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Archive for Monday, December 26, 2011

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Weighty decisions lie ahead for KU in 2012
Hiring of new med school dean, strategic planning goals, fundraising on the agenda
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A3
Several major decisions are coming for Kansas University in 2012, as the school will look to hire a new dean of its School of Medicine, begin to see its strategic planning initiatives take shape and publicly launch a fundraising campaign.
Experts puzzled by drop in property crime, violent crime in Lawrence during economic downturn
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence and the rest of country continue to see decreases in violent and property crime, according to preliminary 2011 statistics.
Registers keep ringing to tune of gift cards, exchanges
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A1
Christmas came one day late for Colin Neill — in a good way.
Kansas Star Casino opens near Mulvane
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A10
The opening of the second state-owned casino in Kansas was a big draw on the day after Christmas.
Fire crews investigating possible arson at west Lawrence house
December 26, 2011
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical officials are investigating a small fire in a west Lawrence home and considering the possibility it may have been started intentionally.
Journal-World’s animal stories of 2011 feature heroism, heartbreak
December 26, 2011
They’re our fuzzy, friendly companions, and they do crazy — and sometimes heroic — things from time to time. And every year, they end up on the pages of the Journal-World for their sometimes bizarre escapades.
Kansas cuts contributions to problem gambling fund
10:36 a.m., December 26, 2011 Updated 12:03 a.m. in print edition on A2
Even while revenues from two new state-owned casinos are expected to increase state revenue by millions of dollars, fewer dollars will be available this fiscal year for a fund designed to help people struggling with gambling addictions.
Derby couple home for first time since accident paralyzed both of them
December 26, 2011
On Wednesday, the Powells spent the night at home for the first time since a February crash that paralyzed both of them from the chest down.
Topeka man shot and killed on Christmas
December 26, 2011
Topeka police say a 36-year-old man died after being shot during an argument at an apartment complex.
Conviction upheld in Hutchinson officer’s shooting
December 26, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court says there was no problem with jurors viewing a slow-motion video showing a man shooting a Hutchinson police sergeant in the leg after robbing a flower shop.
KU researchers develop smart dashboards
December 26, 2011
Kansas University researchers are developing new, smarter dashboard displays to keep drivers’ eyes on the road.
I-70 blocked Monday morning after multiple accidents in Leavenworth County
10:15 a.m., December 26, 2011 Updated 08:54 p.m.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Leavenworth County medical crews were busy Monday morning dealing with multiple accidents on Interstate 70 east of the Tonganoxie and Eudora exit.
KU staff member interrupts apparent burglary at West Campus lab
December 26, 2011
A Kansas University housekeeper interrupted a West Campus lab burglary last week, as KU police say the suspect was attempting to steal computers from Smissman Research Laboratories.
Jayhawks in the NBA
December 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
Remnant Rehab: House divided onesies
December 26, 2011
Santa’s gone, and now Baby New Year is coming to town. In his honor, I created baby onesies for a house divided.
Well-positioned: Ex-Jayhawks Reesing, Whittemore excited for future KU QBs
December 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
As the starting quarterbacks in three of the 12 bowl games the Kansas University football program has played during its 121-year history, Todd Reesing and Bill Whittemore certainly are qualified to talk about what it takes to play quarterback at KU.
Teahan time: KU senior ‘happy to be out there’
December 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
One feel-good story during the pre-Christmas portion of Kansas University’s 2011-12 basketball schedule had to be the emergence of fifth-year senior Conner Teahan as a regular rotation player.
Marriages
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 24, 2011.
Divorces
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 24, 2011.
Bankruptcies
December 26, 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.
Destiny plays a role in both life, politics
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
Strange things happen in these hills. There are occurrences beyond comprehension, events that defy explanation. They stick in the mind, haunt the memory, shape the way we look at the world and cling to our culture.
Envoy’s exit strains U.S.-Pakistan ties
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
The scary decline of relations between the United States and Pakistan — the world’s most dangerous nuclear-armed country — is illustrated by the perilous plight of one man.
