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Archive for Monday, November 30, 2009

Also from November 30

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Jayhawk fans serving in the military The day in photos, November 30, 2009
Polls
How will the economy affect your gift-giving this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’m giving less
 
50%
No change
 
31%
I’m not giving any gifts
 
14%
I’m giving more
 
4%
Total 772
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence designer Kitty Reese. Reese’s Pieces: Kitty Reese screen-prints designs with a darker ‘Holly Hobbie Country Rainbow Brite’ aesthetic
November 29, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Kitty Reese calls for her fluffy white pet rabbit that’s hopping around her in-house sewing studio. Candy-colored fabric sits in piles, with drawings of woodland creatures hung on the walls. It’s like some kind of Snow White scenario with Reese as the Disney damsel.
6:00 a.m.
Anne Wilsey, second from left, leads a “Self-Care 101” class at Be Moved Studio, 2 E. Seventh St. The class combines yoga with other self-care instruction. To ease holiday stress, people are encouraged to exercise, watch what they eat, get plenty of rest and, simply and mindfully, breathe. Breathing lessons
November 30, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Having eaten the Thanksgiving leftovers, braved the early-morning sales, survived the Kansas-Missouri game and otherwise endured the weekend, it’s time to get moving again.
10:00 a.m.
Gina Wilcox, left, and her family and friends were setting out holiday decorations Saturday. The Wilcox home at 27th and Harper streets has a dazzling display of seasonal cheer. A labor of love shines brightly
November 30, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Gina Wilcox can tell you the most difficult part about putting up an extravaganza of Christmas lights. It is trying to find that darn, elusive scrooge of a bulb that has burned out and is ruining a whole string of lights.
2:00 p.m.
Students in a 9th grade biology class at Southwest Junior High School participate in a virtual classroom. Lawrence school Supt. Randy Weseman said statewide budget cuts could lead to layoffs or reductions in services. As school funding takes another budget hit, KNEA calls for more responsible tax policy
November 30, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The upcoming fight over whether to cut more from the state budget or raise taxes to make up for lost revenue will inevitably focus on public school funding.
6:00 p.m.
Decorated trees stand in Liberty Hall, ready to be displayed during Lawrence’s 2009 Festival of Trees. Decorated trees to take bow in annual holiday fundraiser
November 30, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The 23rd annual Lawrence Festival of Trees, which kicks off Monday has become a Christmastime tradition.

