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Vehicle burglary ring busted in Leavenworth County
Lawrence juvenile, three others arrested
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A10
A call from an alert resident early Tuesday morning led to the arrest of four people suspected of burglarizing 70 vehicles in Leavenworth and Jefferson counties.
Holiday Hoedown celebrates some welcome firsts
05:27 p.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 05:27 p.m.
The annual holiday bluegrass, country, honky-tonk, and blues show welcomes some new additions.
76-year-old cyclist injured after crash with car on Kasold Drive
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 76-year-old man was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after an accident involving a bicycle and a car near 14th Street and Kasold Drive.
Bubba Cunningham staying at Tulsa
04:38 p.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Tulsa University announced that Bubba Cunningham would remain its athletic director. Kansas University’s search for a new athletic director, which had reached its destination at the doorstep of Tulsa University’s Bubba Cunningham, has resumed.
Lawrence school teachers ratify changes in work agreement
03:51 p.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 05:33 p.m.
A new seven-period day remains on schedule for the coming academic year at Lawrence and Free State high schools.
Crews extinguish fire under street and in storm sewers along 27th Terrace
03:28 p.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 09:13 p.m. in print edition on A4
A brush fire that started in the culvert along West 27th Street near Louisiana Street and spread under the street and through the storm sewers was quickly extinguished Thursday afternoon.
Gov.-elect Sam Brownback announces Dennis Taylor as head of new office of the repealer
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback announced Thursday that a personal friend who has held numerous state and local government jobs over the past three decades will lead his administration’s initiative to attack outdated or overly burdensome state laws and regulations.
Odd jobs: In this economy, Lawrence residents are getting creative
10:59 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 10:59 a.m.
Tough times call for inventive measures.
Town Talk: Shelter to pay close to $2 million for site; Chamber moving its offices; Citizen of the years sought
December 16, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
For a donation to the Assists Foundation, KU basketball coach Bill Self available for 15-minute chat on Christmas Eve
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A3
This Christmas Eve, there’s an opportunity to welcome one more addition to the family game of charades — Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.
Kansas Board of Regents OK’s new KU school of public health
December 16, 2010
The proposed school can be formed without new state resources, officials said.
KDHE issues air quality permit for coal-burning power plant near Holcomb
09:41 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 03:55 p.m. in print edition on A1
The proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has been at the center of political fighting for more than three years.
KU basketball player Mario Little arrested after altercation involving girlfriend, suspended indefinitely
09:24 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 05:36 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little was arrested early Thursday on charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing.
Statehouse Live: Student leaders seeking Brownback commitment to higher education plan
09:21 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 12:12 p.m.
Brownback took the petitions from them, but gave no commitment on their funding request.
Volunteers’ essay wins Douglas County Senior Meals Program $500 prize
December 16, 2010
Douglas County Senior Services has won an award that will help it continue serving the area’s elderly.
Kansas Governor-elect Sam Brownback to name director of new repealer’s office
December 16, 2010
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback is preparing to appoint the person who will lead a key initiative designed to make Kansas more business-friendly.
Native Sons and Daughters to honor FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Tacha
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A10
The head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals will be honored at an awards banquet next month in Topeka.
Heard on the Hill: Administrative costs study causes stir; mother, daughter catch up with ‘Free Hugs’ guy; a call for other KU’s to cease and desist
December 16, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Seasonal decorations top holiday highlights; last day for teacher thank yous; all-girl opera takes on bullying
December 16, 2010
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news and other interesting items involving schools in the area.
Alvamar finds buyer for two golf courses in Lawrence; deal to be done by 2011
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A1
The prospective new owner for Alvamar’s two Lawrence golf courses is identified, the price set, the timing arranged.
Style Scout: Kirsten Paludan
02:08 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 02:08 a.m.
How would you describe your style? Simple and classic with an artsy edge.
Style Scout: Rod Ernst
01:55 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 01:55 a.m.
Tell us a secret: Enjoy each day.
Colorado first responders hold conference about using Twitter, Facebook to spread information during emergencies
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
While fire crews rolled out in September on what became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, emergency responders in Boulder were using social networking to communicate with the public.
Unversity of Minnesota prepares to host Vikings-Bears for Monday Night Football
December 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Backed by fleets of dump trucks, dozens of workers hoisting shovels and blowers attacked the snowdrifts covering the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium Wednesday in a determined push to have it ready to replace the snow-damaged Metrodome for next week’s matchup between the Vikings and Bears.
Iron fence stolen from 500 block of Ohio Street
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old female Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Tuesday that someone stole an iron fence.
Vehicle stolen in 1100 block of East 13th Street
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 42-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Tuesday that someone stole a 1990 Buick LeSabre.
U.S. outlaws drop-side cribs after over 30 child deaths in a decade
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s the end of the traditional crib that has cradled millions of babies for generations. The government outlawed drop-side cribs on Wednesday after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls.
Stores try to create late holiday shopping surge with big discounts, more inventory
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A7
You won’t find uncommonly deep discounts, but you won’t have to worry about finding something to buy, either. For the first time in three years, the Christmas season is looking brighter for stores and shoppers alike.
2 KCK men arrested in De Soto
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Kansas City, Kan., men Tuesday night in De Soto.
