Archive for Friday, December 10, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Westbound traffic entering Kansas Highway 10 from Iowa Street Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 near the bridge for the South Lawrence Trafficway proposed extension. Price of gasoline could reach $3 per gallon by Christmas
December 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Typically it’s the start of summer — not winter — when motorists can anticipate a jump in gasoline prices. But this holiday season, drivers should expect to pay more at the pump.
6:00 a.m.
A shooting at South Pointe Apartments, 2310 W. 26th St., sent one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. Lawrence man charged, arrested in shooting at South Pointe Apartments
2:55 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 5:59 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said the suspect in a weekend Lawrence apartment shooting was arrested Thursday morning.
10:00 a.m.
The Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team is preparing for a workshop to help Episcopal congregations get green teams in their parishes.  They have crated a display of CFL bulbs to demonstrate how they compare in brightness to regular incandescent bulbs. Deerfield neighborhood to be first in Lawrence to try electricity-tracking program
December 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The Deerfield neighborhood will soon become the guinea pig of Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
Several dozen United Way supporters participate in an outdoor art project overseen by Stan Herd. The project, which was postponed from last Thursday, created a giant United Way logo in South Park. United Way of Douglas County is behind $100,000 in fundraising
December 9, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A down economy has put a damper on the United Way of Douglas County’s fundraising efforts this year. With the organization’s major fundraising drive wrapping up, the chapter is behind $100,000 from where it historically is at this point in the campaign, President and CEO Erika Dvorske said.
6:00 p.m.
Wilma Elder, 81, leads an exercise class Wednesday at the Holcom Recreation Center. After almost 29 years as a fitness instructor with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Wilma Elders, 81, is retiring. Her students enjoy her selection of music which includes a lot of big band records and, during this time of year, older Christmas music. Fitness instructor Wilma Elder, 81, retires after nearly three decades with Lawrence Parks & Rec
December 9, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Big band and classic Christmas music echoes through the gym at Holcom Park Recreation Center. About 15 seniors are ball-changing and grapevining along to the Glenn Miller Orchestra and “Frosty the Snowman.”

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Lawrence man appears in court on charges he was involved in shooting at South Pointe apartments
December 10, 2010
A 26-year-old parolee appeared before a judge Friday on charges that he was involved in a recent shooting at a Lawrence apartment complex.
Arts roundup: Holiday show from ‘Right Between the Ears’; new classes at the Lawrence Arts Center
December 10, 2010
Upcoming in the Lawrence arts scene: “Right Between the Ears” plans live broadcast Dec. 18; KU professor releases new CD; LAC adding new winter classes.
Shawnee Mission School District parents file lawsuit over state’s education funding formula
December 10, 2010
Residents in a northeast Kansas school district have filed a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s formula for funding schools.
Lawrence man sentenced to prison in attempted robbery at North Lawrence Sonic
December 10, 2010
A former Sonic employee on Friday was sentenced to serve nearly four years in prison for attempting to rob the North Lawrence restaurant in January.
Huff named new Douglas County district court judge
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A1
Huff has been in private practice since 1991, handling federal and state criminal cases in trial and appellate court, as well as civil matters.
Brownback picks Tafanelli for adjutant general; Garcia for Highway Patrol superintendent
12:23 p.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 04:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
Tafanelli will serve as Kansas Adjutant General, director of Homeland Security and director of Emergency Management. Garcia will serve as superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Both nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.
Lawrence motorists get ready: A year’s worth of roadwork set for Kasold Drive
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A1
Message boards went up along Kasold Drive this week preparing motorists for a year’s worth of roadwork.
Town Talk: Pickleman’s sandwich shop coming downtown; Schumm eyeing City Commission; Sixth Street on list for repairs
December 10, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: High-ranking state officials stepping down
11:02 a.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 02:36 p.m. in print edition on A2
Duane Goossen, secretary of the Department of Administration and budget director; Don Jordan, secretary of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services; Roger Werholtz, secretary of the Department of Corrections; and Col. Terry Maple, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, ended their service under Gov. Mark Parkinson, who is leaving office.
Kansas panel that nominates judges to open candidate interviews to the public
10:15 a.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 04:03 p.m.
The commission that screens applications for the Kansas Supreme Court and state Court of Appeals announced Friday that it is abandoning a longstanding practice of having private interviews with judicial candidates in hopes of boosting public confidence in the selection process.
Booths purchase original Naismith basketball rules at auction for more than $4 million
09:33 a.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 06:32 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence High and Kansas University graduate David Booth felt so strongly that the two pages on which James Naismith wrote the original 13 rules of basketball should find a home on the KU campus he paid $4.3 million in an auction Friday to guarantee that.
