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Archive for Sunday, December 25, 2011

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School district’s lesson for 2012: Learn to manage change
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school district is heading into the new year with plenty of a complicated assignments.
Volunteers help make free community dinner a success
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Hundreds of volunteers helped dish out a free Christmas dinner Sunday to anyone who cared to partake of the Lawrence Free Community Christmas Dinner.
5 years later, murder case may get some resolution
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Douglas County judge is scheduled to sentence Major C. Edwards Jr. on Tuesday for his role in the 2006 shooting death of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital.
Not all workers get holiday off
Essential services — and battery sales — must be maintained on Christmas
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
On the one day that this country comes closest to standing still, I’m going to work. And I’m not alone. Since I had to work, I decided to catch up with a whole bunch of other people who were at work, too, and give them a chance to talk a bit about the whole experience, or, at the very least, break up the boredom.
Keep your tree green — recycle it
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
When your live-cut Christmas tree branches are no longer lovely, the city of Lawrence will recycle them.
StopGap aids transition from foster care to adulthood
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Former social worker Justine Burton founded the nonprofit organization StopGap Inc. in 2008. After a few years of building support, the group will host its first series of courses for teens in foster care who are getting ready for life on their own.
How to help: Volunteers needed to help clear 40-acre wooded area
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Volunteers are needed at Friends of Hidden Valley, Douglas County Senior Services, Willow Domestic Violence Center, Small World and Grassland Heritage Foundation.
Attacks in Nigeria by sect kill 39
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.
Church blasts mar pope’s Christmas peace appeal
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Pope Benedict XVI issued pleas for peace to reign across the world during his traditional Christmas address Sunday, a call marred by Muslim extremists who bombed a Catholic church in Nigeria, striking after worshippers celebrated Mass.
Drinks and joy as defectors from N. Korea embrace Kim’s death
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
More than 21,000 North Koreans now live in South Korea. For many, the news of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death stirred mixed emotions.
‘Anonymous’ hackers target U.S. security think tank
Group using stolen credit card numbers to donate to charity
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards.
Topeka liquor store clerk killed on Christmas Eve
December 25, 2011
A Topeka liquor store employee is dead after being attacked with what appeared to be a blunt object on Christmas Eve.
Former AG Phill Kline files ethics response, quotes Bible
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
A former Kansas attorney general who is accused of violating state ethics rules while investigating abortion providers has filed a 175-page response in which he quotes from the Bible and denies any wrongdoing.
New SRS contract concerns advocates, lawmakers
December 25, 2011
The director of a Kansas coalition that helps domestic abuse victims says a new state contract encouraging two-parent families and abstinence might conflict with the work of her 29 member organizations.
One man in custody after Shawnee County police chase ends in Douglas County
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
Shawnee County authorities arrested a 44-year-old Auburn man on several felony charges after a Shawnee County police chase ended in Douglas County Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Big Springs.
No injuries in two-alarm fire at Applecroft Apartments
02:39 a.m., December 25, 2011 Updated 08:56 a.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded to a fire at Applecroft Apartments, 1741 W. 19th St., early Christmas morning. The blaze was reported shortly after 2 a.m. and was under control within an hour. Initial scanner reports indicate the fire was contained to one building at the complex; no injuries were reported.
Oakland kicks Kansas City from playoff hunt
December 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Steve Breaston heard at the start of overtime that Denver was going to lose to Buffalo.
Building a winner: Former Jayhawk Brett Ballard has Baker basketball on the rise
December 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
It’s nearly impossible to count all of the lessons Brett Ballard learned from Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self during Ballard’s time as the program’s director of basketball operations.
Weis’ renown akin to Larry Brown’s
December 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sheahon Zenger’s Charlie Weis hire inspired Bob Davis, voice of the Kansas University Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals, and his son, Steven, voice of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and UMKC Kangaroos, to do what they do best: talk.
Santa trackers having record holiday
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Santa’s piling up more than presents this year. The big man’s trackers at NORAD say Santa Claus also broke records this Christmas Eve.
Several U.S. states weigh in on cigarette label lawsuit
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Several states and U.S. territories are weighing in on a lawsuit over proposed graphic cigarette warning labels that include a sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the federal government should be allowed to require the labels for the “lethal and addictive” products.
Pump patrol
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.97 at several stations.
Mizzou revenge
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
In response to Ben H. Barteldes (Public Forum, Dec. 22), who favors renaming Missouri Street by Memorial Stadium for Coach Fambrough Street, do you know your history and the burden you are placing on others? The state streets in Lawrence are plotted according to when the states entered the union. It is not about Missouri’s football team.
Grateful driver
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Last Tuesday afternoon, I had the misfortune for my automobile to spin out of control on Clinton Parkway at Kasold Drive with my car very suddenly on the south sidewalk with the front end on Clinton Parkway. Two women in separate cars stopped and made sure I was all right. They had their cell phones and made the necessary calls to the AAA, the police and my insurance agent. Although it was cold, they stayed with me until the police arrived.
Christmas still special to troops
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s a few days before Christmas, and Staff Sgt. Andre Vappie is showing pictures of himself dressed in a red suit for the “Santa Claus 5K Run” that took place a few weeks ago at the U.S. military base here. As he scrolls the photos, you can see at least 50 other guys in Santa suits celebrating the holiday season in this muscular way, far from home.
Holiday offers brief political respite
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
This year, Christmas itself is a present. It is the gift of an absence, a respite from the Republican presidential clamors. The pitiless cacophony resumes tomorrow, so consider some gleanings from history before actual voters, those nuisances, intrude on the political conversation and actually make some history.
Holidays at home
It’s no wonder that everyone wants to get home for the holidays.
December 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Every Kansan is painfully familiar with Dorothy’s assertion in “The Wizard of Oz,” that “There’s no place like home.” Robert Allen and Al Stillman expanded that message in their classic 1954 song, “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” and it’s hard to argue with that sentiment.
Horoscope for December 25
December 25, 2011
This year a new friendship or creative opportunity allows you to enjoy your life even more. Your disciplined ways, intense caring and willingness to nurture all blend. If you are single, a major relationship could be on the horizon because of your self-expression and willingness. If you are attached, the two of you start acting like long-lost lovers. Taurus adds zip to your life.
‘Wonderful Life’ barkeeper a big influence on TV
December 25, 2011
Much like “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1946 holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” (7 p.m. Saturday, NBC) owes its classic status to repeated TV airings rather than its box-office reception. Donna Reed, who played George Bailey’s doting wife, would go on to have her own popular TV series.
Around and about in local business
December 25, 2011
Local business news for the week ending December 24, 2011.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
December 25, 2011
Road work planned for the week of December 25, 2011.
25 years ago: Postal deliveries go smoothly this season
December 25, 2011
The Lawrence post office usually had a slightly slower Christmas schedule than many cities.
40 years ago: Area volunteers add to Christmas joy
December 25, 2011
Fifty Lawrence children had received a surprise visit from a black “Soul Santa” on Christmas Eve.
Garden Calendar: Keep your forced-bloom flowers from flopping
December 25, 2011
If you have tried growing paperwhite narcissus flowers before and they have flopped, I have a sure-fire trick for you.
Behind The Lens: Use sharp contrast when shooting snow
December 25, 2011
When shooting objects against snow or trying to capture the powdery stuff itself, stark backgrounds and drastic color shifts are your best friend.
100 years ago: Post office opened for two hours on Christmas morning
December 25, 2011
“About the only place that was open today was the post office.”