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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says rural burglary reports have increased
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported a recent spike in burglaries in rural Douglas County. Sgt. Steve Lewis, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said 16 burglaries have been reported since Oct. 1 — with six of those in November.
Retired KU professor giving $1.4 million to establish urban planning position
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
A retired Kansas University professor of urban planning has established a $1.4 million estate commitment to KU for the university’s first professorship in urban planning.
4.7 magnitude earthquake hits Oklahoma
09:43 p.m., November 7, 2011 Updated 11:06 p.m.
Lawrence residents also reported feeling this quake on Monday night.
SRS launches adoption initiative
November 7, 2011
Kansas is launching an effort to increase the number of children adopted through the state system.
KU, Texas A&M football game to kick off at 11 a.m.
November 7, 2011
The Kansas football team’s road game against Texas A&M on Nov. 19 will kick off at 11 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.
Thomas Robinson expected to play against Fort Hays State on Tuesday
November 7, 2011
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson is expected to play in the Jayhawks’ exhibition finale against Fort Hays State, KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday.
Brownback hires $150,000 information technology chief from Florida, but questions arise about qualifications
01:43 p.m., November 7, 2011 Updated 06:11 p.m. in print edition on A1
Brownback also issued an executive order that directs all executive branch agency IT directors and staff to report to Mann.
Brownback’s Medicaid reform proposal to be unveiled Tuesday
12:18 p.m., November 7, 2011 Updated 11:35 p.m. in print edition on A3
The long-anticipated Medicaid reform package from Gov. Sam Brownback will be unveiled Tuesday.
Alcohol suspected as contributing factor in crash that injured Lawrence man, damaged I-70 bridge
November 7, 2011
A 22-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries Saturday night after he crashed a car into the underside of an Interstate 70 overpass.
Belles of the ball: ‘Pearls’ learn, perform dances while raising scholarship money
November 7, 2011
Seven young ladies from Lawrence will be among the debutantes at the upcoming Fashionetta Debutante Ball and Scholarship Program in Topeka on Nov. 12. They and their escorts, all juniors and seniors from Lawrence and Free State high schools, are among the 12 couples who will be presented at the soiree.
Flag bearers needed for Homestead Act celebration
November 7, 2011
The Homestead National Monument in southeast Nebraska is seeking volunteers to carry state flags for the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.
Topeka district considers transgender amendment
November 7, 2011
Some advocates say the Topeka school district could help reduce bullying if it adds sexual orientation and transgender people to its anti-discrimination policy.
Meeting to address social services needs
November 7, 2011
Two coalitions are sponsoring town hall meetings across Kansas this month to discuss the effect of future state budget cuts.
Missing baby’s family facing sad birthday
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lisa Irwin’s first birthday, less than a week away, will be “the oh-my-God moment” for the missing baby’s Kansas City family, her grandfather said.
KU fans weigh in on Missouri’s exit from Big 12 Conference
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
It’s official. The University of Missouri has left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, confirming what many have speculated for months.
Brownback sets up meetings across state to discuss child poverty
November 7, 2011
Child welfare advocates say they are pleased that Gov. Sam Brownback has initiated meetings to address childhood poverty but are concerned about some earlier Brownback actions.
Divorces
November 7, 2011
Divorces granted in Douglas County court.
Native grass seed in short supply after drought
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Drought across much of the Midwest has battered this fall’s harvest of native grass seeds, creating some shortages and higher prices for many varieties commonly used in Conservation Reserve Program acres or for roadside reseeding projects, growers said.
Marriages
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses were issued to the following people.
Big quake follows increase in Oklahoma rumblings
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Clouds of dust belched from the corners of almost every room in Joe Reneau’s house as the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the two-story building.
Bankruptcies
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Groups seek people to adopt families for holidays
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
A coalition of nonprofit organizations in Lawrence is seeking individuals, groups and businesses to adopt low-income Douglas County families for the Christmas holiday.
Lawrence Public Library to host nonprofit workshop
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Representatives from area nonprofit organizations looking for a leg up in fundraising, proposal writing and more are invited to the Lawrence Public Library from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Nudist group that began in Lawrence shows fun, relaxation to be had in a body
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Local nudists take themselves very seriously - but have fun along the way.
Lawrence man files lawsuit against Washburn, health care contractor after incident involving ADHD medication
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man has filed a federal lawsuit against Washburn University in Topeka and a health care contractor at a Kansas prison, alleging he was unfairly dismissed from Washburn’s clinical psychology graduate program and an internship for an incident involving his ADHD medication.
