Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2012

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A snow day in Lawrence
Do you think the state of Kansas should spend more money on mental health services?

Poll results

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Total 502

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Ken Baker's Five-Spice Orange and Apple Roast Duck with Madeira-Grainy Mustard Sauce. The recipe works for a Christmas goose, too. Lawrence chefs share best holiday recipes
December 18, 2012
When it comes to food and drink, if there’s ever a time to whip up something special, it’s Christmastime. The Journal-World asked a few of Lawrence’s food and beverage pros to share their favorite holiday recipes, and they came through with dishes from main course to after-dinner drinks. By Sara Shepherd
6:00 a.m.
Strong Hall on Kansas University's campus. Discussion starts on whether to set tuition rates for two years
December 19, 2012
State higher education officials on Wednesday started a discussion on whether to establish tuition rates at public universities for two years. By Scott Rothschild
9:44 a.m.
Area school superintendents decided on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, that it was too dangerous for their students to attend classes because of the first winter storm of the season. Lawrence and other school districts in northeast Kansas dismissed classes, and the weather force other closings and cancellations. The ice and snow proved a bit of a challenge for area residents as they cleaned sidewalks, including Kelli Duncan who was shoveling about 8 a.m. outside of McColm Orthodontics, 12 W. Eighth St. Weather forces districts, including Lawrence, to cancel classes; other cancellations listed
5:33 a.m., December 20, 2012 Updated 8:02 a.m.
Several school districts have canceled school today, Dec. 20, 2012, because of weather conditions. Strong winds are expected to continue throughout the day, with gusts up to 45 mph. By Caroline Trowbridge
2:00 p.m.
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center is buying Alford-Clarke VFW Post 852's 13-acre property and building at 138 Ala. for $825,000. Bert Nash, Heartland Community Health reveal more details about project that would create new health campus
December 19, 2012
The top executive at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center confirmed the organization is working toward a capital campaign that would fund a new outpatient health care campus on the old Veterans of Foreign Wars post near Second and Alabama streets. By Chad Lawhorn

