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Area athletes invited to Shrine Bowl
December 27, 2012
Area football players Nick Becker of Eudora High, Dayton Valentine of Baldwin, Marc Walbridge of McLouth and Staton Rebeck of Mill Valley have been selected to represent the East all-star team in the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Larry Brown hands-on at latest stop — SMU
December 27, 2012
For anyone who thought Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown went to SMU as a figurehead for a struggling program with a pending move to the ever-changing Big East Conference, it quickly becomes clear why he’s back in the game.
LHS senior Emma Kelly puts ACL pain behind
December 27, 2012
Emma Kelly isn’t the only one who remembers the moment exactly. Her Lawrence High girls basketball teammates and coaches do, too. By Benton Smith
Hutch kicker, offensive lineman to walk on at KU
December 27, 2012
Place kicker Michael Mesh and offensive lineman Colby Hamel, a pair of Hutchinson Community College football players, announced recently they would be walking-on to the Kansas University football team for the 2013 season. By Matt Tait
Happy holidays: Ben McLemore cherishes visit with brother
December 27, 2012
The 450 youths in attendance at Kansas University’s 2012 Men’s Basketball Holiday Clinic made it clear that one of their favorite players was red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore. By Gary Bedore
For some, campground is home, even in winter
Clinton Park homes range from tents to deluxe campers
December 27, 2012
The boats are out of the water at Clinton State Park. Restrooms are locked up for the winter, water has been turned off and, with freezing temperatures and the season’s first snow blanketing the ground, the park’s campgrounds are empty. Except Campground 3. A couple dozen people make their homes there, weathering the elements. Some live there permanently, in well-equipped campers. For others, the campsite is a cold, squalid last resort before homelessness. By Sara Shepherd
Time running out to save historic Marysville train depot
December 27, 2012
Barring a last-minute influx of cash, a historic northeast Kansas train depot could soon be reduced to rubble by a railroad company that has contributed mightily to its community’s prosperity. Union Pacific Railroad is preparing to demolish its 83-year-old depot in Marysville after local preservationists could only come up with less than half of the $132,000 needed to purchase 2 acres of land adjacent to the structure.
Sand pit mining decision delayed
December 27, 2012
Outside consultants find no major problem with a proposal by Penny’s Concrete and Sand to develop an open-pit sand mining operation near Eudora, but errors in the public notice force officials to restart public hearing process. By Peter Hancock
NIH announces diversity measures after KU professor’s finding that black researchers receive fewer grants
December 27, 2012
Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced new measures aimed at creating more diversity in the field of medical research. The move was in direct response to a study led by KU economist Donna Ginther that resulted in some troubling findings: that black researchers were one-third less likely than their white counterparts to receive NIH funding. By Matt Erickson
Former employee files lawsuit against KU Hospital, alleging discrimination
December 27, 2012
A former employee at Kansas University Hospital filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging employment discrimination that led to her being fired. By Shaun Hittle
Salvation Army exceeds campaign goal
11:06 a.m., December 27, 2012 Updated 11:57 a.m.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign expects to top its goal of $125,000.
Man to be retried in 2006 Lawrence murder
December 27, 2012
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has refiled murder charges against a Lawrence man whose 2007 murder conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Shaun Hittle
Our Town Sports for Dec. 27
December 27, 2012
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, offerings and results.
25 years ago: Local bar-owners to help fund free taxi rides on New Year’s Eve
December 27, 2012
“We even take people’s keys sometimes.”
Tune In Tonight: Four chances to catch ‘The Mindy Project’
December 27, 2012
It’s been a pretty meager year for network sitcoms. And if NBC’s sneak peek at “1600 Penn” is any indication, 2013 won’t bring much relief.
Horoscopes for Dec. 27
December 27, 2012
For Thursday, Dec. 27, : This year you often will swing back and forth between being intellectual and being highly emotional. Accept that this is unlikely to change any time in the near future. If you are single, this back-and-forth could chase away a potential suitor, but come summer, you are likely to meet someone who enjoys your changeability and accepts you as you are. If you are attached, your sweetie might wonder what is going on.
Editorial: Election accountability
A system that would make election commissioners in the state’s four largest counties more responsible to their local constituents makes some sense.
December 27, 2012
A report released last week about serious problems Sedgwick County experienced during the November elections may bolster the argument for having county commissioners, rather than the Kansas secretary of state, appoint top election officials in the state’s largest counties.
Kovel’s Antiques: Santa Claus and his 8 tiny … elephants?
December 27, 2012
Santa Claus has changed in appearance throughout the centuries.
Garden Calendar: Give splitting trees a life-support system
December 27, 2012
Maybe you have a tree that is starting to split apart, or one that is still in good order but has some big branches hanging over the house that make you lose a little sleep when ice and wind are in the forecast.
Style Scout: Grant Holmes
December 27, 2012
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Lawrence is my oasis. It’s the perfect mix of everything.
Style Scout: Joelle Zbacnik
December 27, 2012
Fashion trends you love: Everything! I like bow ties on girls and guys a lot.
40 years ago: FBI investigates Overbrook bank robbery
December 27, 2012
The bank’s alarm system was antiquated and had not guarded for entry from above.
Letter: Look in mirror
December 27, 2012
For several days now, I have been reading the ludicrous assertions that guns, inanimate objects, are responsible for all of the tragic deaths in the news recently. How ridiculous can we be?
Letter: Turkey abuse
December 27, 2012
On Dec. 14, the Kansas University Beta Theta Pi fraternity gained unwanted national attention as a result of alleged abuse and killing of a turkey who had been “rented” for a party.
Letter: Hateful views
December 27, 2012
Carl Burkhead’s recent letter regarding the massacre in Connecticut brought several emotions to mind, i.e., horror, disgust, amazement and anger.
Letter: NRA proposal
December 27, 2012
My needle is usually stuck in the vinyl. I keep hearing the same old. However, the National Rifle Association has put forth a most refreshing solution to mass violence.
Opinion: Immigration an entrepreneurial act
December 27, 2012 in print edition on A9
At the end of this year in which election results reinserted immigration into the political conversation, remember that 2012 is the 150th anniversary of “the first comprehensive immigration law.” This is how the Homestead Act of 1862 is described by Blake Bell, historian at the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Neb., one of the National Park Service’s many educational jewels that make the NPS one of just two government institutions (the other is the U.S. Marine Band) that should be exempt from any budget cuts, for all eternity.
100 years ago: Downtown merchants begin taking yearly inventory
December 27, 2012
“With the passing of the Christmas season comes another that if anything is equally if not more fatiguing — The Annual Invoice.”