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Utility takes heat for storm response
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The pressure on Connecticut Light & Power intensified Friday with the governor announcing an independent investigation of the utility’s response to last week’s winter storm outages and a local fire department claiming the company’s response has led to safety issues.
Job market makes modest improvement as unemployment falls
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The American job market improved modestly in October, and economists looking deeper into the numbers found reasons for optimism — or at least what counts for optimism in this agonizingly slow economic recovery.
Obama: World economic recovery on ‘firmer footing’
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Conceding a fragile global recovery and plodding job growth back home, President Barack Obama said Friday he is confident European leaders are fixing their ominous debt crisis, which threatens to undermine the United States and his own shot at a second term.
As fund deadline nears, Lawrence Community Shelter ‘positive’
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
With three weeks to go before a Thanksgiving Day deadline, Loring Henderson, Lawrence Community Shelter director, said donations — large and small — are rolling in to make a new shelter a reality.
Renewable energy options to be studied for Farmland Industries site
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Federal agencies will spend $35,000 to study how the former Farmland Industries site could one day support the production of renewable energy.
City Commission agenda for Nov. 8
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence city commissioners will discuss planning for a new $15 million recreation center in west Lawrence, one that would be built with financial assistance from the Assists Foundation, which is led by Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.
Rural Lawrence man ordered to stand trial in shooting death of cousin
November 4, 2011
A 68-year-old rural Lawrence man has been ordered to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder in connection with a shooting of a family member in a soybean field northwest of Champaign, Ill.
Construction coming to two stretches of Iowa Street
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Rebuilding a busy stretch of Iowa Street and expanding two of its major intersections in the coming years will cost millions of dollars and cause plenty of traffic delays, officials acknowledge.
Kansans for No Income Tax hit the road to spread message of abolishing state income tax
11:06 a.m., November 4, 2011 Updated 11:57 a.m.
The issue is likely to be one of the most contentious of the upcoming session. staff’s Week 10 college football picks
November 4, 2011
The following are the Journal-World staffers’ picks for Week 10 of the college football season.
Kan. revenue secretary hears tax concerns
November 4, 2011
State Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan has completed a two-day tour of western Kansas to gather ideas from rural citizens about potential changes in the tax code.
Derby police looking for man impersonating officer
November 4, 2011
Police in a Wichita suburb are looking for a man driving a gray Ford Crown Victoria that resembles a patrol car and using flashing lights in the grill to stop other vehicles.
Former President Bush draws 5K crowd in Wichita
November 4, 2011
Former president George W. Bush spoke to about 5,000 people at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, giving the chamber its first sold-out crowd.
State budget cuts have led to fewer teachers in Kansas schools while enrollment increases
November 4, 2011
In the 2008-09 school year, base state aid to public schools was $4,400 per pupil. That figure is now $3,780 per pupil following several rounds of cuts, including the latest one of $232 per pupil approved by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Occupy protesters disavow Oakland violence
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Occupy Wall Street protesters had just a few hours to celebrate what they saw as their biggest victory so far: the peaceful shutdown of the nation’s fifth-busiest port. Then the rioting began.
Be careful: Time change can lead to more accidents
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
A day when everyone has the potential of getting an extra hour of sleep might seem like an odd time to remind drivers to be extra careful on the road. But that’s exactly what the National Road Safety Foundation does every year.
Firm working to improve Internet speed for students
12:54 a.m., November 4, 2011 Updated 10:08 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University is working with an outside company that provides Internet service to its student housing to boost its basic-tier Internet speeds after student complaints. KU switched this semester from providing its own in-house Internet service for university housing, ResNet, to an outside contractor, Apogee, a company based in Austin, Texas, that provides Internet services to a variety of college campuses across the country.
Morgantown, home of KU’s new rival in the Big 12, a lot like Lawrence
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
When Michelle Sandrey first moved to Morgantown, W. Va., she couldn’t help but be reminded of her years in Lawrence and elsewhere in Kansas.
County lifts burn ban
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A2
Following Wednesday’s rainfall, the Douglas County Commission has lifted the burn ban that had been in effect since last month.
Man accused of having sex with 15-year-old ordered to trial
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 15-year-old girl on Thursday in court accused a 37-year-old Lawrence man of having sex with her without her consent at a Lawrence residence in September.
Heard on the Hill: Search for dean of graduate studies coming to a close; Kansan editor quoted in Wall Street Journal about student debt; study shows students really, really love their cellphones
12:01 a.m., November 4, 2011 Updated 09:06 a.m.
