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Archive for Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Travis Releford disputes a call with an official during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU hoops team can’t pass, either
December 4, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Nationally ranked, playing in front of a sellout crowd every game and for a coach with total job security, the Kansas University basketball team doesn’t have much in common with the school’s football team. That’s a good thing.
10:00 a.m.
In this 2010 file photo, students leave New York School in Lawrence. A school consolidation proposal would see  Kennedy School and New York School closed, and its students enrolled together in a new school. New building to combine Kennedy, N.Y. schools would face a complicated path
December 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
The Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, Lawrence resident, is the Episcopal bishop of Kansas and the vice president of the House of Bishops for the Episcopal Church. Wolfe’s roles have him traveling throughout Kansas and the world, and he is 
lauded for his reconciliation work. Bishop of Kansas finds true calling helping to lead Episcopal Church
December 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Kyle Thompson, pictured in this 2010 file photo, is past president of the Oread Neighborhood Association and has seen the decline of owner occupants in the area over the 20 years he has lived there. Empty homes in neighborhoods around town could help unravel the mystery the 5,084 additional people the city says should be here, but the U.S. Census Bureau did not find during the 2010 census. Missing persons? City tries solving Census mystery
December 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 p.m.
City and state leaders along with Amtrak officials help cut the ribbon of a new outdoor boarding platform Saturday at the Santa Fe Depot, 413 E. Seventh St. New $1.5M boarding platform unveiled at Santa Fe Depot
December 3, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.

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Kansas’ new DUI law bringing big changes
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas enacted new drunken driving laws, effective July 1, making ignition interlock devices mandatory for even first-time offenders, creating a central repository to better track drunken drivers across the state and expanding treatment options.
Kansas veteran could have charges dismissed
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A10
A federal judge is considering whether to suppress evidence and dismiss charges against a Kansas veteran accused of illegally possessing incendiary bombs and grenades.
Private college presidents see modest boost in pay
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
As the economy staggered, private college presidents enjoyed modest raises and saw the ranks of those making at least $1 million swell from 33 to 36 — including the president of a West Virginia school that’s facing accreditation problems and has one of the worst official graduation rates in the country.
Feds: Tuna probably OK after BP oil spill
December 4, 2011
Last year’s BP oil spill probably won’t push the troubled bluefin tuna Gulf of Mexico population over the edge as some scientists had worried, a federal analysis shows.
Postal Service cuts to slow delivery of first-class mail
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminating the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
Weakened Pakistani Taliban splintering into smaller factions
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Battered by Pakistani military operations and U.S. drone strikes, the once-formidable Pakistani Taliban has splintered into more than 100 smaller factions, weakened and is running short of cash, according to security officials, analysts and tribesmen from the insurgent heartland.
KU women suffer first loss, fall to Alabama, 80-76
December 4, 2011
Carolyn Davis and Keena Mays scored 21 points apiece, but it wasn’t enough, as the Kansas women’s basketball team fell to Alabama, 80-76, on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Man arrested after Jefferson County shooting
11:06 a.m., December 4, 2011 Updated 10:27 p.m. in print edition on A5
A man who called police to report that he shot an attacker was arrested in Jefferson County on Sunday.
Kansas soldier’s death under investigation
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
Officials are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Fort Riley soldier at the northeast Kansas Army post.
25 years ago: School officials questioned on land purchase
December 4, 2011
The land had been referred to as a possible secondary school site.
100 years ago: Football game erupts into street fight
December 4, 2011
“Lawrence came near being the scene of a riot yesterday evening.”
Garden Calendar: There’s more to mistletoe than kissing traditions
December 4, 2011
While others are content to kiss under the mistletoe during the holidays, put it under their pillow to inspire dreams of Prince Charming, or use it as an herbal remedy, I have to wonder how a poisonous parasitic plant got such a good reputation.
40 years ago: Fax machine debuts at KU library
December 4, 2011
The Kansas University library system was planning a new and faster process for interlibrary loans.
Patience might pay for Penn State
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
The disturbing details in Penn State’s child sexual-abuse scandal have tested most people’s credulity.
Journal-World All-Area Volleyball Team
12:00 a.m., December 4, 2011 Updated 03:51 p.m. in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Journal-World announces its all-area volleyball team.
Bob Timmons inducted into USA Track and Field Hall of Fame
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B6
Former Kansas University track and field coach Bob Timmons was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Free State’s Spencer Wilson tops at 182 pounds
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B6
Free State High’s Spencer Wilson won his 182-pound weight class Saturday at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational. The Firebirds placed 11th as a team.
