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Archive for Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
This 2007 file photo shows an empty display case for shopper information and advertising at the I-70 Business Center. Lawrence’s Student Financial Aid Services Inc. confirmed this week that it is moving into I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence and could be adding as many as 105 new jobs in the near term. Call center expanding into former outlet mall
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence’s national standing as the place to call to get answers about student financial aid is getting a boost with a major expansion of a private call center.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence police say Elliot R. Werner, 25, Lawrence, is responsible for the July 14 and November 30 robberies of the Central National Bank branch on West Ninth Street, as well as two failed attempts on the bank. Suspect in Central National Bank robbery linked to earlier robbery
1:49 p.m., December 2, 2011 Updated 5:22 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Friday that the man suspected of robbing Central National Bank on Wednesday had targeted the financial institution since last summer.
10:00 a.m.
City commissioners are considering a proposed hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. This is a rendering of the project, viewed from the northwest. City commissioners to act on proposed hotel/apartment development at 9th and New Hampshire
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It will be a tall order for Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night.
2:00 p.m.
Traffic flows on all six lanes on a portion of Interstate 70 just west of the Lecompton Interchange in this September file photo. A recent federal survey says that chances are high that illegal drugs smuggled into the United States from Mexico will travel through Kansas via I-70. Drug traffickers using Kansas highways to move their products
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
There’s a good chance illegal drugs smuggled into the United States from Mexico will travel through Kansas, and maybe Lawrence, on their way to the East Coast, according to a recently released federal report.
7:30 p.m.
Danny Davis, a carpenter with Kissick Construction, makes the slow climb from the bottom of the construction site for the Bowersock Mills & Power Co.’s hydroelectric plant on the north side of the Kansas River. The base of the site is 43 feet below the normal river level. On Friday, a group of city officials met with Sarah Hill-Nelson, co-owner of Bowersock, and representatives of Kissick Construction to tour the site and to learn about progress being made toward completion of the plant. Hitting rock bottom: Bowersock shows off construction site for new power plant
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Don’t tell Sarah Hill-Nelson that hitting rock bottom is a bad thing.

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No. 19 Tech downs No. 19 Penn St.
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B10
Kierra Mallard had 18 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 19 Texas Tech beat No. 16 Penn State, 70-66, on Saturday.
KU hopes flagging struggling students will boost retention
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
A new initiative at Kansas University will use a software program to flag first-year students who are struggling in class and will then attempt to connect them with resources to help them succeed.
Kansas tribal leader meets with Obama
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Kansas tribal leader was among 12 Native American officials to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House.
New $1.5M boarding platform unveiled at Santa Fe Depot
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Things are on the right track. That’s what members of Depot Redux, a community group that aims to restore and improve the Santa Fe Depot at 413 E. Seventh St., had to say on Saturday, the day the ribbon was cut on a brand-new, Amtrak-purchased platform.
Nativities set the scene for Christmas
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Each one has a story. This one is especially heavy on symbolism.
Ice, accidents close 40 miles of Interstate 70 in western Kansas
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A10
Kansas highway officials have closed about a 40-mile stretch of U.S. Interstate 70 in western Kansas because of icy conditions.
Griffin leads No. 19 Baylor over Texas, 48-24
December 3, 2011
Robert Griffin III lifted Baylor to its best football in a generation.
Missing persons? City tries solving Census mystery
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence has a mystery on its hands. File it under a missing-persons case — 5,084 missing persons. With one report, the Census Bureau knocked Lawrence back to 2004, which is when city planners had thought the city’s population topped the 87,000 mark.
Bishop of Kansas finds true calling helping to lead Episcopal Church
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Rev. Dean Elliott Wolfe has built bridges between Episcopal congregations in suburban Johnson County and southwest Kansas and bridged differences between the Archbishop of England and churches in culturally conservative Africa.
New building to combine Kennedy, N.Y. schools would face a complicated path
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Folks representing Kennedy School have an idea for consolidating schools, taking care of kids and keeping property taxes level. All it would take is closing their school, closing New York School, and moving the bulk of the students into a new school.
No. 16 Wildcats hold off Iowa State, 30-23
04:36 p.m., December 3, 2011 Updated 09:53 p.m.
