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Births
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People and Places, December 11, 2010 The day in photos, December 13, 2010
Podcasts
Polls
Have you ever tried to quit smoking?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, I’m not a smoker
 
44%
Yes, and it worked!
 
38%
Yes, but I was unsuccessful
 
14%
No, but I’ll try someday
 
3%
Total 828
How many points will Josh Selby score against USC?

Poll results

Response Percent
9-12
 
47%
13-16
 
20%
5-8
 
20%
21 or more
 
6%
17-20
 
4%
1-4
 
0%
0
 
0%
Total 3749
Have you ever been the victim of fraud or identity theft?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
53%
Yes.
 
46%
Total 547
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Four students at Langston Hughes School share the same, currently popular first name. Gathered in the school’s library Thursday from left are Bradyn Kern, kindergarten, Braiden Bangalan, second-grade, Brayden Ballew, first grade, and Braedyn Clover, kindergarten. In Lawrence classrooms, certain student names ring familiar
December 13, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Brayden ranks No. 4 on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s most recent listing of Most Popular Baby Names for boys, with the 219 newborns receiving the name in 2009 trailing only Aiden (341), Jackson (293) and Caden (249). The top four for girls: Addison (221), Emma (214), Isabella (213) and Chloe (204). In some Lawrence classrooms though, how you spell it is another matter.
10:00 a.m.
KU graduate student Chris Flanders sniffs a washed check for the scent of acetone Thursday. Students participated in a check-washing demonstration in the KU business school's fraud examination and forensic accounting class. KU School of Business class teaches graduate students how to commit fraud, identity theft
December 13, 2010 in print edition on 1A
In order to become proficient at stopping different methods of fraud, graduate business students in accounting essentially learn how to commit them for an assignment in Paul Mason’s forensic accounting and fraud detection course at Kansas University.
2:00 p.m.
Longtime fire Captain Lexie Engleman is retiring on her 60th birthday Saturday after serving almost 30 years with the department. Engleman joined the Lawrence fire department in 1981 and was one of the first female firefighters in the department’s history. One of the first female firefighters in Lawrence — and in Kansas — set to retire
December 13, 2010 in print edition on 3A
She didn’t tell her parents that she was applying to be one of the first female firefighters in Lawrence history.
6:00 p.m.
Kim Lacy, left, instructor with Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 Mass., warms up along with Lisa Dahlm 43, Lawrence, during a prenatal yoga class. Om, baby: New Lawrence yoga classes designed for pregnant women
December 13, 2010
When Heather Moise found out she was pregnant last year, she made the decision to do something just for her.

