Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger hangs out with head coach Turner Gill on the sidelines of practice in this Aug. 16 file photo. Zenger announced Gill was fired on Sunday. KU football turns eye to future
November 29, 2011 in print edition on 1B
As some members of the coaching staff loaded cardboard boxes into vehicles outside of the Anderson Family Football Complex on Monday afternoon, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger met inside with the KU football team and a few remaining members of the staff.
6:00 a.m.
Robert Siedlecki, chief of staff for the Florida Department of Health, was picked earlier this year by then Gov.-elect Sam Brownback to be secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. On Tuesday, Republican and Democratic legislators approved a motion seeking to stop Gov. Sam Brownback from moving several juvenile justice programs to the SRS. Panel slams Brownback proposal to move juvenile justice programs to SRS
November 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Republican and Democratic legislators on Tuesday approved a motion seeking to stop Gov. Sam Brownback from moving several juvenile justice programs to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
10:00 a.m.
Local social service providers are doubting the data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which says the poverty rate in Douglas County fell dramatically from to 2009 to 2010. Social service agencies dispute Douglas County census poverty rates
November 29, 2011
If you believe the U.S. Census Bureau, Lawrence and Douglas County residents have been doing a stellar job of pulling themselves out of poverty lately. The problem is, several social service providers say they don’t believe the U.S. Census Bureau.
2:00 p.m.
Megan King, parent of a sixth-grader at Southwest Middle School who helped organize a petition opposing standards-based grading, expresses her frustration with the Lawrence school district’s computer system used by teachers and accessible by parents for tracking students’ progress. She was among 70 parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and others attending a “Grading for Learning” informational forum Tuesday at Southwest. Parents, teachers voice concerns regarding standards-based grading
November 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Parents concerned about the use of standards-based grading in Lawrence middle schools took their questions, concerns and frustrations directly to the folks in charge Tuesday night.
11:00 p.m.
A memorial to Jana Mackey is tucked within a gathering of bee balm in this 2010 file photo. Mackey, who volunteered to help victims of domestic violence and was killed by her boyfriend, is the subject of a new video. Advocates hope national release of Jana Mackey video will raise awareness about domestic violence
November 29, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The national release of a video about Jana Mackey, a Lawrence woman who was killed by her former boyfriend, will be Dec. 6.

All stories

Santa Claus is packing at Arizona gun club
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
These aren’t exactly the photos you took with Santa as a kid.
Serial rapes still unsolved years later
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A1
Today marks three years since the last sexual assault police have connected to a serial rapist who’s suspected of committing 14 rapes in Lawrence and Manhattan since 2000.
Officers seize guns, drugs, explosives in Johnson County raids
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
During two raids on Wednesday, Johnson County Sheriff’s Officers seized a number of items, including guns, methamphetamine, marijuana, explosives and stolen property
Man charged in burglary of Tobacco Mart
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 20-year-old man awaiting sentencing for a Eudora burglary case was charged Wednesday with participating in a Tuesday burglary of Tobacco Mart, 1420 W. 23rd St.
Attorneys seek to resolve child endangerment case involving KU student
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
A defense attorney for an 18-year-old Kansas University student who faces a felony child endangerment case in juvenile court is in talks with prosecutors to try to resolve the case and any potential charges filed in an adult case.
County Commission clears way for Sadies Lake Addition plans
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Commission approved on Wednesday dedications of easements and rights of way for a planned rural retreat south of Lawrence.
Spirit, union reach tentative pact
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
Spirit AeroSystems reached a tentative agreement with its union for engineering and technical workers at its production plant in Wichita.
TV meteorologist Don Harman dies
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Police say Kansas City television meteorologist Don Harman has died. He was 41.
Central banks move to stabilize financial system
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
The central banks of the wealthiest countries, trying to prevent a debt crisis in Europe from exploding into a global panic, swept in Wednesday to shore up the world financial system by making it easier for banks to borrow American dollars.
Prosecutors dismiss felony charges against man accused of not registering as sex offender
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
Prosecutors and a defense attorney clashed this week about whether a 32-year-old Douglas County man was required to register as a sex offender.
KU gets $1.6 million grant to better education for English learners
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University has received a five-year, $1.6 million grant to improve education for students learning English.
Report shows Lawrence meeting goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
In the battle against global warming, Lawrence can proclaim it is a good soldier, thus far.
Rev. Billy Graham admitted to North Carolina hospital
November 30, 2011
The Rev. Billy Graham was admitted to a hospital Wednesday near his home in western North Carolina to be tested for pneumonia after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever, his spokesman said.
