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Too close to call between Romney, Santorum in Iowa By Steven Thomma McClatchy Newspapers
DES MOINES, IOWA — Iowa Republicans split closely between Mitt Romney and upstart Rick Santorum on Tuesday, launching a con-
tentious battle for the right to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the fall. With 99 percent of the votes counted, Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and Santorum, the former senator from Penn-
sylvania, each had 25 percent and were separated by fewer than 10 votes. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was a close third, with 21 percent. Trailing in the second tier were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in fourth place,
Texas Gov. Rick Perry in fifth and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota in sixth. Perry announced that he’ll return to Texas to assess his campaign, likely a step toward dropping out. Bachmann’s campaign also appeared on life support.
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to and from Joseph’s treatments and their Kansas City, Mo., home. “There was a time in our lives when this building was just another building on the route down Main Street, and now we understand that it is so much more,” he said. The Community Blood Center serves 70 hospitals in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Children’s Mercy Hospital, and it must collect at least 580 pints of blood every day to meet the region’s needs.
A deal is a deal, even if it is a few years late. At least that’s how a majority of Lawrence city commissioners felt Tuesday evening as they gave preliminary approval to make $280,000 in payments to a Lawrence development group that is building a seven-story apartment and office building at the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. On a 4-1 vote, commissioners agreed to make 10 annual payments of $28,000 to reimburse a development group led by Lawrence businessman Doug Compton for various public improvements — everything from street lights to sideCITY walks — that were made COMMISSION as part of the apartment/office project. The incentive request has been lingering at City Hall for more than a year, and it came with a complication: Developers didn’t ask for the incentive until after they already had started construction on the project. That brought questions from the public about why the incentive should be offered. On Tuesday, city commissioners acknowledged the unusual timing made the request politically difficult. “Obviously, this would be a lot easier discussion if we were talking about a drawing on a wall, and the question was whether we wanted this project to happen,” City Commissioner Bob Schumm said. “The question then would be whether it is worth $28,000 a year to get a $10 million building? I think that would be a pretty easy decision.” Not for everyone. Commissioners did hear opposition from a taxpayer advocate who said the deal wasn’t fiscally responsible and from neighbors who currently are fighting another Compton-led project to build a multistory hotel on the
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THOMAS CHARLES KISSES HIS SON, JOSEPH, after a press conference Tuesday at the Community Blood Center in Kansas City, Mo. Joseph, 4, got a chance to meet some people who donated blood to help him battle cancer.
Parents thank blood donors who saved their son’s life By Karrey Britt
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KANSAS CITY, MO. — Thomas and Angela Charles had the rare opportunity Tuesday to thank eight people who helped save their 4-yearold son’s life by donating blood. As Thomas stood before the donors at a podium inside the Community Blood Center during a media event, he fought back tears and tried to keep his composure as he expressed his gratitude and talked about his son’s 14-month battle with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that develops from nerve tissue. His
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tumor formed in the adrenal gland. “We don’t like to talk about statistics. In fact, we hate it, and we were told that the odds were not on our side,” Thomas said. “We were told Joseph’s was an aggressive, mean
JOSEPH CHARLES, 4, plays with a toy police car that was given to him by David Mellott, who’s a police officer at Fort Leavenworth. Mellott, of Basehor, was one of Joseph’s blood donors.
cancer and that it would require an even more aggressive treatment protocol.” Joseph endured high doses of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor, a stem-cell transplant, radiation and six months of immunotherapy. He also lost his right kidney. He spent 121 days in the hospital and received 14 red-blood transfusions and nine platelet transfusions. Thomas estimated that his family had made more than 230 trips by the Community Blood Center at 4040 Main St. on their way
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TOPEKA — An election law written by Secretary of State Kris Kobach that requires photo identification to vote and other restrictions is raising new concerns about absentee voting. Under the law, county election officials must decide whether the signature on a request for an advance ballot matches the person’s previous signature that could be on a voter registra-
tion form or another type of identification. If it doesn’t, the election official must make an effort to con- Kobach tact that person to give them another attempt at signing the application. But Rep. Ed Trimmer, DWinfield, said the law and its accompanying rules and reg-
ulations failed to prescribe how much of an effort the county election official must make to track down the potential voter and clear up the dispute. “This gives a lot of leeway to the election officer,” Trimmer said. He said many times, people who request advance ballots will be difficult to reach because they requested an advance ballot knowing they would be elsewhere around the time of the election. Legislators said there
could be good reasons that a person’s signature requesting an advance ballot looks different from a previous signature. The person’s ability to sign their name could be affected by age or illness, they said. But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican who pushed for the new law, said he believed Kansas’ county election officers would make a good faith effort to ensure those who are eligible to vote will receive an advance ballot.
Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, however, wasn’t assured. “My level of discomfort is getting higher and higher,” Winn said. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said his office sometimes receives signatures on advance ballot applications that don’t look the same, and he contacts the applicant. He said it is usually a situation where a husband signs for a wife or vice versa and Please see VOTING, page 2A
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DEATHS ELEANOR MARIE EDMONDS A Celebration of Life Service for Eleanor Marie Edmonds, 90, of Blue Springs, Mo., formerly of Oskaloosa, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Nortonville. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Pleasant
View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. She died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs. The family will meet friends one hour prior to services at the church.
GORDON B. SAILORS A memorial service for Gordon Byron Sailors, 94, Topeka, is planned for a later date. Mr. Sailors died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at StormontVail Regional Health Center in Topeka. He was born in 1917 in Rosalie, Neb., the son of Byron and Julia Octavia Day Sailors. He attended high school in Leonardville. Mr. Sailors graduated from Pittsburg State University with a teaching degree in 1940 and a master’s degree in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy at the Great Lakes Navy Center during World War II training troops in physical education. Mr. Sailors was a lifelong educator. He began his career in Elmdale and then taught and coached at Highland Park High School from 1951 to 1961 and Topeka West High School from 1961 to 1971. Mr. Sailors was honored as Kansas Industrial Arts Teacher of the year as well as Kansas Driver Education Instructor of the Year. He also served the state of Kansas as deputy fire marshal as well as an administrator for civil defense training and education. He was a lifetime member of the National Education Association. Mr. Sailors was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Topeka, where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher. He was also active in Topeka Wood Carvers as well as the International Wood Collectors Society, where he served as president. Mr. Sailors volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and each summer provided the Topeka Rescue Mission with
fruit and vegetables from his garden. Mr. Sailors was an avid bridge player and Royals baseball fan. He designed lamps and Sailors mementoes from major league baseball bats for numerous American League players. He also played on a national fastpitch softball team while serving in the U.S. Navy and managed and played softball in Topeka for more than 40 years. He married Virginia Ford Davis in May 1940. She survives and resides at Presbyterian Manor of Topeka. Other survivors include two sisters, Geraldine Frazier, Springfield, Mo., and Mary Jane Oberhelman, Riley; a son, Gordie and wife Paula Kellogg, Perry; a daughter, Elizabeth Durham and companion Joe Del Balso, Mountain Top, Pa.; five grandchildren, Michelle Sailors, Tony Sailors, Daniel Sailors, Molly Sailors and Jordan Durham; and two great-grandchildren, William and Christopher Musterman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Lot William, and his daughter, Karen Virginia Wagner. The family suggests memorials to the Topeka Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 8350, Topeka, KS 66608 or Let’s Help Inc., 200 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603. Dove Cremation & Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at dovecremation.com.
RUSSEL SPOHN FREDONIA —A graveside service for Russel Spohn, 81, a lifelong resident of Fredonia, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fredonia City Cemetery with the Rev.
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clear evening, a quadrennial showcase of democracy that often winnows the field of candidates while sending top finishers off to the rest of the country. Turnout was close to the record 118,000 who showed up in 2008. Both Romney and Santorum looked ahead with reason for optimism — and challenges to their hopes. Romney emerged in a strong position thanks in part to the relative weakness of his top rivals going forward. Paul told supporters Tuesday evening that he’s the only other candidate who can wage a national campaign. “We’re going to keep scoring,” he said. But his isolationist foreign policy makes it very unlikely he could win the nomination. Moreover, Iowans did not rally to either Gingrich or Perry, among the best suited to test Romney coast to coast. Gingrich has fame and unrivaled debate skills; Perry had money. Yet Romney still faces questions from conservatives — despite four years of work, he could not increase his share of the Iowa vote from 2008. And his barrage of negative ads against Gingrich is drawing rage from Gingrich, who vowed to fight back starting today. Santorum managed to finish strong thanks to a long, faceto-face campaign in Iowa, and he could rally support as the conservative alternative to Romney. “Thank you so much Iowa,” he said late Tuesday. But Santorum lacks money and organization in later voting states. He did not, for example, make the primary ballot
Gene Benefiel officiating. Mr. Spohn, the father of Roger Spohn of Lawrence, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home.
in Virginia. And his evangelical base is less influential in other states than in Iowa. The campaign races next to the East Coast for a rapid-fire series of contests that might be called the Interstate 95 primary, with primary elections in New Hampshire on Jan. 10, in South Carolina on Jan. 21, and in Florida on Jan. 31. Romney dominates in New Hampshire polls, so much so that anything less than a landslide win by him there could be seen as a setback. New Hampshire is more liberal than Iowa, much less interested in social issues than the Hawkeye State, and much more challenging to social conservatives. It’s also very familiar with Romney, who has a summer home there and governed next door. He leads by a better than 2-to-1 margin over Paul and nearly 3-to-1 over Gingrich. Gingrich and Paul both will challenge Romney on his home turf. Gingrich arrives in New Hampshire this morning and vows to hammer Romney as a closet liberal. Santorum also heads to New Hampshire today, eager to prove that his late surge into the top tier in Iowa was not an isolated event because of his long campaigning there. He visited all 99 Iowa counties. Whether all the candidates make it further is an open question, particularly for Bachmann. The woman who won a straw poll of Iowa Republicans in August and briefly held first place in the polls all but collapsed in recent weeks. She announced that she’d forge ahead, calling Iowa “the very first chapter” and scheduling campaign events in South Carolina today, Thursday and Friday. She also looked to the two nationally televised debates in New Hampshire as a last, free chance to turn things around.
