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Seabury boys basketball loses fourth in a row
December 10, 2012
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team fell to Wichita Defenders, 64-38, on Monday. No stats from the game were available. Seabury (0-4) will play host to KC Barstow at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Opinion: Royals couldn’t bank on ‘What if?’
December 10, 2012
When the Kansas City Royals swapped youth and power potential for proven pitching, they angered a segment of their fanbase that had grown accustomed to looking toward the future. Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan explains why the team made the right call.
Spirited victory helps Self preach high-energy approach to Jayhawks
December 10, 2012
Kansas University men’s basketball’s blowout victory over Colorado on Saturday has given Bill Self an extra tool to help coach up his team. By Gary Bedore
‘Jump training’ used in after-school program to help keep students fit
December 10, 2012
Former KU PE instructor Bob Lockwood’s grandchildren are now learning a “plyometric” regimen that he helped develop in the U.S. By Peter Hancock
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 10 NBA games
December 10, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Lawrence High girls basketball trounces KC Harmon, 78-7
December 10, 2012
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team, which lost its first two games of the season by a combined five points, had no interest in giving Kansas City, Kan., Harmon the faintest chance of keeping the game close and drubbed the visitors, 78-7, Monday night at LHS. By Benton Smith
Projected budget shortfall revised to $295 million
December 10, 2012
The Kansas Legislature’s research staff has revised its projections for the budget shortfall facing the state next year, dropping it to $295 million.
New Kansas water program has about 750 enrollees
December 10, 2012
About 750 farmers who irrigate have signed up for a new program designed to give them more flexibility over their water use while also encouraging conservation, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
School board refining project list for bond funds
December 10, 2012
Lawrence school board members hone in on specific projects to hold bond issue under $93 million. By Peter Hancock
Junior college cornerback Cassius Sendish picks Kansas
07:01 p.m., December 10, 2012 Updated 12:01 a.m.
The Kansas University football team picked up its 15th commitment from an athlete in the Class of 2013 on Monday. Arizona Western C.C. defensive back Cassius Sendish became the latest player to orally commit to the Jayhawks, making him the ninth junior-college prospect in the current class. By Matt Tait
City commissioners to consider new plan to pay for extra level of parking at proposed library garage
December 10, 2012
Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are set to consider a plan that would have the general public pay about $435,000 — or more than half of the total cost — to add 72 spaces to the garage planned to be built as part of the Lawrence Public Library project. By Chad Lawhorn
KU student pleads to three battery charges, sentenced to probation
December 10, 2012
A 19-year-old Kansas University student was sentenced to one year probation Monday after pleading no contest to three counts of battery stemming from an October incident. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence man charged with assault for Saturday incident involving a knife
December 10, 2012
A 32-year-old Lawrence man was charged Monday with aggravated assault and theft stemming from a Saturday afternoon incident. By Shaun Hittle
Rural Lawrence man killed while cutting down trees
04:57 p.m., December 10, 2012 Updated 07:42 p.m.
A 56-year-old Lawrence man died after he was hit and pinned by a tree while cutting down trees Thursday just west of Lone Star. By Shaun Hittle
KU lobbying Brownback for $30 million in state bonds to help build new medical education building
December 10, 2012
Despite expected budget cuts in many areas of state government, Kansas University officials on Monday pushed for a $30 million commitment from Gov. Sam Brownback to help construct a new $75 million medical building at KU Medical Center’s main campus in Kansas City, Kan. By Scott Rothschild
Agritourism, special event permits back on county agenda
December 10, 2012
The Douglas County Commission will try again Wednesday to hammer out final language to allow tourism-related business and special events in unincorporated areas. By Peter Hancock
KU Hospital named Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center
December 10, 2012
Kansas University Hospital has become one of the first five facilities in the country to earn Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission, a nonprofit group that certifies and accredits healthcare programs across the country.
More than 30 at hotel treated at hospital following carbon monoxide exposure
December 10, 2012
A south-central Kansas hotel has reopened after carbon monoxide exposure sent more than 30 people to a hospital where they were treated and released. By The Associated Press
Haskell student charged with trespass, deprivation of property
02:29 p.m., December 10, 2012 Updated 04:00 p.m.
