Archive for Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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The day in photos, November 30, 2010
Who has been KU's best defensive player so far this season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Brady Morningstar
Thomas Robinson
Tyshawn Taylor
Travis Releford
Marcus Morris
Markieff Morris
Jeff Withey
Total 1359
Lawrence is getting six new buses for the T. How often do you use public transportation?

Poll results

Response Percent
Often — Daily or weekly
Rarely — Once or twice a year (if that)
Sometimes — Once a month or so
Total 933

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Angie Jackson, Lawrence, adjusts the yellow brick road ribbon on a Wizard of Oz inspired tree sponsored by the Animal Hospital of Lawrence in preparation for the 2010 Lawrence Festival of Trees Sunday at Liberty Hall. The tree, which is upside down to represent the tornado and topped with a miniature Emerald City, will spin when it is completed. The festival, which begins Monday, supports The Shelter Inc. Lawrence’s Festival of Trees shows off Christmas creativity to benefit The Shelter Inc.
November 29, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Liberty Hall transformed into an enchanted forest Sunday afternoon as Christmas trees of every shape, size, color and theme sprouted from the floorboards.
6:00 a.m.
The Bruce family stars in "Downsized" on WEtv. Lawrence native shares economic woes as star of WEtv reality show ‘Downsized’
November 29, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Friends and acquaintances of Lawrence native Todd Bruce now can find him on their television sets every Saturday night as the star of a new reality television program.
10:00 a.m.
Students at Woodlawn Elementary school clap in rhythm with Secretary of State Chris Biggs as he sings a song and performs on his guitar Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Task force envisions future for Lawrence elementary schools
November 30, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Members of the Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force finish some of their early work. Now they need to work together to compile consensus recommendations for the Lawrence school board.
2:00 p.m.
Surveillance footage of a man police suspect of robbingthe Zarco 66 store at 1415 W. Sixth St. Lawrence police asking for public’s help in finding Zarco 66 robbery suspect
5:36 p.m., November 29, 2010 Updated 6:02 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Lawrence police asked for assistance late Monday afternoon in finding a suspect accused of robbing the Zarco 66 store at 1415 W. Sixth St.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical Division Chief Rich Barr retires on Dec. 18, 2010 after 33 years with the department. Longtime Lawrence Fire Marshal Rich Barr to retire
2:43 p.m., November 29, 2010 Updated 6:07 p.m.
The only man to serve as the fire marshal for Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical since the position was created in 1985 will retire in December.

