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Battle of the basketball bluebloods: Hoops heavyweights to go toe-to-toe tonight
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
The two winningest programs in college basketball history tangle tonight in the biggest — some say the best — city in the country. “That’s enough right there to start a party,” exclaimed Kansas University junior combo guard Elijah Johnson, eager to contribute to the hype surrounding an 8:30 p.m. Champions Classic contest between No. 1 Kentucky (2,053 all-time victories) and No. 2 KU (2,039).
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel could be out for year
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B4
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could be lost for the season because of what his coach calls a significant injury to his throwing hand.
Thomas Robinson MVP for KU
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
In his nine seasons at Kansas University, Bill Self has coached more-polished basketball players than junior post man Thomas Robinson. But has he ever had a player as difficult to replace, as valuable to his team? Not since Wayne Simien.
KU, A&M football coming off OT losses
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
Each week, there are different elements that go into preparing a game plan for a college football game. This week, healing figures to be near to the top of the list for both Kansas University and Texas A&M.
NBA players reject owners’ proposal
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
NBA players delivered a resounding but risky response to one more ultimatum from NBA Commissioner David Stern: See you in court.
Symposium is final sesquicentennial event
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
The commemoration of Kansas’ 150th birthday will wrap up with a symposium discussing the state’s future.
Burglary, theft reported
November 14, 2011
• A 25-year-old Lawrence woman reported a burglary and theft in the 2200 block of West 26th Street on Nov. 9. She reported a total loss of $1,650.
Motorcycle reported stolen Friday
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
• A 43-year-old Topeka man reported his motorcycle stolen from the 900 block of East 28th Street on Friday. He reported a $1,900 loss.
Teen reports truck stolen
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
• A 17-year-old Lawrence teen reported his 1995 Ford pickup truck stolen from the 1000 block of Indiana Street on Saturday. He reported a $15,000 loss.
Ford pickup reported stolen
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
• A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported his 2000 Ford pickup truck stolen from the 600 block of West 23rd Street on Saturday. He reported a $6,500 loss.
Man who was twice convicted on child sex charges now advocate for treatment
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
Amid last week’s media frenzy over Penn State’s child sex abuse scandal, Wayne Bowers was reminded of a not-too-dissimilar incident that happened at Kansas University decades earlier.
Data to show value of state’s libraries
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
Libraries across the state will be tracking their patrons Tuesday in an effort to show how valuable libraries are to Kansans.
Zach Peters makes it official, signs letter-of-intent with Kansas University
Plano, Texas big man, who orally committed in April of 2010, happy to be a Jayhawk
08:48 p.m., November 14, 2011 Updated 11:43 p.m.
Zach Peters on Monday night signed a letter of intent with KU.
Man who robbed Lawrence convenience store in 2006 can now go free
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Monday said a 61-year-old man could go free after he spent more than four years in custody for a 2006 robbery of a Lawrence convenience store. Charles E. Smith entered a no-contest plea in May to one count of robbery.
Construction at 15th and Kasold starts Wednesday
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
Motorists near 15th Street and Kasold Drive should expect delays beginning on Wednesday.
Neighbors are upset over plans for more apartments along Clinton Parkway
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
Don’t tell Lawrence developer Tim Stultz that the city’s apartment market is overbuilt. His 224 one-bedroom apartments near Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive are all leased, and produce a waiting list of about 40 people each August. That’s why he wants to build another 136 units. But don’t tell neighbors that live near the Remington Square development that they should have to live with more apartments. If approved, the project would bring the total number of apartments to more than 800 along the stretch of Clinton Parkway between Inverness and Crossgate drives.
Former youth ministry coordinator enters no-contest plea to sex crime
03:55 p.m., November 14, 2011 Updated 04:59 p.m. in print edition on A2
A former Lawrence youth ministry coordinator pleaded no contest Monday to a sex crime and is expected to serve 30 days in jail.
Eudora man pleads no contest to animal cruelty charge, must pay state for care of Shetland pony
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Monday ordered a 44-year-old Eudora man to pay more than $4,400 to the state for care of a Shetland pony he neglected to provide proper care for over a four-year period.
Smaller communities in Douglas County selected to receive business expansion funds
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
Three Douglas County communities have been awarded $166,000 in funds to begin loaning to expanding rural businesses or start-ups.
Douglas County district attorney warns about scam involving home, driveway repairs
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A2
District Attorney Charles Branson on Monday warned Douglas County residents to be aware of a possible driveway and home repair scam after a resident recently lost $1,500.
