Archive for Friday, January 31, 2014

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12:00 a.m.
Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn Lawrence murder suspect expected back in Kansas by weekend
3:07 p.m., January 30, 2014 Updated 3:29 p.m.
The defense attorney for the 19-year-old woman accused of killing a 52-year-old Lawrence man said that she waived extradition in a Florida court today and will be returned to Kansas “today or tomorrow.”
7:48 a.m.
A one-month-old piglet squeals at some unsuspecting fourth-graders from Broken Arrow School during the Slice of Ag educational program on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in the livestock arena of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Local fourth-graders were introduced to some aspects of farming, raising livestock centered around a theme of explaining where various ingredients of pizza come from. Slice of Ag’ event shows students where food comes from
January 30, 2014
Fourth-graders from throughout Douglas County got to learn where food really comes from, including all the ingredients in a slice of pizza, during the Douglas County Extension Service’s 14th annual “Slice of Ag” program at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. By Peter Hancock
10:42 a.m.
Students at Seaman Middle School in Topeka work out during gym class as part of a regimen that tracks both physical fitness and academic performance. A new study from the Kansas State Department of Education and Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a strong correlation between healthy fitness and improved academic performance. Study links fitness with academic performance
January 30, 2014
Does physical exercise make kids smarter? Results of a recent Kansas-based study suggest the answer may be yes. Researchers from two state agencies say they cannot prove definitively that exercise and physical fitness make kids smarter. But results of a new study suggest a strong correlation between children’s physical fitness and their performance on reading and math tests.By Peter Hancock
12:42 p.m.
Douglas County and eastern Kansas abnormally dry again, west in drought
January 31, 2014
Douglas County saw normal moisture levels in November for the first time since the 2012 drought, the worst in the U.S. in more than 25 years. But the break didn’t last long. By the end of the November, the U.S. Drought Monitor again listed Douglas County as abnormally dry. By Ben Unglesbee
3:31 p.m.
Larry Leon Hopkins, Lawrence, waits for a first-appearance teleconference to begin at the Douglas County Jail on Nov. 6, 2013. Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting death of Margaret E. Hopkins at his home in the 1600 block of West Second Terrace. Hopkins pleads not guilty in November shooting death of wife
January 31, 2014
Larry L. Hopkins, a 67-year-old Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in the November 2013 shooting death of his wife, pleaded not guilty in Douglas County District Court on Friday. By Stephen Montemayor
4:49 p.m.
Tiffany C. Hubbard, 38, of Lawrence, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court Friday to 14 months in prison after being convicted in December of distributing cocaine out of the day care she ran at her home. Lawrence woman convicted of selling cocaine out of day care sentenced to 14 months in prison
12:04 p.m., January 31, 2014 Updated 2:41 p.m.
A 38-year-old woman convicted of distributing cocaine from a day care she operated out of her North Lawrence home was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court to 14 months in prison despite pleas for probation. By Stephen Montemayor

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 31
January 31, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Jan. 31.
KU students open line of funding for Headquarters
January 31, 2014
This week the Senate voted to make Headquarters eligible for funds raised through a student fee. By Ben Unglesbee
71-year-old Lawrence man suspected of aggravated sexual battery
January 31, 2014
A 71-year-old Lawrence man was booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery late Thursday after police investigated a complaint that afternoon in the 600 block of West 25th Street.
Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau wins $15,000 grant to promote city as “cradle of basketball”
January 31, 2014
A $15,000 state grant is expected to help area tourism officials spread the message that Lawrence is a must-stop destination for basketball fans around the world. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man arrested after wielding knife, stealing Bic lighters
January 31, 2014
Wielding a knife and stealing two Bic lighters landed a 31-year-old Lawrence man in jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
McLinn in Douglas County custody, awaiting Monday court date
04:04 p.m., January 31, 2014 Updated 09:55 a.m.
Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, the 19-year-old woman charged with killing a Lawrence businessman with whom she shared a home, is now back in Douglas County and awaiting her first appearance in court on Monday. By Stephen Montemayor
Hopkins pleads not guilty in November shooting death of wife
January 31, 2014
Larry L. Hopkins, a 67-year-old Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in the November 2013 shooting death of his wife, pleaded not guilty in Douglas County District Court on Friday. By Stephen Montemayor
Bill seeks to pre-empt federal protection of Lesser Prairie Chicken
January 31, 2014
Federal officials could wind up behind bars if they tried to enforce federal laws in Kansas protecting the Lesser Prairie Chicken, under a bill approved by a state Senate committee on Friday. By Scott Rothschild
Legislator questions whether local government lobbyist can testify on gun bill
January 31, 2014
A state legislator Friday questioned whether a representative of the Unified Government of Kansas City and Wyandotte County broke the law by testifying on a pro-gun bill. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence woman convicted of selling cocaine out of day care sentenced to 14 months in prison
12:04 p.m., January 31, 2014 Updated 02:41 p.m.
A 38-year-old woman convicted of distributing cocaine from a day care she operated out of her North Lawrence home was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court to 14 months in prison despite pleas for probation. By Stephen Montemayor
Bill to double fees to dredge sand from the Kansas River is probably stalled
January 31, 2014
A proposal to double the royalty paid to the state for sand dredged from the Kansas River was buried in committee Friday. By Scott Rothschild
Douglas County and eastern Kansas abnormally dry again, west in drought
January 31, 2014
Douglas County saw normal moisture levels in November for the first time since the 2012 drought, the worst in the U.S. in more than 25 years. But the break didn’t last long. By the end of the November, the U.S. Drought Monitor again listed Douglas County as abnormally dry. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas lawmakers consider bill to expand gun rights
January 31, 2014
TOPEKA — Influential gun rights groups are pushing proposals in Kansas to strip cities and counties of any power to restrict the open carrying of firearms or regulate guns, telling legislators Thursday that a muddle of local rules confuses firearms owners and infringes upon their civil liberties.
Winter weather advisory issued for Douglas County through Saturday morning
January 31, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Douglas County and surrounding areas from 9 a.m. today until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Two arrested in burglary, theft at Lawrence Subway
January 31, 2014
At least two people have been arrested in connection with the burglary of a Lawrence Subway restaurant earlier this month.
25 years ago: Local mumps outbreak still a puzzle
January 31, 2014
Investigators reported that “factors such as waning vaccine immunity and the mumps being a different strain were considered unlikely.”
40 years ago: The iceman retireth: Manager of Lawrence Ice Co. reminisces about career
January 31, 2014
The company was at its peak in the 1940s, with at least 25 employees working around the clock for nine months of the year.
Local book drive collects more than 2,000 books for underprivledged kids
January 31, 2014
This week concluded a local book drive that collected 2,235 children’s books for students at Kennedy Elementary.
100 years ago: ‘School of Commerce’ to be started at KU
January 31, 2014
“The idea of such a school has been advanced for some time and the result of the establishment of one here will be watched with interest.”
AARP Foundation to offer free tax assistance at three Douglas County locations
January 31, 2014
The AARP foundation’s Tax-Aide program will once again provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income in three Douglas County locations.
Divas duel for Theatre Lawrence
January 31, 2014
When it comes to fundraising, a little competition is good for the bottom line. So the thinking goes at Theatre Lawrence, which is preparing to hold its annual “Dueling Divas” event Saturday night at its 4660 Bauer Farm Drive location. Eight local singers compete against each other “American Idol”-style to see who can raise the most money.
Opinion: War on poverty should shift to states
January 31, 2014
America recently marked an important milestone. Jan. 8 was the 50th anniversary of the declaration of war on poverty. This event has intensified an ongoing debate about the federal government’s role in supporting society’s least affluent members.
Opinion: Kerry seeking framework for peace
January 31, 2014
For Secretary of State John Kerry, diplomacy has centered on what might be called the art of the interim deal. He has tackled two of the world’s toughest issues — the Iranian nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian problem — and has fashioned tentative formulas outlining the shape of a final accord even though the parties are far from such comprehensive settlements.
Editorial: Disappointing speech
Tuesday’s State of the Union address was lackluster, uninspiring.
January 31, 2014
President Obama again displayed his oratorical skills in delivering the 93rd State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, but the presentation failed to live up to pre-speech expectations.