Archive for Monday, January 27, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
From left, Gina Adame of Topeka, stepmother of Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, gets a hug from longtime family friend Erin Esser of Topeka as nearly 40 friends and family members gathered at St David's Episcopal Church at 3916 SW 17th Ave. in Topeka for a prayer service for McLinn. Missing 19-year-old found alive in Florida with homicide victim’s car
5:55 p.m., January 26, 2014 Updated 6:40 p.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, a 19-year-old Lawrence woman missing for more than a week, has been found in Florida, according to the Lawrence Police Department.
8:38 a.m.
From left, Gina Adame of Topeka, stepmother of Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, gets a hug from longtime family friend Erin Esser of Topeka as nearly 40 friends and family members gathered at St David's Episcopal Church at 3916 SW 17th Ave. in Topeka for a prayer service for McLinn. Authorities schedule 1 p.m. news conference to discuss significant developments in Lawrence homicide investigation
8:37 a.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 8:46 a.m.
The Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office are planning to hold a joint news conference at 1 p.m. today regarding significant updates in the investigation of Harold Sasko’s homicide.
10:05 a.m.
Melody Williams pours a latte at the Brewhaus, 624 N. Second St. The new coffee shop opened this month and hopes to attract commuters and North Lawrence residents alike. North Lawrence’s first coffee shop in years now open
January 27, 2014
A new coffee shop is now pouring in North Lawrence, ending a decidedly decaf decade on that side of the river. Owned by four Lawrence residents, the Brewhaus opened this month at 624 N. Second St., next door to the Iwig Dairy Store. By Sara Shepherd
1:05 p.m.
Shutterstock image of a microphone. Lawrence homicide: 19-year-old charged with first-degree murder
1:00 p.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 2:08 p.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence resident Harold Sasko, 52, according to the Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities announced the charges today against McLinn, who was found hiding in the Florida Everglades during the weekend, saying she acted alone.
7:32 p.m.
Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib, center, followed by District Attorney Charles Branson pass in front of the media for press conference Monday, where Khatib said Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence resident Harold Sasko, 52. McLinn was found hiding in the Florida Everglades during the weekend. She was being held in a federal detention center in Homestead, Fla. Murder suspect, 19, could be extradited to Lawrence this week
6:50 p.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 7:18 p.m.
Investigators believe Harold Sasko was unconscious when 19-year-old Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn killed him with an “edged instrument,” authorities said Monday during a news conference announcing charges against McLinn. As of Monday night, a motive for the killing was unknown, Lawrence police said, but more is hoped to be revealed in the court process. By Sara Shepherd and Nicole Wentling

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Lawrence schools moving from desktop to mobile environments
January 27, 2014
Teachers in the Lawrence school district will soon say goodbye to their old desktop computers and will be issued new mobile devices. Before long, students will be making the same transition. By Peter Hancock
Two of nation’s top-ranked juco football players commit to Kansas
RB DeAndre Mann, D-End Anthony Olobia headed to Lawrence
08:19 p.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 11:08 p.m.
Two of the top-ranked junior college players in the country chose Monday night as the night to announce their future plans. Kansas University’s already deep backfield got a little deeper when DeAndre Mann, the top-ranked junior-college running back in the country according to JCGridiron.com, orally committed to KU Monday evening. A couple of hours later, news broke that KU also received an oral commitment from the nation’s No. 2-ranked defensive end, Arizona Western’s Anthony Olobia.
Murder suspect, 19, could be extradited to Lawrence this week
06:50 p.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 07:18 p.m.
Investigators believe Harold Sasko was unconscious when 19-year-old Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn killed him with an “edged instrument,” authorities said Monday during a news conference announcing charges against McLinn. As of Monday night, a motive for the killing was unknown, Lawrence police said, but more is hoped to be revealed in the court process. By Sara Shepherd and Nicole Wentling
Legislator fears more higher ed cuts
January 27, 2014
As legislators started work Monday on the higher education budget, one legislator said he feared more cuts were in store from Republican leaders. By Scott Rothschild
KBA leader vows Kansas will become bioscience leader
January 27, 2014
The head of a state-funded business accelerator on Monday said Kansas will soon be recognized worldwide as a place to bring bioscience businesses. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence looking at more than $2 million in costs at former Farmland site
January 27, 2014
A pair of million dollar projects have emerged as the city works to convert the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant into a nearly 400-acre business park. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas measure against surrogacy draws opposition
January 27, 2014
Parents, doctors and women who have been surrogate mothers are strongly criticizing a Kansas Senate bill to void existing surrogacy contracts and make it illegal to pay women to serve as surrogates.
Douglas County court processing more cash seized by law enforcement
January 27, 2014
Last year, $263,174 — often seized along with drugs or weapons — made its way through district court. The number was nearly double the $136,362 seized in 2012 and more than four times the $62,565 seized in 2010 — the year before Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson appointed an attorney to focus on civil forfeitures. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence homicide: 19-year-old charged with first-degree murder
01:00 p.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 02:08 p.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence resident Harold Sasko, 52, according to the Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities announced the charges today against McLinn, who was found hiding in the Florida Everglades during the weekend, saying she acted alone.
