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Archive for Monday, December 12, 2011

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. Firing range litigation enters new round
December 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigators held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to talk about the raid officials made earlier in the morning on a cockfighting operation. Local law enforcement agencies withhold information on citizen complaints
10:18 p.m., December 11, 2011 Updated 12:43 p.m. in print edition on 5A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University’s associate director of bands, Tom Stidham, is pictured Thursday in Murphy Hall. Stidham, who is in his 50th year of teaching music since his beginning at Lake Placid High School in Lake Placid, Fla., has had plenty of interesting stops along the way including performing in a fundraiser with Bob Hope while at Georgia Southern University. 16 Things: Band leader strikes up a list of notable and entertaining events
December 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.

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Spirit union votes to support 9 1/2-year contract
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Members of the technical and professional union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have accepted the company’s 9 1/2-year contract offer.
Kansas Star Casino gets OK for controlled demonstration
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission has given the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane a conditional certificate to hold a controlled demonstration.
Fed nearing a plan to clarify direction of rates
December 12, 2011
The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke has gone further than ever to explain its policies to the public. It’s ready to go further still.
Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Supreme Court stepped into the fight Monday over a tough Arizona law that requires local police to help enforce federal immigration laws, pushing the court deeper into hot, partisan issues of the 2012 election campaign.
Quiet town to take center stage for Sandusky hearing
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
A sleepy country town better known for fly fishing than courtroom drama takes center stage today for a face-to-face encounter between a disgraced Penn State coach and the young men who say he sexually assaulted them as children in showers and campus locker rooms.
No injuries reported in fire that closed Kasold at Oxford Court
06:37 p.m., December 12, 2011 Updated 08:59 p.m.
A fire closed Kasold Drive at Oxford Court, near 13th Street, Monday evening.
1 dead, 1 injured in Leavenworth County car accident
December 12, 2011
A two-vehicle accident on County Road 1 left one person dead and another taken to an area hospital by air ambulance Monday afternoon.
Cordley, New York schools add ideas to Lawrence elementary consolidation mix
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
With consolidation proposals forwarded by representatives from all six Lawrence elementary schools identified for potential closure, an advisory group’s work now turns to determining which one, if any, might work in the months and years ahead.
Brownback administration seeks input on proposed tax changes
December 12, 2011
ov. Sam Brownback’s administration is seeking input on its proposal to reform the state’s tax code.
Chancellor Gray-Little prepares to share KU’s vision for improvement with Kansas Regents
December 12, 2011
At a time of fiscal constraints, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is hoping to get state leaders to sign onto the school’s vision for improvement.
Man sentenced to probation after hitting estranged wife with vehicle
December 12, 2011
A Douglas County judge Monday ordered a 35-year-old man to serve two years on probation for hitting his estranged wife with a car last summer.
Prosecutors filed charges against man accused of firing weapon outside Lawrence bar
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged a 28-year-old Lawrence man with aggravated assault and criminal possession of a firearm after he was accused of firing shots at a bar early Friday morning.
Another name change for former Blackwater firm
December 12, 2011
The security firm once known as Blackwater on Monday changed its name for the second time in less than three years as its owners continue to reshape the company they bought from its founder a year ago.
Hezbollah identifies undercover CIA officers
December 12, 2011
The militant group Hezbollah has revealed the identities of CIA officers working undercover in Lebanon, a blow to agency operations in the region and the latest salvo in an escalating spy war.
Fort Hays hopes all students out of motel soon
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Fort Hays State University says all its students currently living in a Motel 6 in Hays should be living on campus by the start of spring semester.
Top Kansas University faculty and staff to get raises on Jan. 1
December 12, 2011
Faculty and staff at Kansas University are eligible for merit-based raises that will kick in on Jan. 1. The money for the raises comes from more than $5.2 million in funds collected from increased tuition.
Topeka woman pleads guilty to bank fraud scheme
December 12, 2011
A woman has admitted taking part in a fraud scheme that cost Topeka banks and businesses of more than $400,000.
