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Archive for Friday, December 28, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Billy Brimblecom, originally of Shawnee, performs last summer at the annual Summerfest music festival in Milwaukee, Wis. Brimblecom, who lost a leg to cancer, is finding success both as a professional musician and actor. Photo courtesy of Donny Smutz Area drummer triumphant onstage after loss of leg
December 26, 2012
In August of 2005, 28-year-old Billy Brimblecom went through surgery to remove his left leg. Earlier that year, doctors had identified the source of the pain Brimblecom had been experiencing in the leg for several years: Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer of the bone. Brimblecom had always attributed the pain he would feel off and on to an earlier car accident. But worsening pain had motivated the trip to the doctor’s office, where multiple tests, including a biopsy, led to the discovery of the cancer. “They said, ‘Here’s what we’ll do. We’re going to try to do everything we can to remove the cancer,’” Brimblecom, a professional drummer and actor, recalled. But doctors warned that losing his leg, “in an effort to save your life,” was also a possibility. By Melissa Treolo
6:00 a.m.
KU freshman Ben McLemore stretches among hundreds of kids in attendance at the annual KU men's basketball clinic on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse. 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
12:00 p.m.
Gene and Diane Wallace are living in their recreational vehicle at Campground 3 at Clinton State Park with their two cats. Unlike some of the permanent residents at the campsite, the Wallaces — who lived in Lawrence before becoming full-time RV residents in August 2011 — were not prepared to weather the winter in their vehicle, below, but found themselves stuck after transmission repairs and a hotel stay set them back financially. For some, campground is home, even in winter
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

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Around and about for Dec. 29
December 28, 2012
The family of Daisey P. Deay will celebrate her 100th birthday with a luncheon on Jan. 5. Cards may be sent to Daisey at the Baldwin City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 1223 Orchard Lane, Baldwin City, KS 66006.
Faith Forum: It’s the end of another year; what’s your advice to people who have regrets?
December 28, 2012
Dana Ortiz and The Rev. Paul Gray answer
Man charged with aggravated assault in pistol-whipping at pool hall
December 28, 2012
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was charged with aggravated assault Friday in Douglas County District Court, accused of pistol-whipping a person at a pool hall.
Man pleads no contest to aggravated sexual battery
December 28, 2012
A 28-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated sexual battery Friday in Douglas County District Court.
Former KU student sentenced to one year probation for criminal threat
December 28, 2012
A 19-year-old former Kansas University student was sentenced to one year of probation Wednesday for one count of making a criminal threat.
Man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for indecent liberties with child
December 28, 2012
A 46-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 41 months in prison Friday after being found guilty of one count each of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
KU School of Education dean apologizes for joking about animal cruelty complaint involving fraternity
December 28, 2012
Jim Lichtenberg accidentally included animal lover Jennah Dibiase, of Terre Haute, Ind., in an email joking about reports of the cruel treatment and death a turkey suffered at a KU fraternity house. By Ian Cummings
Local food pantries collaborate to provide healthy food
December 28, 2012
Just Food Pantry executive officer Jeremy Farmer hopes to be unemployed in five years. He would like to see the pantry shrink until it is no longer needed in the community, but recent trends show that’s not an option in the near future.“We served 10,000 people in a month,” he said. “I don’t see our numbers as a monument to success but a reminder that we have failed.” By Rebekka Schlichting and Adam Strunk
Two Lawrence teens heading to prison for summer burglaries
December 28, 2012
Two Lawrence teenagers were sentenced to prison Friday for burglaries committed this summer in Lawrence. By Shaun Hittle
Topeka man sentenced to four years in prison for August robbery at The Reserve
December 28, 2012
A 19-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday for attempted aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm stemming from an Aug. 29 incident at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st St.
Man arrested in high-speed chase Tuesday remains in jail, wanted in Johnson County
December 28, 2012
A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of felony drug and weapons crimes after a high-speed chase early Tuesday morning remained in jail Friday and is wanted in Johnson County.
Retired public employees seeking cost of living adjustment
December 28, 2012
Public employee retirees say they are long past due a cost of living increase on their pensions. The last cost of living adjustment, or COLA, approved by the Legislature for members of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System was in 1998. Scott Rothschild
KanCare program earns final federal approval
December 28, 2012
Federal officials have finalized terms with Kansas for the state’s new managed care plan for Medicaid. By The Associated Press
Water main break shuts down part of Massachusetts Street
10:43 a.m., December 28, 2012 Updated 02:11 p.m.