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Lions lend a hooping hand for the holidays
December 20, 2012
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team gathered to wrap gifts for a good cause, having a good time themselves in the process, Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Chiefs’ Charles focuses on strong finish
December 20, 2012
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said Thursday that he’s focused on finishing the season strong after coming back from a devastating knee injury and then dealing with a murder-suicide that hit especially close to home.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 20 NBA games
December 20, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
Opinion: KU’s fast break is as good as it gets
December 20, 2012
Known more for his defense-first mentality, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self has one of the finest get-out-and-go games around this year with guard Elijah Johnson and wings Ben McLemore and Travis Releford. Column by Tom Keegan
Jayhawks focusing on slowing Buckeyes’ Thomas
December 20, 2012
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will meet a familiar and dangerous foe when they take on Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio: The Buckeyes’ All-American forward Deshaun Thomas. By Gary Bedore
Weis: Juco Jayhawks have chance to challenge vets, turn around program
December 20, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis says a major focus of his recruiting pitch to the Jayhawks’ newly signed junior-college transfers was a challenge to turn the program’s 1-11 record into a winning tradition. By Matt Tait
Mint testing ways to make coins cheaper
December 20, 2012
When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn’t getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn’t even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute.
Appeals court allows lawsuit in child’s death
December 20, 2012
The grandparents of a 23-month-old girl who was beaten to death will be allowed to sue a Kansas social worker who they say intentionally ignored their complaints about the care the girl was receiving before she was killed, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Wednesday.
Brownback wants to examine mental health services
December 20, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wants to examine whether Kansas is providing adequate mental health services but is wary of jumping into a contentious debate over gun control following last week’s mass elementary school shooting in Connecticut. By The Associated Press
Man rescued from house fire in Barker Neighborhood
05:40 p.m., December 20, 2012 Updated 05:40 p.m.
A man was rescued Thursday afternoon after being trapped in the basement of a house on fire.
Oklahoma man arrested in Lawrence on suspicion of assault and battery, child endangerment
December 20, 2012
Lawrence police arrested a 39-year-old Okemah, Okla., man Wednesday night on suspicion of domestic battery, aggravated assault and child endangerment.
Lawrence gun sales climb after Connecticut school shooting
December 20, 2012
Guns sales are up sharply in the Lawrence area, local stores say, in the wake of last week’s Connecticut school shootings and calls for tighter laws on the sale of guns. On Wednesday, President Obama called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. By Adam Strunk
Burglar sneaks through window to steal video game system
December 20, 2012
A burglar entered an unlocked window and stole a video game system Wednesday night in the 1500 block of Massachusetts Street.
KU’s annual spring football game set for April 13
December 20, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced Thursday that this offseason’s annual spring game will take place April 13, 2013.
Three Lawrence schools earn Governor’s Achievement Awards
December 20, 2012
Award recognizes top performing schools in reading and math. By Peter Hancock
Lecompton Chihuahua recovering from Rottweiler attack, dog lovers helping with vet bills
December 20, 2012
A Lecompton Chihuahua is recovering from life-threatening injuries incurred by a Rottweiler Saturday, and people are coming forward to help.
Two Ottawa men indicted on federal drug charges Wednesday
December 20, 2012
Two Ottawa men were indicted Wednesday in federal court on various drug and firearm charges, according to court documents. By Shaun Hittle
Regents getting to know new legislators
December 20, 2012
Kansas Board of Regents members, who carry deep political connections, are trying to connect with the incoming Kansas Legislature, which features dozens of freshmen who aren’t knowledgeable about Statehouse politics, but will be deciding key issues for higher education. By Scott Rothschild
Winter storm hits area, causes multitude of problems
December 20, 2012
Those hoping for a white Christmas, and area students looking to start winter break a day early, received a boost Thursday, as a powerful winter storm swept through the Lawrence area overnight. By Shaun Hittle
Local United Way still $700,000 short of campaign fundraising goal
December 20, 2012
Leaders of the local United Way are hoping the giving season won’t be over as Christmas comes and goes. The top fundraising official with the United Way of Douglas County confirmed Thursday the organization is still more than $700,000 short of its annual fundraising goal. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence mother gets 3 years of probation for manslaughter in death of her 5-year-old
December 20, 2012
A 25-year-old Lawrence woman has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of her 5-year-old child in April.
Police ask for help identifying robbery suspect, release video
December 20, 2012
Lawrence police are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect in a Dec. 13 robbery of Cheers Liquor, 1414 W. Sixth St. By Shaun Hittle
Mission man ordered to trial in February death of Lawrence man
December 20, 2012
Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence to proceed to trial in the case of a 21-year-old Mission charged with involuntary manslaughter. By Shaun Hittle
Grocery stores compete for customer loyalty with gas discounts
December 20, 2012
It’s a grocery store gas war: Competing supermarkets in Lawrence are offering savings up to $2 per gallon of gas to increase customer loyalty. By Rebekka Schlichting
One person dies in three-vehicle accident during storm Wednesday night
December 20, 2012
The Kansas Highway Patrol says a fatal three-vehicle accident in western Kansas was caused by the winter’s first storm. The patrol reports that the accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 50, about 13 miles east of Dodge City. By The Associated Press
Lawrence man arrested on charges of driving drunk with infant in vehicle
December 20, 2012
A 30-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of drunken driving and aggravated endangering of a child following a traffic accident. By Shaun Hittle
Westar Energy customer outages down to 300 in Douglas County
06:44 a.m., December 20, 2012 Updated 09:53 a.m.
Westar Energy spokeswoman Erin La Row reports about 5,300 customers without power in their service area, but the number in Douglas County has dipped below 250. However, returning service to those without power in Atchison, Emporia and Leavenworth may not happen until noon Friday, she said. By Caroline Trowbridge
Weather forces districts, including Lawrence, to cancel classes; other cancellations listed
05:33 a.m., December 20, 2012 Updated 08:02 a.m.
Several school districts have canceled school today, Dec. 20, 2012, because of weather conditions. Strong winds are expected to continue throughout the day, with gusts up to 45 mph. By Caroline Trowbridge
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 19 NBA games
December 20, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Letter: Weapons tax
December 20, 2012
What is the solution to the problems caused by weapons? If regulations do not work, try taxation. If taxation is the solution to the drug problem, why not tax weapons? If a school district needs resource officers, pay for them with local property tax on the weapons in the district. If we need more policemen, tax weapons.
Editorial: Job search
Part of Kansas University’s mission should be to help graduates find employment in their fields of study.
December 20, 2012
Kansas University officials are working hard to improve the school. They want to elevate the academic excellence of entering students, attract superior faculty members, reduce the number of student drop-outs, improve student recruiting and structure the curriculum so more students will be able to finish their degrees in four years, maybe less, and graduate with a smaller fiscal debt.
25 years ago: Riverside development in early planning stages
December 20, 2012
The plans would involve renovating about 100,000 square feet of buildings.
40 years ago: Militancy-related crimes no longer biggest on campus
December 20, 2012
“Our attention has been on individual crimes.”
Opinion: Low voter turnout not a problem
December 20, 2012 in print edition on A7
The poet Carl Sandburg supposedly was asked by a young playwright to attend a rehearsal. Sandburg did but fell asleep. The playwright exclaimed, “How could you sleep when you knew I wanted your opinion?” Sandburg replied, “Sleep is an opinion.”
Style Scout: Thomas Rush
December 20, 2012
Fashion trends you love: Hats that look like animal heads, cowboy boots, 1950s male coiffure, bangs on women
Style Scout: Emma Murano
December 20, 2012
Fashion trends you hate: Showing too much skin. The shoulder is OK, but belly and back is not.
Letter: All our children
December 20, 2012
My question is: Why is it so hard to believe that this can take place in a country where we legally dispose of a million children per year through abortion?
Horoscopes for Dec. 20
December 20, 2012
For Thursday, Dec. 20: This year you will you be much more assertive than you have been. As a result, you will break past patterns that have held you back in the past. If you are single, you will meet quite a few potential suitors. Be true to yourself. If you are attached, be gentle with your sweetie.
Tune In Tonight: Chimp story is inhuman
December 20, 2012
Animal lovers may find “Project Nim” (8 p.m., HBO) hard to take. This heartbreaking odyssey reveals as much about animal instincts as human cruelty.
100 years ago: Letter to editor: Give poor children toys as well as necessities
December 20, 2012
“Perhaps the writer never knew the joy or pleasure of possessing toys when a child, and cannot speak from experience.”
Letter: Multiple myths
December 20, 2012
Your 12/17 Walt Handelsman cartoon shows Obama and Boehner teetering on the brink, each asking the other to get out and push. This cartoon deserves awards for condensation: It references an amazing amount of false conventional wisdom in a single misleading image.
Garden Calendar: Gifts to inspire gardening
December 20, 2012
In this season of gift-giving, I am often tempted to share my love of gardening with others in the form of plants, garden tools and miscellaneous garden accessories.