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McNabb felt ‘disrespect’ from benching
December 21, 2010 in print edition on B2
Donovan McNabb felt disrespected by the way he was benched by Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
UConn win not loss for UCLA
December 21, 2010 in print edition on B2
It was yet another empowering landmark reached by an amazing group of athletes, yet it felt hollow and forced. Because, once again, a triumph by women was measured against something achieved by men.
Oregon’s Kelly wins coach of year
December 21, 2010 in print edition on B2
Oregon athletic officials were so convinced that Chip Kelly was destined to be head coach of the Ducks they offered him the job before it came open.
Farmland Industries site cleanup to start in January
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
Warm up the bulldozers. City commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved a proposal to begin cleaning up old buildings, equipment and other debris at the former 467-acre Farmland Industries site.
Former president of Jefferson County bank sentenced to prison in case involving theft of $1 million
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A2
A federal judge has ordered a former Meriden bank president to serve six years in federal prison for planning to steal $1 million from the bank.
Three couples with strong ties to the university named to KU’s next fundraising committee
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A6
Three couples with strong ties to Kansas University are tasked with leading an upcoming capital campaign that will seek to raise private funds to support KU.
Lawrence woman sentenced to prison for lewd and lascivious behavior with two girls; husband to stand trial in January
03:57 p.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 05:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Douglas County judge Tuesday afternoon ordered a Lawrence woman to serve a 28-month prison sentence for endangering two girls who say they were sexually assaulted by her husband.
Holiday light show creators in Tonganoxie, Lawrence try to combat ‘general grumpiness’
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
With the assistance of roughly 3,500 holiday lights, Ross and Lynnette Boelling’s front yard in Tonganoxie has become a symphony of flashing lights and Christmas music this December.
Statehouse Live: Sam Brownback says he is focused on economic growth
12:39 p.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 04:51 p.m. in print edition on A1
The state faces an estimated revenue shortfall in the next fiscal year of $500 million.
Kan. gov.-elect Sam Brownback’s tax plan aims to lure outsiders
December 21, 2010
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback says he’s propose a tax plan next year that’s aimed at luring people to rural communities from other states.
Kansas parks officials verify fifth mountain lion sighting in Nemaha County
December 21, 2010
Kansas officials have verified another mountain lion.
Kansas prison rate ranks far below national average, according to federal study
10:00 a.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 01:38 p.m. in print edition on A5
The number of people incarcerated in the Kansas prison system during 2009 was higher than the previous year. But the state still has a prison rate that’s far lower than national averages, according to data to be released Tuesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Town Talk: Site near Wal-Mart being pitched to Lowe’s; The Mail Box to close; Census to release data today
08:41 a.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 01:48 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas retains all four U.S. House seats after census data becomes public
08:10 a.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 12:01 p.m.
Kansas is keeping its four U.S. House seats after the release of population figures from this year’s census.
Kansas Senate committees see new chairmen after some GOP senators give up chamber seats
December 21, 2010
Committee chairmanships in the Kansas Senate are changing hands because some Republican senators are giving up their seats in the chamber.
Heard on the Hill: Provost supports raises for faculty and staff; Monarch Watch looks to spread milkweed across U.S.; Coach Self Skype call nets more than $4,000
December 21, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas brunch
03:00 a.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 03:00 a.m.
Skip the traditional Christmas spread in favor of this mid-morning delight.
UConn sets record with 89th straight victory
December 21, 2010
No. 89 came and went as effortlessly as nearly all their previous games. This season. Last season. And the season before.
George Brett, Frank Robinson linked
December 21, 2010
For those taking long flights to spend the holidays with family seeking a crafty way to put the finishing touches on shopping, here’s a tip: Buy a book, read it on the airplane, wrap it, put a name on the card, stick it under the tree. Two reads for the price of one. Former Kansas University chancellor and American League president Gene Budig penned just such a book that quickly can become a gift. (Just don’t eat anything sloppy while reading it and nobody will know it’s used.)
Brett Favre slammed; Bears win NFC North
12:00 a.m., December 21, 2010 Updated 08:24 a.m. in print edition on B8
Brett Favre was bundled up in a heavy gray coat by the time Devin Hester sped through the snow with his record-setting return.
Some Lawrence residents opt for charity donations instead of gifts this holiday season
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A1
For Christmas this year, Lori Heasty traded in cookies and petits fours for something she thought would do a little more good: donations to local charities.
Man reports stolen mountain bike in 1000 block of Massachusetts Street
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Lawrence man reported to police between 10:20 p.m. and 10:37 p.m. Saturday someone stole his white and green Eastern Mad Dog mountain bike, valued at $1,000, from the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street.
Concrete saw, wake board reported stolen in 2800 block of Harper Street
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 55-year-old Lawrence man reported a burglary occurred between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 7:50 a.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of Harper Street.
