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Shorthanded Lions fall to Gardner
December 12, 2012
Lawrence High’s wrestling team might have entered its Wednesday night home dual as the No.4-ranked team in Class 6A, but the Lions only had a skeleton crew available against No. 7 Gardner-Edgerton.
Sudden impact: Just a freshman, PG Justin Roberts big hit for Lions
December 12, 2012
It happens to everyone who puts on a varsity uniform, that, “Welcome to high school, kid” moment. Justin Roberts’ introduction was just a little more gruesome than most. By Benton Smith
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 12 NBA games
December 12, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Agreement reached on agritourism regulations
December 12, 2012
Douglas County commissioners are ready to pass a measure aimed at promoting cultural and tourism related businesses in rural areas. By Peter Hancock
Budget crunch may take bite from county road and bridge projects
December 12, 2012
Douglas County officials plan to scale back capital improvements plans due to expected revenue drop. By Peter Hancock
Fritzel entity, not KU, will own stadiums and facilities at proposed Rock Chalk sports complex
December 12, 2012
The millions of dollars worth of stadiums and facilities at a proposed Kansas University sports complex in northwest Lawrence won’t be owned by KU. By Chad Lawhorn
Dust Bowl tale ‘The Worst Hard Time’ chosen as KU’s next Common Book
05:49 p.m., December 12, 2012 Updated 05:56 p.m.
Kansas University’s second-ever “Common Book” will be an account of families who lived through the Dust Bowl by a reporter who was a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team. By Matt Erickson
KU students compete to build a better weed-puller
December 12, 2012
At midday in KU’s Art and Design Building on Wednesday, students brandished devices equipped with spikes, claws and blades. They weren’t going to battle, though — they were showing off tools they’d built to pull weeds, designed for the Garden Weasel brand. By Matt Erickson
Three charged in boat theft case
December 12, 2012
A Bonner Springs woman and a Tonganoxie man were charged Wednesday with theft stemming from an alleged Tuesday evening theft of a camouflaged boat from the former location of the Gaslight Village mobile home park. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence woman charged with prostitution, sex crimes against a child
December 12, 2012
A 33-year-old Lawrence woman was charged Wednesday with several crimes related to alleged prostitution with a minor. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas to adopt standards for cursive writing
December 12, 2012
The Kansas State Board of Education “strongly encourages” schools to emphasize handwriting, and to incorporate it into other subjects. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence attorney named ombudsman under new KanCare program
December 12, 2012
James Bart, a Lawrence attorney, on Wednesday was named as the ombudsman who will help customers who are having any problems with the state’s new Medicaid system called KanCare. By Scott Rothschild
Suspected shoplifter takes police on chase through neighborhoods, yards
December 12, 2012
A suspected Walmart shoplifter led Lawrence police on a vehicle and foot chase Wednesday morning before being arrested. By Shaun Hittle
Child deaths in Kansas at 15-year low
December 12, 2012
A report released Tuesday by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office shows the number of child deaths reported in the state in 2010 was at 15-year low. By Shaun Hittle
Organizers of Community Christmas Dinner seeking donations of hams, turkeys
December 12, 2012
Organizers of the Lawrence Community Christmas Dinner are seeking donations of turkeys and hams. According to Kent Ely, a member of the organizing committee for the annual event, the group needs 50 turkeys that weigh between 12 and 14 pounds and 35 boneless hams that weigh 5 pounds. By Caroline Trowbridge
Motorists may see delays Thursday as crews work on 23rd and Massachusetts street traffic signal
December 12, 2012
Motorists near 23rd and Massachusetts streets should expect delays for a portion of Thursday morning. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas Senate’s budget committee chairman filed for bankruptcy in 2010
11:27 a.m., December 12, 2012 Updated 11:32 a.m.
The Kansas Senate’s new budget committee chairman filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and listed nearly $885,000 in unsecured debts in a federal court filing. By The Associated Press
Kansas Finance Council OK’s funds to implement KanCare billing system
11:04 a.m., December 12, 2012 Updated 11:44 a.m.
A special council of Kansas officials has approved releasing $1 million to implement the state’s new system for administering Medicaid services. By The Associated Press
Baker graduate taking passion for social justice and environment to Africa
December 12, 2012
Baker University senior Sam Beecher grew up in Baldwin City and has spent most of his life in the community, but come February the sociology major and soon-to-be-graduate will travel to Zambia, Africa, to work for the Peace Corps. By Meagan Thomas
Baby who swallowed feather recovering at Hutchinson hospital
December 12, 2012
Mya Whittington has been a real angel during her stay this week at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, said her mother, Emma.
