Archive for Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday said he will push to reduce the state's personal income tax rate. Speaking to reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World, Brownback said growing the economy was his primary goal as he prepares for the 2012 legislative session that starts next month. Brownback says he will push for reducing state personal income tax rate
12:20 p.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 4:04 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.”
10:00 a.m.
The Kansas student section goes wild after Tyshawn Taylor converted a bucket after being fouled by Long Beach State during the second half on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. 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. As of this week, the department thus far had recovered a total of $496,952 lost in the scheme. An internal investigation conducted for Kansas University determined that thefts involved more than 17,000 tickets for regular-season basketball games and at least 2,000 tickets for football games. Kansas Athletics Inc. has recovered almost $500K from tickets scandal
December 13, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigned in the wake of an incident with a player in August. District officials never fully established whether the incident indicated a case of bullying or a simple act of outright aggression. Thin line can separate coaching and bullying in schools
December 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
“The old adage ‘Boys will be boys’? That doesn’t work anymore,” said Mike Hill, the Free State Firebirds’ athletic director. “That’s just absolutely not acceptable anymore.”
6:00 p.m.
The Zarco 66 Environmentally Friendly Fuels station, located on the southeast corner of Ninth and Iowa streets, opened in early 2008. City interested in switching to vehicles that run on natural gas
December 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
City leaders on Tuesday were told that there is a big difference between gasoline and gas these days. At a luncheon hosted by Black Hills Energy, the city’s natural gas utility, city commissioners were told that compressed natural gas currently is selling for about 40 percent less than a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel.
7:43 p.m.
Shawnee Police Officer Nick Shurmantine talks about finding twin brothers, possibly minutes from death, trying to commit suicide on their birthday by funneling carbon monoxide into their car. Shurmantine, who came across the car Tuesday night, said he was glad he interrupted the men's suicide attempt but that he wished he knew more about what drove them to make the decision. Shawnee police officer interrupts twins’ apparent birthday suicide pact
December 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Shawnee police officer Nick Shurmantine thought he was stopping copper thieves when we shined his flashlight into a car in a Shawnee neighborhood Tuesday night. What he found was a pair of twins who had made an apparent birthday suicide pact. He saved their lives. “It went from being, ‘I’m going to catch some criminals in the act,’ to saving someone,” he said. “It’s an instant switch.”

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Euro under pressure as EU summit optimism fades
December 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
Investors have soured on the latest attempt to resolve the European debt crisis.
Upcoming issues
A visit with the Kansas governor produced a few items of interest to Lawrence and the rest of the state.
December 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
While discussing a number of issues facing the state Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback provided several tidbits of information that will be of interest to local residents.