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Archive for Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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6:00 a.m.
Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham speaks to the Rotary Club of Tulsa in this January 2010 file photo. According to sources, Cunningham will be named the next athletic director at KU. Sources: Bubba Cunningham to be KU’s next athletic director
3:50 p.m., December 14, 2010 Updated 9:57 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas University has chosen Tulsa University’s Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham as its next athletic director, according to sources, but as of Tuesday, the sources were unaware of a scheduled news conference to announce a successor to Lew Perkins.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor, right, checks the gift on his list and receives some shopping help from student manager Greg Youncofski. The Jayhawks shopped for needy families on Tuesday at Walmart. KU basketball spreads holiday cheer, shops for needy families
December 15, 2010 in print edition on 1B
A big, bruising enforcer on the court, Thomas Robinson showed his softer side while Christmas shopping for a needy family Tuesday night at the Walmart in south Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
We received 20 recipes from readers when we asked for their favorite holiday cookies. Some of the tasty selections included passed-down secret family recipes, a 4-H award winner and even one gleaned from a Holocaust survivor. Ask, and you shall receive: Readers share their go-to holiday cookie recipes
December 14, 2010
Holiday cookies have a special place in every baker’s heart. They’re crowd-pleasers that shine once a year, often bringing joy to sweets lovers both near and far.
2:00 p.m.
Loring Henderson, right, director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, talks with part-time counselor Matt Stephens before the nightly lottery for beds at the homeless shelter at 10th and Kentucky streets. A proposed move of the shelter to a location next to the Douglas County Jail will face its last hurdles at this week's city commission meeting. Douglas County judge expedites Lawrence homeless shelter lawsuit
December 14, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter won a partial victory in their efforts to purchase an eastern Lawrence building to house an expanded homeless shelter.
8:01 p.m.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical work the scene of a two vehicle accident west of Lawrence on US Highway 40 about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. One person was transported after being extracted from truck. Winter weather advisory for Douglas County expires; multiple injury accidents reported on area highways
4:51 p.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 7:06 a.m. in print edition on 3A
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Douglas County until midnight tonight because of freezing drizzle moving through the area. The Douglas County Emergency Management Office, Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement Wednesday night imploring drivers to stay off the road.

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Kansas RB Sims earns freshman All-America honor
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
He started as an unknown commodity on a team loaded with depth at running back. He finished with an honorable-mention nod on College Football News’ freshman All-America team and a spot on Rivals.com’s Big 12 all-freshman team. Not a bad way for Kansas University running back James Sims to break into college football.
Mom expects to be emotional at Selby’s debut
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Josh Selby believes his mom will be in serious need of tissues late Saturday morning in Allen Fieldhouse.
Coming into his own: Maturing Tyshawn Taylor making most of his potential
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Not many college basketball players bring such speed and quickness to the court. He’s on the long side for a point guard, a nice complement to that quickness on the defensive end. He’ll draw a huge ovation from the grateful Allen Fieldhouse crowd Saturday morning against USC because he deserves one. Before you say, “Oh no, not again,” wait.
Ottawa boys win
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Dallas Natt scored the winning layup with one second left, and Ottawa High’s boys basketball team edged Kansas City Schlagle, 70-68, on Wednesday night.
Chiefs’ Cassel practices, but still questionable
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was back on the practice field Wednesday, but whether he will start Sunday against the Rams remained uncertain.
Sifting through 28 days of bowls
New Mexico to national championship, everything in between
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B10
The college football bowl season kicks off Saturday afternoon with a showdown between 6-6 teams in the New Mexico Bowl. Forgot about that one already? That’s OK, with 35 bowls in 28 days, it’s hard to keep track of them all.
Winter weather advisory for Douglas County expires; multiple injury accidents reported on area highways
Lawrence police returned to normal operations
04:51 p.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 07:06 a.m. in print edition on A3
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Douglas County until midnight tonight because of freezing drizzle moving through the area. The Douglas County Emergency Management Office, Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement Wednesday night imploring drivers to stay off the road.
Douglas County census information shows diversity among communities
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
It has never been a surprise that Lawrence is much different from its smaller Douglas County neighbors of Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton.
