Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Madeline Heeren and Aqmar Rahman, law students at Kansas University, give a T-shirt to a child in a slum on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh last summer. After their trip to Bangladesh, Heeren and Rahman co-founded United Across Borders, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide clothing and blankets to the impoverished in developing countries. KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
11:04 a.m.
In this June 6, 2009 file photo, protesters from Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan. In an 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the group's protests were protected by the First Amendment. The father of a Marine killed in Iraq sued after they picketed his son's 2006 funeral service. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist Church, dead at 84
10:21 a.m., March 20, 2014 Updated 11:35 a.m.
Fred Phelps, Sr., the 84-year-old founder of one of the most-hated churches in America, died early Thursday, according to family members. Staff and wire reports
3:25 p.m.
Find Jefferson’s at 743 Massachusetts St., 832-2000, jeffersonsrestaurant.com. Mrs. Mass.: Come for the game, stay for the pickles
March 20, 2014
With basketball season in full swing, it seems only appropriate to visit one of the more popular Massachusetts Street spots to catch a game and eat some wings (or oysters/burgers/anything on the menu, really). Jefferson’s has been serving the Lawrence community since 2000, and they’re best known for their wings, oysters and fried pickles. If you’re jonesing for a hot meal, cold beer and lively atmosphere, Jefferson’s will treat you right.
5:19 p.m.
Shutterstock image of basketball brackets March Madness: The KU guide to not accidentally gambling
March 20, 2014
‘Tis the season for loose readings of the state’s anti-gambling laws. Kansas University is taking precautions by reminding all employees and students that betting on their NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets is illegal. It’s a friendly reminder the university sends out annually come tournament time. By Ben Unglesbee

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Kansas House GOP unveils school funding proposal
March 20, 2014
Topeka — Kansas House Republicans have outlined a plan that fully funds aid to poor school districts but ties the money to policy changes designed to expand parents’ choices on where to send their children.
March Madness: The KU guide to not accidentally gambling
March 20, 2014
‘Tis the season for loose readings of the state’s anti-gambling laws. Kansas University is taking precautions by reminding all employees and students that betting on their NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets is illegal. It’s a friendly reminder the university sends out annually come tournament time. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas Senate committee votes to repeal renewable energy standards
March 20, 2014
Despite pleas from a growing wind energy industry in Kansas, a Senate committee Thursday voted to repeal the state renewable energy standards. By Scott Rothschild
Evan and Danny Manning separated by postseason responsibilities
March 20, 2014
For the first time in his life, Kansas University sophomore Evan Manning will play the part of unaccompanied Jayhawk Friday at Scottrade Center, where the second-seeded Jayhawks will take on No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky at 3:10 p.m. By Matt Tait
Middle school rallies behind coach fighting leukemia
March 20, 2014
It was shortly after a routine physical exam last October that Dave Anderson got the news nobody wants to hear: Something was wrong.
Douglas County: Ready for whatever rulings occur on voter registration
March 20, 2014
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Thursday his office is ready to handle whatever judicial decisions are made in a dispute over Kansas’ law that requires new voters to document their U.S. citizenship. By Scott Rothschild
State’s endangered species law endangered
March 20, 2014
A Senate committee voted to repeal the 1975 law that puts the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism in charge of identifying and undertaking appropriate conservation measures for endangered species. By Scott Rothschild
Legislative committees delay action on school finance fix
March 20, 2014
The House and Senate budget committees were expected to begin working Thursday on school finance proposals in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling. But the chairmen of those committees say they need more time to draft the bills. The Senate panel plans to begin work Friday, while the House panel will wait until Monday. By Peter Hancock
Couple donate $1 million for KU business school scholarships
March 20, 2014
A $1 million gift to Kansas University will establish a new scholarship program in the business school, KU announced Thursday.
Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist Church, dead at 84
10:21 a.m., March 20, 2014 Updated 11:35 a.m.
Fred Phelps, Sr., the 84-year-old founder of one of the most-hated churches in America, died early Thursday, according to family members. Staff and wire reports
Kansas legislator proposes salary increase; ‘we should be paid significantly better’
March 20, 2014
A state legislator Thursday pushed forward a bill to more than double legislative pay during the session, but reduce the retirement package that legislators get. By Scott Rothschild
Senate votes to repeal mortgage registration fees
March 20, 2014
Kansas senators have approved a bill repealing mortgage registration fees, a move that county leaders say will cost them millions of dollars.
Today in Lawrence: Bracketology, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
March 20, 2014
March Madness begins with our bracket contest, “Jayhawkers” in last night at Liberty Hall, Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings tickets go on sale.
Column: Some questions best left unasked at NCAAs
March 20, 2014
Somewhere approaching a billion questions will be asked of coaches and athletes today in Scottrade Center, site of four NCAA Tournament basketball games Friday, two Sunday. Column by Tom Keegan
New Mexico rallies past Kansas baseball
March 20, 2014
Kansas University scored four runs in the first three innings combined, but New Mexico scored five in the eighth alone in a 10-4 Lobos baseball victory on Wednesday at Lobo Field.
KU softball splits
March 20, 2014
Kansas University lost a squeaker in the opener and won a laugher in the nightcap.
MMA bouts on tap Saturday
March 20, 2014
Mixed martial arts is coming back to Lawrence.
City swimmer sets fly mark
March 20, 2014
Lawrence native Michael Andrew broke his own 200-yard butterfly national record for the 13-14 year old age group on Wednesday afternoon at the National Club Swimming Association Spring Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Ottawa’s Fischer on all-league
March 20, 2014
Ottawa High junior Corie Fischer was named to the first-team All-Frontier League girls basketball team.
