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6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Markieff Morris puts up a jumper over Valparaiso forward Kevin Van Wijk during the second half, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s Marcus and Markieff Morris are double trouble for opposing teams
November 16, 2010 in print edition on 1B
His team had just shot .105 from three-point range and .274 overall and was run out of Allen Fieldhouse, 79-44, by Kansas University, the nation’s seventh-ranked team.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall at Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Lawrence city commission to ponder year-end longevity payments for employees
November 15, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence city commissioners are being asked to spend about $400,000 to provide city employees with a year-end reward. Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will consider approving a year-end longevity program that basically will pay city employees $48 per year for each year that they have worked for the city. The program has a total price tag of $396,600 in 2010.
2:00 p.m.
The National Resource Council said in a report released on Nov. 15, 2010 that the Department of Homeland Security's risk assessment of the planned National bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan contained several “major shortcomings." National Research Council says evaluation of risks for biodefense facility in Manhattan was incomplete
11:07 a.m., November 15, 2010 Updated 6:20 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The National Research Council found several reasons the U.S. Department of Homeland Security underestimated the threat of a deadly disease, such as foot-and-mouth disease, escaping from the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility.

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High speed car chase from Kansas City, Mo., ends on Kansas Turnpike, east of Lawrence
November 16, 2010
A high-speed car chase that started in Kansas City, Mo., ended about 10:30 Tuesday night in Douglas County, about three miles east of Lawrence.
Cans for the Community recognized for donations
November 16, 2010
Sixty-six thousand aluminum cans — that’s what it takes for Cans for Community to make a $1,000 donation to a Lawrence nonprofit group.
KU chancellor’s salary comparable to national average
Survey: Gray-Little’s pay comparable with that of other university leaders in nation
November 16, 2010
Kansas University’s chancellor makes a salary comparable to the national average for chief executives of public research universities, according to a recent survey published in the Chronicle for Higher Education.
County appraiser uncertain about direction of tax bills
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A1
With taxes going up and the values of homes remaining stagnant or going down, the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office isn’t sure which direction tax bills will go.
Attorney: Fraternity has not changed in wake of Jason Wren’s death
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A1
An attorney for the parents of Jason Wren, a Kansas University student who died in 2009 from alcohol poisoning, alleges a KU fraternity has not changed its conduct toward underage drinking since Wren’s death.
Navigating your first Thanksgiving
07:41 p.m., November 16, 2010 Updated 07:41 p.m.
Tips, advice, and info to avoid a last-minute Thanksgiving disaster.
Humane Society board addresses status of executive director
05:14 p.m., November 16, 2010 Updated 09:14 p.m. in print edition on A9
Meeting Tuesday night, the Lawrence Humane Society briefly addressed the status of executive director Midge Grinstead.
Bishop Seabury students seek donations for homeless
November 16, 2010
Students at Bishop Seabury Academy voluntarily will spend a day without food, then sleep outside on blankets and rely on firewood to keep warm — all to help understand and assist people who regularly live under such conditions.
Town Talk: Winery to locate in downtown; Masonic Temple mural proposed; city to debate overtime policy
November 16, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Governor Mark Parkinson says he has no apprehensions about Sam Brownback taking over
02:32 p.m., November 16, 2010 Updated 05:07 p.m. in print edition on A1
To Democrats, buck up. To those who think incoming Republican governor Sam Brownback is too conservative, give him a chance.
Four high school students to compete in 2010 Miss Indian Youth of Lawrence pageant
02:05 p.m., November 16, 2010 Updated 11:02 a.m. in print edition on A5
The public is invited to attend the Miss Indian Youth of Lawrence pageant, set for Thursday evening at South Junior High School.
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s law license suspended again for not paying attorney registration fee
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A12
The Kansas law license of former Attorney General Phill Kline has been suspended for the fourth time.
Broken water main on Sixth Street repaired; traffic delays still possible
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A water main break on Sixth Street has been repaired, but Lawrence city officials say traffic could still be delayed in the area.
Hearing delayed for De Soto mother accused of starving her 6-year-old son, confining him to attic
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A9
A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a De Soto woman who faces charges in Johnson County District Court alleging she kept her starving 6-year-old son in the attic of her home.
Search committee leader says no finalists yet to replace former KU AD Lew Perkins
November 16, 2010
The head of a committee looking for a new Kansas University athletic director says no finalists for the job have been found yet.
Statehouse Live: Governor Mark Parkinson announces appointments to Kansas boards and commissions
November 16, 2010
Diehl has been deputy disciplinary administrator for the Office of Disciplinary Administrator, which handles complaints against Kansas attorney. He has also served as an assistant district attorney in Douglas County, and an assistant attorney general.
Duplex fire in 1300 block of East 25th Terrace leaves residence ‘uninhabitable’
09:11 a.m., November 16, 2010 Updated 04:42 p.m.
Crews extinguished a fire Tuesday morning at a duplex in southeastern Lawrence.
Former Westar executive seeks destruction of arrest records
November 16, 2010
Prosecutors have until Nov. 29 to answer a former Westar Energy executive’s motion to have his arrest records destroyed now that charges against him have been dismissed.
Gary Bedore’s notebook: Basketball recruit Ben McLemore says he will choose either Kansas or Missouri Saturday
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B4
Prize basketball recruit Ben McLemore, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., said Monday night he will not sign a letter-of-intent during the early signing period.
Jayhawks pay heed: Wary KU rips Valparaiso, extends winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
In the eyes of Kansas University’s basketball players, mid-major Valparaiso University entered Monday’s nonconference game a serious threat to the Jayhawks’ 60-game homecourt winning streak.
Top Republican Mitch McConnell joins effort against earmarks in U.S. Senate
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A7
In a further tea party win over the Senate GOP establishment, the top Republican in the chamber on Monday unexpectedly fell into line behind demands by House leaders for a moratorium on pork-barrel projects known as “earmarks.”