Kansas Board of Regents approves tougher admission standards for public universities
04:46 p.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 05:55 p.m. in print edition on A1
“The underlying piece of all this was to better prepare people for success, not to eliminate anyone,” said Regent Chair Gary Sherrer, who headed a task force on the standards.
Kansas State Board of Education approves anti-bullying measures, but backs off requiring statewide program
04:10 p.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 05:49 p.m. in print edition on A1
“It’s a very serious problem, but school districts are working hard,” to prevent bullying, said Education Board Chairwoman Janet Waugh, a Democrat from Kansas City.
Douglas County judges to divide family court cases once Jean Shepherd retires in January
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A5
Douglas County’s judges plan to divide up the domestic and juvenile case load in January when longtime District Judge Jean Shepherd retires.
Kansas State Board of Education members at odds over sex-ed conference
December 15, 2010
A state board of education member on Wednesday tried to prevent the Kansas Department of Education from participating in an HIV/AIDS conference because she said the conference promoted safe sex instead of abstinence-only.
Douglas County prosecutors file aggravated battery charges against Fort Leavenworth soldier
02:22 p.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 04:58 p.m. in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Fort Leavenworth soldier with one count of aggravated battery related to a stabbing earlier this month in downtown Lawrence.
Ninth annual Jingle Jog to spread cheer Thursday night in downtown Lawrence
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
The ninth annual Jingle Jog, sponsored by Red Dog’s Dog Days, will ring along Massachusetts Street Thursday evening as runners adorned with battery-operated lights, bells, Santa hats and other holiday gear make a lap around downtown.
State revenue department seizes assets, equipment at Lawrence-based Keys Landscape
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Lawrence-based landscaping company has had its equipment and assets seized by the Kansas Department of Revenue for nonpayment of more than $75,000 in taxes.
Town Talk: Bowersock project hits bump; Chestnut still undecided on campaign; Audience member creates stir at City Hall
December 15, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County personal property taxes, portion of real estate property taxes due Dec. 20, 2010
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A5
Douglas County residents have until Dec. 20 to pay the first half of their real estate property taxes.
Seventh Street reopens between Massachusetts, Vermont streets
10:12 a.m., December 15, 2010 Updated 04:34 p.m.
Seventh Street between Massachusetts and Vermont streets reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed while a crane lifted heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment onto the roof of Starbucks, 647 Mass.
KU officials decide to reopen search for new law dean after finalist takes job in Oregon
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Kansas University will reopen its search for a new dean of its School of Law.
71-year-old Hutchinson woman knocks attacker unconscious with frying pan
December 15, 2010
Hutchinson police say a 71-year-old woman knocked a man who attacked her unconscious with her frying pan.
Westar announces tentative wind energy deal in central Kansas
December 15, 2010
Westar Energy says it has tentative agreements to buy 369 megawatts of wind energy from two proposed wind farms in central Kansas.
First Bell: Appreciated — and appropriate — holiday gifts for teachers; thank an educator; boundaries catching board’s attention
December 15, 2010
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: Study says students lie on teacher evaluations; KU website ranks high for access for visually impaired; man offers hugs for free on campus
December 15, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Blue Valley North buzzer beater sinks FSHS boys basketball
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
On most nights, Free State High senior Evan Manning’s late-game performance would have sent him home a hero for the night.
Lawrence city commission approves annexation of land near Farmers Turnpike
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
The area along the Farmers Turnpike northwest of Lawrence took another step closer to becoming more city than country Tuesday night.
Mud Creek Bridge construction northeast of Lawrence drags on
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A5
Delays in replacing the Mud Creek Bridge northeast of Lawrence will continue to keep drivers waiting.
2009 cencus data shows segregation in American neighborhoods drops to lowest point in century
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
America’s neighborhoods took large strides toward racial integration in the last decade as blacks and whites chose to live near each other at the highest levels in a century.
Auburn’s Cam Newton, Oregon’s LaMichael James named AP All-Americans
December 15, 2010
No. 1 Auburn will have an All-American anchoring each side of the ball when the Tigers play for the national championship.
Sweden appeals U.K. granting bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
A British judge ordered Julian Assange released on $316,000 bail Tuesday, but the WikiLeaks founder will remain in custody for at least two more days after Swedish prosecutors challenged that decision.
