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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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.