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Archive for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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12:40 a.m.
Photo illustration of Harold Sasko and Sarah McLinn. Teen’s attorney in Lawrence murder case advises her to waive extradition hearing in Florida
2:01 p.m., January 28, 2014 Updated 4:20 p.m.
Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, the 19-year-old woman accused of killing Harold Sasko earlier this month, will appear in federal court in Miami on Wednesday morning before she is expected to be turned over to Florida state authorities, according to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.
7:59 a.m.
Photo illustration of Harold Sasko and Sarah McLinn. Homicide suspect Sarah McLinn was in small Texas town on Jan. 15, officers say
January 29, 2014
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn was in Bishop, Texas — a small town near the Gulf of Mexico and a little more than 100 miles from the border with Mexico — the same day she failed to appear for dinner with family in Topeka, according to law enforcement there. By Stephen Montemayor
11:00 a.m.
This Topeka High School yearbook photo from 2011 shows Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn as a junior. Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived
10:59 a.m., January 29, 2014 Updated 3:44 p.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn is expected to waive an extradition hearing in Florida so that she may “return to Kansas as soon as possible,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Watts-Fitzgerald. By Stephen Montemayor
5:46 p.m.
Photo illustration of Harold Sasko and Sarah McLinn. Report: Murder suspect, 19, had knives, guns, hash, ax in victim’s car
January 29, 2014
Florida Everglades park rangers who located Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn on Saturday night in Harold Sasko’s car found guns, knives and drugs in the vehicle, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 29
January 29, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Another KU freshman burns Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse
Wiggins, much like Ben McLemore in 2013, goes off vs. Cyclones
January 29, 2014
A 6-foot-8 guard from Ontario, Canada — much as another KU rookie did a year ago — exited to high fives and pats on the back after a stellar performance against Iowa State. Andrew Wiggins exploded for a career-high 29 points off 10-of-16 shooting and dominated when needed down the stretch in the Jayhawks’ 92-81 victory over the Cyclones. By Gary Bedore
Cyclones improved shooting, but not enough to beat KU
January 29, 2014
Iowa State shot much better against Kansas this time around, but Kansas fought off several Cyclones charges in the final 30 minutes to win, 92-81, and improve to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in Big 12 play. By Matt Tait
Eudora making plea for more first responders
January 29, 2014
Eudora city officials are pushing a plan to improve emergency medical response service without the cost of a full ambulance and 24-hour crew. Douglas County commissioners will look at the request this summer when they put together their 2015 budget. By Peter Hancock
QuikTrip CEO explains his company’s culture to Lied Center audience
January 29, 2014
QuikTrip CEO Chet Cadieux explained the convenience store chain’s to an audience made up largely of Kansas University students at the Lied Center Wednesday.By Ben Unglesbee
Report: Murder suspect, 19, had knives, guns, hash, ax in victim’s car
January 29, 2014
Florida Everglades park rangers who located Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn on Saturday night in Harold Sasko’s car found guns, knives and drugs in the vehicle, according to a report by the Miami Herald.
Praeger joins bipartisan group opposed to Brownback’s re-election
January 29, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger on Wednesday went public in her opposition to the re-election of fellow Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. By Scott Rothschild
One of three men charged in botched 2012 home invasion found guilty
January 29, 2014
Alexander Christopher Eftekhar, 23, of Lawrence, was found guilty in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday of amended charges of attempted robbery and attempted aggravated battery stemming from a December 2012 botched home invasion. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence to delay key vote on rental licensing, inspection program
January 29, 2014
A key vote to establish a new citywide rental licensing and inspection program will be delayed by at least a month. City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer said he’s not comfortable proceeding with the vote planned for next week until he gets more data on the performance of the limited inspection program the city currently runs. By Chad Lawhorn
Very high fire danger’ warning issued for Douglas County
January 29, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a “very high fire danger” warning for Douglas County and other parts of central and northern Kansas.