Bill Snyder wouldn’t bite when he was asked to compare this season’s Kansas State team to those of years past, Wildcats that won Big 12 championships and went to prestigious bowl games.
White House announces Obama’s speech Tuesday in Osawatomie to focus on economy
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
On Tuesday, Obama will “lay out the choice we face between a country in which too few do well while too many struggle to get by, and one where we’re all in it together — where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their fair share, and everyone gets a fair shot,” the White House statement said.
Pump Patrol
December 3, 2011
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.03 at several stations.
House Republicans pass bill curbing regulation
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
In an ambitious gesture to their business allies, House Republicans passed legislation Friday to reduce what the GOP calls “an avalanche” of unneeded, costly regulations.
Unemployment rate drops to lowest mark since 2009
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
The unemployment rate, which has refused to budge from the 9 percent neighborhood for two and a half frustrating years, fell sharply in November, driven in part by small businesses that finally see reason to hope and hire.
Police report stolen car recovered
December 3, 2011
Police recovered on Friday a 1998 Infiniti that was reported stolen from the 1800 block of Massachusetts Street on Nov. 23.
Lawrence man reports battery
December 3, 2011
A 36-year-old Lawrence man reported a battery in the 500 block of Greystone Drive on Thursday.
Europe embraces German might
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
For more than half a century, the legacy of World War II has meant that the mere mention of a new rise of German power sent shudders through European nations. Now, Germany is increasingly calling the shots for the entire continent — and few seem to mind.
Rental company reports trailer stolen in Lawrence
December 3, 2011
Budget Rent-a-Car in Kansas City, Mo., reported stolen a trailer valued at $5,100 on Wednesday.
Car reported stolen from 4600 block of Sixth Street Thursday
December 3, 2011
A 53-year-old Pamona woman reported her 1998 Honda Civic stolen from the 4600 block of W. Sixth Street on Thursday. She valued the car at $3,000.
City Commission agenda for Dec. 6
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
City commissioners will consider approving a program that will allow police officers to purchase through the city certain types of rifles that officers then would carry with them in their patrol vehicles.
Eudora man charged with aggravated battery relating to Thursday morning domestic disturbance
December 3, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors Friday charged a 27-year-old Eudora man with aggravated battery related to a Thursday morning domestic disturbance.
40 years ago: County finalizes contract with Cottonwood
December 3, 2011
Douglas County Commissioners this morning had taken action to finalize a $20,000 contract with Cottonwood, Inc.
25 years ago: Construction boom shared by local churches
December 3, 2011
Eight Lawrence churches had invested more than $2.2 million for various construction and renovation projects this year.
100 years ago: Plymouth Congregational Church cookbook selling well
December 3, 2011
“A revised edition of the Plymouth Cook Book has been placed on the market.”
Oklahoma cruises past Sacramento State
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B7
Cameron Clark scored 18 points, and Steven Pledger added 15 as Oklahoma ran away from Sacramento State, 82-53.
Journal-World All-Area Cross Country: Boys
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Journal-World announces its all-area boys cross country team.
Journal-World All-Area Cross Country: Girls
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Journal-World announces its all-area girls cross country team.
Pokes’ road to BCS goes through Bedlam
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B5
In more than a century’s worth of Bedlam games, the stakes have never been higher for Oklahoma State.
It’s time to talk Heisman
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B5
Some Heisman Trophy voters have already entered the secret password, filled in the proper ballot number and hit the send button. With so many teams playing today, that seems strangely premature. Ballots, which require voting for three candidates in order of preference, are due at 4 p.m. Monday. I’ll send mine Sunday, choosing three from the 10 names I still consider worthy of consideration.
Mike Sherman miffed at firing
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is unhappy with the way he was informed of his firing and doesn’t believe his dismissal was justified.
TD drought frustrating to Chiefs
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Chiefs coach Todd Haley doesn’t have the answer for his team’s touchdown drought, perhaps because there is none. It seems almost impossible, after all.
KU track and field kicks off season
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Fifteen members of the Kansas University track and field team won events on Friday during the season-opening Bob Timmons Challenge at Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
Area basketball roundup
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Dustin Leochner’s debut as the Baldwin High boys basketball coach was a successful one Friday night.