A Haskell Indian Nations University student was charged Monday with criminal trespass and criminal deprivation of property following a Sunday morning incident at a Haskell dormitory. By Shaun Hittle
Governor’s task force on school efficiency criticized for not hearing teachers
December 10, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s task force on school efficiency was wrapping up its work Monday after having heard from school administrators, school board members and critics of school funding. But the task force hasn’t allowed time, and apparently won’t, to hear from those who are in the classroom every day — teachers. By Scott Rothschild
Support grows for loop highway in Douglas, Leavenworth, Johnson counties
December 10, 2012
Policymakers have been considering the need for a loop highway on the outskirts of suburban Johnson County in part to deal with the swelling population in the county’s rural areas. An outer loop is being examined as part of a state study on changing transportation demands in Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami, Douglas and Leavenworth counties in eastern Kansas. By The Associated Press
19-year-old sentenced to probation for role in robbery
December 10, 2012
A 19-year-old Ottawa man was sentenced Monday to two year’s probation for his role in a January robbery in Lawrence. By Shaun Hittle
State to resume charging 65- to 74-year-olds for hunting, fishing licenses
December 10, 2012
In an effort to increase revenue to support wildlife programs, the state of Kansas in January will end a policy that provided hunting and fishing licenses for free to people between the ages of 65 and 74.In an effort to increase revenue to support wildlife programs, the state of Kansas in January will end a policy that provided hunting and fishing licenses for free to people between the ages of 65 and 74. State officials estimated ending the exemption, which began in 1971, will raise $900,000 to $1.5 million in fee revenue. By The Associated Press
KU looking to replace ‘frustrating’ new online job-application system
December 10, 2012
About two months after launching a $125,000 new online job-application system, Kansas University is preparing to scrap it and find a new solution.
Hunter accidentally shot in legs near Valley Falls, injuries not life threatening
December 10, 2012
A hunter was accidentally shot in the back of the legs Saturday at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Public Hunting area west of Valley Falls. By Shaun Hittle
Teen pleads no contest to two August burglaries, sex crimes dropped
December 10, 2012
A 19-year-old Horton man pleaded no contest Friday to two counts of aggravated burglary stemming from two August incidents in Lawrence, according to court records.By Shaun Hittle
Reported kidnapping being investigated
December 10, 2012
Kansas City police say they’re investigating the reported kidnapping of a 37-year-old woman.
Dodge City woman sentenced for perjury
December 10, 2012
A 29-year-old Dodge City woman has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to lying during a grand jury investigation.
Brownback speaks at religious event
December 10, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback spoke at a weekend religious event in Topeka, drawing criticism from a group that promotes the separation of church and state.
K.C. police find body in burned car
December 10, 2012
Police in Kansas City, Kan., are investigating the discovery of a dead body inside a burned car.
Concrete problems pile up in K.C. metro area
December 10, 2012
Cities across the Kansas City metro area are facing millions of dollars in repairs to concrete structures that were installed years ago.
Brownback applauds EPA’s ruling on grain sorghum
December 10, 2012
An Environmental Protection Agency decision to qualify grain sorghum as a renewable fuel under federal standards is being hailed as good news for Kansas, which raises more of the crop than any other state. Gov. Sam Brownback said it could be a boost to the state’s economy.
Menorah lighting centers on community
Local artwork featured in Hanukkah ceremony
December 10, 2012
Members of the Jewish community gathered outside the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday to celebrate the second day of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, organized by the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.
‘Fiscal cliff’ raises concerns for NBAF
December 10, 2012
State officials say the looming “fiscal cliff” and recent demotions in the Kansas congressional delegation shouldn’t weaken support for a new federal $1.15 billion animal research lab in Manhattan.
How to Help: Family Promise seeks help hosting families
December 10, 2012
Family Promise of Lawrence is in need of volunteers to provide support for their guest families staying overnight at host congregations each night.
Fiscal cliff’ could cost millions for KU, students
December 10, 2012
Should the nation tumble over the “fiscal cliff” in January, the financial effect on Kansas University and its students could total tens of millions of dollars. Depending on how long a federal budget sequester lasts, it could burden students with federal loans, put research at risk and eliminate jobs at KU. By Matt Erickson
State Board of Education to review cut scores, Junior ROTC
December 10, 2012
Departing state school board members will be using their final meeting to advance pet issues. By Peter Hancock
As I See Fit: Have yourself a merry little workout
December 10, 2012
As tempting as it sounds to skip workout time in favor of holiday preparations, this is truly a very bad idea. And I’m here to tell you why.
