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Archive for Monday, December 20, 2010

Also from December 20

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, December 20, 2010 Jack Leftwich, 93-year-old pilot
Polls
So far, who would you say is KU's most improved player this season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Thomas Robinson
 
48%
Markieff Morris
 
15%
Tyrel Reed
 
13%
Tyshawn Taylor
 
7%
Travis Releford
 
5%
Marcus Morris
 
5%
Elijah Johnson
 
1%
Other
 
0%
Brady Morningstar
 
0%
Total 540
Have you ever given a donation to charity as a Christmas gift?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, I do it often
 
51%
No, I never have
 
35%
Yes, but only when asked to do so
 
12%
Total 443
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
In this Dec, 21, 2009 file photo, travelers wait to enter terminals at the San Francisco International Airport. Forecasts for higher fares and crowded planes suggest travelers should book their 2010 holiday plans now. Online travel website Expedia says fares will stay below last year’s peak levels for the next few weeks before climbing. 
AAA, Kansas City International Airport predict increase in travelers for 2010 holiday season
December 18, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Prepare for busier highways and skyways this holiday seasons as more Americans prepare to travel.
2:00 p.m.
Jack "Lefty" Leftwich, 93, of McLouth, has been flying planes for 70 years. Now he flies an ultralight plane on summer days, which he keeps in a hangar next to his home. He takes off and lands on a 1,600-foot airstrip next to his house. Frequent flier: Lifelong pilot from McLouth always prepared for takeoff
December 20, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Jack Leftwich strapped on a helmet and got into the open cockpit of a biplane. He was 15, it was his birthday, and he wanted to ride in a plane. The pilot took off, heading north out of Fairfax Airport in Kansas City, Kan. The plane got about 200 feet in the air when Leftwich heard a horrendous crash.
6:00 p.m.
Chihuahuas Dewdrop, front, and Jeremy bark as visitors to the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St., pass by Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. Officials at the Humane Society recommend giving gift certificates and other pet-related items as gifts rather than pets themselves. How to keep pets safe amid holiday festivities
December 20, 2010
The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special may also pose hazards for canine and feline friends.

