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Lawrence district going its own way on teacher evaluations
December 3, 2012
A new evaluation system to be used in Lawrence will tie teachers’ ratings to student achievement, but not by using standardized test scores. By Peter Hancock
K.C. Federal Reserve board leaders named
December 3, 2012
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors on Monday said it has selected a Colorado businesswoman and a New Mexico businessman as chairwoman and deputy chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank for 2013.
KBA committee backs investments
December 3, 2012
The investment committee of the Kansas Bioscience Authority on Monday supported two grants, according to a news release.
11-year-old escapes abduction attempt
December 3, 2012
A quick-thinking 11-year-old boy escaped an attempted abduction Sunday in Lenexa.
KU, Children’s Mercy teaming up for pediatric program
December 3, 2012
Kansas University’s medical center and hospital are officially teaming up with Children’s Mercy Hospital to help meet the growing demands in child health care.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 3 NBA games
December 3, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Med tech in hepatitis C case pleads not guilty
December 3, 2012
A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court on Monday.
Alpacas achieve local celebrity
December 3, 2012
Bob and Claudia Hey, Baldwin City, raise alpacas at their farm, Ad Astra Alpacas farm. Looking like a cross between a llama and a sheep, the alpacas are raised for their wool — and as local celebrities of sorts. By Jenna Stanbrough
Former KU art history professor’s donation to create endowed directorship at Spencer Museum of Art
December 3, 2012
Marilyn Stokstad, a former professor of art history at Kansas University, has made a gift to create an endowed directorship at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art. By Scott Rothschild
Divorces
December 3, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 30, 2012.
Marriages
December 3, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
Bankruptcies
December 3, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
20-year-old Ottawa man charged with kidnapping, robbery
December 3, 2012
A 20-year-old former Ottawa man was charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with eight offenses stemming from a Jan. 10 robbery in Lawrence. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence gathering information about costs to fix taste, odor problems with drinking water
06:08 p.m., December 3, 2012 Updated 08:11 p.m.
Leaders at Lawrence City Hall haven’t forgotten about last summer’s problems with geosmin — a non-toxic but also very non-tasty algae by-product — that created an earthy, musty taste and odor in the city’s drinking water supply, and now they are looking at how much it may cost to fix the problem. By Chad Lawhorn
Two murderers, sex offender convicted in Douglas County eligible for parole
December 3, 2012
Two Douglas County convicted murderers and a convicted sex offender will be eligible for parole in January, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. By Shaun Hittle
Wellsville man killed in Sunday motorcycle accident
December 3, 2012
A 48-year-old Wellsville man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. By Shaun Hittle
Police report gives additional details in Chiefs player’s murder-suicide
December 3, 2012
Police hope to deliver an investigative report to prosecutors Tuesday, detailing what caused Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher to kill his girlfriend and then himself.
Anonymous donor provides funds to replace items stolen from students’ food drive
December 3, 2012
Independence kids right at the age to decide whether or not they believe in Santa Claus may revise their decision after an anonymous benefactor gave $400 to make up for a recent theft of donated food at Jefferson School. The donor said to tell everyone that Santa Claus provided the money. By The Associated Press
Letter: No worries
December 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
The congressmen in Washington want to make cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
Letter: Another fight?
December 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
As the Civil War drew to a close, radical Republicans such as Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens wanted to punish the secessionists. They wanted to utterly destroy the Southern aristocracy.
Letter: Fiscal danger
December 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
There are dangers if the American government pays its bills by simply printing more money. The dollar could lose its status as the global reserve currency and, given the nature of today’s economy, once foreigners start to dump their greenbacks, Americans will face massive inflation.
Jeff Withey wins Big 12 player of week
December 3, 2012
Kansas center Jeff Withey was selected as the Big 12’s player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Letter: Democracy issue
December 3, 2012
The judicial article of the Kansas Constitution was amended by voters in 1972 to facilitate the system we currently have. This did not satisfy everyone, but the system functions.
