Archive for Monday, December 19, 2011

Also from December 19

Audio clips
Blog entries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. Davidson The day in photos, Dec. 19, 2011
Which of these two KU bench players will have the greater impact for KU the rest of the season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Justin Wesley
Naadir Tharpe
Total 981
Should diversion fees for a minor in possession of alcohol be the same, less or more than marijuana?

Poll results

Response Percent
The fees should be the same
The fees should be less
The fees should be more
Total 534
Do you think there should be a common book that's required reading for all KU freshmen?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t know.
Total 596

All stories

Bond support builds, as consolidation plans for Lawrence elementary schools lag
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
If there’s one thing members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group can agree on, it’s this: A bond issue to upgrade elementary schools should be prepared, proposed and approved.
More snowy owls in Kansas this year
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A10
Snowy owls have been wandering south into Kansas.
Still no sign of woman reported missing from KU’s Edwards Campus
09:26 p.m., December 19, 2011 Updated 10:21 a.m.
Police in northeastern Kansas say they’re no closer to learning what happened to a 19-year-old student who disappeared last week.
Lawrence senior citizens’ flash mob video at Target getting national attention
December 19, 2011
With nearly a half million YouTube views and mentions on NPR and the Huffington Post and Time magazine websites, a group of senior citizens from Meadowlark Estates has become an overnight sensation.
Father: paroled activist Lori Berenson can leave Peru
December 19, 2011
Three days after barring her exit, Peruvian migration officials gave paroled U.S. activist Lori Berenson a document on Monday clearing her to leave the country with her toddler son to spend the holidays with her family in New York City, her father said.
Diplomats say Iran invites nuke aides
December 19, 2011
Iran has reinstated an offer for U.N. nuclear agency officials to visit Tehran, but is not saying whether they will be able to focus on suspicions that it is secretly working on nuclear arms — a key condition set by the agency, diplomats said Monday.
Iran may move its nuclear enrichment plants
December 19, 2011
Iran may move its uranium enrichment facilities to safer locations if this becomes necessary, a senior military commander said Wednesday, reflecting Iran’s worries about a possible military strike against the sites at the center of Tehran’s standoff with the West.
North Korea mourns Kim Jong Il; son is ‘successor’
December 19, 2011
North Koreans marched by the thousands Monday to their capital’s landmarks to mourn Kim Jong Il, many crying uncontrollably and flailing their arms in grief over the death of their “Dear Leader.”
Mystery surrounds Kim Jong Un, the son set to succeed Kim Jong Il
December 19, 2011
With the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong Un went from being North Korea’s “Respected General” to “Great Successor” — a heady and uncertain promotion for a young man virtually unknown even to the North Korean people just a year ago.
French doctor Francois-Xavier Roux confirms Kim Jong Il had stroke in 2008
December 19, 2011
A French neurosurgeon confirmed Monday that Kim Jong Il had a debilitating stroke in 2008, and described secretly treating the reclusive dictator while the North Korean public and world remained unaware of his condition.
KU considering how to balance need to grow enrollment, tougher admission standards
December 19, 2011
After last week’s directive from the Kansas Board of Regents to raise admissions standards, Kansas University officials are trying to balance that effort with another goal of increasing its enrollment.
Swastikas painted on Sen. Pat Roberts’ Wichita office
December 19, 2011
Police in Wichita are investigating an act of vandalism at the storefront office of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.
Family, friends remember Dick Wintermote, former KU alumni director
December 19, 2011
Friends and family remembered a longtime director of the Kansas University Alumni Association on Monday as a great friend and ambassador for the university he loved.
Lawrence city leaders to ask Kansas legislators for increased speeding fines along K-10, new sales tax for Internet shoppers, SLT to be completed
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
From roads to the speeders who drive on them, Lawrence city commissioners have items they hope state lawmakers will address during the upcoming legislative session.
Ottawa mother pleads no contest to three charges related to accident leading to son’s death
December 19, 2011
A 40-year-old Ottawa woman pleaded no contest Monday in Franklin County to three misdemeanor charges after her son was struck by a vehicle in March and later died.
Kansas Star Casino certified to open Dec. 26
December 19, 2011
State gambling regulators have given final approval for the Kansas Star Casino to open for business Dec. 26.
Woman will stand trial in 2002 killings
December 19, 2011
A 51-year-old woman will stand trial in the death of her former husband and his fiancée.
Snow, slick conditions expected tonight and tomorrow
December 19, 2011
Freezing drizzle, sleet and snow are expected to hit the Lawrence area tonight and tomorrow.
Kim Jong Il, a Cold War-era leader in modern times
December 19, 2011
