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Archive for Sunday, November 14, 2010

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6:00 a.m.
Kansas defenders Justin Springer (45) and Jake Laptad (91) look to wrap up Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead (22) during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Like Opurum, Jayhawks making strides
November 14, 2010 in print edition on 1B
From the opening-week loss to North Dakota State to Saturday night’s 20-3 setback to Nebraska, Toben Opurum’s growth has mirrored that of Turner Gill’s staff. Nobody’s doing backflips, but you have to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence detectives and police officers search an area near Kansas Highway 10 bypass at 27th Street and Wakarusa Drive on Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2008. The search was related to a sexual assault reported Monday, December 1. Serial rapist cases in Lawrence, Manhattan still unsolved 10 years after first attack
November 12, 2010 in print edition on 1A
During fall 2000 — when Kansas State University students were on break from classes — a man raped a woman at a Manhattan apartment. The apartment complex, University Commons Apartments, was a short distance from campus. The attack that occurred there that night was the first in what local and state authorities believe is a string of 13 more rapes. The attacker, authorities say, has committed at least eight rapes in Manhattan and another six in Lawrence.
2:59 p.m.
Closed since 2001, the former Farmland Industries boiler house complex and the surrounding land show the ravages of nearly 50 years of use. Rebirth at former Farmland Industries site anticipated to be soon
12:00 a.m., November 14, 2010 Updated 8:54 a.m. in print edition on 1A
As thousands of motorists who drive by the plant on Kansas Highway 10 each day can attest, the industrial relic, which closed in 2001, hasn’t faded away as much as it has rusted into ruin.
6:00 p.m.
Eila Deavours, 8, Lawrence, holds her American Girl doll as Lawrence author Jane Kurtz, right, talks with children at the Kansas Union on Saturday. Girls gather with dolls to meet American Girl author
November 14, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Chloe Taylor, 10, was all smiles Saturday morning, as local author Jane Kurtz talked about Chloe’s favorite topic: American Girl dolls.

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KU women open with 73-40 victory over South Dakota
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Kansas women’s basketball season opened the regular season with a 73-40 victory over South Dakota on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Former Kansas track great Wes Santee dies at age 78
November 14, 2010
Wes Santee, former Kansas University track star and Olympian, died Sunday morning at the age of 78. A native of Ashland, Santee had been battling cancer.
No apologies for free speech
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A11
Dear Cuba: Maybe you’ve got a point. I refer to your outrage over a new video game, the object of which is to assassinate Fidel Castro. In “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” the latest in the popular series from Activision Blizzard Inc., the player is transported to Havana during the Cold War with a mission to kill the young communist revolutionary.
Rebirth at former Farmland Industries site anticipated to be soon
12:00 a.m., November 14, 2010 Updated 08:54 a.m. in print edition on A1
As thousands of motorists who drive by the plant on Kansas Highway 10 each day can attest, the industrial relic, which closed in 2001, hasn’t faded away as much as it has rusted into ruin.
3 named for seat on state appeals court
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two lower court judges and a member of the Kansas Supreme Court’s legal staff are finalists for a seat on the state Court of Appeals.
Like Opurum, Jayhawks making strides
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
From the opening-week loss to North Dakota State to Saturday night’s 20-3 setback to Nebraska, Toben Opurum’s growth has mirrored that of Turner Gill’s staff. Nobody’s doing backflips, but you have to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.
Annual event addresses issues for the blind
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
Members of the Kansas community gathered in Lawrence this weekend for the state convention for the blind.
Girls gather with dolls to meet American Girl author
Local writer meets with fans to discuss ‘Girl of the Year 2010’ book
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
Chloe Taylor, 10, was all smiles Saturday morning, as local author Jane Kurtz talked about Chloe’s favorite topic: American Girl dolls.
Snowstorm causes over 400 crashes in Minnesota
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A12
Parts of the Upper Midwest dug out from a heavy snowfall Saturday that caused more than 400 traffic accidents in Minnesota, and wintry conditions also were being blamed for a collision in northern Wisconsin that killed two people.
FHSU to lead energy education project
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Fort Hays State University will lead a project to develop a statewide energy education system.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B5
Quiet for most of the week about his returning to the place he spent so many years as a successful player and coach, Kansas University coach Turner Gill finally gave a glimpse of what Saturday’s game at Nebraska meant to him.
Going nowhere: Kansas offense sputters
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
In the press box at Nebraska University’s Memorial Stadium, there’s a poster from 1983 that features Kansas University coach Turner Gill in his Nebraska gear and the headline “The Scoring Explosion.”
KU’s Donny Wasinger earns automatic NCAA cross country bid
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kansas University junior Donny Wasinger earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships after a 10th-place finish Saturday at the Midwest Regional Championships.
Bob Dole finally out of hospital
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B12
Former Sen. Bob Dole has been recuperating at home in Washington, D.C., after nearly a year in Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Big 12 football roundup: Gabbert sparks No. 20 Mizzou over K-State, 38-28
Colorado cruises without former coach Hawkins
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
Blaine Gabbert got a pep talk from his coach, who reminded him of his starring role in a victory that knocked Oklahoma out of the BCS lead a few weeks ago. Then he broke out of his slump.
