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Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2012

Also from December 13

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Podcasts
Polls
Are you planning on traveling over the Christmas holiday?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
66%
Yes
 
33%
Total 319
Is it important for students to learn cursive handwriting?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
71%
No
 
28%
Total 575

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. 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
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Tyler Self is congratulated by his teammates after a bucket against Colorado during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Tyler Self making most of minutes
December 13, 2012
As a member of the Red Team, also known as Kansas University’s basketball Scout Team, Tyler Self tries to bring his A game to practice every day. By Gary Bedore
12:00 p.m.
Kansas University junior John Hall, of Salina, demonstrates his winning redesign of the Garden Weasel WeedPopper Pro to a panel of judges on Wednesday in the Art and Design Building at KU. The redesign was part of a contest put on by R2FACT, a Kansas City product development firm, in which industrial design students tried to come up with the best product for removing weeds. 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
4:48 p.m.

A 21-year-old Kansas University student is in jail, and another person is being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm following what police say was a botched armed robbery early Thursday morning. Former KU student arrested for botched armed robbery; second suspect in hospital with gunshot wound
3:26 p.m., December 13, 2012 Updated 4:50 p.m.
A 21-year-old former Kansas University student is in jail, and another person is being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm following what police say was a botched armed robbery early Thursday morning. By Shaun Hittle
10:54 p.m.
Lawrence High basketball and football player Isaiah Boldridge has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Rivals team up to support Lawrence High School player with cancer
December 13, 2012
Participants from both sides of Friday night’s city high school basketball rivalry game at Lawrence High School will do everything in their power to try to win, even though they all know it’s not the most important battle touching their lives at the moment. By Tom Keegan

