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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Lawrence, Kansas A sunny day Today's forecast, page 10A High: 54 Low: 29 Business 5A Classified 5B- 10B Comics 9A Deaths 2A Events listings 10A, 2B Home & Garden 8A Horoscope 9B Movies 4A Opinion 7A Puzzles 9B Sports 1B- 4B Television 10A, 2B, 9B INSIDE Vol. 154/ No. 348 20 pages J OURNAL - W ORLD L A W R E N C E � 75 CENTS LJWorld. com .......................................................... Garden 8A BUILD A TERRARIUM Keep your green thumb active in winter Lawrence & State 3A KU'S NEW COMMON BOOK Timothy Egan's acclaimed Dust Bowl history chosen Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld As a member of KU basketball's Scout Team, freshman walk- on guard Tyler Self says he's focused on improving as a player while also helping his teammates become better. Page 1B Playing for the better Wintry round of golf Developer, not KU, will own sports park facilities The millions of dollars worth of stadiums and facilities at a proposed Kansas University sports complex in northwest Lawrence won't be owned by KU. The leader of the Kansas University Endowment Association confirmed Wednesday that a private company headed by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel will own the facilities and lease them to Kansas Athletics for a term that is not yet being disclosed. " It is certainly long enough, though, that it is satisfactory for all parties to make this work," said Dale Seuferling, president of the Kansas University Endowment Association. The proposed arrangement, however, is drawing concerns from at least one major landowner in the area who questions whether Frit- By Chad Lawhorn clawhorn@ ljworld. com Mike Yoder/ Journal- World Photo TEEING OFF INTO THE SUNSHINE, Vern Dick, of Lawrence, far left, joins his golfing friends for a round Wednesday at Eagle Bend Golf Course. From left are Dick, Dale Kring, of Lawrence, Jim Lynch, of Eudora, and Bob Powell, of Lawrence. Expect delays this morning near 23rd and Mass. streets Motorists near 23rd and Massachusetts streets should expect delays this morning. At 9 a. m., city crews will begin replacing an outdated cabinet that controls the traffic signal at the intersection. The work will disable the traffic signal for about two hours. Members of the Lawrence Police Department will be on scene to direct traffic during the time that the traffic signal is out of service. David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer, said the cabinet is being replaced because the current cabinet won't allow the city to take full advantage of a new intelligent transportation system, which is being installed along 23rd Street. The new cabinet, Woosley said, will give the city more options in setting timing patterns for the traffic signals. Budget leader filed for bankruptcy in 2010 T OPEKA ( AP ) - The Kansas Senate's new budget committee chairman filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and listed nearly $ 885,000 in unsecured debts in a federal court filing stemming from problems at his former home- building business. Other incoming Senate leaders nonetheless defended Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, following his selection Tuesday as Ways and Means Committee chairman. The Wichita Eagle reported that Masterson said he's working to pay off his debts, though they were discharged this year. As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Masterson is at the center of budget discussions. A GOP leadership panel picked him, and he and other incoming Senate leaders will begin their jobs when the 2013 session starts in mid- January. Masterson said he understands that some might question his appointment because of the bankruptcy. But he said it gives him a personal perspective on the tough economic times. " Who better to lead out of the forest than somebody who has seen a lot of the pitfalls?" he said. Kansas faces a projected $ 295 million gap between anticipated revenues and existing spending commitments for the fiscal year beginning in July 2013. The shortfall is tied to massive income tax cuts enacted this year to Kansas to adopt standards for cursive writing The art of cursive handwriting may be losing stature in the digital age, but the Kansas State Board of Education says it still has a place in public schools. The board agreed unanimously Wednesday to adopt a policy statement encouraging schools to continue teaching cursive writing, also known as " joined italics" by some educators. But it split 8- 2 in favor of adopting formal curriculum standards to direct classroom teachers on what is expected. Those standards, however, will not result in schools having to give standardized tests in the subject, as they do in other academic subjects. After a discussion on the subject last month, the board directed staff at the Department of Education to draft a policy statement to be sent out to schools. The staff came back this month with three options: one recommending that instructional time could be put to better use in other areas; another only stressing the need to learn cursive for social functions such as a signature or reading handwritten documents; and a third emphasizing the importance of handwriting in cognitive development, as well as daily life. The board agreed unanimously on the strongest language. " The Kansas State Board of Education believes that cursive handwriting as a student skill still holds an important place in the instructional practice of every school's curriculum," the policy statement reads. " Research supports the role By Peter Hancock phancock@ ljworld. com KANSAS SENATE SCHOOLS Please see CURSIVE, page 2A Please see SENATOR, page 5A Who better to lead out of the forest than somebody who has seen a lot of the pitfalls?" - Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sen. 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