Archive for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
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
6:00 a.m.
Jay Lovett, a water treatment technician for the city of Lawrence, collects a sample of water at the Kaw River Water Treatment Plant, on Monday June 11, 2012. Some people have complained drinking water has an odd taste and smell. Officials say it's caused by geosmin, which is a by-product of dead algae that accumulate at Clinton Lake and sometimes in the Kansas River. Lawrence gathering information about costs to fix taste, odor problems with drinking water
6:08 p.m., December 3, 2012 Updated 8:11 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
10:00 a.m.
KU football coach Mark Mangino celebrates after the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Mangino went 50-48 from 2002-2009. Opinion: Mark Mangino to UK makes sense
December 4, 2012
It hit me like a hot-air shot onto a cavity delivered through one of those guns dentists like to use to amuse themselves and get a rise out of their patients: Mark Mangino very well could return to coaching soon as an offensive coordinator at a school that has challenges in building a football program similar to those at Kansas University. By Tom Keegan
2:00 p.m.
Music teacher Lois Orth-Lopes leads students at Cordley School in a program rehearsal Thursday. Orth-Lopes is part of a team that’s developing a new teacher evaluation system for the Lawrence district. 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
6:00 p.m.
Penn House volunteer Shelly Armstrong sorts gift items Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the agency. Penn House, 1035 Pennsylvania St., and a coalition of other agencies are part of a Holiday Bureau adopting families in need this season. Linda Lassen, director of programming at Penn House, said 73 families have been adopted, but 184 remain. “I have faith in the community,” Lassen said. “I just hope the phone starts ringing.” Lawrence organizations in need this holiday season
December 2, 2012
During the holiday season, organizations in Lawrence need gifts to distribute, money, and volunteers to help with everything from serving meals to collecting donations. To help Lawrence residents find a way to contribute during the holiday season, the Journal-World has made a comprehensive list that includes local organizations and their needs this year.

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12 days of cookies
December 4, 2012
If there are 12 days of Christmas, wouldn’t that merit 12 days of cookies? This lineup of a dozen varieties has sugar, spice and everything nice.
Free State girls basketball drops opener to Topeka Seaman
December 4, 2012
Free State High’s girls basketball team never looked comfortable — even after building a 10-point fourth-quarter lead — in its season opener Tuesday and lost, 44-42, at Topeka Seaman. By Benton Smith
City commissioners express concerns about state sales tax on groceries, concealed carry changes
December 4, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night crafted a draft version of the city’s legislative priorities statement, including language that urged the state to tread carefully in making changes to the state sales tax on food purchases, and objecting to potential legislation that would allowed concealed carry permit holders to bring a weapon into city buildings. By Chad Lawhorn
City ends talks to purchase Abe & Jake’s building for additional city offices
December 4, 2012
A rumored expansion of Lawrence City Hall into a renovated building along the Kansas River won’t happen after all. By Chad Lawhorn
27-year-old man charged with fleeing and eluding police
December 4, 2012
A 27-year-old Auburn, Kan., man was charged Tuesday with numerous crimes after police say he fled from law enforcement Monday afternoon. By Shaun Hittle
Sportswriter Deford coming to KU in February to receive William Allen White citation
December 4, 2012
Sportswriter, author and commentator Frank Deford will receive the 2013 William Allen White Foundation National Citation in February at Kansas University. By Matt Erickson
In Cold Blood’ killers might be exhumed to determine connection to slain Florida family
December 4, 2012
At the end of 1959, two families of four — one in Kansas, the other in Florida — were brutally murdered. Two men were arrested, charged and executed in the Kansas case, and writer Truman Capote captured the horrific tale in his iconic true crime novel, “In Cold Blood.”
Douglas County Commission to consider zoning law changes related to tourism
December 4, 2012
Proposals would add “agritourism” as a type of land use and set up a process for special event permits. By Peter Hancock
Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher talked about other ‘girlfriend’ to police
December 4, 2012
Police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher spent some of his final hours sleeping in his car outside the home of another woman whom he described as his “girlfriend.”
Thief takes thousands of pain pills from Salina pharmacy
December 4, 2012
Police say someone stole more than 12,000 pills of various pain medications from a Salina pharmacy. Lt. Scott Siemsen says the theft occurred at Jim’s Pharmacy during a burglary early Monday. The medicine was valued at more than $16,000. By The Associated Press
Federal government cracks down on hiring illegal immigrants in Kansas
12:01 p.m., December 4, 2012 Updated 04:10 p.m.
A federal crackdown on Kansas companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants has ensnared a Wichita firm for employing undocumented workers at its McDonald’s restaurants. By The Associated Press
Democratic leaders want to limit Kobach’s work outside of Kansas government
11:56 a.m., December 4, 2012 Updated 04:12 p.m.