All stories

Crews respond to east Lawrence building fire
09:44 p.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 11:45 p.m. in print edition on A4
Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in the 800 block of Garfield Street.
2009 giving to United Way roughly equal to 2008, so far
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
The United Way of Douglas County’s 2009 campaign is still ahead of where it was a year ago.
Black Hills forecasts significantly lower energy bills for Lawrence residents this winter
Price of natural gas predicted to drop 25%
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
This economic downturn might produce at least one benefit this winter: lower natural gas bills.
Wichita police arrest two in double killings
November 30, 2009
Police in Wichita say two teenagers have been arrested in the killings of a man and woman found dead on Thanksgiving Day.
Ag Hall of Fame looks to cultivate attendance
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A4
The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame is taking steps to boost attendance and avoid having to close its doors. The Bonner Springs facility, which next summer celebrates the 50th anniversary of receiving its congressional charter to be the nation’s official agricultural center, considered going completely online amid low attendance and money trouble.
River City Reading Festival makes return after lack of sponsor caused cancelation in 2009
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A5
After a one-year hiatus, Lawrence’s River City Reading Festival plans to return in 2010.
KU, Texas 1-2 in both college basketball polls
03:43 p.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 03:48 p.m.
Kansas and Texas were first and second, respectively, in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls released Monday.
Prosecutors describe attack on ex-wife as nightmarish as trial begins for Lawrence man
Man accused in attack of ex-wife with baseball bat
02:45 p.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 05:54 p.m. in print edition on A3
Prosecutors said Arthur Davis III, 61, and his 15-year-old son entered the woman’s house in the middle of the night on June 16 and struck her repeatedly with a bat, causing multiple cuts to her head.
Capital murder charges filed in Burlingame triple homicide
10:54 a.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 02:43 p.m. in print edition on B8
Authorities have filed a capital murder charge against a man accused of killing his wife and two daughters in eastern Kansas.
St. Louis prep Beal chooses Florida
High school junior says KU was runner-up
10:11 a.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Bradley Beal tried to squeeze several caps onto a podium Monday morning in the St. Louis Chaminade High School library.
Check, please! Negotiating restaurant traffic a delicate art
November 30, 2009
We’ve all been there before — after finishing a meal out, you and your party are feeling full and convivial. You’d like to stay at the restaurant, soak up the atmosphere and conversation, and maybe polish off another drink or two…
Breathing lessons
Simple act of inhaling, exhaling relieves stress in hectic season
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
Having eaten the Thanksgiving leftovers, braved the early-morning sales, survived the Kansas-Missouri game and otherwise endured the weekend, it’s time to get moving again.
Suspect arrested in slayings of wife, daughters
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A4
A former city official from Missouri who lost his job after he was charged with assaulting his wife was accused Sunday of fatally shooting her and their teenage daughters in eastern Kansas.
KU freshman shines in Norwegian meet
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman swimmer Monica Johannessen won two more medals on Sunday’s final day of the Junior Norwegian Championships.
Somali training camps fuel threat of attacks against U.S.
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B12
The recruits gather in scorching desert hideouts in Somalia, use portraits of President Barack Obama for target practice, learn how to make and detonate bombs, and vow allegiance to Osama bin Laden.
Decorated trees to take bow in annual holiday fundraiser
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
The 23rd annual Lawrence Festival of Trees, which kicks off Monday has become a Christmastime tradition.
A labor of love shines brightly
While some families still go all out on decorations, others trim that from budget
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gina Wilcox can tell you the most difficult part about putting up an extravaganza of Christmas lights. It is trying to find that darn, elusive scrooge of a bulb that has burned out and is ruining a whole string of lights.
Jayni and Julia
November 30, 2009
Jayni Carey tries out some of Julia Child’s most famous recipes on a new episode airing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Iran plans 10 more uranium facilities in defiance of U.N.
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran approved plans Sunday to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of U.N. demands it halt enrichment and a move that is likely to significantly heighten tensions with the West.
‘Saddam Channel’ appears mysteriously
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
Turning on their TVs during the long holiday weekend, Iraqis were greeted by a familiar if unexpected face from their brutal past: Saddam Hussein.
Treat HIV patients sooner, agency says
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
People infected with the virus that causes AIDS should start treatment earlier than currently recommended, the World Health Organization said today.
Ruling party candidate concedes in election
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
Ruling party candidate Elvin Santos conceded defeat to conservative rancher Porfirio Lobo in post-coup Honduran elections Sunday.
More shoppers hit stores, but spend less
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