Veritas boys trump Smoky Valley
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Veritas Christian team picked up its first win of the season Friday night at the Shea Tournament, a victory over Salina-Smoky Valley Home School.
LHS girls dominate
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team in its season opener Friday night.
Seabury boys win
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Seabury Academy’s basketball team defeated Olpe, 53-40 on Friday night at Seabury’s gym.
Veritas girls fall to Smoky Valley
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kristen Finger scored 14 points and added eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Veritas Christian fell to Smoky Valley at the Shea Invitational, 41-38.
Baker men’s soccer falls short of title
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
No. 2 Lindsey Wilson defeated No. 3 Baker University, 2-0, in the semifinals of the NAIA men’s soccer national championship on Friday in Orange Beach, Ala.
Conner Teahan set to score against USF
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior Conner Teahan knows what is expected of him as the Jayhawks’ first or second guy off the bench.
Oregon wins first Pac-12 title game, 49-31
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
LaMichael James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 8 Oregon beat UCLA, 49-31, in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday night for the Ducks’ third straight conference title and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
KU coach list shuffles in six days of searching
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
As Kansas University’s search to find a replacement for former head football coach Turner Gill enters its sixth day, a few things — both in terms of additions and subtractions — are starting to become clear about KU’s list of candidates.
Don’t scoff at Larry Fedora
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
None of us gets to sit down with the candidates interested in the Kansas University football job, yet that doesn’t keep us from having strong reactions to hires.
One down: LHS boys win season opener, 59-42
December 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
With a full season in front of them, Lawrence High’s boys basketball players used the past as motivation to put away Junction City, 59-42, in their season opener Friday night.
KU Med Center situation not as smooth as regents may think
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Several weeks ago, Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie wrote a letter to the Journal-World’s Public Forum in which he praised the accomplishments of Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the Kansas University Medical Center and dean of the KU School of Medicine.
Rude behavior
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
I did not vote for Sam Brownback and oppose many of his policies. Nonetheless, I find the recent admiration for rude behavior wrong. Emma Sullivan has a perfect right to tweet what she wants.
Shakespeare’s complexity compounds mysteries
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
The film “Anonymous” is the most recent installment of the ongoing argument about who wrote the plays attributed to William Shakespeare.
Gingrich, Romney pose unpalatable choice
December 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s Iowa minus one month, and barring yet another resurrection, or something of similar improbability, it’s Mitt Romney versus Newt Gingrich. In a match race, here’s the scorecard:
4-H news for December 3, 2011
December 3, 2011
Matthew Kelso, a senior at Eudora High School, has been selected by state representatives for Kansas 4H to be one of three 4Hers from the state of Kansas to participate in an Agricultural Good Will trip/tour to Taiwan.
Club news for December 3, 2011
December 3, 2011
The Wednesday Afternoon Duplicate Bridge Club’s game on Nov. 16 was directed by Chris Lane.
Military news for December 3, 2011
December 3, 2011
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has announced the names of students from Kansas’ 2nd Congressional district who received her nomination for appointments to the U.S. Service Academies.
Around and About for December 3, 2011
December 3, 2011
Wren Wiebe, Lawrence, was named to the spring 2011 dean’s list at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., by earning a minimum grade-point average of 3.6.
Don’t expect Roger Moore too early in ‘Princess’
December 3, 2011
Roger Moore, the longest-running 007 to date and a television star on “The Saint” (not to mention the campy buddy-spy effort “The Persuaders” with Tony Curtis), returns to the small screen in “A Princess for Christmas” (7 p.m. Hallmark).
Horoscope for Dec. 3
December 3, 2011
This year you might seem more into your personal life than in many years. If you are single, romance could knock on your door, and all you will want to do is be with this person. If you are attached, your domestic life and personal interactions draw a lot of happiness and focus. Creative people in appropriate professions also seem to excel. Excitement surrounds children and romance. Make it OK not to be so much into your work. You recognize how much more there is to living. Aries encourages your impulsiveness just by being around you.
Faith Forum: Do you feel faith is highlighted more in December than any other month?
December 3, 2011
The Rev. Mitch Todd and the Rev. Verdell Taylor answer.