All stories

Study: ‘Fiscal cliff’ may cost Kansas 40,000 jobs, $2.75 billion GDP
December 13, 2012
Kansas could lose more than 40,000 jobs next year, most of them in the private sector, if no deal is reached to avert mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts to defense and other federal operations under the “fiscal cliff,” according to an economic analysis.
Rivals team up to support Lawrence High School player with cancer
December 13, 2012
Participants from both sides of Friday night’s city high school basketball rivalry game at Lawrence High School will do everything in their power to try to win, even though they all know it’s not the most important battle touching their lives at the moment. By Tom Keegan
KU cornerback Tyler Patmon leaving program
December 13, 2012
The lone underclassman in Kansas University’s starting secondary will be joining the seniors in leaving the KU football program this offseason. Sources confirmed to the Journal-World that junior cornerback Tyler Patmon would not return to the team next season. Patmon, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound starter from Round Rock, Texas, announced similar news via Twitter on Thursday night. By Matt Tait
Efficiency task force to call for review of collective bargaining laws
05:31 p.m., December 13, 2012 Updated 07:32 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s School Efficiency Task Force will ask for a study on the impact of the Kansas Professional Negotiations Act on management flexibility. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County Community Foundation surpasses $10 million in grants awarded
December 13, 2012
It took the Douglas County Community Foundation 10 years to distribute $5 million in grants to community groups. It took two more years to double that number. By Matt Erickson
8 percent state cut to higher education could put KU jobs at risk, chancellor says
December 13, 2012
An 8 percent cut in state funding for higher education would likely put jobs in danger at Kansas University, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the Journal-World Thursday. That’s the approximate level of cuts to higher education recommended by the state Division of Budget, according to the Kansas Board of Regents.By Matt Erickson
Audit finds much lower costs than expected for Common Core State Standards in reading and math
December 13, 2012
A Legislative Post Audit report estimates schools will spend $32 million to $60 million implementing Common Core State Standards, with much of that being costs the schools would incur anyway. By Peter Hancock
Former KU student arrested for botched armed robbery; second suspect in hospital with gunshot wound
03:26 p.m., December 13, 2012 Updated 04:50 p.m.
A 21-year-old former Kansas University student is in jail, and another person is being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm following what police say was a botched armed robbery early Thursday morning. By Shaun Hittle
Audit questions sufficiency of security on state computers
12:36 p.m., December 13, 2012 Updated 01:41 p.m.
Kansas doesn’t do enough to secure computer systems used by its state government, making confidential information vulnerable to hackers, a legislative audit said Thursday. By The Associated Press
Non-traditional student at Pittsburg State helps raise money for young man’s funeral expenses
December 13, 2012
Samantha York never met Mateo “Vinnie” Lorenzo, but his story tugged at her in a way that made her want to help pay for his funeral. York, a social work student at Pittsburg State University, learned from her father, Tom Lohff, over lunch one day that the body of the young Pittsburg man had been pulled from a strip pit after a hiking accident, but the family couldn’t afford to bury him. By The Associated Press
Hutchinson baby who swallowed feather released from hospital
December 13, 2012
A Hutchinson baby who apparently ingested a feather is home from the hospital and doing well. By The Associated Press
City Commissioner Hugh Carter takes job with Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; announces he won’t seek re-election in April
December 13, 2012
Lawrence City Commissioner Hugh Carter was named Thursday as the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of external affairs. Carter also announced on Thursday that he won’t seek re-election to the City Commission when his term expires in April. By Chad Lawhorn
Trippy catnip documentary nabs spot at Sundance Film Festival
December 13, 2012
A Lawrence native’s 7-minute, 1970s-classroom-documentary-style film — featuring narration of catnip research, pans of newspaper articles about it, psychedelic music and scads of wild-eyed, crazy-acting cats — was selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. By Sara Shepherd.
Former Baldwin City man arrested for animal cruelty
December 13, 2012
A 30-year-old Sitka, Alaska, man turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail Wednesday evening on a warrant for animal cruelty that allegedly occurred in Baldwin City in June. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence man pleads guilty to bank robbery
December 13, 2012
A 23-year-old Lawrence man is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 25 in federal court after pleading guilty to a May 24 bank robbery in Topeka. By Shaun Hittle
Iowa Western C.C. O-Lineman Mike Smithburg picks KU football
December 13, 2012
The Kansas University football program picked up its fourth offensive lineman in the 2013 recruiting class late Wednesday night, when Mike Smithburg, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard from Iowa Western C.C. orally committed to the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Ex-KU assistant Ed Warinner honored
December 13, 2012
Ed Warinner, Mark Mangino’s offensive coordinator during Todd Reesing’s three years as KU’s starting quarterback, including the 12-1 Orange Bowl season, was named by ESPN.com as the Big Ten assistant coach of the year.
KU’s Caroline Jarmoc on All-America team
December 13, 2012
Kansas University junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc became the first KU volleyball player to earn All-America honors after she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s second team on Wednesday.
Firebirds’ A’Liyah Rogers signs with Bradley
December 13, 2012
Wednesday afternoon in the Free State commons, Free State’s A’Liyah Rogers made her college commitment official by signing a letter of intent with Bradley.
Tyler Self making most of minutes
December 13, 2012
As a member of the Red Team, also known as Kansas University’s basketball Scout Team, Tyler Self tries to bring his A game to practice every day. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Local ‘cooking hobbyists’ produce cookbook
December 13, 2012
Having put the book together in time for this year’s holiday season, Carey and Naas were now collaborating on another title.
Kovel’s Antiques: Collectors solve mysterious origin story of animal-shaped pitchers
December 13, 2012
In the 1980s, collectors tried to solve the mystery of who made a series of red, black and cream-colored pitchers shaped like animals and birds. They were all marked “hand painted Erphila” in a round cartouche. Some were also marked “est. 1926,” some “Germany” and some “Czechoslovakia.”
40 years ago: KU freshman injured in sledding accident
December 13, 2012
Her sled had crashed into a rock retaining wall southwest of Potter Lake.
Letter: Unfair system
December 13, 2012
As both a Lawrencian and a Kansas University alumnus, I decided it was my duty to respond to your article titled “KU ranks low in statewide faculty governance survey,” published Nov. 16.
Letter: Open spaces
December 13, 2012
Over the last 30 years, thousands of acres of woodlands have been converted to other uses, thousands of acres of prime farmland have been lost to urban sprawl, plus many gems of prairie disappeared in Douglas County. That is why we need to create a Douglas County Conservation District that can preserve open space and natural lands.
Letter: Lower taxes?
December 13, 2012
Let’s see now: Brownback and his boys in the Legislature eliminated taxes for small business and on income tax at all levels, so that means less tax revenue for education.
Editorial: Faulty process
Kansas needs to fix its voter registration process, not throw it out.
December 13, 2012
Identifying the exact problem is the key to solving it, just as asking the right question is the key to getting the precise answer. With that in mind, officials have a clear path toward reducing the number of provisional ballots cast in Douglas County — and presumably across the state.
Opinion: Debate about scope of government
December 13, 2012 in print edition on A7
If you have worked hard for five decades, made pots of money and now want to squander it all in Las Vegas on wine, women and baccarat, go ahead. If, however, you harbor the anti-social desire — stigmatized as such by America’s judgmental tax code — to bequeath your wealth to your children, this would be an excellent month to die. Absent a congressional fix before Jan. 1, the death tax, which is 35 percent on estates above $5 million, reverts to 55 percent on those above $1 million.
Style Scout: Chris Millspaugh
December 13, 2012
Fashion influences: Grandfathers, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck
Style Scout: Meredith Moore
December 13, 2012
Dream job: I think I have it. I work with artists and bring more tasteful things to peoples’ lives.
100 years ago: Journal-World circulation reaches 95 of 100 county homes
December 13, 2012
“The statement of circulation … showed an average sworn daily circulation of 5,189.”
Horoscopes for Dec. 13
December 13, 2012
For Thursday, Dec. 13: This year you will have a new beginning in whatever area you deem necessary. Your personal power will expand because you live your word. If you are single, you will see direct results. If you are attached, curb a tendency to be me-oriented.
Garden Calendar: Terrariums create miniature environment
December 13, 2012
Building a terrarium is a fun activity for gardeners of all ages and is sure to cure the cabin fever that is setting in with the colder weather and short days.
Tune In Tonight: Basic cable an endless amateur hour
December 13, 2012
There is terrible, and there is deliberately terrible. And there is a difference. “Nightmare Christmas” (9 p.m., ID) deserves credit for trying to combine predictable holiday programming with a certain audience’s insatiable appetite for true crime docudramas.
Our Town Sports
December 13, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.