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On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. UCLA The day in photos, December 2, 2010
Do you like Fran Fraschilla as a TV analyst?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 136
Have you ever "adopted" a family for the holidays?

Poll results

Response Percent
A few times
No, I can’t afford it
Yes, it’s an annual tradition
I haven’t yet, but might someday
Total 453

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Diverging diamond diagram. KDOT eyes diverging diamond to help traffic flow
December 1, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Move over roundabout, there’s a new trend for how traffic should flow through busy interchanges. It’s called the diverging diamond, which involves motorists briefly driving on the opposite side of the road. Kansas will see its first by 2014.
6:00 a.m.
Randi Hacker, outreach coordinator at Kansas University’s Center for East Asian Studies, teaches Eudora Elementary School instructor Staci Mann’s third-grade class how to pronounce the names of the Chinese New Year birth animals. The lesson was part of a “Five Days of Chinese” outreach program. Report pulls alarm on lack of smoke detectors in Lawrence elementary schools
December 2, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Before deciding where to expand libraries, reconfigure classrooms or overhaul heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems at elementary buildings in the Lawrence school district, officials are being urged to focus their attention on a more pressing need: installing smoke detectors.
10:00 a.m.
Chad Hull, a service technician with Cloud Heating, makes a service inspection in this 2009 file photo on a home gas furnace. Natural gas prices expected to be 30 percent lower this winter
December 1, 2010
Lawrence residents should see lower natural gas bills this winter, if Mother Nature will just cooperate a little bit.
2:00 p.m.
Kay Wolfe prepares her horse to pull an Amish road cart on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. Wolfe and horse Glyn Mary Rose will be participating in the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade to trot through downtown Lawrence Saturday
December 1, 2010
Denny Lynn has seen the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in downtown Lawrence from both sides. The Eudora resident has sat along Massachusetts Street and watched the horse-drawn carts pass by. He’s also held the reins. Lynn and his wife have attended the parade multiple times, dating back as far as nine years into the soon-to-be 18-year-old event.