How to help: Volunteers needed for blood drive
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
American Red Cross of Douglas County needs several volunteers still to help with its blood drive on Tuesday at First Christian Church, 10th and Kentucky streets.
First Bell: Online petition targets standards-based grading for sixth-graders; Consolidation Working Group to receive detailed data Monday
November 7, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Huron consultants back in town; Joshua Rosenbloom is last finalist for graduate studies dean position
November 7, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
National briefs: Stewart wins again; closes on Edwards
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Another round to Tony Stewart, and quite a fight for the Cup title with two races left.
NBA players mulling ultimatum
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
NBA players have until Wednesday to accept Commissioner David Stern’s latest offer, though the response already seems obvious.
Sporting K.C. falls short of final, 2-0
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
The first time Houston came into Livestrong Sporting Park, the Dynamo went home on the short end of a 3-0 rout. They haven’t lost since that Sept. 10 defeat — and this time, they left with the faint scent of champagne still clinging to their scraggly playoff beards.
Kansas loses bowl carrot
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Iowa State made it impossible for the Kansas University football team to become bowl-eligible this season by earning at least six victories.
Chiefs’ come back down, 31-3
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Chiefs were coming off an exhilarating overtime victory, a hard-fought win over a division opponent that gave them a share of the AFC West lead. With a short week on deck before Sunday’s game against the winless Miami Dolphins, coach Todd Haley struggled with how to structure it. He wound up plowing ahead in practice rather than backing off and letting his guys heal up, and Kansas City paid for the decision in embarrassing fashion.
Reunion nears for Hays products
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
There’s a good chance best friends Jordan Juenemann of Kansas University and Jason Ball of Fort Hays State will guard each other in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. exhibition basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.
Bad move, Mizzou
November 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Mystified at Missouri’s decision to bolt the Big 12 for the SEC, yes. Shocked? No. Remember, this is the same school that interviewed Quin Snyder and Bill Self to replace Norm Stewart and decided to hire Snyder.
The Rev. Billy Graham, America’s most famous evangelist, turns 93
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
For the Rev. Billy Graham, America’s most famous evangelist across a career that lasted some six decades, the prospect of old age and death was for a long time something he tried not to think about, despite his convictions about the eternity that awaits human beings.
Racial politics return with Cain allegations
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
Herman Cain’s rise as a presidential contender was supposed to prove that race didn’t matter in the Republican Party. Cain is fast making it the only thing that does.
Thousands protest at White House over pipeline
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
Thousands of protesters gathered in Lafayette Square across from the White House on Sunday to oppose a plan for a transnational oil pipeline they fear could harm the environment.
25 years ago: AIDS education encouraged for younger children
November 7, 2011
The current Lawrence school curriculum required a junior-high health class that only offered some information on reproduction.
40 years ago: Buckley speech at KU lacking in optimism
November 7, 2011
“How does one discover that one is slipping into a dark age?”
Analysis: Is student loan, education bubble next?
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
First the dot.coms popped, then mortgages. Are student loans and higher education the next bubble, the latest investment craze inflating on borrowed money and misplaced faith it can never go bad?
Occupy protests inspire T-shirts, trademark bids
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
The revolution will be trademarked and put on T-shirts if an increasing number of entrepreneurs succeed in their attempts to profit from the Occupy demonstrations.
Sexual harassment pervasive in grades 7-12
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
It can be a malicious rumor whispered in the hallway, a lewd photo arriving by cellphone, hands groping where they shouldn’t. Added up, it’s an epidemic — student-on-student sexual harassment that is pervasive in America’s middle schools and high schools.
Boomer Girl Diary: Weathering the DASH Diet
November 7, 2011
Winter is a blessing for Cathy, who loves cold-weather clothing and comfort food, but this year promises to be different now that her husband’s on the DASH Diet.
100 years ago: Prof. Haworth predicts sufficient natural gas for winter
November 7, 2011
“Prof. Haworth has learned from his experiments and investigations made during the past few weeks that there will be no gas famine this winter.”
Questions to differentiate GOP field
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Republican presidential candidates, their sinews stiffened and their blood summoned up, may rightly dread Wednesday’s version of what are inexplicably called debates. The candidates have some explaining to do, particularly regarding two subjects that deserve more searching examination than is possible in 60-second bursts on a stage cluttered with eight contestants. But perhaps certain candidates can be compelled to expand upon, and improve upon, what they have been saying about foreign policy, and about the role of the judiciary in American democracy.