Bankers, realtors seek repeal of mortgage registration fee; counties oppose
January 29, 2014
Numerous bankers lined up Wednesday calling for repeal of the state’s mortgage registration fee, saying it was unfair to them and home buyers. But county officials across the state, including Douglas County, said revenue lost from repealing the fee would have to be made up somehow. By Scott Rothschild
Measures introduced to do away with Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage
January 29, 2014
A House committee on Wednesday accepted a request to introduce measures that would repeal Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage. By Scott Rothschild
Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived
10:59 a.m., January 29, 2014 Updated 03:44 p.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn is expected to waive an extradition hearing in Florida so that she may “return to Kansas as soon as possible,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Watts-Fitzgerald. By Stephen Montemayor
Homicide suspect Sarah McLinn was in small Texas town on Jan. 15, officers say
January 29, 2014
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn was in Bishop, Texas — a small town near the Gulf of Mexico and a little more than 100 miles from the border with Mexico — the same day she failed to appear for dinner with family in Topeka, according to law enforcement there. By Stephen Montemayor
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 28
January 29, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Jayhawks not counting on another McMiracle vs. ISU
January 29, 2014
It’s been a year and 20 days since Kansas University wing Ben McLemore banked in a buzzer-beating three-point shot to force overtime against Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. “We were so lucky last year,” KU coach Bill Self said before today’s 8 p.m. rematch in Allen. “Our guys are totally aware of how dangerous a team that can score as easily as Iowa State is.” By Gary Bedore
Column: Tharpe rising above peers
January 29, 2014
A question about Naadir Tharpe echoed through his first two seasons at KU: Was this a Kansas-caliber point guard capable of running a perennial college basketball powerhouse, or a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body struggling to find his shot? Finally, the doubt has vanished. Column by Tom Keegan
FSHS swimmers 3rd at Topeka Invitational; LHS seventh
January 29, 2014
Free State High placed third on Tuesday at the 12-team Topeka Swimming and Diving Invitational.
Lions’ Warren bowls personal-best at Washburn Rural quad
January 29, 2014
Kierstan Warren had a career day for the Lawrence High girls bowling team as she won the Washburn Rural quad, Tuesday at Westridge Lanes in Topeka.
FSHS boys bowling team shows depth in quad victory
January 29, 2014
Free State High senior Briggs Fish bowled strike after strike on Tuesday, but he was barely staying ahead of his closest competitors. Those bowlers firing strikes and spares in the lanes next to him were three of his teammates — Nick Crawford, Matthew Eagle and Tyrease Richards. By Bobby Nightengale
25 years ago: School board hears public reactions on second high school decision
January 29, 2014
“The only comments I’ve heard have been from people who’ve been very supportive.”
Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls win first-round game at Wellsville
January 29, 2014
The Baldwin High School girls Tuesday cruised to an easy 56-25 victory against St. Marys in the first round of the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament.
Veritas boys beat Topeka Heritage; girls lose
January 29, 2014
Chad Stieben scored 28 points, and Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team built a big lead early Tuesday night in a victory over Topeka Heritage.
Seabury girls defeat Midland
January 29, 2014
Mariah Smith had 20 points, including five three-pointers, and Seabury Academy’s girls basketball team defeated Midland Adventist, 42-36, on Tuesday night.
40 years ago: Fertilizer truck overturns south of town
January 29, 2014
Officials were attempting to control the flow of the chemical, which was leaking from the unit and seeping toward the Wakarusa River.
100 years ago: Kansas Day surprise: Lawrence wakes up to 45-degree drop in temperature
January 29, 2014
“A terrific wind from the northwest made the drop in temperature seem more decided than it was…. Hats flew in every direction.”
Editorial: Open government
Creating a state-level unit to monitor open meetings and open records could vastly improve the state’s ability to enforce these important laws.
January 29, 2014
Spending about $160,000 a year to police compliance to the Kansas Open Meetings Act and Kansas Open Records Act would be a good investment for the state.
Opinion: Cuomo’s comments spur outrage
January 29, 2014
Everyone “knows” it is conservatives who are mean-spirited, intolerant, censors of speech with which they don’t agree, anti-gay, anti-black and anti just about everything else, right? We know this because the left keeps telling us so.
KU joins national commitment to make college more accessible to low-income students
January 29, 2014
Last week President Barack Obama highlighted a growing concern about the difficulty low-income, first generation and minority students have in attaining college degrees. At KU, similar disparities exist, though administrators hope to expand programs aimed at helping low-income and minority students enter and thrive in the university. By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: Hope of Egyptian revolt has faded
January 29, 2014
Last weekend marked the third anniversary of the Tahrir Square revolt in Egypt. It’s hard to recall the incredible exhilaration of those days, which I witnessed firsthand: Facebook-savvy activists rallied millions to the square with calls to end police brutality and oust a military-backed dictator.
Swedish meatballs make for perfect Super Bowl snack
January 29, 2014
I think sports-watching food is best when it’s bite-sized and will keep well if the game gets exciting and everyone forgets it for awhile. My grandmother’s Swedish meatballs meet both criteria.
Even with federal budget deal, KU leaders worry about funding
January 29, 2014
Even with a $1.1 trillion federal budget signed into law, Kansas University officials are still concerned about the long-term future of federally funded research.By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence’s Hank Booth and Beverly Smith Billings to be recognized for service at Chamber of Commerce annual meeting
January 29, 2014
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will honor two Lawrence residents for their service to the community at its annual meeting on Friday, Jan. 31. Hank Booth, a one-time radio station owner, radio executive and on-air personality, will receive the 2014 Lawrencian Award, and Beverly Smith Billings, president of Alvamar Development Corp., Alvamar, Inc. and Alvamar Realty, Inc., will receive the Athena Award. By Nikki Wentling