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Archive for Monday, December 5, 2011

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12:00 a.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.
10:00 a.m.
The U.S.S. Shaw explodes after it was attacked by Japanese pilots at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the attacks on the American Pacific Fleet, which brought the United States into World War II. Historians find Pearl Harbor fading from younger generations’ memories
December 5, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Seventy years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, scholars of history say the event shaped the lives of many who lived through it, long after the Dec. 7, 1941, date that lived in infamy. But that influence may be waning with younger generations.
2:00 p.m.
Abby Wagner, 11, Lawrence, rings a bell as her father Scott holds her sister Ava, 4, outside of Weaver’s Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 in downtown Lawrence. The family was collecting donations for the Salvation Army.
Spirit of giving comes through for nonprofit groups
December 5, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Toy drives, adopt-a-family programs, Salvation Army bell ringers and holiday meal deliveries keep charities busy through the holiday season.
6:00 p.m.
Matt Weidenbach, Lawrence, runs a computer test on a breathalyzer after doing an ignition interlock installation on a vehicle at Ace Bail Bonds Inc. on Thursday. A bill that was introduced in the Kansas House in the last session would make it mandatory for those convicted of a DUI to use an ignition interlock system. Kansas’ new DUI law bringing big changes
December 4, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
11:00 p.m.
Sharon and Bob Brown, Lawrence, look at an angel covered Christmas tree in the family room of Steve and Lori Myrick’s home, located 3207 Nottingham Ct., during the Holiday Homes Tour Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Money from the event goes to support Health Care Access Clinic.
Holiday Homes Tours reports record attendance in its seventh year
December 5, 2011 in print edition on 3A
A record number of people took part in the seventh annual Holiday Homes Tour on Sunday.

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KU’s Hall Center to receive $425,000 if it meets goal of raising over $1.2 million
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s Hall Center for the Humanities has received a $425,000 challenge grant notification from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a new research collaboration initiative.
Permit for proposed sand pit near Eudora up for county consideration
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
Plans for a sand-dredging operation in the floodplain beside the Kansas River north of Eudora will be up for approval Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission.
KU police investigating burglary at Corbin Hall
December 5, 2011
Kansas University police officers are investigating a burglary at Corbin Hall, 420 W. 11th St., in which someone was suspected of entering the building through an unsecured window and taking $2,200 in property.
Woman pleads no contest in Baldwin City arson
December 5, 2011
A 40-year-old Baldwin City woman pleaded no contest to a criminal damage charge in connection with a May arson case.
Baldwin City man injured in one-vehicle accident in Douglas County
December 5, 2011
A 25-year-old Baldwin City man was injured Friday night in a one-vehicle accident on a Douglas County gravel road, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman.
Christmas dinner organizers seek food donations
December 5, 2011
Organizers of the annual Community Christmas Dinner are seeking donations of turkeys, hams and pies.
Brownback says lieutenant governor will welcome Obama to Kansas
December 5, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday that because of a previous commitment, he would be unavailable to welcome President Barack Obama, who is visiting Osawatomie on Tuesday.
If biggest coaching names choose other schools, Phillip Fulmer could fit at KU
December 5, 2011
Tracking the Kansas University coaching search recalls the conference realignment musical-chairs game, replete with wild swings from optimism to pessimism and right back to optimism. It’s so fluid because it involves so many different parts, competing interests, emotion-driven changes in the market.
KCK man pleads no contest in 2010 Lawrence crime spree
December 5, 2011
A 20-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded no contest Monday to one count of robbery as part of a plea deal in connection with a crime spree in Lawrence a year ago.
Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani says he wants to repair relationship with U.S.
December 5, 2011
In an overture to Washington, Pakistan’s prime minister said Monday his country wants to repair U.S. relations pushed close to rupture since NATO airstrikes on the Afghan border killed 24 Pakistani troops last month.
As number of Pearl Harbor veterans dwindles, area survivors hope to keep lessons of history alive
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Two area residents are among a handful of living Kansans who can give firsthand accounts what happened that day. They are part of a dying breed who lived through both the shock of the initial attack and the aftermath and horror of seeing fellow sailors who had died or were injured.
Trial ordered for Atchison man, 22, accused of attacking Lawrence man taking late-night walk
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
A Douglas County judge Monday ordered a 22-year-old Atchison man accused of punching and injuring a Lawrence man in June to stand trial.
Wichita grocers face sentencing for food stamp fraud
December 5, 2011
The owners of a Wichita grocery store will learn their punishment this week for their role in a food stamp scam thwarted by federal authorities during a months-long investigation.
Kansas ranks last in improving numbers of children with health insurance, study says
December 5, 2011
The number of children nationwide without health insurance coverage decreased from 2008-2010. But Kansas and Minnesota went in the opposite direction.