Next steps
It’s time to dive into the details to see whether the city can take advantage of an offer of private support for a new city recreation center.
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
A new recreation center in northwest Lawrence isn’t exactly a slam dunk.
Personal matters
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
My recent letter, “Modesty issue,” received a variety of responses. This week, our evening conversation began, “Why are so many things in our society throwaway?” The answer came from a young fellow in a different context as I watched him fix his lawn mower in my garage.
Menu choices
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
In regard to your articles on attracting retirees to Lawrence, I have a complaint. Many retirees are on limited incomes and cannot afford Meadowlark Estates and their opportunity to provide three meals a day. I know Lawrence does not like “chain” restaurants. However, there is a need for reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night pie and coffee after grandchildren’s activities in the northwest area of Lawrence.
Horoscope for Nov. 7
November 7, 2011
This year you might feel that people are putting you under unusual pressure. You wonder why. If you are single, you could meet a potential suitor through a group event or happening. If you are attached, sometimes you could be confused by a certain vagueness from your sweetie. Aries pushes you hard.
‘Kung Fu Panda’ spinoff show kicks into gear
November 7, 2011
Success breeds sequels and then a TV spinoff. That formula now applies to “Kung Fu Panda.” The new series “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” (4:30 p.m., Nickelodeon) debuts for the “SpongeBob” crowd today.
Squirmy toddler? There’s an app for that
November 7, 2011
There’s a new routine these days whenever Amber Mullaney goes out to eat at a restaurant. While waiting to be seated, she asks her husband to get the phone ready to hand over to their 2-year-old daughter, Tatum.
Mind Matters: Navigating midlife
November 7, 2011
It’s as though one mountain has been climbed and you are now asking, “Where do I go from here?” You are feeling depressed and anxious. You sense that life is short and time is passing you by.
Fix-It Chick: Check your vehicle’s antifreeze in autumn
November 7, 2011
Fall is a good time to check the antifreeze levels in your vehicle. Antifreeze, often referred to as coolant, safeguards your engine block from freezing throughout the winter and protects the engine from overheating in the summer.
Amtrak prepares for Thanksgiving travel rush
November 7, 2011
Amtrak is preparing for Thanksgiving, the rail service’s busiest travel period of the year, with extra trains and rail cars added to routes through Chicago, the Midwest and other regions.
There’s a time, look and boot for everything
November 7, 2011
There’s fall and spring, winter and summer — and there’s boot season. For many fashion fans, that’s the best time of year.
Slice of Life: Graphologist a ‘lifelong student’
November 7, 2011
Peter Clark didn’t learn to write until first grade. Once he did, there was no holding him; it birthed a lifelong fascination with handwriting, leading him to become a professional graphologist.
Too many cooks: Keeping peace among kitchen helpers
November 7, 2011
Friends, kids, mother-in-laws, grandmas and — gasp — full-grown men love to do what they can in the kitchen. Which is nice and thoughtful of them and all, but sometimes it can be a bit … much.
Delicious/Nutritious: Cooks from different camps to square off
November 7, 2011
If you’ve ever read any of my blogs on Lawrence.com, chances are you’ve figured out by now that I’m sort of a health nut.
Go Green: The childhood of an environmentalist
November 7, 2011
What happened in the childhoods of environmentalists to make them grow up with a love for the natural world?
River City Jules: Lessons drive Mom to the edge
November 7, 2011
Sitting on the bathroom floor waiting patiently for my firstborn to produce something to cheer about, hoping against all hope that the day would be accident-free, I firmly believed that potty-training would be the most trying life skill to impart during my parenting career, which, at that point, was less than 3 years old.
Double Take: Parents, counselors can help teens find healthy ways to manage stress
November 7, 2011
Stress is a part of our teenage years. We have all had those days, where mom and dad are yelling at you, you’re fighting with your friends and you have homework piled up to your eyes. But how do we deal with it in a healthy way?
Lawrence Laundry: Local fashion focus of new column
November 7, 2011
Style isn’t about the clothes. It’s about how and why a person wears them.
U.S. wealth gap between young, old widest ever
November 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
The wealth gap between younger and older Americans has stretched to the widest on record, worsened by a prolonged economic downturn that has wiped out job opportunities for young adults and saddled them with housing and college debt.