Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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On the street
If a third Chief, besides Tony Gonzalez and Jared Allen, was to make the Pro Bowl, who should it be?

Poll results

Response Percent
Dwayne Bowe
Derrick Johnson
Brian Waters
Jarrad Page
Someone else
Total 41
New Jersey this week banned executions. Capital punishment was re-established in Kansas in 1994, but no one has been executed in the state since 1965. What should the future of the Kansas law be?

Poll results

Response Percent
Maintain capital punishment.
Eliminate the law.
Don’t know.
Total 343

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
An anonymous donor gave Kansas University Medical Center $4 million to benefit spinal cord research. Hospital, KUMC reach affiliation deal
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
When it was all said and done Tuesday, there were no champagne corks popping in celebration. Instead, those involved with approving one of Kansas’ largest-ever hospital affiliation agreements retreated to lunch or to their cars and on to other things. The Kansas University Hospital Authority board approved its affiliation with KU Medical Center and Kansas University Physicians Inc. Just like that, 18 months of bitter negotiations - with grievances sometimes aired in the media or in front of legislative committees - came to an end.
9:00 a.m.
City commissioners broke the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door meeting to discuss granting more than $1 million in incentives to a local company, the Kansas attorney general has found. But Attorney General Paul Morrison is willing to forgo prosecution if city commissioners agree to admit their wrongdoing and personally pay for two hours of professional training on the open meetings law. Mayor, county commissioner face more Deciphera allegations
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Grassroots Action, a local political activism group, has asked the Douglas County District Attorney to investigate Mayor Sue Hack and Douglas County Commissioner Bob Johnson’s role in an approximately $1 million package of economic development incentives given to Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company that was considering moving outside of Lawrence.
1:00 p.m.
Bob Nelson, 85, considered by some Kansas University coaches and players one of the best-ever KU fans, is finally getting his degree from the university. Today he will celebrate with friends, coaches and players. Old-school KU fan gets degree
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Bob Nelson’s 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. “Arguably, there’s never been a better Jayhawk fan,” men’s basketball coach Bill Self said.
4:00 p.m.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino congratulates running back Jake Sharp after a touchdown run against Nebraska. Mangino prides himself on never having told a player an untruth. Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year
December 19, 2007
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino brought in another lunker of an award. The Associated Press today named Mangino the national coach of the year, after the Jayhawks shocked college football by going 11-1 and earning an invitation to the Orange Bowl.
10:00 p.m.
Meredith Kane, a former Lawrence High School teacher, walks to court in July with her attorney, James Rumsey in this Journal-World file photo.  Ex-teacher gets 59 months for sex with student
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A mother rejoiced Wednesday evening as a judge sentenced a former Lawrence teacher to serve almost five years in prison for having a sexual relationship with her underage son. “I’ve lost my son for a short period of time. I’m seeing glimpses of him back, but a 15-year-old can’t live like a 20-year-old,” the victim’s mother, Teresa Chapin, said. She spoke after Douglas County District Court Judge Stephen Six sentenced Meredith L. Kane, 24, to serve 59 months and register as a sex offender.

All stories

AP honors UF’s Tebow
Soph adds Player of the Year to accolades
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B7
At Southeastern Conference media days in July, Florida coach Urban Meyer joked about all the questions surrounding quarterback Tim Tebow.
NBA Roundup
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores around the league.