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Archive for Monday, December 27, 2010

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, December 27, 2010
Polls
Which of the top 10 stories of 2010 do you think is most memorable?

Poll results

Response Percent
9 & 8. Property raid/meth charges
 
17%
1. K2
 
17%
3. Gunman at McCollum
 
15%
2. Big Ten wants Texas
 
14%
7. KU professor commits suicide
 
12%
5. Mario Little arrested
 
12%
4. Winter weather closes schools
 
5%
10. iPad vs. Kindle
 
1%
6. Notre Dame, Arkansas to Big 12?
 
0%
Total 101
Do you plan you return or exchange a Christmas gift you received this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
69%
Yes
 
28%
I’m still deciding
 
1%
Total 535
Do you think a ticket costing $153.50 is a sufficient deterrent to texting while driving?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
54%
No
 
39%
Not sure
 
6%
Total 1133
Videos

All stories

Officers arrest Oskaloosa man as suspect in attempted copper wire theft from Hamm Quarry
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers have arrested an Oskaloosa man as a suspect in an attempted copper wire theft from the Hamm Quarry north of Lawrence.
Statehouse Live: Brownback picks Jefferson County Attorney Stegall to serve as chief counsel
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
His resignation from that post will take effect Jan. 10 and Jefferson County Republicans will meet soon to pick a new county attorney.
First liquor store in Overbrook opens for business
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Tuesday afternoon, Scott Bronoski unlocked the doors of a former garage, plugged in a new computer system and welcomed more than a dozen guys to stock shelves, post prices and otherwise handle details that come with lifting the nearly 125-year-old community’s lifelong prohibition on packaged liquor sales.
Police identify victim of Clinton Parkway rollover accident
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A10
Lawrence police on Monday identified a 24-year-old Topeka man as the victim of a rollover accident Saturday night in western Lawrence.
Court date for KU basketball player Mario Little moved to May
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The municipal court date for Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little has been delayed from Jan. 5 to May 19 after his attorney recently entered an appearance for him.
Survey project on east half of proposed South Lawrence Trafficway extension to begin Tuesday
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
A survey project on the east half of the new proposed South Lawrence Trafficway extension in Lawrence will begin on Tuesday.
Lawrence schools have full agenda for 2011
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Fifth-graders will be the oldest students in elementary schools. Sixth- through eighth-graders will be in middle school, following new schedules designed to help ease the transition into secondary education. And freshmen? They’ll actually be attending classes on high school campuses, instead of seeing their grades simply recorded on high school transcripts.
Dole Institute to host series on noteworthy presidents of 20th century
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The four lectures on Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson will compose the 2011 Presidential Lecture Series at the institute.
A Retrospective on Gaming in 2010
03:10 p.m., December 27, 2010 Updated 03:10 p.m.
This year gaming has seen some extreme highs and lows. One of the most popular, if not the most popular, studio in gaming suffered a massive hemorrhaging of talent after disagreements with its publisher. For the first time since the release of its newest console, one manufacturer finally reported a loss.
Local quilting organization ‘Pieces’ donates time and blankets to children at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
This time of year, the holiday experts in magazines promise that, between baking perfect cookies and wrapping stunning gifts, setting aside personal time will make for a stress-free season. But Marla Welch of Lawrence knows it’s putting others first that, in the end, proves most satisfying.
Robert Talkington, former Kansas Senate president, dies
12:01 p.m., December 27, 2010 Updated 02:48 p.m. in print edition on A5
Robert Talkington, former president of the Kansas Senate, died early Sunday morning from complications of a stroke at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Teen in rollover accident released from hospital
December 27, 2010
A Tonganoxie teenager who was injured in a rollover crash on Christmas Eve has been released from the hospital.
The Tipsy Taxi returns this New Year’s Eve to give Lawrence residents a safe, free ride home
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Intoxicated celebrators who forgot to assign their designated drivers, will have another option this New Year’s Eve. Thanks to Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism and several local restaurants, bars and citizens, Tipsy Taxi will be back again.
Markieff Morris named Big 12 player of the week
December 27, 2010
Kansas junior forward Markieff Morris was selected as the Big 12’s player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
LJWorld.com’s top stories of 2010
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
At the end of each year, we look at the most clicked stories of the year and share them with you. I’m sometimes surprised — and not surprised — by the results. I’ll be interested to hear what you think in the comments. Here are the LJWorld.com Top Stories of 2010:
