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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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.