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Archive for Saturday, December 22, 2012

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12:09 a.m.
With a goal of completing 125 bed quilts for the new Lawrence Community Shelter by Christmas, a group of women have been piecing and stitching tirelessly. Working together Friday, Dec. 7, at the home of Karen Warner, from left, are Jan Fox, Warner, Mary Stein, Jean Shepherd, Dru Sampson and Bridget Law. Group making a handmade quilt for every bed in Lawrence’s new homeless shelter
December 19, 2012
A group of local quilting enthusiasts set goal of putting a homemade quilt on every bed at the new Lawrence Community Shelter. By Peter Hancock
6:00 a.m.
Adolfo Gomez receives several court documents as he waits for a first appearance at the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Gomez an 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. 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
12:00 p.m.
Two shoppers exit Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop as Christmas lights shine in downtown Lawrence on Wednesday. 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
2:00 p.m.
Kansas center Jeff Withey pumps his fist as Ohio State players William Buford (44) and Deshaun Thomas (1) show their frustration during a Jayhawk run in the second half. Jayhawks brace for revenge-minded Buckeyes
December 22, 2012
Revenge figures to be on the minds of Ohio State’s basketball players, coaches and fans entering today’s 3 p.m. nonconference clash against Kansas University in 19,049-seat Value City Arena. By Gary Bedore
9:15 p.m.
Kansas guard Travis Releford extends to defend against a shot by Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Wrapped up: Travis Releford’s D on Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas keys road win
December 22, 2012
Kansas senior Travis Releford stuck with Ohio State’s leading scorer Deshaun Thomas, inspiring KU’s defense in a 74-66 road victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore audio

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KU track’s Sydney Conley has famous friends, bloodline
December 22, 2012
Kansas freshman jumper and sprinter Sydney Conley is happy to talk about her famous father and brother and her friend, Greg Oden, the one-time No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick. She takes pride in all of them, but talks of them only when prompted. By Tom Keegan
Carolers brighten family’s spirits
Lawrence woman battling leukemia
December 22, 2012
The holiday season is filled with children telling Santa Claus what presents they want for Christmas. But two Lawrence children just want to spend Christmas with their mom at home. Today a doctor will tell their mom, Candice Drake-Shepard, who earlier this year was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, if that will be possible. By Adam Strunk
Number of flu cases on rise, health report says
December 22, 2012
Flu-like illness reports are higher and earlier this year compared to the past two years, according to the state’s influenza surveillance. By Rebekka Schlichting
Around and about in local business
December 22, 2012
Local business news for the week ending December 21, 2012.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
December 22, 2012
Road work planned for the week of December 24, 2012.
Notebook: Elijah Johnson pleased with Jayhawks’ fight in victory
December 22, 2012
Elijah Johnson sees Saturday’s eight-point victory at No. 7-ranked Ohio State as an early-season statement game. By Gary Bedore
Letter: Commissioners give rec center update
December 22, 2012
We wish to provide the citizens of Lawrence with more details about the Rock Chalk Park and Recreation Center project. On behalf of the city, we have attended nearly all meetings regarding this project as it has progressed over the past year.
Editorial: Looking ahead
The state’s political and economic future may be too cloudy to allow for multi-year funding and budgeting plans.
December 22, 2012
Budgeting or setting university tuition rates for two or more years in advance has some appeal but, from a practical standpoint, it mostly doesn’t work very well.
Poor shooting dooms Buckeyes
December 22, 2012
Dec. 25 can’t come soon enough for Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta. “I asked Santa for Christmas to improve our jump-shooting,” Matta said with a wry smile following OSU’s 74-66 loss to Kansas University on Saturday afternoon. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: Ben McLemore’s game never stops soaring
December 22, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team plays at a defensive advantage no other team in the country has: It doesn’t have to try to defend the dynamic Ben McLemore, writes Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan. • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore audio
Wrapped up: Travis Releford’s D on Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas keys road win
December 22, 2012
Kansas senior Travis Releford stuck with Ohio State’s leading scorer Deshaun Thomas, inspiring KU’s defense in a 74-66 road victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore audio
Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy killed in car accident
December 22, 2012
Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy Randy Beery, 36, was killed Friday night when he lost control of his car on an icy patch of road on Shawnee Drive Kansas City, Kan.
