Archive for Friday, December 23, 2011

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, Dec. 23, 2011
Podcasts
Polls
Are fathers more involved in daily family life today than when you were young?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
65%
No
 
34%
Total 201
Should Kansas provide additional assistance to teens who age out of foster care?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
69%
No
 
23%
Not sure
 
7%
Total 377
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
69%
No
 
30%
Total 210
Is it important to you that we have a white Christmas?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
83%
Yes
 
16%
Total 315
Videos

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Pros see stocks up in 2012, but risks, too
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
The good news is that Wall Street experts think stock prices will rise more than 10 percent next year. The bad news is that they expected big gains in 2011 and got nearly zero instead.
France to pay for removal of risky implants
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
France took a costly and unprecedented leap Friday in offering to pay for 30,000 women to have their breast implants removed because of mounting fears the products could rupture and leak cheap, industrial-grade silicone into the body.
City Commission agenda for Dec. 27
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A2
City commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday for an end-of-year meeting that mainly will consist of paying bills and taking care of other routine items.
Cancer fighter receives caroling surprise
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
When Becky Wisdom looked out her front door, she saw dozens of smiling people clutching sheet music.
City urged to allow potbellied pigs
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
Having a pig as a best friend is great, Lawrence resident Ehren Penix can attest. Now, he just wants it to be legal.
Love of lights spreads like wildfire
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A3
It started with several strings of lights and two houses. It grew to encompass an entire street.
Retired Lawrence police officer receives award for saving baby at Nebraska Furniture Mart
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
When a panicked family ran up to him with a baby that had turned blue and wasn’t breathing, retired Lawrence Police Sgt. and part-time Nebraska Furniture Mart security guard Mark Warren took action. Warren calmed the father down, laid the baby out on a security desk and started CPR.
Deputy shoots Miami County teen in leg after altercation
December 23, 2011
An eastern Kansas teenager is expected to recover after being shot in the leg by a Miami County sheriff’s deputy after the boy charged at officers with a baseball bat.
Charities find gold with extreme couponing
December 23, 2011
As couponing and strategic shopping catch on across the nation, many are realizing they can put savvy saving to use not only for themselves but also for needy families, charities and other groups that rely on donations. If you can get a can of SpaghettiOs for free or really cheap, why not get 10 and take half to a food pantry?
Tax cut survives: Congress votes holiday approval
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A6
Barely beating Santa’s sleigh, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax-cut extension to 160 million American wage-earners on Friday, just when it looked like they and millions of unemployed workers were going to be left with coal in their stockings.
More retailers pull formula after Mo. infant death
December 23, 2011
Several more national retailers have joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in pulling a batch of powdered infant formula from their shelves after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died of a rare bacterial infection, the companies said Friday.
Girl, 9, was feared missing after flight change
December 23, 2011
A 9-year-old girl flying by herself to visit her grandmother had to change planes unexpectedly and Southwest Airlines did not tell her parents, sending relatives into a panic.
Firefighters scramble to replace toys lost in fire
December 23, 2011
Firefighters were scrambling Friday to replace toys lost when the city’s biggest blaze in more than seven years left as many as 60 people homeless at the height of the holiday season.
No snow expected in Lawrence area for Christmas
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
If you were dreaming of a white Christmas, well, keep dreaming.
Future looks bright for Discovery Center
December 23, 2011
In its first six months of being open for business, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center has had nearly 50,000 visitors from 47 states and nine foreign countries.
Douglas County prosecutors charge two juveniles in armed robbery
10:35 a.m., December 23, 2011 Updated 03:47 p.m. in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors Friday charged two juvenile suspects who were apprehended Thursday in connection with a reported armed robbery at a Lawrence apartment.
Student leaves $172,000 violin on Philly-bound bus
December 23, 2011
A student at a Boston conservatory left a rare violin worth $172,000 on a bus after arriving in Philadelphia, and police are asking for the public’s help in getting it back.
Pakistani army denies intention to oust government
December 23, 2011
Pakistan’s army chief denied accusations that the military is working to oust the country’s civilian government amid tension over a secret memo sent to Washington earlier this year about an alleged coup, the military said Friday.
NYPD’s spying programs produced mixed results
December 23, 2011
Ever since The Associated Press began revealing New York Police Department spying programs on mosques, student groups, Muslim businesses and communities, those activities have been stoutly defended by police and supporters as having foiled a list of planned attacks.
Santa Claus still flying high in new poll
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
Why do kids believe a chubby guy in a flying sleigh can deliver joy across America? Because their parents do. A whopping 84 percent of grown-ups were once children who trusted in Santa’s magic, and lots cling to it still.
Kansas preparing to replace Statehouse roof, dome
December 23, 2011
Kansas is preparing to replace the copper roof and dome of its Statehouse, an addition to an ongoing renovation of the building that has pushed the project’s projected cost to $319 million.
NY lawmaker renews call to halt lab move to Manhattan
10:23 a.m., December 23, 2011 Updated 04:53 p.m. in print edition on A3
A New York congressman wants to take the “For Sale” sign off the Plum Island animal disease lab.
Gamblers test their luck at new Kansas casino
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A2
Dice are rolling and slots machines are dinging at a new south-central Kansas casino, even though its official opening isn’t until Monday.
KCK teen left to raise siblings after mom’s death
December 23, 2011
The story of a 19-year-old who was left to raise her siblings after her mother’s death and her father’s deportation has prompted readers of The Kansas City Star to open their pockets.
State Senate leader names members of tax panel
December 23, 2011
State Senate President Steve Morris has named a former Kansas legislator and six other people to a group that will study proposals for reducing taxes.
