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Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little talks with the Lawrence Journal-World on Dec. 12, 2011, in her office at Strong Hall. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Dylan Theno experienced bullying from other boys when he was growing up in Tonganoxie to the point where he had to quit high school. His family eventually won a settlement in federal court against the school district.  Now 23 years-old and out of college, Dylan has moved on with his life in Overland Park. In Lawrence, anti-bullying efforts depend on the school
December 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
While the district indeed adheres to a state requirement that every school have a plan to address and prevent bullying, just about every school has a different way of approaching the problem.
2:00 p.m.
Students in Nancy Orsburn's second-grade class at New York School line up to head outside for recess on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. On Monday, proposals were submitted by representatives of New York and Cordley schools on the topic of consolidation. Both groups believe their is room to expand on the campuses of their respective schools. Cordley, New York schools add ideas to Lawrence elementary consolidation mix
December 12, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Strong Hall on Kansas University's campus. 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.
10:00 p.m.
Members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force follow a trash truck on Villo Woods Court, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour of Lawrence's trash and recycling processes to learn more about solid waste operations. Automation, recycling still on Solid Waste Task Force’s working list while trash options being sorted
December 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Bit by bit, a city-appointed task force is getting closer to making recommendations that will change much about trash in Lawrence, from how residents must set it out at the curb to the number of city employees needed to collect it.

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State leaders to consider settlement in Kline case
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislative leaders expect to consider a proposed settlement today of a lawsuit against former Attorney General Phill Kline that was filed by a woman who claimed he fired her from a county prosecutor’s office for complaining about sex discrimination.
Kansas Athletics Inc. has recovered almost $500K from tickets scandal
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas Athletics Inc. has collected nearly $500,000 toward defraying at least $2 million in losses from a scheme in which employees stole football and basketball tickets for redistribution through brokers and others.
Lawrence man reports stolen Nikon camera lens
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 37-year-old Lawrence man reported a Nikon camera lens stolen from the 2500 block of Alabama Street on Dec. 9.
Lawrence man reports tolen 1996 Honda Civic
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 61-year-old Lawrence man reported his 1996 Honda Civic stolen from the 1700 block of Bullene Avenue on Dec. 9.
KU student reports stolen Honda Civic
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 23-year-old Kansas University student reported his 1997 Honda Civic stolen by deception from the 1700 block of Ohio Street on Monday. He reported the car was worth $3,000.
Lawrence woman, 41, reports battery
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 41-year-old Lawrence woman reported a battery in the 3300 block of Iowa Street on Monday.
Man convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior arrested in new case
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 23-year-old Lawrence man who was already convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior once this year was arrested Tuesday on a warrant in a new case.
Two Kansas City men ordered to stand trial in 2008 robbery case
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered two Kansas City, Kan., men to stand trial on charges in a 2008 Lawrence robbery case.
Postal Service to delay cutbacks until mid-May
December 13, 2011
The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.
No cellphones, no texting by drivers, US urges
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
Texting, emailing or using a cellphone while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed anywhere, federal safety investigators declared Tuesday, recommending that all states impose a total ban except for emergencies.
Fed to cut back on dollar coins, citing $50 million in savings
December 13, 2011
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would all but halt production of its special presidential dollar coins for general circulation.
Physicists close in on elusive subatomic particle
December 13, 2011
Physicists are closing in on an elusive subatomic particle that, if found, would confirm a long-held understanding about why matter has mass and how the universe’s fundamental building blocks behave.
US-born Syrian blogger faces criminal charges
December 13, 2011
Syrian authorities have charged a U.S.-born Syrian blogger with trying to incite sectarian strife, activists said Tuesday, while regime forces fired on a funeral procession in a restive northwestern region, capping a bloody day of attacks that left at least 28 people dead.
As US exit from Iraq nears, Sunni worries grow
December 13, 2011
In the hometown of the late Saddam Hussein, arrests have become so commonplace that whenever a police car shows up, young men flee from the street. It’s a striking illustration of fortunes reversed by the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 that overthrew the Sunni ascendancy and put the Shiite majority on top.
WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning seen as hero, traitor
December 13, 2011
The document in which Pfc. Bradley Manning allegedly confessed to giving classified information to WikiLeaks also includes a rationale that has made him a hero among peace and anti-secrecy activists worldwide: “I want people to see the truth.”
Fed says economy is healthier; takes no new steps
December 13, 2011
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost growth.
Alexander Graham Bell recordings played from 1880s
December 13, 2011
Early sound recordings by Alexander Graham Bell that were packed away at the Smithsonian Institution for more than a century were played publicly for the first time Tuesday using new technology that reads the sound with light and a 3D camera.
Eudora man, 29, given probation term for string of burglaries
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 29-year-old Eudora man to serve two years on probation for his role in a series of Eudora burglaries earlier this year.
Trial scheduled for Lawrence man accused of shooting Bullet the cat
04:00 p.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 05:37 p.m. in print edition on A6
A Lawrence man accused of shooting a stray cat twice last May is taking his case to trial, and his attorney says he has an alibi.
