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Archive for Sunday, December 19, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Lawrence High School teacher Charlie Lauts reacts to receiving the Lawrence Schools Foundation's Special Award for Dedication to Education on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. The $5,000 check was presented to Lauts during finals on the last day of class before winter break. Lawrence Schools Foundation awards $5,000 Special Award for Dedication to Education to Lawrence High School teacher Charlie Lauts
December 17, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Shooting trebuchets in the hallway outside Room 150 at Lawrence High School would just have to wait.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Josh Selby licks his chops after hitting a second three-pointer against USC during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Freshman Selby has fairy-tale beginning
December 18, 2010 in print edition on 1B
It’s been some time since anybody has put on a better show for those lucky enough to gain admission to Saturday’s basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse as the guy whose picture was on the ticket.
10:00 a.m.
Alicia Kaufman, left, and Tyler Conway, right, both of Lawrence, carry shopping bags with gifts during an afternoon of shopping in downtown Lawrence, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. Considered one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, many shoppers in Lawrence had to plan their shopping time either before or after the home KU men's basketball game at 11 a.m. Saturday. Big spenders? Shoppers wrap up holiday buying
December 19, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The experts and the statistics say consumers are spending a little more freely this holiday season compared with 2009.
2:00 p.m.
Jerry Fitzgerald, Ozawkie, lights a cigarette from a stool at the Perry Bar and Grill Monday, June 21, 2010. As of July 1, patrons will no longer be able to smoke in all restaurants and bars, with the exception being state-run casinos, when the statewide smoking ban goes into effect. In addition, smokers who choose to smoke outside must be ten feet from a public doorway when doing so. "I probably won't be at the bars as much," said Fitzgerald in response to a question regarding the challenges that such a law creates for smokers. GOP may push for repeal of state smoking ban
December 19, 2010 in print edition on 1A
After years of struggle, smoke-free advocates got the necessary votes during the last legislative session to win approval of a statewide ban on indoor smoking in public places.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident and restaurant owner Bob Schumm, examines one of his two 55-year-old grapefruit trees growing in his garage on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. Patience and green thumb aid former Lawrence Mayor Bob Schumm in cultivating 55-year-old grapefruit trees
December 17, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Two grapefruit trees are thriving inside Bob Schumm’s garage, each gulping 5 gallons of water a week and basking in the glow of six fluorescent grow lights overhead, where the fragrant leaves rub against the ceiling.

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Structure fire guts house southwest of Lecompton
11:49 p.m., December 19, 2010 Updated 02:54 a.m. in print edition on A5
Multiple rural Douglas County fire units responded to a structure fire Sunday evening at 1963 E. 175 Rd. southwest of Lecompton.
Statehouse Live: Former Democratic legislator may run again, enlists Kobach’s help
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mark Gilstrap served in the state senate for 12 years as a Democrat. He was defeated in the 2008 Democratic Party primary by Kelly Kultala.
Win-win situation: Goodrich, Brown back for victory
05:23 p.m., December 19, 2010 Updated 01:45 a.m. in print edition on B1
Sophomore guard Monica Engelman posted 20 points in 25 minutes, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 91-52 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Big spenders? Shoppers wrap up holiday buying
Local stores, consumers say mood mixed
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
The experts and the statistics say consumers are spending a little more freely this holiday season compared with 2009.
25 years ago: City prosecutor injured in sledding accident at KU
December 19, 2010
City Prosecutor Mike Glover was recovering at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from fractured ribs and back injuries after a sledding accident on Mount Oread.
40 years ago: Fire destroys filling station on Hwy 59
December 19, 2010
A fire had destroyed the building and stock of Quality Oil Co., located eight miles south of Lawrence on U.S. 59, on the previous night. Smoke from the blaze had been visible from Lawrence and for several miles in other directions.
100 years ago: Cold and flu sufferers in good company
December 19, 2010
“Nothing could be more annoying than a bad cold, and especially when everybody is afflicted with one.”
Baker grad has game plan to help student-athletes
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Looking at it on the surface, it’s easy to dismiss Richie Bryant with a lot of clichés.
