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5-and-oh my! FSHS girls perfect — so far
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
As members of Free State High’s girls basketball team make the rounds to various holiday gatherings during their winter break and catch up with family members and friends, they’ll have nothing but good things to report about their season.
When it comes to meth, stats and officers tell different stories
December 27, 2011
Look at the statewide numbers, and it’d be tempting to conclude that the methamphetamine scare has come and gone in Kansas.
Highway Patrol reports no fatalities in traffic accidents over holiday weekend
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
With no fatalities from traffic accidents, the Kansas Highway Patrol is declaring that the Christmas holiday weekend was a fairly safe one.
Kansas Turnpike Authority: Icy roads cause of 12 accidents on I-70 Monday morning
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Turnpike Authority said Monday morning’s icy conditions on Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County caused 12 accidents in a short period of time, but no major injuries were reported.
Kansas Geological Survey to measure groundwater levels in west-central Kansas
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
Next month, the Kansas Geological Survey will assist in an annual effort to determine the levels of groundwater far underneath the Kansas soil.
Lawrence man, 32, ordered to about 10 more years in prison for role in murder
03:26 p.m., December 27, 2011 Updated 04:57 p.m.
A Douglas County judge Tuesday sentenced Major C. Edwards Jr. to spend about 10 more years in prison for his role in the 2006 shooting death of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony “Clacc” Vital.
Lake Alvamar dam set for $1.4 million upgrade
December 27, 2011
A new top, a wider spillway and broader base will be added to the Lake Alvamar dam during the coming year, fortifying flood protection for a major road, a state highway and recreational complex downstream.
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson announces retirement
December 27, 2011
Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska told his supporters Tuesday he plans to retire rather than seek a third term, a significant setback for Democratic efforts to maintain control of the chamber next year.
Consumer confidence index surges in December
December 27, 2011
Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing. An improving job outlook helped the Consumer Confidence Index soar to the highest level since April and near a post-recession peak, according to a monthly survey by The Conference Board.
No information available yet about fate of Lawrence Sears store
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
On Tuesday, Sears Holdings Corp. announced it would close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide. The news came after a slow holiday season.
Fire investigators looking into possible arson at home on Creekwood Drive
December 27, 2011
Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical investigators are still looking into a fire they believe may have been intentionally set in a vacant west Lawrence house.
Kansas school districts prepare for retirements, shortages
December 27, 2011
School administrators across Kansas say they expect a mass exodus of teachers to retire after the economy gets better, raising concerns that there won’t be enough new teachers to take the veterans’ place.
SW Kansas election is 1st test of new voter ID law
11:57 a.m., December 27, 2011 Updated 04:53 p.m. in print edition on A3
A southwest Kansas town’s election next month on a sales tax question will be the first test of a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Survey: Home prices down in most major US cities
December 27, 2011
U.S. home prices fell in most major cities for the second straight month, further evidence that the housing recovery will be bumpy and weigh on the broader economy in 2012.
Police: Neighbor chopped up Indiana girl with hacksaw
11:53 a.m., December 27, 2011 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Police in Indiana say a babysitter bludgeoned a 9-year-old to death with a brick then dismembered her with a hacksaw.
Syria pulls tanks from Homs as Arab monitors visit
December 27, 2011
Syria’s army suspended days of punishing attacks on the restive city of Homs and began withdrawing its tanks Tuesday just as Arab League monitors visited the area, activists and officials said. Huge crowds poured into the streets shortly after the pullback, shouting defiantly that they will not be cowed by the crackdown.
Pakistani president warns top court in scandal
December 27, 2011
Pakistan’s president on Tuesday warned the Supreme Court not to take action in violation of the constitution, referring to a judicial hearing into a secret memo seeking to rein in the powerful military, a scandal that threatens the Pakistani leader.
What to look for at Kim Jong Il’s funeral
December 27, 2011
Elaborate shows of grief are expected when North Korea lays Kim Jong Il to rest in a winter chill during two days of funeral ceremonies on Wednesday and Thursday. As in 1994, the events will be watched closely for clues to who will gain power and who will fall out of favor under the next leader, his son Kim Jong Un.
Holiday season gives birth to new shoppers
December 27, 2011
Four new types of American shoppers have emerged this holiday season. There’s the bargain hunter who times deals. The midnight buyer who stays up late for discounts. The returner who gets buyer’s remorse. And the “me” shopper who self-gifts.
Court date delayed for KU basketball player charged with possessing alcohol
December 27, 2011
A Tuesday afternoon court date for Ben McLemore, the Kansas University basketball player who faces a a charge of minor in possession of alcohol, has been delayed.