Yoder picked to serve on House Appropriations Committee
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A8
Yoder was elected last month to represent the 3rd Congressional District, which includes east Lawrence.
Postcommodity brings electro-acoustic performance to Lawrence
06:35 a.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 06:35 a.m.
Antlers rattle and collide, animal calls boom over loudspeakers in a crowded art space, geometric projects spin and twist and evolve on the floor, and somewhere within the chaos, music is made.
Heard on the Hill: Sharing feedback on smaller degree programs; MPAA fights against illegal campus downloading; lighted pathway in Oread neighborhood gets funding commitment
December 10, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: New York School inks donations; ‘Fallen Heroes’ foundation loses Langston Hughes’ never-granted support; ask the negotiators
December 10, 2010
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other interesting items involving schools in the area.
Kansas men’s basketball team struggling at charity stripe
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball team — which hit 89.3 percent of its free throws during the two-game exhibition season — has struggled to a 63.9 percent mark through eight regular-season games.
Short-handed LHS girls basketball toppled
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
If the Lawrence High girls basketball team’s skills ever catch up with its scrap, the Lions could become tough to handle.
Keep shootin’: Rims unkind to Lawrence High boys in setback to Blue Valley
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sometimes, the shots just won’t fall. They’ll rattle on the rim, they’ll appear halfway down, but they just won’t go down.
Seabury boys fall to Raytown
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Seabury boys basketball team lost to Raytown, 49-39, on Thursday at the Ray-Pec Tournament.
LHS wrestling bests BV North in dual
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence High wrestling team dominated its first dual of the season, handling Blue Valley North, 55-16, on Thursday. It was the first dual of the season for the Lions.
Free State basketball playing in home openers
FSHS boys, girls to take on Shawnee Heights at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. tonight
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Free State High girls and boys basketball teams will both play in their home openers tonight against Shawnee Heights. The girls (1-1) begin action at 6 p.m. and the boys (1-0) are slated for a 7:30 tip.
Jimmy V’s brother, Bob, discusses KU hoops
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
On Tuesday night, the working press room at Madison Square Garden is a slice of New York.
Ole Miss joins KU atop list of juco QB Stoudt
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
Once thought to be the clear leader for junior college quarterback Zack Stoudt, the Kansas University football program appears to have company.
Nebraska officials: Pelini not a candidate for job at Miami
December 10, 2010
Nebraska’s athletic director is denying a report that coach Bo Pelini is a candidate for the University of Miami’s head coaching job.
Newton wins O’Brien, Maxwell awards
December 10, 2010
A dapper Cam Newton strolled briskly down the red carpet, smiling and acknowledging adoring fans. He paused momentarily to sign a few autographs, then rushed off to begin collecting some of his postseason hardware.
Longtime volunteer, banker of 40 years dies at age 80
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
Those who knew longtime banker and Lawrence community volunteer Bob Georgeson remember his quick wit and devotion to community service.
Junction City High School ends ban on ‘boobies’ bracelet
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A6
A Kansas high school agreed Thursday to lift restrictions on the popular “I (heart) boobies!” breast cancer charity bracelets and T-shirts after the American Civil Liberties Union complained about a student’s suspension.
Students, police clash as United Kingdom approves tuition hike
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A9
Furious student protesters attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, vandalized buildings and battled riot police Thursday as a controversial increase in university fees triggered Britain’s worst political violence in years.
Pump patrol
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.85 at several stations.
Lawrence man booked into Douglas County Jail for aggravated assault, battery, criminal threat charges in June incident
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence man was booked into the Douglas County Jail Thursday afternoon on a warrant for aggravated assault, battery and criminal threat charges related to a June incident in Eudora.
100 years ago: Lawrence residents celebrate Forefathers Day with New England supper
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
“The sixteenth annual dinner of the Sons and Daughters of New England will be held at Ecke’s hall December 20th. This society is one of the oldest of its kind in Lawrence and has a membership of approximately a hundred and seventy-five residents who originally emigrated from New England.”
40 years ago: Special Christmas cards for Hallmark founder on display in Lawrence bank
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
The custom of making a special card for the founder had originated in the 1930s.
Trash efficiency
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
Recently, there has been some discussion about the fee structure and operations of the city’s trash pickup service. The idea of forcing everyone to use a city-provided container, charging a monthly fee for it and, then, raising monthly rates is ridiculous.
Culture gifts
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
After reading the latest report on U.S. students trailing those in other countries in math, reading, and science achievement (Journal-World, Dec. 8), I am compelled to express my appreciation for the excellent educational programs available in this community.
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
Conservative Charles Krauthammer (in his Dec. 3 editorial) succinctly summed up Wikileaks with three sentences: “The problem is not that the purloined cables exposed U.S. hypocrisy or double dealing. Good God, that’s the essence of diplomacy. That’s what we do: that’s what everyone does.”
