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Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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12:28 a.m.
Kansas forward Perry Ellis grabs a loose ball over Saint Louis forward Jake Barnett in the second half of the championship game of the CBE Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. KU freshman Perry Ellis: College transition tough but rewarding
December 5, 2012
Kansas University freshman Perry Ellis says the adjustment from high school to college — both in the classroom and on the basketball court — has been trying at times, but he’s focused on improving. By Gary Bedore
6:00 a.m.
Vergie and Mark Anderson, of Kinsley, will provide for scholarships for graduate students in the Kansas University School of Social Welfare with a $150,000 gift in honor of Vergie's two children, who died in a car accident in 1980. Kansan gives $150,000 for KU social-welfare scholarships in memory of her children who died in a car accident
4:59 p.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 4:59 p.m.
Vergie Anderson, of Kinsley, holds the Kansas University School of Social Welfare close to her heart, as she does her two children, Jason and Brooke, who died in a car accident more than 30 years ago. Now the school and her children are forever linked, through a $150,000 gift announced Wednesday, from Anderson and her husband, that will establish a scholarship fund in honor of Jason and Brooke Meckfessel. By Matt Erickson
10:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Ben McLemore flashes his tongue after a put-back dunk against Emporia State during the second half, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Rising above: Ben McLemore elevates above adversity
December 5, 2012
What must it be like to be Ben McLemore, Kansas University basketball star, floating sky-walker, owner of a million-dollar smile and a jump shot to match? By Tom Keegan
2:20 p.m.
Mike Caron, executive director of the Save the Wetlands organization, hands out tools to volunteers Saturday, April 21, 2012, for a Day of Caring project in the Wakarusa Wetlands. The group walked into the wetlands north of 31st Street, toward Haskell Indian Nations University where paths are being created and widened. The volunteers were among more than 200 who helped out for United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center’s Day of Caring. United Way about $900,000 short of goal; leaders to extend donation timeframe
December 6, 2012
Social service agencies throughout Douglas County may see a cutback in funding unless donations pick up significantly for the local United Way fundraising campaign. Chad Lawhorn
6:00 p.m.
Mount Oread Scholars make their way up Campanile Hill on Sunday, August 21, 2011. More than 200 scholars made the walk up the hill which symbolizes the beginning of their college careers.
KU’s Mount Oread Scholars program ending in favor of expanded Honors Program
December 6, 2012
The Kansas University Mount Oread Scholars have made their last trip up the hill, as the program for high-ability freshmen will come to an end after this school year. Officials say the end of the program, which expanded to its largest size ever this fall, will correspond with an expansion for the KU Honors Program. By Matt Erickson

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For Washington state, legal pot — and now what?
December 6, 2012
People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle’s sidewalks — then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to “get baked,” the city’s police department suggested pizza and a “Lord of the Rings” movie marathon. What, exactly, is going on in Washington state?
Citizens, police officers recognized for lifesaving efforts
December 6, 2012
Citizens and police officers who saved lives this year received awards Thursday night, and the police department graduated a new police academy class including recruits from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. By Ian Cummings
KU women suffer first loss, 64-56
December 6, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s basketball season-opening winning streak came to an end Thursday night in a 64-56 loss to Arkansas.
Obama, Romney teams share behind the scenes look at presidential campaigns
December 6, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was battle-tested during the GOP primary, which enabled him to win decisively the first debate with President Barack Obama. But not having a primary challenge, gave Obama the advantage of time to put in place a campaign apparatus that early on defined Romney as someone who was out of touch with the lives of everyday Americans. By Scott Rothschild
Three Lawrence men charged in alleged sexual assault of woman
December 6, 2012
Three Lawrence men were charged Thursday in connection with an alleged sexual assault Tuesday night. By Shaun Hittle
Police apprehend suspect after lunchtime foot pursuit
December 6, 2012
Police arrested a Lawrence man after a lunchtime foot pursuit. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence Meals on Wheels seeking volunteer drivers
December 6, 2012
The local program delivers 120 to 130 meals each day to home-bound seniors and others with special dietary needs. By Peter Hancock.