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southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire. “Right now in this state, and potentially in this country, we’re massively cutting our support for the poor and the elderly, but we’re being asked to provide social support for the rich,” said Town Peterson, who lives east of the project. Ultimately, commissioners said they were comfortable providing the incentive because they believe a previous City Commission already had set the expectation that new development in the 900 block of New Hampshire would receive public assistance. In 2000, city commissioners created a Tax Increment Finance District for much of the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. The district entitled
the city for the next 20 years to collect much of the county’s and school district’s share of property taxes on any new developments in the district. The agreement called for the city to use those tax collections to pay for public infrastructure. A $7 million public parking garage was the largest piece of infrastructure, but the city also took out about $900,000 worth of debt to reimburse developers for public infrastructure related to future projects in the block. But the city expected those projects to be completed by 2005. The fact that this project didn’t come forward until 2010 created a concern for city staff members. After 2005, the city believed future development may not be coming for the block and used the $900,000 to make debt payments on the parking garage. Commissioners, though, said the city can still afford to provide the incentive be-
L AWRENCE J OURNAL -W ORLD cause the new building will add about $265,000 a year in taxes to the city’s coffers. City Commissioner Mike Amyx voted against the incentive because he said city taxpayers already have had to pay more for the parking garage than was anticipated. New taxes from private development were expected to pay for about half of the $7 million garage. The taxes from new development, however, have paid less than $100,000 a year on the project, city officials estimated. “It is hard for me to say we’re going to grant this request knowing that we’re still going to have to come up with money to pay for the parking garage,” Amyx said. Commissioners will finalize the incentive deal in the coming weeks when staff members produce a formal agreement for developers to sign. — City reporter Chad Lawhorn can be reached at 832-6362. Follow him at Twitter.com/clawhorn_ljw.
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“Never in a million years when we were signing the consent form for that first blood transfusion did I think we would be able to thank the people who donated blood to Joseph, and so we are honored and privileged to do that today,” Thomas said, struggling to speak the words. “From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say thank you.” One by one, the donors came forward and received a hug or handshake from each parent, a handshake from Joseph’s twin brother, Patrick, and a smile from Joseph, who is now in remission. Among them was Basehor resident David Mellott, 43, a police officer at Fort Leavenworth, who has regularly donated blood for 20 years. He gave Joseph a toy police car and a pat on the head. “Even after all of these years, I still don’t like the initial stick, but I know it’s going to help someone,” he said. “I just wish more people would donate.” The other donors expressed the same sentiments. Stuart Meurer, 28, just moved to Kansas City from Texas three years ago and donates blood when the center has a drive at his church. He felt a special bond with Joseph because he is a twin, too. “I understand the bond that twins can have, so I hope he does well in the future not only for him but for his brother and his family,” Meurer said. And for John Naylor, of Overland Park, the meeting was an early birthday gift; he turns 49 this week. Naylor has been donating blood since he was a high school student, and now four of his five children donate blood as well. He said his youngest child likely will donate once he turns 16, the minimum age to donate. “When you donate blood, you think that it going to help somebody and you hope it is, but here today to
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once they are contacted they make the necessary correction, he said. Shew said in his discussions with other election officials he was confident they will “go above and beyond” to ensure that no one who is eligible to vote is denied the opportunity cast a ballot. But, he said, that during presidential elections, which
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ANGELA CHARLES, RIGHT, HUGS one of the many donors who came to meet her son Joseph at the Community Blood Center.
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BLOOD DONATIONS SOUGHT January is National Blood Donor Month because donations decrease this time of year because of the holidays, weather and illnesses. The Kansas City, Mo.-based Community Blood Center is no exception. David Graham, vice president of donor and hospital services, said they’ve experienced about a 40 percent drop in donations, yet, unfortunately, the demand remains the same. The center supplies blood to 70 area hospitals, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital. One donation, which is about a pint, can help two hospital patients. The center must collect at least 580 pints of blood every day to meet the region’s needs. The American Red Cross, which supplies blood to nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide, also needs donations. The Central Plains Blood Services Region supplies blood to most Kansas hospitals
and northern Oklahoma. There are several blood drives scheduled in Lawrence. The Community Blood Center’s are:
Jan. 17 — 9 a.m.-noon, Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
Feb. 3 — 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Lawrence School District parking lot, 110 McDonald Drive.
Feb. 13 — 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Lawrence Board of Realtors parking lot, 3838 W. Sixth St.
Feb. 23 — 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The American Red Cross is having a drive:
Tuesday — noon-6 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact:
American Red Cross — 800733-2767 or redcrossblood.org.
Community Blood Center — 888-647-4040 or savealifenow. org.
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have the heaviest voter turnout, “your ability to follow up may be affected by how much is on your plate at that moment.” In 2010, nearly 30 percent of all votes cast statewide, including 18 percent in Douglas County, were in advance, according to the secretary of state’s office. In 2008, the last presidential election, that percentage was 36.8 percent statewide, or 464,822 votes, and 32.7 percent in Douglas County, or 18,207 votes. Kansas is among a handful of states that have approved
laws requiring photo identification to vote and other requirements. But Kobach said Kansas has done more than any other state “to close loopholes on advanced voting.” Last month, the U.S. Justice Department rejected South Carolina’s law requiring voters to show ID at the polls, and a similar law in Texas is under review. The Justice Department said the South Carolina law could suppress the voting rights of minorities. — Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can be reached at 785-423-0668.
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Iran defiant amid appeals for sanctions
Iran closed out naval war games in the Gulf on Tuesday much the way they began last month: striking a tone of military defiance while Western powers rallied behind tougher oil and financial sanctions as a crippling tool against Tehran’s nuclear program. The standoff atmosphere — less than a week after Iran warned it could block one of the world’s key oil tanker sea lanes in response to economic pressures — appeared to deepen further with an Iranian general suggesting a U.S. aircraft carrier is not welcome to return to the Gulf. In Paris, meanwhile, France’s foreign minister said there is “no doubt” that Iran is moving toward a nuclear weapon and urged Europe to match America’s tighter sanctions set in motion last week. Alain Juppe said the measures could include targeting Iran’s Central Bank and imposing an Iranian oil embargo.
TOPEKA — House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, forwarded to fellow Republicans an email that refers to President Barack Obama and a Bible verse that says “Let his days be few and brief.” But the speaker’s office said Tuesday that the email was referring to the president’s days in office. The email, which has been posted in various places on the
Internet, refers to a bumper sticker that reads “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8.” Psalm 109:8 says, “Let his days be few and brief; and O’Neal let others step forward to replace him.” The email states: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word
for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!” Asked about the email by the Lawrence Journal-World, Alyson Rodee, communications director for the speaker’s office, said, “The email is a forward expressing the desire for the President’s days in office to be short so he is replaced by someone which the Speaker agrees with on the issues — in America we have the opportunity for a
peaceful transfer of power every four years. This email is about prayer expressing what Republicans around the country are working toward — voting into office a likeminded president in 2012.” House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, had a bit of advice for O’Neal. “Beware of what you forward on email and how it can be interpreted,” he said. — Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can be reached at 785-423-0668.
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Taliban to open office in Qatar The Taliban announced Tuesday that they will open an office in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar to hold talks with the United States, an unprecedented step toward a peace process that might lead to a winding down of the 10-year war in Afghanistan. Although U.S. and Taliban representatives have met secretly several times over the past year in Europe and the Persian Gulf, this is the first time the Islamist insurgent group has publicly expressed willingness for substantive negotiations. In recent months, the idea of a Taliban political office in the Qatari capital of Doha has become a central element in U.S. efforts to draw the insurgents into such talks. The idea is to give the Taliban more legitimacy to negotiate in a location that presumably would at least partly shield them from Pakistani pressure. 3 | JORDAN
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Israelis, Palestinians to resume talks
The first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators in more than a year ended without any significant breakthroughs Tuesday, but in a small sign of progress, the sides agreed to continue the dialogue, officials said. Resumption of any kind of contacts would be an important achievement, though Israel and the Palestinians remain far from agreement on key issues to resolve their decades-long conflict. The 15-month breakdown in negotiations has seen a progressive souring of the atmosphere, and earlier Tuesday, the Palestinian president had warned of taking tough measures against Israel if talks don’t resume by Jan. 26. Jordan’s foreign minister, Nasser Judeh, who hosted Tuesday’s gathering in the Jordanian capital Amman, expressed some hope. “The important thing is the two sides have met face to face today,” he said.