More Americans hit the stores during Black Friday and the rest of the holiday-shopping weekend, but they spent less than they did last year, a retail trade group said Sunday.
Williams gets No. 600
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B6
Roy Williams’ milestone victories are starting to blend together for No. 11 North Carolina.
St. Louis prep Beal to declare today
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
Bradley Beal, a 6-foot-3 junior shooting guard from Chaminade High in St. Louis, has called a 10 a.m. news conference today at his high school to announce his college choice.
Chiefs give it away
Chargers turn four turnovers into scores
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Chargers converted four turnovers into scores in a 43-14 victory over Kansas City on Sunday to run their winning streak to six games.
Nation to back banks amid Dubai meltdown
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A7
The United Arab Emirates has pledged to stand behind foreign and domestic banks in the country, offering additional money while extolling the strength of the Persian Gulf nation’s financial sector as world markets brace for a potential day of reckoning today over Dubai’s crushing debt.
Ex-convict is sought in police shootings
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A7
A man with an extensive criminal past — including a lengthy prison sentence commuted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee nearly a decade ago — was being sought Sunday in a deadly ambush on four police officers who were gunned down inside a coffee shop.
Senator: Afghan forces key to military success
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A12
The leading Senate Democrat on military matters said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s anticipated plan for significantly expanding U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan must show how those reinforcements will help increase the size of the Afghan security forces.
Turbulence ahead: Senate to begin health care debate
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A12
The 60 votes aren’t there any more.
Upfront money needed to ease climate deal
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B12
Money on the table — perhaps $10 billion a year or more — could help close a deal in Denmark next month and keep climate talks moving toward a new global treaty in 2010.
Full gas tanks could stop small-plane crashes
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B12
Cheryl Allegretti’s husband was a meticulous pilot with more than 20 years experience when the plane he was piloting crashed in a northwest Iowa cornfield, killing him and two passengers, apparently because it ran out of gas.
For-profit colleges haul in federal aid for poor students
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B12
Students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the billions of new dollars Washington is spending on college aid for the poor.
Arts Center calling all elves
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A5
Mothers Of PreSchoolers (MOPS) is looking for volunteers to work with children ages birth to 6 years.
Pump patrol
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several stations.
As school funding takes another budget hit, KNEA calls for more responsible tax policy
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
The upcoming fight over whether to cut more from the state budget or raise taxes to make up for lost revenue will inevitably focus on public school funding.
Push to privatize is on the table
Legislators hear proposal to outsource services
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
The purveyors of privatization are knocking on the Legislature’s door with promises of cheaper and more efficient operations.
Swiss ban mosque minarets in vote
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A7
Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.
Early autism therapy promising
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
The first rigorous study of behavior treatment in autistic children as young as 18 months found two years of therapy can vastly improve symptoms, often resulting in a milder diagnosis.
KU coach Self perks up ailing Texas youth
12:00 a.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 11:56 a.m. in print edition on B1
Quade Towers, a 9-year-old Kansas University basketball fan and standout youth-league player from Austin, Texas, recently received a spirit-lifting phone call from the coach of his favorite team.
Reasons for skid plentiful
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
Overshadowed by the head coach’s unusual two-week walk on the plank was the collapse of a Kansas University football team that won its first five games and lost its last seven. How did it happen?
Uncertainty surrounds Kansas football
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
About the only certainty with the 2010 Kansas University football team is uncertainty
Woods owes us no explanation
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B2
This is not in the Bill of Rights, but I think all Americans have a right to screw up their own marriages. I don’t know if Tiger Woods has exercised that right or not. We might never know. It is, frankly, not our business.
Woods online: Crash ‘my fault’
For third time, golfer cancels meeting with police
November 30, 2009 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods finally gave his side of the story Sunday — on his Web site, not to police — and took the blame for an “embarrassing” car crash that gave him cuts, bruises and public scrutiny like never before.
Horoscope for November 30, 2009
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
This year, discover the power of creativity and spontaneity. Others are often jolted, and that could have long-term implications to your stability. If you are single, relating might be easy, but because of your style, forming a long-term bond will take time. If you are attached, the next year invites better communication. A Taurus is a good co-worker.
25 years ago: No satisfaction with contract negotiations
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A9
School Supt. Dan Neuenswander said he was not satisfied with the way teacher contract negotiations were handled in the district.
