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Robert Griffin III, Baylor win record-breaking Alamo Bowl
December 29, 2011
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III wasn’t dazzling — and didn’t need to be — as No. 15 Baylor pulled out a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in a record-smashing shootout Thursday night.
U.S. job market ends year in better shape
December 29, 2011
The long-suffering job market is ending the year better off than it began.
Stanford archives offer window into Apple
December 29, 2011
In the interview, Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall a seminal moment in Silicon Valley history — how they named their upstart computer company some 35 years ago.
Foreign monitors energize protests in Syria
At least 4 killed when security forces open fire on protesters
December 29, 2011
The presence of Arab League monitors in Syria has re-energized the anti-government protest movement, with tens of thousands turning out over the past three days in cities and neighborhoods where the observers are expected to visit. The huge rallies have been met by lethal gunfire from security forces apparently worried about multiple mass sit-ins modeled after Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Settlement reached in 2009 K-10 fatality
10:10 p.m., December 29, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
A Douglas County judge Wednesday approved a $250,000 settlement in a lawsuit over the 2009 death of a 21-year-old Lecompton man in a motorcycle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Knology to no longer provide 2 Topeka stations
10:07 p.m., December 29, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Come Jan. 1, Knology customers might want to reprogram their DVRs if they have any shows set to the Topeka NBC or ABC affiliates.
Purple Heart veterans charity dissolved
10:05 p.m., December 29, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
A Tonganoxie-based charity that was the focus of a Journal-World investigation has “been dissolved in all states” and is no longer in operation, said Andrew Gruber, director of the Purple Heart Veterans Foundation.
For Iran, cost of closing strait may outweigh gain
December 29, 2011
With missile batteries, fleets of attack boats and stocks of naval mines, Iran can disrupt traffic through the Strait of Hormuz but probably cannot completely shut down the world’s most important oil route, military analysts say. The question for Iran’s leadership is whether it is worth the heavy price.
Stocks up on new home deals, job growth prospects
December 29, 2011
Better news on home sales and improved prospects for job growth sent stocks higher on Wall Street Thursday.
Scholars want help identifying slaves’ origins
December 29, 2011
Almost two centuries before there was a man named Obama in the White House, there was a man named Obama shackled in the bowels of a slave ship. There is no proof that the unidentified Obama has ties to President Barack Obama. All they share is a name. But that is exactly the commonality that Emory University researchers hope to build upon as they delve into the origins of Africans who were taken up and sold.
Revered ex-Haskell coach dies at 68
Colleagues, players recall beloved mentor: ‘Homeratha and Haskell are just synonymous’
04:29 p.m., December 29, 2011 Updated 01:25 a.m. in print edition on B1
According to those who knew Phil Homeratha, Haskell Indian Nations University lost an incomparable member of its community and history Thursday, when the longtime educator and coach died Thursday at 68.
Lawrence man, 34, ordered to stand trial on burglary charges
December 29, 2011
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered a 34-year-old Lawrence man to go to trial on charges he burglarized a construction vehicle on the Kansas River levee.
December Final Friday preview
December 29, 2011
Art for Skate’s Sake exhibition aims to raise money for Centennial Skate Park facelift.
Sears to close Lawrence store
01:46 p.m., December 29, 2011 Updated 12:18 a.m.
The Lawrence Sears store, 2727 Iowa, will be among 79 stores Sears Holdings Corp. will close, according to information posted on the Sears website Thursday.
Free State High students to make up classroom time lost because of bomb threat
December 29, 2011
Free State High School will be lengthening its shortest school days up until spring break, all to make up for a day of canceled classes earlier this month following a bomb threat.
Kansan resentenced for offering teens meth for sex
December 29, 2011
A Salina man convicted in 2008 of trading methamphetamine for sex with a 13-year-old girl has been given a reduced sentence.
Benedictine cancels game after player’s death
December 29, 2011
Benedictine College has canceled its men’s basketball game Friday because of a player’s death.
New casino takes in $3.25 million in 8 days
December 29, 2011
The new Kansas Star Casino is proving to be a winning bet.
