Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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1:02 a.m.
Mike Yoder Photo/Courtesy of Spencer Research Library.Lawrence and Allen Fieldhouse hosted the Kansas 6A state basketball championships where both the Lawrence Lions girls and boys teams competed in the championship game. The girls won but the boys lost. 1987 was the last time Lawrence hosted the state basketball championship. As city increases efforts to attract basketball visitors, Lawrence hasn’t hosted state championships since 1987
March 11, 2014
There’s no question Lawrence is making its bid to become the basketball capital of Kansas and beyond, Lawrence hasn’t hosted a state high school basketball championship since 1987. By Chad Lawhorn
11:11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art and a Lawrence-based development group tentatively agreed to have artist Dave Loewenstein recreate his Pollinators mural. The building that it's currently on is scheduled to be torn down and a multi story building will be built in its place. Commissioners agree that downtown mural can’t stay in current location
March 11, 2014
Hopes of area artists to preserve a downtown mural were dealt a major blow Tuesday as city commissioners said they see no feasible way to avoid demolishing the wall that houses the art work. By Chad Lawhorn
1:27 p.m.
Kyle T. Flack, 28, Ottawa, who is charged in connection with the killing of three adults and an 18-month-old girl in spring 2013, sits Tuesday with his court-appointed lawyer, Ronald Evans, head of the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit in Topeka, in Franklin County District Court, Ottawa. Judge orders Kyle Flack to stand trial in 2012 Ottawa homicides
8:51 a.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 1:32 p.m.
Franklin County Judge Thomas Sachse has found there is enough evidence to bind Kyle T. Flack over for arraignment on murder charges in connection with the deaths of four people in Ottawa last year.
2:59 p.m.
Kyle T. Flack, 28, Ottawa, who is charged in connection with the killing of three adults and an 18-month-old girl in spring 2013, sits Tuesday with his court-appointed lawyer, Ronald Evans, head of the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit in Topeka, in Franklin County District Court, Ottawa. Flack ordered to stand trial in Ottawa quadruple homicide case
2:56 p.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 6:50 p.m.
All four victims of a quadruple homicide here last year, including a mother and daughter thought to have been killed moments apart, died of shotgun blasts, a coroner said Wednesday before a judge ordered 28-year-old Kyle T. Flack to stand trial for the homicides. District Judge Thomas Sachse’s ruling came after two days of testimony featuring details about DNA matching Flack’s at the crime scene and on a discarded shotgun.
4:51 p.m.
This house at 1115 Indiana Street sits between two apartment complexes at the bottom of a hill on the west side of Indiana. Longtime resident laments plans to build five-story apartment building along three sides of her home
March 12, 2014
Ninety-one-year-old Georgia Bell already knows a lot about living with college students, but soon it may go to a whole new level — or more accurately, five levels. By Chad Lawhorn

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KU Student Senate votes to eliminate student fee for athletics
March 12, 2014
Kansas University’s Student Senate voted to get rid of a $25 per semester fee that subsidizes the athletics organization. Originally meant to support women’s sports under Title IX requirements, student leaders said the athletics department makes enough money to support those sports without a fee. From here, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will have to decide whether to uphold the vote or veto the proposal. By Ben Unglesbee
County commission approves 2014-18 captial improvements plan
March 12, 2014
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a 2014-18 capital improvement plan, a rolling five-year playbook for construction and renovation projects in the county.
Victim describes being shot multiple times in Perry Park confrontation; suspect facing trial
March 12, 2014
Anthony Wisdom showed up at L.R. “Dad” Perry Park hoping face-to-face conversation would be enough to quell a beef, he told the court Wednesday. In case things escalated, he took off his glasses and started stretching. That did not prepare him for what happened when a man he identified as JD Turner arrived. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas nears limits on pre-primary party switches
March 12, 2014
The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a proposal from the state Republican Party to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.
