Archive for Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Turner Gill pleads for an interference call against Baylor after a pass to KU receiver JaCorey Shepherd during KU's last drive of regulation Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Kivisto Field. Things just not working out for Turner Gill at KU
November 12, 2011
With one more successful play from his offense Saturday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill could have ended a seven-game losing streak, made irrelevant blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and drawn praise for having had the guts to fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
10:00 a.m.
A crowd gathers around for free hot dogs on the porch of the KU Campus Christians house, located at 1320 Ohio St. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Most Friday nights during the school year, the group cooks 400 hot dogs and distributes them for free between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Hot doggin’ it: KU Christians grill food for late-night crowd
November 12, 2011
If you are one of the hundreds of college students who will wander passed 1320 Ohio tonight, you will probably see Jordan Leroy Hanson. He’s the guy dressed as a bottle of mustard and shouting about hot dogs.
2:00 p.m.
Setting a cap stone on her fence, Kathy Shuck, Pleasant Grove, has rebuilt her fence some 30 times due to vehicles damaging it. Vehicles have run off U.S. 59, hit fence on property over 30 times
November 13, 2011
Ripped-up grass and pieces of shattered plastic are scattered across a patch of Kathy Shuck’s yard. They are the remnants of a crash that occurred when a driver fell asleep at the wheel, missed a sharp curve and drove off U.S. Highway 59 straight into Shuck’s yard.
6:00 p.m.
Men recently deported from Arizona wait in line to be registered with Mexican authorities April 28 at the border in Nogales, Mexico. Illegal crossings from Mexico into Arizona have increased this year as Arizona takes immigration enforcement into its own hands under a controversial new law, U.S. Border Patrol statistics and accounts from migration monitors in Mexico indicated. Legislature will have plate full of meaty issues
November 13, 2011
On the issue of immigration, a group of Protestant and Catholic leaders has asked the Legislature to leave the matter to the federal government. But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican and national leader on passing anti-illegal immigration legislation in multiple states, said that isn’t going to happen.

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Drought-stressed plants might be deadly to cattle
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
Ranchers are being urged to watch what they feed their cattle because some drought-stressed plants that were harvested for animal feed or whose stalks remain in fields contain dangerous levels of nitrates.
Rep. Mike Pompeo’s employee top salary list
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
Six months into his first term in Congress, Rep. Mike Pompeo spent more on employee salaries than Kansas’ other members in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kansas prepared for unlikely earthquake
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A recent spate of earthquakes across the southern border in Oklahoma isn’t likely to change the way Kansas officials think about disasters that could strike the state.
Canine companion sought to visit nursing homes
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Visiting Nurses is looking for hospice volunteers to facilitate canine companion visits two to four times per month at local nursing homes.
Volunteers resuscitate Potter Lake
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University students removed more than a ton of vegetation out of Potter Lake Sunday, part of an ongoing effort to restore the campus landmark.
Recession takes a bite out of the free lunch
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ask Lawrence restaurant owners about the problems on their plate, and they’ll probably mention rising food prices.
City hard-pressed to stop sign thefts
November 13, 2011
The stealing of traffic signs — almost a rite of passage among today’s teenagers — has cost the city of Lawrence more than $30,000 this year.
Gov.: Penn St. assistant failed ‘moral obligation’
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Penn State football coach who told a grand jury that he saw another coach molest a child failed to meet “a moral obligation” to intervene, Pennsylvania’s governor said Sunday, adding that he expects more victims to come forward.
European crisis weighs down U.S. companies
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
The tremors from Europe’s financial upheaval have reached U.S. shores, rattling consumers and companies.
U.S. senator warns of layaway’s cost
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
The return of layaway plans this holiday shopping season is raising concern that the break from credit cards might actually cost consumers far more.
Economist to quickly form new government in Italy
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Economist Mario Monti accepted the monumental task Sunday of trying to form a new government that can rescue Italy from financial ruin, expressing confidence that the nation can beat the crisis if its people pull together.
Recruit Landen Lucas picks Kansas
Oregon big man chooses Jayhawks over Washington, Cal, Stanford, Tennessee
06:49 p.m., November 13, 2011 Updated 12:20 a.m.