100 years ago: Man killed jumping from train
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 30, 1909: “Martin Shafer was killed at Bonner Springs yesterday in a jump from a train at a Bonner crossing. He is a postal clerk and often has done the same thing but it was dark and he misjudged his landing and died as a result.”
Pelosi, Reid leadership warrants praise
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A9
Like many previous congressional leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are better known as inside congressional players than as compelling national leaders.
Medical marijuana blurs legal lines
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A9
Inside the green neon sign, which is shaped like a marijuana leaf, is a red cross.
Not a problem
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A9
Changes being sought in the selection of Kansas judges could create more problems than they would solve.
Spirit of Saint Nick visits Holiday Homes Tour
November 30, 2009
“Decking the halls” is a literal phrase at a northwest Lawrence home featured on this year’s Holiday Homes Tour, sponsored by Health Care Access. The two-story, 91-year-old house belonging to Marilyn and Curt Hall features hosts of angels, festive Santas and a Christmas tree in every room.
Winter fashion, fingers forward
November 30, 2009
The rush of the holiday season seems to encompass December, so be sure to squeeze in some shopping and pampering for yourself before you are caught in a whirlwind! Focus on small, affordable details that can completely transform your look.
Holidays and divorce: Plan new traditions to celebrate
November 30, 2009
With new divorces involving a million children each year, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis, each holiday season presents a new set of parents with the struggle of how to make happy holiday memories out of a family situation that is forever changed.
Treats for unhappy feet
November 30, 2009
“When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” Truer words were never spoken. Just ask Laura Humerickhouse, a Lawrence parking control officer who spends eight hours a day hoofing it in and around downtown Lawrence.
Horoscopes
November 30, 2009
This week’s birthdays: This week brings the fun-time full moon in Gemini. The moon is bright and awake in Gemini, and she chatters away about all the most interesting happenings of the times. Information that has been secret, communication that has been difficult or daily proceedings that have been on hold will finally get the green light. Uranus goes direct in Pisces, too. If you feel something has kept you from your destiny, the barrier will be lifted.
Comic book gifts fit every fan, every budget
November 30, 2009
You can brighten the holidays for the comics fan in your life with gifts for the bookshelf and the toy box. Here are some suggestions.
Stop throwing money down the drain
November 30, 2009
Dual-flush toilets save water and money by allowing you to flush with a half-tank of water or a full tank of water, depending on your needs. Proper installation and use of a dual-flush valve within your existing toilet will save thousands of gallons of water each year.
Catalog blizzard not always a merry event
November 30, 2009
It’s a sure sign that Christmas is coming. A chill in the air. Bing Crosby music at the mall. And the first blizzard. Not snow, but mail order catalogs — their glossy pages imploring Americans to buy everything from flannel shirts to expensive chocolates to the latest in must-have electronics.
2009 a very good year for tech gifts
November 30, 2009
This holiday season is a great time to buy a PC. There’s a nice new version of Windows out, and manufacturers are adding interesting new technologies. Here’s a guide to what’s fresh in PCs.
Audience builder: Former producer develops new, local markets
November 30, 2009
“I grew up in the ’60s when women were just breaking into the male working world, especially in television,” says Patti McCormick, former Hollywood producer, now director of media, events and public and community relations for the Eldridge and Oread hotels.
The Edge
November 30, 2009
• ‘Pirate Latitudes’ (Books) • John Mayer (Music) • Kris Kristofferson (Music)
Canine compatibility: Certain breeds better match for young families
November 30, 2009
When Michelle Sparks and her family decided to adopt a puppy, they weren’t sure they were ready. They had one dog already. But their hound dog, Bo, would grow lonely when no one was home. He wanted someone to play with.
Library top 10
November 30, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., as of Nov. 23.
Lazy shopping reaches peak
November 30, 2009
As I sat on the sofa in our basement listening to the Domino’s delivery guy ring the doorbell on Black Friday, exhausted from online shopping and ready to eat anything that didn’t come with gravy, I found myself wondering how I got to this point. And why wasn’t anyone answering the door?
Despair reigns in return of popular A&E series
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
It’s interesting — if a little obvious — that a medium as omnipresent and ordinary as television rarely presents everyday life.
Play school: Check out tips for buying ‘smart toys’ for children
November 30, 2009
When buying toys for her daughter, Hannah, 2, Lawrence mom Sarah Todd has just a few criteria. “We try to make the toy somewhat educational or something that encourages imaginary play,” says Todd, a former teacher and now a stay-at-home mom…
Audition anxiety: Tryouts can offer teachable moments for children
November 30, 2009
When Alexis Kreigh, 10, auditioned for the Lawrence Arts Center’s annual production of “A Kansas Nutcracker,” she assumed the lead role would go to one of the older girls, someone who had performed in more shows.
Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Lunch Menu
November 30, 2009
Jay Leno losing audience to DVR machines, Nielsen says
November 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
Much of the prime-time audience lost to NBC when Jay Leno moved into prime-time has gone not to its rivals but the digital video recorder.