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Archive for Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. And the ‘Taxi’ goes to …: A look at rates in Douglas Co.
December 17, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Jon Standing, left, and Bill Busby survey a wooded area for birds along the River Trail in North Lawrence near the Eighth Street boat ramp Saturday. The two took part in the annual winter bird count, which runs Dec. 14-Jan. 5. Group masters science of bird-counting to gather data
December 17, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Stephanie Roberts, front left, and Shannon Gray, right, lead participants in the 2nd annual SantaCon on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. SantaCon combined elements of flash mob and a pub crawl with Christmas carols and random acts of kindness. This year it included a food drive to benefit Just Food, the primary food bank for Douglas County. Red and white and Christmas all over: SantaCon descends upon downtown Lawrence
December 17, 2011 in print edition on 3A
This isn’t exactly your kids’ holiday party. It’s basically a pub crawl for the North Pole set.
10:00 p.m.
This file photo from June shows construction work on Kasold Drive. Lawrence City commissioners will meet Tuesday to request approval for a host of new road projects. Bevy of road projects up for city approval
December 17, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.

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Kansas wildlife department purchasing 700 acres of mined land for public recreation
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
An area of the state that was once mined for its lead and zinc deposits to fuel industrial production more than a century ago is getting a new life and purpose.
Common book to build KU ties
Reading program expected to boost retention by creating a sense of community
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Next fall, each Kansas University freshman will receive the same book for a reading program that’s under development.
I-435 fatality crash victim identified
December 18, 2011
The man who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:15 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 435 in Johnson County has been identified as 20-year-old Niquetta A. Wilson, of Kansas City, Kan.
Brownback faces doubt about public education funding plan
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback says his education funding plan will end lawsuits over how Kansas finances its public schools, but some educators and legislators doubt his changes would survive a court challenge.
Kobach: Kansas ID law not being reviewed
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing new voter-photo ID laws in some states, but apparently Kansas is not one of them.
Missing student told relatives of ‘creepy,’ drunken stranger
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Relatives of a 19-year-old college student believe she was abducted by a man who was harassing her at a northeastern Kansas campus where she was studying for finals.
After leader’s death, North Koreans rally around Kim Jong Il’s heir
09:15 p.m., December 18, 2011 Updated 11:50 p.m.
Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.
Dodge City casino representatives not worried about competition of new Kansas Star Casino
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A10
Officials with the first state-owned casino in Kansas say they’re not worried about competition from state’s second, which is scheduled to open the day after Christmas south of Wichita.
Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner seeks helping hands, food donations
December 18, 2011
The Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Tyshawn Taylor likely to play Monday against Davidson
02:29 p.m., December 18, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor is expected to play in Monday night’s game against Davidson at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, KU coach Bill Self said Sunday afternoon.
Ag producers teaching kids about farming
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Farmers and ranchers in the Salina area are concerned that the younger generation knows very little about how food gets on the table.
Two 20-year-olds killed in rollover crash
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Two 20-year-olds are dead after being involved in a one-car, rollover crash north of Topeka.
Gingrich says rivals’ criticism taking a toll
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A6
Newt Gingrich tried to quiet unrelenting campaign criticism that he acknowledged had taken a toll as Mitt Romney stepped up insider attacks Saturday in hopes of regaining front-runner status with the first presidential vote little more than two weeks away.
Gorillas rule Div. II
December 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Pittsburg State wasn’t about to get comfy and cautious so close to ending a 20-year quest for a second national title. Clinging to a six-point lead in the final five minutes, Zac Dickey launched a 53-yard pass to Andrew Castaneda to set up the decisive touchdown in the Gorillas’ 35-21 victory over Wayne State on Saturday.
Veritas earns hoops split
Eagles boys down Whitefield, girls fall to Olathe
December 18, 2011 in print edition on B4
Basketball teams that turn the ball over 31 times in a game usually don’t win. But Veritas Christian School’s boys, thanks to a solid first half and stout defense, hung on to beat Whitefield Academy, 38-33, Saturday at the Eudora Recreation Center.
Tim Grunhard seeking specific linemen
December 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
He was a second-round draft pick, played 11 seasons and 164 games in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and was a standout offensive lineman at Notre Dame during the late 1980s. It’s safe to say that Kansas University offensive line coach Tim Grunhard knows a thing or two about playing the position he now coaches. Although he won’t officially begin his new job until Jan. 1, Grunhard, who was hired Tuesday by new KU coach Charlie Weis, also has a specific vision for the type of player he wants representing the Jayhawks in the trenches during his time in Lawrence.