City represented on Sunflower League teams
12:00 a.m., December 4, 2011 Updated 12:41 p.m. in print edition on B6
There was no shortage of Firebirds or Lions on the All-Sunflower League teams this fall.
Chiefs, Bears both facing big questions at quarterback
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B6
No Jay Cutler. No Matt Cassel, either. Star power at quarterback may be lacking when the Chicago Bears host the Kansas City Chiefs today. Intrigue won’t be hard to find, though.
Bulls’ lament: Tyshawn Taylor ‘just the difference’
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
University of South Florida men’s basketball coach Stan Heath was asked a lot of questions about what went wrong following USF’s 70-42 loss to Kansas University on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Gary Bedore’s KU notebook: 1965-66 Jayhawks honored
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s 1965-66 Big Eight championship team was introduced at halftime of Saturday’s KU-South Florida game in Allen Fieldhouse.
Veritas hoops teams fall in Shea Tournament
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B6
Topeka Heritage Christian edged past the Veritas Christian girls basketball team, 43-39, in the championship game of the Shea Tournament on Saturday.
Duke loss weighed on Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B4
On his team’s flight back from the Maui Invitational last week, Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor pulled out his iPad to watch a replay of KU’s 68-61 loss to Duke.
Texas A&M must become unlike A&M
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
When it comes to hiring football coaches, Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne is George Costanza.
KU hoops team can’t pass, either
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Nationally ranked, playing in front of a sellout crowd every game and for a coach with total job security, the Kansas University basketball team doesn’t have much in common with the school’s football team. That’s a good thing.
Ol’ cruddy duddy: Bill Self: KU sick on, off court
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
A case of the “crud” has stricken Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and several of his players this past several days.
Four LHS wrestlers win weight classes
December 4, 2011 in print edition on B6
Four Lawrence High wrestlers won their weight classes Saturday at the Leavenworth Challenger.
No. 25 Texas A&M beats Stephen F. Austin, 55-42
December 4, 2011
Texas A&M’s shooting continues to be a work in progress.
Texas beats UCLA 69-59 behind 22 points by J’Covan Brown
December 4, 2011
The power went out late in the first half with UCLA leading Texas by 11 points. The Bruins were never the same afterward.
Tim Hardaway, Jordan Morgan help No. 14 Michigan top Iowa St.
December 4, 2011
Jordan Morgan kept Michigan out of trouble when the Wolverines seemed likely to fall into some.
No. 13 Sooners blown out 44-10 by No. 3 Cowboys
December 4, 2011
With a chance to lead No. 13 Oklahoma to another Big 12 championship, Landry Jones couldn’t find a way to dig the Sooners out of big first-half deficit for a second straight year.
Bias shortchanges white women
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A9
Let the first word be one of compassion.
GOP field leaves N.H. voters uninspired
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A9
It sure is quiet up here, so still that you can almost hear the snow fall.
Rising rates
A rate increase that includes a 10.6 percent return for Westar Energy is a tough sell for Kansas electrical consumers.
December 4, 2011 in print edition on A9
The price of just about everything is going up, but there are real questions about whether Westar Energy’s electric rates should go up by the $91 million the company is seeking in a request pending before the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Horoscope for Dec. 4
December 4, 2011
This year your impulsive knee-jerk reaction doesn’t always serve you well. Learning when to pull back is instrumental to your success. If you are single, you will be much more comfortable taking your time, allowing an even, steady flow to develop. If you are attached, the two of you could find yourself in a tiff more often if you aren’t careful. Aries can really get you going.
‘Neverland’ you say? Never mind
December 4, 2011
“Neverland” (8 p.m. Syfy) offers a prequel to the “Peter Pan” story by way of “Lost,” “Avatar” and any number of fantasies that may or may not include the kitchen sink. It starts out in Victorian London. No, make that on the bounding waves in the 1700s. No, it begins on a lost planet long ago and far away. It’s about time travel. Magic. Fairies. Pirates. Native Americans. Alchemy. You name it.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
December 4, 2011
Road work planned for the week of December 4, 2011.
Around and about in local business
December 4, 2011
Local business news for the week ending December 3, 2011.
Behind the Lens: Gifts for the photographer in your family
December 4, 2011
If you’re like Mike’s family, you’re hesitant to buy photography gifts for a seasoned photographer, likely because they already have everything or the process of buying for them is intimidating. This guide should help east the latter.