Baker women win NAIA opener
March 20, 2014
Baker University’s women’s basketball team won its first game in the NAIA Div. I National Championship, 74-61 over Cumberlands (Ky.) on Wednesday morning.
Kansas’ Piché on CLASS list
March 20, 2014
Kansas University senior closer Jordan Piché was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate baseball.
Eagle Bend lands Mid-Amateur
March 20, 2014
Eagle Bend will host the 2014 Kansas Mid-Amateur Golf Championship, May 3-4.
25 years ago: Light rain not enough to remedy dry conditions
March 20, 2014
County commissioners voted today to add a seven-day extension to the existing burn ban.
Tulsa coach Danny Manning proving mentor right
March 20, 2014
In just his second year as Tulsa’s coach, Danny Manning has reached the NCAA tournament with the Golden Hurricane earning an automatic bid by winning the Conference USA tournament title. Tulsa (21-12), the No. 13 seed in the South Region, will open against No. 4 seed UCLA (26-8) Friday in San Diego.
Reds closer hit in face by line drive
March 20, 2014
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive and taken off the field on a cart.
Our Town Sports (March 20)
March 20, 2014
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for March 20.
Huelskamp calls Douglas County district attorney’s letter ‘prosecutorial misconduct,’ exploring legal options
March 20, 2014
Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s campaign released a second statement Wednesday in response to a letter sent by Charles Branson on Tuesday that expressed concern over a contest promoting a chance to win NCAA men’s basketball tournament tickets in exchange for a contribution of at least $10.
40 years ago: City commissioners discuss rezoning for medical building
March 20, 2014
Immediate neighbors of the 1.4-acre site had indicated approval of the rezoning by signing a petition.
Editorial: A little advice
City and county advisory boards are an important link between local residents and their elected officials.
March 20, 2014
There’s no reason to wonder whether elected Lawrence and Douglas County officials are interested in what local residents think about public policies.
Editorial: Not just lucky
The thousands of hours of time donated by St. Patrick’s Day volunteers are a great gift to the community.
March 20, 2014
It takes a lot more than the luck of the Irish to pull off the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Lawrence.
Letter: Registration opposed
March 20, 2014
Months ago, a majority of city commissioners decided that our city needed a new rental licensing program. Duplication of existing law, cost-benefit analysis and common sense fell on deaf ears. The majority of commissioners’ minds were closed to any further discussion.
Letter: Colorado contrast
March 20, 2014
I was listening to National Public Radio Tuesday morning and was surprised to hear that Colorado took $188 million in federal dollars to set up its own state health care exchange AND it is successful!
Letter: Board needed
March 20, 2014
Thanks for Chad Lawhorn’s Town Talk and feature stories about our community. They are always enjoyable and informative. Sunday’s article about advisory boards is well timed.
100 years ago: Lawrence military troops pass annual inspection
March 20, 2014
“The entire number came through in good shape and with a few words of praise.”
Garden Variety: The right time to prevent crabgrass
March 20, 2014
Crabgrass preventers are herbicides. The germinating seed takes up some of the herbicide and is killed. These herbicides work well on the target crabgrass seed, but the same herbicide works on almost any other seed that is germinating during the chemicals’ effective life. You cannot apply crabgrass preventer and overseed your lawn in the same season.
Fix-It Chick: Springtime myths debunked
March 20, 2014
Facts and fiction when it comes to getting your yard ready for spring.
Style Scout: Jesse Lee Miller
March 20, 2014
Fashion influences: The Dude from “The Big Lebowski”
Style Scout: Hannah Hankins
March 20, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: I guess I kind of hate fur. Other than that I don’t really care.
Family Adventures: Let your Jayhawk flag fly
March 20, 2014
How to make some small KU pennants for kids to parade around during the Jayhawks’ run in the NCAA tournament.
Mrs. Mass.: Come for the game, stay for the pickles
March 20, 2014
With basketball season in full swing, it seems only appropriate to visit one of the more popular Massachusetts Street spots to catch a game and eat some wings (or oysters/burgers/anything on the menu, really). Jefferson’s has been serving the Lawrence community since 2000, and they’re best known for their wings, oysters and fried pickles. If you’re jonesing for a hot meal, cold beer and lively atmosphere, Jefferson’s will treat you right.
Woman versus food: taking on Lawrence’s intense food challenges
March 20, 2014
Nadia Imafidon takes on the “Everest Challenge” at 23rd Street Brewery. That’s four hamburger patties, Swiss, cheddar, bacon, fried eggs, fried pickles, onion rings, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and wing sauce.
Opinion: Who speaks for voiceless children?
March 20, 2014
Who speaks for Ghanson Debrosse? Before he was born, many people did. Anti-abortion groups did. Churches did. Protesters did. And lawmakers did. Florida, for instance, requires that a woman undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and the provider must offer her the option of viewing the image.
Letter: KU fee decision
March 20, 2014
I welcome Kansas University’s Student Senate decision to end the $25-per-semester fee to help fund the athletic department.
KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
A guide to spring fashion trends
March 20, 2014
This week marks the first one of spring, which means you should be preparing your wardrobe for warmer temperatures and (hopefully) sunny skies. Trends can be tricky when you’re shopping for the new season’s trends because some disappear, some stay relevant for a many years, and others last a hot minute
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 19
March 20, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 19.
Off the Beaten Plate: Deep fried Twinkies at Yokohama
March 20, 2014
On the one hand, fried Twinkies at a sushi place don’t make sense. On the other hand, the way Yokohama makes them, they kind of do.