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Archive for Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lead stories

1:01 a.m.
The former Farmland Industries site on the eastern edge of Lawrence is shown in an aerial photo taken Monday, May 16, 2011. Renewable energy options to be studied for Farmland Industries site
November 4, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Federal agencies will spend $35,000 to study how the former Farmland Industries site could one day support the production of renewable energy.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Turner Gill bemoans a missed field goal during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Close loss won’t change opinions on KU, Turner Gill
November 5, 2011
The guys wearing KU ballcaps and blue coats, the coaches, wanted to win the game played Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium on the campus of Iowa State. So did the players wearing nameless jerseys and a “KU” on their helmets.
10:00 a.m.
Michael Tanner plays guitar from the floor of a one-room shack built on a trailer, which he lives and sleeps in that is attached to his van. Tanner says he was given the nickname “Mayor Mike” by members of the Lawrence homeless community for his efforts in building a “village” for homeless people near the river in east Lawrence in 2008 that was eventually bulldozed by the city. Men who live in structures attached to vehicles relish freedom, not paying rent
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Michael Tanner, 52, has spent years trying to live rent-free in Lawrence, and he seems to have finally found the answer.
2:00 p.m.
Chuck Epp, a member of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group, organizes his own documents while some of the the group's communal records — Ground Rules, plus unresolved issues idling in a "Parking Lot" — are affixed to the wall inside a meeting room at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. Epp and fellow group members met Oct. 17, 2011. Data to help drive consolidation deliberations for Lawrence schools
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
As members of a consolidation working group continue working on a proposal for combining, expanding or even building new schools — an effort they acknowledge will only become both emotional and divisive in the weeks ahead — a team of experts is compiling numbers behind the scenes to build a data-filled foundation for deliberations.
6:00 p.m.
A nonprofit group in Lawrence aimed at helping veterans and their families navigate through the benefit process started up in late 2009 and is hoping to ramp up fundraising efforts. Three of the officers that lead the group are, from left, Virginia A. Girard-Brady, Rod Ratzlaff and Preston Girard. Nonprofit group provides benefit guidance to veterans for post-military life
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
In their work during more than a decade representing and helping veterans across the country in disability-benefits cases, Virginia Girard-Brady, Preston Girard and Rod Ratzlaff noticed some things slipping through the cracks.
9:00 p.m.
The Taser Model X26, with the distinctive yellow handle, is carried by 41 Lawrence police officers. Police chief defends keeping details about complaints private
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
So far this year, the Lawrence Police Department has handled 19 complaints against officers — 12 of which have been sustained, according to Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib. But more specific details about those cases and how the department handled disciplinary action will not be provided, Khatib said.

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Domestic disturbance between brothers believed to lead to stabbing
November 6, 2011
A 32-year-old man sought treatment at Lawrence Memorial Hospital late Saturday afternoon after being stabbed in the foot in a domestic disturbance in the 1900 block of Clifton Court, police said.
KU’s Self not fretting over Missouri’s decision to leave Big 12 for SEC
Majority of Kansas fans don’t give a flip about playing Missouri,’ Jayhawk basketball coach states
November 6, 2011
Bill Self, Sheahon Zenger and Bernadette Gray-Little commented about MU’s decision to join the SEC on Sunday.
KU women top Pittsburg State, 68-43, in final exhibition game
06:04 p.m., November 6, 2011 Updated 12:41 a.m.
Monica Engelman scored 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 68-43 exhibition victory over Pittsburg State on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Missouri to SEC a done deal
10:21 a.m., November 6, 2011 Updated 12:46 a.m.
The Southeastern Conference says it will add Missouri to the league, starting next football season.
Three being treated in Lawrence after overdosing
04:12 a.m., November 6, 2011 Updated 09:20 p.m.
Lawrence Police are investigating a multiple overdose, involving three people in the 3400 block of Scioto Drive this morning. Police and Fire/Medical were dispatched just before 3:40 a.m., according to Journal-World news partner Operation 100.