Brownback to outline school funding plan’s details
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A10
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration will release the details of his plan for overhauling how Kansas finances its public schools this week.
Neb. gov supports efforts to speed up Keystone XL
December 12, 2011
Gov. Dave Heineman said Monday that he supports efforts to accelerate federal approval of a controversial crude oil pipeline through Nebraska.
Douglas County prosecutors seek to withdraw kidnapping charge against robbery suspect
December 12, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors Monday asked to dismiss a kidnapping charge against a 23-year-old Richmond man accused of participating in two Lawrence robberies.
Search committee established to help select new med school dean
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
A new 15-member search committee has been named to help select the next dean of the Kansas University School of Medicine.
Obama heralds end of divisive Iraq war
12:19 p.m., December 12, 2011 Updated 03:28 p.m.
President Barack Obama heralded the end of the divisive Iraq war Monday, and warned Iraq’s neighbors that the United States would remain a major player in the region even as it brings its troops home.
Pakistan PM: President may be out for 2 weeks
December 12, 2011
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will likely need two weeks to rest in Dubai following medical treatment there before he returns home, the prime minister said, in comments that could add to speculation about the leader’s health and whether he is losing his grip on power.
Many indifferent as Noriega returns to Panama cell
December 12, 2011
Manuel Noriega is back in his Panamanian homeland after nearly 22 years, sitting in a prison cell in a country he ruled as a personal fiefdom until U.S. troops invaded and hauled him off to a Florida jail.
NATO to end its training mission in Iraq
December 12, 2011
NATO will permanently shut down its military training mission in Iraq and withdraw all of its soldiers from the country by Dec. 31, the alliance said Monday.
AP IMPACT: Penn State culture explained away Jerry Sandusky
December 12, 2011
An AP investigation, which included scores of interviews and a review of the limited number of available documents, reveals new details in the Sandusky case.
Egypt Islamists offer vision for sin-free tourism
December 12, 2011
Islamists are dominating Egypt’s elections and some of them have a new message for tourists: welcome, but no booze, bikinis or mixed bathing at beaches, please.
Tiniest babies are growing up healthy despite odds
December 12, 2011
A medical report from the doctor who resuscitated infants at a suburban Chicago hospital is both a success story and a cautionary tale. These two are the exceptions and their remarkable health years later should not raise false hope: Most babies this small do poorly and many do not survive even with advanced medical care.
State officials to announce $1 million grant for engineering
December 12, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials will announce a $1 million grant to a program aimed at increasing the number of engineering graduates in Kansas.
Man who killed Atchison police officer has Lawrence ties
December 12, 2011
A 25-year-old Atchison man who killed a police officer Friday spent time as a child in Lawrence and had recently become angry at the justice system, according to his grandfather, a Lawrence pastor.
Kansas City Chiefs fire head coach Todd Haley
10:39 a.m., December 12, 2011 Updated 02:32 p.m.
The Kansas City Chiefs have fired head coach Todd Haley.
Lawrence man, 26, arrested early Saturday after rape accusation
10:11 a.m., December 12, 2011 Updated 03:34 p.m. in print edition on A5
Police arrested a 26-year-old Lawrence man Saturday morning on suspicion of rape after a female acquaintance accused him of assaulting her.
Thomas Robinson wins Big 12 player of the week
December 12, 2011
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson won Big 12 player of the week honors, the conference announced Monday.
Town Talk: Coffee shop plans to open near Ninth and Delaware; developers of proposed hotel/apartments offer to improve adjacent Social Service League building; 23rd and Iowa project moving ahead
December 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Family of slain soldier offers reward for evidence
December 12, 2011
The family of a Fort Riley soldier that was shot and killed in Ogden is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Man who killed officer in Atchison was angry at system, says grandfather
December 12, 2011
A grandfather of a northeast Kansas man who killed an Atchison police officer says the shooter was angry at police and the criminal justice system.
