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Archive for Saturday, December 4, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill addresses students at New York school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes. KU’s Turner Gill helps honor Character Counts award winners at New York School
December 2, 2010 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 a.m.
An architectural rendering of a proposed seven-story building from the perspective of Ninth and New Hampshire Streets. City of Lawrence’s legal department looking at how abstentions will alter votes needed to grant incentives to Ninth and New Hampshire project
December 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The longtime saying at Lawrence City Hall is that you have to be able to count to three — meaning that nothing passes through the City Commission without three votes.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Zach Stoltenberg has one of the more impressive Christmas light displays in town. He has more than 10,000 lights set to music that play from 6 p.m. to midnight at his home in west Lawrence. Lawrence man’s extreme passion for Christmas illuminates the whole neighborhood
12:41 p.m., December 3, 2010 Updated 1:49 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Zach Stoltenberg moved furniture into his new house on a corner lot with his wife, Alicia, on Nov. 7. The very next day, he started putting Christmas lights up on the house.
2:00 p.m.
Looking south from the Wells Overlook tower, this photograph from May 2010 shows construction on a stretch of the new U.S. Highway 59. This area is on Pleasant Grove Hill, south of County Road 458 and east of the current U.S. 59. EPA orders KDOT to correct stormwater runoff violations at U.S. Highway 59 construction site
December 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The EPA announced Friday it has ordered the Kansas Department of Transportation to correct violations in controlling stormwater runoff on the U.S. Highway 59 construction site in Douglas and Franklin counties.
6:00 p.m.
A crowd forms early outside the I-70 Business Center, where Lawrence residents gathered to try and secure a winter coat. Scotch Dry Cleaners collected and cleaned the coats as part of its Share the Warmth campaign. Scotch Share the Warmth coat giveaway under way in Lawrence
December 3, 2010
Shoppers started lining up at 4 a.m. Friday morning to reserve their spot in line for the 24th annual Scotch Cleaners Share the Warmth Giveaway.

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KU women notch second road win with 73-65 victory over SMU
December 4, 2010
Monica Engelman scored 17 points and added eight rebounds, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 73-65 victory over SMU on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.
Five arrested in two burglary incidents in the 1100 block of Louisiana
08:18 a.m., December 4, 2010 Updated 09:11 a.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence Police responded to two separate burglary incidents in the 1100 block of Louisiana Street late Friday night and early Saturday morning, resulting in the arrests of five people.
Farmers’ market sets holiday session
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
The 2010 Lawrence Farmers’ Holiday Market will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
Children can share pancakes with Santa
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
Guess who’s coming to breakfast? Santa!
Lawrence High boys basketball team routed by Rural
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
It’s pretty easy to figure out Washburn Rural’s offensive strategy. All you need to do is glance at their post players.
Area hoops roundup: Basehor-Linwood sweeps Tonganoxie
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Tonganoxie High boys basketball coach Shawn Phillips knew his team wouldn’t be able to match Basehor-Linwood’s size in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
Veritas boys, girls roll to Shea tourney finals
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Veritas Christian School’s boys basketball team defeated Flint Hills Christian, 44-18, on Friday in the semifinals of the Shea Tournament.
KU defensive back Ryan Murphy done with football
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Former Free State High standout Ryan Murphy, a junior defensive back on the Kansas University football team, informed KU coach Turner Gill this week during individual meetings that he would not return for his senior season, instead electing to focus on academics and his future.
Heat moving forward
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B4
That long-awaited first trip to Cleveland with LeBron James in enemy colors now behind them, the Miami Heat might now start plotting their first trip to another new destination. Like first place, for example.
Cavs didn’t appreciate LeBron’s words, actions
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B4
LeBron James may have ruined another friendship back in Ohio.
Huskers get last shot at Big 12 title
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
It’s time for Nebraska to take its final bow in the Big 12.
LHS girls fall to Washburn Rural, 62-29
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
When teams shoot poorly, coaches often point to bad shot selection or rushed attempts.
Military news
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Military news for December 4, 2010.
Scouting news
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Scouting news for December 4, 2010.
Club news for Dec. 4
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Club news for December 4, 2010.
Around and About
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
News from around and about in Lawrence.
Football talent on hand at KU campus this weekend
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
Members of senior classes that change football programs tend to return to campus recruiting visits when asked to identify the day the tide turned.
NCAA: Referee made right call in KU’s victory over UCLA
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
John Adams, the NCAA’s coordinator of men’s basketball officials, on Friday said official Doug Sirmons made the correct foul call on UCLA’s Malcolm Lee with 0.7 seconds left in Kansas University’s 77-76 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Baker soccer falls in semis
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Baker University’s women’s soccer team fell to Hastings (Neb.) College, 3-1, on Friday in the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs.
City Commission agenda for Dec. 7
Commission to weigh issuing industrial revenue bonds
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider issuing $23.72 million worth of Industrial Revenue Bonds for a hydroelectric power plant project Bowersock Mills and Power Co. and $13.5 million of IRBs for various projects at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Faith Foum: How has the commercialism that has affected Christmas changed Hanukkah historically?
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B8
Conventional wisdom has it that Hanukkah gets far more attention than it deserves; after all, it’s only a minor festival; not even biblical in origin; the only reason we give gifts during Hanukkah is because everyone else is giving Christmas presents.