Kansas gets unexpected bump in November revenue
November 30, 2011
Kansas revenue collections are up for November, with the state taking in $2.5 million more in taxes than anticipated.
Food stamp fraud may be costing state $22M a year
03:41 p.m., November 30, 2011 Updated 12:28 a.m. in print edition on A1
State auditors trying to weed out food-stamp fraud believe more than 7,000 people in Kansas may be getting benefits to which they aren’t entitled and costing taxpayers as much as $22 million a year, the state’s top social services official said Wednesday.
Suspect in bank robbery apprehended
Robbery was second at Central National Bank on Ninth Street since July
03:38 p.m., November 30, 2011 Updated 12:15 a.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence police apprehended a suspect in connection to a bank robbery at the Central National branch, 603 W. Ninth.
Statehouse Live: Indiana school considers opening college of osteopathic medicine in Kansas
November 30, 2011
C.J. Janovy, director of communications for the KU Medical Center, said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, and KU Med Center Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson are scheduled to meet with IWU officials soon.
Hometown of Prohibition crusader Carry Nation OKs Sunday booze sales
November 30, 2011
The south-central Kansas town where the late anti-liquor crusader Carry Nation lived has eliminated one of its last remaining restrictions on alcohol sales.
More than 200 arrested at Occupy Los Angeles, 50 at Occupy Philadelphia
November 30, 2011
More than 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear, cleared the Occupy Los Angeles camp early Wednesday, driving protesters from a park around City Hall and arresting more than 200 who defied orders to leave. Similar raids in Philadelphia led to 52 arrests, but the scene in both cities was relatively peaceful.
Britain withdrawing all embassy staff from Iran
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
Britain ordered Iran on Wednesday to remove all its diplomats from the U.K. within 48 hours following attacks on its embassy and a residential compound in Tehran — one of the most significant diplomatic retaliations against Iran since the 1979 U.S. embassy crisis.
Herman Cain accuser stands by claim of longtime affair
November 30, 2011
An Atlanta businesswoman who has asserted she had a longstanding affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain stood by her story Wednesday despite his denials, saying she was not proud to admit it.
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire buying Omaha World-Herald newspaper
November 30, 2011
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway said Wednesday that it is buying the Omaha World-Herald Co. and expanding the firm’s newspaper holdings despite Buffett’s misgivings about the industry.
First Penn State abuse suit against Jerry Sandusky comes from new accuser
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a boy more than 100 times and threatened to harm his family to keep him quiet, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a new accuser who is not part of the criminal case.
Feisty Herman Cain presses ahead with bid
November 30, 2011
His campaign rocked anew, a feisty Herman Cain claimed a “groundswell of positive support” from backers on Wednesday and accused critics of trying to derail his White House bid as he worked to stem the fallout from allegations of a 13-year extramarital affair.
US students: Turmoil can be dangerous lure abroad
November 30, 2011
American universities send tens of thousands of students to study abroad every year, thrusting them into one of the most exciting periods of their lives with a heavy dose of maternal advice: Mix with the locals, but be careful. Don’t get in any tight spots. Avoid protests.
Senate, Obama clash on bill authorizing military detention of terror suspects
November 30, 2011
President Barack Obama and Congress are on a collision course over legislation that essentially would require certain terrorism suspects to be held in military custody, and a veto threat appeared to have no effect.
Family of missing baby Lisa Irwin calls for end of nightly vigils
November 30, 2011
The family of a Kansas City girl who has been missing nearly two months has asked a group of people holding nightly vigils in front of the family’s home to go somewhere else.
Flint Hills Resources buys Nebraska biodiesel plant
November 30, 2011
A Kansas-based company has bought the Beatrice Biodiesel plant in southeast Nebraska for $5 million.
Douglas County prosecutors charge man with attempted murder, attempted rape of wife; victim in serious condition
10:48 a.m., November 30, 2011 Updated 04:40 p.m. in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 39-year-old Lawrence man with attempted murder and attempted rape in connection with a Tuesday stabbing in northern Lawrence.
Topeka rejects domestic partnership registry
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Topeka City Council has rejected a proposal to establish a domestic partnership registry.
Town Talk: Mexican restaurant coming to old Backyard Burger spot; Baldwin restaurant trying to carve out niche as ‘farm to table’ operation; city gets report on greenhouse gas cutbacks
November 30, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas teen makes her point
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
Let’s talk about the smallness first. Yes, the bullying is troubling, the thin-skinned aversion to criticism vexing. But in the end, it is the piddling, picayune pettiness, the sheer, Lilliputian smallness of the behavior that I can’t quite get past.