All stories

Police searching for suspect in Walmart armed robbery
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery Monday night at Walmart, 3300 Iowa St.
Lawrence police assisting in search for suspect in Johnson County officer-involved shooting
December 13, 2010
Law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect involved in a shooting in Johnson County early Monday afternoon.
1 of 4 Lawrence school board incumbents to seek re-election in 2011
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
Three members of the Lawrence school board say they have no plans to run for re-election, while a fourth intends to seek another four-year term.
Lawrence City Commission to consider environmental chapter to comprehensive plan
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Lawrence city commissioners at their weekly meeting will consider stepping up the area’s environmental policies.
Some in Lawrence community split over use of farm ground north of Kansas River
06:40 p.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 06:43 p.m. in print edition on A3
A battle is once again brewing over the future of some prime North Lawrence farm ground.
Former associate vice provost files discrimination lawsuit against KU
KU officials say claims are ‘unfounded’
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
A former associate vice provost for information services at Kansas University has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming he was harassed because of his religion and race and, ultimately, fired in 2009 for making complaints.
Adopt-A-Family still hoping to help more than 250 families for Christmas
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
With Christmas quickly approaching, more than 250 families who might not have food or gifts during the holidays are waiting to be adopted.
Zack Stoudt chooses Ole Miss
Juco QB passes on Jayhawks
06:13 p.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Iowa Western Community College quarterback Zack Stoudt, orally committed to Mississippi today, ending Kansas University’s chances of landing the No. 2 rated juco quarterback in the nation.
Incumbent Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Dever files for re-election to second term
December 13, 2010
At least one Lawrence city commissioner will be seeking re-election. City Commissioner Mike Dever on Monday filed to put his name on the ballot for the April City Commission election.
Selby: Kansas didn’t give up on me
04:03 p.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Josh Selby said he never considered dropping out of school — and perhaps heading overseas to play professional basketball — as he waited month after month for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility.
Three college students from Missouri charged in Saturday apartment burglary in Lawrence
03:22 p.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 05:28 p.m. in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors on Monday accused three Bolivar, Mo., college students of hatching a plan last weekend to try to rob residents of a Lawrence apartment.
Haskell Indian Nations faculty member Denise Low earns $29,400 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced grants for two Lawrence projects.
KU research shows Asian-American men earn less than white men
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Kansas University sociology researcher has found that Asian-American men earn significantly less than their similarly qualified white counterparts.
Health official hopes new report on smoking will persuade Kansans to quit tobacco
12:30 p.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 01:47 p.m. in print edition on A3
Although the link between smoking and disease has been documented many times by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office since the 1960s, health officials hope the new report, released last week, will increase a sense of urgency among people, especially youngsters, to quit smoking or never start.
Town Talk: Changes to boarding houses, apartment zoning up for debate; Ballard Center project moving ahead
December 13, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Off the bench? Bill Self leaning toward not starting Josh Selby against USC
10:36 a.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby will probably not start his first college game Saturday against USC, coach Bill Self said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference.
Kansas Treasurer-elect Ron Estes fills top positions on staff
December 13, 2010
Kansas State Treasurer-Elect Ron Estes is making his campaign manager his top aide upon taking office but also keeping a political rival’s top staffer.
Kansas State Board of Education to focus on school bullying at December meeting
December 13, 2010
School bullying will be a main topic of discussion at this week’s Kansas Board of Education meeting.
Small fire fills rooms with smoke at Bishop Seabury Academy; finals to be held as scheduled
08:17 a.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 08:33 a.m.
Douglas County Fire and Medical dispatch confirmed reports of a small fire at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, Monday morning.
First Bell: One school’s portable departs, another 14 to go; LHS Winter Prelude is tonight; teachers, district negotiate into future
06:00 a.m., December 13, 2010 Updated 10:28 a.m.
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other interesting items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Committee looks to give every freshman a flashlight; KUMC student saves a life; fraudsters getting more personal with scam efforts
December 13, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence author Pam Grout follows up Lifetime appearance with online coaching
December 13, 2010
To those who would like to lose weight, have more energy or just feel better, local author Pam Grout has one thing to say: take a deep breath.
Bankruptcies filed in Douglas County the week of Dec. 6, 2010
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas.