Kansas tea party illustration of Obama draws racism claims
December 12, 2011
A tea party group in Kansas says its depiction of President Barack Obama as a skunk is satire, not racism as the leader of a civil rights group alleges.
Adopt a Grandparent’ a tradition for duo
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
It’s been a decades-long holiday tradition for Lawrence women Barbara Downing and Judith Scheff. For about 20 years, the duo have adopted a senior during the holidays as part of the Douglas County Senior Services “Adopt-a-Grandparent” program.
How to Help: StopGap seeking volunteers to help youths transition
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
StopGap Inc. needs volunteers to help support the agency as it begins a youth empowerment outreach program to assist youths in their transition from foster care to the adult world.
Giving teacher a gift? Know the rules
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Teachers don’t need gifts. Don’t expect them. Can’t expect them, even.
Obama raises issue for Kansas tax debate
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
When President Barack Obama gave a major speech on the economy last week in Kansas, he aimed his message at a national audience, but he also framed an issue for state legislators to consider after they convene their annual session next year.
Memories of Tonganoxie are rendered in 3-D
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
The depth of Cody Edwards’ feelings for Tonganoxie is clear in the departing gift he left the community.
Bankruptcies for Dec. 12
December 12, 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:
Divorces granted for Dec. 12
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
These divorces were granted in Douglas County District Court.
Marriage licenses issued for Dec. 12
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
These licenses were issued in Douglas County District Court.
State, local policies emerge on illegal aliens
December 12, 2011
The two Mexican farmworkers were nervous. Seated in a pickup truck whose driver had been stopped for speeding on a Vermont highway, they didn’t know what to expect from the state trooper.
Trailing rivals question Gingrich, Romney
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich’s trailing rivals derided the leading presidential contenders on Sunday as insufficiently conservative, each trying to find a second wind in the race to become the Republican nominee with time running out before voting begins.
Arab uprisings reshape map of U.S. influence
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
About 18 months before the Egyptian uprising that would doom Hosni Mubarak, a U.S. diplomatic cable was sent from Cairo. It described Mubarak as the likely president-for-life and said his regime’s ability to intimidate critics and rig elections was as solid as ever.
First Bell: Deerfield students help humane society; West students embark on service learning; board members to honor gymnasts and others
December 12, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Chancellor is present for this football coach’s press conference; more KU music students headed to Eutin; Emporia State looks to Texas Tech for new president
December 12, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
K-State wins in OT
Wildcats coach Martin miffed
December 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas State went to overtime for the second time in four days. The Wildcats managed to win this time, but that didn’t mean coach Frank Martin was happy about it. “We had 19 turnovers halfway through the second half,” Martin said after Kansas State beat North Florida, 79-68, on Sunday. “We were completely disinterested, couldn’t make any shots. It’s hard to win that way.”
Chiefs bumble to 37-10 loss
December 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Mark Sanchez jogged onto the field for the first play of the game and immediately had to call an embarrassing timeout. It was just about the only thing that stopped the New York Jets all afternoon.
Charlie Weis recruiting to KU already
December 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Charlie Weis Era may be just a couple of days old, but, already, the Kansas University football program has seen a change in how recruiting is handled under its new head coach.
Fun in the Fieldhouse: Allen was rockin’ for big showdown with Ohio State
December 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Thousands of fans — including a batch of students who painted their faces and bodies — arrived a couple of hours early for Saturday’s Kansas-Ohio State nonconference basketball matinee in Allen Fieldhouse.
Vital benefit
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
I’m distressed (although not surprised) to learn of Brownback’s gutting of the KPERS system, turning it from a defined-benefits plan into a 401(k) defined contributions plan. One of the issues that seems to have been shoved under the table where no one had to look at it is the problem of state employee salaries. Many state employees take and stay with state jobs (and local teaching jobs) because of the benefits, including KPERS pensions. Salaries are not competitive, at least not with salaries out of state. I fear we will lose good people because this pension  benefit is no longer available. The state can ill afford weakening of its school systems through further loss of good teachers.