Scientists: Not too late for polar bears
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A6
Two groups of scientists are suggesting a sliver of hope for the future of polar bears in a warming world.
Our Town Sports for 12-16
December 16, 2010 in print edition on B5
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, happenings and awards.
Colleges using therapy dogs to help reduce stress during finals
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A6
Tufts University is throwing stressed-out students a bone: therapy dogs to play with during their final exams.
National briefs: Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller dies at 92
December 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Bob Feller, the Iowa farm boy whose powerful right arm earned him the nickname “Rapid Robert” and made him one of baseball’s greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 92.
Pump Patrol
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.83 at several stations.
California man sentenced to prison for transporting 700 pounds of marijuana through Kansas
December 16, 2010
A 69-year-old California man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for transporting 700 pounds of marijuana through Kansas.
Former Wichita court clerk faces bribery sentencing
December 16, 2010
A former Wichita municipal court officer who took bribes to alter computerized records is expected to learn her punishment this week.
Parole hearing delayed again for Kansas woman convicted of plotting stepson’s death
December 16, 2010
A Kansas woman convicted 30 years ago of plotting her stepson’s death will have to wait to find out whether she will be granted parole.
Police: 1 of 2 men in Manhattan shootings dies
December 16, 2010
Riley County police say a suspect in a shooting in Manhattan has died.
Dodge City Bishop Ronald Gilmore retires, calling job ’a burden’
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Roman Catholic bishop of the Dodge City Diocese said Wednesday that he is retiring early because he found being a bishop “a burden.”
BNSF Railway Co. ordered to pay $95,096 to disciplined Kansas City employee
December 16, 2010
BNSF Railway Co. has been ordered to pay $95,096 to a Kansas employee it disciplined for reporting a work-related injury.
Broken barrier
One of Lawrence’s first female firefighters may not have been trying to prove a point, but her 29-year career nonetheless set an example for women who came after her.
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
Back in 1981, there were a lot of jobs women just didn’t do, because, you know, they were women.
Kansas review board approves $260 million casino proposal from Peninsula Gaming
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A10
A Kansas review board chose a $260 million casino proposal by Peninsula Gaming for Sumner County on Wednesday, citing its potential to generate more revenue for the state than the competing project.
KU on wrong side
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights advocate, recently was granted the Nobel Peace Prize for his quiet advocacy of political freedom in China.
LMH need
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
I recently read that Lawrence Memorial Hospital has spent $45 million for expansion of the hospital “campus” under the guidance of CEO and President Gene Meyer.
100 years ago: Measles outbreak in Kanwaka closes school
December 16, 2010
“There is an epidemic of measles in Kanwaka, and the cases became so prevalent that mothers finally closed the school. They did not do it by petitioning the board for such an order. They simply kept the children at home.”
25 years ago: Reopened Sunflower Ammunition Plant now employing over 800 people
December 16, 2010
After having been reopened a little more than a year previously, the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant was now employing about 830 people.
40 years ago: Final plans for KU’s Wescoe Hall approved
December 16, 2010
The humanities building, once planned as a 26-story structure, was now to reach only four stories.
Horoscope for Dec. 16
December 16, 2010
This year, you make advances because of your ability to mix practicality with your creativity. This blend manifests itself in many different realms of your daily life. Others look to you as a problem solver. If you are single, spring 2011 presents some very lively options. In fact, you could be overwhelmed by many suitors. If you are attached, the two of you enter a phase in which you feel more connected than you have in years. Taurus keeps you grounded, like it or not!
Estimated 1,200 dogs euthanized at Kansas kennel after outbreak of distemper spreads to Wyoming
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A5
An estimated 1,200 dogs at a northwest Kansas kennel have been euthanized after an outbreak of distemper in Wyoming was linked to the operation.
Feds sue BP, other companies for Gulf oil spill damages
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Justice Department sued BP and several other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Wednesday, an opening salvo in the government’s effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage.
Commentary: The ultimate Christmas gift for sports fans
December 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Here comes Santa Claus … right down Santa Claus Lane. Whistle. Foul. Charging. Listen, you’ll be doing a lot of charging yourself if you opt for some of these high-end gifts for the sports fans in your life. On the other hand, Santa’s bag also includes some novelty gifts and inexpensive work-arounds as well.
KU Public Safety spokesman warns residents not to confront burglars
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Public Safety officers Wednesday were investigating an aggravated burglary.
U.S. can’t allow security vacuum in Iraq
December 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
Among the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division who are going home next week after a year in Iraq, it was an almost palpable feeling Monday: We’re out of here. It’s over.
Tune in: Will A&E’s ‘Peacemaker’ make a difference?
December 16, 2010
The recent hubbub over WikiLeaks has sparked a debate over the nature of diplomacy. Can peace be arrived at in secret negotiations? Or should it be pursued in the light of day?
Baldwin City, Ottawa and Wellsville school districts cancel Thursday classes
12:00 a.m., December 16, 2010 Updated 10:18 p.m.
School district 348 in Baldwin City has canceled Thursday classes following severe winter weather that wreaked havoc in Douglas County Wednesday evening.
Bill Self up for Peace Award
December 16, 2010
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has been nominated for the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards in the coach category, Celebrate Positive announced Wednesday. The award honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers and schools around the world for their positive contributions.