Life sentence set in Kansas drug trafficking case
December 13, 2011
A federal judge in Kansas has sentenced a California man to life in prison for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.
Chiefs’ Crennel says he wants to be head coach
December 13, 2011
Romeo Crennel says he still has the “competitive energy” that it takes to be an NFL head coach and he wants the job with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Republicans plan House OK of payroll tax cut bill; White House vows veto
December 13, 2011
The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complaining that spending cuts that pay for the measure would whack the middle class and require no sacrifice from the rich.
Obama beseeches supporters to stick with him; says re-election isn’t a ‘slam dunk’
December 13, 2011
Imploring supporters to stick with him, President Barack Obama acknowledged Tuesday that his re-election is “not a slam dunk” — despite his administration’s achievements — because of understandable public skepticism over the economy.
2 men sue Syracuse, basketball coach Boeheim for defamation
December 13, 2011
Two men who say they were molested by an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University have sued the school and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim for defamation.
Obama seeks to leverage $1 trillion spending bill
December 13, 2011
President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.
Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy urges training to combat abuse
December 13, 2011
A former NHL player who was sexually abused by a junior coach in Canada told Congress Tuesday that the key to preventing abuse is training adults who oversee youth sports.
KU basketball player Ben McLemore arrested after failing to appear in court for minor in possession case
02:11 p.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 03:04 p.m. in print edition on A5
Ben McLemore, a Kansas University freshman basketball player who is ineligible to play this year, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday morning for failing to appear to court.
KU football coach Charlie Weis names former Notre Dame QB Ron Powlus as quarterbacks coach
December 13, 2011
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis added to his staff Tuesday afternoon by announcing the addition of former Notre Dame and Akron quarterbacks coach, Ron Powlus. Powlus will coach the quarterbacks at KU.
19-year-old KU student identified as victim in fatal accident
12:21 p.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 03:33 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 19-year-old Kansas University student from Changsha, China, died in a Leavenworth County car accident on Monday afternoon, according to a statement from the university.
Brownback says he will push for reducing state personal income tax rate
12:20 p.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 04:04 p.m. in print edition on A1
Brownback warned that the state budget would suffer from a “federal storm” of budget cuts. Whoever the next president is, he said, “is going to cut.”
Thomas Robinson named Oscar Robertson national player of week
December 13, 2011
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was selected as the Oscar Robertson national player of the week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for games ending the week of Dec. 11.
Hearing set on proposed new Leavenworth prison
December 13, 2011
Members of the public get a chance to hear more details this week on a proposal to build a second federal prison in Leavenworth.
Wichita gets downtown vehicle charging station
December 13, 2011
Downtown Wichita gets its first charging station for electric vehicles this week.
KU football taps Tim Grunhard as offensive line coach
December 13, 2011
Tim Grunhard has been added to the Kansas football coaching staff, new coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday.
Group names US senator’s aide Kansan of Year
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
An aide to U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has been named Kansan of the Year by a group that celebrates the state’s heritage.
Senators demand answers on missing MF Global money
December 13, 2011
Senators are demanding to know what happened to $1.2 billion in customer money that disappeared when MF Global collapsed into bankruptcy this fall. They plan to press the securities firm’s top three executives Tuesday, including former Sen. Jon Corzine.
Sandusky waives hearing, vows to fight charges
December 13, 2011
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky opted against forcing his accusers to make their claims of child sex abuse in a packed courtroom Tuesday but then took his case to the courthouse steps as his lawyer assailed the credibility of the alleged victims and witnesses.
13-year-old passenger injured in SUV crash along North 1500 Road
10:05 a.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 07:23 p.m. in print edition on A5
A 13-year-old Lawrence boy was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a crash Tuesday morning east of Lawrence.
Can’t raise taxes? Hike Medicare premiums instead
December 13, 2011
The House is expected to vote Tuesday on a year-end economic package that includes a provision raising premiums for “high-income” Medicare beneficiaries, now defined as those making $85,000 and above for individuals, or $170,000 for families.
Attack in Belgian city leaves 4 dead, 123 wounded
10:04 a.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 02:47 p.m.
An official says the death toll in a grenade and gun attack in the Belgian city of Liege is now four, including the attacker.
US drone crashes at Seychelles airport
December 13, 2011
U.S. officials say an American military drone has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles.
Driver sent or got 11 texts in 11 min before crash
December 13, 2011
A 19-year-old pickup truck driver involved in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Associate: Pakistan president had ‘mini-stroke’
December 13, 2011
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari suffered a “mini-stroke” that led to his ongoing hospitalization in Dubai, a close associate of the leader said Tuesday.
Town Talk: Presbyterian Manor undergoing renovations; future industrial area near airport may shrink; local title company buys Leavenworth operations
December 13, 2011
News and notes from around town:
Safety violations found at Head Start centers
December 13, 2011
It’s the kind of stuff that gives moms nightmares: a machete near a play area, household chemicals accessible to preschoolers, and instructors teaching without a criminal background check. These violations and others were found at Head Start centers across the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department.