FDR legacy
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor has passed with our nation paying little attention to this most perfidious of days. The majority of our citizens, busy forgetting September 11, cannot focus on what they view as ancient history.
Environs review
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
This concerns the historic district and environs review for the proposed hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. Cultural heritage and authenticity are some of the attributes of a historic neighborhood. The review standards for impacts upon a historic district/environs review include (text edited for brevity):
Paul in third-party run would hurt GOP
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
On Oct. 12, 1948, the campaign train of Tom Dewey, Republican nominee against President Harry Truman, pulled into Beaucoup, Ill., where, from the rear platform, he would speak to about 1,000 people. Before he began, the engineer mistakenly caused the train to lurch a few feet backward, frightening some but injuring none.
Do no harm
The governor and legislators need to make sure that any changes to the state’s school finance formula will make the situation better, not worse.
December 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
The details that continue to trickle out about the governor’s plans for funding K-12 public schools in Kansas are producing some anxiety among local officials and taxpayers across the state.
25 years ago: In spite of opposition, downtown mall still under study
December 12, 2011
A recent public meeting on Lawrence mall issue had featured 18 speakers, most of whom had called for the city to drop the proposal before any more public funds were spent on researching it.
40 years ago: Homemade zip-gun misfires, injures owner
December 12, 2011
A 19-year-old man had been treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a homemade zip gun had backfired and wounded him in the chest.
100 years ago: City’s largest storm-sewer project nears completion
December 12, 2011
“The biggest storm sewer ever constructed in the city of Lawrence will soon be finished when the final link is done.”
Have holidays like a pro: How to make the most of your decor, gifts and organization
December 12, 2011
Want to make your holidays pretty, organized and as put-together as those homes you see in magazines? We’ve got the details.
Delicious/Nutritious: Madness with mint
December 12, 2011
For a holiday treat, Megan and Sarah each came up with a mint confection.
Everyday Life: Cause and effect are clear
December 12, 2011
Let’s talk about Newt Gingrich. Who was having an affair with his now-wife while married to his then-wife while excoriating Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinsky. Who claims to believe that Freddie Mac paid him $1.6 million for his historical expertise. Whose other ethical lapses fill page after page on the Web. Let’s talk about Newt Gingrich because when we talk about Newt Gingrich, we are talking about us.
Remnant Rehab: Homemade handwarmers a hot gift idea
December 12, 2011
A few weeks ago, I was flipping through a catalog with lots of gift ideas. I saw a pair of hand warmers and flagged the page. I definitely wanted some for my always-cold hands.
Lawrence Laundry: Shop local this holiday season
December 12, 2011
Your dollar has power. Every time you spend, you say, “I support this. Please keep doing what you’re doing.”
River City Jules: Holiday diet plan
Men, don’t worry about it; women, ‘tis not the season for math
December 12, 2011
We are halfway through the holiday season, that point in December when we begin to wonder how we are going to drop the extra pounds we have picked up ever since over-stuffing ourselves with gravy in the name of gratitude last month. Fortunately, I have the perfect holiday diet plan to help you look and feel your best come New Year’s Day.
Fix-It Chick: Get your vehicle ready for winter
December 12, 2011
If your winter plans include snow, ice and bitter cold, winterizing your vehicle can save time, money and stress.
Double Take: Cutting unlikely to lead to suicide, but teen still needs help
December 12, 2011
Dear Dr. Wes and Miranda: We recently learned that our ninth-grade daughter cuts herself. She’s apparently been doing this secretly for a few months. We are at a bit of a loss on how to deal with this. We asked if she wanted to commit suicide. She claims she doesn’t, and the hospital we called said this isn’t a serious enough problem for her to be admitted, so we are confused and afraid for her.
As I See Fit: Cardiovascular activity jump-starts weight loss
December 12, 2011
It’s time to get back to basics. When everything from the food on the table to the endless social gatherings appear overwhelming and somewhat decadent, there’s something very satisfying about being able to maintain a workout program.