Wichita school fights Facebook slam page
December 5, 2011
Some parents in Wichita are expressing alarm about a Facebook page that spreads malicious gossip about students at a middle school.
Western Kansas group chosen for national mental health initiative
December 5, 2011
A western Kansas group has been selected to take part in a national effort to improve care for people living with mental illness and substance addiction.
State senator calls for early repeal of 1-cent sales tax
December 5, 2011
A state senator from Sedgwick County is proposing that Kansas lawmakers roll back a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax six months before it’s due to expire.
State Christmas tree to be lit tonight
December 5, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and first lady Mary Brownback are being joined by Topeka High School singers and Santa Claus at the state’s annual Christmas tree lighting.
Missouri paving company banned from doing work in Kansas; AG Schmidt claims fraud
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A10
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a Missouri paving company can no longer do business in Kansas after violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Leavenworth Penitentiary distributes nearly 200,000 lbs. of prisoner-grown produce
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
Produce grown by inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth helped more than 21,000 people this year.
No injuries reported at mobile home park fire
11:19 a.m., December 5, 2011 Updated 02:43 p.m.
A fire at the Brookwood Mobile Home Park, 1908 E. 19th St., resulted in heavy smoke pouring from the windows of a home this morning. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews had the blaze under control by 11 a.m.
Judge OKs $100,000 insurance settlement in fatal car accident
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Monday approved a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit over a 2010 crash on Clinton Parkway that killed a 19-year-old Lawrence woman.
Men allege sexual abuse by former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager
December 5, 2011
Two more men are accusing a now-dead former Red Sox clubhouse manager of sexually abusing them and are asking for $5 million settlements, their lawyer said Monday.
Woman gets life in prison for NW Iowa killing
Tracey Richter said she acted in self-defense
December 5, 2011
An Iowa judge sentenced a woman to life in prison Monday for killing a neighbor in the small northwest Iowa town of Early as part of a plot to frame her ex-husband.
Newt Gingrich to meet with Donald Trump, running ad in Iowa
December 5, 2011
Republican Newt Gingrich is meeting with Donald Trump at his office in Manhattan’s Trump Tower and running his first TV ad in Iowa.
Students suspended after suicide of gay NY teen
December 5, 2011
A high school in upstate New York has suspended some students after the suicide of a bullied gay teenager.
Doolittle’s raid recalled almost 70 years later
December 5, 2011
Almost 70 years after the United States struck Japan in a bold bombing raid that did little damage but lifted the spirits of a Pearl Harbor-weary nation, Thomas Griffin relishes the role he played that day as a navigator in one of Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25s.
Pearl Harbor survivors share stories of attack
December 5, 2011
Seventy years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the memories are vivid for survivors.
Burglar steals Ohio family’s Christmas
December 5, 2011
A family in northeast Ohio says burglars have stolen their Christmas.
Legislators reaching crunch time for making decisions on future of KPERS
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
A special commission that has been studying the state’s public employee retirement system is nearing some crucial decisions that could affect the lives of thousands of Kansans.
Town Talk: Sales tax collections up 3.5 percent for 2011 so far; look for incentives request for Ninth and N.H. project; a little talk about a big police rifle
December 5, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Rural Valley Falls resident charged with shooting adjoining landowner
09:22 a.m., December 5, 2011 Updated 01:49 p.m.
A 62-year-old rural Valley Falls man suspected of shooting another man with a handgun Sunday morning is expected to appear before a Jefferson County judge Monday, Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.
GOP rivals vie for Cain supporters
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
A day after Herman Cain shuttered his Republican candidacy for president, struggling GOP hopefuls looked to pick up the fallen candidate’s tea party following and upset a primary dynamic that has pushed Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich to the forefront.
Obama defends faith in America amid critique
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
Republican Mitt Romney accuses President Barack Obama of considering America “just another nation.” To other GOP politicians running for the White House, Obama has apologized for the United States and is presiding over the nation’s decline.
Europe’s leaders, currency face pivotal week
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
Europe’s government-debt crisis, which has dragged on for more than two years, is entering a pivotal week, as leaders across the continent converge to prevent a collapse of the euro and a global financial panic that could result.
Spirit of giving comes through for nonprofit groups
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
Toy drives, adopt-a-family programs, Salvation Army bell ringers and holiday meal deliveries keep charities busy through the holiday season.
Italian government OKs austerity measures
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
Premier Mario Monti said Sunday his government of technocrats has approved a package of austerity and growth measures worth 30 billion euros, or $40.53 billion, to “reawaken” the Italian economy and help save the euro common currency from collapse.