The southbound lane in the 700 block of Massachusetts has been shut down since early Friday morning following a water main break, according to Mike Lawless, assistant utilities director for the city of Lawrence. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence boy receives more than 600 Pez dispensers for Christmas
December 28, 2012
Like any father, Deacon Godsey wanted to do something special for his son, Isaac, for Christmas. So on Christmas morning, he told his son to close his eyes and carried him into his office. When Isaac opened his eyes and saw a whiteboard that was adorned with a large bow, he read the words written there with a huge smile: “Merry Christmas Isaac! All of my Pez are now yours. Love, Daddy.” By Rebekka Schlichting
Lawrence police officers involved in ticket scandal this year keep state licenses
December 28, 2012
The state agency that licenses law enforcement officers will not take disciplinary action against two former Lawrence police officers involved in a ticket-fixing scandal. By Shaun Hittle
ATF increases reward after Thursday morning’s suspected arson case
10:05 a.m., December 28, 2012 Updated 12:11 p.m.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a string of suspected arsons, according to a news release issued Friday morning by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.
2013 Preview: Law enforcement and courts wary of budgets while planning upgrades
December 28, 2012
The upgrades to emergency communication and court filing systems are already approved and set to begin in the new year. The question for many judges and law enforcement leaders in Lawrence is whether they’ll get the money to fully staff their high-tech offices.
Tune In Tonight: Teen angst and ghostly guests
December 28, 2012
There’s no trouble like “Teen Trouble” (9 p.m., Lifetime). In this new series, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp promises to “embed” himself in a different teen’s life every week. He helps at-risk youth confront their problems, along with their parents, teachers and peers.
25 years ago: Confederate re-enactors rent out Eldridge for New Year’s party
December 28, 2012
An organizer admitted that the hotel’s founders “may be spinning in their graves.”
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 27 NBA games
December 28, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
40 years ago: Rezoning denied for Sunset Drive-in tract
December 28, 2012
Area residents had objected to the idea of more commercial zoning along Sixth Street.
Letter: Violent culture
December 28, 2012
Leonard Pitts, the columnist, dismisses the notion that violent video games played a role in the recent killings. Certainly, video games were not the cause of the tragedy in Connecticut. Not even games such as “Call of Duty,” which the U.S. military uses as a recruiting (and desensitizing?) tool and the Norwegian mass murderer used as a training program. The constant violence on TV and in the movies was not the cause. Nor were our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nor was the rise of disrespect, demonizing and paranoia as national character traits. But put it all together, and we have a culture of violence, which surely affects how we all react to the stresses and disappointments of life.
Letter: Merit system
December 28, 2012
Gov. Brownback’s proposed changes to the selection of Kansas judges undermine current constitutional guarantees. In 1958, the Kansas Constitution provided a “merit system” for selecting justices of the Kansas Supreme Court. In 1972, this option was extended to district court judges. In 1977, the state Court of Appeals was formed by law, also using the merit system for selecting judges.
Letter: Disarming
December 28, 2012
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is dead-on when he says “Fundamentally the problem here is not guns, it’s people,” referring to efforts to enact new gun control measures following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The guns will not disarm themselves. We, the people, must disarm them. The problem is that people like Huelskamp and National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre, in their unbending allegiance to fear, don’t have the guts to do what’s right.
Editorial: Cliff crisis
The “fiscal cliff” isn’t the only economic challenge facing U.S. leaders.
December 28, 2012
In Tokyo on Wednesday, Shinzo Abe took office as prime minister of Japan, pledging to overcome deep-rooted economic and diplomatic crises facing that nation. In Egypt, as adoption of a new Islamist-supported constitution appeared to further destabilize the politically divided country under President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s economy was descending into turmoil.
Opinion: Vietnam inching in positive direction
December 28, 2012 in print edition on A8
It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. “advisers” to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country’s unification under Communism. Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.
100 years ago: Burglar caught red-handed in Mass Street shoe store
December 28, 2012
“When the officers finally entered the store they found him crouched under a desk.”
Horoscopes for Dec. 28
December 28, 2012
For Friday, Dec. 28, 2012: This year you often think one way about an issue but act on it in a different way. You’ll feel one thing, but think you should do something else. If you are single, you will meet someone who knocks your socks off. If you are attached, openly discuss your mental process in order to avoid any negative responses.