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KU women fall to Cal, 88-79
December 21, 2012
Layshia Clarendon scored a season-high 28 points, one of five California players in double figures, and the eighth-ranked Golden Bears beat No. 19 Kansas, 88-79, on Friday night.
Number of Hepatitis C cases linked to hospital worker rises
December 21, 2012
Five more people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C a former traveling hospital worker is accused of spreading through tainted needles. The total is now 44 in four states.
Kansas Chamber to seek pensions debate
December 21, 2012
The influential Kansas Chamber of Commerce plans to push legislators next year to reopen a debate over public pensions and start a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers. Two chamber officials said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press that a further overhaul of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System is on the group’s legislative agenda because they believe the current system is going to become increasingly expensive for the state to maintain.
Excess baggage: Percolator celebrates ‘end of the world’ with drums, new exhibit
December 21, 2012
So it turns out the world didn’t end. But the absence of Mayan cataclysm didn’t stop Lawrence residents from observing the supposed end of times or at least an era. By Adam Strunk
Lawrence police to patrol Topeka Saturday during services for slain officers
December 21, 2012
About 30 Lawrence police will help patrol Topeka Saturday, allowing local officers to attend funeral services for two of their own who were shot to death Sunday. By Ian Cummings
Brownback, Schmidt say Kansas will join other states in tobacco agreement
December 21, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Friday said funding to children’s programs will be protected under a multistate legal agreement to settle disputed payments from several major tobacco companies. By Scott Rothschild
Downtown retailers see boost in holiday sales, expect busy weekend
December 21, 2012
With Thanksgiving coming early this year, there are five full weekends — instead of the more traditional four — between Black Friday and Christmas, but Lawrence retailers said there will still be plenty of last-minute shopping going on this weekend. By Chad Lawhorn
County emergency siren sounds false alarm Friday morning
December 21, 2012
An emergency siren at 1658 East 1550 Road sounded a false alarm shortly before 8 a.m. Friday.
City, KU Endowment discussing new bidding process for recreation center project
December 21, 2012
Plans for a $25 million city-owned recreation center in northwest Lawrence are shifting as questions emerge about the propriety of Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel building the project without going through the city’s standard bid process. By Chad Lawhorn
County fire departments respond to Eudora barn fire Friday
December 21, 2012
Eudora Township Fire Department and other Douglas County fire crews extinguished a barn fire at 996 East 1900 Road Friday afternoon.
Former Wellsville police officer pleads not guilty in animal cruelty case
December 21, 2012
A 30-year-old former Wellsville police officer pleaded not guilty in the unlawful killing of a feline Friday in Douglas County District Court.
Osage County firefighters battle fires at two homes, mobile home near Pomona Lake
December 21, 2012
All roads into the Osage County community of Michigan Valley were blocked off Friday as firefighters battled flames at two houses and a mobile home.
Regents chair predicts heated debate over expansion of concealed carry
December 21, 2012
The chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents says he expects a full-throttle debate during the next legislative session over whether to allow concealed guns on campuses of state universities. “Definitely it will be back,” said Tim Emert of Independence. By Scott Rothschild.
Black Hills Energy advises winter safety
December 21, 2012
Black Hills Energy advises customers to keep ice and snow off gas meters for safety. By Rebekka Schlichting
Kansas jobless rate falls to 5.4 percent in November
December 21, 2012
Ongoing federal negotiations about tax increases and spending cuts are keeping Kansas employers from making investments in their operations and hiring more workers, a top state business leader said Friday.
Lawrence woman cited for leaving the scene of accident Thursday on K-10
December 21, 2012
A Lawrence woman was cited for multiple violations, including leaving the scene of an accident and having no proof of insurance, after an accident Thursday on Kansas Highway 10 near Franklin Road.
Lawrence man injured Thursday as semi jackknifes on Kansas Turnpike
December 21, 2012
A 58-year-old Lawrence man was injured in an accident Thursday morning when a semitrailer truck lost control on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence.
Kansas Chamber of Commerce plans to push again for pension overhaul
December 21, 2012
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce plans to push legislators next year to reopen a debate over public pensions and start a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
2nd traffic fatality blamed on winter storm
12:22 p.m., December 21, 2012 Updated 01:00 p.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is reporting a second fatality blamed on this week’s winter weather.