22-year-old Jefferson County woman pleads not guilty to child abuse; trial set for March
December 6, 2012
A 22-year-old Jefferson County woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to several charges related to injuring a 2-year-old Oskaloosa girl in July, said Jefferson County Attorney Jason Belveal. By Shaun Hittle
Fourth finalist for KU engineering dean job withdraws
December 6, 2012
A fourth finalist for the Kansas University School of Engineering dean position has withdrawn, leaving the university’s search committee to recommend a dean from the three candidates already announced, perhaps as soon as this week.
KU’s Mount Oread Scholars program ending in favor of expanded Honors Program
December 6, 2012
The Kansas University Mount Oread Scholars have made their last trip up the hill, as the program for high-ability freshmen will come to an end after this school year. Officials say the end of the program, which expanded to its largest size ever this fall, will correspond with an expansion for the KU Honors Program. By Matt Erickson
Owner of daycare shut down after police raid appeals state order
December 6, 2012
The owner of a local daycare — shut down by state officials after her home was searched by police in October — has appealed an emergency order shutting down the facility. By Shaun Hittle
New Senate President Wagle considers reopening legislative redistricting
December 6, 2012
Incoming Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that she is interested in redrawing legislative districts next year, even though federal judges already redrew the boundaries this year.
United Way about $900,000 short of goal; leaders to extend donation timeframe
December 6, 2012
Social service agencies throughout Douglas County may see a cutback in funding unless donations pick up significantly for the local United Way fundraising campaign. Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man ordered to trial in burglary case
December 6, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence man waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial on charges of aggravated burglary, theft and criminal damage stemming from an Oct. 1 incident near Eudora. By Shaun Hittle
Our Town Sports for Dec. 6
December 6, 2012
A weekly roundup of local events, happenings and results.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 5 NBA games
December 6, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Tune In Tonight: Vogue hits 120 years
December 6, 2012
Do fashion magazines still matter? How will they look in the future? Don’t go looking for the answers to those questions in the new documentary “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye” (8 p.m., HBO), a celebration of Vogue magazine’s 120th anniversary and a showcase of some of its more notable fashion editors from the past decades.
40 years ago: Bad checks on the rise
December 6, 2012
The 1972 total so far was 996 uncollected checks with a face value of $30,475.
25 years ago: Wildlife refuge off limits to hunters during whooping crane visit
December 6, 2012
The two adult birds and a chick had stopped at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
Style Scout: David Brown
December 6, 2012
Describe your style: Hippie traditional
Style Scout: Rena Detrixhe
December 6, 2012
Who do people say you look like? When I was in Korea, the locals said I looked like Natalie Portman.
Opinion: Pledge of balanced plan short-lived
December 6, 2012 in print edition on A7
Even Jonathan Swift, who said promises and pie crusts are made to be broken, might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama’s promise of a “balanced” deficit-reduction plan — substantial spending cuts to accompany revenue increases. Obama made short shrift of that promise when he demanded $1.6 trillion in immediate tax increases and mostly unspecified domestic cuts. He also promised to cut $800 billion from 10 years of war spending that will end in two years, which is like “cutting” $800 billion by deciding not to build a ski resort on Mars.
Horoscopes for Dec. 6
December 6, 2012
For Thursday, Dec. 6: This year you could find that your high energy often turns into anger or frustration. The issue might be your high expectations of others, which could be unrealistic … or perhaps others simply are not responsive. If you are single, be open and try not to project what you want onto someone else. If you are attached, though you might have a quarrel or two, a newfound gentleness evolves between you.
Opinion: Colo. students shun gun dorm
December 6, 2012 in print edition on A7
Young people are not exactly renowned for their judgment. We are, after all, talking about an age group that has to be told it is a bad idea to text while doing 70. Or drink alcohol till it spews from your nostrils. Or wear a T-shirt and flip-flops to interview for the office job.
Garden Calendar: What Douglas County Extension does
December 6, 2012
This week, I am taking a break from the garden to answer the question that I get asked more than any other: What is Extension? By Jennifer Smith
Kovel’s Antiques: Victorian calling cards
December 6, 2012
High-society Victorians had a formal way to meet new friends. No playground visits, no social media.
100 years ago: Temperature drops 36 degrees in a day
December 6, 2012
“The thermometer took a sudden tumble in the last 24 hours.”