Kan. expects $266K from bond case settlements
December 29, 2011
Kansas expects to receive $266,000 from national legal settlements involving two financial firms over complaints about their activities in the municipal bond market.
BP money buys sports towels, Xmas lights, jingles
December 29, 2011
Florida Panhandle officials made the mix of eyebrow-raising purchases with $30 million BP gave them earlier this year to help tourism recover from 2010’s disastrous Gulf oil spill.
California mom accused of tossing toddler out window
December 29, 2011
A San Jose mother accused of tossing her toddler son out a second-story apartment window on Christmas Day has been charged with child abuse and child endangerment.
North Korea calls Kim Jong Un ‘supreme leader’
December 29, 2011
North Korea’s power brokers publicly declared Kim Jong Un the country’s supreme leader for the first time at a massive public memorial Thursday for his father, cementing the family’s hold on power for another generation.
Odd notes, mad-dash trips mark Iowa closing sprint
December 29, 2011
Iowa’s GOP presidential contest remains deeply unsettled, if not downright strange, five days before the Jan. 3 caucus.
Poll: In 2012, it can only get better
December 29, 2011
Americans are hopeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though most say 2011 was a year they would rather forget.
Kansas hoops players clear air
December 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
It remains to be seen if Monday night’s Kansas University basketball team meeting in Allen Fieldhouse proves as effective as two memorable sessions of the past.
First Bell: Keep math skills sharp during Winter Recess; Lawrence school board to receive reports in new year
December 29, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Still looking for the magic “JAYHAWK” vanity plate; KUMC looking for ideas on how to use Google Fiber; law students to compete in Moot Court nationals in January
December 29, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Our Town Sports for Dec. 29
December 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
A weekly roundup of local events, happenings and results.
David Ash leads Texas over Cal in Holiday Bowl
December 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
David Ash added his name to the list of quarterbacks who’ve caught a touchdown pass in the Holiday Bowl and he also threw for one score to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory against California on Wednesday night.
Jayhawks in the NBA
December 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
Here is how the Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Dec. 28, 2011.
Alamo may be Robert Griffin’s finale
December 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
Since winning the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III is often shadowed by a bodyguard of sorts to dissuade autograph seekers, and this week Griffin tucked his dreadlocks under a hat in hopes of strolling through Sea World incognito.
25 years ago: A mini-baby-boom at LMH
December 29, 2011
As of this morning, 1,100 babies had been born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1986.
40 years ago: Police, firefighters to get reduced hours
December 29, 2011
Employees in the Lawrence police and fire departments were to receive a reduction in their work hours beginning Jan. 1.
100 years ago: Public outraged at shenanigans in residential district
December 29, 2011
“There happened in this city last night on Ohio street what is the culmination of a most disgraceful affair.”
Capitol costs
It would be nice if Kansas taxpayers could feel that state officials were trying to hold down the costs of renovating the state capitol.
December 29, 2011 in print edition on A10
So what’s another $21 million added to a Kansas Statehouse renovation project that now is projected to cost $319 million?
Judicial engagement has positive result
December 29, 2011 in print edition on A10
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is famously liberal and frequently reversed. Recently, however, a unanimous three-judge panel of this court did something right when it held that bone marrow donors can be compensated. In effect, it revised a law, the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984, because of a medical technique developed since then.
Young victim’s courage shames adults
December 29, 2011 in print edition on A10
Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky may have waived his preliminary hearing in the child sex-abuse case, but two former Penn State officials charged with perjury and failure to report a crime had their first day in court a week ago.
Horoscope for Dec. 29
December 29, 2011
You certainly have a way with words. At the same time, what were valid goals and thoughts three years ago might not be any longer. Re-evaluate your priorities and update them. If you are single, you are more likely to draw in someone who works better with you because of this process. If you are attached, there could be an issue as views and goals change. Pisces brings out your personality.
Vern Yip hosts HGTV’s big city giveaway
December 29, 2011
Vern Yip hosts “HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2011” (7 p.m.,). As the title implies, a lucky winner will be given the keys to a luxury Chicago high-rise condominium valued at $750,000. Look for product placements galore. This is not to be confused with HGTV’s “Dream Home Giveaway” or its “Green Home Giveaway.”