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Archive for Sunday, December 11, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Jeff Riner, a water plant operator at the Clinton Water Treatment Plant, stands by one of the treatment tanks at the plant in this 2010 file photo. State water regulators recently told Lawrence and all other entities pulling drinking water from Clinton Lake that the Douglas County reservoir is on the verge of drought conditions. Drought watch impacts Lawrence, Clinton Lake
December 9, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Consider it saving for a non-rainy day. State water regulators have put Lawrence and all other entities that pull drinking water out of Clinton Lake on notice that the Douglas County reservoir is on the verge of drought conditions.
6:00 a.m.
Armond Enclard tosses a bag of trash into a bin at the the Connection, 31st and Ousdahl, on one of his nightly recycling runs. Enclard operates a recycling business where he goes door to door in complexes like the Connection to pick up people's recyclables. Owner of recycling business wants green light from city
December 10, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Armond Enclard wants to bring his trash and recycling service to more apartment complexes in the city, but is finding the path harder than he thought.
10:00 a.m.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, seen here in a file photo from June 2011, declined to make emergency contraception more easily available, a move that stunned groups which traditionally have supported her. Sebelius under fire from allies for Plan B decision
December 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Leaders of groups that push for reproductive health rights for women were stunned last week when U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refused to make emergency contraception more easily available.
2:00 p.m.
A plan to build 350 apartments next door to the Home Depot would send hundreds of families at the Gaslight Village, a mobile home park located at 1900 W. 31st St., looking for new places to to set their mobile homes. Redevelopment could complicate consolidation
December 10, 2011
A new apartment development would send hundreds of families — some with young children — looking for new places to set their mobile homes. The Journal-World examines what those relocated children could mean for an already complicated school consolidation process.
6:00 p.m.
Fake Twitter accounts parodying real people in Lawrence are becoming popular. Within hours of the new of Charlie Weis' hiring as Kansas University football coach, @FakeCharlesWeis began tweeting. @FakeTwitter: Behind the Twitter accounts lampooning local celebrities
December 11, 2011 in print edition on 3A
He’s the man behind the curtain of the Twitter parody account @FakeJeffWithey, and he’ll admit, the popularity of the account has surprised him.

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Local law enforcement agencies withhold information on citizen complaints
KU, Douglas County sheriff, Eudora deny access to most information; Baldwin City provides data
10:18 p.m., December 11, 2011 Updated 12:43 p.m. in print edition on A5
The Journal-World recently filed open records requests with several local law enforcement agencies asking for documents detailing citizen complaints against officers. Here’s how the other local agencies responded to our request.
16 Things: Band leader strikes up a list of notable and entertaining events
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
This is another in an occasional series of stories by reporter Andy Hyland, asking Kansas University staff to share “16 Things I’ve Done.” This week, we talked with Tom Stidham, associate director of bands.
Firing range litigation enters new round
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
The legal wrangling surrounding the Fraternal Order of Police firing range in Douglas County is not over. And it has taken a different turn, now that a five-year legal battle over a county-approved conditional-use permit has been resolved.
Tyshawn Taylor has successful surgery on right knee
December 11, 2011
Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had successful surgery on his right knee Sunday morning and is expected a full recovery, KU coach Bill Self said.
@FakeTwitter: Behind the Twitter accounts lampooning local celebrities
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
He’s the man behind the curtain of the Twitter parody account @FakeJeffWithey, and he’ll admit, the popularity of the account has surprised him.
Russian protesters given surprising amount of leeway
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Tens of thousands of people held the largest anti-government protests that post-Soviet Russia has ever seen to criticize electoral fraud and demand an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule. Police showed surprising restraint and state-controlled TV gave the nationwide demonstrations unexpected airtime, but there is no indication the opposition is strong enough to push for real change from the Putin or his ruling party.
Gingrich assailed by rivals at debate
December 11, 2011
Attacked as a lifelong Washington insider, newly minted Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich parried criticism from Mitt Romney in a campaign debate Saturday night in Des Moines, telling the former Massachusetts governor, “The only reason you didn’t become a career politician is because you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994.”
Gunmen try to kill head of army
December 11, 2011
Gunmen tried to assassinate the head of the Libyan army Saturday in a bold daylight attack in the country’s capital, setting off hours of intense gunbattles along the main highway to the airport.
Climate conference OKs landmark deal
December 11, 2011
A U.N. climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement early today on a complex and far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change for the coming decades.
Strong earthquake strikes in Mexico
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck in Mexico’s western Guerrero state Saturday night, shaking buildings and causing panic in the nation’s capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Officials said at least three people died, but there were no reports of widespread damage.
Evidence found that may solve 1985 case
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
More evidence has emerged in a decades-old rape case that was reopened this year after a Journal-World investigation.
25 years ago: Two incumbents file for city commission re-election
December 11, 2011
Both men agreed that a shopping mall was important to the city’s future.
40 years ago: School, church, and local businesses suffer break-ins
December 11, 2011
a complete list was still being compiled of items taken from the school.
