Archive for Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group — including, seated at table, from right, Josh Davis, Alison Nye, Stella Murphy, Chris Lempa and others — listen as facilitators outline various "scenarios" suggested for consideration. The presentation, during a meeting Nov. 21, 2011, included discussions of where students might go under a variety of options for consolidating elementary schools. ESL programs factor into Lawrence elementary consolidation plans
December 19, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson drives against Davidson in the first half Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. (Mid)major bummer: Davidson proves KU ‘not that good’
December 20, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Mid-major Davidson’s 80-74 victory over No. 12 Kansas University on Monday night certainly would be considered a major upset in the eyes of most college basketball fans. Not in the realm of KU coach Bill Self, however, who has seen enough of his team to realize the 2011-12 edition of the Jayhawks (7-3) are ripe for the picking on any given night.
10:00 a.m.
Some of the residents at Meadowlark Estates were in a flash mob recently and the video they appear in has gone viral on You Tube.  Some of the residents in the video were, from left, Jackie Marrs, 83, Bob Macleay, 86,  Glenda Anderson, 77, Charlotte Marino, 69, Nancy Yeager, 76, Lorna Allen, 89 and Roberta Lewis, 76. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. 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 1A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Representatives of Pinckney School on the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group gather to discuss upcoming meetings. Seated, from left, are David Unekis, Stacey White and Karla Hughes. Standing, from left, are John Wilkins, an architect hired by the Lawrence school district to assist with the group's deliberations, and Pinckney teacher Alison Nye. Bond support builds, as consolidation plans for Lawrence elementary schools lag
December 19, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.

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Street focus
Plans for next year indicate the city remains focused on the goal of catching up on delayed street maintenance.
December 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
The 2012 maintenance plan on tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda indicates that the city is trying to remain aggressive in its efforts to upgrade city streets.