Archive for Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas University Cancer is seeking a National Cancer Institute designation as a cancer center. In February, the University Cancer Center will receive a visit from an NCI team, which will forward recommendations back to Washington, D.C. on whether to grant the designation. KU cancer center designation may happen in 2012
December 30, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The year 2012 will be a pivotal one for the Kansas University Cancer Center. After a site visit from an NCI team in February, KU will await word on whether it has achieved its top research priority of attaining designation as a cancer center from the National Cancer Institute.
10:00 a.m.
Roger and Camay Guilory stand outside their home at 1772 E. 200 Rd., which was destroyed in a fire early Friday morning, Dec. 29, 2011.  The parents and their nine children, ages 13-months to 19-years-old, escaped out a second-floor window. Early-morning fire displaces family of 11 from rural Douglas County home
10:20 a.m., December 30, 2011 Updated 11:29 p.m.
An early-morning fire Friday in northwestern Douglas County has displaced a family of 11, an American Red Cross leader said.
2:00 p.m.
The top stories on in 2011 included the tragic death of a McLouth high school student in Costa Rica, a K-10 car accident that killed 5-year-old Cainan Shutt, the seizure of Jefferson's' assets, a 2009 story about the synthetic drug K2, a 2000 story about the best pop songs since 1963, a photo gallery of the Journal-World's series on Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," and a classic car found in storage.’s top stories of 2011 featured the tragic and off-beat
December 30, 2011
The most popular stories on are consistently those about Jayhawk sports, traffic accidents, crime and local business and politics. But in 2011, the off-beat and tragic were the stories that drew the largest audience.
6:00 p.m.
The risks of drunk driving are widely known, but drunk walking carries risks of its own. Experts urge New Year's Eve revelers to have a safe plan for getting home after the party ends. In this file photo, Sean Graves cleans up at the Eldridge Hotel after a New Year's Eve party. Walking while drunk can be dangerous on New Year’s
December 30, 2011 in print edition on 3A
We all know it’s a bad idea to become smashing drunk and then get behind the wheel of car. But what about people who trade the keys in for a pair of shoes?
10:00 p.m.
Anatomy of a hangover: Is there anything you can do?
December 30, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Dry mouth, pounding headache, queasy stomach, body aches — all standard fare the morning after a heavy-drinking New Year’s Eve celebration.

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Seasonal workers staying on longer to give extra help
December 31, 2011
Although the “help wanted for the holidays” signs may have left Lawrence store windows, seasonal workers remain at some area businesses.
8 file for Kansas GOP presidential caucuses
December 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas has a full field of candidates for its Republican presidential caucuses March 6.
Drunken-driving fatalities in Kansas jump in 2010
December 31, 2011
Kansas had the second-highest jump in the number of drunken-driving fatalities in the nation in 2010, a year in which overall alcohol-related fatalities fell, according to federal data.
Jayhawks in the NBA for Dec. 31
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
How former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of Dec. 31, 2011.
Chiefs, Kyle Orton can spoil Broncos’ season
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kyle Orton won’t come out and say it, calling his much-anticipated return to Denver today just another chance to take the field and play a football game. It’s a whole lot more than that.
Haskell tumbles to Avila, 73-56
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Without leading scorer Brady Fairbanks, Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball team didn’t look right Saturday.
Volunteer following in grandma’s footsteps
December 31, 2011
David Vance remembers as a kid phoning his grandmother who lived in Belfast, Ireland, and she wouldn’t be available to talk because she was hurrying off to deliver meals to shut-ins. That made a big impression on Vance.
In Mexico, family faces nightmare after son’s injury
Jerod Nieder, 29, recovering after breaking neck diving into ocean
December 31, 2011
An underwater collision left Jerod Nieder face down in the water and unable to move. Still conscious, he held his breath and hoped that someone would notice.
Top local stories of the year: SRS, KU Athletics, highway safety stood out in 2011
December 31, 2011
At the end of each year, the staff of the Lawrence Journal-World reflects on the stories that affected our community most. While no one event dominated the headlines this year, there were several that made 2011 a memorable one. Here are our top stories.
Uncle gives Elijah Johnson ‘extra boost’ against North Dakota
December 31, 2011
If he keeps playing like this, Kansas guard Elijah Johnson might consider bringing a family member to all of his home games.
Analysis shows it’s never been safer to fly
December 31, 2011
Boarding an airplane has never been safer. The past 10 years have been the best in the country’s aviation history with 153 fatalities. That’s two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights, according to an Associated Press analysis of government accident data.
State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts
December 31, 2011
College students clash with administrators over steeply rising tuition. Public employees shut down statehouses amid cuts to pay and retirement benefits. Teachers and social welfare advocates protest budget cuts. Lawmakers struggle to cope with sharp declines in tax revenue.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: KU coach Bill Self concerned with team’s soft play
December 31, 2011
Kansas University’s basketball team, which lost NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris and Josh Selby off last year’s 35-3 Elite Eight team, finished the 2011-12 nonconference campaign with a 10-3 record.