Fix-It Chick: Winterize a whole-house fan
December 10, 2012
Whole house fans are a great way to save energy in the summer, but if left unattended during the winter months, they can be a drain on your energy budget.
Gift alternatives for the person who has everything
December 10, 2012
At the time of year when days of the week are named after shopping experiences, the pressure is on gift buyers to find the perfect items for friends and family. But some people already have what they need — or are difficult to shop for — and that store gift card doesn’t seem to radiate with love. Enter some less-heralded categories of gifts, ones that share the spirit of the season without accumulating dust in the back of the closet: charitable gifts, experience gifts and gifts of time.
December 10, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 7, 2012.
December 10, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 7, 2012.
Editorial: Disappointed Dole
Even though former Sen. Bob Dole is no stranger to tough politics, a recent vote against the U.N. treaty on rights of the disabled surely was a disappointment.
December 10, 2012
Former Kansas U.S. Sen. Bob Dole certainly needs no introduction to the vagaries of politics or the whims of today’s elected officials. And presumably he wouldn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him in the aftermath of what no doubt was a personally disappointing vote in which the Senate rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.
Letter: Remember vote
December 10, 2012
On Dec. 5, the U.S. Senate voted on ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities, that would promote the worldwide extension of the rights enjoyed by U.S. citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Letter: Program loss
December 10, 2012
I hold a PhD from the English department at Kansas University and I am very proud of this. What I am not proud of, however, is the collapse of the Mount Oread Scholars program.
Opinion: U.S. should temper ties to Morsi
December 10, 2012 in print edition on A8
How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? It’s a question many Arabs are asking these days and it deserves an answer.
Volunteer handyman has saved Lawrence agencies tens of thousands of dollars
December 10, 2012
A former math teacher, Barry Richards is good with numbers. But the chief operating officer of the Ballard Center’s mind is boggled when he tries to compute how much money Jim Mahoney has saved the center since becoming the organization’s volunteer handyman in 2010. By Micki Chestnut
Deck the halls
Christmas décor ho, ho, hum? Changes, additions can bring new life to your decorations
December 10, 2012
When it comes to freshening your Christmas decorating style, interior decorator Natashia Brown with M. Street Interiors, 825 Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence, says there’s no need to replace all of your old decorations. She suggests rethinking what you have and adding a few new ornaments to really spruce up your look.
25 years ago: Long-lost letter finds its way back to Lawrence
December 10, 2012
The letter had been sent to Europe in 1957, but it had never found its intended recipient.
40 years ago: Traditional KU program on tap for this weekend
December 10, 2012
The Vespers program was in its 48th season.
Horoscopes for Dec. 10
December 10, 2012
For Monday, Dec. 10: This year, your ideas might not always be workable or realistic. However, you’ll discover how much these flights of fancy feed your creativity. If you are single, your choice for a suitor might work this week, but not next month. Honor your changeability. If you are attached, your sweetie might be taken aback by some of your comments.
Double Take: Parents should consider Plan B guidance
December 10, 2012
On Nov. 26, the American Academy of Pediatrics placed itself firmly in this camp. In the journal Pediatrics, the Academy officially recommends that doctors begin prescribing emergency contraception in advance for all teens so they can access it within 120 hours of sexual contact.
Tune In Tonight: Michael Bublé hosts holiday special
December 10, 2012
The list of celebrity-driven holiday extravaganzas grows shorter every year. As both a critic and a viewer, I used to look forward to Kathie Lee Gifford’s over-the-top Christmas specials because I knew they would be groan-worthy displays of excess.
Remnant Rehab: Shop for local handmade gifts
December 10, 2012
If you didn’t get around to making all the gifts you wanted this year, you can still give handmade gifts — just not made by you.
Everyday Life: Good for nothing
December 10, 2012
“War,” sang Edwin Starr back in 1969, “What is it good for? Absolutely nothing …”
Opinion: Dismal KU football season featured players and plays to celebrate
December 10, 2012
Journal-World beat writer Matt Tait looks back on the players and moments to remember from the 2012 Kansas University football season.
Lawrence Laundry: Dress codes decoded
December 10, 2012
However exciting the holiday season is, holiday parties tend to create a bit of anxiety for partygoers. Undoubtedly, a root of this anxiety — at least for women — is not knowing what to wear.
100 years ago: Invitation arrives three years too late
December 10, 2012
“The mail pouch in which the letter went out was stolen when the train was wrecked.”