Illinois man pleads no contest to five crimes in child abuse case
December 21, 2012
A 52-year-old Northlake, Ill., man pleaded no contest Friday morning to five crimes stemming from a June 13 incident in which two of his children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas Supreme Court upholds murder conviction in 2005 slaying of retired jeweler
December 21, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 shooting death of a retired jeweler near Lecompton. Allen Dale Smith was convicted in 2008 in Douglas County in the slaying of Clarence David Boose, 77. By Scott Rothschild.
Topeka lawyer disbarred partly for his actions in local case
December 21, 2012
A Topeka attorney has been disbarred this week in the state of Kansas, partly for his actions as a defense attorney in a 2007 Douglas County robbery case. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence group 100 Good Women receives $5,000 Walmart award
December 21, 2012
A Lawrence philanthropic group has received a $5,000 grant from Walmart to help out area people in need.
40 years ago: LPD tries to fill four positions
December 21, 2012
The vacancies were created by the resignations of two detectives and two patrolmen.
Letter: No response
December 21, 2012
On Nov. 3, the U.S. Postal Service conducted a meeting in Lecompton to discuss and answer questions relative to the Lecompton post office. Present at the meeting were representatives of Gov. Brownback, Sens. Roberts and Moran, and Rep. Jenkins, along with state Sens. Hensley and Francisco, state Rep. Tom Sloan and 100 Lecompton residents.
Letter: Stark contrast
December 21, 2012
It was instructive and distressing to read your story about our governor’s task force on teachers’ unions in juxtaposition with the many stories about the tragic assault, with an assault rifle, on teachers and students in Newtown, Conn.
Editorial: Policy spat
December 21, 2012
Earlier this week, the discord and downright petty nastiness of Kansas politics reared their heads in a meeting of the Legislative Educational Planning Committee.
Letter: Rejecting God
December 21, 2012
The tragedy at Newtown is very painful, but I can’t imagine how a parent or others close to the victims must feel. I don’t like the word “victim,” but it does have implications beyond the immediate circumstances of Newtown.
Letter: Support gun laws
December 21, 2012
Since Friday, when 27 innocent children and educators were murdered, there have been hundreds of additional Americans killed with guns, at least 40 percent of them children. How do we justify this slaughter without taking personal responsibility for it? We (not in Lawrence) have elected local, state and federal representatives who vote for bills allowing more and more guns and ammunition to flow onto our streets.
Opinion: U.S. may boost focus on Latin America
December 21, 2012 in print edition on A8
If President Barack Obama appoints Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state to replace Hillary Clinton when he starts his second term next month, as some administration officials expect, you may see a somewhat greater U.S. focus on Latin American affairs.
25 years ago: BID fees discriminatory, attorney says
December 21, 2012
Local attorney Eugene Riling was filing suit against the city of Lawrence in Douglas County District Court.
Tune In Tonight: Take a tour of the Holy Land
December 21, 2012
Is Christmas news? The two-part special “Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour” (8 p.m., ABC) isn’t technically about Christmas, but it’s clearly a nod to a season of faith. Correspondent Christiane Amanpour examines the origins of the biblical narratives that have formed the basis of religions followed by billions to this day.
Horoscopes for Dec. 21
December 21, 2012
For Friday, Dec. 21: This year you will want to move in new directions, but often will trip yourself up. Feedback from those with whom you have frequent brainstorming sessions could be instrumental. If you are single, you might find it difficult to relate easily, as you are unlikely to offer the conventional attitudes and gestures of a single, available person. If you are attached, the two of you might struggle with the traditional roles of marriage.
Kansas women expect challenge from bigs at Cal
December 21, 2012
The No. 19 Kansas University women’s basketball team tonight faces No. 8 California, which looks to challenge the Jayhawks’ formidable front-court with its own bevy of bigs. By Benton Smith
100 years ago: Fuel-oil scheme proposed for downtown merchants
December 21, 2012
“Oil is becoming a popular fuel, especially with the passing of natural gas seeming to be a certainty.”