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Role player: Lions RB Jenkins stepping up at key time
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
From backup running back to starting quarterback, Lawrence High football junior Tyrone Jenkins has had quite the journey, complete with unexpected turns, up the depth-chart ladder this fall.
National briefs: NBA labor meetings to continue Saturday
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
NBA players and owners will start negotiating again Saturday, and the union’s leaders say they’re unified as they seek to resolve the lockout.
Big Baldwin helping Chiefs air it out
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs will never be confused with the “Greatest Show on Turf,” not so long as Todd Haley is calling the shots.
LHS ready to battle O-South, with or without quarterbacks
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High football team had three injured quarterbacks entering its regular-season finale.
Ex-KU guard Morningstar selected in D-League draft
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University guard Brady Morningstar was selected by the Tulsa 66ers in the third round of the NBA Development League draft on Thursday.
Recent foes restrict KU football rushers
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
The running game no longer appears to be a strength for the Kansas University football team.
Baker athletes net title trifecta
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
For one magical night, peaceful Baldwin City transformed itself into Titletown, USA, thanks to Baker University athletic teams winning three different regular-season Heart of America Athletic Conference titles in two cities Tuesday.
25 years ago: Voters turn out early on chilly election day
November 4, 2011
A pre-noon check of local polling places showed that 21.4 percent of voters had already braved the chilly early-November weather.
40 years ago: Family member wanted for questioning in case of missing child
November 4, 2011
A cousin of a missing Lawrence girl was being sought for questioning in her disappearance.
100 years ago: New wireless technology to connect midwest schools
November 4, 2011
“If the present plans do not fail, Kansas University will be on a connecting air line with other universities of the Middle States via wireless.”
6th-grader struck by vehicle at Liberty middle school
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A sixth-grade boy was hit by a vehicle Thursday morning in front of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, according to the Lawrence school district.
Pump patrol
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.21 at several stations.
Governor: Statistics key in reducing abuse
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday said instances of child abuse could be reduced by publicly reporting county-by-county child abuse statistics.
Fantasy figures
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
I read the responses from various clergy and religious leaders in regards to Halloween and religious beliefs.
Moves may open opportunity for Israel
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Diplomatic versions of the three-cushion shot in billiards are perilous, but let’s suppose you could accomplish the following: Lift the stature of Egypt’s fragile transitional government, support Israel’s desire for Arab recognition, re-animate the Palestinian peace process and deal a blow to Iran.
Enforcement effort
It’s disappointing that local law enforcement agencies aren’t working together on plans for new, joint facilities.
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The merging several decades ago of city and county operations at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center at 11th and New Hampshire has been a great cooperative effort that benefited local residents and taxpayers.
Over $1,000 in computer equipment reported stolen from apartment
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 29-year-old Kansas University employee reported $1,017 worth of computer equipment and accessories stolen from his apartment near the Holiday Inn Lawrence on Second Street.
Scientists hope to see birth of iceberg
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Radar technology developed at Kansas University is helping NASA scientists track something they’ve never monitored before: the birth of an iceberg.
Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.
Horoscopes for November 4
November 4, 2011
This year you develop a new mental thought process. Allow your creativity to flow, unlike you have in the past. If you are single, you could meet someone quite spectacular. If you are attached, the two of you act like newlyweds. You could have a new addition to your family if you’re at the right place in life. Pisces is the ultimate romantic.
Can ‘Grimm’ carve out prime-time audience?
November 4, 2011
Last week’s debut was anything but “Grimm” (8 p.m., NBC) for the new fairy tale police procedural. The second series based on bedtime stories to premiere in the space of a week, “Grimm” had a respectable night last Friday, given the domination of an exciting seventh game of an exciting World Series on Fox.
Happy home
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Because of my husband’s job, we moved to Lawrence. Being from Missouri and being a farmer’s daughter, I really hadn’t heard of Lawrence, Kan.
Speaking out for the arts in Kansas
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Arts Commission has closed its doors. Kansas has become the only state in the nation to eliminate public funding for the arts.
KU’s Robinson honors mom by planting memorial tree
November 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
A loving, lasting tribute to Lisa Robinson, the mother of Kansas University junior basketball power forward Thomas Robinson, stands about 15-feet tall outside Wagnon Student Athlete Center, to the West of Allen Fieldhouse.
Greek P.M. abandons referendum on debt plan
November 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Greece’s prime minister abandoned his explosive plan to put a European rescue deal to popular vote Thursday, keeping his government alive — but passionate squabbling in Athens left the country’s solvency in doubt and the eurozone in turmoil.