All stories

Lawrence man ordered to have no contact with son-witness in endangerment case
November 30, 2010
Douglas County’s judge pro tem Tuesday ordered a Lawrence man accused of drunken driving and endangering his son not to have contact with the boy or the man’s stepson.
Douglas County task force on open space, historic preservation to meet
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
Members of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Task Force will meet twice this month to work on preliminary recommendations for the Douglas County Commission.
Regent unhappy with bioscience authority over funding issue at K-State for NBAF
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
A dispute has arisen over how to pay to remove and build an animal feed mill at Kansas State University that has to make way for the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
Kansas tax collections come up just short of projections
November 30, 2010
Kansas saw its tax collections fall short of expectations in November, but not by much.
Little book on the prairie
05:10 p.m., November 30, 2010 Updated 05:10 p.m.
Topeka artist tries his hand at children’s stories.
Lawrence man to receive French Medal of Honor
November 30, 2010
World War II veteran Medford H. Shively will be presented with the French Medal of Honor and named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic for his service during the war.
Economic recession taking a toll on Kansas children, reports indicate
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
Many Kansas children aren’t faring well, according to two reports released Tuesday. In its annual survey, Kansas Action for Children said the troubled economic times are having an impact on youngsters.
Trio of KU football players earn honorable mention all-Big 12 nods
D.J. Beshears, Jake Laptad and Alonso Rojas honored by league’s coaches
November 30, 2010
Though the Kansas University football team finished just 3-9 and won just one game in Big 12 play, three Jayhawks made enough of an impression on the league’s coaches to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention nods.
Lawrence transit system getting six new buses that are shorter and cheaper
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
The city’s public transit service is set to unveil six new buses that are a full five feet shorter than the 30-foot buses the city has been using since the system began in 2001.
Midge Grinstead reinstated as executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
Midge Grinstead has been reinstated as executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society.
Statehouse Live: Former Kansas House Speaker Tim Shallenburger returns in Brownback administration
November 30, 2010
Shallenburger was the Republican Party candidate for governor in 2002. He lost to Democrat Kathleen Sebelius.
Kansas Treasurer-elect Ron Estes announces transition team
November 30, 2010
State Treasurer-elect Ron Estes has named his campaign manager and two former assistant state treasurers to his transition team.
Attorney suggests suspect in robbery at Lawrence apartment complex wants to make a plea
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
Defense attorney Jason Billam told District Judge Peggy Kittel that his client, Christopher D. Self, 19, wanted to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and to have a plea hearing in January.
About 400 Lawrence area families waiting to be adopted through Holiday Bureau
November 30, 2010
Local agencies are continuing to look for Christmas elves to help make holiday wishes come true for Lawrence families.
Lawrence man sentenced to five years in prison on battery conviction
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge Tuesday sentenced a 33-year-old Lawrence man to serve nearly five years in prison for an aggravated battery conviction.
Kansas counties want state to pay more for prisoners
November 30, 2010
Convicted felons in Kansas used to go to state prisons for their crimes. But some now are serving out their sentences in jails across the state, putting the financial burden for their incarceration on counties.
Douglas County Judge Jean Shepherd to hear case with Kansas Supreme Court
November 30, 2010
Before Douglas County District Judge Jean Shepherd retires in January, she will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court and hear an appeal in a criminal case.
Town Talk: Airport studying $1.3 million project; T buses to soon get new look
November 30, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: KU’s Turner Gill to honor ‘Jedi’ Knights; teacher award nominations due; contract talks continue
November 30, 2010
Get a start on your day with a look inside some of the events, projects and other lessons involving the area’s schools…
Heard on the Hill: KU business school to fill key vacancies; task force to examine KU employee tuition assistance; Student Senate looks to honor former Chancellor Chalmers
November 30, 2010
A daily compendium of news, notes and links about Kansas University.
Local musicians offer ‘A Word of Encouragement’
01:53 a.m., November 30, 2010 Updated 01:53 a.m.
The holiday season is often full of unlikely Santas.
Gary Bedore’s notebook: Jayhawk Marcus Morris wins award; KU too chippy?
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris earned his first Big 12 Player of the Week honor on Monday.
Scotch Share the Warmth program to give away coats in Lawrence on Friday and Saturday
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of clean, warm coats will be given away Friday and Saturday to those who need them. The event is part of the 24th Annual Scotch Share the Warmth program.
NFL reviewing argument between former KU football star Aqib Talib, game official
November 30, 2010
The NFL is looking into a verbal confrontation between Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib and an official who worked the Buccaneers’ game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Big East adds TCU, switch official in 2012
November 30, 2010
TCU is getting out of future debates about whether the Horned Frogs deserve to be in a BCS game. They are joining a league with automatic access.
KU’s Karina Garlington honorable mention to All-Big 12 Volleyball Team
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B3
Karina Garlington was an honorable-mention selection to the All-Big 12 Volleyball Team, the only Kansas University player to earn all-league honors.
ESPN, Texas close to TV deal?
November 30, 2010
Austin American-Statesman sports columnist Kirk Bohls wrote that ESPN is close to finalizing a deal with the University of Texas to become broadcast partners as a first step toward acquiring all the Big 12’s television rights that will be negotiated next spring.
Veritas well represented on Kansas Christian Athletic Association all-state football team
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B3
Following a season in which Veritas Christian won its first state football championship in school history, the Eagles had a slew of players honored on the Kansas Christian Athletic Association all-state team.
Jacob Pullen propels K-State Wildcats over Emporia State
Pullen breaks school record for career three-pointers
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B5
Jacob Pullen broke the school record for career three-pointers, leading Kansas State to an easy victory over Division II Emporia State on Monday night and giving the Wildcats their first six-win month of November.
‘Mayor’ motivates Diante Garrett for Iowa State basketball
ISU coach getting most out of senior point guard
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B5
One of the first things Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said when he took over at his alma mater was that point guard Diante Garrett would play a major role in the offense.
High schools dropout rates in Lawrence well below ‘dropout factory’ status
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A3
The combined dropout rate for Free State and Lawrence high schools is less than 14 percent, well below the 40 percent threshold for troubled high schools noted in a report released today by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University.