Even as the world changed around him, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il remained firmly in control, ruling absolutely at home and keeping the rest of the world on edge through a nuclear weapons program. His death was announced Monday by state television two days after he died. North Korea’s news agency reported that he had died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday after having a heart attack on a train, adding that he had been treated for cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long time. He was 69, according to official records, but some reports indicate he was 70.
Egypt’s military tries to discredit protesters
December 19, 2011
Egypt’s ruling military questioned the morals of a female detainee, accused a prominent publisher of incitement and bashed the media for allegedly working to destabilize the country in a new effort to crush the pro-democracy movement trying to oust the generals.
As Romney’s firm profited in South Carolina, jobs disappeared
December 19, 2011
A venture capital firm run by Mitt Romney created nearly 150 jobs in Gaffney, S.C., in the late 1980s only to eliminate them four years later and earn millions of dollars in profits.
Suspect in NYC woman’s torching due in court
December 19, 2011
The man suspected of dousing a 73-year-old woman with flammable liquid and setting her on fire is due in court on murder and arson charges.
Officials: US weighs North Korea policy after Kim Jong Il’s death
December 19, 2011
The Obama administration says it remains committed to stability on the Korean peninsula and is closely monitoring developments there following the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and the apparent transfer of power to his son.
Mixed emotions for Iraq vets in the White House
December 19, 2011
In transitioning from the battlefield to the White House, Iraq vets have given the war a face and voice in West Wing, serving as a constant reminder that, for a small percentage of Americans, the long, divisive conflict has also been a matter of life and death.
Deadly snowstorm halts travel across Great Plains
11:04 a.m., December 19, 2011 Updated 10:12 p.m.
A late-autumn snowstorm lumbered into the Great Plains on Monday, unleashing snow and fierce winds that turned roads to ice, reduced visibility to zero and jeopardized thousands of holiday motorists’ travel plans just two days before the official start of winter.
Appeals backlog leave Kansas unemployed waiting
December 19, 2011
The number of Kansans waiting to see if they qualify for unemployment benefits is up considerably from last year, according to a report from the Legislative Research Department.
Fears about closure of Wichita Boeing plant return
11:01 a.m., December 19, 2011 Updated 07:51 p.m.
Fears about the closure of Boeing Co.’s Wichita plant resurfaced Monday after a lawmaker’s comments that he had been told that modification work on Air Force refueling tankers will be done in Washington state, but Boeing says its study of all programs at the Kansas site is still going on.
Kansas woman accused of setting beau’s shirt on fire
December 19, 2011
Wichita police say a man escaped serious injuries after his girlfriend set his shirt on fire while he was wearing it, then threw a large cup of grease on him.
Town Talk: SLT, higher speeding fines for K-10, SRS issues on the city’s list of priorities for upcoming state legislative session; sand plant proposal in Jefferson County moving ahead
December 19, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Temporary power failure occurs in West Lawrence
December 19, 2011
There was a momentary power failure in West Lawrence about 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Pony given new lease on life
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A3
When the Stepping Stone Ranch in Baldwin City agreed to foster Coco, a Shetland pony, for the Lawrence Humane Society, the animal’s hooves were so long and grotesquely curled that she couldn’t walk.
Heard on the Hill: KU compliance department tells me what I can and can’t do; KU hasn’t decided whether it supports $2,000 stipend for athletes; KU’s Wichita med school dean headed to India
December 19, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
100 years ago: ASME students enjoy year-end banquet
December 19, 2011
“All day yesterday the sessions were held when papers were read on subjects of interest to the engineers present.”
Fix-It Chick: Replacing garage door extension springs
December 19, 2011
Replacing worn or broken garage door extension springs on standard overhead doors is a relatively simple task. In eight steps, Linda tells you how.
River City Jules: Christmas magic spoiled by morning game show
December 19, 2011
On a fateful morning before school Julie learned some hard truths at Santa and Christmas at the hands of “Family Feud.”
National briefs: Pacers trade Brandon Rush to Golden State
December 19, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Indiana Pacers will trade guard Brandon Rush to the Golden State Warriors for forward Louis Amundson.
KU, Travis Releford return to K.C.
Junior expects plenty of family, friends on hand for tonight’s clash
December 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior forward Travis Releford sat behind the University of Alabama basketball bench with his mother, Venita, and other relatives Saturday night in Sprint Center.
Memory of Charlie Weis: No ‘D’
December 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
The pressure of Charlie Weis’ new job certainly will be a relief. I witnessed his first season at Notre Dame from the bleachers. I attended nine games that season, but one sticks out.