Schools given a pass on 2014 tests while kinks in new system are worked out
March 12, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education has agreed to ignore the results of this year’s reading and math assessments while bugs are being worked out in the new Common Core-aligned tests, and the computer system used to administer them. Some schools in Kansas began administering the new tests Monday and immediately ran into problems. By Peter Hancock
Hallmark’s revenues fell by 2 percent in 2013
March 12, 2014
Revenue at Hallmark Cards, one of Lawrence’s larger employers, was down by about 2 percent in 2013, according to results released Wednesday. By Chad Lawhorn
Bibimbap brings Asian flavors home
March 12, 2014
How to make your own bibimbap,
Plan permits more beer from Kansas microbreweries
March 12, 2014
Kansas legislators are trying to help the state’s microbreweries by increasing the amount of beer they can make each year.
Kansas bill on health care ‘navigators’ advances
March 12, 2014
The Kansas Senate has approved regulations for counselors who help consumers navigate an online insurance marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul strongly opposed by most Republican state officials.
KU unveils 10-year master plan for Lawrence campus
03:16 p.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 05:48 p.m.
Kansas University officials Wednesday unveiled a 10-year plan that would expand academic and research programs and “knit the Lawrence campus into one,” Provost Jeff Vitter said Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Public Library to close for a week in late April
March 12, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library will close for a week in late April to implement a new bar code technology onto its items.
KU graduate programs hold ground, make gains in U.S. News rankings
March 12, 2014
Kansas University’s top-performing graduate programs, including special education and city management, held top positions in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 list of “Best Graduate Schools.” Other KU programs gained ground in the rankings.
Flack ordered to stand trial in Ottawa quadruple homicide case
02:56 p.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 06:50 p.m.
All four victims of a quadruple homicide here last year, including a mother and daughter thought to have been killed moments apart, died of shotgun blasts, a coroner said Wednesday before a judge ordered 28-year-old Kyle T. Flack to stand trial for the homicides. District Judge Thomas Sachse’s ruling came after two days of testimony featuring details about DNA matching Flack’s at the crime scene and on a discarded shotgun.
Kansas University journalism class creates Statehouse wire service
March 12, 2014
A Kansas University journalism class has created its own wire service reporting from the State Capitol in Topeka. The KU Statehouse Wire Service allows journalism students to produce articles on Kansas government to be published in professional newspapers across the state.
Kansas Senate panel delays education reviews
March 12, 2014
A Kansas Senate committee is delaying discussion of education budgets to allow more time to study last week’s ruling from the state Supreme Court on public schools.
Kansas gun-rights moving again after compromises
March 12, 2014
A proposal to strip Kansas cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms is moving again through the Legislature after supporters stripped out two provisions preventing the state House from considering it.
Free State senior wins Kansas Youth of the Year award
March 12, 2014
Free State High School senior and Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of the Year finalist Innocent Anavberokhai took home the Kansas Youth of the Year award Monday in Topeka.
Judge orders Kyle Flack to stand trial in 2012 Ottawa homicides
08:51 a.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 01:32 p.m.
Franklin County Judge Thomas Sachse has found there is enough evidence to bind Kyle T. Flack over for arraignment on murder charges in connection with the deaths of four people in Ottawa last year.
Today in Lawrence: Mike Gordon of Phish, horrific pizza with Ron Jeremy
March 12, 2014
The Goldenberg Duo at the Spencer Museum, three authors at The Raven Bookstore, Mike Gordon at Liberty Hall and a bold Kickstarter that just might work.
KU men’s golf finishes last at Louisiana
March 12, 2014
The Kansas University men’s golf team stayed in last place out of 12 teams after the third and final round of the Louisiana Classics on Tuesday.