All stories

Review: 127 Hours
09:04 p.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 09:05 p.m.
Eric Melin reviews director Danny Boyle’s story of survival.
Judge Deanell Tacha a finalist for deanship at Pepperdine law school
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Federal appeals court Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, of Lawrence, is one of five finalists for deanship of the law school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
Vet charged with stalking Westboro church members
December 2, 2010
Prosecutors Thursday charged a decorated, double-amputee veteran with stalking and three counts of criminal use of weapons in an incident involving members of a controversial Topeka church.
Speculation that an athletic director candidate was bound for Lawrence turns out to be false
Search committee chairman says end is ‘close’
05:28 p.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 05:42 p.m.
Speculations swirled in Lawrence Thursday afternoon that a plane bound for Lawrence from Tulsa would carry Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham, one of the most-rumored candidate to replace Lew Perkins.
Judge approves receivership for Bella Sera condominiums; bank owed $13.5 million
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Bella Sera condominiums project has been pushed into receivership, as the bank that loaned more than $16 million for the development seeks to recover unpaid funds.
KU updates design of diplomas
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Now there’s no mistaking Kansas University for “The University of Ransas” on the thousands of diplomas issued each year.
Three friends make tradition out of adopting families for Christmas; 400 still on list
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
On Thursday morning, in the children’s section of J.C. Penney, Shirley Tarpy held up a bright-pink shirt with zebra-striped pants.
Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday attracting artists, commercial vendors
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kathryn Claypool never goes anywhere without a box filled of colorful yarn and crochet hooks. Whether she is sitting in front of the TV, taking a break at being nanny, sitting on an airplane or at home with family, she is likely to be crocheting.
Submit your info for our 2010 Holiday Lights Tour map
01:02 p.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 12:14 p.m.
It’s the time of year when Lawrencians dust off the holiday decorations and string up twinkling lights, garland and even install inflatable snowmen at their homes.
KU’s Turner Gill helps honor Character Counts award winners at New York School
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill helped honor 11 students and one paraeducator with special awards Thursday during New York School’s monthly Character Counts assembly.
Statehouse Live: PETA offers state budget help with anti-fishing sign
11:12 a.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 04:12 p.m. in print edition on A3
PETA said it would pay the state to erect an anti-fishing sign at Miami State Fishing Lake in Fontana. PETA would pay rent for as long as the sign remains.
Haskell students building trails to connect Haskell, Baker wetlands
December 2, 2010
Bright pink ribbons and piles of limestone rock bound by chicken wire mark a rudimentary trail that students at Haskell Indian Nations University hope will one day morph into a stronger connection between the Baker and Haskell wetlands.
Town Talk: Trash talk set to come to Lawrence City Hall; curbside recycling discussion also on tap; Lawrence citizen survey moving ahead
December 2, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Theatre Lawrence prepares ‘Annie’ for Friday opening
09:27 a.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 09:27 a.m.
Just in time to warm Lawrence residents’ hearts for the holidays.
Advanced Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth graduates new class
December 2, 2010
The Army’s School for Advanced Military Studies is graduating 27 officers this week from its Advanced Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth.
Heard on the Hill: Study abroad report released; Student responds to new Student Senate logo; KU Law group to view gay marriage arguments
December 2, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence police searching for suspects in armed robbery in 1100 block of Louisiana Street
01:01 a.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 06:06 a.m.
Lawrence police are searching for two male suspects in an armed robbery early Thursday morning in the 1100 block of Louisiana Street.
First Bell: ‘Mystery’ reading as KU basketball players line up; developmental screenings offered; recycling grants available for schools
December 2, 2010
For another sampling of early-morning news regarding area schools, check out this latest edition of First Bell.
Report pulls alarm on lack of smoke detectors in Lawrence elementary schools
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Before deciding where to expand libraries, reconfigure classrooms or overhaul heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems at elementary buildings in the Lawrence school district, officials are being urged to focus their attention on a more pressing need: installing smoke detectors.
Douglas County commission decides to let city commission take up land annexation west of Lawrence
12:00 a.m., December 2, 2010 Updated 05:05 p.m. in print edition on A1
With a 2-1 majority, Douglas County commissioners have decided to let the Lawrence City Commission consider the annexation of 51 acres of land west of the city.
25 years ago: Record-breaking cold snap causes hazardous driving conditions, but school is in session
December 2, 2010
Any Lawrence residents who wanted to do some snuggling by the fire were in luck on this day in 1985, as the morning low of 2 degrees had broken a record of 5 degrees set in 1895.
Festival of Trees at Liberty Hall raises $27K for The Shelter Inc.
December 2, 2010
The wreaths and Christmas trees auctioned Tuesday at the annual Festival of Trees raised $27,335 for The Shelter Inc. of Lawrence.
UCLA wary of KU, Allen Fieldhouse
Bruins coach expects ‘big challenge’ against Jayhawks Thursday night
December 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
One of the best defenders in Weber State basketball history, Ben Howland remembers shuffling his feet — and taking his share of charges — three decades ago in tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse.
Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma’s Jeremy Beal Big 12 football players of year
December 2, 2010