No way: Lowly K.C. spoils Packers’ perfection
December 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards to outduel Aaron Rodgers, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel for a shocking 19-14 victory on Sunday that ended the Packers’ 19-game winning streak. It was their first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, at New England.
ESL programs factor into Lawrence elementary consolidation plans
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
The future of English as a Second Language programs is among dozens of factors being balanced as an advisory group moves closer to recommending which Lawrence elementary schools should be consolidated in the name of efficiency.
House GOP leaders voice opposition to payroll tax cut bill
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
Top House Republicans rebelled Sunday against a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill extending payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months, reigniting a politically fueled, holiday-season clash that had seemed all but doused.
N.C. man, 23, last soldier killed in war
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq on Sunday, friends and family of the first and last American fighters killed in combat were cherishing their memories rather than dwelling on whether the war and their sacrifice was worth it.
Last of U.S. troops roll out of Iraq, ending nearly 9-year war
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
Outside it was pitch dark. The six American soldiers couldn’t see much of the desert landscape streaming by outside the small windows of their armored vehicle. They were hushed and exhausted from an all-night drive — part of the last convoy of U.S. troops to leave Iraq during the final moment of a nearly nine-year war.
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 17, 2011.
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 17, 2011.
December 19, 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.
Street sense
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
I hope the City Commission does NOT change the name of any part of 11th Street to honor Coach Fambrough.
Jobs logjam
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
I suggest the food fight between Democrats and Republicans over job creation is in fact a strawman struggle being waged to avoid coming to grips with the main issue creating the logjam.
Policy challenge
Coming up with the right admissions policy to build KU’s stature without limiting access will be a tricky job
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
On the surface, the Kansas Board of Regents request that Kansas University change its student admissions standards sounds easy enough: Raise your admissions standards and you’ll get better students, retain more students, graduate more students and help preserve KU’s membership in the prestigious American Association of Universities.
Gingrich bucking political traditions
December 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
Of all the orthodoxies Newt Gingrich has challenged over the years, there is one fundamental but unnoticed orthodoxy he is testing this political season — and it is one of America’s most beloved elements of folklore.
Horoscope for December 19
December 19, 2011
You juggle many different concerns with skill and care. An innate sensitivity plays into the moment, guiding you as to when to be serious and when to be funny. If you are single, know what you want. You can make it so this year. If you are attached, emphasize your friendship. Your relationship can only grow. Socialize as a couple more often. Libra reflects similar concerns socially.
Eames: the chair that made the world modern
December 19, 2011
Even if you’ve never heard of Charles and Ray Eames, you’ve likely sat on an Eames-style chair and been influenced by their works. “American Masters: Charles & Ray Eames, The Architect and the Painter” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) celebrates the nearly 40-year collaboration of the husband-and-wife team.
Test drive an e-reader in time for the holidays
December 19, 2011
If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the book lover on your list, it might be a good time to get on the e-reader bandwagon.
Daytripper: Country Club Plaza
December 19, 2011
It’s time to head to Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza for “Season of Magic” holiday specials and nearly 280,000 spectacular lights, more than 80 miles of them, which outline every shop, dome and tower of the Spanish-inspired shopping and entertainment district.
Double Take: A reader responds
December 19, 2011
The subject of a previous Double Take writes in to say thanks.
Offbeat Occupations: Professional hair braider Debra Jennings
December 19, 2011
Some careers happen by accident. Passion meets timing, and a profession is born.
Shoot ‘em up: With the right technique, cookie guns can produce rounds of treats
December 19, 2011
If you’ve never used a cookie gun before (or have tried and failed) but have designs on making an army of these little wonders, we’ve got some tips to keep your cookie gun experience from backfiring.
40 years ago: Founder of School of Social Welfare dies
December 19, 2011
Esther Twente, long regarded as the founder of the Kansas University School of Social Welfare, had died this week after a recent illness.
25 years ago: Bell-ringers carry on local charitable tradition
December 19, 2011
The bell-ringing tradition of the Salvation Army in Lawrence was about 100 years old.