UConn women can pass UCLA men’s 88-game winning streak with victory over Florida State
December 21, 2010 in print edition on B2
UConn, which hasn’t lost since the 2008 NCAA tournament, will pass UCLA with a win over No. 22 Florida State tonight.
Area roundup: Tonganoxie boys basketball prevails, girls lose by three
December 21, 2010
With clutch plays on both ends of the floor in the final seconds, the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team pulled off a 57-56 victory over Metro Academy on Monday.
Zack Greinke likes Milwaukee Brewers’ attitude, wants to ‘win games right away’
December 21, 2010
Zack Greinke loves the attitude of the Milwaukee Brewers and their willingness to try to reach the postseason immediately.
FCC in place to adopt network neutrality rules
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A5
New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission today.
Effingham residents unhappy their home is used as ‘undesirable’ example in Kansas Leadership Center postcard
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A1
A statewide group that promotes leadership is in the process of apologizing to the small Kansas community of Effingham after the organization sent out a picture and postcard suggesting Effingham isn’t the type of town people would like to live in.
Pump patrol
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at Kwik Shop, 845 Miss.
Liberal aviation museum plans agriculture exhibit to focus on group International Flying Farmers
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A4
An aviation museum in the southwest Kansas town of Liberal is creating an exhibit that will tell the story of aviation in agriculture and highlight a group called the International Flying Farmers.
Kansas’ historical newspapers now available online
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A3
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.
Wichita party guests accused of stealing hosts’ Christmas gifts
December 21, 2010
Several Christmas party guests in Wichita are accused of stealing gifts from under the host family’s tree.
Fort Hays State University students guide tours of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
December 21, 2010
Visitors to the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area in west-central Kansas are getting some extra guidance.
Kansas City police looking to add up to 70 officers
December 21, 2010
The police department in Kansas City, Kan., is adding up to 70 new officers and says it wants top candidates to apply.
Discrimination issue
The new system for handling discrimination complaints in the city may be working fine, but a drop in investigations this year warrants monitoring.
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A6
A dramatic drop in the number of discrimination complaints investigated by the city this year may be good news or cause for concern.
Transparency
December 21, 2010
We all are suspicious of covert deals by politicians.
Sales tax creep
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A6
Your Dec. 14 story about Kansas Sampler overcharging customers on sales tax reminds me that many rural Douglas County residents may not realize they, too, are being overcharged on sales tax when they order products online or for items and services that are delivered to their homes.
It’s about time
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A6
I retired from the U.S. Army with more than 30 years of service. During that time, I knew of many gay service members within the ranks, and, to be truthful, their service was commendable.
Moving concert
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A6
Big notes of praise and gratitude to Mr. Hart and the entire Central Junior High School music department for their superb Winter Solstice concert.
Petraeus offers Afghanistan evaluation
December 21, 2010 in print edition on A6
As President Obama was rolling out his Afghan policy review, I had the chance to visit U.S. forward-operating bases in the Taliban heartland, and to interview Gen. David Petraeus.
40 years ago: Lawrence ‘street people’ and local police exchange peaceful Yuletide greetings
December 21, 2010
“In at least one small part of the city, there was peace on earth, good will toward men.”
25 years ago: Proposed legislation would remove Haskell from BIA jurisdiction
December 21, 2010
Jim Slattery, D-Kan., had introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would remove Haskell Indian Junior College from the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior.
100 years ago: No white Christmas in store for Lawrence; recent election outcome blamed
December 21, 2010
“Lawrence will have to content itself without a ‘white’ Christmas. According to J. C. Evans, the local weather observer, there will be no moonlight sleigh rides for Lawrence young people on Christmas eve.”
CNBC reports on student debt Tuesday night
December 21, 2010
College tuition never seems to get cheaper. The cost of higher education has been rising far faster than the rate of inflation for decades now, saddling many students with staggering loans before they even enter the workforce.
KU basketball assistant coach Kurtis Townsend familiar with Cal
Townsend worked for Golden Bears from 1993 to ‘97
December 21, 2010
Kurtis Townsend knows all there is to know about University of California basketball, having worked as a Golden Bears’ assistant coach from 1993 to ’97.
Horoscope for Dec. 21
December 21, 2010
This year, the theme of the unexpected surrounds you. Don’t fight the course of events, and you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel, if not the end itself. If you are single, even if you are sure this person is “it,” take at least a year to commit. If you are attached, the two of you need to re-establish some basics, resulting from your inner reflection. Trust in the process. Cancer often challenges you.
Driver dies when truck hits tree in southeast Kan. town
December 21, 2010
A 46-year-old driver has died after colliding with a tree near the southeast Kansas town of Caney.
Pedestrian dies in Sedgwick County crash
December 21, 2010
A pedestrian has been killed while walking along the outside southbound lane of Interstate 135 near the Wichita-area community of Park City.