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Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
A memorial to Jana Mackey is tucked within a gathering of bee balm in this 2010 file photo. Mackey, who volunteered to help victims of domestic violence and was killed by her boyfriend, is the subject of a new video. 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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KU women’s basketball takes down SMU, 75-52
09:56 p.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
If Kansas’ 75-52 victory against Southern Methodist taught the Jayhawks anything, it was that they can tough it out with the physical opponents.
Notification of bomb threat at Free State High lags as unofficial word spreads
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Twitter, Facebook, area media outlets and good old-fashioned word of mouth quickly spread news of a bomb threat spurring the cancellation of classes Thursday at Free State High School.
Lawrence woman, 20, given probation for her role in robbery at Walmart
December 1, 2011
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 20-year-old Lawrence woman to serve 18 months on probation Thursday for her role in a 2010 robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Kansas officials oppose proposed federal restrictions on children working on farms
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and other Kansas officials said Thursday proposed federal restrictions aimed at increasing safety for children working on farms go too far.
Man charged in connection with police standoff at Lawrence mobile home
03:30 p.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 04:06 p.m.
Prosecutors Thursday filed four charges, including attempted aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, against a man arrested after a standoff Tuesday night with Lawrence police.
Kansas Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., features Langston Hughes ornament
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
A noted work by a famous Lawrencian is featured on the top holiday stage in the nation’s capital.
Lawrence man, 45, charged with aggravated assault after altercation
03:05 p.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 05:23 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday charged a 45-year-old Lawrence man with aggravated assault and two other charges for an altercation with a neighbor Wednesday night in the 1300 block of Ohio Street.
KU names new dean of graduate studies
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University has selected a political science professor and the director of its Center for Global and International Studies as the school’s next dean of graduate studies after an internal search.
Man sentenced for shooting at Leavenworth police
December 1, 2011
A Leavenworth man has been sentenced to six years in prison for shooting at police officers during a standoff.
Lawrence bank robbery suspect not expected to be charged until Friday
December 1, 2011
A 25-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested Wednesday and suspected of robbing Central National Bank, 603 W. Ninth St., will not make a court appearance until Friday, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said.
Lawrence representative to lead National Black Caucus of State Legislators
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, will lead more than 350 members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators during its annual conference in Chicago.
Eudora man, 27, arrested after domestic disturbance
11:34 a.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 04:18 p.m.
Eudora police arrested a 27-year-old man Thursday morning on suspicion of aggravated battery and criminal restraint after a woman was injured in a domestic disturbance.
Brown vs. Board of Education foundation complies with order to vacate National Park site
December 1, 2011
A foundation that tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation has complied with a demand that it leave a National Park site housed in a former segregated school.
Franklin County man, 36, faces federal drug charges
December 1, 2011
A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., Wednesday indicted a 36-year-old Franklin County man accusing him of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Kansas revenue department refuses Journal-World’s request for information about tax reform group
10:51 a.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 02:31 p.m. in print edition on A1
In response to a request for tax policy records, Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration said even if it has the records, it doesn’t have to release them.
Governor’s Christmas tree to be displayed at statehouse
December 1, 2011
A new twist takes place this week in the annual tradition of presenting a Christmas tree to the governor of Kansas.
Sens. Roberts and Moran sponsor bill that would bolster Kansas’ gas storage oversight
December 1, 2011
Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran have filed legislation seeking to restore the state’s oversight of natural gas storage.
Topeka seeks $25M federal grant for transportation center
December 1, 2011
Topeka is seeking a $25 million grant to establish a transportation hub that would combine an airport shuttle, rail, bus, taxis and car rental services in a single location.
Residents of Onanga get grocery store a year after fire
December 1, 2011
Residents of a small northeast Kansas town no longer have to make a 50-mile roundtrip drive for groceries.
Town Talk: Student financial aid company moving to N. Lawrence, may add 100 jobs; Masonic Temple project on the ropes; Eudora to host Christmas extravganza
December 1, 2011
News and notes from Lawrence and Douglas County.
Nothing suspicious found after bomb threat at Free State; classes to resume on Friday
08:22 a.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 04:44 p.m.
Free State High School is being evacuated and all classes are canceled today because of a bomb threat.
Gov. Sam Brownback says water plan will help Ogallala Aquifer
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A2
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday unveiled a proposal he said will help conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.
Journal-World wins 3 awards for online excellence
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Lawrence Journal-World on Wednesday won three top awards for online excellence.