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A WOMAN KISSES A CHILD who was injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Two Overbrook women, Highway 56 west of Worden. Five people were injured in the wreck. BELOW: Kansas Highway Patrol a Missouri woman and two troopers investigate the accident scene. Baldwin City children were injured in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 56 in southwestern lances to area hospitals. The Children’s Mercy Hospital in win City, was not injured. Douglas County. two children were passengers Kansas City, Mo. The crash occurred at 1 Master Trooper Scott White in an eastbound pickup truck “For an unknown reason, p.m. in the 700 block of U.S. of the Kansas Highway Patrol that was struck by the west- the van went left of center and Highway 56, which is west of said the three adults who were bound minivan, White said. hit the pickup head on,” White Worden. Division Chief Eve traveling in a minivan suffered The children’s injuries were said. Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas critical injuries and were flown not as serious, and they were The pickup truck’s driver, Please see CRASH, page 4A via separate helicopter ambu- taken by ground ambulance to Darren S. Othick, 45, of Bald-
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Man arrested in firebomb attack A man who confessed to a string of arson attacks at an Islamic cultural center and four other sites on New Year’s Day was arrested on a hate crime charge, police said. Ray Lazier Lengend was arrested Tuesday on charges including one count of arson as a hate crime, four counts of arson and five counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said. He was being held by police and couldn’t be reached for comment. There was no information on whether he has a lawyer. Police spokesman Paul Browne said Lengend made statements implicating himself in the attacks and had personal grievances with each targeted location. Crude firebombs were tossed into a convenience store, two homes in Queens, a home in nearby Nassau County and the Islamic center. 5 | BEIRUT
Sarkozy accuses Assad of ‘massacres’ French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a new call Tuesday for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down because of massacres by his regime, and an Arab League official said it will discuss withdrawing an observer mission to the country because of the ongoing bloodshed. While the Arab League said some progress was seen in Syria by the team of monitors who began working last week, it noted that the mission was still in its early stages. But Sarkozy insisted that Assad “must leave power.” “The massacres being committed by the Syrian regime rightly arouse disgust and revolt in the Arab world, in France, in Europe and everywhere in the world,” Sarkozy said in a New Year’s address at a navy air base in Lanveoc-Poulmic, France.
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Dahl should by all rights subscribe to the familiar EMAW slogan reverberating out of Manhattan these days. Every Man a Wildcat? Not anymore. Dahl is a converted Jayhawk. “It’s nothing bad about K-State,” says Dahl, who works as controller and
payroll administrator for a hotel company in Lawrence. “It’s just that KU is better overall.” After seeing the light, the KSU alumnus admits to living an odd existence as a full-fledged citizen of Jayhawk Nation, complete with Rock Chalk Jayhawk Please see FAN, page 4A
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Democrats postpone unveiling funding plan By Scott Rothschild firstname.lastname@example.org
TOPEKA — Democratic legislators have postponed unveiling their school funding plan. State Democratic leaders decided to push back the announcement that had been scheduled for today in response to a reported major announcement by Boeing in Wichita that was scheduled for this morning. The education announcement will be made at a later date. The proposal will be in contrast to one by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican. Legislators will consider school funding during the 2012 session that starts Monday. Brownback’s plan would elimDavis inate state limits on local property taxes for education, do away with a system of providing funds based on student needs, such as being at-risk of failing, and provide no additional dollars to nearly all of the state’s midsized and large districts. House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said the Democratic proposal will focus on trying to restore recent budget cuts to schools. Democrats have argued that the current formula of distributing funds to schools is fine, but that system is underfunded. In recent years, base state aid has been cut to $3,780 per student, the lowest level in a decade and far short of the level state law called for to be in compliance with Kansas Supreme Court rulings that funding must be tied to the actual cost of providing an education.
Boeing plans employee meeting amid closure study WICHITA (AP) — A decision about the possible closure of the Boeing Co.’s defense plant in Wichita appeared imminent after a mandatory meeting for all employees was set for today at the facility. Boeing officials said in November that the company was studying whether to close the Wichita facility, which specializes in modifying commercial aircraft for military or government operations, in order to address Pentagon budget cuts. The company said it would make an announcement by early this year, fueling speculation that decision will be the topic of the employee meeting. Jarrod Bartlett, spokesman for Boeing in Wichita, confirmed the employee meeting
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A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered a 27-year-old Lawrence man to face a trial on a rape charge, prosecutors said. District Judge Kay Huff heard the prosecution’s evidence in the case Tuesday during a preliminary hearing. He was charged in December after a female roommate, 22, accused him of assaulting her at their residence in north-central Lawrence. The alleged incident occurred early Dec. 10. Prosecutors accuse the man of committing the crime while the victim was “unconscious or physically powerless.” A trial is scheduled for March 6, and he remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.
but declined further comment. The anticipated announcement comes just two weeks after U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo told reporters that a top Boeing official had told him the firm plans to do modi- Pompeo fications on the Air Force refueling tankers at its plant in Washington state rather than Wichita. Boeing also intends to move maintenance work on Air Force One out of Wichita to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. Boeing won a decade-long fight for Pentagon approval to build 179 refueling tank-
ers worth at least $35 billion, a project long touted as being able to create some 7,500 direct and indirect jobs in Kansas with an overall economic impact of $388 million. The study of plant’s future has now raised fears about the existing 2,100 jobs at the facility. Boeing has had a facility in Wichita since 1929 when it bought the Stearman Aircraft Co. In 2005, Boeing spun off its commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. At that time, the company still had roughly 15,000 employees in Wichita. After the divestiture, Boeing retained 4,500 workers for its defense work in Wichita but layoffs since have slashed that remaining workforce.
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County Fire Medical spokeswoman, said the three adults were extricated from the van. Joann O’Brien, 76, of Overbrook, was the driver of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan. She was taken to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. Her two passengers were Jamie Ullery, 47, of Overbrook, and Alice Beatty, 51, Independence, Mo. Ullery and Beatty were both taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. The children in the truck
Making the switch? Here’s some advice from Terry Dahl for any other Wildcats looking to join Jayhawk Nation: 1. Be open and upfront about it. Dahl sent an email to family and friends, and he encourages others not to be shy coming out of the purple closet. “It feels better when you get it off your chest,” he says. 2. Fair-weather fandom? Forget it. “I’m totally against that type of behavior. You have to be on board: All KU or all K-State. One way or the other. It’s weak, in my own mind, to root for KU in basketball and K-State in football.” 3. Shed the purple fashion — the T-shirts, the ’Cat paws and everything else. “I got rid of it. There isn’t anything purple in my house. If somebody’s truly a KU fan or a K-State fan, you shouldn’t have clothing from the other school.” the purple paraphernalia is gone, donated through his church to others less fortunate. Even his KSU degree is packed away somewhere, far less accessible than his more than 27 KU T-shirts and dozens of KU jackets, hats, shorts, socks and other accoutrements that support his newfound fate. “A lot of people think it’s really weird,” Dahl admits. “I can totally understand that.” But it’s reality, as the Jayhawks and Wildcats prepare to tip off yet another edition of their Sunflower Showdown tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. Of course, he’s counting on his adopted team to topple his lower-ranked alma mater. “This isn’t one of KU’s better teams, and K-State is scaring me. I’ve been real impressed with what they did in Hawaii,” says Dahl, of the Wildcats’ recent championship at the Diamond Head Classic. “It’s going to be a very tight game but I’ll say KU wins, because it’s in Allen.” Spoken like a true Jayhawk. — Schools reporter Mark Fagan can be reached at 832-7188. Follow him at Twitter.com/MarkFaganLJW.
were Kara and Caleb Othick, ages 10 and 12. Everyone in the crash wore their seat belts. White said the cause of the crash was still under investigation. Both lanes of the highway reopened east of Overbrook by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, after the highway was closed for about two hours, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. — Reporter George Diepenbrock can be reached at 832-7144. Follow him at Twitter.com/gdiepenbrock. — Chief photographer Mike Yoder contributed.
