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Marcus Denmon leads No. 21 Missouri past Notre Dame
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B10
Missouri’s Marcus Denmon figured he had about 30 friends and family members inside the Sprint Center on Monday night, taking advantage of the chance to see the hometown kid made good.
North Carolina St. 77, Texas 74
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B10
C.J. Leslie scored 17 points and North Carolina State overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Texas 77-74 on Monday night in the third-place game of the TicketCity Legends Classic.
Former Cessna employee admits stealing airplane parts
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A4
A former Cessna Aircraft Co. mechanic from Wichita has pleaded guilty to stealing parts from airplanes and selling them on eBay.
Former Manhattan lumber company employee sentenced for warehouse fire
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A10
A former employee of a Manhattan lumber company has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for setting a fire at the business.
Cyclist critically hurt after hitting car at Bob Billings and Crossgate
November 21, 2011
A 33-year-old Lawrence cyclist hit a car head-on while turning from Bob Billings Parkway onto Crossgate Drive on Monday. He was transferred by ground ambulance to a Topeka-area hospital after the air ambulance was prevented from taking off because of adverse weather.
Boeing studies future of Wichita defense site
06:02 p.m., November 21, 2011 Updated 07:43 p.m.
Boeing Co. said Monday that it is studying the future of its defense plant in Wichita, including the possibility of closing it.
State to contact Lawrence property owners about purchasing right-of-way land for completion of South Lawrence Trafficway
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
State transportation officials soon will contact about 60 Lawrence property owners to begin the process of buying right-of-way to complete the controversial South Lawrence Trafficway.
Former Dillons employee admits taking about $30,000 in 10 months
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A4
A former Dillons employee has admitted to stealing more than $30,000 — mostly by taking money out of cash registers at the Lawrence store — over a 10-month period ending in March.
Jayhawk Audubon Society to discuss the health of Kansas’ reservoirs
November 21, 2011
The health of the Kansas reservoirs will be the focus of tonight’s Jayhawk Audubon Society’s meeting.
1,027 Kansas state employees take early buyout
01:57 p.m., November 21, 2011 Updated 11:34 p.m. in print edition on A3
A Brownback administration official says a voluntary state employee retirement program is expected to save Kansas government about $34.5 million over two years.
Repealer says he has received hundreds of suggestions to erase state laws
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Taylor, who also was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback as the state’s repealer, said he will present his report to the governor soon.
Town Talk: Items to watch for as trash talk continues in Lawrence; farm land prices rise at record pace; Lecompton interchange lawsuit gets new twist
November 21, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Statehouse Live: Brownback appoints new arts commissioner to replace one who resigned in protest
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Connie McLean of Wichita to the Kansas Arts Commission to replace Lawrence resident Grant Glenn, who resigned because of Brownback’s arts funding veto.
How to Help: Senior Meals in need of food distributors
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A4
Senior Meals, a program of Douglas County Senior Services, is in need of several volunteers to deliver food to local homebound seniors throughout the county.
Dodge City airport gets 9/11 memorial
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Dodge City airport recently installed a permanent memorial to the Sept. 11, 2011, terror attacks, using a twisted I-beam from the destroyed World Trade Center.
Kansas Bioscience Authority waits for results of reviews
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Kansas agency that distributes millions of state tax dollars to emerging bioscience companies is promoting its contributions to the economy as it waits for results from a financial audit and a prosecutor’s review of its operations.
First Bell: Consolidation Working Group to talk ‘scenarios’ tonight; Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science now taking applications
November 21, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Rhodes scholars often a point of pride for schools; universities will be watching federal budget this week; KU research shows credit cards users perceive less purchasing pain
November 21, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence family joins the ranks of new Sporting KC soccer fans
November 21, 2011
Julie Urban doesn’t care much for sports. The highlights of her childhood soccer career include trying to play goalie while holding an umbrella and picking a lot dandelions. So when her husband, Brandon Urban, decided on a whim this year to buy season tickets for Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, he figured he would be taking friends, not his wife, to the watch the games at the newly constructed Livestrong Sporting Park. Brandon was in for a surprise.
