with GPS devices to track their movements. The technology allows riders wanting to check on the location of a bus to find out via text message. Dubbed “Where’s My Bus?”, the system is meant to minimize the wait time at bus stops for riders.By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nuss says without additional funding courts would face closures
January 22, 2014
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss said without additional funding, courts will be forced to close at some point after July 1. “The only question is how long,” Nuss said. By Scott Rothschild
Anti-abortion legislator has ultrasounds performed in her Senate committee
January 22, 2014
One of the Kansas Legislature’s top abortion opponents used her committee on Wednesday to conduct live ultrasounds of pregnant women. By Scott Rothschild
Students teach administrators about racial issues in Lawrence schools
January 22, 2014
A diverse panel of high school students gave frank comments and observations Wednesday about race issues in the Lawrence school district during a meeting with about 50 district administrators and building principals. The discussion was part of the district’s Courageous Conversations program, which is meant to bring race issues out in the open so they can be discussed honestly. By Peter Hancock
KU to host sustainable design forum
January 22, 2014
The Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning will host talks and a design forum looking at the possibilities of building design in a future affected by climate change.
Hundreds of abortion foes rally at Kansas Statehouse
January 22, 2014
Anti-abortion leaders told hundreds of people at the Kansas Statehouse that history is on the side of abortion opponents as they work to eventually end the procedure nationwide.
Kobach: Birth-records scan helps 7,700 Kansas voters
January 22, 2014
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says reviewing the state’s birth records will allow election officials to remove 7,700 people from the list of voters whose registrations are on hold for failing to meet a proof-of-citizenship requirement.
Douglas County prosecutors not likely to pursue drug tax stamp charges in future cases
January 22, 2014
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said his office will now typically just file the drug charge and not tack on additional charges of not having purchased a drug tax stamp.
Kansas abortion laws defense tops $1M
January 22, 2014
Kansas has paid private law firms slightly more than $1 million to defend anti-abortion law enacted during the past three years, the attorney general’s office confirmed Wednesday.
Andrew Wiggins on midseason Wooden Award Top 25
January 22, 2014
Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, the Los Angles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.
KU football adds another to Class of 2014
Texas prep LB Josh Ehambe commits during in-home visit
January 22, 2014
The Kansas University football program continued to add to its 2014 recruiting class on Tuesday, as outside linebacker Josh Ehambe, a two-star prospect from Prime Prep Academy in Arlington, Texas, orally committed to the Jayhawks during an in-home visit.
Family and friends of missing 19-year-old woman to gather for prayer service
January 22, 2014
Family and friends of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman reported missing Saturday plan to gather tonight for a prayer service at a Topeka church.
Wind chill advisory in effect for midnight in Douglas County
January 22, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties, going into effect at midnight. The advisory will last until 11 a.m. Thursday.
Opinion: It’s wrong AND it doesn’t work
January 22, 2014
“But it works.” That, in three syllables, has been the go-to argument of the last two presidential administrations to justify assaulting civil liberties in the name of rooting out terrorists.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 21
January 22, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Area basketball roundup: Santa Fe Trail girls move to 9-0
January 22, 2014
Shelby Dahl scored 20 points and Santa Fe Trail moved to 9-0 with a victory over Labette County in the first round of the Burlington Invitational on Tuesday.
LHS girls roll to first win in over a month, 71-37
January 22, 2014
Lawrence High’s girls basketball players talked before Tuesday’s game against Topeka West about coming out with energy, especially using their full-court defense to generate offense. Mission accomplished. The Lions forced 15 first-half turnovers and cruised past the Chargers for a 71-37 victory at LHS. It was Lawrence’s first win in more than a month. By Bobby Nightengale
Stealing the show: Huslig leads defensively dominant Veritas girls in win
January 22, 2014
With freshman guard Tori Huslig giving the visitors fits — she swiped 10 steals and turned most of them into easy buckets for herself or a teammate on her way to 31 points — the Veritas Christian girls basketball team ripped off 19 steals to cruise past Manhattan, 58-31, at Eudora Community Center. By Benton Smith
LHS bowler Kierstan Warren first at quad
January 22, 2014
Lawrence High girls bowler Kierstan Warren bowled a personal-best 638 series to place first in individual scoring, Tuesday at the Topeka Seaman quad.
FSHS swimmers win BVSW tri
January 22, 2014
Canaan Campbell and Jordan Portela each won two events and combined for two more relay victories as the Free State swimming and diving team crushed the competition on Tuesday at the Blue Valley Southwest triangular.