Justin Wesley grins, bears loss of tooth
December 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Justin Wesley recently has drawn a lot of comparisons to former Kansas University basketball player Cole Aldrich. Not Wesley’s game, but his smile.
City to look at proposal to add turn lane at Sixth and Iowa
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider moving ahead with a project to add a left-turn lane on Sixth Street where it intersects with Iowa Street.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
December 18, 2011
Road work planned for the week of December 18, 2011.
Obama must articulate global agenda
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A11
It’s telling that nearly three years into the Obama presidency, so many conversations with administration officials still begin with a litany of how bad things were under George W. Bush, to wit: The Obama team faced two foreign wars, an aggressive al-Qaida, a deep mistrust among allies, a shaken U.S. economy. They inherited a world of woe.
Around and about in local business
December 18, 2011
Local business news for the week ending December 17, 2011.
A poor fit
As he chooses a new leader for SRS, Gov. Brownback should look for someone who understands Kansas and the need to seek input on key decisions.
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A11
It took less than a year for someone to realize that Robert Siedlecki Jr. was not the right person to lead the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Pump patrol
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.05 at several stations.
Ferry case fights for economic freedom
December 18, 2011 in print edition on A11
In 1927, seven years before the board game was created, Washington state decided to play monopoly. It gave a private interest the exclusive right to operate a ferry on 55-mile long Lake Chelan in the northern Cascade Mountains. The state apparently will defend this folly until Judgment Day, when state officials will get an earful from the Creator who — we have Jefferson’s word for this — endowed everyone, including Jim and Cliff Courtney, with the rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Packers perfect; Chiefs … not so much
December 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Aaron Rodgers will throw for a slew of yards and a bunch of touchdowns. Some unheralded running back will start to resemble Jim Taylor. Clay Matthews will harass the opposing quarterback and Charles Woodson will probably force a turnover. You pretty much know what to expect with the Green Bay Packers.
Cozy tales: Books perfect for winter break
December 18, 2011
Whether you’re staying home or hitting the road this holiday season, chances are you’ll have the time (and need) to curl up with a good book.
Boomer Girl Diary: Recalling MawMaw
December 18, 2011
Cathy offers a touching remembrance of her mother-in-law, costume jewelry and all.
40 years ago: Local youth to pay respects to benefactor
December 18, 2011
A memorial service for Alfred Bromelsick was to be held before the annual Christmas party in his name.
25 years ago: Hundreds of local families ‘adopted’ for Christmas
December 18, 2011
About 700 needy families had been assisted so far in the local “holiday adoption” program.
‘Holiday Homes’ injects Hollywood glam
December 18, 2011
HGTV’s “Celebrity Holiday Homes” (7 p.m. Sunday) puts the tinsel in Tinseltown and harks back to the yuletide excess of yore. In the second helping of the season, singer Jo Dee Messina needs the help of designer Matthew Haly to breathe some family-friendly comforts into her Nashville home. Wayne Brady opts for a more exotic Hawaiian theme for his holiday decorations; help arrives in the form of designer Stacey Vuduris and an onslaught of coconuts, seashells and starfish. Actress Alison Sweeney requires the professional help of designer Sandra Espinet to breathe some “Hollywood glam” into her holiday decor.
Horoscope for December 18
December 18, 2011
You discover that out of the seeds of the unexpected come some very special opportunities. Learn to work with change rather than fear it. If you are single, you easily could meet someone very special this year. Be open. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy socializing and being seen out and about. You could witness a newfound closeness this year. Libra is a good friend.
Behind the Lens: Capturing the coach
December 18, 2011
In a little more than a 36-hour period, on three separate occasions Journal-World photographer Nick Krug and I covered the arrival and introduction of Charlie Weis to Lawrence as Kansas University’s new football coach.
Garden Calendar: Make windows safer for birds
December 18, 2011
Only you can prevent bird-on-window violence.
100 years ago: Mother tries to save baby after stove explosion
December 18, 2011
“After one of the bravest struggles that ever a mother made to save a child’s life, Mrs. L. C. Hemphill passed away this morning at Simmons hospital.”
Jones drops 28 as Baylor slips past BYU
December 18, 2011
With an NBA general manager watching from the front row, Baylor’s 6-foot-11 forward Perry Jones III came up huge for the No. 6-ranked Bears on Saturday.