LHS wrestling wins Eudora tourney
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High wrestling team placed first at the 22-team Eudora Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
Veritas boys take down Cair Paravel, 44-18
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
Elijah Penny had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Veritas Christian boys basketball team defeated Topeka Cair Paravel, 44-18, on Saturday.
LHS boys struggle in 57-41 loss to ONW
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
For at least one half Saturday night, Lawrence High’s boys basketball team was gritty enough to give Olathe Northwest all it could handle in the championship game of the Blue Valley Shootout.
Up-tempo Free State girls overwhelm Lansing, 72-26
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Free State High girls basketball team’s 72-26 victory against Lansing was one of those rare instances where the score did tell the whole story.
Firebirds fall to Lansing at the buzzer
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Free State High boys had a chance to snag a basketball victory in the final seconds against Lansing, but the game was lost long before.
K.C.’s Thomas Jones eager for Jets
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B10
Thomas Jones has no hard feelings, no regrets. The Kansas City Chiefs running back has seen better days, though, especially when he was pounding out tough yards for the team that will be on the other sideline today, the New York Jets.
Kevin Sumlin named A&M coach
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B10
Coach Kevin Sumlin and his prolific offense made Houston a power in Conference USA. His next challenge will be trying to replicate that success in the Southeastern Conference, the country’s toughest football league, as Texas A&M’s new coach.
Charlie Weis wins over fieldhouse crowd
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
It didn’t take long for new Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to win over the KU basketball crowd. If he can get the same response from roughly three times as many people next fall at Memorial Stadium, he might be on his way.
Brownback has no plans to pardon any Kansas inmates
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback will not be giving any Kansas inmates the gift of freedom this year.
Baylor’s RG3 wins Heisman
December 11, 2011 in print edition on B10
Robert Griffin III is Baylor’s Superman and when he won the Heisman Trophy he was wearing the socks to prove it. Who knows? Maybe they even helped him outluck Andrew Luck.
Sebelius under fire from allies for Plan B decision
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Leaders of groups that push for reproductive health rights for women were stunned last week when U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refused to make emergency contraception more easily available.
Around and about in local business
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
Local business news for the week ending Dec. 10, 2011
Wheel genius: Road work planned for this week
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Road work planned for the week of Dec. 11, 2011
Public retirement ages, benefits come under greater scrutiny
December 11, 2011 in print edition on C8
After nearly 40 years in public education, Patrick Godwin spends his retirement days running a horse farm east of Sacramento, Calif., with his daughter.
Many thanks
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
While driving home from time with my daughter, I got to thinking of all the people I need to thank for just doing their jobs this year.
WWII memories
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
Dec. 7, 1941; news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that Sunday morning was shock. In college, after Christmas break in January ’41, male students disappeared, signing to train in the Army, Marines, Navy, Army Air Corps. College became a girls’ school.
Out of control
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
The Journal-World reported that Paula Gilcrest said that many appraisals would go down due to the poor sales on houses, but that’s not true.
Coaching choice
Charlie Weis is a big name in football and fans hope his tenure at Kansas University will be a big success.
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
Welcome to Lawrence, Charlie Weis.
Iraq War’s end leaves issues unresolved
December 11, 2011 in print edition on C8
In the beginning, it all looked simple: topple Saddam Hussein, destroy his purported weapons of mass destruction and lay the foundation for a pro-Western government in the heart of the Arab world.
GOP contest is classic tug of war
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
One graduated from Baker High, a public school in Columbus, Ga.; the other from Cranbrook, a private school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. One has a Ph.D. in history from Tulane; the other has an MBA from Harvard. One steeped himself in the details of the colonial educational institutions of the Belgian Congo; the other in the minutiae of failing companies in the United States.
The experts?
December 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
I just read the article in Friday’s Journal-World about the hiring of Charlie Weis as the next football coach for Kansas University.
Free media coverage both blessing, curse
December 11, 2011 in print edition on C8
From late-night comedy shows to cable news interviews, free media exposure has proved influential in defining the Republican presidential candidates and setting the dynamics of the primary race, especially for lower-tier hopefuls lacking cash for TV ads.
100 years ago: Residents of Perry to have electric light in 1912
December 11, 2011
“Perry is to have electric lights, with a complete electric lighting system.”
Behind the Lens: Cameras for kids
December 11, 2011
Considering that children are experiencing digital devices at younger and younger ages, it’s not a crazy idea to provide them access to better cameras.
Garden Calendar: Cultivating gift ideas for the gardener in your life
December 11, 2011
Jennifer Smith shares her gift ideas for the green thumb in your life.
A boring adaptation of ‘Bag of Bones’
December 11, 2011
Pierce Brosnan returns to TV in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s best-seller “Bag of Bones” (8 p.m., A&E, concludes Monday). H
Horoscope for Dec. 11
December 11, 2011
This year many decisions and a lot of plans result from key partnerships. Your professional ties might be different from your immediate personal circle. If you are single, you will desire a close bond yet refuse to jump into a relationship. Shop around. A significant friend could be heading down the path after June. If you are attached, look to common goals. Cancer knows how to draw you in.