First Bell: Standards-based grading holding at sixth-grade level; board president prepares to ‘move on’; teacher describes ‘E’ work
November 30, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
After hiking taxes, Ill. now considers easing them
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
What a state takes away, it also can give back.
Senate rejects effort to strip detainee provision
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort to strip divisive provisions from a defense bill that deal with the capture and handling of suspected terrorists, setting up a showdown with the White House.
Greece gets $10.7 billion, but rescue plan stalls
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
Eurozone ministers sent Greece an 8 billion euro, or $10.7 billion, Christmas rescue package Tuesday to stem an immediate cash crisis yet failed to resolve fears that the common euro currency might be doomed.
Parents, teachers voice concerns regarding standards-based grading
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A1
Parents concerned about the use of standards-based grading in Lawrence middle schools took their questions, concerns and frustrations directly to the folks in charge Tuesday night.
Heard on the Hill: KU to get car-sharing program next semester; look for medical dean search committee next week; program director says KU doesn’t employ third-party international student recruiters
November 30, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Matt Tait’s football notebook: KU adds recruit, loses recruit
November 30, 2011
Despite its head coaching position being in limbo, KU picked up a surprise commitment from a junior-college defensive lineman on Tuesday.
Houston coach Kevin Sumlin deflects talk about his future
November 30, 2011
Houston coach Kevin Sumlin deflected questions about his future Tuesday, saying he’s had several conversations with athletic director Mack Rhoades about a contract extension.
Perry Jones stellar in Baylor season debut
November 30, 2011
Perry Jones III scored 27 points with some high-flying plays in his season debut and No. 7 Baylor defeated Prairie View 90-54 Tuesday night to wrap up its season-opening six-game homestand undefeated.
Chiefs release OT Jared Gaither
November 30, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs have released offensive tackle Jared Gaither just days after he committed a costly false start penalty in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Bill Self looks to KU bench for more production
November 30, 2011
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has certain numbers in mind when it comes to production from his key reserves.
Lawrence High Lions aim high this winter
November 30, 2011
Lawrence High has a surprising fall season of sports with an unexpected uprising from football, a breakthrough for soccer and a promising future for volleyball.
Hal Mumme coaching tree fruitful … and includes Mike Leach
November 30, 2011
A 24-hour drive to the northwest, in a town called Pullman, Wash., a college campus teeters on the verge of euphoria much like our town does.
Other ADs also looking at Mike Leach
November 30, 2011
With Day 2 of the Kansas University football coaching search having come and gone, it appears to be a nationwide race for the services of Mike Leach.
KU men’s basketball team eager to be back home
November 30, 2011
After exhilarating trips to New York and Hawaii, Kansas University’s basketball players are back where they feel most comfortable — home.
A look back at the highs and lows of KU football in 2011
November 30, 2011
Even though the Kansas University football season officially ended just four days ago, most people have moved on and are focused solely on the ongoing coaching search that could take another couple of days or another couple of weeks.
25 years ago: LHS Lions win 6-A football championship
November 30, 2011
The Lawrence High School football team and their fans were celebrating.
40 years ago: KU chancellor appeals budget recommendations
November 30, 2011
Kansas University Chancellor Laurence Chalmers today was appealing the recommendations put forth by the state budget director.
100 years ago: Lawrence boosters travel to Osage City to promote road
November 30, 2011
“Lawrence must be well represented in this movement as it means a great deal to this town..”
Strive for cure
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. As anyone who knows someone with Alzheimer’s can tell you, it is a devastating disease.
U.S. facing constitutional crisis
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
The failure of the congressional ‘supercommittee” to reach accord on deficit reduction legislation is, to put it mildly, discouraging.
Tuition benefit
A tuition break that could attract more U.S. military veterans to state universities is a good investment for Kansas.
November 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
Legislation that would allow U.S. military veterans to pay in-state tuition at state universities in Kansas seems like a reasonable way to repay veterans for their service to the country and attract students who could be a major asset for the state.
Horoscope for Nov. 30
November 30, 2011
Focus on the quality of your domestic life. Some of you might buy homes, while others could remodel their digs. If you are single, you meet people, as you are magnetic. Take your time getting to know someone. If you are attached, you will enjoy a newfound closeness. Don’t allow negativity to seep in through a Libra friend.
‘Daughter’ will feel the hate of critics
November 30, 2011
A laugh track-driven multi-camera throwback, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (8:30 p.m., Fox) substitutes unoriginal, mean-spirited one-liners for any conversation resembling human interaction.