Democratic leaders say they will introduce two measures in January in an effort to limit Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s power and work outside the office on immigration and other issues. By The Associated Press
Lawrence man sentenced to 25 months in burglary case
December 4, 2012
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison for an attempted burglary in Lawrence last summer. By Shaun Hittle
Topeka man injured in morning accident in “satisfactory condition”
06:09 a.m., December 4, 2012 Updated 03:22 p.m.
A Topeka man is in “satisfactory condition,” according to a Stormont-Vail Hospital spokeswoman, after suffering injuries in a head-on, two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on the South Lawrence Trafficway, just south of Clinton Parkway. By Shaun Hittle
School finance ruling delayed until around New Year’s
06:00 a.m., December 4, 2012 Updated 06:38 p.m.
The decision in the pending school finance case could have far-reaching implications for the upcoming legislative session. By Peter Hancock
Junior setter Erin McNorton an improbable quarterback for KU volleyball run
December 4, 2012
Junior setter Erin McNorton began her career as a walk-on, began the season unaware she would start and wound up delivering the third best single season assist total in Kansas University volleyball history while helping lead the Jayhawks to their best season ever.
City football preps honored
December 4, 2012
The honors keep pouring in for the city’s top high school football players in the wake of a fantastic fall.
KU softball lands juco pitcher
December 4, 2012
Beth Wilson, a 6-foot softball pitcher from Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill., plans to transfer next season to Kansas University.
KU golf lands Florida prep
December 4, 2012
Brock Drogosch, a senior at Windermere (Fla.) Prep School, has signed a national letter of intent with Kansas University’s men’s golf team.
Chiefs picking up pieces
December 4, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs returned to work Monday at their practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium, trying to find a sense of normalcy after two days of unimaginable heartache. It proved nearly impossible to do.
Bill Self fondly recalls Rick Majerus
December 4, 2012
College basketball coaches around the country have been celebrating the life of Rick Majerus, the former Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis coach who died Saturday at the age of 64. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Mark Mangino to UK makes sense
December 4, 2012
It hit me like a hot-air shot onto a cavity delivered through one of those guns dentists like to use to amuse themselves and get a rise out of their patients: Mark Mangino very well could return to coaching soon as an offensive coordinator at a school that has challenges in building a football program similar to those at Kansas University. By Tom Keegan
KU football by the numbers
Some of the digits behind Kansas’ fall into the abyss
December 4, 2012
Mind-blowing numbers help to illustrate just how deeply a Kansas University football program that went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl five long years ago has slipped into the abyss. By Tom Keegan
40 years ago: KU buildings deck their halls this week
December 4, 2012
A Christmas tree was expected to be placed in the rotunda of Strong Hall on December 11.
25 years ago: Speaking engagement falls through for local club
December 4, 2012
Club members believed that Bob Knight had been committed to speaking at the dinner and had advertised the event accordingly.
Letter: Health police
December 4, 2012
Lawrence resident Jon Jambor urges others to become proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and suggests ways to do so.
Letter: Father, son
December 4, 2012
Lawrence resident Brad Buecker hopes the community will recognize what Tommy Johnson (Senior and Junior) has given to the community.
Editorial: Fairer plan
City officials have come up with a fairer way to assess the cost of additional parking near the Lawrence Public Library.
December 4, 2012
The city’s modified plan for financing additional parking at the Lawrence Public Library is a reasonable and fair way to accomplish the goal of add more parking downtown.
Editorial: Holiday tradition
Thanks to all who work to stage the popular horse-drawn holiday parade in downtown Lawrence.
December 4, 2012
Thanks to those who organized and sponsored the 20th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Saturday.
Horoscopes for Dec. 4
December 4, 2012
For Tuesday, Dec. 4: Extremes mark your year. Sometimes you go way overboard enjoying yourself. If you are single, hold back a little, as a new person might not understand where you are coming from. If you are attached, your loved one could be taken aback by this change.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Rudolph’ and ‘Victoria’s Secret’: together again
December 4, 2012
CBS maintains its odd holiday tradition of pairing the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated musical “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (7 p.m.) with the ludicrous lingerie special “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (9 p.m.). For years, I’ve never seen the connection. But I like to point it out.
Opinion: New victim of black blindness?
December 4, 2012 in print edition on A8
Call it black blindness. It is a kind of myopia that afflicts some of us — too many of us — whenever we gaze upon a dark-skinned man. It causes some of us — too many of us — to see things that are not there, and to miss things that are. Sometimes, it is fatal.
Opinion: Extremists gain strength in Syria
December 4, 2012 in print edition on A8
Syrian opposition leaders report an alarming growth within their ranks of fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist group linked to al-Qaida.
100 years ago: As Christmas approaches, J-W encourages ‘Good Fellow’ program
December 4, 2012
“It is planned to see that no one in Lawrence passes a gloomy Christmas because of want and hunger.”