Letter: True patriots
December 3, 2012
As a “green” reporter for the Wellsville Globe, which had been sold to Tri-County News in Gardner, I was sent to cover the Jacob Butler story.
25 years ago: Public hearing to be held on Oread rezoning
December 3, 2012
The city commission had voted 4-1 to initiate the rezoning request.
Fix-It Chick: Hardware eponyms
December 3, 2012
The use of a brand name in place of the product description is common in the hardware industry. Here are a few proprietary eponyms you may or may not know:
40 years ago: Movie, TV, and fast-food options for weekend fun
December 3, 2012
The new CBS show “The Waltons” had been picked up the remainder of the season.
100 years ago: City to discuss changing to commission form of government
December 3, 2012
“This gathering will be open to everyone and it is to be made just as public as possible.”
Horoscopes for Dec. 3
December 3, 2012
For Monday, Dec. 3: This year interactions with others generally are very fortunate for you. It is through these contacts that many opportunities will arise. If you are single, someone very special strolls through your door. If you are attached, you could act like young lovers again.
KU, Harvard researchers team up to look for Alzheimer’s treatment clues
December 3, 2012
Scientists at KU and Harvard are joining to examine a key protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease, making use of molecular science in Lawrence and animal models in Massachusetts. They say the answers they find could help lead to new treatments. By Matt Erickson
Local schools, governments, health providers bracing for “fiscal cliff”
December 3, 2012
Deep cuts in federal spending would have a big impact on local schools, health care and social services. By Peter Hancock
Editorial: Some advice
County commissioners took the prudent course by seeking an independent opinion on whether to permit a sand-pit dredging operation.
December 3, 2012
It seems as if Douglas County Commissioner Jim Flory’s comment at Wednesday’s meeting was right on target.
Letter: Science slide
December 3, 2012
I am writing in regard to the sad state of science education in our schools. The recent article in the Journal-World (Nov. 26) has me worried for the students of today who will be our leaders of tomorrow.
Learning is in even when school’s out
Day camps combine art, science teaching
December 3, 2012
Whether they realize it or not, the children at the arts center’s Art Space Camp are using art to learn science skills — even though school’s out for the day.
DIY stocking stuffers
These small gifts for toddlers don’t take much time
December 3, 2012
While I love the tradition of stuffing the stockings, it sometimes gets hard to think of items that are useful, fun and not too expensive. The following three projects can be made quickly and inexpensively. Further, they’re all toddler-tested to be fun.
Opinion: Campuses seek to abolish annoyances
December 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration — acting as prosecutor, judge and jury — convicted him of “openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.”
Offbeat Occupations: Farrier’s job parts shoe salesman, therapist, technician
December 3, 2012
Imagine working under a 1 ton, million-dollar vehicle. Now imagine the vehicle can kick you in the head if you put the tire on wrong. Welcome to the life of farrier Charley Mattingly.
Style for the Ages: Seek timeless, quality, practical gifts
December 3, 2012
Everywhere we turn, society tells us to buy, buy, buy, and that quantity will always trump quality. It hasn’t always been this way.
Go Green: Keep moths at bay using natural repellents
December 3, 2012
I remember my mother making the big clothing shift in the spring from upstairs in our closets to garment bags zipped and hanging in the basement, and then reverse in the fall. Ever the reader, she discovered that mothballs not only smelled but weren’t the best for a house full of children.
Mind Matters: Eating disorders, a non-psychological perspective
December 3, 2012
The underpinnings to anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and all the sub-clinical manifestations of these struggles are deeply rooted in our humanity, engaging with the most unconscious aspects of our nature.
Double Take: Meaningful career not dependent on salary
December 3, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: I was troubled by one sentence in your column on drunken driving. You described Jordan as “a good student who I suspect will eventually knock back a six-figure salary.” I think you wanted to say you expected Jordan to be productive/have a rewarding career/do good things — something more than, even other than, financial success.