Roberts pushes for Kan. gas storage inspections
November 14, 2011
Republican and Democratic legislators in Kansas are joining ranks to support an effort to restore the state’s oversight of natural gas storage.
Douglas County jurors convict man of hitting his estranged wife with car
11:45 a.m., November 14, 2011 Updated 02:19 p.m. in print edition on A2
A Douglas County jury Monday convicted a 35-year-old Lawrence man of intentional aggravated battery for hitting his estranged wife with a car last summer.
Kansas names interim IT chief after recent furor
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has named an interim chief information technology officer for the executive branch.
TownTalk: Signs that Olive Garden is still likely in Lawrence; city, county taking applications for land program; The Jackpot Saloon changing hands, focus; new Dunkin’ location now open
09:01 a.m., November 14, 2011 Updated 12:48 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County
Analysis: Records shredding shadows Planned Parenthood criminal case
November 14, 2011
A big part of what’s thought to be the nation’s first criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic collapsed after Kansas prosecutors concluded document shredding by state officials made it too difficult for them to walk jurors through allegations that the clinic falsified reports on patients’ abortions.
Heritage council backs allotting $163K to farmhouse
Rest of preservation funds would go to 9 other projects in group’s proposal
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A3
A $163,000 project to restore a 121-year-old pioneer home on the site of the Black Jack Battlefield is the big winner in the first round of grants through Douglas County’s natural and cultural heritage grant program.
Manhattan apartment fire still being investigated
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
Investigators say a fire that destroyed a Manhattan apartment complex under construction was intentionally set.
Heard on the Hill: Mizzou newspaper blames end of rivalry on KU; lecturer Bernie Kish earns HOPE award; Monarch waystations find their way to Indiana, far reaches of the globe
November 14, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU ranks third in Big 12 for study abroad and foreign student enrollment increasing
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University ranks third among its current Big 12 Conference peers in the number of students studying abroad, and 39th in the country among doctoral institutions, according to a report from the U.S. government due to be released today.
KU football players stand up for coach
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
With the losses mounting and the embarrassment escalating, even Kansas University football players are starting to realize that coach Turner Gill’s future at KU may be in jeopardy.
Broncos beat up on K.C., 17-10
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
Matt Cassel stood on the sideline helplessly, watching backup quarterback Tyler Palko run the Chiefs’ two-minute offense. He’d been bruised and battered by the Denver Broncos, so much so that the Kansas City training staff wouldn’t let him play. The ugly truth was that Cassel didn’t do much when he was on the field Sunday. None of the Chiefs did.
KU soccer falls in NCAAs, 2-0
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s soccer team had a quick exit from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, but it was enough to get a taste for the postseason.
UK has talent, KU has a shot
November 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
NBA Draft websites don’t have all the answers, but can provide interesting clues.
25 years ago: Car shop owner clings to runaway car as driver attempts to avoid paying bill
November 14, 2011
The car’s owner drove away with Jennings hanging on by the windshield wipers.
40 years ago: Speed restrictions placed on County Road 438
November 14, 2011
Douglas County Road No. 438, then better known as the Lecompton Middle Road, had lived its life up until now unfettered by any speed limits.
100 years ago: Will new interstate ‘auto road’ go through Lawrence?
November 14, 2011
“You are no doubt aware that there is a concerted effort being made to construct a continuous automobile route from Kansas City west through the state of Kansas to Denver….”
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 11, 2011.
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 11, 2011.
A suggestion
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Since virtually all Republicans on the federal and state levels have pledged to not vote for any bill unless it contains an equal amount of budget cuts to pay for it, I have a suggestion that should be equally appealing to them. How about pledging to not vote for any bill that cuts federal or state jobs like the post office bill, like school budget reductions, or the elimination of departments or offices unless they can include a guarantee of an equal number of private sector jobs to balance the firing?
Eating options
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Last evening, upon our return from a driving trip down South and up East, I sat down to review the news in the Lawrence Journal-World during our absence. Judy Stuart’s letter of Nov. 7 caught my attention.
Shelter support
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Today, I was made aware of an on-going campaign within our town: the campaign for a better tomorrow for several residents who have been without a home to call their own — the campaign for the Lawrence Community Shelter.
Animal Planet sends pets to the rescue
November 14, 2011
The Animal Planet used to be a nice place to get away from people. Let CBS fill its schedule with murder and depravity; Animal Planet was the place to find “Puppy Bowl,” ‘‘Meerkat Manor” and “Puppies vs. Babies.” Such programming made the network a safe, soft haven for families with children, as well as for adults who have had it up to here with the human race.
