Archive for Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
United Way: logo United Way campaign still about $600,000 short of $1.7 million goal
December 15, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Erika Dvorske, executive director of the Douglas County United Way, said she’s “cautiously optimistic” that the agency will meet its 2011 campaign goal of $1.7 million.
6:00 a.m.
Matthew Jaeger, 24, sits with his defense attorney, Pedro Irigonegaray, in Douglas County District Court in this Sept. 2009 file photo. Jaeger conviction upheld by appeals panel
December 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
In 2009, a Douglas County jury convicted Jaeger of kidnapping, aggravated battery and making a criminal threat.
10:00 a.m.
Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest. Lawrence Public Library nears goal of raising $1 million
December 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A $1 million campaign to raise funds for an expanded Lawrence Public Library is nearly complete, library leaders announced on Friday.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Dennis Shoemaker completes a shopping trip with Aerianna Pool, 3, and Jacob Clark, 2 1/2 on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at Wal-Mart, 550 Congressional Drive. Area law enforcement officers, including the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Lawrence Police and KU Office of Public Safety, participated in a breakfast at McDonald's and a Christmas shopping trip with 40 children who attend Ballard Community Services' early education programs. The shopping was funded by Hallmark Cards. Law enforcement officers receive gift of smiles from young shoppers
December 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Aerianna Pool couldn’t possibly know that by picking out an umbrella doll stroller, a Doll & Diaper Playset and a Dora the Explorer Glitter Sticker Book, she’d actually be giving her steadfast helper the biggest gift of all.
6:00 p.m.
Susan Hadl thanks those in attendance at a retirement ceremony held to honor her for her years of service with the Lawrence Police Department on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Long-time Lawrence police sergeant retiring
December 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Growing up in Lawrence, Susan Hadl watched the television series “The Mod Squad” about three cool, young crime fighters. Today, she is retiring from the city’s police department.
10:00 p.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. New Capitol dome will shine like a penny, cost a whole lot more
December 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Plans are under way to replace the Capitol’s copper dome.

All stories

Police seek missing college student
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Overland Park police are looking for a 19-year-old Johnson County Community College student who was last seen at the University of Kansas Edwards campus.
2 brothers found fatally wounded
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Police say two brothers were fatally wounded outside a Leavenworth barbershop and found more than a mile away in a car that had crashed near a local park.
Oil companies exploring Kansas
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Oil companies are leasing mineral rights to thousands of acres in south-central Kansas, where they intend to drill using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, a technique that’s drawn scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Driver dies in accident on I-435 in Shawnee
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
A man died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred 2:15 p.m. Saturday on I-435.
Palestinian textbooks debate reaches U.S. campaign
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Do Palestinian school textbooks “teach terrorism,” as Newt Gingrich claimed in a recent debate among U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls?
Sexual orientation of soldier accused in WikiLeaks case raised
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
The young Army intelligence specialist accused of leaking government secrets spent his 24th birthday in court Saturday as his lawyers argued his status as a gay soldier before the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” played an important role in his actions.
Senate OKs payroll tax cut, huge spending bill
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed, but forced a reluctant President Barack Obama to make an election-year choice between unions and environmentalists about whether to build an oil pipeline through the heart of the country.
Driver gets 44 months for running over man
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Topeka man is sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for running over a man on a sidewalk three times while driving drunk.
Bevy of road projects up for city approval
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
Shine up the orange cones and get out the detour map. Lawrence City Hall leaders are seeking approval for a host of new road projects for 2012.
Red and white and Christmas all over: SantaCon descends upon downtown Lawrence
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
This isn’t exactly your kids’ holiday party. It’s basically a pub crawl for the North Pole set.
Group masters science of bird-counting to gather data
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
A small group of ornithological enthusiasts took part in the annual winter bird count on Saturday. The day started at 5:45 a.m. with a predawn owl count and continued well into the afternoon with hiking, bird-spotting and note-taking.
And the ‘Taxi’ goes to …: A look at rates in Douglas Co.
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
It is tax season. And that means it is time for our annual awards program: The Taxis, where we take a look at fun facts and figures related to the tax rates of every government in Douglas County that has the honor of charging a property tax.
Jayhawks rout ‘Roos, 77-52
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
After a nine-day stretch without a game, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team returned to action Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse and defeated UMKC, 77-52.
Koch Industries wants to fill jobs
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A12
Koch Industries says it wants to fill 2,500 jobs across the nation, including 300 in Wichita where the company is headquartered.
17 Westar customers lose power after squirrel interferes with equipment
05:01 p.m., December 17, 2011 Updated 05:29 p.m.
At least 17 Lawrence Westar Energy customers were without power from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, confirmed Erin La Row, a spokeswoman for the company.
Pedestrian-car accident at 26th and Iowa sends Lawrence man to Topeka hospital
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 39-year-old Lawrence man was struck by a 27-year-old Lawrence woman in a car as he walked across 26th Street at Iowa just before 8 a.m. Saturday. He was taken by ground ambulance to Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka. Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical suspected that he had sustained head and leg injuries.
Overland Park man charged in $5.7 million fraud scams
December 17, 2011
Federal prosecutors have charged an Overland Park man with defrauding banks and investors out of more than $5.74 million in various fraud schemes.
Brownback names acting KDOT secretary
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A2
Gov. Sam Brownback has named Barb Rankin to be the acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation as the search continues for a permanent secretary.