Oxford Court home fire causes $80,000 worth of damage, family and pet safe
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A2
A fire at a west Lawrence home Monday night has displaced a family of four and caused an estimated $80,000 in damage to the house, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman said.
First Bell: School board honors students; bomb threat means longer days ahead at Free State High School
December 13, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Free State students likely to make up time lost to bomb threat
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Students at Free State High School likely will be spending another couple minutes a day in class when they return from winter break, all to make up for instructional time lost when officials evacuated the school Dec. 1 following a bomb threat.
School board backs standards-based grades
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Sixth-graders will continue to be assessed using the same standards-based grading system that’s been in place for nearly a decade in the Lawrence school district, Lawrence school board members reaffirmed Monday night.
Automation, recycling still on Solid Waste Task Force’s working list while trash options being sorted
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Bit by bit, a city-appointed task force is getting closer to making recommendations that will change much about trash in Lawrence, from how residents must set it out at the curb to the number of city employees needed to collect it.
In Lawrence, anti-bullying efforts depend on the school
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
While the district indeed adheres to a state requirement that every school have a plan to address and prevent bullying, just about every school has a different way of approaching the problem.
Horoscope for Dec. 13
December 13, 2011
You could be torn between adventure and the status quo this year. If you are attached, a relationship could consume a lot of your energy. Invite your sweetie to join you on some adventures. Both of you will smile more. If you are single, the people you attract could vary a great deal. Find out with whom you are more comfortable. You’ll gain financially through others. You could hit the lottery or win at the right bingo game. Communication could be challenging at times. Confirm as much as you can. Leo paves the way to adventure.
Holiday themes ring in and out
December 13, 2011
We’re only one night removed from Barbara Walters’ always-ridiculous “The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” show, and one can feel the holiday worm begin to turn.
Tonganoxie district extends Weseman’s contract
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
Randy Weseman originally set out to be the Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent on an interim basis for a year.
County to discuss redistricting, heritage grants processes
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
Douglas County commissioners will meet Wednesday to consider amending their annual budget, discuss how to redraw their district boundaries and review how to award grants intended to promote historic and cultural preservation.
Heard on the Hill: Provost explains more about salary increases; blog takes journalism alumna to all manner of bizarre places
December 13, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Lawrence mail carrier is third-generation postal worker
December 13, 2011
A front-page article featured Lawrence mail carrier Galen White, whose father and grandfather had both worked with the local post office.
40 years ago: Haskell students propose change to bed-check policy
December 13, 2011
Haskell Indian Junior College dean of students Frank Quiring spoke about a student proposal for allowing some students to remain out past dormitory closing hours.
100 years ago: Old Lawrence landmark destroyed
December 13, 2011
“Where once there stood a substantial stone hotel, there now is fast developing a pile of ruins, stone, mortar and walnut.”
Chiefs fire coach Haley
December 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
The losses kept mounting, the tension kept growing and ultimately Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli decided the status quo was no longer good enough.
Seabury girls shake off rust, win 46-16
December 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
After four weeks of nothing but practice, Seabury Academy’s girls basketball team, understandably, might have been overly jittery Monday night in its season debut.
Football recruits, count the rings
December 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
When Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger last left town, he vowed he would not return without a new football coach on the flight back with him. Zenger kept his promise.
Weis guys: KU’s new coach credits two legends for his success
December 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Years ago, during the week leading up to one of the New England Patriots’ three Super Bowl victories in four seasons under Bill Belichick, the man known for his hooded sweatshirt and stoic nature was asked about the role then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis played in the Patriots’ success.
Rock ‘n’ recipes: Head chef uses local ingredients and creativity to make meals sing at The Oread
December 13, 2011
As a teen, it’s highly unlikely you’ll get to rub elbows with rock stars and get a chance to do your dream job at the same time — but that’s exactly how Molly Myers started off her career as a chef.
Tax the wealthy?
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
Political “wisdom” proclaims that wealth generates jobs.
9/11 comparison
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
This is in response to a comment in the Dec. 7 article regarding treatment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor and how, after 9/11, there were “reports of U.S. citizens of Arab descent being detained.”
Self: Weis has a commanding presence
December 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas coach Bill Self said he was finally able to talk at length with new football coach Charlie Weis on Sunday morning. Both were at The Oread hotel in Lawrence, having breakfast with recruits.
Concerts SRO
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
I write this after having just returned home from the Lawrence Free State High School Winter Choral Concert. For Gov. Brownback’s information, the arts are alive and well in Lawrence, Kan.
Pension reform
Replacing KPERS with a 401(k) plan will take away a significant benefit for state employees, and may necessitate offers of better wages and other perks to keep qualified workers in the public sector.
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
A recommendation to convert the state employee retirement system to a 401(k) plan seems like a reasonable move, but state officials need to realize that the pensions currently guaranteed by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System are a significant benefit for state employees.
U.S. must fight pessimistic outlook
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
Is American power in decline, relative to the rest of the world? That question is at the center of a provocative study by the U.S. intelligence community exploring what the world might look like in 2030.