Mortgages in Douglas County for the week of Dec. 6, 2010
December 13, 2010
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 123 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Sam Brownback juggling Kansas governor-elect, Senate duties
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
Last week Sam Brownback tended to business in Kansas; but this week, he’s starting out in Washington, D.C.
Lawrence police offer tips for a safe holiday season
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence police say the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can often lead to something that won’t make things so merry: crime.
Storm stuns Midwest, dumping snow by the foot
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
A powerful, gusty storm dumped mounds of snow across the upper Midwest on Sunday, closing major highways in several states, canceling more than 1,600 flights in Chicago and collapsing the roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium.
Metrodome roof collapses after blizzard; Giants vs. Vikings moved to Detroit
December 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive starts record going.
Chargers shut out Cassel-less Chiefs, 31-0
December 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
Quarterback Matt Cassel didn’t travel to San Diego after having an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday. It looked like the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs stayed home, too.
National briefs: Urban Meyer walking away from Florida with health concerns
December 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Urban Meyer is walking away from Florida because of health concerns, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Commentary: Help wanted with Texas football
December 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
For everyone who predicted Will Muschamp never would become the head coach at Texas, take a bow.
Sweden terrorist attack was 1st in over 30 years
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
No one died except for the suspected bomber, but two explosions in Sweden’s capital tore at the fabric of this tolerant and open nation — a society that hadn’t seen a terrorist attack in more than three decades.
A&P files for Chapter 11
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., best known to grocery shoppers as A&P, says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to deal with heavy debt and high costs.
Men turn selves in after fleeing truck-train crash in Topeka
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
Two men who were seen running from a pickup truck moments before the vehicle was hit by a train have turned themselves in.
Iowa Western Community College OL Bo Adams commits to Kansas football
December 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
With six offensive linemen in the Class of 2011 already committed, Kansas University’s football program added a seventh this weekend, when Bo Adams, an offensive guard from Iowa Western Community College, orally committed to KU and will arrive on campus next month as a preferred walk-on.
Tax cut concerns Social Security advocates
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama’s plan to cut payroll taxes for a year would provide big savings for many workers, but makes Social Security advocates nervous that it could jeopardize the retirement program’s finances.
Governor Mark Parkinson proclaims Eudora a City of the Second Class
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
The city of Eudora has become a second-class city, and that’s good news.
Slice of Life: Toy Store owner embraces holiday season
December 13, 2010
Santa’s helpers aren’t confined to the North Pole. Some work at 936 Mass., home to the country’s largest independently owned specialty toy store.
One of the first female firefighters in Lawrence — and in Kansas — set to retire
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
She didn’t tell her parents that she was applying to be one of the first female firefighters in Lawrence history.
Mass St. Chic: Look for ways to add character to everyday style
December 13, 2010
Whether you want to get ahead on spring trends, add variance to your current winter wardrobe or just try something different, set out on a quest to find a few new, perfect lifestyle items that will add instant character, culture and fun to everyday outfits.
Fix-It Chick: Exterior storm windows good investment for home
December 13, 2010
Installing exterior storm windows is a cost-effective, easy way to make your home more energy-efficient.
In Lawrence classrooms, certain student names ring familiar
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
Brayden ranks No. 4 on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s most recent listing of Most Popular Baby Names for boys, with the 219 newborns receiving the name in 2009 trailing only Aiden (341), Jackson (293) and Caden (249). The top four for girls: Addison (221), Emma (214), Isabella (213) and Chloe (204). In some Lawrence classrooms though, how you spell it is another matter.
Marriages in Douglas County for the week of Dec. 13, 2010
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriages for the week of Dec. 13, 2010.
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
These were the divorces granted in Douglas County District Court.
Have yourself a Carey little Christmas
December 13, 2010
Mariah Carey has now been around long enough to have recorded her second Christmas album. “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You” (8 p.m., ABC) features songs from her new album “Merry Christmas II You,” a follow up to her 1994 multiplatinum hit “Merry Christmas.” Taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
Horoscopes for Dec. 13
December 13, 2010
This year, expect surprises, and you might not be surprised! You will feel more optimistic and positive about your personal and domestic life than you have in years.
Om, baby: New Lawrence yoga classes designed for pregnant women
December 13, 2010