February preliminary hearing set for Air Force member accused of killing man in car crash on U.S. Highway 59
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge on Monday scheduled a February preliminary hearing for a 23-year-old Air Force service member who’s accused of driving under the influence last week and killing a Nebraska man north of Lawrence.
Desktop computer, monitor reported stolen
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
More than $5,000 worth of items, including a desktop computer and LG wide-screen monitor, were reported stolen Wednesday in a burglary in the 1800 block of Louisiana Street.
KU student reports stolen van in 1700 block of West 28th Street
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Friday that a $7,000 Chevrolet van was stolen from the 1700 block of West 28th Street sometime between 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.
Lawrence man reports damage to trailer, items stolen from sprinkler business in 600 block of North Daylily Drive
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 67-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Friday that someone damaged a trailer and stole more than $13,500 worth of items belonging to his sprinkler business, including a Kubota tractor.
Going great guns: ‘Manchild’ Thomas Robinson starts fast for KU basketball
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
Don’t let Thomas Robinson’s boyish grin and smooth look fool you. “He’s not a nice guy,” Kansas University freshman Josh Selby said.
2010 Cyber Monday sales could top $1 billion
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
Cyber Monday started as a gimmick to get people to shop at their desks on the first workday after Thanksgiving. But if you promote something enough, it can take on a life of its own.
Medicare payment cuts to doctors delayed
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
Congress agreed Monday to a one-month delay in Medicare payment cuts to doctors, giving a short-term reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation’s elderly.
U.S. threatens prosecution of Army Pfc. suspected of stealing diplomatic memos in WikiLeaks release
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A5
Striking back, the Obama administration branded the WikiLeaks release of more than a quarter-million sensitive files an attack on the United States Monday and raised the prospect of criminal prosecutions in connection with the exposure.
Obama proposes 2-year freeze on federal pay
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a two-year freeze of the salaries of some 2 million federal workers, trying to seize the deficit-cutting initiative from Republicans with a sudden, dramatic stroke.
Scientists successfully transform cell identities
Accomplishment could eventually help with improving health of patients
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
Scientists are reporting early success at transforming one kind of specialized cell into another, a feat of biological alchemy that doctors may someday perform inside a patient’s body to restore health.
Topeka woman gives birth to quadruplets at Stormont-Vail
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A10
A couple that recently moved to Topeka has raised the city’s population by four.
Star atop Emporia State University building to be lit for holidays
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A10
Emporia State University gets into the holiday spirit this week with a tradition that dates back more than 70 years.
Task force envisions future for Lawrence elementary schools
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
Members of the Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force finish some of their early work. Now they need to work together to compile consensus recommendations for the Lawrence school board.
Jayhawks taking smart shots, KU basketball leads nation in shooting percentage
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
Rank smart shot selection high among the contributing factors to Kansas leading the nation in shooting percentage (.581, according to NCAA statistics, well ahead of No. 2 Central Florida at .554).
Topeka Zoo to send Sumatran tiger to Akron Zoo
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A10
The Topeka Zoo plans to send one of its female Sumatran tigers to the Akron Zoo this week.
Double Take: Young woman can shape own future despite troubled family life
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A5
Dear Dr. Wes and Ben: I am 20 years old, but I hope you’ll still answer my question. My family was really dysfunctional and now that I’m on my own I am getting more worried that I will never get over this and can’t have a normal life. What can I do to be free of what I grew up with?
Kansas dentist pushes for new level of dental care
November 30, 2010
A Pittsburg dentist realizes he’s in the minority when he advocates for a new level of dental care to fill huge service gaps across Kansas.
Women outnumber men in veterinary schools, including K-State
November 30, 2010
It’s increasingly likely that your veterinarian is going to be a woman.
Another study?
A study detailing retail leakage from Lawrence isn’t the best way to encourage retail development.
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A8
What, exactly, would Lawrence hope to learn from a study of its retail leakage? And how would city officials use that information?
GOP should test Obama bipartisanship
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A8
Suppose he is serious. What if Barack Obama is telling the truth about his own beliefs when he says that neither party by itself can realistically hope to solve the challenges facing the United States?
Tune In: On the road with Bob Saget
November 30, 2010
“Strange Days with Bob Saget” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., A&E) promises to introduce viewers to some of America’s strangest subcultures.
Horoscope for Nov. 30
November 30, 2010
This year, you often feel as if your nerves are fried. How you handle a personal matter and the choices you make depend on your ability to detach and flex. If you are single, you’ll meet someone out of the blue, when you least expect it. Spring 2011 attracts a special suitor. If you are attached, develop a stronger friendship as well. Libra proves to be a friend through thick and thin.
100 years ago: Barn fire at 9th and New York surprises homeowner
November 30, 2010
“‘Hey, there. Your barn is on fire,’ called someone last night to young Gilmore as he stood on the back steps of his home at 901 New York street.”
40 years ago: KU buildings await their annual Christmas decorations
November 30, 2010
Kansas University was expected to begin putting up its Christmas decorations on this day.
25 years ago: Local merchant files complaint against coupon company
November 30, 2010
Mike Brummett of Brummett Cleaning Systems, Lawrence, had recently filed a complaint with the Kansas attorney general’s office charging that Golden Sweepstakes of Olathe had not fulfilled their contract for advertising services.
TCU’s move to Big East makes sense, but strange
November 30, 2010
Starting in the fall of 2012, the road to the Big East championship in football will go through Fort Worth … where the West begins?
Iowa Western Community College QB Zack Stoudt has KU football atop his list
November 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
KU is one of seven schools to have extended a scholarship offer to junior-college standout Zack Stoudt, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound, pro-style quarterback from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Duke unanimous No. 1 in AP college basketball poll; UConn joins Top 25
November 30, 2010
There’s no arguing Duke is No. 1 in the Associated Press college basketball poll and no doubt that Connecticut has moved into the Top 25.
Pump patrol
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several stations.
Colombia moves away from U.S.
November 30, 2010 in print edition on A8
Colombia’s right-of-center President Juan Manuel Santos may have been kidding when he recently said that radical leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is his “new best friend,” but few in Washington are laughing.