Tyshawn Taylor ‘feeling good’ after surgery
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Tyshawn Taylor wasn’t having any trouble walking around during the Kansas University basketball team’s trip to Wal-Mart on Thursday to shop for needy families.
Chicago cuts wide receiver Sam Hurd after drug arrest
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
The attorney for Sam Hurd said Friday that his client had never sold drugs to other NFL players, hoping to put rumors to rest as the wide receiver without a team prepares to fight federal drug charges that could put him in jail for 40 years.
Tim Tebow faces tough test: Tom Brady, Pats
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
The Denver Broncos haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006, so they’re in no position and certainly no mood to judge the quality of the opponents they’re dispatching with all this last-minute magic.
Florida’s Billy Donovan signs three-year extension
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Florida coach Billy Donovan has signed a three-year contract extension that should keep him in Gainesville through the 2015-16 season.
ISU gives Paul Rhoads 10 years
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Johnny Majors left Iowa State for Pittsburgh in the early 1970s and later won a national title. Earle Bruce dumped the Cyclones for Ohio State in the late 70s, and Gene Chizik needed just five wins in two seasons to land the Auburn job.
Realignment, scandals ruin 2011 football
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
’Tis the season to honor college football players and coaches, with fresh All-America and all-conference teams surfacing on a daily basis.
Barry Bonds sentence: 30 days at home
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Eight years of being investigated for steroid allegations ended for home run king Barry Bonds on Friday with a 30-day sentence to be served at home. No more — and maybe less.
Decorated QB Jake Heaps to visit KU
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jake Heaps, the No. 1-ranked pro-style quarterback in’s class of 2010, will visit Kansas University this weekend, is reporting.
Area high school basketball roundup: Tongie boys rally, 70-67
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
For more than a half, Tonganoxie High’s boys found themselves on the wrong side of a lopsided basketball score at Anderson County on Friday.
Jayhawks regroup, refocus after transfer of playmaker Keena Mays
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
It has been more than a week since Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has played, and when the Jayhawks return to action at 7 tonight at Allen Fieldhouse, their lineup will have a very different look.
Jake Mosiman unsung hero for LHS
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B4
Most backing the home team among the overflow crowd Friday night at Free State High’s gymnasium had heard all about the cross-town rival’s big names.
Free State girls run past Lawrence High, 64-47
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Free State and Lawrence High girls are almost complete opposites on the basketball court.
Fight to the finish: Lions hold off Firebirds in OT to snap four-game rivalry skid
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
It wouldn’t be the city showdown if it didn’t come down to the wire.
Pump patrol
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.05 at several stations.
Issues at KU, Bioscience Authority spur New Year’s wishes
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
Now’s the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and how they would like to make some positive changes for themselves or for society in general.
Death knell
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
I see where they want to build another tower in East Lawrence: the “iSoar Tower.” Is that grandiose enough?
What choices?
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
About trash service. With the economy the way it is, instead of trying to eliminate people’s jobs, you should be trying to keep them. The new system you talk about eliminates jobs.
Immigration policy
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
The AP article reporting on state and local efforts to enforce federal immigration and residency policy was a bit behind the curve; this has been going on for a while.
Code enforcement
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
According to documents presented, 12th Street Recycling was never a salvage yard per se. It has been a location for auto repair. For decades, as an auto repair business, the property was maintained to an impeccable level. Since 12th Street Recycling arrived, the fence has sustained much damage and is falling into disrepair.
Obama lacks resolve on foreign policy issues
December 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Ask Osama bin Laden … whether I engage in appeasement.” — Barack Obama, Dec. 8, 2011
Faith Forum: How will you be celebrating Hanukkah this year?
December 17, 2011
David Berkowitz and Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel answer.
40 years ago: New postseason basketball game announced
December 17, 2011
A new postseason basketball game had been approved by the NCAA.
25 years ago: Mall vote to be held in 1987
December 17, 2011
A public vote on the mall would probably be held between August and October of the coming year.
Around and About for December 17, 2011
December 17, 2011
More than 1,500 students completed their degrees at Wichita State University in spring 2011.
Club news for December 17, 2011
December 17, 2011
The University Bridge Club announces results of its Dec. 10 meeting with hosts Jan Roberts and Paul Jordan.
Extension and FCE news for December 17, 2011
December 17, 2011
Top honors went to Douglas County’s Extension Master Gardeners during September’s annual state EMG conference at Kansas State University.
Horoscope for December 17
December 17, 2011
This year you open up to many different options professionally. On some level, this stretch could carry some discomfort at first. If you are single, someone could be drawn to your image more than to the real you. Be aware of what motivates others. If you are attached, the two of you could launch your own business. Virgo can be judgmental.
A genius in his own time and his own mind
December 17, 2011
Documentary profiles can too often seem like premature eulogies. Or proof that a once-popular artist is decades beyond his or her best work. “Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis” (7 p.m. Saturday, Encore) labors to make viewers appreciate the genius of Jerry Lewis — particularly as a filmmaker — but neglects to ponder why so great a talent feels so unappreciated.
100 years ago: Thirsty neighbor drinks from wrong jug
December 17, 2011
“Last Tuesday ‘Tip’ McInturf sought to quench his thirst from a jug he had located at a neighbor’s.”
No. 3 UK eager to play after lone loss
December 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kentucky coach John Calipari shredded a letter he recently received at his home that did not include a return address.