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Gage Management alleges $10,581 taken from business account
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
The owner of Gage Management Inc., 2201 W. 25th St. made a report with Lawrence police Wednesday and alleged $10,581 was taken from a business account between June 1 and Nov. 21, according to a police report made public Monday.
Lawrence man, 29, reports stolen property, including laptop, e-reader
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 29-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole $1,017 worth of his property, including a Toshiba laptop computer and a Nook e-reader, in a vehicle burglary that occurred between 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 12:30 a.m. Nov. 2 from the 200 block of Mount Hope Court.
Lawrence man, 35, reports stolen Toyota Corolla
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 35-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Saturday that someone had stolen his maroon 2005 Toyota Corolla four-door car valued at $6,500 between 7 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. that morning from the 400 block of North Street in North Lawrence.
Tech-savvy kids more apt to discover Santa Claus secret
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
Kids can video chat with Santa, follow him on Twitter or enlist NORAD to track his every move online. And yet in many ways, technology may be making it harder for parents to keep their children believing in the jolly old elf.
67-year-old woman dies after Topeka fire
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A10
Topeka fire officials say a 67-year-old woman has died after a fire at her home.
Four scenarios surface as possibilities for consolidating elementary schools
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ideas are emerging for consolidating elementary schools in the Lawrence school district, including two ideas that would combine New York and Kennedy schools at an expanded, and possibly relocated, site of the former East Heights School.
Chevron files lawsuit against Lawrence business for trademark infringement related to Salina gas station sign
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A2
Chevron USA Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit alleging trademark infringement against a Lawrence-based company that owns a gas station in Salina.
Kansas City woman admits to faking pregnancy to scam couples in Kansas, five other states
November 28, 2011
A Kansas City, Mo., woman has admitted that she swindled 14 couples by pretending to be pregnant with twins who she wanted to give up for adoption.
Douglas County prosecutors drop charges against carjacking suspects
03:23 p.m., November 28, 2011 Updated 03:53 p.m. in print edition on A2
Douglas County prosecutors have dropped charges against two people who were charged in connection with a July carjacking in west Lawrence.
KDHE secretary advises KU pharmacy students to get to know their legislators
November 28, 2011
The secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told a group of Kansas University pharmacy students they should be their own advocates and make their voices heard as the state works to fix a gap between Medicaid funding and expenses.
OSU set to introduce Urban Meyer as next football coach
November 28, 2011
Urban Meyer is returning to coaching — and to his roots.
Brownback apologizes for overreacting to student’s tweet
12:05 p.m., November 28, 2011 Updated 03:04 p.m. in print edition on A1
Last week, Brownback’s staff, which monitors social media, saw a tweet by 18-year-old Shawnee Mission East senior Emma Sullivan, who wrote an insulting tweet about the governor while she attended a speech by Brownback at the Youth in Government program in Topeka.
Thomas Robinson named Big 12 player of the week
November 28, 2011
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was named the Big 12’s player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Landline Kansans more Republican than cell phone users, according to poll
November 28, 2011
The poll taken earlier this month showed that Republican Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama, a Democrat, by 14 points among home phone respondents, and only four points among cell-phone respondents, which is an 18-point difference.
Thousands of Kansas groups lose tax-exempt status from IRS
November 28, 2011
Nearly 4,000 organizations statewide have lost their tax-exempt status after failing to file the proper paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service.
Wichita man discovers that feeding homeless requires permit
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A10
A Wichita man who feeds the homeless has learned it takes a permit to spread goodwill.
For Kansas Bioscience Authority leaders, selling public on progress not always easy
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
As the Kansas Bioscience Authority continues to work through issues that include an ongoing forensic audit and criminal investigation in Johnson County, its leadership is struggling to find new ways to explain how it’s contributing to the state’s economy.
Spirits of the season can challenge efforts at sobriety
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
For many people, the holidays are a chance to celebrate with friends, family and co-workers. But it can also be a precarious time for anyone recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.
KU student seeking passage of Kansas bill allowing veterans to pay in-state tuition rate at universities
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University student and Marine Corps veteran believes recent changes to the GI Bill are unfair to veterans who attend public universities as out-of-state residents.