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shirts, a “ksugrad4KU” online moniker and a steadfast allegiance to all things Crimson and Blue. He’s even a card-carrying member of the Kansas University Alumni Association, despite never having attended a class on Mount Oread, at the Edwards Campus near his Overland Park home or anywhere else where Jayhawks are educated. “KU is just a better school,” he says. “And it’s not just sports.” Dahl’s self-described “conversion” came back in 2004, less than a year after he’d worn purple and cheered for the Wildcats while attending Kansas State’s Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma in Kansas City, Mo. Attending games at Memorial Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse will do that to you, he says. The fan commitment. The waving wheat. The Rock Chalk Chant. Factor in what he considers superiority in athletics — KU leads the all-time series in both football and men’s basketball — to go along with stronger academics, a livelier social life, a more pleasing campus and better surround— Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can ings and, well, he couldn’t be reached at 785-423-0668. help changing teams from an allegiance perspective. That his wife, Beth, also happens to be a KU graduate, fan and of JayOfficials: Man died from descendant hawks might have accidental shooting helped, although he suspects other Franklin County Sheriff’s inforces might have vestigators said a 56-year-old helped fuel an inWellsville man died in an actervention. cidental shooting last weekend “She thinks it was just a at his home. midlife crisis,” says Dahl, Sheriff’s officials had said who received his K-State earlier they were investigating degree in 1985, married his the death of Sean Thomson as Jayhawk a decade later and a homicide, but that was out then, in 2002, contracted of caution because Thomson colon cancer. “Now I really, was home alone at the time honestly, don’t think it has of the shooting. Officers were anything to do with it, but called about 1 p.m. Saturday maybe it was all that chemo to his home in the 200 block and radiation that made me of Downey Lane in Wellsville. change.” He later died at Olathe Medical Dahl — now cancer free — Center. certainly hadn’t expected to Master Deputy Jerrod Fredconvert. ricks, a sheriff’s spokesman, His entire family had atsaid Tuesday morning that tended K-State. His folks investigators believe Thomson met at Kite’s, a popular bar was handling the gun when it in Aggieville. His dad even accidentally fired. had coached soon-to-be-KSU According to his obituary, legend Lon Kruger as a high Thomson worked for 20 years school basketball player at at Liberty Hall in downtown Silver Lake High School. Lawrence. These days, though, all
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Why does the JournalWorld no longer carry the Leonard Pitts syndicated column? It was the MARQUETTE (AP) — A beagle best one on the Opinion page but I have not seen it for over that had been running wild at a central Kansas lake since a month. he escaped his owner during Leonard Pitts often a hunting trip in November takes some time off has been captured by a conduring the holidays. cerned local resident who His column last ran in the feared the dog wouldn’t last Journal-World on Dec. 7 and the winter. is scheduled to resume today. Yancy Trostle of Salina lured the 15-pound dog, originally named Clay Boy, into a trap at Lake Kanopolis using a pork chop Dec. 31, The Salina Journal reported. Trostle renamed the dog Buddy and plans to keep him. He said he first saw the dog when he nearly ran him over as he drove along Kansas Highway 141. “We were going to the cabin, and the dog ran out in front of me. I just about rolled my truck,” he said. “I hollered at him, and he took off running down the highway.” SOUND OFF Park rangers, mainteIf you have a question, call nance workers and resi832-7297 or send email to dents had been keeping an eye out for the dog since email@example.com. he fled his original owner, from South Carolina, and many left food out for him. Buddy was sometimes seen
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several pre-session meetings are on tap. The Douglas County legislative delegation will hear from Lawrence police called in area organizations about their a bomb squad from Leavenneeds from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. worth County to remove an Thursday in the curriculum object from a Lawrence womconference room of the Lawan’s deck Saturday morning. rence Public Schools Building, Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police 110 McDonald Drive. spokesman, said the woman And on Monday, just hours who lives at Gaslight Village before the start of the session, Mobile Home Park, 1900 W. the public is invited to attend 31st St., called police about the Lawrence Chamber of 7:30 a.m. Saturday when she Commerce legislative preview found the object. breakfast. Sarna said officers arrived and That will start at 7:30 a.m. then called in the bomb squad, at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. Many of which removed the object. the Douglas County legislators “We’re always very cautious are expected to attend. in case it was some type of Tickets are $20 for Chamber improvised device,” Sarna said. of Commerce members and No one was injured. He said $25 for non-members. Tickets the device would be examined may be purchased online at further as part of the investigalawrencechamber.com no later tion. Police have not identified than Thursday. any suspects. The Legislative Preview Breakfast is the first in a series Woman arrested after of events designed to improve communication and exchange fight at Burrito King of information among the busiA 24-year-old Lawrence ness community, residents and woman was arrested Sunday legislators. It will be followed by on an aggravated battery “Eggs & Issues” breakfasts feacharge after another woman turing Kansas House and Senate was injured during an altercaleadership. The first two “Eggs & tion in the Burrito King, 900 Ill., Issues” are scheduled for 8 a.m. drive-thru lane. Feb. 4 and March 3. Tickets are Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence $15 for chamber members and police spokesman, said the fight $20 for non-members. occurred at 2:20 a.m. Sunday after a 31-year-old Lawrence Kansan convicted on woman’s vehicle rolled and bath salts drug charge struck the vehicle in front of her. Sarna said the 24-year-old LINCOLN, NEB. — A federal woman and another passenger jury has convicted a Kansas got out of the vehicle. As the man for possessing a form of 31-year-old woman exited her a synthetic drug often called vehicle, the two suspects began “bath salts.” battering her. The Lincoln Journal Star reThe 31-year-old woman was ports that the drug and another taken to Lawrence Memocalled K2 were found in a car rial Hospital with injuries not driven by Steven Sullivan, of believed to be life-threatening. Lawrence, Kan., when he was Police later located the 24-yearstopped for speeding in southold woman and arrested her, but east Nebraska on Oct. 27, 2010. officers did not find the second The “bath salts” wasn’t yet suspect, Sarna said. on a law enforcement list of According to jail records, controlled substances. the 24-year-old woman posted But he was convicted last $750 bond and was given noweek for possessing a “structice to appear in court Jan. 12 tural analogue” of the drug if she’s formally charged. The with intent to distribute. Journal-World generally does Prosecutors say that what not identify suspects unless Sullivan possessed was they are formally charged. substantially similar to the chemical structure of an illegal Local legislators set up substance, has an effect similar to the controlled substance pre-session meetings and has a substantially similar With the 2012 legislative effect on the human body. session set to start Monday, Sentencing is set for March.
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LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT • A 46-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested on sex crime charges last week posted $25,000 bond over the weekend, according to Douglas County Jail records. The man was given notice to appear in court Jan. 12. Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges against the man. Lawrence police were notified
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running with a herd of deer. Deputy Salina Police Chief Carson Mansfield, who owns a cabin at the lake, said the South Carolina man had tried to find the dog but eventually left for home. The dog managed to steal food from several live traps without being caught, but snow and freezing temperatures along with area predators including coyotes, bobcats and eagles were raising concerns. “He survived at least in part by being evasive,” Mansfield said of Buddy. “That was almost his downfall, because people couldn’t catch him.” Worried about the harsh conditions, Mansfield put together a “calorie bomb” that included a ham bone and fat poured over dog food. The dog managed to eat it over a week’s time but again evaded capture. Last Friday, Trostle set a live trap — combining a cage, rope, sticks and the pork chop — that secured the beagle. During breakfast on New Year’s Eve, he heard the sound of a gate slamming shut. Trostle ran outside and found the skinny dog in the trap.
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about the case about noon Thursday and arrested him 12 hours later on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy. Investigations are working with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services workers. The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.
HOSPITAL BIRTHS Taylor Barber, Lawrence, a boy, Monday. Megan and Patrick Leopold, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday. Christina and Johnny Foster, Lawrence, a boy, Tuesday. J.T. and Kara Messinese, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
County to mull rec facility plans By Aaron Couch firstname.lastname@example.org
At their first meeting of the new year, Douglas County commissioners today will consider issuing a conditional-use permit for Good Earth Gatherings, a recreational facility that would provide outreach and education on sustainable and healthy living. Property owner Tamara Fairbanks-Ishmael seeks to use 10.5 acres at 858 East 1500 Road for the facility. Related retail items would be sold on the property. In November, Fairbanks-Ishmael told the Journal-World if the permit were approved, she would like to begin holding classes by next fall. At least one neighbor has expressed concern that the facility would cause unwanted traffic in the rural area, which is about a half-mile west of the South Lawrence Trafficway on West 15th Street, if it were extended into the county. The meeting is set for 6:35 p.m. today at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. Commissioners also will:
Receive long-term 2012 plans from the Planning Commission on projects in the county and hear updates on existing projects.
Consider approving a contract with Kansas Gas Service to move a natural gas line because it’s near a planned reconstruction project on one mile of Douglas County Road 1055 between U.S. Highway 56 in Baldwin City and Douglas County Road 12, which also is known as the State Lake Road. Moving the line would cost $9,461.
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Obama applauds help of Iowa Democrats By Ken Thomas and Luke Meredith Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Confronting his Republican opponents, President Barack Obama told Iowa Democrats on Tuesday that the stakes of the 2012 election are much higher than when the state launched his presidential bid four years ago. “We’re battling millions of dollars of negative advertising and lobObama byists and special interests who don’t want to see the change that you worked so hard to fully take root,” Obama said in a teleconference with Democrats attending precinct caucuses. “And that’s why this time out is going to be, in some ways, more important than the first time out.” Obama outlined his progress during the first term, telling activists in the live video link that because of their support, the Iraq War ended, a major health care overhaul bill was signed into law and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays was no longer in use. “The problems that we’ve been dealing with over the last three years, they didn’t happen overnight and we’re not going to fix them overnight,” Obama said. Democrats estimated that more than 25,000 Iowans attended Democratic caucuses. Obama wasted little time getting back in front of voters following a Hawaiian vacation spent largely out of the spotlight. Today, Obama will travel to Cleveland for an event focused on the economy.
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HEATHER PETERS, who says her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid never achieved the 50 mpg Honda claimed in its advertising, has opted out of a class action settlement agreed to by Honda because it does not provide enough remuneration.