Oklahoma State D-coordinator Bill Young eager for return to KU’s Memorial Stadium
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B3
Oklahoma State’s surprising rise to Big 12 championship contender has a common thread with a similar run by Kansas three seasons ago: defensive coordinator Bill Young.
KU student reports theft of $2,300 scooter from 1400 block of Kentucky Street
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old KU student reported Sunday the theft of a $2,300 Honda scooter from the 1400 block of Kentucky Street.
Topeka man reports burglary, theft of personal items in 1500 block of 23rd Street
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 63-year-old Topeka woman reported Tuesday, Nov. 9, the burglary and theft of personal items from the 1500 block of 23rd Street.
Man reports theft of laptop in 500 block of Congressional Drive
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported Tuesday, Nov. 9, the theft of a $2,000 Lenovo laptop computer rom the 500 block of Congressional Drive.
Report: Kentucky AD, Kansas native Mitch Barnhart finalist for KU position
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B3
A national sports blog reported Sunday night that University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart is a finalist for the same position at Kansas University, but Barnhart — a Kansas native — said in a statement he has not been contacted formally by KU.
QB Donovan McNabb, Redskins agree to 5-year contract extension
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Never mind whether Donovan McNabb can go for two minutes. The Washington Redskins have decided they’d like to have him around for another five years.
National briefs: Chiefs’ Todd Haley apologizes to Broncos’ Josh McDaniels over handshake refusal
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kansas City coach Todd Haley apologized Monday for refusing to shake hands with Denver coach Josh McDaniels after the Chiefs’ blowout loss the day before.
Jayhawks’ Mario wins battle of Littles in KU’s win over Valparaiso
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B4
Valparaiso guard Howard Little didn’t say much to his cousin, Mario, when the two were on the court together during Kansas University’s 79-44 victory Monday night.
Mark Zuckerberg unveils new Facebook messaging platform, escalates competition with Google
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B10
Facebook unveiled a new messaging platform Monday that takes aim at one of the Internet’s first applications, e-mail.
2 scientists proposing one-way trips to Mars
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B10
Two scientists are suggesting that colonization of the red planet could happen faster and more economically if astronauts behaved like the first settlers to come to North America — not expecting to go home.
Double Take: Avoiding saying ‘no’ can cause problems
Be clear, honest when rejecting unwanted admirers
November 16, 2010
When one of your friends misreads your feelings toward them, it opens the door for all kinds of awkwardness.
Task force sizes up Lawrence elementary schools to boost efficiency
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A3
Members of a subcommittee studying options for making Lawrence’s public elementary schools more efficient had been interpreting numbers, discussing semantics and outlining visions for nearly two hours when G.R. Gordon-Ross finally settled on a solution.
Essential place
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
The trafficway controversy is primarily about preserving a place essential to Native American history. No amount of “mitigation,” no federal judge setting aside her “misgivings” in favor of KDOT’s dubious assessment of viable alternative routes, can alter that essential truth. Portraying this as “saving 60 acres of wetlands” (Journal-World, Nov. 8) intentionally obscures this reality.
Library Wi-Fi
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
When is the library going to get its Wi-Fi system working correctly again? It hasn’t worked well in weeks.
Reasonable support
The request came a little late, but city officials should consider ways to offer public support for an attractive downtown project.
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
Private developers building a $9.5 million apartment, office and retail structure on the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire without any taxpayer subsidies certainly was an attractive vision.
KU’s Marcus and Markieff Morris are double trouble for opposing teams
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
His team had just shot .105 from three-point range and .274 overall and was run out of Allen Fieldhouse, 79-44, by Kansas University, the nation’s seventh-ranked team.
U.S. Supreme Court won’t get involved in Pain Relief Network case
November 16, 2010
The Supreme Court will not stop subpoenas issued to an advocate for chronic pain patients who is under investigation for obstruction of justice.
The price of Kansas farmland rising, but caution about possible farm bubble seen
November 16, 2010
The price of farmland is way up these days, high enough to draw the attention of federal banking regulators on the lookout for real estate bubbles. Are prices building toward a 1980s-style John Mellencamp “Rain on the Scarecrow” farm crisis?
Israel delivers another slap at Obama, approves construction of 1,800 homes in West Bank
November 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
Last week witnessed another davka moment in the Israeli government’s relationship with the Obama White House.
25 years ago: Trustee dealing with millions of Culture Farms cultures left in storage
November 16, 2010
Ronald Innes, who had been appointed trustee of Culture Farms Inc. after the Lawrence firm had filed for bankruptcy in August, was at a loss as to what to do with the storeroom full of cultures, culture-growing kits, and office supplies left behind by the company.
40 years ago: Small bags of marijuana again found on KU campus
November 16, 2010
Two small bags of marijuana, numbered 1 and 69 of 100, were found on the Kansas University campus outside Lindley Hall and Snow Hall. One bag had a note attached that read, “Today I have set out 100 bagfuls of choice marijuana.”
100 years ago: Policeman’s disappearance cause for concern among fellow officers
November 16, 2010
“When roll was called at headquarters this morning the department found itself shy a policeman. Officer Lawson Lewis had not reported off duty at midnight, he had not been home, and no one had seen him since early in the evening. When all these facts developed, consternation reigned in police circles.”
Despite not being bowl eligible, Turner Gill says youth movement not necessarily headed to KU
November 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
For several programs throughout the country, the end of bowl-eligibility one week signals a noticeable youth movement the next. Don’t throw Kansas coach Turner Gill into that group just yet.
Dessert alternatives for Thanksgiving pie
12:00 a.m., November 16, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Pies that defy Thanksgiving tradition.