Justin Blackmon was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the year Wednesday after a breakthrough season in which he went from a relative unknown to the nation’s most productive wide receiver for No. 16 Oklahoma State.
Lawrence resident shoots himself in foot in 2500 block of Missouri Street
December 2, 2010
A Lawrence resident accidentally shot himself in the foot Wednesday evening in the 2500 block of Missouri Street.
Lawrence High School girls soccer coach Matt Anderson resigns
December 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High girls soccer coach Matt Anderson officially submitted his resignation to athletic director Ron Commons on Wednesday. Anderson had indicated his intention to leave the school in May.
Free State, Lawrence High go 1-2 at opening swim meet
December 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
If Wednesday’s opening meet was any indication, it’s bound to be a fun winter in the pool for both the Lions and Firebirds.
Our Town Sports for 12-2
December 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Local sports events and results.
Pump patrol
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several stations.
Intrust Bank employee reports forged checks
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
An employee at Intrust Bank, 901 Vt., in Lawrence reported to Lawrence police Nov. 18 that someone had forged four checks of about $1,600 each on Nov. 16 at three locations in Lawrence on an account belonging to a 34-year-old Wichita woman.
Popular Kansas musician Elbert “Big Woody” Davis dies in police chase in Topeka
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A8
A popular Kansas musician has been identified as the man killed while fleeing from deputies.
Topeka murder trial postponed for evaluation
December 2, 2010
The trial of a 43-year-old man charged with killing a man in Topeka has been postponed so the defendant can be evaluated for a brain injury.
Nebraska lawmakers hold hearing on proposed TransCanada pipeline
December 2, 2010
A TransCanada official says the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this year should not make state officials uneasy about a proposed oil pipeline route through the Nebraska Sandhills.
Criminal case an issue in Kansas casino decision
December 2, 2010
A criminal case in Iowa became a complication Wednesday for a Kansas board that will pick a developer for a state-owned casino south of Wichita because misdemeanor charges are pending against two executives in one of the two rival applicants.
Resource shift
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
Kansas needs to produce more graduates in high economic value fields to grow the state economy. Despite the Kansas Board of Regents’ claim that $62 million from Kansas taxpayers would overcome recent inflation, address deferred items of need and increase nursing and engineering opportunities for students, the constraint facing the Legislature is that tax revenues from state income are likely to grow very slightly in the next few years. Thus, KBOR asserts a need to re-allocate present level of tax revenue instead of other priorities.
Nation out of its mind with fear
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of America’s mind. It was last seen last month in Oklahoma. There, voters gave emphatic approval to a measure outlawing the use of Sharia law — a strict and often brutal interpretation of Islamic religious strictures — in state courts. Sharia is not known to be a problem in Oklahoma, or, for that matter, anywhere else in the United States, something even the bill’s backers concede. But, said the initiative’s sponsor, then-Republican state Rep. Rex Duncan, why wait?
Momentum shifts on deficit reduction
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
The two-day delay until Friday that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson obtained before their debt-management commission decides on their tough-medicine recommendations may not be enough to produce the votes needed to send those proposals on to Congress.
Propane torch responsible for large fire at Milburn Golf & Country Club in Overland Park
December 2, 2010
A propane torch is getting the blame for a fire that caused extensive damage to a suburban Kansas City country club.
100 years ago: KU student blinded by chemistry-class explosion
December 2, 2010
“Frank Belding, of Pleasanton, a junior in the university, may lose the sight of both eyes as a result of an explosion in the chemistry building yesterday afternoon.”
Inmate issues
Either directly or indirectly, decisions made at the state level have placed an increased burden on county corrections facilities.
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
Sedgwick County officials are drawing attention to the number of convicted felons who are serving their sentences in county jails rather than being transferred to state correctional facilities. Because the state doesn’t reimburse county jails for that service, the cost of housing those inmates is shifted from the state to the counties.
Tune In: Thomas Jefferson put on trial in History Channel’s ‘Decoded’
December 2, 2010
Blame it on Dan Brown. Now history can’t simply be learned, appreciated or discussed. It has to be “decoded.”
Horoscope for Dec. 2
December 2, 2010
This year, you move in a new direction, surprising others, perhaps even yourself. You have an intensity that sometimes overwhelms others. Stop and center yourself during the day. Don’t take people’s reactions personally. Use care if you are single, because you could draw an emotionally unavailable suitor. In 2011, Cupid will be running around your neighborhood. If you are attached, the two of you already know that Cupid has been in your neighborhood. Scorpio reads you cold.
40 years ago: Bomb threat in Allen Fieldhouse causes delay in KU basketball game
December 2, 2010
The 13,000 basketball fans in Allen Fieldhouse were probably wondering about the abnormally long first half of the previous night’s KU opener against Long Beach State.
Lawrence puppy seller reports attempted fraud
December 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Last week, Bill Goodson Jr. thought he was receiving a normal inquiry from out of state about one of the six English Setter puppies he was selling. But things got stranger as the rural Lawrence resident took a closer look at the response he’d received to his newspaper ad.
Crop bounty spurs construction boom at grain elevators in Kansas
December 2, 2010
A construction boom has been under way at grain elevators across the Great Plains, where farmers have grown more corn and opted to keep more of the grain to meet the demand from ethanol plants.