All stories

Attorney in downtown Lawrence stabbing case says he might argue self-defense
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
An attorney for a Fort Leavenworth soldier charged in a downtown Lawrence stabbing says self-defense could come into play in the case.
Report: Three-star QB Brock Berglund decommits from Colorado, commits to KU football
04:03 p.m., December 20, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
It turns out there was a Plan B for Kansas University’s football program after all.
Ex-KU student waives right to preliminary hearing in rape case
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
A 19-year-old man who faces a rape charge in connection with an August incident at a Kansas University fraternity waived his right on Monday to a preliminary hearing.
Kansas City flash mob gathers to provide some caroling cheer
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A8
As mobs go, it possibly was the most massive and musical in Kansas City history.
Tuesday morning’s total lunar eclipse will be an early Christmas treat
NASA to live stream the lunar eclipse from Alabama
December 20, 2010
‘Twill be nights before Christmas and high overhead, the moon will turn brown or maybe deep red. The Earth and the sun with celestial scripts will conspire to make a lunar eclipse.
State’s historical newspapers available on the Web
December 20, 2010
Some of Kansas’ oldest newspapers are now online through the Library of Congress, allowing anyone with Internet access to view how 19th-century Kansas was built day by day.
Town Talk: McGrath to retire as city’s judge; building numbers already top 2009; Arts Commission to spend money on strategy
December 20, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Jay Emler elected Kansas Senate majority leader, says higher education probably won’t get funding increase
11:11 a.m., December 20, 2010 Updated 04:46 p.m. in print edition on A3
The Kansas Board of Regents have submitted a plan to increase higher education funding by $50 million.
KU’s Josh Selby wins Big 12 rookie of the week
December 20, 2010
Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby was named the Big 12 rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Case against defendant in attack on bicycle path ready for January trial
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The court case involving 30-year-old man accused of attacking a woman on a southwest Lawrence bike path last summer appears ready for a January jury trial.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Republicans wrestle with earmarks, tax cuts
December 20, 2010
U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, criticized the $858 billion tax deal that extended Bush-era tax cuts for two years, and extended unemployment benefits for 13 months.The deal was passed, however, with bi-partisan support, including the votes of Republican Reps. Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes west Lawrence, and Todd Tiahrt, and U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts.
Best of Lawrence 2011: Coffee, Burgers and Dancing
December 20, 2010
In the weeks leading up to Jan. 24, we’re seeking feedback on our lists of candidates for each category
Heard on the Hill: KU Chancellor speaks (a little) about A.D. search; women’s basketball team spreads joy, swag at LMH; Sam Brownback looks kind of funny carrying 3,000 postcards
December 20, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
How to Help: Volunteers needed for Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner is in need of volunteers to help prepare, serve, and deliver a community meal where all are welcome.
Longtime Tonganoxie school board member closes book on service after 27 years
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
For more than a quarter of a century, Mildred McMillon’s had her finger on the pulse of education. Now, the 83-year-old Tonganoxie resident says she’ll end her official public service when her term on the local school board concludes in June.
Marriages in Douglas County for the week of Dec. 19, 2010
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending Dec. 19, 2010.
Kansas farmers can soon sign up for 2009 SURE disaster aid
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A8
Farmers in 51 Kansas counties can soon sign up for disaster assistance from 2009.
Royals trade Zack Greinke to Milwaukee Brewers for prospects
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Milwaukee Brewers are going all in for 2011, acquiring former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in a trade Sunday with the Kansas City Royals.
UConn Geno Auriemma says women’s basketball team disliked for gender
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
After victory No. 88 in a row was in the books, Geno Auriemma finally let loose: He thinks some people are rooting against his record-setting players because of their gender.
Vikings punter says University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank unplayable
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is calling the field at TCF Bank Stadium “unplayable.” But officials with the team and the University of Minnesota insist it will be safe for tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Carolina defensive end Tyler Brayton fined for sideline hit
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
For the second time in a week, a fine has been levied for sideline contact during a punt return.
Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse cited for DUI
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse was cited for drunken driving hours after his graduation ceremony.
Ryan Lochte leaves world swimming championships with six golds
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Ryan Lochte won three more events at the short-course world championships Sunday and headed home with an impressive haul of six golds and one silver.
College basketball roundup: Irish win; CU streak hits five
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
Cory Higgins scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Colorado outgunned Longwood.
Ball State hires Pete Lembo as new football coach
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Ball State wanted a proven head coach to rebuild its struggling football program.
Mom creates board game out of doing chores
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Family night out was important to Norma Herdman while raising her three sons. Now that they are older, with only one child left to fly from the nest, they have encouraged her to market a game she created when they were younger.
Johnson County deputies find stash of stolen goods
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies have found nearly a dozen stolen motorcycles and other equipment after serving a search warrant.
Lawrence High junior revamps Lawrence’s West Side Presbyterian Church nursery to earn Girl Scout’s Gold Award
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Christmas came a week early for the congregation at West Side Presbyterian Church. Their gift this year: a custom-designed nursery.
Frequent flier: Lifelong pilot from McLouth always prepared for takeoff
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
