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Kansas Lottery executive director named
December 14, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has picked Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor to be the new executive director of the Kansas Lottery.
Mosiman can’t miss as Lawrence High boys top Free State in city basketball showdown
December 14, 2012
Only three Lawrence High boys basketball players scored on Friday, but the Lions edged out rival Free State, 55-49, with the help of LHS senior Jake Mosiman’s eight three-pointers and 30 points. By Benton Smith
Poll: More say global warming is occurring
December 14, 2012
A growing majority of Americans think global warming is occurring, that it will become a serious problem and that the U.S. government should do something about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Even most people who say they don’t trust scientists on the environment say temperatures are rising.
EPA tightens soot pollution standards
December 14, 2012
In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.
Death of jail inmate prompts lawsuit
December 14, 2012
The family of a man who died while in custody of Shawnee County authorities is suing several county and Topeka officials and prison employees.
Kansan’s book chronicles drama of resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor finding each other
December 14, 2012
Late last month, Potomac Books Inc. released “Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other.” A book launch will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation. By Angelique McNaughton
Around and About for Dec. 8, 2012
December 14, 2012
Anna Marshall, of Lawrence, will receive a Master of Science in nursing degree, with a concentration in family nurse practitioner, Dec. 14 at Washburn University.
Kathy Bowen, instructor of gifted programs, named Lawrence’s 2012-13 Master Teacher
December 14, 2012
Kathy Bowen, who teaches gifted programs at Hillcrest and Sunset Hill schools in Lawrence, was named the district’s 2012-13 Master Teacher on Friday. By Peter Hancock
Man sentenced to more than nine years for robbing same bank twice
December 14, 2012
A 26-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison for robbing the same Lawrence bank twice in 2011. Elliott Reid Werner previously pleaded guilty to robbing Central National Bank, 603 W. Ninth St., on July 14 and Nov. 30, 2011. By Shaun Hittle
New group hopes to spark convention business at Abe & Jake’s building
December 14, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are being asked to approve a deal that will transfer control of the Abe & Jake’s Landing building along the Kansas River to a group that wants to begin marketing the unique turn-of-the-century industrial building more for small-scale conventions and meetings. By Chad Lawhorn
Illinois woman pleads no contest in child abuse case, agrees to testify in husband’s case
December 14, 2012
A 43-year-old Northlake, Ill., woman pleaded no contest Friday to three crimes stemming from a June 13 incident in which two of her children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot. Deborah Gomez pleaded no contest to three counts of child endangerment, and she agreed to testify in the upcoming trial of her husband, Aldolfo Gomez, 52. By Shaun Hittle
Former KU student charged with botched armed robbery; second suspect arrested
December 14, 2012
A 20-year-old Olathe man has been arrested, and a 21-year-old former Kansas University student charged in what police say was a botched armed robbery that ended with a gunshot wound and a phony police report.
Lawrence resident set to become vice chairman of U.S. Bancorp
December 14, 2012
U.S. Bancorp has announced that longtime Lawrence banker John Elmore will take over as the company’s vice chairman of community banking and branch delivery on March 1. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence schools trained for crisis management
December 14, 2012
Lawrence schools did not take any special security precautions Friday in the wake of a mass shooting at a school in Connecticut, but Superintendent Rick Doll said the district does have plans in place to deal with such emergencies. By Peter Hancock
City sets dates for Christmas tree recycling, schedules last yardwaste pickup for Monday
December 14, 2012
The city’s yard waste collection program is ending for the winter, but Lawrence leaders have set aside two dates for residents to dispose of unwanted Christmas trees after the holiday season. By Chad Lawhorn
Robbery reported Thursday night at Lawrence liquor store
December 14, 2012
Lawrence police responded about 11 p.m. Thursday to a report of robbery at Cheers Liquor, 1414 W. Sixth St. By Shaun Hittle
KU football lands two more juco standouts, one high school receiver
01:08 p.m., December 14, 2012 Updated 09:11 p.m.
The Kansas University football program picked up three more commitments, including two from junior college standouts, on Friday, bringing the total number commitments in the Class of 2013 to 22. By Matt Tait
Gunman kills 26 people — including 20 children — in Connecticut elementary school shooting
12:34 p.m., December 14, 2012 Updated 06:00 p.m.