40 years ago: City, Haskell students attempting better communication
November 21, 2011
City and law enforcement agencies were meeting with representatives from Haskell Indian Junior College.
National briefs: SEC rules, with top 3 teams in football Top 25
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B2
The latest AP college football poll gives a new meaning to the term all-SEC.
Relentless Tony Stewart claims Sprint Cup
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B2
Tony Stewart insisted he wasn’t a title contender when NASCAR’s championship race began.
No-huddle Pats to test K.C.
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B4
The New England Patriots no-huddle offense gives the defense no time to take a break. So the Kansas City Chiefs better get plenty of rest before tonight’s game.
Kansas football rebounding again
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
Say what you will about Kansas University football coach Turner Gill’s two seasons at KU, but it’s hard to dispute that Gill has become highly skilled at putting blowout losses in the past and moving on to the next game. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
Seattle prep Anrio Adams confirms pledge
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
The commitment of Seattle combo guard Anrio Adams, which was reported in Sunday’s Journal-World, is now official. Adams, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior from Rainier Beach High, told on Sunday he’d spoken to Kansas University coach Bill Self, who Adams said, “is very excited I’ve decided to attend Kansas.”
Mays’ late layup lifts KU women past Wake
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
A layup from sophomore Keena Mays with five seconds left gave the Kansas University women’s basketball team a 74-73 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday.
Maui tournament field loaded
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
Working as master of ceremonies at the Sunday-morning news conference featuring the eight 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational coaches, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas poked a little fun at his former coach and current employer.
Volunteers adorn downtown with holiday decorations
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Downtown Lawrence is looking a bit more festive after receiving its annual holiday makeover this weekend.
ESPN trio a treat
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, an integral part of the best broadcasting trio in the business, is so good at his job because he’s talented and prepares obsessively. But he’s even luckier than he is good. Bilas and Sean McDonnough have the best seats in the house. No, not their court-side seats. They get to sit next to the most colorful man in the business on airplanes and airports, in restaurants and bars. Lucky men.
Making waves: Jayhawks hope to bond — and win — in Maui
November 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
A talented but inexperienced Kansas University basketball team struggled mightily during the 2005 Maui Invitational.
Students brave the cold to raise donations
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
About 60 kids — darn near 90 percent of the upper grades — from Bishop Seabury Academy spent a rough night out in the cold on Sunday. The rules were laid out ahead of time: You get one blanket and no fancy coats, just “working clothes.” No leaving the parking lot in front of the school, no sleeping bags, no food and perhaps most shockingly — these are high-schoolers, remember — no cell phones.
Officials laud new Berry Plastics facility as economic boon
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
Motorists near the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike can now see signs of work on one of the larger buildings ever constructed in Douglas County.
Consolidation ‘scenarios’ for Lawrence schools to be considered beginning today
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
Having set their foundation during the past few months, volunteers are ready to start building a consolidation strategy for Lawrence elementary schools.
University places officers on leave after pepper spraying of protesters
November 21, 2011
A California university placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters, while the school’s chancellor accelerated a task force’s investigation into the incident amid calls for her resignation.
Debt panel poised to admit failure
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A7
A special deficit-reduction supercommittee appears likely to admit failure today, unable or unwilling to compromise on a mix of spending cuts and tax increases required to meet its assignment of saving taxpayers at least $1.2 trillion over the coming decade.
Fix-It Chick: Talking about caulking
November 21, 2011
When it comes to caulking, there are as many different types of caulk as there are places to use caulk. Selecting the right product for the job is the single most important step of any caulking project.
River City Jules: Plenty of gratitude to go around
November 21, 2011
In my mind, I am sitting on the beach in Maui, ready to follow last night’s luau with cheering the Jayhawks on to victory over Georgetown tonight. The gentle breeze off the Pacific blows ever so slightly, cooling me off after my morning run along the shoreline in my bikini.