Heard on the Hill: Chancellor Gray-Little’s speech touches on KU small-degree programs; Senate confirms Judge Mary Murguia to U.S. Appeals Court; cosmic rays could cause mass extinction events
December 27, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Colorado dinosaur tracks in danger of extinction
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A10
Dinosaurs tramped on what was once a beach in Colorado, leaving tracks that have remained remarkably well preserved on a small slope in the mountains southwest of Denver.
Update: KU basketball’s Tyshawn Taylor still stuck in New Jersey on Monday
12:00 a.m., December 27, 2010 Updated 05:20 p.m. in print edition on B1
A massive snowstorm that slammed into the East Coast on Sunday has delayed one Kansas University basketball player’s return from three-day Christmas vacation. “Tyshawn could not get out today. All the flights were canceled,” KU coach Bill Self said Sunday night, referring to Hoboken, N.J., junior guard Tyshawn Taylor.
Lawrence city commission to conduct morning meeting on Dec. 28
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Lawrence city commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a year-end bill paying session.
Prep CB Kenneth Lynn out of Dallas commits to Kansas football team
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
This weekend, the Jayhawks learned cornerback Kenneth Lynn, out of Kimball High in Dallas, had become the latest member of the Class of 2011 to commit orally to KU.
Lawrence retailers bask in holiday afterglow as shoppers return in full force seeking deals
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
After remaining bare for a day, retail parking lots filled up Sunday as shoppers hit the streets for after-Christmas sales and returns. Stores around town saw steady business throughout the day as residents started spending grandma’s Christmas money or exchanging the sweater mom picked out.
Mass St. Chic: Go bold and red to see in 2011
December 27, 2010
So despite your plans for December 31st, say fare thee well to a wonderful decade and welcome in a new one—spend your New Year’s Eve dressed to the nines, looking sharp and celebrating with all of your closest friends.
Kevin Love brushes off contraction comments
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Minnesota forward Kevin Love brushed off LeBron James’ recent comments that the NBA would be better off if it eliminated teams so more stars could play together.
Kansas texting law takes full effect Jan. 1
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Come Jan. 1, Kansas motorists might want to think twice before picking up a cell phone to send or read a text message.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy to exit from Congress, leaving a family void
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public’s imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month.
Worst to first: Chiefs rout Titans, win AFC West
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
His kids started “going crazy.” His phone started ringing off the hook. Todd Haley knew good things must be happening in Cincinnati. They were. The Bengals upended the San Diego Chargers, making Haley’s Kansas City Chiefs the worst-to-first champions of the AFC West on Sunday.
Sporting Kansas City’s new soccer stadium in Village West sweet
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
KC Soccer Stadium, an under-construction, 18,500-seat, $180-million venue, will be packed with sweets, suites and, most important, not a bad seat in the house.
Congress’ view on immigration to become tougher with GOP turnover
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
The end of the year means a turnover of House control from Democratic to Republican and, with it, Congress’ approach to immigration.
Final-play field goal lifts Florida International over Toledo in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, 34-32
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Jack Griffin’s 34-yard field goal on the game’s final play gave Florida International a stunning 34-32 victory over Toledo on Sunday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Pump patrol
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at Presto Convenience Store, 602 W. Ninth St.
40 years ago: Lawrence restaurant damaged in fire
December 27, 2010
Krazy Karl’s restaurant, 1811 W. Sixth, which was owned by Karl Haas, had been heavily damaged by an early-morning fire.
25 years ago: Elementary school students campaign for box turtle to become state reptile
December 27, 2010
Students at an elementary school in Caldwell, Kansas, were operating a grass-roots campaign to elevate the ornate box turtle to Official State Reptile status.
Analysis: Kansas congressional remap debate to focus on NE region
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Congressional redistricting debates among Kansas legislators are likely to focus on the northeast part of the state, and Democrats drubbed in this year’s elections hold out some hope that new lines will improve their chances of capturing a U.S. House seat in two years.
Washburn physical therapists headed to Bangladesh
December 27, 2010
Four students in Washburn University’s physical therapist assistant program are headed to Bangladesh.
5 mountain lions seen in Kansas since ‘07
December 27, 2010
There have been an increasing number of reports of big cats roaming through Kansas in the last 20 years.