Let’s get college sports under control
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
You don’t have to live in Nittany nation to know that college sports are in a crisis, perhaps their direst since the one that led to Theodore Roosevelt’s intervention more than a century ago. The distinction between students and athletes in the student-athlete continuum is wider than ever before. Universities that once gained their identity through their sports teams — a quality that never sat well with the faculty and always was a source of quiet embarrassment to the administration — now are trying to live down the ignominy their coaches and sports teams have provided.
New energy
Plans to study the potential for renewable energy production at the former Farmland Industries site is a positive step for future development.
November 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Good things are happening at the Farmland Industries site.
Lawrence Laundry: Denim a wardrobe workhorse
November 14, 2011
Denim is the working man’s uniform, a tribute to the 1940s industrial age, an homage to the days when greasy sweat and oiled machinery pervaded the American middle-class. It’s classic. It’s an American staple. It’s a lot more than jeans, and it’s just what we need for winter.
Fix-It Chick: Unused paint must be disposed of properly
November 14, 2011
Chances are if you own a home, you have several partially full cans of paint collecting dust in your basement or garage. Properly disposing of old paint is not necessarily as difficult as you think.
Everyday Life: Step out of your room
November 14, 2011
My senior year in college, a close friend was hospitalized after a nervous breakdown. A few years later, I ran into her on Fifth Avenue in New York City. We became friends again, and one day over coffee she confided to me that during her breakdown, she was convinced all of her friends were trying to kill her.
Turkey Day equations solved for math-impaired
November 14, 2011
Quick! How many people does a 12-pound turkey feed? How many servings in a can of cranberry sauce? How long should you brine the bird? Don’t worry, we’re lousy at Thanksgiving trivia, too. That’s why we assembled this Turkey Day cheat sheet.
Double Take: File complaint about bad dorm roommate
November 14, 2011
I’m an out-of-state college freshman, and I hate my roommate with ever fiber of my being. Her boyfriend stays over at our room every flipping night and they aren’t discrete about what they do while I’m trying to sleep in the same room.
River City Jules: Tigers turn tail on rivalry
November 14, 2011
There are three things I was positive I would never see in my lifetime: Computers that fit in one’s pocket, telephones that play videos and any other conference voluntarily taking in Missouri. Yet as I watched the news reports on my husband’s iPhone, I realized I was holding all that once seemed impossible in the palm of my hand.
Designers suggest early prep for holiday decorating
November 14, 2011
We’ve arrived at the brief calm before the happy storm of holiday celebrating begins.
Slice of Life: Arts center dance program director loves Lawrence diversity
November 14, 2011
If Candi Baker hadn’t feared childhood dental visits, her talent and passion for dance and gift of encouragement to thousands of blossoming dancers over the years may have been lost to the community.
Remnant Rehab: Re-cover style on tired dining chairs
November 14, 2011
Perhaps your dining chairs have seen better days. Or you had to pick up some at a garage sale that don’t match the others just so you would have enough. There’s an easy fix for all of this, assuming you have the fairly standard wooden chairs with a removable seat: re-cover them.
As I See Fit: Don’t wait until New Year’s to get moving
November 14, 2011
It’s time to get moving, and I am so excited to help you do just that! Over the past 13 years, I have been a fitness professional in several different capacities, with certifications from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and American Council on Exercise. I’ve taught group fitness classes at Kansas University, the University of West Alabama and for the city of Lawrence. I love working as a trainer and making a difference every day. And I know I will love spending the next few months encouraging you to “See Fit.”
Horoscope for Nov. 14
November 14, 2011
This year you open new doors and respond to the unexpected. Learn not to come from a knee-jerk impulse. Take your time to form a response; practice detachment. If you are single, you will attract someone quite unusual. If you are attached, planning a special trip or scheduling a seminar together will bond you even more. Cancer really understands you.
Delicious/Nutritious: Sweet potato smackdown
November 14, 2011
Megan presents the delicious, and Sarah counters with nutritious — not to say that Megan’s is wholly unhealthy or Sarah’s isn’t tasty. Try whichever suits your dinner-table disposition.
Holiday hazards: Keep your family safe by watching out for these dangers
November 14, 2011
The holidays can be a lot less fun with a broken arm. Or with a burnt palm, charred oven or a mound of credit card debit.