Oregon big man Landen Lucas has decided to play basketball at Kansas.
KU women’s basketball opens with 76-64 victory over Western Michigan
05:29 p.m., November 13, 2011 Updated 12:19 a.m.
Tania Jackson posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 76-64 victory over Western Michigan in the season-opener on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Charity gave Sandusky access to vulnerable kids
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A9
Over the past 30 years, politicians, sports stars and community leaders heaped praise on Jerry Sandusky and the charity he founded for troubled youngsters, The Second Mile. It was a model program, and the acclaimed football coach was its driving force.
Contenders argue about Afghanistan, Iran, torture
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A9
Unsparing in their criticism of President Barack Obama, Republican presidential hopefuls disagreed in campaign debate Saturday night about the right course in Afghanistan, the use of waterboarding and the wisdom of a pre-emptive military strike to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
Vehicles have run off U.S. 59, hit fence on property over 30 times
November 13, 2011
Ripped-up grass and pieces of shattered plastic are scattered across a patch of Kathy Shuck’s yard. They are the remnants of a crash that occurred when a driver fell asleep at the wheel, missed a sharp curve and drove off U.S. Highway 59 straight into Shuck’s yard.
Baylor players, coach join in locker-room celebration following win over KU
Bears earn bowl eligibility for second straight year
November 13, 2011
Chants of “Bowl game! Bowl Game!” filled Baylor’s football locker room after the Bears’ 31-30 overtime victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
KU players, coaches perplexed by costly facemask call at end of first half
November 13, 2011
A controversial call at the end of the first half resulted in a Baylor field goal and also left Kansas players and coaches baffled following BU’s 31-30 overtime victory over KU on Saturday.
Matt Tait’s football notebook: Darrian Miller has career day
November 13, 2011
Although the effort was overshadowed by Saturday’s 31-30 overtime loss to Baylor, Kansas University freshman running back Darrian Miller paced the KU rushing attack with a career day. Miller’s 147 yards on 24 carries were the most by a KU freshman since 1993 and also represented a new career-high for the 5-foot-10, 191-pound back from Blue Springs, Mo.
25 years ago: Plans under way for annual Bromelsick party
November 13, 2011
As former Scouts and 4-H’ers will remember, the annual party was made possible by the terms of the will of Alfred Bromelsick.
40 years ago: Local man unable to claim money lost and found at Kansas Union
November 13, 2011
“We’d be more than willing to give Mr. Schaake the money if he can give us some idea where it came from.”
100 years ago: Speaker gives ‘forcible’ talk on keeping shopping dollars in Lawrence
November 13, 2011
“Mrs. Smithmeyer said in part that modern travel has greatly facilitated the shopping away from home habit.”
Second-ranked Oklahoma State crushes Texas Tech, 66-6
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B4
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy trusts his second-ranked Cowboys can handle the mounting pressure as they approach their final two games.
Mizzou shuts down No. 21 Texas, loses RB Josey
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B4
In the final Big 12 meeting, Gary Pinkel got the best of Texas.
No. 17 KSU tops A&M in four overtimes
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B4
Bill Snyder wonders whether his team is trying to get rid of him.
National briefs: Nats’ Ramos speaks about two-day abduction
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
His eyes tearing up with emotion, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos embraced his rescuers Saturday and said he had wondered whether he would survive a two-day kidnapping ordeal that ended when commandos swept into his captors’ mountain hideout.
Sanchez excited to be with Royals
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
Jonathan Sanchez walked through Kauffman Stadium on a blustery fall morning, bundled up in a black coat with a black stocking cap pulled onto his head. He’s certainly not in San Francisco anymore.
Legislature will have plate full of meaty issues
November 13, 2011
On the issue of immigration, a group of Protestant and Catholic leaders has asked the Legislature to leave the matter to the federal government. But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican and national leader on passing anti-illegal immigration legislation in multiple states, said that isn’t going to happen.