Authorities respond to multiple injury crash at 19th and Iowa
02:29 a.m., November 6, 2011 Updated 09:19 p.m.
Life Star is responding to a two-vehicle crash at 19th and Iowa in Lawrence where there are at least four people injured. Check back at @ljworld.com for more information.
Order could keep Dodge City, Garden City connected
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A10
A tentative federal order would allow Dodge City and Garden City to continue offering commercial flights.
Fort Riley soldier, 25, killed in Iraq
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 25-year-old solider with the 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Riley has died from wounds suffered in an enemy attack in Iraq.
Kansas seeks leases for ponds, river access
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas wildlife and parks officials are looking to spend about $1 million to lease access to private ponds, rivers and streams in hopes of boosting outdoor recreational opportunities.
So to speak: KU has high number of language offerings
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
Students taking basic foreign languages at Kansas University aren’t just greeting each other with an “hola” in Spanish or a “bonjour” in French, they’re also saying “pozdrav” in Croatian and “yaxshimusiz” in Uighur.
Most unemployed people no longer receiving benefits
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America’s unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits.
Data to help drive consolidation deliberations for Lawrence schools
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
As members of a consolidation working group continue working on a proposal for combining, expanding or even building new schools — an effort they acknowledge will only become both emotional and divisive in the weeks ahead — a team of experts is compiling numbers behind the scenes to build a data-filled foundation for deliberations.
Topeka woman dies in accident on Interstate 470
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 22-year-old Topeka woman died after being involved a single-vehicle accident just before noon Saturday on Interstate 470 in Topek
Men who live in structures attached to vehicles relish freedom, not paying rent
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
Michael Tanner, 52, has spent years trying to live rent-free in Lawrence, and he seems to have finally found the answer.
Pump patrol
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.21 at several stations.
Nonprofit group provides benefit guidance to veterans for post-military life
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A3
In their work during more than a decade representing and helping veterans across the country in disability-benefits cases, Virginia Girard-Brady, Preston Girard and Rod Ratzlaff noticed some things slipping through the cracks.
Police chief defends keeping details about complaints private
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A3
So far this year, the Lawrence Police Department has handled 19 complaints against officers — 12 of which have been sustained, according to Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib. But more specific details about those cases and how the department handled disciplinary action will not be provided, Khatib said.
Lawrence, area residents feel Oklahoma earthquake
November 6, 2011
Melody McKenzie said she’s not usually superstitious. But when she saw her kitchen table begin to shake late Saturday, the first thing that popped into her head was the film “Paranormal Activity.”
Game Balls and Gassers: Iowa State
November 6, 2011
Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers …
25 years ago: Lawrence children enjoying computers in schools
November 6, 2011
It had been six years since Lawrence schools had received their first classroom computers.
40 years ago: Missing girl’s body found; cousin to be charged
November 6, 2011
Honeycutt, who had been arrested in Arkansas, had agreed to waive extradition to Kansas.
Ex-Penn State coach accused of molestation
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B2
An explosive sex abuse scandal and possible cover-up rocked “Happy Valley” on Saturday when former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, once considered Joe Paterno’s heir apparent, was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.
Griffin, Baylor offense have record day against MU
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B9
Robert Griffin III threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another, and Terrance Ganaway ran for touchdowns of 38 and 80 yards, leading Baylor to a 42-39 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.
National briefs: Busch barred from weekend NASCAR races
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kyle Busch finally went too far for NASCAR, even in the era of “Boys, have at it.”
Texas finds offensive identity vs. Tech
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B9
For several years, Texas lacked a power back who could pound defenses into submission. Now the Longhorns seem to have them everywhere.
OU beats A&M, but loses standout Broyles
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B9
No. 7 Oklahoma lost a lot in a victory over Texas A&M.
Wild KSU upset bid falls short at No. 3 OSU
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B9
Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 502 yards and four touchdowns, and Joseph Randle scored the final, tiebreaking 23-yard touchdown with 2:16 remaining to lift No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 52-45 victory against No. 17 Kansas State on Saturday night.
