Archive for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A retro Santa greets visitors to Hobbs, 700 Massachusetts St. From retro to regal, Lawrence stores are putting out a variety of Christmas decorating styles this season. Deck the halls
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.
6:00 a.m.
Seventh-grader Ted Carttar gives a final karate kick after high-stepping across the gym floor as Evan Stewart, left, Rowan Laufer and Tom Richardson observe and measure the attempt during the Smart Strength workout at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. About 50 students regularly particpate in the after-school workout, which employs a plyometric training regimen. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Training regimen pioneered at KU now spanning generations
December 11, 2012
Bob Lockwood’s grandchildren are now learning a “plyometric” regimen that he helped develop in the U.S. By Peter Hancock
10:00 a.m.
Strong Hall, Kansas University 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.
12:00 p.m.
The leather Jennifer Fortune uses in her jewelry is primarily from local deer. Fortune is the owner of Miss Fortune's Creation Station, 726 Massachusetts St., where she sells her handmade jewelry. 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.
7:53 p.m.
Jim Wilkins, with the city public works department, wheels out a cart of purchased remainder items at the former Borders bookstore Monday. The building is being readied for the Lawrence Public Library to move in to temporarily during the library’s expansion project. Lawrence Public Library to close for two weeks in January to move to temporary home
December 11, 2012
Leaders with the Lawrence Public Library announced Tuesday that the library will close for two weeks beginning Jan. 7 in order to move its collection into its temporary home in the former Border’s building at Seventh and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn

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Four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs picks KU football via Twitter
11:23 p.m., December 11, 2012 Updated 12:36 a.m.
The hits just keep on coming for the Kansas University football program, which scored its biggest recruiting victory of the 2013 class late Tuesday night, when four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs picked KU over Kansas State. By Matt Tait
City Commission applies for grant to improve Santa Fe Depot
December 11, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday evening agreed to make another effort to win grant funding to restore the Santa Fe Depot in East Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
City puts off decision on curbside recycling plan
December 11, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners kept the process moving to start a citywide curbside recycling program but took no final action on the idea Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
City commissioners give preliminary approval for Rock Chalk Park rezoning
December 11, 2012
Commissioners unanimously gave preliminary approval to rezone 90 acres for the proposed Rock Chalk Sports Park. By Chad Lawhorn
City moving ahead with extra level of parking for library parking garage
December 11, 2012
A plan to expand a proposed public parking garage for downtown Lawrence seems to be on a smoother path than it was just a few months ago. By Chad Lawhorn
Family using Christmas lights to raise funds for Just Food
December 11, 2012
A Lawrence family is using their display of Christmas lights to raise money for the Just Food food bank of Douglas County. By Adam Strunk
Public invited to meet Santa at Douglas County Bank on Saturday
December 11, 2012
Santa Claus will be making a visit to the Douglas County Bank, 300 W. Ninth St. on Saturday, and the public is invited to come meet the jolly old elf.
Lawrence Public Library to close for two weeks in January to move to temporary home
December 11, 2012
Leaders with the Lawrence Public Library announced Tuesday that the library will close for two weeks beginning Jan. 7 in order to move its collection into its temporary home in the former Border’s building at Seventh and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Man sentenced to 32 months in prison for texting sexual images with a minor
December 11, 2012
A 52-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Tuesday to 32 months in prison for one count of sexual exploitation of a child. By Shaun Hittle
Woman arrested on suspicion of prostitution, indecent liberties with a child
December 11, 2012
Police arrested a 33-year-old Lawrence woman Tuesday suspected prostitution and engaging in sexual contact with a juvenile.
$1 million gift from Kansas Masonic Foundation will provide psychological treatment for cancer patients
December 11, 2012
Even after cancer patients complete their treatment, they and their families often feel psychological effects as they try to get back to normal. A $1 million gift from the Kansas Masonic Foundation will aim to help, by providing psychological treatment for cancer patients and their families throughout the Kansas City area and the state of Kansas, through the Midwest Cancer Alliance. By Matt Erickson
State education board chairman questions need for testing this year
December 11, 2012
David Dennis, the departing chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, says the state should dispense with reading and math tests in 2013. By Peter Hancock
Planning group to discuss possible ‘outer loop’ project
December 11, 2012
KDOT will meet with officials from the five-county metro region next week to discuss long-range plans for a north-south freeway west of Interstate 435. By Peter Hancock
Safety Isaiah Johnson becomes next juco player to commit to KU football
03:51 p.m., December 11, 2012 Updated 12:45 a.m.