Senior Conner Teahan off to red-hot start for KU basketball
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University senior off guard Conner Teahan, who made 13 of 16 shots in the exhibition season for 81.3 percent, drained four of five attempts in Friday’s 100-54 regular-season opening rout of Towson.
Chiefs, fans targeting Tim Tebow
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B8
Tim Tebow doesn’t understand why he’s such a polarizing figure, why some fans love him and so many others loathe him.
KU women Carolyn Davis-less for opener
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B12
It’s not the way Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson would have drawn it up, but KU’s eighth-year coach will deal with it.
Kansas men 9th, women 8th in CC
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Led by top-35 performances from Rebeka Stowe, Kara Windisch, Austin Bussing and Zach Zarda, Kansas University’s men placed eighth and the women ninth at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday at the NIU North Course.
KU volleyball gets second league win
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Senior outside hitter Allison Mayfield tied a career-high with 22 kills as Kansas University rebounded from a first-set loss to beat Texas Tech, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16 in Big 12 volleyball on Saturday.
KU soccer opens NCAAs today
November 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
The majority of Kansas University women’s soccer players are about to embark on some uncharted territory: the NCAA Tournament.
Pump patrol
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.19 at several stations.
KU student recounts firsthand experience with captured drug lord
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Sarah Stern got the news via Facebook.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Road work planned for the week of November 13, 2011.
Public workers get boost from sick time ‘cash-out’
November 13, 2011 in print edition on C8
Denny Johnston received more than a pension and a handshake when he retired from the Washington state corrections system in 2009.
Aging Americans stay home with aid of ‘villages’
November 13, 2011 in print edition on C8
Weaver Shepperson has been blind for nearly 50 years. He’s lived alone since his wife died in 1999 and needs transportation several times a month to visit his doctors.
Storm highlights decades of repeat issues
November 13, 2011 in print edition on C8
A storm hits Connecticut and causes hundreds of thousands to lose power. Utility companies take a week or longer to restore it. Public outrage leads to state investigations. Officials order service improvements.
Romney’s political shifts stir criticism
November 13, 2011 in print edition on C8
When he was running for Massachusetts governor in 2002, Mitt Romney’s campaign courted voters at a Boston Gay Pride weekend by handing out fliers proclaiming “All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of sexual preference.”
Mississippi makes a statement
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A11
Moral clarity is one of the most seductive traits of social conservatism.
Our speech laws can be problematic
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A11
The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, a compound of political pandering and moral exhibitionism, was whooped through the Senate, aka the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” by unanimous consent; the House, joining the stampede, passed it by a voice vote. So Xavier Alvarez now hopes the Supreme Court will save him from punishment for lying. And his is not the only case arising from government supervising speech that is demonstrably, or arguably, inaccurate.
Safer K-10
Cable median barriers are a good first step, but increased enforcement of traffic laws on Kansas Highway 10 also is needed.
November 13, 2011 in print edition on A11
By this time next year, installation of cable median barriers could be complete along two particularly dangerous stretches of Kansas Highway 10 between Eudora and Overland Park.
Behind the Lens: Getting the most from your 50 mm ‘normal’ lens
November 13, 2011
Shooting on the 50 mm lens is almost a lost art, but the images it creates and its fast shutter speed make it an obvious choice for patient photographers.
Garden Calendar: Oak leaves have little effect on soil pH
November 13, 2011
Although oak leaves do have the potential to acidify soil, they are highly unlikely to be causing problems in your yard in northeast Kansas.
Horoscope for Nov. 13
November 13, 2011
Choose to relate individually this year. Others will respond better, and you’ll feel as if your message is heard more clearly. If you are single, many would like to be your suitor. It will be your choice. If you are attached, you experience more closeness. Gemini zeros in on your bottom lines.
TLC looks at Muslims in America
November 13, 2011
Leave it to TLC, home of “Jon & Kate” and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” to make the ordinary seem controversial and the controversial seem ordinary. “All-American Muslim” (9 p.m.) takes a glance at five families from Dearborn, Mich., home to one of America’s largest Muslim populations. It boasts the nation’s largest mosque, and the high school football team has to reconcile the practice schedule with the observance of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month in which it is forbidden to eat or drink between sunup and sundown.