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Broncos need victory over Chiefs for bye
December 29, 2012
One team is going for the first seed in the AFC playoffs. The other is in line for the first pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
Former Jayhawk Jake Sharp brings football to Salina
Former running back part owner of fledgling Bombers squad
December 29, 2012
Former Kansas University running back Jake Sharp may be done slapping on shoulder pads and strapping on a helmet, but that does not mean he’s finished with football. By Matt Tait
Notebook: Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde visit Allen Fieldhouse
December 29, 2012
Comedic actor/Kansas University basketball fan Jason Sudeikis asked coach Bill Self for a copy of his book, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” before Saturday’s KU-American basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Paying heed: Travis Releford hot from three in KU’s 89-57 rout over American
December 29, 2012
Travis Releford’s teammates have been telling him to shoot it more lately, and the senior guard listened to that advice Saturday night, making five of six three-pointers in Kansas’ 89-57 victory over American University. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self audio • Naadir Tharpe, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey audio
Schools getting few answers about ‘fiscal cliff’ impact
December 29, 2012
Federal funding for school lunches, special education and Title I programs at stake in federal budget stalemate. By Peter Hancock
Opinion: Confident Naadir Tharpe no longer questioning his ability
December 29, 2012
Remember the Naadir Tharpe that retreated when the opposition attacked? You can forget him now, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says, because the sophomore guard has pushed that timid player into the past.
Managed-care organizations staff up in preparation for KanCare
December 29, 2012
Three managed care organizations have increased their presence in Kansas with staff and facilities as they prepare to implement the KanCare system of Medicaid services. The hiring of several hundred employees — and more likely in the coming years — is an unexpected bonus for Gov. Sam Brownback. New hires mean more revenue and economic activity in Kansas as the state aims to save nearly $1 billion over five years by curbing the growth in its share of health care costs. By The Associated Press
Largest wind farm in Kansas to begin operation soon
December 29, 2012
The largest wind farm to be built in Kansas is set to begin operating within the next few days, but future expansion is up in the air because of the pending expiration of a tax credit companies say is critical to making wind energy competitive. By The Associated Press
In new year expect more dueling over health care
December 29, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback spent 2012 stiff-arming Obamacare, but received federal permission to turn over the Kansas Medicaid program to private companies. That kind of maneuvering will likely continue in 2013 as more of the Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as Obamacare — becomes a reality, the new KanCare Medicaid system takes effect next week, and a major decision awaits on whether to expand Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
American coach Jeff Jones: KU’s guards too much
December 29, 2012
The way American coach Jeff Jones saw it, it was the play of Kansas point guards Elijah Johnson and Naadir Tharpe that made things oh-so-easy for Travis Releford and the rest of the Jayhawks in an 89-57 victory. By Matt Tait • Box score • KU coach Bill Self audio • Naadir Tharpe, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey audio
Eudora firefighters battle chimney fire
December 29, 2012
Eudora city and Eudora township firefighters responded to a chimney fire around 7 p.m. Saturday near 12th and Elm Streets.
Burglar enters unlocked window, steals television
December 29, 2012
A burglar entered an unlocked window at house in the 900 block of Louisiana Street Thursday night and stole a television.
Lawrence Community Shelter moves into new home
December 29, 2012
The new Lawrence Community Shelter accommodates 50 more people than the former location at 10th and Kentucky streets, and comes with a new set of rules. By Ian Cummings
Amber Alert cancelled as missing Georgia boys found safe in Austin, Texas
December 29, 2012
Two boys abducted in Georgia Dec. 23 and thought to be headed west through Kansas, have been found safe in Austin, Texas.
Police seeking escaped inmate from Leavenworth County Jail Saturday
December 29, 2012
An escaped Leavenworth County Jail inmate is being sought by law enforcement in surrounding areas after Raheem K. Armstead walked away from the jail about 1 p.m. Saturday.
Five traffic fatalities reported by KHP during holiday week
December 29, 2012
The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to four fatality accidents, resulting in five deaths, during the Christmas holiday week, according to news release issued by the KHP Friday. By Shaun Hittle
Little Lions thrive despite youth
December 29, 2012
Whoever thought post production and varsity veterans were prerequisites for winning forgot to share that information with Lawrence High’s boys basketball team. By Benton Smith
Ready to roll: Elijah Johnson, KU ‘re-energized’ after break
December 29, 2012
A short-but-sweet 3 1/2-day Christmas vacation in his hometown of Las Vegas has rejuvenated Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson. By Gary Bedore
Former Cordley custodian back home after serious bicycle accident
December 29, 2012
For a man who spent three weeks in intensive care recovering from a skull fracture, retired Cordley custodian Don Varnau, 64, looked pretty good recently at his Lawrence home. No bandages, bruises, or apparent ill effects were visible less than two months after Varnau was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after suffering critical injuries in a Nov. 14 collision with an SUV near 11th and Kentucky streets. By Shaun Hittle
2013 Preview: Conservative charge looming in next session of Kansas Legislature
December 29, 2012
When the 2013 Kansas Legislature begins work Jan. 14, buckle your seatbelts. Gov. Sam Brownback will be leading the charge, guiding a House and Senate chamber that he campaigned to make in his image. By Scott Rothschild.
25 years ago: Visitor to Lawrence gets lost driving to KCI, ends up in Iowa
December 29, 2012
Stopping for directions, she had been invited by an Iowa family to stay for Christmas dinner.
40 years ago: Lawrence mayor suggests city restore 1908 electric car
December 29, 2012
A vintage 1908 electric car, donated to the city by Mrs. Eleanor Henley in 1937, was about to be rescued from storage.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 28 NBA games
December 29, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA games.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Despite odd search, KU makes strong Med Center hire
December 29, 2012
Kansas University Medical Center hired a winner in new Executive Vice Chancellor Doug Girod.
Opinion: Republicans dismayed by current GOP
December 29, 2012 in print edition on A8
All sanity seems to have left the ranks of those in charge of the GOP. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the party is against everything and for nothing. That’s not governing. That’s just lobbing hand grenades. And the GOP is shrinking daily before our eyes.
Opinion: Changing our culture of death
December 29, 2012
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, a variety of proposals have been offered to stop such violence, ranging from stricter gun control to more care for the mentally disturbed. Unfortunately, there are no simple solutions. And for us average citizens, any of these proposals are beyond our individual capacity, given today’s political, economic and scientific realities. We can suggest or demand action, but when and what action is ultimately taken is beyond our control.
Tune In Tonight: True crime rules night
December 29, 2012
The year winds down with one thing certain: Saturday nights belong to true crime.
100 years ago: Package left as pledge contains explosives
December 29, 2012
“The package was left at the hotel by an unknown man who had eaten supper there.”
Horoscopes for Dec. 29
December 29, 2012
For Saturday, Dec. 29: This year you will make decisions about many different issues, but when it comes to following through on them, it could be a problem. If you are not 100 percent dedicated to a decision, don’t do it. If you are single, go with the flow, especially as the summer months approach. If you are attached, avoid petty arguments.