First Bell: ‘Informational discussions’ ahead for standards-based grading in Lawrence school district
November 28, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Gill’s contract states KU owes him about $200k in retention bonuses, too; Lariviere could be ousted as UO president today; foreign student recruiters come under fire
November 28, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU players talk about Turner Gill
November 28, 2011
Kansas junior linebacker Toben Opurum — like many of his teammates — emerged from his final meeting with Turner Gill wishing he could have done more.
Sheahon Zenger has guts to hire Mike Leach
November 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
You can’t hire a football coach who is suing the network that holds the rights to some of your conference games and is suing a school in your conference. Why not? You just can’t. Oh, OK, just like you can’t fire a football coach two years into a five-year, $10 million guaranteed contract.
Gary Woodland helps U.S. end drought at World Cup
November 28, 2011 in print edition on B2
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States’ 11-year drought in golf’s World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win by two strokes.
Broken thumb and all, Big Ben dooms Chiefs
November 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Ben Roethlisberger joked that the broken thumb on his throwing hand was “still attached” Sunday night. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin thought the injury was a non-issue, and perhaps it was given the way the former Pro Bowl quarterback played. One thing is certain: The Chiefs sure wish it had been a bigger problem.
Angel Goodrich, KU women roll in Classic
November 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Just a few minutes after the final horn sounded Sunday afternoon, marking the end of the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s 82-63 victory over Florida Atlantic, junior point guard Angel Goodrich applauded as her Jayhawk teammates, senior Aishah Sutherland and junior Carolyn Davis, were named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the three-day Basketball Travelers Classic.
KU men’s basketball facing tough nonconference slate
November 28, 2011
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, which has defeated Georgetown, UCLA and Towson, and lost to Kentucky and Duke so far this season, currently has played the eighth-toughest schedule in the country according to Jeff Sagarin.
Man arrested at shelter after reported burglary
November 28, 2011
A 54-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday afternoon for aggravated burglary and possession of stolen property.
Reality show gives KU alumna inside look at TV work
November 28, 2011
With a national television audience watching, Kansas University graduate Cassie Rupp said she did her best to represent the Jayhawks during her appearances on the second season of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Public hearings set on proposed Westar rate hike
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
State regulators on Tuesday will hold the first of two public hearings on Westar Energy’s $91 million rate hike request.
Medicare’s drug coverage gap shrinks
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
Medicare’s prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs.
Student says he was beaten after arrest in Cairo
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
Forced to lie still for hours in the dark, the American students held during protests in Egypt were told they would be shot if they moved or made any noise, one of them said Sunday on his first full day home.
Beat the snow by signing up to volunteer with Safe Winter Walkways
November 28, 2011
The City of Lawrence and Douglas County Senior Services are looking for volunteers for the annual Safe Winter Walkways program.
November 28, 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.
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 25, 2011.
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 25, 2011.
Horoscope for Nov. 28
November 28, 2011
This year presents great financial potential. Increase your security, and you’ll be able to relax more. If you are single, an older person could have a complex influence on you. Your interest in this person might be more that of friendship. If you are attached, the two of you might need to re-identify your goals to create the type of solvency you desire. Capricorn helps you make money.
Fans round up best of ‘Top Gear’
November 28, 2011
Just how does a vintage Volkswagen Beetle compete with a Porsche sports car in a one-mile drag race on the desert flats? You’d have to be a “Top Gear” fan to know. The race is probably best described as “drag and drop,” since it pits a driver in a Porsche against a Beetle hoisted aloft by helicopter and dropped directly onto the finish line. Can horsepower beat gravity? I’ll never tell.
Medicare penalty
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Medicare Part D late enrollment penalty is a growing issue that needs to be re-examined. Eligible Part D enrollees who have gone 63 days or more without creditable prescription drug coverage are penalized with a fee that is added to their monthly premium. Individuals below age 65 will pay until they turn 65; however, individuals 65 and older will pay this fee for the rest of their lives. According to the 2010 census, 9 percent of the 65-and-older population is living in poverty. When the age bracket with growing medical costs and stagnant incomes — in some cases inadequate incomes — is forced to pay a late enrollment fee for an indefinite amount of time, the system needs to be re-evaluated.
Grading systems
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Why is standards-based (SB) grading used by USD 497? Because global research shows it accurately communicates students’ mastery. Because SB is more meaningful than traditional letter grades that tend to be an accumulation of points instead of telling what the kid really knows. SB grades students; traditional letters grade tests.
