Archive for Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius, shown in this 2008 file photo, Gov. has ordered state agencies to cut spending by 3 percent, which could hurt Kansans with disabilities. Kansans with disabilities fear budget cuts
November 20, 2008
In her wheelchair, Kim Vermillion of Olathe makes a point by slapping the back of one hand to the palm of the other. Her mother, Vickie, translates: More money is needed for Kansans like Kim who have disabilities but face waiting lists for services and possible cuts because of the state budget crunch.
6:00 a.m.
This aerial photograph looks southwest across the construction site for upgrades to the West Lawrence interchange, which is exit 202 on the Kansas Turnpike. At the right side of the photo - which is the north end of the site, across a new bridge being built - is the circular foundation for what will be a new roundabout, one designed to handle traffic exiting the turnpike from the east and getting onto the turnpike to go west. Turnpike ramps to reopen Monday at West Lawrence interchange
November 21, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Drivers already energized by falling fuel prices and favorable weather conditions now have something else to look forward to: free-flowing traffic at the Kansas Turnpike’s West Lawrence interchange.
10:00 a.m.
Salvation Army volunteer Arthur Elmer puts together bologna sandwiches within the food pantry area of the shelter to be given away later Friday at the Salvation Army, 946 N.H. Shelter workers explained that the demand for food and living assistance is much higher than what the shelter has to offer because of a lack of donations. Social services brace for ‘new faces’
November 22, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Linda Lassen’s involvement with Penn House began shortly after the social service agency opened in 1969. She started as a volunteer and today serves as program director. So she’s seen lots of ups and down in the economy — and in her clients’ lives.
2:00 p.m.
Kevin Tomkins, 16, rocks through the first elimination round of the Guitar Hero competition held Friday night at Liberty Hall. The event, sponsored by the United Way and the Boys and Girls Club, raised about $450 for the United Way, according to event organizers. United Way a winner in battle of the axes
November 22, 2008 in print edition on 1A
It was a chance to become a rock star — at least among Lawrence junior high school students. “Me and my friends decided to see who was better in the group, so we’re just here to have fun and hang out,” Alfonso Reeves said Friday evening at Liberty Hall in-between turns in a tournament for the video game “Guitar Hero.”
2:00 p.m.
The Firebirds swamp head coach Bob Lisher as he raises the sub-state championship plaque on Friday. Dream drive
November 22, 2008 in print edition on 1B
It wasn’t quite deja vu, but it was darn close. For the second time in two weeks, the Free State High football team saved its best for last, unleashing a 17-play, 80-yard drive that took 8:22 off the clock and gave the Firebirds’ a 14-7 victory over Blue Valley in a Class 6A state semifinal contest that propelled Free State into the state title game for the first time in school history.

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