N. Korea vows to defend Kim Jong Un ‘unto death’
December 31, 2011 in print edition on C6
North Korea vowed today to stage an all-out drive for prosperity as it unites behind new leader Kim Jong Un, ushering in 2012 with promises to resolve food shortages, bolster its military and defend Kim Jong Il’s young son “unto death.”
In 2012, Obama to press ahead without Congress
December 31, 2011 in print edition on C6
Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda and may even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers accomplish little in 2012.
Watch out: Political attacks turn nasty
December 31, 2011 in print edition on C6
In a state whose Midwestern civility usually extends to politics, the Republican presidential campaign has become an acerbic affair. Negative ads fill TV and radio. Attacks are all over the Internet and in material stuffed in mailboxes. Many of the candidates are bashing each other with abandon.
Elite company: Thomas Robinson posts first KU 30/20 game in 50 years as Jayhawks rout UND
December 31, 2011
The only players in Big 12 men’s basketball history to score 30 points and grab 20 rebounds in a game are … Blake Griffin (twice), Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Mario Boggan … and Kansas University’s Thomas Robinson. “Nice names right there,” Robinson, KU’s junior power forward from Washington, D.C., said with a smile, after setting career best marks in points (30) and boards (21) in the Jayhawks’ 84-58 rout of North Dakota on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
KU’s bench needs work
09:46 p.m., December 31, 2011 Updated 11:28 p.m.
Lost in the justifiable marveling at just how terrific — substantively, stylistically and statistically — a game Thomas Robinson played Saturday was the nagging reality that the junior forward has so few teammates ready for the rigors of Big 12 basketball.
North Dakota drops game, nickname
December 31, 2011
Saturday was a historic day for the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team, but not just because UND played its second game in Allen Fieldhouse or made its first appearance on an ESPN network.
Oklahoma dismantles Northwestern State, 83-63
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B6
Oklahoma wrapped up what has to be considered a successful non-conference schedule. And Saturday, the Sooners might have just got some of their confidence back, too.
J’Covan Brown leads Texas past Rice 73-59
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B6
Sheldon McClellan is Texas’ second-leading scorer this season, but it took an injury to Julien Lewis to get the freshman from Houston the first start of his collegiate career.
Iowa State beats Mississippi Valley State, 67-65
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B6
Iowa State’s run of glorified exhibitions and scattered tests are over, as Big 12 play starts next week.
Virginia Tech staves off Oklahoma State, 67-61
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B6
A rare nonconference rematch between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State didn’t end up all that different than the first meeting.
Aggies get 33-22 win over Northwestern
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B7
Northwestern’s comeback attempt came too late and doomed the Wildcats to yet another bowl loss.
K-State tunes up for Big 12, routs Howard 82-46
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B6
Frank Martin didn’t want to see Kansas State play down to the level of the opposition.
Pump Patrol
December 31, 2011
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.07 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
City Commission agenda for Jan. 3
December 31, 2011
Lawrence city commissioners will consider approving an agreement to provide public incentives for a new commercial, office and apartment building at the southwest corner Ninth and New Hampshire streets in downtown Lawrence.
25 years ago: Federal tax overhaul in store for 1987
December 31, 2011
A new federal tax law was set to go into effect on Jan. 1.
40 years ago: Haskell campus fire tops list of local news stories for ‘71
December 31, 2011
Highlights of the year’s local news stories were featured.
100 years ago: Plymouth Congregational to sing out the old year
December 31, 2011
“This is a new idea for Lawrence and the probabilities are that a large crowd will gather at that church.”
Jayhawks in the NBA
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B5
Here is how the Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of Dec. 30, 2011.
LHS boys focus on the little things during break
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
If Lawrence High’s boys basketball team wants to make this season memorable, its winter-break practices could prove to be a huge part of that.
Making it count: Ineligible freshmen duo push KU practice, prep for future
December 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
It didn’t take Ben McLemore long to remind his Kansas University basketball teammates of what they’re missing this season and what they can look forward to during the 2012-13 campaign.
South Carolina should fight voter ID ruling
December 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Is there, or should there ever be, a point at which a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past?
Jerusalem YMCA crosses religious barriers
December 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
This was a bleak year for anyone who dreams of Middle East peace or Arab-Jewish coexistence.
Horoscope for Dec. 31
December 31, 2011
­This year waves of surprises keep hitting, forcing you to at least think. What you have taken for granted will be up for questioning. If you are single, a bond formed this year could be characterized by instability. If you are attached, learn to flow and judge less. Tensions will ease. Aries frequently delegates projects to you.
Dick Clark looks backward and forward in anniversary special
December 31, 2011
Folks who just can’t imagine celebrating New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark probably don’t remember when Clark’s production challenged an established holiday institution.
Faith Forum: What are your hopes for the new year?
December 31, 2011
The Rev. Tom Brady and the Rev. Gary O’Flannagan answer.