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UT ruins Aggies’ farewell
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B2
Texas spoiled Texas A&M’s going away party.
Giffords serves Thanksgiving meal at Ariz. base
November 24, 2011
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown.
Germany deflects calls for European Central Bank to have more power
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A7
Germany deflected calls for the European Central Bank to play a bigger role in solving Europe’s debt crisis but won the backing of France and Italy to unite the troubled 17-nation eurozone more closely.
India allows more foreign retail investment
November 24, 2011
India’s Cabinet decided Thursday to allow more foreign direct investment in the nation’s huge retail industry, a move that could strengthen the country’s food supply chain and open India to giant global retailers.
Protesters mark holiday from encampments
November 24, 2011
In San Francisco, 400 occupiers at a plaza in the financial district were served traditional Thanksgiving fixings sent by the renowned Glide Memorial Church to volunteers and supporters of the movement fighting social and economic inequality.
Court orders release of U.S. students
November 24, 2011
A court in Egypt has ordered the release of three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo, a lawyer in Philadelphia confirmed Thursday.
Egypt’s military rulers reject calls to step down
November 24, 2011
Egypt’s military rulers rejected protester demands for them to step down immediately and said Thursday they would start the first round of parliamentary elections on time next week, despite serious unrest in Cairo and other cities. The ruling military council insisted it is not the same as the old regime it replaced, but the generals appear to be on much the same path that doomed Hosni Mubarak nine months ago — responding to the current crisis by delivering speeches seen as arrogant, mixing concessions with threats and using brutal force.
LINK’s annual Thanksgiving meal delivery no small affair
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
For the past two days, Maceli’s, 1031 N.H., has looked a little like a Santa’s workshop for Thanksgiving Day meals for the needy. Inside, dozens of volunteers worked furiously to cook, package and deliver more than 600 meals. About 350 would be driven to area homes and another 250 or so would be served at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen Thanksgiving Day dinner at First Christian Church, 221 W. 10th St.
Spring Hill man dead after stabbing in Hutchinson
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 23-year-old Spring Hill man has died after he was stabbed at a Hutchinson home.
Stakes high for Wichita if Boeing leaves town
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
The uncertainty surrounding the Boeing Co.’s plans for its Wichita defense facility will reverse two or three months of economic progress and recovery, according to an expert at Wichita State University.
Hunters provide meat for Kansas food pantries
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
As the multitasking Tony DeRossett delivers mail on his route in Bonner Springs, he often is on his cellphone working to put meat on the tables of the state’s hungry.
Crime reclassification affects case stats
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
If you look at the number of criminal cases filed in Douglas County District Court so far this year compared with 2010, you are probably scratching your head.
Garden City renews image with new logo, motto
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A10
Garden City officials have chosen a new logo and a new motto for the southwestern Kansas community.
At work or play, dogs add light to residents’ lives
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
On an afternoon at the beginning of the month, Peggy Mersmann-Laptad was doing what she’d been doing for weeks. She was cleaning up the tons of rubble that used to be her home and occasionally finding items that survived the blaze.
International students get a taste of ‘Thanksgiving in America’ with local families
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University student Hafizah Jamal had seen Thanksgiving portrayed plenty of times on American television shows and movies. But the Malaysian native, who came to KU to study psychology this August, wanted to see the real thing firsthand.
Douglas County, Lawrence taxpayers get ‘unsung hero’ award for SRS action
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Shelter Inc. is giving its annual “unsung hero” award to the taxpayers of Douglas County and Lawrence for saving the local office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Mizzou, like KU, to allow fraternity members over 21 to drink at houses
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
The University of Missouri is preparing to institute a policy to allow fraternity members 21 and older to drink alcohol in their houses. Kansas University already has a similar policy in place.
Soldiers’ families get gift of laptops
November 24, 2011
The families of 150 soldiers deploying from Fort Riley to Iraq and Afghanistan will have one less worry while their loved ones are gone.
Survey: More Kansans back tax hikes for the rich
November 24, 2011
The percentage of Kansans who support tax increases for corporations and high-income earners has been growing since 2009.
Clamor erupts over teen’s tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
03:11 p.m., November 24, 2011 Updated 09:19 p.m.
A suburban Kansas City teen landed herself in trouble by tweeting a few “joking” words about Sen. Sam Brownback during a Statehouse fieldtrip.
Woman reports stolen car at Kwik Shop on Massachuetts Street
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 39-year-old woman reported her car stolen Wednesday afternoon from Kwik Shop at 1846 Mass. Street. The owner of the 1998 Infiniti I30 said she left her keys in her car while she paid her bill inside the shop. The man in line in front of her paid and then walked out and stole the car, the victim said.
Police may have found possible witness to Nov. 6 injury accident
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police said Wednesday they had found a possible witness to a serious injury accident that occurred Nov. 6 at 19th and Iowa streets.
Lawrence man accused of pointing gun at officer is ordered to stand trial
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Wednesday ordered a 21-year-old Lawrence man accused of pointing a shotgun at a Lawrence police officer to stand trial in the case.
Douglas County prosecutors reviewing possible charges in sexual battery
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors are reviewing whether to file charges in a case after receiving information from a Kansas University police investigation about a possible sexual battery.
Obama pardons pair of gobblers
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A8
With a wave of his hand, President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave two plump turkeys a Thanksgiving reprieve, noting that without his intervention, “they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.”
Flint Hills gets development grant
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A12
The Flint Hills Regional Council has received a federal grant to develop a plan for regional growth.
Soldiers’ families receive gift of laptops
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
The families of 150 soldiers deploying from Fort Riley to Iraq and Afghanistan will have one less worry while their loved ones are gone.