Inconvenient facts
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
In his column supporting the U.S. military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, (Journal-World, Dec. 7) “Uncle” Cal Thomas displays his penchant to erga dissimulo incommodus verum: IGNORE INCONVENIENT FACTS.
Tuition rationale
Kansas higher education officials must make the case that more tuition increases aren’t the way to fund the state’s post-secondary schools.
12:00 a.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 09:31 a.m. in print edition on A10
A “model budget” for Kansas crafted by the state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity earlier this year includes a statement about tuition and higher education that should get the attention of everyone with an interest in the role of state universities in Kansas.
Left fails to grasp Obama victory
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A10
Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 — and House Democrats don’t have a clue that he did. In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package. It will pump a trillion borrowed Chinese dollars into the U.S. economy over the next two years — which just happen to be the two years of the run-up to the next presidential election. This is a defeat?
Tune in: NBC’s ‘Medium’ cutting amount of last-season episodes in half
December 10, 2010
Don’t go looking for “Medium” tonight. A repeat of “The Mentalist” will air in its place.
Seward County Publishing Co. publishes 124-year-old newspaper Southwest Times in Liberal
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A6
A 124-year-old newspaper has been purchased by an upstart rival that waged a two-year battle for readers in the small southwest Kansas town of Liberal.
Kansas promotes financial literacy with $50,000 grant
December 10, 2010
Efforts to promote financial literacy in Kansas schools are getting a boost thanks to a popular game and a $50,000 donation.
Wichita State University’s new Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement to help composites industry
December 10, 2010
Wichita State University is creating a new center to help businesses that make composites and advanced materials.
25 years ago: Winter storm on its way to northeast Kansas
December 10, 2010
The usual ominous blend of cold, dry air from the north and warm, wet air from the south was about to produce a nasty winter storm for Kansas, bringing “plummeting temperatures and a range of shivery unpleasantries.”
Horoscope for Dec. 10
December 10, 2010
Confusion surrounds communication. You come from a unique perspective. A friend who is older could be dominant in your year. This person often might be the voice of reality, but you take him or her differently. If you are single, open up to a very exciting relationship in the spring. If you are attached, the two of you renew your bond. You can count on Aquarius.
Deerfield neighborhood to be first in Lawrence to try electricity-tracking program
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Deerfield neighborhood will soon become the guinea pig of Lawrence.
Kansas native set for Vegas fight
December 10, 2010
Super lightweight boxer “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, who was born in Garden City and sports a Jayhawk logo on his mouthguard, is scheduled to fight Lamont “Havoc” Peterson in the HBO-televised, 140-pound title fight on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Naismith’s rules at auction today
December 10, 2010 in print edition on B2
Dr. James Naismith’s “Founding Rules of Basketball,” will be up for auction today.
Source: Cabrera, Royals agree
December 10, 2010
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that outfielder Melky Cabrera has reached a preliminary agreement on a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Budig crucial to Pinstripe Bowl
December 10, 2010
The biggest names involved in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, to be played at Yankee Stadium between Kansas State and Syracuse on Dec. 30, all praised the man who has worked in the shadows to make a dream become a reality: Former Kansas University chancellor and American League president, Dr. Gene Budig.
Protests, skirmishes raging over WikiLeaks across cyberspace
December 10, 2010 in print edition on A9
Skirmishes raged across cyberspace between WikiLeaks supporters and the companies they accuse of trying to stifle the group, with websites on both sides of the battle line taken out of service or choked off by attacks.
TransCanada Corp. inspecting Keystone pipeline
December 10, 2010
TransCanada Corp. has been conducting new tests along its Keystone pipeline after earlier testing showed several “anomalies” along the pipeline, which has been moving oil from Canada down through several states since June.
Shawnee County prosecutor will not file charges in home invasion shooting death in Topeka
December 10, 2010
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says he will not file charges in the shooting death of a man during a home invasion.
Fire in Kingman ruins popular restaurant Jeri’s Kitchen
December 10, 2010
Fire destroyed a popular restaurant in a small southcentral Kansas town.
19-year-old Kansas City woman pleads guilty in shooting death in Riverside
December 10, 2010
Prosecutors say a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman has admitted shooting a man to death in his Riverside, Mo., apartment.
Wichita teen pleads no contest in Thanksgiving double homicide
December 10, 2010
A Kansas man has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a Wichita couple who were killed on Thanksgiving 2009.
Leawood man pleads guilty in $1 million computer scheme
December 10, 2010
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a Leawood man has admitted being part of a scheme that sold $1 million worth of counterfeit Cisco computer equipment.