Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A memorial to Jana Mackey is tucked within a gathering of bee balm in the United Way building courtyard, 2518 Ridge Court, in this 2010 file photo. Advocates hope national release of Jana Mackey video will raise awareness about domestic violence
November 29, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The national release of a video about Jana Mackey, a Lawrence woman who was killed by her former boyfriend, will be Dec. 6.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson dunks on the Florida Atlantic defense during the second half Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. Thomas Robinson will get better
December 1, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Potential, many a wise man who makes his living evaluating athletes will tell you, is a French word for “ain’t bleepin’ got it yet.”
10:00 a.m.
Joe Jones was convicted of a rape he didn't commit. He was exonerated through DNA evidence in 1992. After exoneration, Topeka case reopened to find DNA match for real rapist
November 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A detective with the Topeka Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit said he’s been in contact with a California scientist who might hold the clue to a decades-old unsolved rape case.
2:00 p.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 rapes still unsolved years later
November 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Today marks three years since the last sexual assault police have connected to a serial rapist who’s suspected of committing 14 rapes in Lawrence and Manhattan since 2000.
7:00 p.m.
Eileen Horn, sustainability coordinator for the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, and Cassandra Ford, recycling specialist, gives a group of Russian environmental administrators and activists a tour of the city's composting facility in this file photo from June. A new report says the city government has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of about 460 cars on the road. Report shows Lawrence meeting goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions
November 30, 2011 in print edition on 3A
In the battle against global warming, Lawrence can proclaim it is a good soldier, thus far.
10:00 p.m.
A federal audit has discovered irregularities in the cases of 883 food stamp recipients, with recipients being dead, having invalid Social Security numbers or double-dipping from the program between August 2009 and August 2010. Food stamp fraud may be costing state $22M a year
3:41 p.m., November 30, 2011 Updated 12:28 a.m. in print edition on 1A
State auditors trying to weed out food-stamp fraud believe more than 7,000 people in Kansas may be getting benefits to which they aren’t entitled and costing taxpayers as much as $22 million a year, the state’s top social services official said Wednesday.

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Missing the mark
State officials once again have put the cart before the horse by mandating administrative changes before working out the details of how those changes will be implemented or the impact they will have
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Of all the lessons the Kansas secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services might have taken away from his effort last summer to close several local SRS offices across the state, perhaps the most important would have been the need to consult with those directly affected by a decision before moving forward with what could be an ill-advised mandate.