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Archive for Monday, December 17, 2012

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12:36 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo
Participants in the 2nd SantaCon event gather at the Sandbar Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 for a group photo before heading out for flash mob activities and random acts of kindness.  This years SantaCon featured a food drive to benefit Just Food, the primary food bank for Douglas County. Dozens of Santas converge in downtown Lawrence for SantaCon
December 15, 2012
Dozens of Santas gathered downtown Saturday afternoon for a pub crawl and food drive benefiting Just Food and Ballard Community Services. By Ian Cummings
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Joane Nagel has her hair styled Dec. 7 by Ashley Buttel, manager and stylist at Rejuvene Salon and Spa, 13 E. Eighth St. Nagel believes in tipping especially when it comes to service providers whom she has a face-to-face relationship with. Tips on holiday bonuses
December 17, 2012
Tipping the people who provide us with year-round services is common at Christmastime, though there aren’t rigid rules for who to tip or how much to spend. The Emily Post Institute suggests thinking of holiday tipping as “holiday thanking.”
12:00 p.m.
CrossFit trainer and gym owner Thomas Thatcher encourages a client during a workout session at the CrossFit Lawrence facility, 701 E. 22nd St. Building a gym: A Lawrence small business success story
December 16, 2012
Step inside the Lawrence CrossFit gym and you’ll be greeted by the 24-year-old, shaggy-haired, shirtless, tattooed proprietor Thomas Thatcher, a former Marine who recovered from a mental health breakdown in 2010 to start his own business. By Shaun Hittle
6:00 p.m.
The holidays can be a minefield for sticky situations — a death in the family, divorced or newly blended families and new relationships. The key to defusing awkwardness is to communicate early and often, experts say. Communication key to happy holidays
December 17, 2012
Family holiday celebrations can be among the most special events of the year. But they’re also ripe for potentially uncomfortable social interactions, ranging from heartbreaking — such as a recent death in the family — to just plain awkward — such as deciding how to tell your latest companion he or she isn’t actually invited to Christmas dinner.
10:00 p.m.
KU Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi's hope for the new six-story, 165,000-square-foot KU School of Business building is for it to fit in with the rest of the campus architecture, she said. This preliminary rendering from the architecture firm Perkins + Will shows a limestone building with red accents, viewed from across Naismith Drive to the northwest. The outstretched arm with the red roof would house conference areas, Bendapudi said. Design details may change after the school hires an architectural firm to begin official plans, she said. KU announces $13 million more raised for new School of Business building
December 17, 2012
Kansas University on Monday announced $13 million in additional donations toward the planned new building for the KU School of Business, following an initial $20 million gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation that was announced in October. By Matt Erickson

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Bill Self recalls last Richmond game
December 17, 2012
Four current University of Richmond basketball players and three from Kansas University played in KU’s 77-57 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 victory over the Spiders on March 25, 2011, in San Antonio. By Gary Bedore
KU’s Monica Engelman ends trey drought
December 17, 2012
Monica Engelman hit her first three-pointer of the season on Sunday against Prairie View A&M and hopes it’s a sign of treys to come. By Benton Smith
KU’s top 10 juco football recruits
December 17, 2012
Charlie Weis and his staff of assistants, motivated by a 1-11 season, hit the road sprinting after junior-college recruits. So far, 16 juco standouts have committed to play football for Kansas University. Here’s a look at 10 projected to be the most promising. By Tom Keegan
Close to home: KU’s Andrew White III familiar with tonight’s foe
December 17, 2012
A blue-chip basketball prospect living just 15 minutes from the University of Richmond’s campus, Andrew White III spent a lot of time with the Spiders’ players and coaches the past few years. By Gary Bedore
Lawrence school board to seek $92.5 million bond issue
December 17, 2012
Bolstered by survey numbers showing public support, school officials will seek the legal maximum amount of bonding authority. By Peter Hancock
KNEA blasts governor’s task force report
December 17, 2012
State’s largest teachers union says efforts are aimed at eroding collective bargaining rights of teachers. By Peter Hancock
Second defendant charged in Dec. 13 botched robbery attempt
December 17, 2012
A 20-year-old Olathe man was charged Monday with attempted robbery, attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary and falsely reporting a crime, all stemming from a Dec. 14 incident. By Shaun Hittle
Gold coins dropped in Salvation Army kettles
December 17, 2012
Valuable coins dropped into Salvation Army kettles will be among the items sold in a silent auction during a benefit dinner Jan. 26. By Peter Hancock
Police respond to animal cruelty complaint at KU fraternity
December 17, 2012
Lawrence police Friday night were called to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 1425 Tennessee St., to investigate an animal cruelty complaint involving a turkey, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. By Shaun Hittle
KU announces $13 million more raised for new School of Business building
December 17, 2012
Kansas University on Monday announced $13 million in additional donations toward the planned new building for the KU School of Business, following an initial $20 million gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation that was announced in October. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence woman receives probation for New Year’s Day assault at Burrito King
December 17, 2012
A 29-year-old Lawrence woman was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court to two years on probation for her involvement in a New Year’s Day assault at Burrito King, 900 Illinois St. By Shaun Hittle
No signs of trauma in death of former Lawrence woman found in Oklahoma garage
December 17, 2012
A medical examiner did not discover any signs of physical trauma to the body of a former Lawrence woman found dead last month in her daughter’s garage in Oklahoma, said McIntosh County Sheriff’s Detective Jared West. By Shaun Hittle
Former employee sues Lawrence restaurant for discrimination
December 17, 2012
A former employee of Ingredient, 947 Massachusetts St., filed a lawsuit against the restaurant last week in federal court, alleging civil rights violations. By Shaun Hittle
Suspect in shooting deaths of two Topeka Police officers dies
December 17, 2012
The suspect in the Sunday shooting deaths of two Topeka police officers died at hospital Monday morning after being shot in a standoff with police, according to a news release issued by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office. By Shaun Hittle
How To Help: Help needed for Christmas dinner
December 17, 2012
The Free Lawrence Community Christmas Day Dinner is in need of volunteers to help prepare, serve and deliver meals. The meal will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., and anyone is welcome to attend. Volunteers are asked to come to the church anytime between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., and there is no need to sign up. Additionally, baked pies are needed Christmas morning. Call Brower Burchill at 785-843-9199 with questions.
