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Archive for Friday, March 21, 2014

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12:41 a.m.
Dianna Keller, owner of Dianna's Kitchen, prepares a batch of blueberry muffins on a recent day. The grandmother has found success later in life with a catering business she runs out of her garage. Lawrence woman finds success later in life with catering business run out of her garage
March 21, 2014
Sometimes late-in-life career changes work. Just ask Dianna Keller, a Lawrence woman who started a catering business out of her garage a few years back. By Giles Bruce
9:02 a.m.
By 2050, 80 percent of the world's energy could be generated by renewable energy sources. Among the new sources of energy are wind turbines, like those at the Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County. 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
11:07 a.m.
Shutterstock image - virtual school House Republicans offer school finance fix
March 21, 2014
Republicans in the Kansas House are proposing to restore full funding of equalization aid for poor school districts. But the funding is tied to policy changes that include school choice programs and loosening certain requirements for obtaining a teaching license. The bill is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said parts of the current school funding mechanism are unconstitutional. By Peter Hancock
1:54 p.m.
Kindergartner Carter Harris works on sounding out words in Lauren Mitchell's class at Kennedy Elementary School. Charter school provision a mistake, GOP leaders admit
March 21, 2014
House Republican leaders said they didn’t mean to include an expansion of charter schools in a wide-ranging education bill to address a Supreme Court ruling on school finance. They plan to introduce a new bill next week, but education groups say they’re still concerned about many other provisions of the bill. By Peter Hancock

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Notebook: Andrew Wiggins moves to top of KU freshman scoring list
March 21, 2014
Andrew Wiggins is the highest scoring freshman in Kansas University basketball history. Wiggins, a 6-8, 200-pounder from Ontario, Canada, totaled 19 points off 7-of-13 shooting in KU’s 80-69 NCAA Tournament opening victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday in Scottrade Center. By Gary Bedore
Unleashed energy: Sub Jamari Traylor’s double-double pushes Kansas to next round
March 21, 2014
Kansas University senior Tarik Black was the first Jayhawk to greet his big buddy, sophomore Jamari Traylor, after the final horn sounded in KU’s 80-69 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday in an NCAA Tournament opener in Scottrade Center. “I just told him, ‘Thank you for the win. Thank you for extending my senior season,’” Black said. By Gary Bedore
Column: Mistake-free play of Conner Frankamp just what KU needed
March 21, 2014
Wichita State fans wearing gold didn’t have to check their programs to learn the identity of  the little guy wearing the white No. 23 jersey entering the game off the bench. Conner Frankamp scored more points in high school than anybody in the history of basketball-rich Wichita. By Tom Keegan
Jayhawks to face 10th-seeded Stanford in Round of 32
Game to tip at 11:15 a.m. Sunday
08:25 p.m., March 21, 2014 Updated 11:35 p.m.
With a victory Friday over Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the second-seeded Kansas University men’s basketball team earned a date with No. 10 seed Stanford at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Andrew Wiggins even better than EKU expected
March 21, 2014
For the better part of the past two weeks, a couple of players on the Eastern Kentucky roster made Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins the focal point of just about every basketball thought they had. By Matt Tait
Police have two in custody, looking for one more after pursuit in southwest Lawrence
04:57 p.m., March 21, 2014 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Lawrence police are looking for a man who was one of at least three to flee following an attempted car stop near 27th and Inverness Friday afternoon.
Drone legislation takes off in Kansas Senate
March 21, 2014
Concerns over privacy and public safety were voiced Friday as a Senate committee advanced a bill aimed at regulating unmanned vehicles, or drones. By Scott Rothschild
Range fire in Lyon County burns 4K acres
March 21, 2014
A range fire has burned about 4,000 acres in east-central Kansas, injuring one firefighter.
Kansas Senate committee approves bill to limit conservation easements
March 21, 2014
A bill that would limit conservation easements, which have been used to preserve lands in the Flint Hills and elsewhere, was approved by a Senate committee on Thursday. By Scott Rothschild
House advances health care compact for Kansas
02:01 p.m., March 21, 2014 Updated 03:33 p.m.
A bill aimed at taking Kansas out of the Affordable Care Act was advanced by the House on Friday, but opponents said the measure could jeopardize health care for the nearly half million Kansans under Medicare. By Scott Rothschild
Charter school provision a mistake, GOP leaders admit
March 21, 2014
House Republican leaders said they didn’t mean to include an expansion of charter schools in a wide-ranging education bill to address a Supreme Court ruling on school finance. They plan to introduce a new bill next week, but education groups say they’re still concerned about many other provisions of the bill. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House rejects key change in evidence rules
March 21, 2014
Kansas House members have rejected a change in evidence rules for personal injury lawsuits sought by the state Chamber of Commerce before giving first-round approval to a bill also raising limits on some damages.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity names new executive director
March 21, 2014
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has a new executive director — and it’s a familiar face. Lori Harse will lead the local agency after serving the past six years as director operations and as an administrative assistant for a year before that.