Good signs for the economy: Retail sales up, CEOs in hiring mood
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected.
Cliff Lee forgoes extra $30M to join Philadelphia Phillies
December 15, 2010
At some point, it seems, Cliff Lee figured it wasn’t about the money anymore.
Capitol Hill earmarkers feast on pork one last time before diet
December 15, 2010 in print edition on C6
The spending barons on Capitol Hill, long used to muscling past opponents of bills larded with pet projects, are seeking one last victory before tea party-backed GOP insurgents storm Congress intent on ending the good old days of pork-barrel politics.
Metrodome won’t be ready for Vikings’ Monday Night Football game vs. Giants
December 15, 2010
The owner of the Metrodome says repairs to its snow-damaged roof won’t be ready in time for the Vikings home game next Monday night against the Chicago Bears.
Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi barely wins confidence vote
December 15, 2010 in print edition on C6
Silvio Berlusconi pulled off another astonishing escape from the political dead, scraping through two confidence votes Tuesday in a dramatic parliamentary showdown. But the Italian leader’s hold on power remains precarious as his razor-thin victory makes political gridlock a near certainty — and violent street protests show growing unease with his rule.
Helicopters used to save Florida crops from rare chill
December 15, 2010 in print edition on C6
Dozens of helicopters whir above Florida’s valuable and sensitive veggie crops, sent up by farmers worried that an uncommon freeze could wipe out their harvests. The choppers hover low over green bean and sweet corn fields, moving back and forth in the early morning hours to push warmer air closer to the plants — and, the farmers hope, save the plants from a deadly frost.
Veritas boys basketball cruises over Christ Prep Academy, 60-24
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Ethan Kay scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the Veritas Christian boys basketball team crushed Christ Prep Academy, 60-24, on Tuesday.
Source: N.J.’s Terrence Williams to Houston Rockets in three-team trade
December 15, 2010
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets will acquire swingman Terrence Williams from New Jersey in a three-team trade.
One year in the making: Reasons for hope, fear after coach Turner Gill’s roller-coaster KU football season
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the date that Turner Gill was introduced as the next football coach at Kansas University.
Keegan: Bubba Cunningham would be right hire for KU
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
In answering Tuesday the question of whether he would be Kansas University’s next athletic director, Bubba Cunningham showed he has more “cunning” in him than “ham.” “I do not talk about it until there’s a change in employment status,” Cunningham told Tulsa radio station 1430 The Buzz during his weekly appearance. “And there is not a change in employment status.”
KU basketball spreads holiday cheer, shops for needy families
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
A big, bruising enforcer on the court, Thomas Robinson showed his softer side while Christmas shopping for a needy family Tuesday night at the Walmart in south Lawrence.
U.S. politics: Only the rich need apply
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
“Swilling the planters with bumbo” was what it was once called — the Colonial American tradition of treating voters with gifts during election campaigns, particularly plying them with rum (including a concoction known as bumbo).
Pump Patrol
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.83 at several stations.
Area hoops roundup: Tonganoxie boys lose to Bishop Ward
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
After dissecting Bishop Ward’s zone early on, the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team couldn’t maintain that success in the second half Tuesday and fell to the Cyclones.
Secret Santa spreads joy, disbelief in K.C.
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Secret Santa II hit the streets Tuesday in a long-standing Kansas City tradition of handing out $100 bills — sometimes several at a time — to unsuspecting strangers in thrift stores, food pantries and shelters.
Good opening
Returning the Kansas-Missouri football games to the university campuses would be a good first step for a new Kansas athletic director.
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
One of the best things Kansas University’s new athletic director could do would be to announce that he is in favor of returning the annual Kansas-Missouri football game to the two university campuses. It appears that Bubba Cunningham of the University of Tulsa will move into the AD’s position.
Township board dispute leads Jacam Chemicals to withdraw expansion plans in Rice County
December 15, 2010
A dispute with a rural Kansas township board could cost Rice County a multi-million business opportunity.
Topeka Zoo zebra exhibit to close for improvements
December 15, 2010
The Topeka Zoo plans to close its zebra exhibit this week and send its two zebras to Canada.