Navarro Junior College offensive lineman Zach Fondal becomes latest to pick KU football
December 12, 2012
Less than 10 hours after the Kansas University football program got word of a commitment from highly coveted defensive tackle Marquel Combs, the Jayhawks picked up some much-needed help on the other side of the ball when offensive lineman Zach Fondal, of Navarro Junior College, became the latest pledge to pick Kansas. By Matt Tait
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 11 NBA games
December 12, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Area basketball roundup: Tonganoxie girls top KC Piper
December 12, 2012
Kaitlyn Waldeier scored 14 points and Emily Soetaert added nine for Tonganoxie High’s girls basketball team Tuesday night, and the Kaws improved to 2-0.
Veritas girls basketball loses at Topeka Cair Paravel, 47-34
December 12, 2012
Veritas Christian School nearly erased an 11-point halftime deficit but fell to Topeka Cair Paravel, 47-34, on Tuesday night in high school girls basketball.
Veritas boys basketball tops Cair Paravel for sixth straight win
December 12, 2012
Caleb Holland and Thomas Bachert scored 16 points apiece and the Veritas boys basketball team stayed undefeated with a 54-42 victory over Topeka Cair Paravel on Tuesday.
Sporting KC acquires midfielder
December 12, 2012
Sporting Kansas City has acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber from the New England Revolution for allocation money along with the club’s first-round draft pick this season and second-round draft pick next season.
Royals sign veteran pitchers
December 12, 2012
The Royals have signed veteran pitchers George Sherrill and Dan Wheeler and veteran outfielder Willy Taveras to minor-league contracts.
Letter: Illogical theory
December 12, 2012
John Boehner has a problem with logic. He says that if the President raises revenue by increasing the marginal tax rate on the top 2 percent, he will “kill jobs.” On the other hand, Boehner can raise revenue from the top 2 percent by limiting their deductions and not hurt jobs. He is arguing that a dollar lost one way has less value to the top 2 percent than a dollar lost the other. Nonsense!
Editorial: Teacher success
Lawrence school officials seem to be taking a creative and productive approach to revamping the district’s teacher evaluation system.
December 12, 2012
It’s good to see the Lawrence school district looking beyond standardized tests as it seeks to develop new and better ways of evaluating teachers.
Letter: Priorities, please
December 12, 2012
We are assured that we have a “healthy” city bond and interest fund with an unused balance of $8.5 million. A year ago that balance was $16 million, but the city found a way to spend nearly half of it in one year.
Opinion: 3 Latin countries among least corrupt
December 12, 2012
One of the most interesting things about the latest 174-country ranking of world corruption released last week by the Berlin-based Transparency International monitoring group was that Barbados, Chile and Uruguay ranked alongside the United States among the world’s 20 most honest countries.
40 years ago: Continued freezing rain causing traffic problems
December 12, 2012
KU meteorologist Joe Eagleman said that the pattern of freezing rain that had been pelting Lawrence for several days was “very unusual.”
Letter: Local gem
December 12, 2012
Many kudos to Bill Lacy and staff for a hugely successful Post-Election Conference at the Dole Institute of Politics. How refreshing to experience an 11-member panel of highly intelligent, informative and entertaining people in a timely and CIVIL conversation.
100 years ago: Repeating numbers in dates not to occur again until 2001
December 12, 2012
“For the first twelve months of each century there is a case of this kind….”
25 years ago: KU not liable in sledding accident, court rules
December 12, 2012
“Sledding is a winter tradition on the hills of the University of Kansas campus,” Justice Donald Allegrucci had written.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Fascinating’ or forgettable?
December 12, 2012
Who can resist an annual roundup? “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012” (8:30 p.m., ABC) is a special that always straddles the high and low of politics, media and popular culture. Some of those profiled are well known, while others are celebrities we probably hadn’t heard of this time last year and who have a good chance of fading from memory. Among the announced guests, I’d put gymnast Gabby Douglas and pop sensation One Direction in the latter category. But whatever happens, they’re indelibly linked to our memories of this passing year.
Horoscopes for Dec. 12
December 12, 2012
For Wednesday, Dec. 12: This year you express your unique creativity, as an endless amount of unusual solutions and fun ideas seem to come from you. Drop the word “no” from your vocabulary. If you are single, many potential suitors surround you. Which one will you choose? If you are attached, guard against being too me-oriented.
KU’s Elijah Johnson healing, feeling more like his high-flying self
December 12, 2012
After playing the last few weeks with a banged-up knee, Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson admitted he felt more like himself defensively during Kansas’ 90-54 victory over Colorado on Saturday. By Jesse Newell
Free State girls run out early, rout Topeka High, 55-31
December 12, 2012
The Free State High girls basketball team took control early in a 55-31 victory over Topeka High on Tuesday. By Jesse Newell
FSHS boys basketball picks up play too late, falls to Blue Valley North
December 12, 2012
Free State High’s boys basketball team let Blue Valley North build a 16-point lead before picking up their effort, and the Firebirds lost, 63-52, on Tuesday in Overland Park. By Benton Smith