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Archive for Saturday, December 1, 2012

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2:35 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self puts his head in his hands after a Jayhawk turnover turned into a bucket for Oregon State during the second half on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Beaver fever: Self searching for answers on D after close win over Oregon State
November 30, 2012
After watching his guards get burned by Oregon State, Kansas coach Bill Self is considering drastic measures — and even zone defenses — following his team’s 84-78 victory on Friday over Oregon State at Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore • KU coach Bill Self audio • Travis Releford and Ben McLemore audio • Box score
10:00 a.m.
Since July 2011, the University of Kansas has completed 21 of the 49 recommendations outlined by KU’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) task force. The significant progress is detailed in the task force’s first annual progress report to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeff Vitter. KU making progress on accessibility for students with disabilities
November 30, 2012
Kansas University has so far checked off 21 of 49 recommendations made in summer 2011 by a group examining accessibility for people with disabilities, and one student who advocates for accessibility says she’s seen a change in attitudes on campus, as well. By Matt Erickson
5:59 p.m.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith drops back to pass against Iowa State in this file photo from Nov. 23 in Ames, Iowa. The one-time Heisman Trophy front-runner will try to lead the Mountaineers over Kansas today. Geno’s last stand: KU wary of Mountaineers QB
December 1, 2012
None of the Jayhawks have Heisman votes, but it’s clear that they’re impressed by West Virginia QB Geno Smith. By Matt Tait
8:24 p.m.
KU seniors Bradley McDougald (24) and Toben Opurum (35) wave to KU fans as they leave the field following KU's 59-10 loss Saturday against West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. Final goodbye: West Virginia ‘gross mismatch’ for KU in seniors’ last game
8:23 p.m., December 1, 2012 Updated 9:27 p.m.
Despite going through three head coaches and suffering through 37 losses in four years, a pair of Kansas seniors stood tall when leaving the field for the final time as Jayhawks following KU’s 59-10 blowout loss to West Virginia. By Matt Tait • Box score • KU coach Charlie Weis postgame audio
10:00 p.m.
Meat prices could rise as much as 8 percent next year because of the drought. Analyst: Meat will cost more next year
December 1, 2012
Consumers can expect to pay 5 percent to 8 percent more at the meat counter next year regardless of whether they put beef, pork or chicken into their grocery carts, a market analyst said Friday. Randy Blach, vice president for CattleFax, told nearly a thousand cattle producers attending the 100th convention of the Kansas Livestock Association that consumer meat prices will rise to record highs because livestock production has fallen dramatically after ranchers culled animals during this year’s drought. By Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

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Ugly Sweater Run celebrates the best of the worst-dressed
December 1, 2012
Brought to Lawrence by the creators of October’s Color Run, the “ugliest 5K on the planet,” the Ugly Sweater Run, had a crowd of 2,500 runners Saturday in Watson Park. By Ian Cummings
Christmas the old-fashioned way on display in parade
December 1, 2012
The 20th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, a horse-drawn parade featuring thousands of riders, drew 113 official participants this year. By Ian Cummings
Longtime newspaper executive named Journal-World circulation director
December 1, 2012
A longtime circulation manager for The Kansas City Star and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has been named as director of circulation for The World Company, publisher of the Journal-World.
Holiday Farmers Market one week away
December 1, 2012
The last Lawrence Farmers Market of the year is indoors, free of admission, and promises holiday gifts along with the usual produce. By Ian Cummings
Open house set at Crane Observatory
December 1, 2012
An observatory at Washburn University is opening its doors to the public next week.
WVU’s Geno Smith ties NCAA completion percentage record against KU
December 1, 2012
If Saturday’s events were an accurate indication, former Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith could have won the award by unanimous vote had he faced the Kansas University defense every week. By Tom Keegan
Game Balls and Gassers: West Virginia
December 1, 2012
Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers against West Virginia …
Notebook: James Sims cracks 1,000 rushing yards … in nine games
December 1, 2012
When Kansas University junior James Sims was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after a DUI arrest this summer, many wondered if KU’s leading rusher from the previous two seasons would lose his featured spot in the Jayhawks’ backfield.
Opinion: KU can’t compete with a pass D like this
December 1, 2012
The Kansas football team’s defense did not force an incomplete pass from West Virginia starter Geno Smith in its 59-10 loss to West Virginia, and until the Jayhawks can cobble together a better pass defense, they’ll continue to lose Big 12 games, writes Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan.
Final goodbye: West Virginia ‘gross mismatch’ for KU in seniors’ last game
08:23 p.m., December 1, 2012 Updated 09:27 p.m.
Despite going through three head coaches and suffering through 37 losses in four years, a pair of Kansas seniors stood tall when leaving the field for the final time as Jayhawks following KU’s 59-10 blowout loss to West Virginia. By Matt Tait • Box score • KU coach Charlie Weis postgame audio
Wichita State defeats KU volleyball, 3-1, in NCAA second round
07:06 p.m., December 1, 2012 Updated 08:41 p.m.
The Wichita State volleyball team defeated Kansas, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, in the two teams’ second round match Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Police: Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher accused in murder-suicide
December 1, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
No injuries reported in Vermont Street apartment fire
December 1, 2012
Fire crews extinguished a second-story apartment fire on Vermont Street Saturday morning.