Woman sues Honda in small claims court
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TORRANCE, CALIF. — A Los Angeles woman who expected her hybrid Honda Civic to be a high-mileage machine wants the automaker to pay for not delivering the 50 mpg it promised. But rather than being one of thousands in a class-action lawsuit, she took her case Tuesday to small claims court. Experts said Heather Peters has a better chance of winning her case in a court with more relaxed standards and could get a payout many times higher than the few hundred dollars offered to class-action plaintiffs. Peters said she’s been contacted by hundreds of owners who also want to take their chances with small claims, where there are no attorneys’ fees and cases are decided quickly. “If I prevail and get $10,000, they have 200,000 of these cars out there,” said Peters. Peters, a state employee and ex-lawyer, argued that Honda knew her car wouldn’t get the 50 mpg as advertised before a judge in Torrance, where American Honda Motor Co. has its West Coast headquarters. As her 2006 vehicle’s battery deteriorated over time, it barely got 30 mpg, she said. Neil Schmidt, a technical expert for Honda, called Peters’ $10,000 claim excessive for her 2006 Civic Hybrid. He said the federal government had required Honda to post the highest mileage the car could get but said the mileage varies depending on how the car is driven — for instance, if it gets stuck often
in stop-and-go traffic. Peters said she would have never purchased the car if she had known that. “The sales force said 50 miles per gallon, but they didn’t say if you run your air conditioning and you remain in stop-and-go traffic, you’re going to get 29 to 30 miles per gallon,” she said. “If they did, I would have gotten the regular Civic.” Peters never contacted Honda to complain or express any concern about her vehicle’s fuel economy until she sent a letter in late November 2011 and then filed her suit shortly thereafter, Honda said in a statement Tuesday. “Once the suit was filed, Honda immediately offered to inspect her vehicle and work with her on the findings, but those offers were rejected,” the company said in the statement. “The window sticker that was attached to her vehicle (as required by federal law) clearly indicated that her mileage would vary depending on driving conditions, options, vehicle condition and other factors,” the statement said. But if Peters wins, and other Civic owners follow her lead, she estimates Honda could be forced to pay as much as $2 billion in damages. Experts say there are upsides to Peters’ unusual move. “I would not be surprised if she won,” said Richard Cupp Jr., who teaches productliability law at Pepperdine University. “The judge will have a lot of discretion, and the evidentiary standards are relaxed in small claims court.
BUSINESS AT A GLANCE
Notable In a major shift, the Federal Reserve will start announcing four times a year how long it plans to keep short-term interest rates at existing levels, according to minutes from its December policy meeting. The shift marks the Fed’s latest effort to make its communications with the public more open and explicit. The change is intended to reassure consumers and investors that they will be able to borrow cheaply well into the future. And some economists said it could lead to further Fed action to try to invigorate the economy.
Tuesday’s markets Dow Industrials
+179.82, 12,397.38 Nasdaq
+43.57, 2,648.72 S&P 500
30-Year Treasury +0.10, 2.99% Corn (Chicago) +12 cents, $6.59 Soybeans (Chicago) +19.75 cents, $12.28 Wheat (Kansas City) —4.50 cents, $7.13 Oil (New York) +$4.13, $102.96 Gold +$33.70, $1,600.50 Silver +$1.66, $29.57 Platinum +$27.60, $1,432.50
Factories, builders boost economy at end of year By Christopher S. Rugaber
The trend for the U.S. economy is most decid— U.S. manu- edly to the upside.” Associated Press
WASHINGTON facturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since the late spring. And the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months. The data bolstered hopes that the economy is gaining momentum and helped Wall Street start 2012 with a bang. Factories hired more workers in December, saw the most growth in new orders since April and ramped up production. U.S. builders spent more in November on single-family homes, apartments and remodeling projects. The strong reports correspond with other positive signs for the economy. Consumer confidence is up, unemployment benefit applications have tumbled, and the unemployment rate is at a three-and-a-half-year low. Economists caution that Europe’s debt crisis will likely slow global growth in the first half of the year. But on Tuesday, the outlook was mostly positive. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to 53.9 from 52.7 in November. Readings above 50 indicate expansion.
— Dan Greenhaus, an analyst at brokerage firm BTIG LLC in New York The Commerce Department said spending on construction projects rose 1.2 percent in November. The increase was the largest since a 2.2 percent rise in August. “The trend for the U.S. economy is most decidedly to the upside,” said Dan Greenhaus, an analyst at brokerage firm BTIG LLC in New York. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 179.82 points, almost 1.5 percent, to close at 12,397.38. Broader indexes also climbed. Reports that manufacturing grew in China and India, two of the world’s largest economies, also drove markets higher. U.S manufacturing has expanded for more than two years. Factories were one of the first areas of the economy to start growing after the recession officially ended in June 2009. They faltered over the summer after Japan’s March 11 earthquake disrupted auto and electronics supply chains. The December ISM survey showed many factories have largely recovered from their slump earlier this year.
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Time’s up More time probably won’t produce more definitive recommendations from the group studying elementary school consolidation issues.
he community should appreciate the time that members of a local working group have contributed to studying the consolidation of elementary schools in Lawrence, but it is looking less and less likely that the group will supply any meaningful guidance for the Lawrence school board. With less than a month to go before its Jan. 31 deadline, the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group has yet to arrive at any solid recommendations. At their previous meeting, members of the group could agree on only one point: that regardless of whether any schools are consolidated, the district should propose a bond issue to raise more money for elementary schools. On Monday, their only point of consensus was that they would need more time to finish their job. Two board members who attended Monday’s meeting said the request for more time probably would be approved. “I’d rather get something right than something rushed,” said Keith Diaz Moore. With all due respect to those involved, it seems unlikely that giving this group more time is substantially going to impact the conclusions it reaches. A number of factors almost guaranteed this group would end up at an impasse. First, the working group was made up almost entirely of people who represented schools that likely would be closed and/or consolidated. They all had a constituency to represent or turf to protect. Other factors also worked against them. It wasn’t until this week that the working group received projections for enrollment at the district’s 14 elementary schools — data that should figure heavily in their discussions. Interestingly, the projections prepared by an outside consulting firm, indicate that four of the six schools being considered for consolidation are expected to see enrollment increases over the next five years and two of the six are expected to be over capacity by the 2016-17 school year. How does that figure in with plans to close schools? The group also has been hampered by mixed signals from the school board. Last year, the board approved specific instructions that the working group was to assume that the six schools in question would be reduced to three or four schools and should work to come up with the best scenario for that consolidation. After that charge was approved, however, four new board members took office, and the commitment to closing and consolidating schools appears to have softened. The board can allow the working group more time to consider its recommendation, but it seems unlikely that more time will produce a more definitive recommendation. That means this issue will simply be back where it started: on the school board’s agenda. It’s always a good idea to collect public input and try to involve stakeholders in key community decisions, but the factors mentioned above have made it difficult, if not impossible, for this working group to produce a solid recommendation. More time won’t help. The board should encourage the group to complete whatever work it can accomplish quickly and turn the issue back to the elected officials.
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“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ralph Waldo Emerson, meet Ronald Ernest Paul. He is the very soul of a foolish consistency. Meaning that he is willing, often to a fault, to follow his ideology to its logical and most extreme conclusions. In this, the congressman differs from other GOP contenders for the White House and, for that matter, from most politicians, period. Your average pol might rail against the intrusion of government into the private lives of its citizens, then turn right around and advocate a law regulating what a gay man does in his bedroom — and see no contradiction. Paul is too intellectually honest for that. Intellectual honesty is a good thing, if only because it can lead you to reconsider a faulty premise. But in Paul’s take on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 he doubles down on the bad premise instead. Paul has long argued — and reiterated Sunday on CNN — that the act, which liberated untold millions of African-Americans from the tyranny of Jim Crow, “destroyed the principle of private property and private choices.” In other words, forcing a restaurant to take down a Whites Only sign infringed the rights of the restaurant’s owner. A similar argument was made by segregationists in 1964 — and by slave owners in the 1850s. Maybe it’s easy to make freedom an issue of “property rights”
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Intellectual honesty is a good thing, if only because it can lead you to reconsider a faulty premise. But in Paul’s take on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 he doubles down on the bad premise instead.”
when you have never been the property. That said, it is of little importance to wonder, as some are now doing, whether all of this makes Ron Paul a racist. Yes, we’ve recently learned of a newsletter sent out under his name in the 1990s that included racist language. Yes, Paul has won — and declined to disavow — the support of various white supremacist groups. But yes, too, Paul has (rightly) decried the War on Drugs as a war on African-American men. So take him at his word, that he is just a man for whom government equals tyranny — a view shared by many on the right. Then ask yourself what sort of nation this would be if that view ever prevailed.
Can government be overlarge, overbearing, overwhelming, over restrictive, over intrusive? Of course. And where it is those things, it is the right — and duty — of the electorate to pare it back. On the other hand, unless you enjoy salmonella in your food and lead in your paint, unless you think it’s OK that your doctor has no medical degree and your lawyer no license, unless you’re fine with breathing sooty air and drinking tainted water and unless you really think a black woman in Mississippi, locked out of public places by threat of violence and force of law, should have been required to wait on market forces to rescue her, you must regard Paul’s moral imbecility with a certain appalled awe. Heaven help us if the intellectual rigidity he symbolizes is really the only alternative to the intellectual malleability of so many of his colleagues At its best, government vindicates and defends a people’s noblest ideals. The Civil Rights Act was government at its best. Paul disputes this and styles himself a defender of freedom for so doing. Too bad he can’t spend a day being black in Mississippi in 1964. He might emerge with a better understanding of that word. As it is, Paul’s extremism only proves this much: Emerson didn’t know the half of it. — Leonard Pitts Jr., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald.
