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Kansas State runs past Southern Illinois, 83-58
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Angel Rodriguez is feeling at home in the Tropics and finding himself getting more comfortable with his shots.
No. 6 Baylor tops St Mary’s 72-59 to stay perfect
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Quincy Miller scored 15 points and Perry Jones III had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 6 Baylor over Saint Mary’s 72-59 Thursday night in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
No. 9 Missouri holds off No. 25 Illinois, 78-74
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Not much bragging for Missouri after this one.Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals, and the ninth-ranked Tigers held off a second-half charge by No. 25 Illinois for a 78-74 victory in the annual Braggin’ Rights game on Thursday night.
Rice defeats Texas A&M, 65-58
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Rice managed a first in 15 years on Thursday night against Texas A&M — the Owls defeated the Aggies.
Oral Roberts cruises to 72-56 win over Texas Tech
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Dominique Morrison wasn’t going to let a rare chance for Oral Roberts to defeat a Big 12 team slip away on Thursday night.
Unemployment claims lowest since 2008 as job market improves
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
In the latest sign that the economy is surging at year’s end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession.
Romney ignores Gingrich’s taunts
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
Mitt Romney, seemingly happy with how the Republican presidential campaign is playing out, is not explaining or apologizing for TV attack ads paid for by his allies that have damaged his chief rival’s political standing 12 days before the Iowa caucuses.
KU surplus property recycling program donates 10,000th item to nonprofits
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
In a 3,500-square-foot section of a warehouse on Kansas University’s West Campus is what Sam Pepple calls the equivalent of grandma’s basement.
Most smart meters expected to be installed by year’s end in Lawrence
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
By the end of the year, nearly all of Westar Energy’s 39,000 Lawrence residential customers will have smart meters.
Little known about Kansas college student who was found safe
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
Family and friends were awaiting information Thursday about a 19-year-old college student found safe five days after she went missing, but authorities said there were no plans to file charges and otherwise provided few details.
Letter to Kansas doctor says ‘Gone With the Wind’ author was too busy for second book
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
Margaret Mitchell wrote one of the most popular American novels of all time when she published “Gone With the Wind” 75 years ago. But she never followed up the Civil War drama with another story before she died in 1949, hit by a drunken driver as she and her husband walked to a movie theater.
API Foils moving company headquarters from New Jersey to Lawrence
December 22, 2011
A New Jersey-based firm is moving its North American headquarters to Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park, and will be creating 17 new high-level jobs in the process.
Police arrest two juveniles in connection with armed robbery at Lawrence apartment
03:48 p.m., December 22, 2011 Updated 11:13 p.m.
Lawrence Police Department officers arrested two juveniles in connection with an armed robbery Thursday afternoon at a Lawrence apartment in the 1900 block of Stewart Avenue.
Eudora man indicted for failing to register as a sex offender
December 22, 2011
A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has indicted a 32-year-old Douglas County man accusing him of failing to register as a sex offender.
Hyatt opts to donate to Skywalk collapse memorial
December 22, 2011
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has changed course and donated $25,000 to a planned memorial for the victims of a 1981 skywalk collapse at the former Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.
Aisha Khan’s in-laws know little about why she disappeared
December 22, 2011
The mother-in-law of a 19-year-old Kansas student who police tracked down after an exhaustive search says she is waiting to learn what happened.
BYU quarterback Jake Heaps to transfer to Kansas
December 22, 2011
Former four-star quarterback Jake Heaps will transfer to Kansas, is reporting.
Lawrence man given two years on probation for serving as robbery lookout
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced a 31-year-old Lawrence man to serve two years on probation for serving as a lookout for a 2010 robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist picks Kansas
December 22, 2011
When Charlie Weis was hired as the head coach of the Kansas University football team earlier this month, he came to town with a big name and the promise of bringing big-time quarterbacks to Lawrence. With the first part already well in hand, Weis delivered on the second part of that equation on Thursday, when former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist announced, via Twitter, that he was joining the Jayhawks for his final season of college football.
Town Talk: New Jersey company to move corporate HQ to Lawrence, add 17 jobs; so long downtown Pizza Hut; a new Town Talk feature, weekly land transfers
December 22, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Northwest Kansas Technical College getting attention for iPad use
December 22, 2011
The Northwest Kansas Technical College use of iPads has garnered the Goodland college national attention.
Weather scientists to meet in Salina
December 22, 2011
Dozens of weather experts are planning to gather in Salina this spring to study thunderstorms.
USDA complaint alleges Topeka Zoo violations
10:05 a.m., December 22, 2011 Updated 02:37 p.m.
Federal investigators allege in an administrative complaint that the Topeka Zoo violated animal welfare regulations.
Benedictine College player killed in wreck
December 22, 2011
A Benedictine College basketball player has been killed in a car accident in western Missouri.