Town Talk: Speculation growing that American Eagle Outfitters to close Lawrence store; Argenta finalizes deal at KU incubator; North Lawrence roadwork on tap; bike lane vs. parking on Conn. St.
December 23, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Lawrence 16-year-old injured in one-car accident just west of town
04:20 a.m., December 23, 2011 Updated 01:16 p.m. in print edition on A5
A 16-year-old Lawrence boy was taken to a Topeka hospital early Friday after he lost control of his mother’s 2012 Porsche just northwest of Lawrence and struck a tree, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman said.
Opera Is My Hobby’ going off the air
December 23, 2011
An institution at Kansas Public Radio is coming to an end, according to a statement from Kansas University.
Who would first lady be in next life? Bo
December 23, 2011
In a television interview, the first lady was asked what person or thing she would want to come back as when she dies. She named her family’s Portuguese water dog.
Steve Jobs to receive posthumous Grammy
December 23, 2011
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is receiving a posthumous Grammy for his technological innovations in the arts.
Second-grader approached by two men
December 23, 2011
Kennedy School plans to send a “stranger danger” reminder to school parents after a second-grade girl reported to her family Wednesday that two men in a vehicle approached her and attempted to talk to her as she walked home from school.
Heard on the Hill: KU professor appears in NPR’s “Planet Money”; Kansas unlikely to institute cell phone ban in cars, Wichita legislator says; get your own KU paper garland pattern
12:01 a.m., December 23, 2011 Updated 07:35 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Predictions going awry around NFL
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B2
In keeping with the holiday season, you can give some of these NFL predictions and assumptions the heave-ho-ho-ho.
Boise strikes early, rips ASU, 56-24
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B2
Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.
Colts stun Texans, 19-16
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B10
Reggie Wayne followed the script Thursday night. And just like his previous 11 seasons in Indianapolis, he had it down.
Trojans awed by Jayhawks
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B4
USC coach Kevin O’Neill believed playing a big name like Kansas University was too much for his young team during Thursday night’s 63-47 loss to KU.
Pair of coveted quarterbacks commit to KU
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Just about everywhere he has coached, Charlie Weis has worked with great quarterbacks.
Holiday cheer: It wasn’t pretty, but KU rips USC
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Happy holidays, indeed. Kansas University’s basketball team completed the pre-Christmas portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 63-47 victory late Thursday night over USC at Galen Center.
Jayhawks must embrace ugliness
12:00 a.m., December 23, 2011 Updated 08:58 a.m. in print edition on B1
Maybe FSN scheduled such a late start time in an attempt to find a temporary cure for the suffering insomniacs on the East Coast. If so, it undoubtedly was a smashing success. They’ll be rested and ready for Christmas.
Wal-Mart pulls formula after baby dies in Mo.
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
Wal-Mart and health officials awaited tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died from a rare infection.
Payroll tax deadlock ends as House caves
GOP drops demands over 2-month extension of cuts for workers
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
House Republicans on Thursday caved to demands by President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans for a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts for all workers. The breakthrough almost certainly spares workers an average $20 a week tax increase Jan. 1.
40 years ago: Businesses, residences show variety of holiday decorations
December 23, 2011
The rooftop of a building in Lawrence’s Hillcrest Shopping Center was featured in a front-page photo.
25 years ago: Governor-elect to join other Jayhawk fans in Hawaii
December 23, 2011
The nine-day trip had been paid for by Hayden’s father.
100 years ago: Juvenile thief not responsible for his crimes, says Dr. Naismith
December 23, 2011
“An expert examination of Herbert Wiley, a fifteen-year-old thief now in the county jail, has revealed the fact that the youth is suffering from a defect on his brain which causes him to steal.”
Holiday misery
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A8
A white Christmas means misery for puppy mill dogs.
Grief tempers holiday joy
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A8
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. It may be wonderful for the majority, but for those whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or children have died in Iraq and Afghanistan there is a void this Christmas, and Christmases to come, that can never be filled. It is the same in every war.
Obama should listen to commanders
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A8
Gen. John Allen insists that there is “no daylight” between him and President Obama about policy for continued troop withdrawals from Afghanistan next year. That may be technically true, but a political battle is brewing over the future pace of the U.S. military drawdown here.
Community loss
A longtime Lawrence dentist left a legacy of volunteer and professional service.
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A8
On Christmas Eve, friends and family will gather at Trinity Episcopal Church to pay their respects to long-time Lawrence resident Dr. Paul H. Getto, 94, who died Wednesday.
Middle ground
Americans are growing weary of politicians who dismiss proposals for partisan reasons without making any effort to consider their potential merits.
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A8
First a disclaimer: Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of putting partisan interests ahead of policy accomplishments. The current situation in Congress provides ample evidence of that practice.
Pump patrol
December 23, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.97 at several stations.
Players scatter for trips home
December 23, 2011 in print edition on B4
There was to be more leg-room than usual on Kansas University’s red-eye charter flight from L.A. to Topeka early this morning.There was to be more leg-room than usual on Kansas University’s red-eye charter flight from L.A. to Topeka early this morning.
Last Christmas for ‘Chuck’
December 23, 2011
Now in its final season, “Chuck” (7 p.m., NBC) becomes the last show this fall to air its Christmas episode. And that’s somewhat fitting because the holiday theme is so tenuous and barely connected to the story about a mad scientist, a computer virus and a threat to Carmichael Industries.
Horoscope for Dec. 23
December 23, 2011
­Your emotions come out more often than you might like this year. Sometimes they could be disguised as anger, especially if you have suppressed the original issue or pain. If you are single, note a tendency to attract emotionally unavailable relationships. Be careful! If you are attached, the two of you benefit from time alone together as a couple. Sagittarius sometimes makes you uncomfortable.