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Archive for Friday, December 31, 2010

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Arzula, a 25-year-old desert tortoise, crawls in the backyard of Emily Stoker, 22, of Tonganoxie. Arzula recently escaped and was missing for 10 days before he was found and returned to Stoker. Animal adventures of 2010 ran gamut of species
December 29, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Whether it’s a wild deer running loose downtown, a dog rescued from a pond or a slow and steady turtle on the run, people love animal stories.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Roderick Bremby on Monday discusses the computer breakdown at his agency over the past few days. Bremby said KDHE is busy restoring systems but that no data was compromised or lost. Kansas state officials decline to detail why former KDHE secretary Bremby is still being paid, two months after resigning
8:45 a.m., December 30, 2010 Updated 1:31 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The former secretary of the Kansas health and environment agency, who was ousted after refusing to issue a permit for a coal-fired plant in western Kansas, has been getting payments from the state since he left office in early November, according to a newspaper report.
10:00 a.m.
KU students walk across campus the day before classes start for the fall semester. Students participated in campus activities Wednesday that included tours of the libraries, the bus system and campus organization and club information booths. The Journal-World looks back at the top 10 news stories from 2010
December 29, 2010 in print edition on 1A
At the end of each year, Journal-World staffers compile what they determine to be the top 10 news stories of the past 12 months. The following is their list for 2010:
10:00 a.m.
KU students walk across campus the day before classes start for the fall semester. Students participated in campus activities Wednesday that included tours of the libraries, the bus system and campus organization and club information booths. Website picks Lawrence among top 10 college towns in nation
December 30, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Another organization agrees — Lawrence is a pretty great college town.
2:00 p.m.
Traffic enters and exits the eastern end of the South Lawrence Trafficway near what is approximately 35th and Iowa Street. A federal judge upheld the Federal Highway Administration’s decision to align the South Lawrence Trafficway along 32nd Street and not south of the Baker Wetlands. SLT opponents appeal federal court ruling
12:31 p.m., December 30, 2010 Updated 5:51 p.m. in print edition on 3A
On Thursday, a group of mostly environmental organizations announced that they would appeal a federal court ruling that upheld the decision to align the new four-lane highway through a portion of the Baker Wetlands.
6:00 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, right, visits with Douglas County administrator Craig Weinaug during a tour of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center Thursday. Earlier in the day Jenkins visited with about two dozen attendees of a Kiwanis luncheon meeting at Lawrence Country Club. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins won’t dip her toes in political waters surrounding upcoming redistricting process in Kansas
December 30, 2010 in print edition on 3A
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins knows she’s caught literally in the middle of a redistricting plan that will send about 50,000 Kansas voters into new Congressional districts.