New Kansas casino donates $147K to charities
December 22, 2011
The operator of the new state-owned casino in south-central Kansas says it’s donating a total of $147,000 to seven charities.
Land Transfers for week of Dec. 13
December 22, 2011
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds.
Judge refuses to toss abortion threat suit
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A2
A federal judge has refused to dismiss the government’s lawsuit against an abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor training to offer abortion services.
Sentencing nears for Taiwan official in K.C.
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A2
A federal judge has indicated he’s prepared to hold a sentencing hearing next month for a Taiwanese official in Kansas City who pleaded guilty to labor fraud.
Event celebrates ‘power of light’ through giving
December 22, 2011
At 8 feet long and comprising 560 cans of food, it wasn’t your typical menorah.
Audit finds Brown Foundation accounting problems
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
A government-commissioned audit released Wednesday found widespread accounting problems with a foundation led by the daughter of the lead plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case, including nearly $621,000 in questioned costs.
Kansas poverty report reveals bleak data
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, or KACAP, released its annual poverty report Wednesday that painted a grim picture of statewide economic trends.
Former KU athlete wins Brazil’s version of ‘The Apprentice’
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
When 28-year-old Kansas University graduate Jana Correa won Brazil’s version of the reality television show “The Apprentice,” her friend Erin Sheridan was watching a live feed of the show online from Nebraska.
Pump patrol
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.99 at several stations.
Woman injured in accident on I-435 in Wyandotte County
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 54-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., just after 6 a.m. Wednesday following a single-car accident on Interstate 435 southbound at Parallel Parkway in Wyandotte County.
Heard on the Hill: ‘Opera Is My Hobby’ to air for the last time on KPR Dec. 30; Brazilian ‘Apprentice’ winner made a few friends at KU; provost teaches us the second verse of the alma mater
December 22, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Hospital room rates, salaries to increase on Jan. 1
December 22, 2011
The average semi-private room was to rise from the current $31.50 daily charge to $33.25.
25 years ago: Renovated Eldridge to be open by New Year’s Eve
December 22, 2011
Local developer Rob Phillips had a New Year’s resolution to open the Eldridge House hotel on Dec. 31.
Kansas men’s basketball faces first test on road
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s well-traveled basketball team, which has played five of its first 10 games outside of Allen Fieldhouse, today tackles its first test in a true enemy gym.
Killer combo: Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich clobber ORU
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Between point guard Angel Goodrich setting things up and forward Carolyn Davis finishing inside, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team had the perfect combination to knock off Oral Roberts, 85-68, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU might land offensive lineman Thursday
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Thursday could be a big day for the future of Kansas University’s offensive line. After originally expecting to announce his college choice in January, Orlando offensive lineman Duaron Williams now plans to choose between KU, Iowa State and Central Florida today.
Ex-USC coach unknown
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
If college basketball received the exposure then that is does now, the tall man who cobbled together a nifty back nine Wednesday afternoon at Rancho La Quinta Country Club might have been wearing sunglasses to hide his identity.
Our Town Sports for Dec. 22
December 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Gingrich targets independent judiciary
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
When discussing his amazingness, Newt Gingrich sometimes exaggerates somewhat, as when, discussing Bosnia and Washington, D.C., street violence, he said, “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz.” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 16, 1994). What primarily stands between us and misrule, however, is the Constitution, buttressed by an independent judiciary.
Ousting Missouri
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
Re-naming as “Coach Fambrough Street” any street other than the stretch of the current Missouri Street where it passes Memorial Stadium would be an insult to the late coach’s name.
FDR achievement
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
A recent letter to the editor, “FDR legacy,” makes some valid points regarding Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s omissions that made us vulnerable to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Budding artist
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am writing this hoping to find a young budding artist named Eli.
Heart-warming tale
The couple who helped save an abused pony certainly reflect the spirit of the season.
December 22, 2011
The recovery of Coco the Shetland pony is a heart-warming story, especially at this time of year.
Deserving drive
There are many demands for local charitable dollars, but donors shouldn’t forget the ongoing impact of United Way and its 29 local agencies.
December 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
Amid all the special fundraising efforts in Lawrence and Douglas County this year, local givers shouldn’t overlook one of the community’s most solid and traditional charities.
From vets to moms, Iraq war leaves mark on town
December 22, 2011
This town of Kokomo, Ind., is known for embracing the military, whether it’s memorializing its fallen heroes in the middle of the war, stretching Veterans Day into an eight-day tribute or flying POW-MIA flags outside the schools. But now, in the wake of the departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq, Kokomo joins hundreds of smaller towns across the nation that will be wrestling with the legacy of a nearly nine-year war that claimed nearly 4,500 American lives, wounded tens of thousands, and became one of the most politically divisive conflicts in U.S. history.
100 years ago: Elks plan Christmas party for children
December 22, 2011
“A Christmas tree all decorated with bright lights, tinsel and other signs of Christmas cheer is to be provided.”