First Bell: Lawrence is not alone in grappling with concerns regarding standards-based grades
December 1, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KU trying to stave off ‘Rock Chalk’ pornographic websites; Spencer library gets spruced up reading room; several KU faculty to present ideas at MLA conference
December 1, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU car-sharing program will allow renting by the hour
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
A car-sharing program scheduled to begin in January at Kansas University will provide students and others without a car an opportunity to rent one by the hour.
25 years ago: Santa Claus makes downtown appearance
December 1, 2011
Twenty-five years ago, Santa Claus did not arrive in Lawrence via the roof of Weaver’s as he does today.
40 years ago: Wide variety of Christmas trees available to Kansans
December 1, 2011
The Scotch pine was reported to be the most popular choice.
100 years ago: Editor issues plea for help for indigent family
December 1, 2011
“It is beyond belief that no one in Lawrence cares how these children grow up.”
Imagination powers ‘Noah’s Art,’ the new musical from Kansas University
12:00 a.m., December 1, 2011 Updated 10:46 a.m.
A young boy realizes the power of his wishes when whatever he draws comes to life.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: Thomas Robinson doubles up again
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds. It marked his sixth-straight double-double. It’s the longest streak of consecutive double-doubles to open a KU season.
Poor shooting dooms Florida Atlantic
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B4
Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis had one lament in his opening statement following his team’s 77-54 loss to Kansas on Wednesday.
Oklahoma State recovers to beat Tulsa, 59-56
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Oklahoma State’s players don’t want to become known as the Comeback Cowboys.
Northern Iowa beats Iowa State, 69-62
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson tried to downplay his program’s third straight win at Iowa State, chalking it up to a few late shots that the Panthers hit and the Cyclones didn’t.
FSHS wins; Lion Zach Andregg sets records
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High boys swimming and diving coach Annette McDonald had been looking forward to the team’s season debut, so she could see just how well the Firebirds were capable of performing.
Jayhawks stress extra effort
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
The message is spreading. Since junior guard Monica Engelman’s benching for a lack of effort in Kansas University’s game against Florida Atlantic on Sunday, the KU women’s basketball players know that any slacking can result in a significant loss of playing time.
Our town sports
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ad Astra Area Aquatics is a competitive year-round swim team that offers practices for ages 6-18 throughout the week.
LHS tennis’ Taylor Eubanks signs with Ottawa U.
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High senior Taylor Eubanks has entered the Ottawa University athletics history books by becoming the first player to sign with the school’s new women’s tennis program.
Chiefs add O-line depth
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed offensive lineman Rob Bruggeman and wide receiver Zeke Markshausen to their practice squad.
Stanford assistant, ex-Chief Chester McGlockton, 42, dies
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who emerged as a talented assistant coach and mentor at Stanford, died Wednesday. He was 42.
Veritas teams rebuilding
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
Both the Veritas Christian boys and the girls basketball teams placed fourth at state last year, but each has a drastically different outlook from a year ago.
Kansas football search takes a turn
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
With news breaking Wednesday that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had agreed to a five-year deal to become the next head football coach at Washington State, the search at Kansas University took an abrupt turn.
Thomas Robinson will get better
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
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.”
Hawaii hangover: Jayhawks lethargic in victory over FAU
December 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball team, which drew rave reviews last week in Maui, looked like a squad with a case of jet lag in a 77-54 victory over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Pump patrol
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.03 at several stations.
Unfair analysis
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Again and again, the Journal-World chooses to highlight George Will’s ultraconservative views at the top of the opinion page. On Sunday, he called for the U.S. Postal Service to be privatized. In typical fashion Will skips over the chief reason the USPS is under financial pressure.
Citizenship should be difficult
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
During the presidential campaign of 2000, George W. Bush was criticized by some conservatives for calling himself a “compassionate conservative.” Some believed the term to be redundant.
Democracy demands vigilant citizenry
December 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the early days of the Arab revolutions, it seemed as if a smartphone might be enough to break the power of repressive governments. These little devices could gather crowds, yes, but even more important, their cameras could document the violence that regimes used to suppress their people.
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.
Horoscopes for December 1
December 1, 2011
You are a cordial, sociable sign. This year is no exception. If you are single, you could meet people so easily that you are almost constantly on a date! You will know when it’s the right person. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy hanging with each other. Pisces can cause a lot of stress in your life.
Discovery Channel’s ‘Weed Wars’ fails to generate buzz
December 1, 2011
The Discovery Channel takes a hazy detour with “Weed Wars” (9 p.m.). It’s one thing to set a documentary/reality series in the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. It’s quite another to depart from the exaggerated gender stereotypes that dominate the cable dial.