To the editor: In these troubled economic times, using casinos to generate state revenue makes about as much sense as making a cash deposit during a bank robbery (“Casino crowd,” Journal-World, Dec 28). Granted, there may be some short-term profits (the same arguments made when the lottery was established), but this form of economic redistribution only serves to further the divide between the haves and the have-nots, and does nothing to re-establish the agro-industrial-intellectual base of the state. At a deeper level, what does state-sponsored gambling say about us as Kansans? Even with hard work and persistent effort, has the American dream become so remote and incredulous that citizens must now rely upon luck and good fortune to realize their hopes? Should the state be an accessory in pandering to these simpleminded scams? Don’t want to sound too apocalyptic, but if the state is indeed the soul writ large, then we Kansans continue to walk confidently down the yellow-brick road toward, if not perdition, than at least greater poverty. Ray Finch, Lawrence
Hunting benefit To the editor: I am writing this letter to encourage the “city farmers” who own property in the county to allow the hunters to hunt deer and turkeys on their farms. Do you realize the amount of damage the wildlife does to the crops on your farms and also the many dollars of damage through accidents the deer cause on the roads? If you don’t allow the hunters the opportunity to control the wildlife there will be an overproduction and it will become more detrimental. Please open up your farms. Doris Pratt, Baldwin City
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Birthday spurs a look back In a few days I will celebrate my 60th birthday, although I’m not at all sure that celebrate is the right word. These days, when I look in the mirror, the face I see more and more resembles that of my grandfather. Recently a student wanted to know whether I had been at Yale with her grandfather. Another student in the class is the daughter of a former student. All these, obviously, are signs that I’m getting older. My upcoming birthday has also brought with it a number of messages via Facebook and other social networking sites from folks I knew decades ago, in high school and college. It’s fascinating for me to reconnect with them now and compare life stories. When we were in high school and college we were all wondering what life would bring for us. The Vietnam War was the big thing in our lives, who would go, who wouldn’t; who would survive, who wouldn’t. Then the war ended, college ended, and suddenly it was time to worry about becoming adults: careers, marriage, children. As I read the notes from my friends of decades past I read about how they’ve fared over the years. Pretty much all of us got married. Unfortunately, most of us have also been divorced. Most had children; unfortunately, I did not. I suppose the only advantage of being childless is that I’m not paying off college loans as are several of my friends. I’m particularly interested in the
When I think about what gave us the opportunities we had, I think that there were several important factors. First, higher education was inexpensive.”
careers that we followed. Several of my old friends became lawyers, as I did. A few became physicians. One became an orchestra conductor. Several joined the Peace Corps after college and, after that, stayed abroad. One became a language teacher for the U.S. military. One of my college friends became a dictionary editor. Another was an early computer software pioneer. Most of us have been fairly lucky in our lives. When I think about what gave us the opportunities we had, I think that there were several important factors. First, higher education was inexpensive. My college and law school tuition bills never exceeded $3,000 per year. I was able to work part-time to cover the full cost of my education while going to
school. That’s something today’s graduates can rarely do. Second, the economy was, for the most part, decent. I never had a rough time finding a job while I was in school and after I graduated. If you were willing to work hard, you could get a job. Again, I don’t think that is true for many of today’s high school and college students. As I get older, time seems to speed up. It hardly seems possible that this is 2012 and I’m going to turn 60. Every New Year seems to arrive more quickly than the last. I’m feel very lucky that I teach at Kansas University and spend my time with young people. It’s through them that I can still experience, even if only vicariously, what it means to be young today. When I think about the coming year, I think about continuing in a job that I love at a place I enjoy, surrounded by my dogs in a house I’ve lived in for 18 years. Certainly, I worry about the world and about health matters and life after divorce, but I recognize how fortunate my life has been entering into my 60th year. However, I also wonder whether my students will be as fortunate as I have been given the conditions they face in 2012. I can only hope that they will succeed and find contentment and that 2012 will be a good one for all of us. — Mike Hoeflich, a distinguished professor in the Kansas University School of Law, writes a regular column for the Journal-World.
OLD HOME TOWN
A local man wanted to bring back a tradition that had been YEARS missing in LawAGO rence since the IN 1987 prohibition days. Chuck Magerl, a manager at the Community Mercantile Co-Op, had been studying beer-brewing for a decade and he was now ready to launch his dream of opening a beer garden and selling his homemade brew on the premises. After his testimony, the Kansas Liquor Law Review Commission recommended revising the state laws to allow operation of “micro breweries.”
From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 4, 1912: YEARS “Professor J. E. AGO Boodin, who owns IN 1912 the old Windmill site on west Warren [now Ninth] street, will pay a reward of $10 for information leading to the conviction of boys who cut down trees on the property. Last Christmas some person desiring a Christmas tree cut down a fine Norwegian spruce on the property. This year Professor Boodin has been out of town for the holidays and when he returned he found that two fine pine trees had been topped for Christmas trees. Anyone who can give this information should see Professor Boodin at the Eldridge.” — Compiled by Sarah St. John
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
L AWRENCE J OURNAL -W ORLD
Sunny much of the time
Mostly sunny and mild
Partly sunny and mild
Mostly sunny and mild
Mild with clouds and sun
High 49° Low 28° POP: 0%
High 56° Low 31° POP: 0%
High 55° Low 25° POP: 5%
High 50° Low 22° POP: 10%
High 48° Low 23° POP: 25%
Wind WNW 6-12 mph
Wind WSW 4-8 mph
Wind NW 8-16 mph
Wind NW 7-14 mph
Wind W 7-14 mph
POP: Probability of Precipitation
McCook 58/25 Oberlin 58/25 Goodland 58/27
Dodge City 59/29
Lawrence Kansas City 46/32 49/28
Chillicothe 45/29 Marshall 46/32 Sedalia 46/32
Hutchinson 58/28 Wichita Pratt 56/30 58/31
Garden City 55/25 Liberal 60/26
Kansas City 47/34
Manhattan Russell Salina 55/24 56/28 Topeka 58/30 50/30
Great Bend 56/28
St. Joseph 50/25
Concordia 54/30 Hays 57/26
Grand Island 52/27
Coffeyville Joplin 54/31 53/33
Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.
High/low Normal high/low today Record high today Record low today
50°/10° 38°/19° 66° in 1997 -18° in 1947
Precipitation in inches 24 hours through 8 p.m. yest. Month to date Normal month to date Year to date Normal year to date
0.00 0.01 0.11 0.01 0.11
SUN & MOON Today
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7:40 a.m. 5:11 p.m. 1:34 p.m. 3:29 a.m. Last
7:40 a.m. 5:12 p.m. 2:17 p.m. 4:26 a.m.
NATIONAL FORECAST Billings 56/38
San Francisco 60/46
Clinton Perry Pomona
873.70 891.52 973.29
8 200 15
Kansas City 46/32
Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for today.
INTERNATIONAL CITIES Cities Acapulco Amsterdam Athens Baghdad Bangkok Beijing Berlin Brussels Buenos Aires Cairo Calgary Dublin Geneva Hong Kong Jerusalem Kabul London Madrid Mexico City Montreal Moscow New Delhi Oslo Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Seoul Singapore Stockholm Sydney Tokyo Toronto Vancouver Vienna Warsaw Winnipeg
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-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s National Summary: As cold air lingers in the Northeast, so will areas of flurries and heavier snow showers. After a cold start, temperatures will recover in the South. A Pacific storm will bring windswept rain to coastal Washington. Most other areas will be free of snow, ice and rain. Today Thu. Today Thu. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Memphis 53 33 s 59 41 s Albuquerque 52 32 s 54 33 s 64 50 pc 72 53 pc Anchorage 10 1 c 13 10 sn Miami Milwaukee 34 23 pc 37 31 pc Atlanta 50 34 s 54 37 s Minneapolis 32 23 pc 38 27 pc Austin 65 36 pc 63 40 s 48 28 s 54 36 s Baltimore 34 27 c 44 27 pc Nashville New Orleans 64 50 pc 68 51 pc Birmingham 55 35 s 55 39 s New York 28 25 sf 42 32 pc Boise 47 33 pc 47 29 c 46 27 s 54 29 s Boston 28 26 pc 39 26 pc Omaha 58 38 pc 65 46 s Buffalo 30 25 sn 33 22 sn Orlando Philadelphia 29 24 sf 42 30 pc Cheyenne 55 33 pc 61 36 s 78 50 s 78 47 s Chicago 37 26 pc 42 30 pc Phoenix Pittsburgh 32 25 c 38 29 c Cincinnati 42 26 pc 43 31 s Cleveland 34 25 sf 36 28 pc Portland, ME 22 16 pc 35 11 pc Portland, OR 52 40 r 50 33 sh Dallas 61 37 pc 65 40 s Reno 58 28 pc 61 26 pc Denver 58 33 s 64 36 s Richmond 41 27 pc 51 29 s Des Moines 40 28 pc 49 33 s Sacramento 62 38 pc 63 36 pc Detroit 34 24 sf 37 28 c St. Louis 46 31 pc 55 39 s El Paso 60 34 pc 58 35 s Salt Lake City 48 30 pc 50 30 pc Fairbanks -22 -29 c -15 -19 c San Diego 76 51 s 73 52 s Honolulu 79 67 s 80 65 s Houston 70 48 pc 65 53 pc San Francisco 60 46 pc 58 45 pc Seattle 50 42 r 47 34 sh Indianapolis 38 25 pc 44 33 s Spokane 38 34 c 40 23 sn Kansas City 46 32 s 56 36 s Tucson 74 46 s 74 45 s Las Vegas 65 43 s 65 42 s Tulsa 58 33 s 62 36 s Little Rock 57 32 s 61 37 s Wash., DC 36 31 c 46 33 s Los Angeles 84 54 s 80 53 s National extremes yesterday for the 48 contiguous states High: Northridge, CA 87° Low: Embarrass, MN -19° A storm on Jan. 4, 1982, drenched San Francisco, Calif., with 12 inches of rain and dumped 10 feet of snow on Lake Tahoe in just two days.