Mortgages
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 71 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Pump patrol
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.77 at several stations.
Obama, troops cheer each other in surprise visit
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
In a rousing holiday-season visit, President Barack Obama on Friday told cheering U.S. troops in Afghanistan they’re succeeding in their vital mission fighting terrorism.
Car crashes into Dillons
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
Around 3 p.m. Friday, a woman who was attempting to park her car in front of Dillons, 1740 Mass., lost control of the vehicle.
Hold the brownies! Bill could place limits on bake sales
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A9
A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama — and championed by the first lady — gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates say sometimes replace wholesome meals in the lunchroom.
WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A9
WikiLeaks became an Internet vagabond Friday, moving from one website to another as governments and hackers hounded the organization, trying to deprive it of a direct line to the public.
Apple laptop reported stolen
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 53-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Tuesday that someone stole her $2,000 Apple MacIntosh laptop computer and $16 in cash from her residence in the 400 block of North Crest Place, which is north of Peterson Road.
Added oversight might benefit universities
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback and members of his transition team are dealing with thousands of details and demands to prepare the state’s new leadership team to get off to a good start in early January.
Scientists reverse signs of aging in mice
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A9
Have scientists finally discovered the genetic fountain of youth?
Bankruptcies filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A6
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Plan to cut deficit fails to advance
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A10
President Barack Obama’s deficit commission failed Friday to forge consensus on what to do about an increasingly urgent debt problem, but the breakdown of its vote lays out the road map for how Congress might address it next year.
U.S., South Korea reach highly coveted trade agreement
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A10
The U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement on America’s largest trade pact in more than a decade, a highly coveted deal the Obama administration hopes will boost U.S. exports and create tens of thousands of jobs at home.
FDA panel moves toward expanding use of stomach bands
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A10
About 12 million more obese Americans could soon qualify for surgery to implant a small, flexible stomach band designed to help them lose weight by dramatically limiting their food intake.
Korea requires quick action
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A11
Tension and hostility obviously rein on the Korean Peninsula at the moment following the exchange of artillery fire between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Nov 23. If the international community does not move to take action, the strained situation on the Peninsula may continue to escalate.
Obama exaggerates urgency of treaty action
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A11
The Framers of the Constitution, a nuisance regretted by most modern presidents, gave the legislative branch — another indignity inflicted on presidents, as they see it — an important role in making foreign policy. The Framers did so by, among other provisions, requiring the Senate’s two-thirds (today, 67 votes) consent to treaties. The Framers’ wisdom is confirmed by Barack Obama’s impatience with senators reluctant to ratify, during Congress’ lame-duck session, the New START treaty pertaining to Russia’s nuclear weapons.
Veteran faces felony conspiracy charge
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A14
In a Wichita case that has captured national attention, a double-amputee war veteran already accused of misdemeanors against a controversial Topeka church now faces a felony charge.
Seabury boys edge Olpe, 59-51
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Freshman shooting guard Khadre Lane scored 22 points in Seabury Academy’s 59-51 season-opening boys basketball victory over Olpe on Friday night.
Cubs great, broadcaster Santo dies at age 70
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
Ron Santo’s love for the Chicago Cubs stretched from his days as a standout third baseman who one season even jumped and clicked his heels to celebrate victories to the two decades he spent unabashedly pulling for his team as a broadcaster.
K-State to play in Pinstripe Bowl
December 4, 2010
Kansas State and Syracuse will be ending bowl droughts when they meet in the Pinstripe Bowl later this month. Yankee Stadium will be, too.
The growing public-private wage gap
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A11
A Lawrence resident who’d lost his job in the current recession might have been miffed to read about city employees getting a “longevity payment.” And a fan of fiscal responsibility might have felt a flicker of disbelief when he read that this lagniappe was to be paid for by dipping into the city’s savings account.
Horoscope for Dec. 4
December 4, 2010
This year, your birthday falls on a New Moon, making new resolutions and beginnings unusually fortunate. This lunar gift adds to your personal charisma and energy, making 2011 a year not easily forgotten. If you are single, you easily could be enticed to change that status. Someone very interesting probably will be entering your life. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy more quality time together. A fellow Sagittarius is very different but has similar problems.
Tune in: Some common ground found in ‘Celebrity Holiday Homes’
December 4, 2010
“Celebrity Holiday Homes” (7 p.m., HGTV) doesn’t have the cringe-worthy pizzazz of a Kathy Lee Gifford extravaganza, but it packs plenty of odd moments with stars and semi-stars doing their best to be festive.
100 years ago: State Auditor recommends against new type of student housing
December 4, 2010
“There is a theory that a higher standard of morals can be maintained by housing the girls in dormitories. It is a difficult theory to prove.”
25 years ago: Lobbyists debate drinking age, liquor-by-the-drink laws
December 4, 2010
Two of the state’s leading lobbyists squared off in a lively debate at the Kansas Union on the topic of liquor laws.
40 years ago: Plans presented for housing project at 18th and Haskell
December 4, 2010
A drawing of the city’s proposed low-rent, general-occupancy housing project at 18th and Haskell was presented at the annual meeting of the Lawrence Housing Authority.
4-H and FCE News
December 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
4-H and FCE news for December 4, 2010.
Around and about in local business
December 4, 2010 in print edition on A6
The Conklin Co. has named Keith Steiner of Lawrence as a 2010 Master Contractor.