Cooking Q&A: Fruits can make sophisticated holiday desserts
December 15, 2010
Here are several fruit dessert recipes that were shared by Communicating Food for Health.
100 years ago: Haskell Institute in danger of being abolished
December 15, 2010
“Although Supt. Fiske stated this morning that he had no knowledge of the controversy going on before Congress, it is a fact that a sub-committee on Indian affairs will recommend today that Haskell be abolished.”
High art and the lowdown on PBS and VH1
December 15, 2010
“Paris the Luminous Years” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) recalls the period between 1905 and 1930 when the French capital attracted talent that would revolutionize painting, poetry, ballet, symphony, literature and jazz and define what would come to be called the age of the modern.
Horoscope for Dec. 15
December 15, 2010
This year, letting go may be the key to your success. Don’t stand on ceremony any longer, and give up any vindictiveness, if possible. Greater creativity and energy will result. If you are single, a major love affair could define your next year. If you are attached, the two of you could be welcoming a new addition to your family. Aries can be provocative and fun at the same time.
40 years ago: KU students serenade Lawrence police officers with Christmas carols
December 15, 2010
The following “complaint” was filed in the Saturday log of the Lawrence Police Department: “A group of 12 to 15 males and females came to the P.D. and proceeded to sing Christmas carols for approximately 10 minutes. Subjects appeared to be college age.”
25 years ago: Local ads suggest new Apple or Commodore computers for gifts
December 15, 2010
An advertisement suggested the new portable Apple IIc, “The Hottest Selling Apple Ever,” as a gift.
Driver whose car rolled into ditch on on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence taken to LMH
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman was taken Tuesday afternoon to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with a possible injury after her vehicle rolled in a ditch on U.S. Highway 40 more than 8 miles west of Lawrence.
Property damaged, stolen at Alek’s Auto on North Second Street
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
More than $7,000 worth of property was damaged or stolen in a burglary reported overnight Friday at Alek’s Auto, 601 N. Second St. in North Lawrence.
Donations sought for 2010 Christmas dinner at Lawrence’s First United Methodist Church
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
A group of community volunteers is still seeking donations of food for a dinner to be served on Christmas Day.
U.S. Senate expected to approve tax cuts compromise by Wednesday
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
As the Senate neared passage of President Barack Obama’s tax cuts package Tuesday, a House Democratic leader acknowledged that momentum is building, despite opposition to the $858 billion compromise.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel might not play in Rams game Sunday
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
The Kansas City Chiefs will have to wait a bit longer before they know when quarterback Matt Cassel will return from an appendectomy.
Concussions up 21 percent from 2009 season to 2010 season in NFL
December 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
Many more concussions are being reported in the NFL this season, which the league considers evidence that players and teams are taking head injuries more seriously.
The King’s Speech’ leads obvious Golden Globes nominations
‘Glee’ has most TV nominations
December 15, 2010 in print edition on C6
“The King’s Speech” is precisely the kind of film that has long appealed to awards voters: It’s historical, focuses on royalty, depicts a character overcoming physical adversity and features a classy cast.
Heat vs. Cavs round 2 less anticipated
December 15, 2010
No extra security this time. No concerns about unrest in the stands. Probably not much in the way of organized “Akron Hates You” chants, either. LeBron vs. Cleveland, Round 2 awaits in Miami today.
Deerfield residents learn about SmartStar at Westar Energy open house
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
From hair dryers to hot tubs, residents in the Deerfield neighborhood are eager to learn just how much energy their household items use.
Absurd model
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
I was astounded by the details of the “model budget” for Kansas prepared earlier this year by Kansas’ new budget director and the Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity. (Journal-World, Dec. 9)
U.S. needs to simplify tax code
December 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
Even Rosetta Stone, the language-learning software that promises individuals they’ll soon “dream in French,” would be hard-pressed to translate the language of Washington.
Spirit AeroSystems celebrates helicopter rollout
December 15, 2010
Spirit AeroSystems is planning to celebrate the rollout of a helicopter fuselage for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Riley County police say two shootings in Manhattan may be connected
December 15, 2010
Riley County police are investigating two separate shootings that they say might be related.