Baker squeaks past Benedictine
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B5
Senior defensive back Madison Morris’ interception with 1:20 left sealed No. 25 Baker University’s 10-7 college football victory over No. 9 Benedictine College on Saturday at Liston Stadium, keeping the Wildcats’ NAIA playoff hopes alive.
Area football roundup: Eudora stuns Basehor-Linwood
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B10
Eudora High scored the final 13 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and knock undefeated Basehor-Linwood out of the Class 4A state football playoffs, 28-21.
Veritas football upended, 48-30
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B5
Veritas Christian School’s football winning streak came to an end at the hands of an old nemesis.
UT volleyball survives KU
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s volleyball team took No. 9-ranked Texas to five sets, but the Longhorns ultimately prevailed on Saturday at Horejsi Center.
Chiefs closing in on tweet prophesy
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
Nobody thought much of it when Le’Ron McClain sent the tweet bouncing across the Internet. The Kansas City Chiefs had lost three straight games, two in lopsided fashion, along with three of their best players to season-ending injuries.
100 years ago: City orders water to be boiled before using
November 6, 2011
“The city water is not good.”
Andy Rooney, ‘60 Minutes’ commentator, dies at 92
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes” commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until he was 92 years old.
More trash talk
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A9
I join other seniors feeling the price of bins and extra bags is not needed or wanted. It’s pricey for those on a fixed income. We recycle at Walmart, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army and we have a compost pile and use our shredder to make mulch. If we switch to this method, what do we do with our garbage cans? Are we supposed to haul our bins out to the curb?  That should be a big draw to future senior residents.
Trash service
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A9
Last week a gentleman wrote to the newspaper that the city should just drop the task force on trash services and privatize because it would be cheaper. Be careful, you may get the cheap you want to pay for.
Government’s role in economy
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A9
“Seeing is believing” — right? According to Michael Shermer, author of “The Believing Brain,” that hoary bromide has it exactly wrong. Believing comes first. Then we seek information that confirms our beliefs and reject whatever might contradict them. Our brains are “belief engines,” writes Shermer. They search for patterns and endow them with meanings, simple truths to comfort us in a complex world.
‘Our’ blacks vs. ‘their’ blacks
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A9
Do you think it gives Clarence Thomas a warm, fuzzy feeling to know he is one of Ann Coulter’s blacks?
School funds
The governor’s plan to significantly shift the responsibility for school funding to local taxpayers may be cause for concern.
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A9
The Kansas State Board of Education will get its first official look Tuesday at plans to revamp the state’s school finance formula.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
November 6, 2011
Road work planned for the week of November 6, 2011.
‘Hell’ recalls anti-Westerns of the 1960s
November 6, 2011
AMC returns to its roots with “Hell on Wheels” (9 p.m.). It’s easy to forget that before the American Movie Classics network became known for original series like “Mad Men,” ‘‘Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” its most popular broadcasts included Westerns, including repeats of the “Lonesome Dove” miniseries and its own Western mini, “Broken Trail.”
Horoscope for Nov. 6
November 6, 2011
This year you express your fiery nature, with the exception of late January through April 2012. Be careful where you put your energy. If you are single, you could attract someone very exciting before summer 2012. If you are attached, the two of you need to discuss your frustration or hurt feelings, but certainly don’t make any decisions in the above-mentioned period. Aries can trigger you.
Garden Calendar: Using layering as an alternative to grafting
November 6, 2011
One of the most interesting characteristics of plants, I think, is the ability to reproduce asexually. Layering is alternative method and is a good choice for propagating plants with soft, supple branches like forsythia, azalea, rhododendron, holly and magnolia.
Jayhawks tapped 11th in preseason men’s basketball
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s basketball team — which has been ranked preseason No. 13 by both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today — has been tapped No. 11 nationally by hoops guru Ken Pomeroy.
Kansas women add to arsenal for PSU
November 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s women’s basketball lineup could be a little more lethal in its second exhibition game.