Senate Republicans block youth immigration bill
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
Senate Republicans on Saturday doomed an effort that would have given hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military.
Senate votes to repeal ban on openly gay troops
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military’s 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Tree farms whittled away
Changing tastes cut into holiday tradition
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Every Christmas season, the Webb family of Gladstone, Mo., makes the trek out to Wilderson Tree Farm in Basehor to wander the fields, search for the perfect Christmas tree, grab a saw and cut it down. It’s a tradition the family has had for eight years, but it may not last for eight more.
Wish list: a safe holiday
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical is warning residents about potential fire and safety hazards during the holidays.
Plan under way to limit burning in Flint Hills
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas has unveiled a plan to limit air quality damage from burning in the Flint Hills in part by having ranchers be more selective in their burning practices.
Alcohol referrals double from 2008 to 2009 at University of Missouri
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A12
The number of University of Missouri students referred for suspected alcohol violations doubled from 2008 to 2009, but officials said the numbers are known to fluctuate and part of the increase might be the result of better reporting on campus.
Miami County man appears to have been electrocuted
December 19, 2010
Authorities have been called in to investigate the death of a 42-year-old Miami County man, who appears to have been electrocuted.
Man acquitted in Hutchinson beating death
December 19, 2010
A Reno County jury has found a Hutchinson man innocent of murder in the beating death of another man during a drug deal.
Trumpeter swans seen in western Mo.
December 19, 2010
Trumpeter swans are making migration stopovers in western Missouri this winter.
Two arrested at Junction City club
December 19, 2010
Junction City police have arrested two people at a club where authorities suspect liquor was being sold illegally.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
December 19, 2010
Road work planned for the week of Dec. 19.
Working together
Lawrence and Douglas County commissioners should be congratulated for working together to put people back to work.
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A11
A proposed project by Plastikon Industries to locate a manufacturing plant in Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park is exciting on multiple levels.
Group exaggerates evil of political labels
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A11
As the new political group No Labels convened in Manhattan, a judge was issuing a decision that illustrated why the group’s premise is preposterous and its pretense is cloying.
Survivor’ a survivor among series
December 19, 2010
I have nothing much to say about “Survivor Nicaragua” (7 p.m., CBS), concluding tonight, because I haven’t watched or given much thought to it or any “Survivor” since roughly 2003, when Rupert Boneham brought the fashion sense of a Jethro Tull roadie to the proceedings.
Horoscopes for Dec. 19
December 19, 2010
This year, events and people test your way of reasoning and processing. Use these experiences to explore different ideas, moving away from right and wrong, as well as black-and-white thinking.
Magic acquire trio in blockbuster
December 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
So much for another tweak. A rough patch early this season was enough to convince the Orlando Magic that perhaps they weren’t good enough to contend in the Eastern Conference after all.
Chiefs, Rams in big game? Believe it
December 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
This time last year, the St. Louis Rams were zeroing in on the first overall draft pick. The Kansas City Chiefs were just a little bit better.
Pump patrol
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.81 at several stations.
GOP may push for repeal of state smoking ban
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
After years of struggle, smoke-free advocates got the necessary votes during the last legislative session to win approval of a statewide ban on indoor smoking in public places.
Tonganoxie interchange lauded after 1 year open
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
It was a cold, snow-covered day almost a year ago when the first car drove through the Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange and onto Interstate 70.
Olathe woman gets more than three years in child’s death
December 19, 2010
A 47-year-old former Johnson County day care operator convicted in the suffocation death of an 18-month-old girl has been sentenced to more than three years in prison
City commission agenda for December 21, 2010
Quorum could be changing from 4 members to 3
December 19, 2010
City commissioners will consider changing the quorum of the City Commission from four members to three.
Mortgages
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A6
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 113 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Behind the Lens: New device captures every second of daily life
12:00 a.m., December 19, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Enter the Vicon Revue.
Pakistan key to success in Afghanistan
December 19, 2010 in print edition on A11
Will Pakistani assistance to Afghan militants doom America’s efforts in Afghanistan?
Around and about in local business
December 19, 2010
Local business news for Dec. 19, 2010.