Gingrich may be Romney’s greatest test
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
This is a small place, the tiniest town in New Hampshire. A river runs through it — the Saco. It is unadorned; weeks ago the leaves left their branches. It is sleepy in late autumn — no tourists in sight, and only one hiker. It may be the perfect place to contemplate what is going on in this state, site of the first presidential primary, at this time (six weeks before the balloting).
Welcome improvement
Recent work on Kansas Highway 10 in Douglas County produced big improvements with a minimum of inconvenience for motorists.
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
To motorists who only occasionally drive Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Johnson County, the work that has been under way for more than a month may look like just a run-of-the-mill repaving project.
Lawrence Laundry: Making a difference, in style
November 28, 2011
Tiffany Classen greeted me at her door wearing a slouchy, gray, off-the-shoulder sweater paired with black leggings, tall black boots and a long, silver-beaded necklace. As I walked into her house, I spotted a Christmas tree, already up in mid-November.
As I See Fit: Get motivated and try no-time workouts
November 28, 2011
Happy Monday after Thanksgiving! Two weeks ago, I warned you that things were going to get just a little bit crazy right about now. Did you believe me? I also gently suggested that you either pick up the pace on your current workout or attempt some new moves that would add intensity to your current program. Did you do that?
Fix-It Chick: Conserve energy by insulating hot-water pipes
November 28, 2011
Hot water loses 2-4 degrees of its heat when left in uninsulated lines. Insulating hot and cold water lines can save energy, reduce condensation problems and decrease the chance of frozen pipes.
River City Jules: Deck the halls, curse the lights
November 28, 2011
The upcoming annual Holiday Homes Tour always takes me back to my youth, when decorating was easier because Mom was in charge.
Put a sweet spin on holiday celebrations
November 28, 2011
It’s not Christmas until you unpack Santa’s sack of goodies. So gather all the little elves in your neighborhood and have them join you in the workshop for some cheerful holiday crafts, sweet treats and festive party favors.
Double Take: Sex talk with boyfriend vexes teen
November 28, 2011
Dear Dr. Wes and Miranda: Every time my boyfriend and I are making out he brings up sex. He asks if that bothers me, and I always say “no,” because it normally doesn’t. Until last night.
Homemade for the holidays
Some families prefer creating gifts rather than shopping for them
November 28, 2011
Caryl Hale’s favorite gift from last Christmas? Something special from her husband, Aaron, of course. If visions of diamonds or iPads or high-end cars adorned with bows are dancing in your sweet little head, you’re wrong. Though the Lawrence mom did gasp with surprise and delight when she laid eyes on her gift: A homemade necklace holder.
Team player: Dad starts free soccer practice for toddlers
November 28, 2011
Undoing the work of imaginary pirates is not your typical soccer drill. Neither is practicing the technique of goal celebration. However, Dan Spurgin, coach of the Mighty Lions, is not working with your typical soccer team.
‘12 Days of Christmas’ items now top $100K
November 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” above $100,000 for the first time.
Offbeat occupations: Site director lives at Lawrence Community Shelter
November 28, 2011
Joel Pollock is always on the clock. As site director for the Lawrence Community Shelter, he works an unending shift, never clocking out, never leaving.
Bite Sighs: Yule log cake is festive for holiday eats
November 28, 2011
Just like my waistline, traditions change over the years. One of the sweetest evolving customs is the yule log.
To get organized, ‘think like a kindergarten teacher’
November 28, 2011
The burning question, one that keeps some of us awake at night, say, after a long day of chasing down a little someone’s runaway math book, searching high and low for a soccer ball, throwing up your hands at the latest missing T-shirt, is this: Is a knack for being organized something a kid is born with, or can it — please! — be learned? Prompted, perhaps, with a few choice doodads and gizmos that come with promises of forever ordering your discombobulated lives? Next question: How soon can we start?
40 years ago: Lawrence man awakens to find tree missing
November 28, 2011
Was there a gang of tree-thieves afoot in Lawrence?
25 years ago: School board predicts need for second high school
November 28, 2011
The Lawrence school board had voted unanimously to purchase 50 acres of land in west Lawrence.
100 years ago: Short storm brings blizzard conditions
November 28, 2011
“It was not long before the air was filled with a great deal of snow that did not melt when it fell.”