Red Dog’s Dog Days winter workout, 6 a.m., Allen Fieldhouse, Enter through the south doors and meet on the southeast corner of the second floor. Theology on Tap, discussion of a selected religion topic, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Henry’s, 11 E. Eighth St. Junkyard Jazz Band, 7 p.m., American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St. Auditions for “On Screen Offspring,” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Poker Night, 8 p.m., Applebee’s, 2520 Iowa. Team trivia, 9 p.m., Johnny’s West, 721 Wakarusa Drive. Trivia Night, 8 p.m. The Burger Stand, 803 Mass.
Friends of Sesquicentennial Point meeting, 1 p.m., Lawrence Parks and Recreation offices, 10th and New Hampshire streets. Opening: “Un-Juried” Art Exhibit, 6-8 p.m., Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., Baldwin City.
El Paso 60/34
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New York 28/25
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday
Los Angeles 84/54
Red Dog’s Dog Days, 7:30 a.m., parking lot behind Kizer-Cummings Jewelry, Ninth and Vermont streets. Book signing by Bill Wilson, of new novel “One Hand Clapping” as well as “Majesty,” 1 p.m., Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd St. Great Books Discussion Group: Dante’s “Inferno,” 2 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Ragtime Piano Rehearsal / Jam Session, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Pride Night Tonight, celebrate the first Pride Night of the year at Wilde’s Chateau 24, 2412 Iowa. The annual event features everything you love about pride night — the happy, fun environment, rhythmic music and, of course, the dancing. It’ll be a hot spot regardless of what the thermometer reads. The whole thing gets started tonight at 9 and goes until last call. People 18 and older are welcome, but if you’re under 21, expect to pay $7 to get in. For the rest of us, admittance is $5. Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Mass.
Watkins Community Museum of History exhibit: “It Happened on Mass Street: 150 Years in Lawrence,” featuring historic photographs and objects illustrating the growth of downtown Lawrence, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1047 Mass. Freedom’s Frontier exhibit, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. Lawrence Arts Center exhibits: Yesnomaybe Exhibition, collaborative works by Kristi Arnold, Eric Conrad and Yoonmi Nam, through Jan. 14; Lived: Living, works by Isadora Stowe and Jordan Schranz, through Jan. 14; Learning is Remembering, works by Amber Hansen, through Jan. 14; Constellation, an aerial installation by Juniper Tangpuz; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 940 N.H. Lawrence Public Library storytimes for January: Fun with Food storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Jan. 10-Jan.20; Toddler storytime resumes Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; Library storytime, 7 p.m. Thursdays
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is the record high temperature for January in the United Q: What States? 98F at Laredo, Texas, on Jan. 17, 1954.
Today Thu. Today Thu. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Independence 54 31 s 60 34 s Atchison 49 26 s 56 30 s Fort Riley 56 24 s 63 27 s Belton 48 33 s 55 37 s Olathe 49 32 s 55 35 s Burlington 53 30 s 58 33 s Osage Beach 48 30 s 60 36 s Coffeyville 54 31 s 60 34 s Osage City 52 29 s 58 33 s Concordia 54 30 s 59 34 s Ottawa 48 29 s 54 35 s Dodge City 59 29 s 64 31 s Wichita 56 30 s 60 29 s Holton 50 30 s 59 32 s Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.
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and, after Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays; Storytime in Spanish and English resumes Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays; Family storytime, 3:30 p.m. Sundays; Books & Babies resumes Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m., 10:10 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Wednesdays; Storytime in German resumes Jan. 31, 4 p.m. Tuesdays 707 Vt. Lawrence Public Library weekly teen programs for January: Wii Olympics for Teens, 7 p.m. Tuesdays; Gaming with the Pro, 3 p.m. Wednesdays; Teen Zone Cafe, 4 p.m. Fridays; Saturday Teen Screen, 3 p.m. Saturdays; Teen tutoring, 3 p.m. Sundays, 707 Vt. Lawrence Public Library bookmobile schedule (open to the public): 9-10 a.m. Monday, Prairie Commons, 5121 Congressional Circle; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.; 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Brandon Woods, 1501 Inverness Drive; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Drive; 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Drury Place, 1510 Andrews Drive; 11:15-noon Friday, Vermont Towers, 1101 Vt.; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Peterson Acres, 2930 Peterson Road. Spencer Museum of Art exhibits: Passages: Persistent Visions of a Native Place, through Jan 15. Museum open until 4 p.m. daily, 8 p.m. Thursdays, 1301 Miss. The Impact of the King James Bible, Quayle Bible Collection exhibit, 518 Eighth St., Baldwin City, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 2012. KU Natural History Museum exhibits: Bug Town, third floor; Explore Evolution, fifth floor; Mosasaur Munchies, self-guided tour; Darwin’s Journey, sixth floor. Museum open until 5 p.m. daily, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
LAWRENCE ALMANAC Through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Growing Lawrence meeting for food producers, topic Resources (seeds, plugs, organic suppliers, etc.), 7-8 a.m., Chamber of Commerce offices, 646 Vt., Suite 200. Older Women’s League meeting, 2-4 p.m., Robert Doud room, United Way Building, 2518 Ridge Court. The Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0 meeting, “Welcome to Macintosh,” 7 p.m., Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt.
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The executive board of Kansas University’s Rock Chalk Revue presented a $62,000 check to United Way during the KU vs. Kansas State University football game at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 22. Pictured, from left, are John Zecy, business manager; Sabrina Ahmed, executive producer; Emily Drape, co-executive director; Jon Goscha, co-executive director; Beth and Val Stella, 2011 campaign co-chairs; Sara Rosen, KU division chairwoman; and Colleen Gregoire, campaign director. Gregoire submitted the photo.
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Kansas opens Big 12 play against No. 23 Texas. 4B SWEET KICK Michigan slipped past Virginia Tech in overtime of the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday with Brendan Gibbons’ field goal. Story on page 2B
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Good and bad, Taylor is key to KU Using your own brain to judge someone who has a different brain type invites trouble. Generally, the best approach lies in challenging yourself to look for something to appreciate about the person who thinks not at all the way you think. Those who have a buttonedup brain tend to strive for control and demand order in their worlds, even if it means juggling four things at once. The more scattered, less focused thinker brings more creativity and tends to pay close attention only to that which he finds exciting. When the task is boring, the mind wanders. Trying to understand what makes the first type tick has been a lifelong challenge. It’s the second type thinkers I empathize with when their uneven focus lands them in trouble, especially when smart people do dumb things. Tyrel Reed had the first brain type, Tyshawn Taylor the second. I can’t relate to people who lead with the negative when discussing Taylor’s on-court pros and cons. He’s the secondbest player on college basketball’s 14th-ranked team. Without him on the roster, Kansas would have a shaky Selection Sunday, after the TV show, nervously waiting for an NIT bid. Taylor has frustrated Kansas coach Bill Self at times, but it’s obvious the longer the Hoboken, N.J., native plays for Self, the more fond of him the coach grows. “He is a pretty scrutinized guy, there’s no question about that, and a lot of that he brings on himself,” Self said. “A lot of that is him being the point guard here with teams that are really good and that kind of stuff.” It’s more than that, of course. “He can be frustrating because he can make plays you can’t coach, then he can make plays you wonder if he’s ever been coached,” Self said. “But that’s him. I’m glad we got him.” Too often, Taylor has played basketball the way so many talented Major League Baseball rookie shortstops have played: A web gem one minute, a botched routine grounder the next. “I think he’s really talented, and I think he’s getting better,” Self said. “I think he’s made a conscious effort to really tighten his game up in a lot of ways. The last few games he’s played pretty good, but he’s going to turn it over. He’s going to make some mistakes.” And the coach has learned to live with them because he knows his point guard brings the effort. Taylor, shooting .514 on three-pointers for the season, has 19 assists and six turnovers in KU’s past three games. “The thing we can’t have him do is become a non-aggressive factor because he’s playing not to screw up,” Self said. “Hey, he’s got to go. He needs to be turned loose. ... The simple plays he can make look difficult and the difficult plays he can make look real easy. I don’t think that’s uncommon. Do guys concentrate more on a guarded three or an uncontested layup?” In that regard, Taylor’s a caricature of the typical player. As always, Kansas State will bring the heat defensively tonight. A year ago, Taylor had one turnover in a 24-point home victory, six in a 16-point road loss. “I’m going to definitely have to take care of the ball to make sure we get a shot every time,” Taylor said.
Talking toughness Jayhawks say they’re ready to grind it out with rival KSU By Gary Bedore email@example.com
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KANSAS FORWARD THOMAS ROBINSON DEFENDS AGAINST A SHOT by former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen as KU guard Elijah Johnson and KSU forward Jamar Samuels watch on Jan. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. This year’s Kansas State team is without Pullen, its go-to option, but Robinson and the Jayhawks say that makes the Wildcats even more dangerous.
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FREE STATE GUARD CAMERON DABNEY (14) STRUGGLES TO SHOOT over defender Chris Birzer (51) during Free State’s game against Blue Valley West on Tuesday at FSHS. BVW won, 61-49.
Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson has watched Kansas State’s basketball team on television this season ... and also studied the Wildcats in person. He and teammates Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford were among the 16,685 fans who witnessed the Cats’ 71-58 victory over Alabama on Dec. 17 in Kansas City’s Sprint Center. Releford’s brother, Trevor, starts at point guard for the Crimson Tide. “I feel like they’re playing like they have something to prove, which is all SUNFLOWER good,” Robinson said of the Wild- SHOWDOWN cats, who take a 11-1 record into today’s Who: Kansas Big 12 conference State (11-1) vs. opener against 10-3 Kansas (10-3) KU. When: 7 toTip is 7 p.m., in night Allen Fieldhouse. “They are a Where: Allen tough team. I have Fieldhouse respect for them. TV: Big 12 At the same time I Network want to beat them. (Knology We’ll see (today),” channels 15, 215) Robinson added. The Wildcats enter with a No. 23 national ranking in their first year without standout guard Jacob Pullen, who is now playing for Angelico Biella in Italy. “They’re more dangerous. They’re not dependent on one person scoring for them. Now it’s more of an equal opportunity thing,” Robinson said, noting he left Sprint Center especially impressed with Thomas Gipson (7.1 rebounds per game), Jamar Samuels (7.2 rpg) and Jordan Henriquez (5.7 rpg). “It’s easier to stop one player than 11.” The Wildcats once again seem to have taken on the personality of fiery coach Frank Martin. KSU
When Charlie Weis was introduced as the new football coach at Kansas University in early December, he was asked how much he knew about the KU program. His answer? “I knew that they were 2-10,” he said. Either Weis was not being completely honest at the time, or he’s a fast learner. That much is obvious based on the two positions Weis has put the most emphasis on upgrading during his first month on the job. Throughout the past two seasons, KU had two glaring weaknesses that kept the Jayhawks from being competitive with most of the teams on their schedule. The first was quarterback, and college football fans across the country already are well aware of the improvement Weis has inspired at that position. Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will be eligible to play out the final year of his career in 2012 and BYU transfer Jake Heaps will first be
From the first time I ever even talked to a KU coach, the first thing that we talked about was the weakness on the D-line and the opportunity that I had to come in and play.” — Kansas University football recruit Keon Stowers
available to play as a junior in 2013. Beyond the most visible position on the field, Weis has attacked the defensive line, where KU was undersized, overmatched and lacking depth. With junior-college recruits Keon Stowers and Ty McKin-
ney firmly committed to KU, that might not be the case heading into next season. Stowers, 6-foot-3, 273 pounds, has played defensive end for much of his college career at Georgia Military College. But the KU coaching staff already has talked about moving Stowers inside. “From the first time I ever even talked to a KU coach (Reggie Mitchell), the first thing that we talked about was the weakness on the D-line and the opportunity that I had to come in and play,” Stowers said. “We talked a lot about me putting on about 15 more pounds, getting up to 295 and playing (defensive tackle). That shouldn’t be a problem for me. I was playing at 285 in the spring.” Stowers said his size was the one thing that Weis went on and on about when he first talked to his new head coach. “When he first called me, he said, ‘Dang, I love your size,’” Stowers recalled. “And he was sizing me up. That was pretty cool.” Please see FOOTBALL, page 4B
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Michigan survives Tech in OT, 23-20 NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€” Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime to lift No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night. The victory capped an impressive debut season for head coach Brady Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway. Virginia Tech (11-3) had more than double Michiganâ€™s total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michiganâ€™s 12 but settled for four field goals in regulation by third-string kicker Justin Myer. However, Myer was unable to connect on his fifth try from 37 yards away in the opening possession of overtime. Robinson finished 9 for 21 for 117 yards passing and threw an interception. He rushed 13 times for a seasonlow 13 yards. Virginia Tech first-year starter
touchdown on a 1-yard keeper that tied the game at 17 â€” after a two-point conversion â€” early in the fourth quarter. Virginia Tech senior receiver Danny Coale, who ranks second all-time for the Hokies in catches and yards receiving, had eight catches for 117 yards, and nearly made a spectacular diving catch for a touchdown in overtime. Coale held on to the ball for what was initially ruled a score, but the play was overturned on video review, which showed the receiver narrowly landed on the sideline. The result of that third-down play forced Tech to try for Myerâ€™s failed field goal. Michigan then ran three conservative runs to set up Bill Haber/AP Photo Gibbons in the middle of the MICHIGANâ€™S JUNIOR HEMINGWAY, field. LEFT, pulls in a touchdown pass as As his kick sailed through, Virginia Techâ€™s Antone Exum defends. Gibbons sprinted toward the Michigan won the Sugar Bowl, 23-20 Michigan sidelined and was in overtime, Tuesday night in New mobbed by teammates while the Orleans. Michigan band belted out the schoolâ€™s famous fight song, â€œThe Logan Thomas was 19 of 28 for Victors,â€? while Michigan fans, 214 yards with one interception. in rhythm, thrust a sea of maize Thomas scored Techâ€™s only pom-poms in the air.
Chiefs hope to get healthy in offseason Associated Press Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, MO. â€” Every once in a while, Tony Moeaki would try to slip an extra 10 pounds onto the leg press, or try to squeeze out a couple more leg curls when nobody was looking. It was a competition, after all. Or at least the only outlet for his competitive fire. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end tore the ACL in his left knee during the preseason, forcing him to have surgery and spend the past four months doing grueling rehab work. But he wasnâ€™t alone in this often-solitary endeavor, not by a longshot. To the Chiefsâ€™ dismay, he wound up having plenty of company. Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry went down with the exact same injury during the Chiefsâ€™ season-opening loss to Buffalo, and All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles followed suit in Week 2 at Detroit â€” three of the teamâ€™s brightest young stars left to rehab a debilitating injury while the team pressed on without them. â€œI was the first one to do it,â€? Moeaki said, â€œso I was there to answer questions at first, but weâ€™re all at the same level, pretty much. Itâ€™s been real nice working with them.â€? Itâ€™ll be even nicer when theyâ€™re ready to play again. The Chiefs ended up 7-9 during a rollercoaster year that included plenty of highs â€” a four-game winning streak, the only victory over the Green Bay Packers â€” and stomach-churning lows, such as two defeats by a combined 89-10 to start the season, and the firing of coach Todd Haley after a penalty-filled 37-10 loss to the New York Jets in which he earned his own unsportsmanlike conduct flag. Along the way, the Chiefs also lost linebacker Brandon Siler to a torn Achilles and Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Cassel to an injury to his throwing hand. Theyâ€™re all expected to be back next season. Cassel was back throwing passes by the end of the year, though his place on injured reserve meant he wouldnâ€™t have been able to help down the stretch. And the trio of torn ACLs has recovered nicely, which means Moeaki, Berry and Charles should be ready by the start of April minicamps. â€œTheyâ€™re all making good progress, theyâ€™re all rehabbing,â€? said interim coach Romeo Crennel, who is expected to learn soon whether heâ€™ll get the permanent job. â€œIâ€™ve been told theyâ€™re on schedule as far as their rehab goes. Whether thatâ€™s footballready or not, I canâ€™t say that right now.â€? Charles may have been the biggest loss. The fourth-year pro was coming off a breakout season in which he ran for 1,467 yards and caught 45 passes for 468 yards. Without him, the Chiefs struggled to run the ball with any effectiveness, the aging legs of Thomas Jones and special teams standout Jackie Battle unable to pick up the slack. Kansas City wound up in the middle of the pack in rushing, but with only five TDs on the ground. Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards during his rookie season, giving the Chiefs a viable threat off the line of scrimmage.
Michigan 0 10 7 3 3 â€”23 Virginia Tech 3 3 3 11 0 â€”20 First Quarter VT-FG Myer 37, 7:04. Second Quarter VT-FG Myer 43, 14:10. Mich-Hemingway 45 pass from D.Robinson (Gibbons kick), :49. Mich-FG Gibbons 24, :00. Third Quarter Mich-Hemingway 18 pass from D.Robinson (Gibbons kick), 9:43. VT-FG Myer 36, 4:48. Fourth Quarter VT-Thomas 1 run (M.Davis pass from Thomas), 10:22. Mich-FG Gibbons 39, 4:00. VT-FG Myer 25, :02. Overtime Mich-FG Gibbons 37. A-64,512. Mich VT First downs 12 22 Rushes-yards 30-56 48-163 Passing 128 214 Comp-Att-Int 10-22-1 19-28-1 Return Yards 7 24 Punts-Avg. 5-36.2 1-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 4-26 7-68 Time of Possession 23:10 36:50 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Michigan, Toussaint 13-30, D.Robinson 13-13, Gallon 1-7,Odoms 1-5, V.Smith 1-2, Team 1-(minus 1). Virginia Tech, D.Wilson 24-82, Thomas 16-53, Oglesby 7-35, Coale 1-(minus 7). PASSING-Michigan, D.Robinson 9-21-1-117, Dileo 1-1-0-11. Virginia Tech, Thomas 19-28-1-214. RECEIVING-Michigan, Hemingway 2-63, Koger 2-9, Toussaint 1-14, Glanda 1-11, Grady 1-11, Roundtree 1-10, V.Smith 1-7, Gallon 1-3. Virginia Tech, Coale 8-117, Boykin 4-30, Coles 2-31, Drager 1-15, M.Davis 1-11, Martin 1-5.
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