Editorial: Different paths
School officials are looking at ways to maximize their spending while county officials are looking at ways to live within their means. Which path will be right?
December 17, 2012
Two distinct paths loom for tax-supported units of government in Douglas County as they prepare for the months ahead, exemplified last week by the school district and the county.
Letter: Golden rule
December 17, 2012
There is a second “golden rule,” and it is represented by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. It goes like this “He who has the gold makes the rules.”
Daytripper: Babes in Toyland
December 17, 2012
Although kids in the 1800s may have dreamed only of getting a piece of candy in their stocking, today’s tots usually fantasize about the gazillions of toys they might find underneath the tree on Christmas morning. Anticipation is part of the fun.
Fix-It Chick: Wall-mounted safety gates best for stairwells
December 17, 2012
A properly installed safety gate is a great way to contain pets or protect children. Many safety gates are held in place by tension, but for stairways and frequently trafficked areas, a wall-mounted gate works best.
Opinion: Resentment of unions is boiling over
December 17, 2012 in print edition on A8
Rick Snyder, who is hardly a human cactus, warned Michigan’s labor leaders. The state’s mild-mannered Republican governor, currently in his first term in his first public office, has rarely been accused of being, or praised for being, a fire-breathing conservative. When unions put on Michigan’s November ballot two measures that would have entrenched collective bargaining rights in the state Constitution, Snyder told them they were picking a fight they might regret.
Communication key to happy holidays
Potential stressors can be mitigated before gatherings
December 17, 2012
Family holiday celebrations can be among the most special events of the year. But they’re also ripe for potentially uncomfortable social interactions, ranging from heartbreaking — such as a recent death in the family — to just plain awkward — such as deciding how to tell your latest companion he or she isn’t actually invited to Christmas dinner.
40 years ago: Couple arrested after pills-for-tire deal falls flat
December 17, 2012
About 2,700 tablets had been found in the search of the two persons and their car.
Marriages
December 17, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 14, 2012.
100 years ago: Local musicians to offer free concert for the poor
December 17, 2012
“There are many people in the city who enjoy and appreciate good music and yet cannot afford to attend the various concerts given here.”
25 years ago: Funds being raised for heating-bill assistance
December 17, 2012
About $27,300 had been collected so far.
Bankruptcies
December 17, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
December 17, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending December 14, 2012.
Horoscopes for Dec. 17
December 17, 2012
For Monday, Dec. 17: This year you hear and learn so much that you might experience an information overload. You do not always understand why people do what they do. If you are single, you could discover that you have too many potential suitors. If you are attached, your home life remains pivotal.
Lawrence Laundry: Seeking local gifts dispels inner Scrooge
December 17, 2012
At the risk of sounding overly “Bah! Humbug,” I have to say I don’t like Christmas shopping.
Offbeat Occupations: Dole Institute’s event coordinator gives guests ‘rock star treatment’
December 17, 2012
Melanie Coen claims her job is far from glamorous. However, it does involve occasionally dining with presidents, politicians and famous journalists.
Tips on holiday bonuses
Guidelines for giving: what’s allowed, what’s appropriate
December 17, 2012
Tipping the people who provide us with year-round services is common at Christmastime, though there aren’t rigid rules for who to tip or how much to spend. The Emily Post Institute suggests thinking of holiday tipping as “holiday thanking.”
Letter: Values statement
December 17, 2012
Thanks to Commissioner Amyx and Public Forum contributor Bill Simons for voicing reservations regarding proposed expenditures in Lawrence.
Tune In Tonight: Less is much more in ‘Picture Paris’
December 17, 2012
For good and bad, and sometimes worse, television is rigidly predictable. Not only when it comes to plots, but the format and length of its offerings.
Double Take: Tech gifts may require ethics manual
December 17, 2012
Holiday shopping for kids often means high-tech gifts. But there’s one accessory you won’t find in among the chargers and quick-start guides — the ethics manual.
Bite Sighs: Cookies as easy as 1-2-3
December 17, 2012
With so many interesting possibilities, it’s hard to choose just one kind of cookie to make on any given day. Have no fear, the magic ratio is here!