When Heather Moise found out she was pregnant last year, she made the decision to do something just for her.
Mince meat has small but devoted following for holidays
December 13, 2010
A hundred years ago, mince pie was as common at Christmas as the candy cane. As far as desserts were concerned, it was as popular as pecan, pumpkin and apple pie.
100 years ago: Wholesome Sunday activities might include baseball if played “cleanly”
December 13, 2010
“The passage of a resolution endorsing the clean, moral manner in which Woodland [Park] was conducted this summer and approving healthful Sunday amusements, was the rather unexpected action taken by the Fair Association directors this afternoon.”
25 years ago: KU football coach leaves for Pittsburgh
December 13, 2010
Mike Gottfried, who had coached football at Kansas University for the previous three seasons, announced that he was leaving KU for the head coach position at Pittsburgh University.
40 years ago: KU’s Student Union Activites works to get “name” speakers at university
December 13, 2010
The chair of the Featured Speakers Committee for Student Union Activities at Kansas University announced that famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith had indicated that he was willing to speak at KU in April 1971.
Hummels sale to benefit Lawrence Community Shelter
December 13, 2010
Virginia Eddy had a treasure trove in her basement: A complete Hummel Nativity scene.
Lawrence Humane Society drops cat adoption fees to $10 for December
December 13, 2010
Because of the large number of cats and kittens currently at the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St., adoption fees have been reduced for the month of December.
Adding options
Adding a seventh period to the day at local high schools will give students more opportunities to explore new classes and interests.
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A8
High schools should encourage students to explore, but as academic requirements have expanded over the years, it’s become harder for students to fit in elective courses that interest them.
WikiLeaks have undeniable consequences
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A8
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange is under pressure from the U.S. and other governments he embarrassed with his leaks of American diplomatic cables, but at least his “hactivist” disciples are behind him.
Bush v. Gore had little impact on law
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A8
The passions that swirled around Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case that ended 10 years ago today, dissipated quickly. And remarkably little damage was done by the institutional collisions that resulted when control of the nation’s supreme political office turned on 537 votes out of 5,963,110 cast in Florida.
Josh Selby a ‘luxury’ for KU basketball
Jayhawks should benefit from final part
December 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
Off to a 9-0 start without Josh Selby, Kansas University’s basketball players can only wonder how strong they’ll be with the country’s No. 1-ranked prospect in the lineup.
Independence Inc. lining up help for future projects
December 13, 2010
Independence Inc. is seeking volunteers who are available on a sporadic basis to assist individuals with disabilities with a variety of needs.
River City Jules: Top offenders in holiday cards
December 13, 2010
To ensure you always end up on our “nice” list, we have some pointers that are guaranteed to make you the hit of the mailbox every year.
Low natural gas prices hurting western Kansas counties
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A10
More than a dozen western Kansas counties are struggling to balance their budgets after natural gas prices have plummeted by more than half in the past two years.
Kansas pastor opens new church in former bait shop
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Terry Bullock wanted to get back to being a pastor and heeding Christ’s call to be a fisher of men. He’s getting to do just that — in a converted bait shop near Melvern Lake.
Lawrence Arts Center offers new fashion illustration class to teens
December 13, 2010
The Lawrence Arts Center is offering a winter session on Fashion Illustration, taught by former Lawrence High School teacher Pat Nemchock, for students who are interested in pursuing a fashion degree in college and would like to add fashion illustration to their portfolio.
Lawrence discrimination complaints drop in 2010
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
The number of people alleging that they’ve been discriminated against in matters of housing, employment and other areas is down significantly one year after the city made cost-cutting measures to the program that investigates such complaints.
Kansas Republicans to look to replace 2 lawmakers in state House and Senate
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
Republican leaders in western Kansas will be meeting in upcoming weeks to name someone to fill vacancies in the House and Senate.
Everyday Life: Be a shammes
December 13, 2010
The shammes (rhymes with Thomas) is “the sexton in a synagogue” according to most of the online dictionaries. Chanting Torah isn’t part of the job. Unlocking the door and taking care of the property is.
Reno County crash injures 2 drivers, causes natural gas blaze
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
A two-vehicle collision in south-central Kansas sent two drivers to a hospital and caused a massive natural gas fire when the vehicles hit a main line.
KU School of Business class teaches graduate students how to commit fraud, identity theft
December 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
In order to become proficient at stopping different methods of fraud, graduate business students in accounting essentially learn how to commit them for an assignment in Paul Mason’s forensic accounting and fraud detection course at Kansas University.
Around and about in Lawrence business
December 13, 2010
Local business news the week of Dec. 13, 2010.