Elementary efficiencies
Simply spending more money on local elementary schools doesn’t address the district’s — and the taxpayers’ — goal.
December 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
In a scientific poll conducted across Kansas last week, 55 percent of the respondents indicated they would be unwilling to pay higher property taxes even if the additional tax revenue went directly to local schools.
Horoscope for December 26
December 26, 2011
Expect to flip from being very creative to practical this year. Both sides are part of you and can work as a team. If you are attached, your sweetie might not have the flexibility that you do this year. Be kind, and let him or her adjust to the morphing you. If you are single, a relationship could evolve. Capricorn often can demand a lot.
E! where celebrity weddings never cease
December 26, 2011
“The E! Entertainment Special: Fascinating Celebrity Weddings” (8 p.m., E!) has all the makings of becoming its own weekly special, if not its own cable channel. It has that special combination of well-known names and the designers they are buying and wearing. It’s a double-dose of boldfaced name-dropping.
Fix-It Chick: Options for replacing discontinued 100-watt incandescent bulbs
December 26, 2011
As of Jan. 1, 2012, standard 100 watt incandescent bulbs will no longer be manufactured for use in the United States of America. Following suit will be 75 watt incandescent bulbs in 2013, and 60 watt and 40 watt bulbs will be eliminated by 2014.
River City Jules: 2011 recap from mom in a minivan
December 26, 2011
Unlike the Smurfs movie, 2011 was packed full of highlights worthy of review, a few of which I present to you now as one more thing to read while you further delay taking the holiday lights off your home …
Lawrence Laundry: Making fashionable choices while relying on providence
December 26, 2011
One wouldn’t normally associate the word “nun” with “rebel,” but Sister Josephine Plazzer, a 23-year-old Catholic nun, considers herself just that.
Offbeat Occupation: Pastry chef relishes sweet job
December 26, 2011
When Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh, 23, was a young boy, he would experiment in the kitchen — often to the dismay of his own taste buds.
Woman sticks to resolution to stop buying clothes in 2011
December 26, 2011
If you need a charge of encouragement or inspiration for your 2012 New Year’s resolution, look no further than Shari Quick.
Friends gather to fete food
December 26, 2011
It is dinner time on a quiet Saturday. While many families and friends are out on the town, grabbing a bite to eat at local restaurants, a group of foodie friends are gathering to enjoy a home-cooked meal that they think is as good or better than dining out.
Help next generation of entrepreneurs get started today
December 26, 2011
Do your kids keep asking what they can do to earn more allowance? Do they know how to save up for something they want? You might have a budding entrepreneur on your hands.
Teens offer parents tips to encourage driver safety
December 26, 2011
An estimated 35 percent of teen casualties are due to vehicular driving accidents, making it the leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Double Take: Decide what to share about relationships before heading to family gatherings
December 26, 2011
How to approach discussing your relationships with your family over the holidays.
Aging in place: A little help can go a long way
December 26, 2011
Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O’Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year.
25 years ago: Preservationists hope to rescue old Oread home
December 26, 2011
The Priestly house was nearly 120 years old.
Wardrobe overhaul: Consultant provides local ‘What Not To Wear’ experience
December 26, 2011
Before the New Year rolls in, many of us get into a zone of cleaning or purging around the house. It brings on feelings of freshness and starting anew. One of the main centers of this action is in the bedroom closet.
40 years ago: Farm girl steps up while father recovers from accident
December 26, 2011
A young lady in Emporia had been living the true spirit of giving since October.
Shape shift: Trade thick, clumsy pint for tulip or traditional Belgian beer glass
December 26, 2011
Back when American beer was largely terrible, which wasn’t so long ago, how it was served didn’t matter. And the pint glass became standard.
100 years ago: Burglars take advantage of family’s absence
December 26, 2011
“While the family was away a couple of strangers entered the Perkins home in East Lawrence Sunday night and proceeded to have a good time.”
As I See Fit: Prepare a plan for working out
December 26, 2011
I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. Even with all of its excesses, the month of December is magical and the extra time spent with family and friends will be remembered all year long.