Eudora culinary students cook up holiday meals for local families in need
December 22, 2012
Eudora culinary arts students took on the challenge of cooking up several holiday feasts for area families in need, all in one morning. By Ian Cummings
Mental health funding: More needs as dollars stretched tight
December 22, 2012
The recent mass slaying in Newtown, Conn., has started a national debate on two major issues: gun control and access to mental health care. By Scott Rothschild.
Veritas girls fall
December 22, 2012
Veritas Christian ran into a rugged opponent in Olathe Christian on Friday night and suffered a 46-17 high school girls basketball loss.
Notebook: OSU coach showers KU with praise
December 22, 2012
Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Thad Matta lavished praise on Kansas University’s program during a media session Friday in snowy Columbus.
FSHS boys playing catch-up
December 22, 2012
Free State High’s boys basketball team plans on using the winter break to make up for lost time. By Benton Smith
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Social Service League Thrift Store serves as city’s hidden gift shop
December 22, 2012
It doesn’t attract the throngs of holiday shoppers, but Lawrence’s Social Service League Thrift Store delivers gifts in a variety of ways. By Chad Lawhorn
Jayhawks brace for revenge-minded Buckeyes
December 22, 2012
Revenge figures to be on the minds of Ohio State’s basketball players, coaches and fans entering today’s 3 p.m. nonconference clash against Kansas University in 19,049-seat Value City Arena. By Gary Bedore
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 21 NBA games
December 22, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA games.
Opinion: The world is still with us
December 22, 2012
This is being written on Dec. 17, 2012. If the world comes to an end on Dec. 21, as followers of the Mayan calendar choose to believe, you will not read this op-ed piece in the Lawrence Journal-World. But the chances are surefire that you will. Why? Because being archaic does not mean being all-knowing.
Letter: A lost treasure
December 22, 2012
Downtown Lawrence is turning into a Potterville of bars and restaurants. There was a time when there were enough retail shops on Mass. Street that I could spend hours doing my Christmas shopping. Today I was done in about 45 minutes.
Letter: Guns, alcohol
December 22, 2012
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health, alcohol kills more people than guns do: 75,000 deaths per year — including 5,000 underage children. Obviously, existing laws don’t stop the carnage or keep alcohol away from children. It’s time to get serious.
Letter: Poor choice
December 22, 2012
Wednesday, I open up my print edition of this news rag and in huge block letters the term “Extermination” in reference to the basketball game last night!
Letter: Center support
December 22, 2012
I support the proposed athletics facility. As someone who has had rent to basketball facilities for the past 20 years, I want to voice my support for the new athletics facility proposed by the city and Kansas University.
Opinion: Public safety requires some trade-offs
December 22, 2012 in print edition on A9
Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.
Tune In Tonight: Mr. Magoo ages well
December 22, 2012
NBC reaches back in television history to broadcast the 1962 animated holiday musical “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” (7 p.m. Saturday). A favorite for years, it fell into relative obscurity in recent decades, showing up sporadically on the Cartoon Network. NBC hasn’t aired “Magoo” in prime time since 1967.
25 years ago: Donors raise complaints about agency’s holiday gift distribution
December 22, 2012
Donors reported that the “adopted” family had not received all of the items that had been donated.
40 years ago: Student apartment destroyed in fire
December 22, 2012
The students were speculating that a short in a stereo system may have started the blaze.
Faith Forum: To you, what’s the miracle of Christmas?
December 22, 2012
The Rev. Darrell Brazell and the Rev. Robert Leiste answer.
Horoscopes for Dec. 22
December 22, 2012
For Saturday, Dec. 22: This year you often will go to extremes. In the process of doing so, you couldn’t care less, but it is how you feel after the fact that will cause you to employ some self-discipline. If you are single, your desirability speaks for itself. If you are attached, the two of you blend together well.
100 years ago: South campus tract a possibility for KU athletic use
December 22, 2012
“The land is practically level, beginning just at the foot of the abrupt hill back of [Robinson] Gym.”