Former Marshall County attorney sentenced for theft
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A former northeast Kansas county attorney will spend a month in jail for stealing more than $70,000 from a church he served as treasurer.
Tryptophan not only thing to blame for post-turkey lethargy
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Somehow, someway, the idea that a chemical in turkey — tryptophan — causes the after-Thanksgiving Day meal sleepiness has crept into public consciousness.
Kansas, federal officials evaluating Abilene fertilizer plant
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
An Abilene fertilizer plant has drawn the attention of state and federal inspectors, after residents expressed concern about safety and the smell of fumes from chemicals used at the business.
North Lawrence boardwalk proposal picks up steam
Plan includes stores, restaurants, hotel and more near river
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
A plan to bring shoppers and diners — and perhaps even moviegoers — to the edge of the Kansas River via a 1,800-foot boardwalk in North Lawrence is still afloat and is showing signs of gaining momentum.
Friends pack bars night before holiday
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
The lights were down, the mood was loose and the beer was flowing. With old friends back in town and people with nothing to do but stuff themselves the next day, it was time to celebrate early.
Dave Odom: Both teams benefit
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B4
Maui Invitational tournament chair Dave Odom, former head coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina, sensed great excitement before Wednesday’s championship game between perennial powers KU and Duke.
Mike Krzyzewski lauds ‘dream shot’
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B4
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had a good look at guard Tyler Thornton’s back-breaking three-pointer with 20 seconds left.
Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B4
The all-tournament team: Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Jason Clark, Georgetown; Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan; Austin Rivers, Duke. MVP: Ryan Kelly, Duke.
This one sure felt meaningful
12:01 a.m., November 24, 2011 Updated 03:19 a.m. in print edition on B1
It’s only November, remember? Don’t forget, college basketball games don’t mean so much this far from March.
No thanks: Duke remains perfect in Maui
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Duke remains perfect in paradise. Kansas University’s scrappy basketball team pushed the Blue Devils to the brink — leading at one point by seven in the second half — but ultimately fell victim to a pair of dramatic late threes by Tyler Thornton, 68-61, Wednesday in the finals of the Maui Invitational.
Despite stakes, KU won’t empty football playbook
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
With so much and, yet, nothing at all at stake during this weekend’s Border War battle between the Kansas University and Missouri football teams, it would be easy to expect the match-up to feature a wide range of wild and crazy plays from both sides.
Sporting KC loses Seth Sinovic to Montreal in draft
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B2
Sporting Kansas City will have a much different roster when it begins defense of its Eastern Conference regular-season title next season.
John Hubert has big impact for KSU
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B10
In the third quarter of last Saturday’s game against Texas, with No. 16 Kansas State clinging to a one-touchdown lead and 10 yards to go on third down, the ball went to 5-foot-7 John Hubert.
Texas, A&M gird for finale (?)
Longtime rivals meet Thursday, perhaps for last time
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B10
The winner of Texas and Texas A&M’s annual game usually gets a year of bragging rights in this football-crazy state.
Our town sports
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Ad Astra Area Aquatics is a competitive year-round swim team that offers practices for ages 6-18 throughout the week.
AP source: Royals, Bruce Chen agree to $9 million deal
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract with left-hander Bruce Chen on Wednesday, solidifying their starting rotation.
KU volleyball falls at KSU
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University won the first set, but ultimately suffered a four-set Big 12 Conference volleyball loss to Kansas State on Wednesday.
AP source: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kyle Orton has a new home in the AFC West.
Owens leads Stanford over Oklahoma State, 82-67
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B8
Josh Owens got off to a great start in his first game at Madison Square Garden.
No. 9 Baylor wins 75-65 over Texas-Arlington
November 24, 2011 in print edition on B8
Quite a few doubles for ninth-ranked Baylor. Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy both had double-doubles and the Bears won their second game in less than 24 hours, 75-65 over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night.
Parades, ‘Peanuts’ and Gaga
November 24, 2011
Folks who can’t rouse themselves out of bed early enough to watch the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (9 a.m., CBS and NBC) can catch the prime-time retrospective “The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (9 p.m., NBC), hosted by Matt Lauer.
Local thanks
We give thanks for the many local individuals and groups who work every day to make our community a better place to live.
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A11
It’s easy to be weighed down these days by economic and political issues that are paralyzing the national government and causing turmoil around the globe. On this Thanksgiving, however, people in Lawrence and Douglas County have ample reason to be thankful for the fact that they live in such an involved and caring community
Many reasons to be grateful remain
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A11
This is not a Golden Age, which distinguishes it from no other age. Although we are told it is our duty to be morose about the nation’s trajectory, many satisfying, edifying or entertaining things have happened this year.
25 years ago: Local knitters make, donate hats
November 24, 2011
A craft enjoyed by many was paying dividends to the local community.
40 years ago: Jail inmates to get Thanksgiving dinner
November 24, 2011
Special Thanksgiving dinner menus were planned for inmates in both the Douglas County Jail and Lawrence Municipal Jail.
100 years ago: Grant Township enjoys new C.P.A. hall
November 24, 2011
“The new C.P.A. Hall at Midland for the Grant Township organization was used for the first time last evening.”
Cain stumbles are significant
November 24, 2011 in print edition on A11
You likely remember the 3 a.m. phone call. In 2008, the most effective line of attack his opponents mounted against candidate Barack Obama centered on the freshman senator’s lack of experience. An ad for Hillary Clinton famously implied that you did not want this callow naif answering the phone at a moment of pre-dawn crisis.
Horoscope for Nov. 24
November 24, 2011
This could be a very special year. A New Moon christens this day, indicating an increase in your creativity and charisma. If you are single, sort through the many potential suitors. If you are attached, allow greater give-and-take. Your partner needs extra time, as you are so strong this year. Sagittarius could be a soul mate.