Iowa Western Community College safety Isaiah Johnson on Tuesday orally committed to the Kansas University football program, bringing the Jayhawks’ total in the current class to 16, with 10 being junior-college players. By Matt Tait
Miracle of oil inspires Hanukkah treats
December 11, 2012
Oil plays a vital role in the Hanukkah story, and as such it’s essential to the holiday staples found sizzling on Jewish families’ stove tops this week. By Sara Shepherd.
Brownback’s budget office recommends funding cut to higher education
03:17 p.m., December 11, 2012 Updated 04:55 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget office has recommended a funding cut to higher education of approximately 8 percent. By Scott Rothschild.
Four arrested for burglary at mobile home park
December 11, 2012
Lawrence police arrested four people Monday night after an alleged theft of property - including a camouflaged boat — from the 1900 block of West 31st Street, the former location of the Gaslight Village mobile home park. By Shaun Hittle
KU student charged with breaking into home in 800 block of Ohio Street
01:03 p.m., December 11, 2012 Updated 07:14 p.m.
A 28-year-old Kansas University student was charged Tuesday with criminal damage after a Monday night arrest for breaking into a home in the 800 block of Ohio Street. By Shaun Hittle
Pre-teens suspected in arson fires at mobile homes in Garden City
December 11, 2012
Garden City law enforcement and fire officials are working to determine if five fires in the last month are connected. The Garden City Telegram reports the fires have all been reported since Nov. 9. No one has been injured in any of the fires. By The Associated Press
McPherson mayor continues with plans for police chaplain program
December 11, 2012
A program allowing volunteer chaplains to work with police will be permitted in McPherson despite a complaint from a national group that it violates the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state, Mayor Thomas Brown said. Brown read a three-page statement to the McPherson City Commission Monday explaining that his discussions with the city’s attorney convinced him the program was constitutional. By The Associated Press
Group wants Kansas Legislature to expand definition of bullying, cyberbullying
11:32 a.m., December 11, 2012 Updated 12:00 p.m.
A group of activists is planning to renew efforts to lobby the Kansas Legislature to expand the definition of bullying and cyberbullying because of ongoing problems in a south central school district. By The Associated Press
Letter: Say no
December 11, 2012
Recent letters to the editor have been critical of senators voting against the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Neither I, nor the senators who voted against the Convention, would argue against fair treatment of disabled persons.
Letter: Pay fors?
December 11, 2012
It is unsettling to learn that Gov. Brownback has coined a new phrase, “pay fors” to describe the budgetary conundrums he has created for Kansas.
40 years ago: Investigators search for cause of laboratory fire
December 11, 2012
Lawrence firefighters had battled the blaze in frigid weather.
100 years ago: Original surveyor of Lawrence townsite dies at age 76
December 11, 2012
“He suffered a heavy loss in the Quantrell Raid but after the raid Mr. Sternbergh rebuilt his store.”
25 years ago: KU Council endorses selective admissions policy
December 11, 2012
If the policy were approved, the legislature would have to repeal a 72-year-old law.
Tune In Tonight: Two-dimensional performances that endure
December 11, 2012
It’s funny what endures — and what doesn’t. I’m often struck by the fact that several generations who have never seen Fred Astaire dance or even watched his movies know him from his voice-over in the 1970 holiday special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (7 p.m., ABC). The same might be said of Boris Karloff (”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) or Jimmy Durante (”Frosty the Snowman”).
Horoscopes for Dec. 11
December 11, 2012
For Tuesday, Dec. 11: This year your intensity has an impact, especially on those you know. Be sure to show your compassion when making strong statements. If you are single, take the time to get to know a suitor well before making any serious decisions. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from downtime together.
Training regimen pioneered at KU now spanning generations
December 11, 2012
Bob Lockwood’s grandchildren are now learning a “plyometric” regimen that he helped develop in the U.S. By Peter Hancock
Editorial: Struggling campaign
United Way of Douglas County needs some additional help to meet its annual fundraising goal.
December 11, 2012
The United Way of Douglas County has sounded an alarm that it is only about halfway toward this year’s ambitious goal of $1.8 million, in an annual campaign that was to have ended Friday.
Opinion: Can U.S. afford to outsource Syria?
December 11, 2012 in print edition on ANone
Now that the U.S. elections are over, the Obama administration is applying a full-court press for a political solution in Syria. Finally.