Holiday chatter: Suggestions to start, stop, deflect or lighten up holiday small talk
November 21, 2011
Holiday time often means family time. It may involve family members or in-laws you don’t see very often, which can lead to awkward conversation. We came up with some scenarios to lighten the mood, get the ball rolling or stop an unpleasant line of questioning in its tracks.
Saudis use resources to expand military
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
Over this past year of Arab Spring revolt, Saudi Arabia has increasingly replaced the United States as the key status-quo power in the Middle East — a role that seems likely to expand even more in coming years as the Saudis boost their military and economic spending.
Immigration agenda
What constituency is Secretary of State Kris Kobach representing in his fight for new immigration laws in Kansas?
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
In his pursuit of new voting restrictions during the last session of the Kansas Legislature, Secretary of State Kris Kobach contended that voter fraud was a big problem in Kansas. Only a handful of voting fraud cases had been reported and investigated in the state, but Kobach was convinced that many cases were going undetected and new laws were needed to deal with them.
ABC’s ‘You Deserve It’: simply hideous
November 21, 2011
Just this side of ghastly, the new limited-run series “You Deserve It” (8 p.m., ABC) combines the banality of game show razzle-dazzle with the agony of personal tragedy. Every contestant plays a remarkably involved trivia quiz to win money for a friend or a relative in need. In the episode made available for review, a young woman competes on behalf of her college friend, a bereaved mother of two whose husband drowned only four months before.
Horoscope for Nov. 21
November 21, 2011
This year others might feel that you are giving mixed messages. You are changing on a profound level, especially in how you communicate. If you are single, you could meet someone seemingly special. Check this person out. He or she might not be all you think he or she is. If you are attached, you as a couple need more one-on-one time. Libra understands you very well.
Ideological purity fuels political gridlock
November 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
If you are looking for someone to blame for the polarized nature of our politics today, here are two nominees: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the political science establishment.
Lawrence Laundry: Spotted it, found it
November 21, 2011
“I love your [article of clothing]! Where’d you get it?” is probably the most common phrase heard in women’s restrooms around the world. As women, we have an innate ability to spot the most beautiful winter coat or flowing summer dress from 600 feet away and just know that we have to have it.
Daytripper: Can’t get enough of Christmas at Branson, Silver Dollar City
November 21, 2011
Lawrence is a fabulous town to live in, but it’s fun to get away every so often to explore new places, discover new things or just indulge in a little R&R. Daytripper will guide you to enjoyable day trips and weekend getaways from the Lawrence area, some of them off the beaten path. Want some ideas for family outings? Looking for female-friendly destinations for a mother-daughter trip? How about a list of places where you can take your dog? Daytripper will scout out the best locations for your road trips, so all you have to do is hop in the car and play “I Spy.”
Double Take: What good girls are looking for when they go out with bad boys
November 21, 2011
Dr. Wes: I’ve always pondered one of the great puzzles of adolescence — why nice, respectable girls seek out “bad boys” as dating partners, instead of all those sweet fellows walking the path to sainthood. I know those great boys are out there because I see them too, lamenting their bad luck at being “too nice” to date, always finding themselves with plenty of friends that are girls and no girlfriends.
Book provides bucket list for knitters
November 21, 2011
Anybody with a serious knitting habit already has too many skeins of yarn, too many pairs of needles, and gobs of books and patterns. Sorry to contribute to your problem, but “The Knitter’s Life List” (Storey) by Gwen Steege really is worth adding to your stash.
Slice of Life: Directing volunteers proves gratifying for LMH coordinator
November 21, 2011
The numbers she deals with are impressive. “We have an extraordinary group of volunteers,” says Allyson Leland, Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s director of volunteer services. “Last year our 869 volunteers contributed over 65,000 hours.”
25 years ago: Plenty to do in Lawrence
November 21, 2011
On a recent night in Lawrence, there were many activities to choose from.
100 years ago: Kansas governor issues Thanksgiving proclamation
November 21, 2011
“Lawrence will be able to have a real Thanksgiving this year, for there are no football games to call the people away from their homes.”