Kansas, Douglas County see parole and probation numbers increase in 2010
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
Recently, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released annual probation and parole numbers for 2010, which showed a slight decrease — about 1 percent — in the number of people on community supervision across the country. The state of Kansas, however, showed a slight increase in probation and parole numbers, while Douglas County caseload statistics spiked during the past few years. Here’s a look at some of the numbers.
Holiday Homes Tours reports record attendance in its seventh year
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
A record number of people took part in the seventh annual Holiday Homes Tour on Sunday.
How to Help: Salvation Army enlisting help for serving community meal
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Salvation Army needs volunteers for its Holiday Community Dinner on Wednesday. The meal will be served from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help set up and start preparing food from 9 a.m. to noon and are then needed for cleanup from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you’d like to help provide a hot holiday meal for community members in need, contact Liz Coleman at 843-4188 or liz_coleman@usc.salvationarmy.com.
Historians find Pearl Harbor fading from younger generations’ memories
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Seventy years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, scholars of history say the event shaped the lives of many who lived through it, long after the Dec. 7, 1941, date that lived in infamy. But that influence may be waning with younger generations.
ECKAN volunteer familiar with clients’ needs
December 5, 2011
When people struggling with poverty come into the ECKAN office for assistance, whether they need funds to pay their rent or canned goods from the agency’s Just Food pantry, volunteer Nicole Dyke provides them with much more than physical assistance. She offers emotional support born out of empathy. She knows what folks are facing, the sense of hopelessness and frustration they feel when they can’t pay the rent or feed their families.
First Bell: Veritas senior earns nomination to U.S. Naval Academy; Consolidation Working Group ready to focus on scenarios tonight
December 5, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Two with KU ties nominated for Pushcart literary prizes; researchers show foreign-born faculty more productive than those born in the U.S.; writer talks about Lariviere’s fall
December 5, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Tiger Woods ends drought with Chevron win; Gary Woodland 10th
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Two years after his life and career came crashing down, Tiger Woods is a winner again.
National briefs: Celebrating OSU fans hurt
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Thousands of fans stormed the field and tore down goalposts after Oklahoma State’s 44-10 victory over archrival Oklahoma, leaving at least 13 people injured, including two who were airlifted to hospitals, medical and university officials said Sunday.
LSU, Alabama to meet again for title
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Play it again, LSU and Alabama. The Crimson Tide edged out Oklahoma State in the final round of voting Sunday and will play the top-ranked Tigers in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
Journal-World All-Area Football Team
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Journal-World’s 2011 all-area football team.
Cupboard not totally bare at KU
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s new football coach will need to identify, recruit and develop a quarterback, a few explosive defensive lineman, at least one long, strong, fleet wideout and a linebacker or two. If that reads like a classified ad begging for a best offer — needs a rebuilt engine, new tires and a brake job — for a jalopy, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.
Junior forward Kevin Young opportunistic boarder
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior forward Kevin Young made the most of his five minutes of playing time in Saturday’s 70-42 rout of South Florida in Allen Fieldhouse.
25 years ago: KU chancellor hopes governor will fight budget cuts
December 5, 2011
Gene Budig said this week that he was optimistic that Governor-elect Hayden shared “our deep concern” about the impact of spending cuts.
40 years ago: Gas prices vary in Lawrence
December 5, 2011
The price ranged from 24.9 cents per gallon to 37.9 cents.
100 years ago: Editor speaks out on racial tensions in city
December 5, 2011
“The two races get on well together in the city as a rule, but such things as yesterday cannot be tolerated….”
Tyler Palko delivers: QB yanked, then returns to spark K.C.
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Tyler Palko got yanked from the game — and possibly saved his job. He wasn’t making any bold proclamations, though.
Marriages
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 3, 2011.
Bankruptcies
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
State spying
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
How can anyone be “offended” when caught indulging in the very offensive behavior of snooping and spying on American citizens? What is the governmental purpose of monitoring Twitter, Facebook and/or email for the name of “Brownback”? There are no justifiable reasons in a country upholding free speech.
Tax priorities
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Instead of the governor lowering or eliminating income and corporate taxes, why not first eliminate sales taxes on food or reduce the sales tax back to where it was before the extra 1 percent was added “temporarily” to reduce the state debt?
Thanks to Gill
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
I grew up in Oklahoma, so it is easy to understand how I did not like the highly successful quarterback of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Today, I not only like Turner Gill but believe in the plan he was instituting at Kansas University. What I like most about him is how he treats people and how he carries himself, even in adversity. I also believe that, given more time, he would have translated that character into wins on the playing field.
Divorces
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 3, 2011.
