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Area physician Mary Vernon convicted on charges for federal tax evasion

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored a book with the late Dr. Robert Atkins has been convicted of evading federal income taxes.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that 61-year-old Dr. Mary C. Vernon, of Lawrence, was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion Friday by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan.

Vernon practiced medicine in Lawrence and Shawnee. Prosecutors said she earned nearly $800,000 for services to Atkins’ nutrition and weight-loss companies from 2003 to 2008.

She and Atkins co-wrote “Atkins Diabetes Revolution,” which was published in 2004. She also served as a medical director for nursing homes.

Prosecutors said Vernon avoided paying income taxes from 2004 through 2008. The conviction carries maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

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Embiid, Self deny Yahoo Sports report of NBA Draft declaration

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas fans woke up Thursday to the news that Joel Embiid was headed for the NBA Draft. A report by Yahoo Sports citing anonymous sources said the freshman center was in the process of selecting an agent, and a formal announcement will be made soon.

By mid-morning, Embiid and his advisor Luc Richard Mbah a Moute shot down the Yahoo! report on Twitter. They both tweeted that Embiid hasn’t made a decision yet. Then around noon, the Lawrence Journal-World reached Bill Self by phone at his office.

“I have Jo in my office right now,” Self told the Journal World. “He didn’t know where that came from. No decision has been made on what he’s going to do next year at all. I think he’s still a little ways away from that. That information that was reported did not come from Jo.”



Jayhawks pull away from upset-minded Eastern Kentucky in 80-69 win

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis had double-doubles and second-seeded Kansas pulled away down the stretch to beat pesky Eastern Kentucky 80-69 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Traylor finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Ellis had 14 points and 13 boards for the Jayhawks (25-9), who trailed 56-53 with 9 minutes to go before their game-ending charge.

They advanced to play No. 10 seed Stanford, a 58-53 winner over seventh-seeded New Mexico, on Sunday in the third round of the South Regional.

Glenn Cosey hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points for the 15th-seeded Colonels (24-10), the Ohio Valley Conference champions. Tarius Johnson and Eric Stutz finished with 15 points apiece.

Joe’s Weather Blog: KC Snow Chances

Lots of clouds out there today have cut back our warming potential…but some areas SE of the KC area are doing pretty good today ahead of colder air that is moving towards the region. We will sort of get a couple of waves of chillier weather move through the region…one coming in later this evening then a re-enforcing surge of colder air over the weekend and another shot early next week. The end result of all this will be a step down trend in the temperatures…from around 70° yesterday to 60° or so today to 45-50° tomorrow…the lower 40s on Sunday and perhaps only the 30s on Monday.

Take a look at the 2PM temperatures in the region…even with NW winds it’s not bad here..notice also for areas SE/S of the KC area…things are in the 70s. The temperatures in the following image are in RED

91-year-old fighting for what she deems a fair sale price for home

LAWRENCE, Kan. — An elderly lady is fighting for what she says is a fair price for her family home.

“They’re taking advantage of me,” said 91-year-old Georgia Bell, who has lived in the same house in Lawrence for 70 years. She says a developer, Jim Heffernan of HERE LLC out of Chicago, called her on the phone and asked her if she wanted to sell her home.

“When he asked me how much I want for my property, I thought I was supposed to say what I think what I want for it, I don’t think he can say I don’t think it’s that much,” said Bell.

She wanted $950,000. He offered her a lot less than that.

“He offered me $300,000, oh my God that’s a long way from $950,000,” Bell replied.

She ignored that offer. The offer now stands at $600,000, but Bell says that’s not good enough either.

“I never asked for six,” she said.

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Wal-Mart will buy your used video games to resell

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wal-Mart will soon let consumers trade in their old video games for gift cards that they can then use to shop for items in its stores or on walmart.com.

The world’s largest retailer said its new video game trade-in service kicks off on March 26 and will roll out in more than 3,100 Wal-Mart discount stores nationwide.

The retailer said the service will accept unlimited number of games for popular consoles, including Sony Playstation, Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s XBOX as long as they aren’t damaged and are in their original packaging.

After they bring in the games, consumers will get an eGift card which they can use to shop for groceries at Wal-Mart, jewelry on walmart.com or even for gas at Sam’s Club locations.