Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2007

Also from December 20

Blog entries
On the street
Photo galleries
Basketball Season 2007-2008
Have you mailed your Christmas cards yet?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, not sending any this year
Total 243

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
10:23 a.m.
Kansas University freshman Conner Hinderks, Leawood, carts personal belongings up a ramp into Hashinger Hall with the help of his father, Mark in this file photo.  KU students are paying $3,224 to live in the dorms during the 2007-08 school year, and this rate may increase by an additional 6 percent. Price to live in KU student housing may go up again
December 20, 2007 in print edition on 1A
In the past five years, apartment rent in Lawrence has increased an average of 9 percent, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority. At the same time, the cost to rent a standard, unrenovated double room in Kansas University’s residence halls has skyrocketed nearly 34 percent - from $2,406 a year in 2002 to $3,224 this year.
1:00 p.m.
Kansas defensive end Jeff Wheeler lags behind Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel as he heaves a pass during the first half of the Border War game at Arrowhead Stadium.. KU-MU figures still not known
December 20, 2007 in print edition on 1B
There’s still no final tally for how much Kansas University, Missouri University and the Kansas City Chiefs made from the two schools’ Nov. 28 battle at Arrowhead Stadium. And according to a letter from the KU athletic department, the number won’t be available until at least 60 days after the game - or sometime in mid January. The letter was received in response to an open records request by the Lawrence Journal-World.
4:00 p.m.
In 2004, Alan Miller lead an effort to convince Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials to reopen the mental health unit, which closed earlier that year.  Three years later, the LMH board does not have any plans to open the unit.
LMH won’t reopen mental health unit
December 20, 2007 in print edition on 3A
The new emergency department of Lawrence Memorial Hospital will have more space devoted to the treatment of psychiatric conditions, but the hospital does not have any plans to reopen the mental health unit it closed in 2004.
10:00 p.m.
Shoppers Peggy Taylor, Lawrence, center, and Karen Riveland, Topeka, right, have a laugh with Becky Snyder, employee of The Bay Leaf, 725 Mass., as the two look for gifts over the lunch hour Thursday. Recent harsh weather has pushed back holiday shopping for many. After slow start, holiday shoppers pick up momentum
December 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Christmas may not have come early this year, but it certainly did sneak up on a lot of shoppers. Local retail stores and shoppers both say that heavy shopping didn’t get started until this week. Some blame it on the weather, others blame it on a busy schedule, but not too many blame it on a bad economy.

All stories

NBA Roundup
December 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores around the league.
Casting doubt
Sometimes, it’s not so much what you do as how you do it that causes problems.
December 20, 2007 in print edition on A10
It’s unfortunate that the actions of some city, county and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce officials have cast a cloud of suspicion on efforts to keep an attractive business in Lawrence.