Health care costs stymie job creation
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
In 1941, Carl Karcher was a 24-year-old truck driver for a bakery. Impressed by the large numbers of buns he was delivering, he scrounged up $326 to buy a hot dog cart across from a Goodyear plant. And the war came.
Residential strategy
Multi-story apartment buildings are about the only way to increase the number of people who live downtown, but it’s worth the time and effort to ensure those developments are compatible.
December 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners will consider whether to override the city’s Historic Resources Commission and allow plans for another tall apartment and commercial building at the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets to move forward.
Horoscope for Dec. 5
December 5, 2011
This year you discover how clarity of intentions lined up with authentic feelings draws strong results. If you are single, this person could be more than a friend. If you are attached, try to schedule that very special trip the two of you often speak of. Don’t judge your sweetie and others so much. Walk in their shoes. Aries brings out your adventurous spirit.
Boldfaced names get ‘Mortified’
December 5, 2011
I’m always interested in seeing some new wrinkle in the talk show format. “The Mortified Sessions” (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundance) provides just that. Host David Nadelberg made a name for himself in the late 1990s by publicly reading a pathetic, unsent love letter from his adolescent years. He invited others to reveal similar squirm-inducing artifacts. The result was “Mortified,” a long-running stage performance that was painful and funny, narcissistic and communal at the same time.
What to wear in your holiday photo
December 5, 2011
With the holidays approaching, it’s time to gussy up your family, book time with the local photographer and pick the photo you’ll display for your annual holiday cards.
Style Off the Cuff: Unlocking the secrets to men’s fashion
December 5, 2011
My name is David, and I sell clothes. But let’s get one thing straight: I am not a fashion guy. I am as baffled by the runway as I am by a silent film or a French restaurant upon first visit. And while I can be caught watching “Project Runway” with my wife, you would be hard-pressed to get me out of my favorite pair of jeans.
Lawrence Locales: Couple caretakers of historic home
December 5, 2011
There are a lot of incredible homes in Lawrence. Grand Victorians that sit along brick-lined streets in Old West Lawrence and modern structures sprinkled among more traditional residences. These homes capture the imaginations of those who pass by and seem to transcend the lives of those who occupy them. Nowhere is that more true for me than the home at 1613 Tenn., and every time I find myself driving down Tennessee, I must slow down long enough to catch a glimpse.
Second life: Vintage, thrift shopping provides opportunity for unique gifts
December 5, 2011
If you want to save a bit of coin this holiday season and outfit your friends and family with unique gifts, you might want to consider previously loved items.
Victory gives Larry Fedora boost
Southern Miss coach hot commodity after win over UH
December 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
It turns out Southern Miss’ victory against Houston in the Conference USA championship game Saturday might have been a major development in the coaching search at three universities, perhaps more.
River City Jules: Cookies, 5 golden rings keys to Christmas parties
December 5, 2011
Bob and Sally always threw the best Christmas party. And according to my mom, who blocks out the Sunday before Christmas every year for the occasion, they still do.
Double Take: Finding your child a therapist
December 5, 2011
Dear Dr. Wes and Miranda: What tips do you have for finding a good therapist? We haven’t had much luck in the past with my son on this, and we’d like to try again. He’s 14, if that helps.
Offbeat Occupation: Funeral director is always on call
December 5, 2011
Mike Doering thinks about death a lot. A placid and professional man, Doering is not morbid. He is practical. He thinks of death in the same way a police officer ponders crime or an accountant considers numbers. Doering thinks of death because his job is death.
Gift Professor, developed by a Lawrence company, simplifies holiday shopping
December 5, 2011
A bit stumped when it came to gift buying, Lawrence resident Tony Schmidt didn’t just go to the mall and settle on blasé run-of-the-mill presents for his loved ones. Instead, the now-president of CoolProducts.com came up with an idea to both simplify and personalize the gift-giving process: Gift Professor.
Fix-It Chick: Winterize equipment to make it last
December 5, 2011
Winterizing small gas-powered equipment before storing it away for the season can extend the life of the equipment and reduce engine problems in the spring.
Go Green: Christmas bird count
December 5, 2011
By our first Christmas Bird Count, my partner Lisa and I could identify three species with confidence: robins, blue jays and cardinals. That was an improvement from the year before when, with great enthusiasm, I mistook a female cardinal on my new bird feeder for a pyrrhuloxia and proudly wrote it in my Audubon Handbook of Birds. I failed to read that the pyrrhuloxia is a desert species, resident from south-central Arizona, east to Texas.
Mind Matters: Parental mirroring provides child sense of self-worth
December 5, 2011
The concept of mirroring involves a parent’s accurate reflection of a child’s expressed thoughts and feelings. This reflection leads to the child’s experience of acceptance and validity.