A good goal
Plans to change how local United Way dollars are distributed should be viewed as an opportunity for the community.
December 27, 2010
We are in the season of giving. As the holidays arrive and winter sets in, there are many reminders of how important it is for individuals to give — both of their time and money — if they are able.
Go Green: Carpool plans even Dagwood would appreciate
December 27, 2010
Though the 2005 Census revealed that nine out of 10 American workers still drove to work alone, times have again changed. Environmental awareness and gas prices are on the rise.
National briefs: 49ers fire Mike Singletary after two tough years
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Mike Singletary was fired by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night after two disappointing seasons, including a 5-10 showing this year for a franchise expected to win the NFC West.
Commentary: Postponing Eagles-Vikings was right call
December 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
There is no question the Minnesota Vikings have offended the gods of football this season and are sentenced to sail ghostlike through the rest of their schedule, a lost Flying Dutchman of a team paying for the hubris of its (former) captain.
PBS’ ‘American Masters’ re-examines Glenn Gould
December 27, 2010
“American Masters: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) looks at the complex man behind the popular musical legend. Along the way it examines the nature of 20th-century celebrity that had as much to do with so-call high art as popular culture.
Lawrence Parks & Rec hosts New Year’s Eve overnighter
December 27, 2010
For $30 per child, parents can drop off kids ages 5 to 12 for a chaperoned lock-in at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. There, they can play games, eat pizza, watch movies and, if they’re really daring, stay up all night, all under the watchful eye of department employees.
Boost children’s self-esteem at all age levels
December 27, 2010
We must rely on parenting skills to build self-esteem through all developmental stages.
Party animals: Ring in 2011 with fun activities for the rugrats
December 27, 2010
Are you going to be ringing in the new year with kiddos in tow? There’s more to do than just keep them up past their bedtimes for the countdown to 2011.
Full-day kindergarten tuition in Lawrence faces fickle finances
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Full-day kindergarten gives students more time to learn in class, more chances to get along with others and more exposure to their school’s building, responsibilities and routines that will become part of their academic lives for the next 12 years and, perhaps, beyond.
Finance apps for iPhone, Android may help you save money
December 27, 2010
You’ve already got a pricey cell phone heating up your pocket, but if it’s an Android phone or an iPhone, you can use it to help you keep an eye on — and even save — money in the coming year.
100 years ago: Lawrence post office handled record amounts of holiday mail
December 27, 2010
“The Lawrence post office established a record this year in handling the immense amount of holiday mail coming into the office.”
River City Jules: New Year’s, ‘Punk’d-style
December 27, 2010
With one last primp of the hair, we made our grand entrance to… A bunch of families in T-shirts surrounded by people my parents’ age.
Fix It Chick: Protect your home with a carbon monoxide detector
12:00 a.m., December 27, 2010 Updated 08:06 a.m.
A properly installed CO detector can identify increased emissions and protect against carbon-monoxide poisoning.
Wine 2011: Look forward to good prices and choices
December 27, 2010
Riesling will rise. The market for wine in Asia will boom on. Customers will continue to hunt for vintage values. And the market for fine wine will continue to rumble back to life.
Slice of Life: Traveling man
December 27, 2010
David Gaus, Lawrence, is a born traveler, visiting the world both as a chef and a student.
Marriages
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week of December 19, 2010.
Defying labels: Three Kansas wineries place in Jefferson Cup Invitational
December 27, 2010
n the past, Kansas has not always been named among the great wine regions of the world — or even of the United States. But a few regional vineyards and wineries, like Somerset Ridge, owned and operated by Kansas University alumni Dennis and Cindy Reynolds — are working on changing that.
Bankruptcies
December 27, 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.
Obama accepted political realities
December 27, 2010
The fallout from the recent debate over extending the Bush tax cuts has helped President Barack Obama counter the conservative myth that he’s a left-wing ideologue seeking to socialize the United States.
Maliki deals may threaten Iraq stability
December 27, 2010
Just before leaving for Baghdad earlier this month, I spoke by phone to my Iraqi driver Salam, who was recently released from prison.
2011 full of new and continuing road construction projects in Douglas County
December 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Many of the road construction projects that had motorists sitting in traffic this year will return in 2011. And expect some additional projects.
Study suggests more couples skipping marriage
December 27, 2010
Nationally marriage is on the decline, while cohabitation is on the rise.
Horoscopes for Dec. 27
December 27, 2010
This year, go off on your own fact-finding mission.