All stories

Big 12 roundup: Kansas State cruises past North Florida
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas State, playing without three starters, got huge games from Jamar Samuels and Wally Judge in a victory Friday over North Florida.
Chiefs coach: Reports of Weis to UF news to him
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley says he has no knowledge of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis possibly taking a similar job with the University of Florida.
KU coach Self to give peas a chance
Jayhawks coach talks superstition, new year’s resolution
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Not that Kansas University’s basketball players or coaches are superstitious or anything, but today … “We’ll definitely eat our black-eyed peas as a group,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday, referring to the food that, if sampled on New Year’s Day, is supposed to bring good luck.
Happy campers: Kansas University’s annual hoops clinic draws a huge crowd
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self deemed Friday’s annual Holiday Hoops Clinic at Allen Fieldhouse a success.
Self: Starting lineup won’t be revealed until gametime
December 31, 2010
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Friday that he hadn’t decided on Sunday’s starting lineup against Miami (Ohio) and wouldn’t until the day of the game.
KDHE reminds Kansans that if you’re trying to quit smoking, it can help you
December 31, 2010
Just in time for people who are making New Year’s resolution, the Kansas Department of Health Environment is reminding smokers that it offers help if they want to quit.
Kansas legislature introduces children and families committee for 2011 session
December 31, 2010
The Kansas House will have a new Children and Families Committee when lawmakers open their annual session on Jan. 10.
Freak winter thunderstorm brings ice, lightning to Lawrence
02:26 a.m., December 31, 2010 Updated 12:06 p.m.
As of noon, the winter weather advisory for Douglas County has been canceled. According to the National Weather Service, this is the first thunderstorm to hit Lawrence on New Year’s Eve since at least 1996. The weather service was unable to say whether there had been thunderstorm on New Year’s Eve before then because its records do not go back any further.
Stanford ends UConn’s streak
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
Stanford really does have UConn’s number.
Washington takes down No. 17 Nebraska, 19-7 in Holiday Bowl
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Jake Locker bounced back from an injury and scored on a 25-yard run in the third quarter, and tailback Chris Polk ran for 177 yards and a score to help the Washington Huskies to a win over the listless Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl.
Celebration penalty costly for K-State
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
The first Pinstripe Bowl turned into a home run derby, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading big plays and touchdowns in one of the most exciting games of this postseason.
Lawrence Aquahawks holding tryouts
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Aquahawks Swim Club will be holding its new swimmer tryout at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. All ages welcome. Call coach Zach for more information at 393-7966.
Recruit Ben McLemore making unofficial trips to finalists Kansas, Missouri
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
Recruiting: Ben McLemore, a 6-5 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., is making unofficial trips to his finalists, KU and Missouri, over holiday break, Rivals.com reports.
Kansas’ Taylor shaking off rust
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
A dusting of snow on Christmas Day is generally a good thing … buckets upon buckets of the white stuff in conjunction with 40 to 50 mph wind gusts not so much.
Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Mizzou rolls
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B3
Marcus Denmon matched his season best with five three-pointers and scored 22 points in Missouri’s win over Old Dominion.
NU defends business deal with QB’s dad
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B2
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne says there is nothing inappropriate about his department having a business agreement with the father of the Cornhuskers’ starting quarterback.
Commitment Dylan Admire to play in all-star game
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University commitment Dylan Admire will put his skills on the national stage tonight in South Carolina.
Educated guesses necessary
December 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kathy Vogel Kuettner, a beautiful young wife and mother of three, died from lymphoma in July 2000, and a year later, Kathy’s House, a hospital hospitality house, was born in Milwaukee.
Lawrence man arrested on charges of stealing car
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 40-year-old Lawrence man on charges of possession of stolen property Thursday shortly after midnight.
Baldwin City man reports theft of cement mixer
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Baldwin City man reported to police that a single-axle cement mixer — valued at $4,500 — was stolen from the 800 block of Coving Drive sometime between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Pump patrol
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.86 at Wood Oil, 920 N. Second St.
Elementary task force to meet Monday night
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
Efforts to come up with a consensus community vision for the future of Lawrence’s public elementary schools are moving closer to completion.
City commission agenda for January 4, 2011
Improvement district proposed
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Commissioners will review another request from developers of properties at 23rd and Ousdahl streets to create a special taxing district to help finance public and private improvements at the intersection.
Job market showing healthier signs for 2011
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Far fewer people are applying for unemployment benefits as the year ends, raising hopes for a healthier job market in 2011.
Kidney parole situation in Mississippi raises ethical concerns
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
A debate is unfolding over an unusual offer from Mississippi’s governor: He will free two sisters imprisoned for an armed robbery that netted $11, but one woman’s release requires her to donate her kidney to the other.
U.S. helping Ukraine send uranium to Russia
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
In a secret operation to secure nuclear material, the United States has helped Ukraine send to Russia enough uranium to build two atomic bombs.
Variables temper Petraeus’ optimism
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
If briefings could win wars, Gen. David Petraeus would already be finished in Afghanistan.
Kansas gets $2.6 million bonus for enrolling more kids in Children’s Health Insurance Program
December 31, 2010
Kansas has received a $2.6 million bonus from the federal government for raising enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Gone but not forgotten in 2010
December 31, 2010
Before welcoming 2011 with a glass or three, let’s glance back at the notable figures from television who left us in 2010.
Changes ahead
Political shifts and other factors almost guarantee that people in the United States, Kansas and Lawrence will be changing more than their calendars this year.
December 31, 2010 in print edition on A8
At midnight today, it will be out with the old and in with the new.
100 years ago: KU engineering student narrowly escapes fiery death
December 31, 2010
“The two boys had been visiting a manhole at the corner of Lee and Kentucky every hour for the purpose of taking a sample of the sewerage water and measuring its rate of flow.”
40 years ago: Land donated for Wells Overlook; Beatles break up; Marlboro Man loses TV gig
December 31, 2010
Douglas County Commissioners had received a free offer for 20 acres of land to be used as a park.
25 years ago: Community drive-home program offers rides for tipsy partiers
December 31, 2010
The community drive-home program, offering free cab rides for those who’d had too much to drink, was set to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. tomorrow.
A retrospective on movies in 2010
12:00 a.m., December 31, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
A look back at the trends, successes and failures this year in movies.
Horoscopes for Dec. 31
December 31, 2010
This year could prove to be very exciting.