Jack Leftwich strapped on a helmet and got into the open cockpit of a biplane. He was 15, it was his birthday, and he wanted to ride in a plane. The pilot took off, heading north out of Fairfax Airport in Kansas City, Kan. The plane got about 200 feet in the air when Leftwich heard a horrendous crash.
25 years ago: City ponders “slum and blight” classification for 600 block of downtown
December 20, 2010
A large portion of North Lawrence and part of downtown had met statutory slum and blight requirements, according to a study completed in 1969.
40 years ago: Plastics manufacturer undecided about locating in Lawrence
December 20, 2010
“Turmoil and disruptive events” occurring recently in Lawrence were cited as factors of concern for officials of West Co., a plastics manufacturing firm.
100 years ago: New Lawrence directory credits city with population over 22,000
December 20, 2010
“The new city directory, which is published biennially by the Polk people, was distributed in Lawrence today.”
Mass St. Chic: Great gift ideas for your fashion-conscious friends
December 20, 2010
Christmas is right around the corner, but what do you get for your fashion-conscious girlfriends who always seem one step ahead of every trend? Read on for some quick, last-minute gift ideas that every stylish lady would find absolutely fabulous.
Analysis: Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson owns decision on coal plant
December 20, 2010
The permit allowing a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas is signed by the state’s top environmental regulator and not Gov. Mark Parkinson, but Parkinson’s fingerprints are on the document nonetheless.
Rice County man sentenced to 8+ years for child porn
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
A 52-year-old Rice County man has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
Screening stress: Taking kids through the new airport rules
December 20, 2010
Kelli Koberlein never thought her 9-year-old son, Walker, could be a suspected terrorist. Unfortunately for the Koberleins, the security agents at Kansas City International Airport had their suspicions.
Bird count finds 100+ species
December 20, 2010
For only the second time since 1955, more than 100 species of birds were found in Kansas in the annual census of the nation’s bird population.
Winning process
Members of the Kansas University athletic director’s search committee did a commendable job despite the failure of contract negotiators to seal the deal.
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
Members of the committee conducting the search for a new Kansas University athletic director are to be congratulated for the manner in which they carried out their task.
The Runner, the Baker, the Wedding Cake Maker: Lawrence students give time to help with holiday LINK meal
December 20, 2010
Baking math problem of the day: If you have a six-pound can of pumpkin, how many eggs do you need?
Happy tails: Tips for making holiday trips with pets more enjoyable for everyone
December 20, 2010
Nearly a quarter of pet owners have taken a vacation with their animals in the last two years, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll conducted this fall.
Bridging the gap: Innovative diversity program Can We Talk expands in Lawrence
December 20, 2010
Although Willie Amison, Craig Butler, Ed Brunt and Bud Stallworth grew up in different places, and with different aspirations, all eventually found their way to Lawrence. They faced challenges in their youth because of the times — and the color of their skin. But despite the obstacles, each made a name for himself, and each felt he had something to pass on to the next generation.
How to keep pets safe amid holiday festivities
December 20, 2010
The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special may also pose hazards for canine and feline friends.
Slice of Life: Promises come true
December 20, 2010
An encounter with a homeless pregnant teenager coupled with the words from a Christmas carol started the process that led Joe Reitz to bring Family Promise to Lawrence.
River City Jules: Santa holds off on retirement
December 20, 2010
‘Twas the week before Christmas And all through my brain My to-do list was running Just like a freight train
Save on energy costs while away for holidays
December 20, 2010
If your winter plans call for holiday travel, consider these helpful tips to make your home more secure and more energy-efficient while you are away.
Remnant Rehab: Bring your hostess gift in a homemade bag
December 20, 2010
Make one of these wine bags before you head to a holiday party to impress your hostess — it’s a lot more festive than the paper bag they give you at the liquor store.
Honeysuckle named hot color of 2011 by Pantone Inc.
December 20, 2010
It may be gray outside when the calendar flips to 2011, but a bright red-pink hue will be in fashion.
Justin Timberlake’s fashion label William Rast line coming to Target
December 20, 2010
After the highly organized, sale-hungry holiday shoppers have come and gone, the crowd roaming the aisles at Target is largely made up of hip teenagers and 20-somethings padded with gift cards, looking for something cool to wear out that very night.
Fox’s ‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ provides new gimmick
December 20, 2010
The more things change, the more they stay the same. On a visual note, the new Fox offering “Million Dollar Money Drop” (7 p.m., Fox) demonstrates how little the prime time game show set has changed since “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” arrived way back in 1999.
Matt Cassel plays 11 days after appendectomy, sparks Chiefs past Rams
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Matt Cassel was supposed to be a game-day decision. The quarterback had no doubt he’d be in the lineup.
KU basketball’s Josh Selby proves ‘tough’ in Allen Fieldhouse debut
Freshman shows confidence
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
The topic of toughness was addressed in Kansas University’s basketball locker room the other day.
Ernie Els tops Retief Goosen in S. Africa
December 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Ernie Els won the South African Open for the fifth time Sunday, shooting a 6-under 66 to beat Retief Goosen by one shot in a tournament shortened to 17 holes for each of the final two rounds.
Divorces in Douglas County from the week ending Dec. 19, 2010
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending Dec. 19.
Bankruptcies in Douglas County
December 20, 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, according to court records.
Progress in Afghanistan remains fragile
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
Visiting areas that until recently were Taliban strongholds, you can see the gains that President Obama described Thursday — and also why they remain, in his words, “fragile and reversible.”
Obama inspires comparison to Nixon, LBJ
December 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
Bill Clinton’s appearance this month at the White House lectern in support of President Barack Obama’s high-noon tax deal set the press buzzards buzzing.
Horoscopes for Dec. 20
December 20, 2010
This year, allow greater give-and-take with key people in your life.