Eudora boys set to end state tourney drought
March 12, 2014
It has been 17 years since Eudora High’s boys basketball team last played in the state tournament. That will change when the Cardinals face Holton at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Class 4A-Divison II state quarterfinals at Hartman Arena in Park City. By Bobby Nightengale
KU football seniors hope to finish careers strong
March 12, 2014
The Kansas University football squad’s spring practices mark the beginning of the end of two dozen college careers. But Tuesday, as the team went through its third day of spring practices and first in full pads, the majority of the Jayhawks’ seniors said their focus was elsewhere. By Matt Tait
Prep coach: Embiid had back pain last year, too
March 12, 2014
Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid has experienced back discomfort off and on during the early stages of his still-young basketball career. “He had that a little bit last year. He tried to fight through it, mostly after the season,” Embiid’s high school coach, Justin Harden of The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., said in a phone conversation Tuesday. By Gary Bedore
KU coach Self outlines timeline of Joel Embiid’s back injury
March 12, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self took the time Tuesday night in a telephone conversation to clarify any confusion as to when freshman center Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture of the lower back and how he and his family were informed. By Tom Keegan
Longtime resident laments plans to build five-story apartment building along three sides of her home
March 12, 2014
Ninety-one-year-old Georgia Bell already knows a lot about living with college students, but soon it may go to a whole new level — or more accurately, five levels. By Chad Lawhorn
KU softball wins two in return from road
March 12, 2014
Chaley Brickey spent most of the past few weeks punishing opposing softball pitchers around the Southeast. Tuesday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, the Kansas University sophomore shortstop finally got a chance to do the same in Lawrence.
KU baseball opens home season with loss to ORU
March 12, 2014
As far as home openers go, the Kansas University baseball team’s matchup with Oral Roberts on Tuesday had all the makings of a perfect day, except for the final outcome. And even that — an 8-7 loss — was in question until KU’s last at-bat.
Dodgers rally past Royals
March 12, 2014
Dan Haren pitched four effective innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-5, on Tuesday.
Chiefs’ free agents find big deals elsewhere
March 12, 2014
As the first hour of free agency came to a close Tuesday, the flood of players headed out of Arrowhead Stadium for big-money deals had finally slowed to a stop. Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert was a Dolphin. Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster was a Titan. Defensive tackle Tyson Jackson and guard Jon Asamoah were headed for the Falcons, while fellow guard Geoff Schwartz appeared on his way to the Giants.
25 years ago: Man evades capture after escape from Leavenworth
March 12, 2014
He managed to pull off the first escape in 12 years from the U.S. Penitentiary.
40 years ago: Three new businesses scheduled to open in Lawrence
March 12, 2014
First up was Dillon’s Family Center at 27th and Iowa.
100 years ago: Douglas, Leavenworth counties unite to solve bridge problem
March 12, 2014
“The trouble has come about because the records of Leavenworth county were burned and there is nothing there to show that the county has not paid its part of the last work.”
Delicious/Nutritious: Mad for mango
March 12, 2014
Turn a mango into sorbet or wrap it with avocado.
Letter: Ukraine analysis
March 12, 2014
Congratulations to the J-W for presenting two views of the Crimean crisis. Charles Krauthammer supports Russia’s historical right to Crimea, while criticizing President Obama for weakness in contesting it, and David Ignatius gives a well-balanced analysis of U.S. policy toward Russia in the Crimean situation.
Letter: ED change due
March 12, 2014
With the change in leadership of the Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence has an opportunity to rethink how it handles economic development.
Editorial: Stepping back
The Kansas Board of Regents should be willing to modify their stand on social media based on a new policy drafted by university faculty and staff members.
March 12, 2014
The group that the Kansas Board of Regents asked to review and comment on a new social media policy for state universities didn’t find much in that policy to like.
Opinion: Ties to Cuba will hurt Mexico
March 12, 2014
There are many theories about why Mexico is cozying up to Cuba’s dictatorship and looking the other way as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro brutally represses street demonstrations, but I think the most credible one can be summed up in one word: fear.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 11
March 12, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, March 11.