Business briefcase Jan. 27
January 27, 2014
Lawrence businesses supported a Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence shopping trip Saturday for Youth of the Year candidates. The youth were shopping for outfits for the Youth of the Year event in February. Businesses participating included Weaver’s Department Store, Envy, Fortuity, TCBY/Mrs. Fields and Fuzzy’s Tacos.
Traffic signals installed at K-10 and 6th Street interchange
January 27, 2014
The installation of traffic signals at the Kansas Highway 10 and 6th Street/U.S. 40 interchange was completed Friday, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Kansas bill would make surrogacy for pay a crime
January 27, 2014
A Kansas Senate committee’s chairwoman is pushing a proposal that would make it illegal to pay women to be surrogate mothers and void existing surrogacy contracts.
50 acres of Douglas County farmland burn in Sunday grass fire
09:53 a.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 10:56 a.m.
Firefighters from seven departments battled a grass fire feeding off high winds Sunday evening in Douglas County that burned about 50 acres, according to Mike Baxter, Eudora Township fire chief.
Andrew Wiggins earns second Big 12 rookie award
January 27, 2014
Kansas University freshman guard Andrew Wiggins has been chosen as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
Authorities schedule 1 p.m. news conference to discuss significant developments in Lawrence homicide investigation
08:37 a.m., January 27, 2014 Updated 08:46 a.m.
The Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office are planning to hold a joint news conference at 1 p.m. today regarding significant updates in the investigation of Harold Sasko’s homicide.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 26
January 27, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Jan. 26.
25 years ago: KU student arrested for Mass Street burglary
January 27, 2014
The 19-year-old was suspected of having shot an arrow through a storefront window and then stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise.
40 years ago: Officials question propriety of showing of erotic films at KU
January 27, 2014
Two state senators had objected to a recent SUA-sponsored erotic film festival.
Downtown to host lights-display event
January 27, 2014
It’s late January, and Lawrence’s downtown still has holiday lights on display. To celebrate, Downtown Lawrence, Inc. will host Winter Nights Under the Lights on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. On that evening, shoppers can receive 10-percent-off or more from participating businesses, food and drink specials, and other special offerings.
Letter: Big money
January 27, 2014
It’s been over four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United decision that allowed unions, corporations and associations to spend unlimited amounts in elections, provided that they don’t coordinate their efforts with a candidate.
Hot streak: Local team is tops on national competitive barbecue circuit
January 27, 2014
There are people who drink beer and smoke meat at a handful of barbecue competitions a year. Then there are people who win. Then there are people who win it all — and a local team has just joined that elite echelon, where barbecue isn’t just for fun anymore. By Sara Shepherd
Unfunded pay raises, cold jelly and more marriage and religion debate
January 27, 2014
Capitol Report
100 years ago: Neighborhood residents protest paving of alley
January 27, 2014
“Another Kansas statute is to be tested out in court.”
Opinion: Process can ease national change
January 27, 2014
For three years now, the Arab world has been struggling to create a political culture of tolerance that could anchor the revolution for citizen rights known as the Arab Spring. So far, it has largely been a disillusioning story, but there are some rare hopeful signs in Tunisia, the country where the upheaval began
North Lawrence’s first coffee shop in years now open
January 27, 2014
A new coffee shop is now pouring in North Lawrence, ending a decidedly decaf decade on that side of the river. Owned by four Lawrence residents, the Brewhaus opened this month at 624 N. Second St., next door to the Iwig Dairy Store. By Sara Shepherd
Bankruptcies for Jan. 27
January 27, 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.
Marriages for Jan. 27
January 27, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Divorces for Jan. 27
January 27, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Editorial: Just say no
Kansas should be in no hurry to jump on to the medical marijuana band wagon.
January 27, 2014
Kansas lawmakers should continue to just say no to marijuana bills. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and six more have medical marijuana legislation pending. Two states — Colorado and Washington — have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Letter: Education boosters
January 27, 2014
In a recent column, Dolph C. Simons Jr. asked who is fighting for public education. As he noted, educators have been doing so for years, though their advocacy is labeled self-interest. There are also some true pro-education legislators in the trenches.  
Letter: Good service
January 27, 2014
My wife and I are disabled (or as I like to say, nearly over-the-hill octogenarians). We can’t get up and down our driveway. As the result of a phone call to the city, our wonderful “trash guys” go up the driveway, then back down with our container, then back up and then back to their truck.
Letter: Chicken fight
January 27, 2014
Congratulations may finally be in order for Kansas’ illustrious Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, who is declaring all-out war on the lesser prairie chicken of Kansas, in what Kobach personally describes as a “fight worth fighting for.” (Journal-World, Jan. 24). Once again, old Kris (at Kansas taxpayes’ expense) is picking a fight against the federal government, in his fight against protecting an endangered species. Kobach envisions his battle as “holding a club in the background…”  Yeah … right!