Column: Wiggins still can, and will, improve
January 22, 2014
Andrew Wiggins inspires a wide range of opinions about the way he plays basketball. Why? So much talent, yet so much room for growth. Advertised so loudly by so many in what amounted to an arms race of superlatives. Column by Tom Keegan
KU women aim for back-to-back Big 12 upsets
January 22, 2014
Kansas University women’s basketball welcomes a second consecutive ranked team with a standout point guard to Allen Fieldhouse tonight, when it takes on No. 8 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. By Matt Tait
Self: Selden’s toughness on save ‘contagious’
January 22, 2014
Like thousands of Kansas University basketball fans, coach Bill Self has reviewed the clip of Wayne Selden’s all-out hustle play against Baylor several times. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Family loses mobile home in quick fire
January 22, 2014
“The whole thing went in about three minutes.”
Royals, Maxwell reach deal
January 22, 2014
Outfielder Justin Maxwell and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,325,000, leaving closer Greg Holland and reliever Aaron Crow as their only unsigned players in arbitration.
Pelicans complete Taylor trade
January 22, 2014
New Orleans general manager Dell Demps says a trade with Brooklyn sending guard Tyshawn Taylor and cash to the Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to Edin Bavcic is complete.
40 years ago: Intruders hold couple while home ransacked
January 22, 2014
Armed robbers had held a retired farm couple hostage in their home for about four hours overnight.
KU softball adds Virginia transfer
January 22, 2014
The Kansas University softball team will add Virginia transfer Shannon McGinley to its roster for the 2014 season, KU coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.
Letter: Taking a stand
January 22, 2014
The image of the Rev. William Dulin ostracized with his brother to a bus so many years ago while their coaches and teammates ate in a restaurant broke my heart. The article told this community that one of its respected members endured heartache as a youth simply because he had dark skin.
100 years ago: Lawrence opinion divided on pool hall issue
January 22, 2014
“It seems that the two sides of the question are lining up for the conflict.”
Citrus chicken provides warm flavor in cold weather
January 22, 2014
I’ve always believed that citrus season happens in winter as the Earth’s way of reminding us that it’s not going to be cold and dreary forever. Somewhere in a warm orchard the sun is shining as brightly as the flavor of the sweetest clementine, and that warm sun will rotate around to our part of the world soon enough.
Kaw Valley Eagles day celebrates annual raptor migration
January 22, 2014
This weekend, Lawrence residents will have the opportunity to see majestic birds during presentations children’s activities at the Kaw Valley Eagles Day from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday in the Free State High School commons area.
Editorial: Registration debacle
With primary and general elections approaching, the governor and state legislators can’t continue to sit on the sidelines regarding the confusion created by the state’s new voter registration law.
January 22, 2014
Without some intervention from top Kansas officials, the state’s voter registration system almost certainly will find itself mired in legal disputes that will have a devastating effect on local, state and federal elections later this year.
Letter: Super team
January 22, 2014
The women’s Kansas-Baylor basketball game on Jan. 19 was in recognition of super-heroes, including cape giveaways at the entrance.
Opinion: ‘Smart’ devices spur concern
January 22, 2014
Last week, the media carried a story that a computer security firm, Proofpoint, had announced that sometime in late December 2013 or early January 2014 hackers had launched a cyber attack that took over approximately 100,000 “smart” home appliances such as refrigerators and televisions that were connected to the Internet and used them to send out malicious emails. Recently, Target announced that hackers had stolen personal information of 70 million people who had shopped at the store around Thanksgiving 2013.
Updated roster reveals KU football changes
January 22, 2014
The Kansas University football team offered a sneak peek at the 2014 squad when it released an updated roster on its website Tuesday. By Matt Tait
Freer approach on offense helps Veritas boys win
January 22, 2014
Veritas boys coach Blake Mudd took off the reins and liberated the Eagles’ offense, an approach that served them well Tuesday night in a 62-40 triumph over Manhattan CHIEF at Eudora Community Center. By Benton Smith
Lawrence community members support neighbor in need
January 22, 2014
When Teresa Thompson heard recently that a longtime friend, Saunny Scott, was having financial troubles, she wanted to do whatever she could to help. By Giles Bruce
Seabury boys win opener at Immaculata tourney
January 22, 2014
After a 16-all tie with Immaculata at halftime, the Seabury Academy boys basketball team scored 20 points apiece in the third and fourth quarters to win, 56-47, in the first round of the Immaculata Invitational Tournament.