Former KU football player, one of four charged in May 2013 robbery, sentenced to probation
March 21, 2014
District Judge Paula Martin sentenced Christopher Omigie to one year of probation on Friday, which he will serve while pursuing graduate school in Texas. Omigie pleaded guilty in January to an amended charge of felony theft, reduced from his initial aggravated robbery charge. By Stephen Montemayor
ECKAN to host 5K run, walk in late April
March 21, 2014
The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, ECKAN, will host a 5K walk and run April 26.
KU chancellor to be interviewed Monday as part of lecture series
March 21, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will be interviewed by the dean of the Pepperdine University law school later this month as part of the at the 2014 Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture series.
Kansas committee changes records bill
March 21, 2014
A Kansas Senate committee has substantially changed a measure that originally sought to make it easier for the public to get documents used to justify police searches and arrests.
KU announces new finalists for vice provost of diversity; campus visits start Monday
08:29 a.m., March 21, 2014 Updated 01:35 p.m.
Four finalists for vice provost for diversity and equity at Kansas University will give public presentations and take questions from faculty, staff and other members of the KU community over the next two weeks, the university said in a news release.
Today in Lawrence: Jayhawks tip off at 3:10 p.m. vs. EKU
March 21, 2014
The Kansas University Jayhawks face Eastern Kentucky this afternoon, possible Game 2 tomorrow, other weekend action.
Eric Stutz lone EKU non-bomb threat
March 21, 2014
On a team full of shooters, Eastern Kentucy forward Eric Stutz is the one guy the Kansas University basketball team probably won’t have to worry about behind the three-point line during today’s second-round NCAA Tournament game at Scottrade Center. By Matt Tait
Notebook: Wiggins ‘loved’ year at KU; Black wary of first foe
March 21, 2014
On a scale of 1 to 10, Andrew Wiggins rates his one-and-done season at Kansas University a “10.” “I loved it,” Wiggins said Thursday. By Gary Bedore
Column: Wiggins brothers relish St. Louis reunion
March 21, 2014
Nobody had more cause for celebration when Kansas University and Wichita State were sent to St. Louis to start this season’s NCAA Tournament than members of the Wiggins family. It became unnecessary for them to decide which son’s team to watch in person. Andrew, a freshman, leads KU in scoring. Nick, a senior, is seventh man for the Shockers. By Tom Keegan
Let’s dance: Naadir Tharpe motivated by last year’s loss to Michigan
March 21, 2014
On occasion, Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe lets his mind drift back to last year’s season-ending loss to Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: First-grader’s balloon takes long journey into Missouri
March 21, 2014
Vincent Clark had sent off the balloon as part of a massive launch by all East Heights elementary school students.
40 years ago: Late cold snap ruins prospects for local peaches
March 21, 2014
The temperature overnight had dropped to 15 degrees.
40 years ago: High school basketball tournament reaches ‘fever heat’
March 21, 2014
“Wildly yelling students went into ecstasies over the games which were fast and furious.”
House Republicans offer school finance fix
March 21, 2014
Republicans in the Kansas House are proposing to restore full funding of equalization aid for poor school districts. But the funding is tied to policy changes that include school choice programs and loosening certain requirements for obtaining a teaching license. The bill is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said parts of the current school funding mechanism are unconstitutional. By Peter Hancock
Free State baseball to open today at home
March 21, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team is looking to figure out its identity for the upcoming season after returning just six seniors from its Sunflower League championship team a year ago.
Reaney seventh in NCAA 200 IM
March 21, 2014
Lawrence native and Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney placed seventh in the 200 IM on Thursday at the NCAA swim championships.
KU tennis falls to Indiana, 5-2
March 21, 2014
Kansas University’s women’s tennis team fell to Indiana, 5-2, on Thursday. Paula Los claimed the Jayhawks’ lone singles victory, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (7) over Alecia Kauss. KU also won the doubles point. Dylan Windom teamed with Los, and Claire Dreyer teamed with Morgan Barnhill for doubles victories.
Angels slip past Royals
March 21, 2014
Albert Pujols and Mike Trout homered to back Jered Weaver and help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, on Thursday.
Man sentenced to probation for January Sandbar Subs break-in
March 21, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to criminal trespassing and theft charges in connection with a break-in earlier this year at Sandbar Sub Shop, 745 New Hampshire St.
Editorial: Registration needed?
Does Lawrence need a new rental registration system to enforce city code requirements that already exist?
March 21, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners at next Tuesday’s meeting are expected to vote to approve a new ordinance designed to correct and improve conditions at thousands of rental units in the city.
Opinion: Russia efficient in Crimea action
March 21, 2014
From the photographs we’ve seen of the Russian special operations, or “Spetsnaz,” troops that intervened in Crimea, several things are obvious: They’re secretive, moving without insignia and often covering their faces; they’re disciplined and they’re decisive.
Your turn: Legislature ties funding to court policy
March 21, 2014
Last year, several legislators crafted a proposal for changing the constitutional process chosen by the people of Kansas for selecting Supreme Court justices. These legislators sought endorsements by the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA).
Lawrence woman finds success later in life with catering business run out of her garage
March 21, 2014
Sometimes late-in-life career changes work. Just ask Dianna Keller, a Lawrence woman who started a catering business out of her garage a few years back. By Giles Bruce
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 20
March 21, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, March 20.