A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, including 20 children, by blasting his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot. By The Associated Press
KU Med Center cited by USDA for goat death in lab
December 14, 2012
The Kansas University Medical Center has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the death of a goat and other deficiencies in its animal research area, two years after the center paid a fine and spent thousands of dollars to make improvements to the facilities.
Man receives probation for threat with gun
December 14, 2012
A 57-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to a year’s probation Thursday stemming from an October incident in which he threatened another man with a gun. By Shaun Hittle
FSHS swimming wins
December 14, 2012
Ben Sloan and Connor Munk each won two individual events to help Free State High win a swimming and diving quadrangular on Thursday at Shawnee Mission North.
Seabury girls fall late to Barstow
December 14, 2012
Seabury Academy’s girls basketball team lost its offensive touch just as Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow hit its stride Thursday night, and the Seahawks lost, 27-24, at home after leading the first 24 minutes of the game.
LHS wrestling thumped
December 14, 2012
Lawrence High’s wrestling team did not have much success during a 64-12 dual loss to top-ranked Garden City on Thursday night at LHS.
KU’s Justin Wesley suffers broken pinkie
December 14, 2012
Kansas University junior basketball forward Justin Wesley broke his left pinkie finger at practice Thursday and will miss approximately three weeks of practice and games, coach Bill Self said Thursday night. By Gary Bedore
FSHS’ Cody Scott proof hard work pays off
December 14, 2012
It’s not that Free State High’s boys basketball program has been hiding senior Cody Scott the past couple of years. He has just been under construction. By Benton Smith
City Showdown stage for ‘better’ LHS girls
December 14, 2012
The last time the girls basketball teams from Lawrence High and Free State met, a first-quarter Firebirds outburst put the Lions away for good.
Billy Thomas returns as coach
December 14, 2012
Thursday night at Bishop Seabury Academy’s small high school gymnasium, former KU standout Billy Thomas coached in his college town for the first time, leading Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow to a 62-32 victory over the Seahawks.
Rock shop Jayhawk: KU men relish shopping excursion
December 14, 2012
For the 16th straight year, the KU men’s basketball team shopped for needy families at Wal-Mart in south Lawrence. By Jesse Newell
40 years ago: Overnight blaze damages downtown restaurant
December 14, 2012
The fire had started in one of the restaurant’s booths.
Opinion: Interrogation torture simply wrong
December 14, 2012 in print edition on A8
Mark Boal, the screenwriter of the new movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” says he wanted to tell a story that conveyed the moral complexities of the hunt to kill Osama bin Laden. The debate that’s already churning around the film shows that he and director Kathryn Bigelow succeeded in that, and much else.
25 years ago: First winter storm hits with a vengeance
December 14, 2012
At least 6 to 12 inches in total accumulation were predicted.
Editorial: Proactive approach
State higher education officials can’t afford to take a passive approach to funding in the coming legislative session.
December 14, 2012
An 8 percent reduction in the state’s higher education budget is only a recommendation, but the Kansas Board of Regents and state university leaders shouldn’t take a wait-and-see approach to cuts that could have a significant, if not devastating, impact on their institutions.
Opinion: Singapore shuns U.S.-style entitlements
December 14, 2012 in print edition on A8
While the U.S. unemployment rate “dropped” to 7.7 percent last month — a figure even The Washington Post acknowledged was due “in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000” — here in this modern and prosperous city-state of slightly more than 5 million people, unemployment is practically nonexistent.
Horoscopes for Dec. 14
December 14, 2012
For Friday, Dec. 14: This year your sixth sense provides you with flashes of insight. Be willing to let go of what no longer works. If you are single, someone interesting appears from out of the blue. If you are attached, reintroduce more unpredictability into your bond.
100 years ago: Lawrence church to give out Christmas toys to children
December 14, 2012
“There are several organizations in this city preparing to do good and kind deeds for Christmas.”
Tune In Tonight: Christmas bunny hops down the rabbit hole of cute confusion
December 14, 2012
Gosh, it’s a good thing Beatrix Potter is dead! The holiday special “Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale” (6 p.m., Nickelodeon) is cloying and annoying in new, yet familiar, ways. It’s wrong from the start. It’s a cute desecration at best.