Wildlife fence along I-70 in Colorado complete
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
The fence from Gypsum to Dowd Junction in Colorado, on the western side of the continental divide, cost almost $1.9 million. The project includes two median crossovers to allow animals to cross the interstate and 58 wildlife escape ramps.
Markieff 14-15-5-4-2 kind of guy
Versatile Jayhawk ponders triple-double possibilities in wake of opening rout of Longwood
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B1
Versatile Kansas University junior forward/center Markieff Morris put up some eye-opening numbers in several categories on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Nebraska zoo seeking deer meat for big cats
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
A western Nebraska zoo is accepting donations of deer meat from hunters this season that will go to the zoo’s big cats.
Columbia Roots ‘N Blue BBQ Festival brings in $4.5 million
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
A survey conducted by the University of Missouri Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management shows that about 65,000 people attended the festival in early October.
Va. sturgeon may be key to ancient fish’s recovery
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B12
Researcher Matt Balazik wears his passion for saving the Atlantic sturgeon on his right arm — a tattoo of the ancient fish — and lives it by counting the bottom-feeding giants in the James River.
Edwards takes checkered flag
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Carl Edwards won the Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, leading 153 laps in claiming his second straight win.
Broncos want to be just like Chiefs
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Denver Broncos returned from their bye week determined to find a ground game so they could keep their quarterback clean and their defense fresh. In short, they want to be just like the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas swimming tops Drury, North Dakota
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
Iuliia Kuzhil set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, and the Kansas University swimming and diving team defeated Drury (189-108) and North Dakota (195-119) on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.
Wary of Taliban, Afghan minorities ready for fight
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B12
President Hamid Karzai’s moves to make peace with the Taliban are scaring Afghanistan’s ethnic minorities into taking their weapons out of mothballs and preparing for a fight.
No more tune-ups: KU women’s basketball opens today vs. South Dakota
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Kansas University women’s basketball team did exactly what it was supposed to do in its two-game exhibition slate: It made the easy ones look easy.
China to play role in General Motors IPO
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B12
Among the banks helping General Motors with its initial public stock offering next week are two identified by initials only: ICBC and CICC.
Behind the Lens: The hail Aussie or snake-in-the-grass technique
November 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
I wrote about the “Hail Mary” photo technique last week in this column.
Yard sign conflict costs Valley Center $8,000
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Valley Center homeowner can again display a yard sign criticizing the city and its administrator without fear.
ECKAN to distribute food on Thursday
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A6
week East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin distributing food items in association with The Emergency Food Assistance Program.
City commission agenda for November 16, 2010
November 14, 2010
City commissioners will consider making a change to the city’s zoning code that would allow hotels to be located in areas zoned for Industrial Business Park Districts.
Poet’s Showcase: “My Eyes”
November 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
My eyes Have seen the beauty of a rose in bloom
‘Jane’ is a respectable retelling of Bronte classic
November 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
“Jane” (Poppy, $17.99), by April Lindner: After the death of her parents leaves her penniless, aspiring artist Jane Moore is forced to quit college and seek employment in “Jane,” a modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic “Jane Eyre.”
Aging and algorithms: Nora Ephron explores memory process
November 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
Nora Ephron is thinking about algorithms.
40 years ago: National group ignites debate on violence in TV shows
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A11
In Washington, the Foundation to Improve Television asked the U.S. District Court to ban reruns of “The Wild Wild West” on a local television station, claiming that such programs “harm the mental health and well-being” of young children and should not be broadcast before 9 p.m.
Financial reforms will be painful
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A11
What Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have given America is the equivalent of a cold shower after a night of heavy drinking. It’s sober-up time.
25 years ago: Lawrence comet-watchers frustrated by cloudy conditions
November 14, 2010
Many local residents had been looking forward to the comet’s 1985 appearance since they were children, but although conditions were otherwise favorable with an early-setting moon, a heavy canopy of clouds was blocking the view.
Around and about in local business
November 14, 2010
Local business news for November 14, 2010.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
November 14, 2010
Road work planned for the week of Nov. 14, 2010.
Case closed?
The situation with differential tuition may not be as rosy as a KU audit would like to paint it.
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A11
It really isn’t surprising that an audit report compiled by Kansas University has concluded that the $76 million in differential tuition funds that KU has spent over the last eight years has been used appropriately and greatly benefitted KU students.
NU undaunted by KU’s wrinkles
November 14, 2010 in print edition on B5
Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini had never seen most of the formations and plays he saw from Kansas University on Saturday — and he’d studied six weeks of the Jayhawks’ game film.
100 years ago: First dormitory planned for KU campus
November 14, 2010 in print edition on A11
“A girls’ dormitory costing $75,000 and affording a home for two hundred Co-eds during the college year will be one of the greatly needed additions to Kansas university next year if the plans of Chancellor Strong do not miscarry. Kansas has never had a dormitory of any description…”
Garden Calendar: Make keeping out critters a top priority
November 14, 2010
Squirrels and I used to accept each other’s presence in my yard.