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Lawrence City Commission agenda for Dec. 11
December 7, 2012
The Lawrence City Commission meets at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. By Chad Lawhorn
Amyx asks City Commission to weigh recreation center against other city priorities, projects
December 7, 2012
Here’s a hypothetical that is drawing some discussion among those who follow Lawrence City Hall: Commissioners build a $25 million recreation center in northwest Lawrence, and successfully do so without raising anyone’s taxes. But then, a few years later, city leaders go to the public and say the city is in desperate need of a new police headquarters facility, and taxes will have to be raised for the project. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence family’s light display to benefit food bank
December 7, 2012
A Lawrence family will use its Christmas light display this season to help people in need of food in Douglas County.
Feds approve KanCare; program to launch on Jan. 1
December 7, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday said that federal officials have given Kansas the go-ahead to implement the state’s new Medicaid system known as KanCare on Jan. 1. By Scott Rothschild
Weis, Jayhawks to host 15 recruits for weekend visits
03:00 p.m., December 7, 2012 Updated 12:39 a.m.
Throughout the past several months, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has landed 13 oral commitments from high school and junior college recruits in the Class of 2013. But with signing day now just two months away, the push to fill out the rest of the class picks up. By Matt Tait
Holiday Bureau seeking volunteers to adopt local families
December 7, 2012
Annual donation drive helps make sure needy families have gifts, clothing and a warm meal for the holidays. By Peter Hancock
Jefferson County man pleads guilty to child porn charge
December 7, 2012
A 66-year-old Nortonville man pleaded guilty Thursday in Jefferson County District Court to a charge of child pornography. By Shaun Hittle
Jefferson County man pleads guilty to two counts of manslaughter in auto fatality
December 7, 2012
A 32-year-old Nortonville man pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of involuntary manslaughter In Jefferson County District Court stemming from a double-fatality accident in March. By Shaun Hittle
Opinion: TV rights agreement ensures Big 12’s long-term stability
12:32 p.m., December 7, 2012 Updated 12:19 a.m.
Journal-World writer Matt Tait examines how the Big 12’s “Grant of Rights” agreement works to protect the league’s teams from the ever-active forces of conference realignment.
KU student who lost legs in accident back on his feet
12:00 p.m., December 7, 2012 Updated 01:47 p.m.
Just a week or so since getting his “new knees,” as he calls them, 18-year-old KU student Colby Liston is quickly adjusting to his new hydraulic prosthetic legs. “You can go out and do anything with them,” said Liston, just hours after returning from a 10-day stay at Kansas University Hospital, where he received his prosthetic legs and some help using them. By Shaun Hittle
Man flown to KU Hospital by air ambulance after fall
December 7, 2012
A man was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after a fall from a balcony in the 1200 block of Ohio Street early Friday morning, according to Mike Frizzell of Operation 100 News, the Journal-World’s news partner. By Shaun Hittle
Early-morning apartment fire linked to recent arsons
08:02 a.m., December 7, 2012 Updated 07:43 p.m.
Emergency crews responded to a fire call early Friday morning in a south central Lawrence that has been the site of a string of suspected arsons dating back to October. Crews responded at about 2:30 a.m. to a fire in the 1800 block of W. 25th Street, according to Lawrence Police Department records. By Shaun Hittle
Paris Daniels records wins in KU track meet
December 7, 2012
Kansas University sprinter Paris Daniels set two facility records and won two individual titles at the Bob Timmons Challenge, the KU track and field team’s season-opening meet on Thursday at Anschutz Pavilion.
EHS girls top Turner
December 7, 2012
Danelle Topil, Abby Richeson and Makaila Garcia scored 10 points apiece, and Eudora High defeated Kansas City Turner, 50-41, for seventh place Thursday in the Eudora Invitational girls basketball tournament.
Eagles girls roll
December 7, 2012
It hasn’t taken much time for Veritas Christian’s girls basketball veterans to get their youngest teammates acclimated this season.
Veritas boys cruise past Rams, 57-27
December 7, 2012
Veritas dismantled Human Brand, 57-27, in high school boys basketball on Thursday.
Jayhawks practice with bigger point guards
December 7, 2012
A bit tall for the position, 6-foot-8 Kevin Young and 6-6 Travis Releford have played some point guard — yes, point guard — during this week’s Kansas University basketball practices. By Gary Bedore
Coming up short: LHS boys fall in opener at tourney
December 7, 2012
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North exposed the Lawrence High boys basketball team’s weakness Thursday afternoon, dominating inside in a 55-47 victory over LHS in the opening game of the Blue Valley Shootout. By Jesse Newell
Letter: No principle
December 7, 2012
With former Sen. Bob Dole looking on from his wheelchair on Tuesday, Kansas Sens. Moran and Roberts joined 36 other Republicans and voted against the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which would have added the United States to a treaty of over 120 other nations around the world calling for equal rights for those with disabilities.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 6 NBA games
December 7, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
Letter: Senate grinches
December 7, 2012
It’s a dubious honor to reside in a state with two of the biggest grinches this Christmas season has to offer. I refer, of course, to the two U.S. senators from Kansas, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, who voted against the U.N. treaty for the disabled.
Letter: Shameful votes
December 7, 2012
If all it takes to compel ostensive “statesmen” to kowtow to conspiracy theorists or to quake in fear of right-wing opposition in future primaries is this brand of nonsense, then we’re in deep trouble.Kansas’ two senators owe Bob Dole and people with disabilities in Kansas the humblest of apologies. This vote is not only embarrassing, it is truly shameful.
Letter: Vindictive?
December 7, 2012
Following his removal from the House Budget Committee, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said “This is clearly a vindictive move and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement.” The same statement could be applied to the conservative branch of the Kansas Republican Party and their vendetta against moderate Republicans during our most recent election. What goes around, comes around.
Editorial: Taste issue
Officials are right to get more information on what it would take to fix taste and odor issues with the city’s water.
December 7, 2012
In a step toward solving Lawrence’s problems of foul tasting and smelling water, the city staff has been authorized to negotiate a contract with Burns & McDonnell to study how to address the situation.
25 years ago: Group studies disparities in Lawrence schools
December 7, 2012
The Equity Council was beginning to turn its focus to the city’s 17 elementary schools.
40 years ago: Ice rinks nearly ready for local skaters
December 7, 2012
Cold weather was putting Lawrence residents in the mood for winter sports.
Horoscopes for Dec. 7
December 7, 2012
For Friday, Dec. 7: You could enjoy immense popularity the first half of the year. At times, you could be very intense and sometimes stressed out. If you are single, you could become involved in a deeply emotional relationship the second half of the year. If you are attached, you see your bond become much closer this year.
Tune In Tonight: Settle in for ‘Restless’
December 7, 2012
Starved for smart television? Feast on “Restless” (8 p.m., Sundance), a two-part British miniseries based on a novel by William Boyd.
Opinion: Economic NATO is good idea
December 7, 2012 in print edition on A8
At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders, one participant summed up an anxiety that’s almost palpable here: “Europeans have a sense of being left alone. You Americans don’t understand how much we need you.”
Chiefs RB Hillis responds to ex-teammate
December 7, 2012
Peyton Hillis lashed back at former teammate Joe Thomas on Thursday, comparing the Browns’ offensive tackle to a “crazy ex-girlfriend” after he made disparaging comments about the Kansas City Chiefs running back.
100 years ago: Residents discuss future of water plant at public meeting
December 7, 2012
“The fact is that privately owned water plants are out of date.”