Small Kansas town prepares for big exhibit
December 27, 2011
When lifelong Franklin area resident Phyllis Bitner announced in September that the Smithsonian had selected the small community to serve as host of a traveling exhibit, she knew it would be good for the local economy. But it wasn’t until she attended a recent planning session in Topeka with the project’s co-chair, Debbie Close, that she knew the true extent of what it could mean in terms of tourism.
Expansion of Larned hospital has begun
December 27, 2011
An $18.5 million expansion project has begun at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned.
Woman involved in Kansas prescription pain medication case dies in plane crash
December 27, 2011
An advocate for people suffering chronic pain who was involved in a Kansas case died in a plane crash in Ohio.
Armed robbery suspects still at large
01:21 a.m., December 27, 2011 Updated 03:04 p.m.
Lawrence police were called to a residential armed robbery in progress at the Reserve apartments near 31st and Iowa streets just before 11 p.m.
Survey: Economy will pick up but still be vulnerable
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 — if it isn’t knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.
Suicide of Virginia Tech student raises question on when to call home
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
The email that arrived at Virginia Tech’s health center in November 2007 was detailed and unmistakably ominous. It concerned a Tech senior named Daniel Kim and came from an acquaintance at another college.
Expansion, renovations of Baker’s Mulvane Hall on track to be completed by end of next year
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
Construction is beginning to take shape on an expanded and renovated Mulvane Hall, Baker University’s science and mathematics building.
Heard on the Hill: Student to peform cello master class with Yo-Yo Ma; former KU journalism prof involved of U. of Iowa dispute; KU student names a beetle after Robert Redford
December 27, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Jayhawks in the NBA
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B4
Here’s how the Jayhawks fared in NBA games Dec. 26, 2011.
MU bowls over Heels
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B4
James Franklin’s hard running and timely passing led Missouri to an easy victory in its final game as a member of the Big 12. It also gives the Tigers plenty of hope heading into their new home in the Southeastern Conference.
Bucks’ Drew Gooden ejected
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Milwaukee forward Drew Gooden was ejected from the Bucks’ game against the Bobcats in the third quarter Monday night after a flagrant foul.
AP men’s poll same from 1-7
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
With Syracuse No. 1 for a third straight week, the top seven teams remain the same in the Associated Press’ Top 25.
Charlie Weis’ search for D.C. ongoing
KU football coach might be eyeing NFL assistant
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s search for a new head football coach is long over, but the Jayhawks’ quest to find a new defensive coordinator has moved into its third week.
Kansas hoops busy over break
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
College basketball coaches can only work with their players 20 hours a week when school is in session. During semester break, however …
Fast splash: LHS grad Emma Reaney stellar for ND
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Emma Reaney’s freshman year at the University of Notre Dame has been an ongoing series of surprises. It wasn’t moving away from home, the course load or college life in general that caught the Lawrence High graduate off guard, though. Instead, she has been kind of shocked about her prosperity in the pool.
Republicans in Ron Paul denial in Iowa
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
With the Iowa presidential caucuses just a few days away, the Republican establishment is busy with some frightening new themes, like: What happens in Iowa stays in Iowa. Or: Who cares what happens in Iowa — if anything — anyway?
Latin America growing, but fiesta is over
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
A key U.N. think tank that has been very bullish about Latin America in recent years is sounding a little less optimistic about the region’s economies for 2012. As we have been cautioning in this column for some time now, the fiesta may be over.
Enforcement issue
Complaints at a local recycling business point out the need for the city to clean up its enforcement policy.
December 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
There is a mess at 12th and Haskell in east Lawrence.
Horoscope for December 27
December 27, 2011
This year you tend to be slightly more bohemian and intuitive about certain decisions. You easily could make an investment that to others might look fraught with risks. If you are single, your antenna is up. Trust your intuition. If you are attached, share some of your inner chatter with your sweetie. Aquarius pushes the envelope.
Kennedy Center honors five
December 27, 2011
An annual holiday week programming treat, the “Kennedy Center Honors” (8 p.m., CBS) is now in its 34th year. The event always celebrates talents from pop culture to high art, from the famous to those you may not have heard of until their big night.
25 years ago: Heavy morning fogs cover Lawrence for nearly a week
December 27, 2011
Were Lawrence residents in danger of forgetting what a sunrise looked like?
40 years ago: Douglas County drivers coping with icy roads
December 27, 2011
Area drivers this morning were often surprised to find their vehicles suddenly traveling sideways.
100 years ago: Shadow on downtown street a ‘perfect likeness’ to famous face
December 27, 2011
“In the very heart of the residence section of Lawrence and yet it is known to exist by but a very few people….”
Chiefs, coach say they have plenty for which to play
December 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Romeo Crennel has already earned a reputation for being a straight shooter in Kansas City.