Behind the lens: Archiving old slides for the present day? Let’s get digital
December 1, 2012
Archiving photographs has transitioned from the days of storing pictures in slide carousels and negative sleeves to transmitting digital bytes to online photo sites, or burning to hard drives and discs. For people under 30, digital is most likely all they have ever known. For baby boomers like myself, you’ve probably experienced photographing with film but now find yourself joining the digital age. The dilemma facing some of us is what to do with our old slides and negatives. By Mike Yoder
KU volleyball success: Fans can dig it
Supporters cheer on team at Allen Fieldhouse during opening-round NCAA tourney victory
December 1, 2012
The crowd of about 3,500 in Allen Fieldhouse did its best to rock the old barn, clapping along with the fight song and rising and yelling for each set point. The band was on hand to pump up the crowd, and the volleyball team even got in the mix with an impromptu dance between matches to the song “Gangnam Style.” By Adam Strunk
Analyst: Meat will cost more next year
Consumers could see up to 8% increase
December 1, 2012
Consumers can expect to pay 5 percent to 8 percent more at the meat counter next year regardless of whether they put beef, pork or chicken into their grocery carts, a market analyst said Friday. Randy Blach, vice president for CattleFax, told nearly a thousand cattle producers attending the 100th convention of the Kansas Livestock Association that consumer meat prices will rise to record highs because livestock production has fallen dramatically after ranchers culled animals during this year’s drought. By Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press
Wichita State volleyball survives scare
December 1, 2012
Wichita State’s route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a meeting with host Kansas was not easy Friday night.
Oregon State center Joe Burton amazed by Jeff Withey’s development since high school
December 1, 2012
Oregon State senior Joe Burton, who hails from Soboba, Calif., has seen quite a change in Kansas University men’s basketball center and San Diego native Jeff Withey since they played against each other in high school. By Jesse Newell
Area basketball: Tonganoxie splits; Baldwin sweeps
December 1, 2012
Tonganoxie’s girls beat Lansing, while Baldwin’s boys and girls swept Jefferson County North in high school basketball Friday night.
Kansas vs. West Virginia: Tale of the Tape
December 1, 2012
A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-West Virginia football game.
Notebook: Ben McLemore wows with high-flying dunk
December 1, 2012
Kansas University freshman skywalker Ben McLemore stole a pass near midcourt, dribbled through the middle of the lane and slammed the basketball through the goal. By Gary Bedore
Geno’s last stand: KU wary of Mountaineers QB
December 1, 2012
None of the Jayhawks have Heisman votes, but it’s clear that they’re impressed by West Virginia QB Geno Smith. By Matt Tait
Simons’ Saturday Column: Stakes are high in the current federal tax debate
December 1, 2012
“Lame duck” legislative sessions, facing tight time deadlines, whether at the state or national level, do not provide the best political environment in which to conduct serious discussions or shape long-lasting laws and policies. The American public, as well as the welfare of the nation itself, now are in the middle of a massive political game with President Obama, a number of Democratic senators playing hardball and the Republican-controlled House. By Dolph C. Simons, Jr.
Veritas boys, girls reach title games
December 1, 2012
Veritas Christian’s basketball teams advance to the title games of the Shea Invitational.
Lawrence boys open with win
December 1, 2012
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team made its season-opening trip to Junction City worthwhile with a thrilling victory Friday night.
25 years ago: ‘Warm Hearts’ raising funds for assistance to families
December 1, 2012
Fundraising for the program was to kick off next week with a goal of $60,000.
40 years ago: Library board approves Sunday hours
December 1, 2012
The new schedule would bring the total weekly hours of service to 69.
100 years ago: Runaway horses killed by train
December 1, 2012
“An eastbound Santa Fe train last night stopped a team of runaway horses but it cost the lives of the runaways.”
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 30 NBA games
December 1, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA games.
Seabury 1-1 in tourney
December 1, 2012
Courtney Hoag scored 16 points, and Alexa Gaumer added 15, but Seabury Academy’s girls basketball team fell to Topeka Heritage, 42-40, on Friday in the Baileyville tournament.
LHS girls’ rally falls short, 43-42
December 1, 2012
Just when it looked as if Lawrence High’s girls basketball team would open its season with a double-digit home loss Friday night, the Lions found a new level of energy in the final minute-plus against Emporia. By Benton Smith
Opinion: GOP should let Obama go over cliff
December 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
Why are Republicans playing the Democrats’ game that the “fiscal cliff” is all about taxation? House Speaker John Boehner already made the pre-emptive concession of agreeing to raise revenues. But the insistence on doing so by eliminating deductions without raising marginal rates is now the subject of fierce Republican infighting.
Horoscopes for Dec. 1
December 1, 2012
For Saturday, Dec. 1: This year you have the ability to expand your inner circle, and you’ll get to know your friends even better. This closeness could result in you meeting someone significant; however, be aware that your introduction might take place through a quarrel. If you are attached, you will work on trying not to argue about money.
Tune In Tonight: Movies make Christmas countdown
December 1, 2012
ABC Family begins its “25 Days of Christmas” programming countdown of holiday movies and specials, a tradition on the channel since 1996.
Faith Forum: What’s the right reaction when someone makes fun of your religious beliefs?
December 1, 2012
Jeff Barclay and the Rev. John McFarland answer.
KU women benefit from balanced attack
December 1, 2012
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson certainly takes comfort in having as reliable a senior duo as forward Carolyn Davis and point guard Angel Goodrich at her disposal, but she didn’t mind watching other members of the team finish with higher point totals in the Jayhawks’ rout of Grambling State on Wednesday.