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Archive for Sunday, December 30, 2012

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12:05 a.m.
With a hand behind his head, Kansas guard Travis Releford comes in for a dunk against American during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. 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
6:00 a.m.
With a hand behind his head, Kansas guard Travis Releford comes in for a dunk against American during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. 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.
12:00 p.m.
Seven-year-old Isaac Godsey is pictured below six shelves of his nearly 700-piece Pez dispenser collection. Deacon Godsey, Isaac's father, began collecting the dispensers in 1996 and decided to give them to his son for Christmas. The collection contains everything from the Simpson to dispensers featuring the likenesses of the cast from the Lord of the Rings. 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
6:00 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed optimism about the long-term strength of the state government's budget Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Statehouse, by announcing early payment of $24 million in bond debt. 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
10:00 p.m.
Snow is on the way to Lawrence and across northeastern Kansas Monday. In this user-submitted photo from the City of Lawrence Twitter account (@lawrenceks) few cars attempt to cross the snow-covered Kansas River Bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Roads around Lawrence grow slick as snow, freezing drizzle, fall Monday night
12:57 p.m., December 30, 2012 Updated 3:25 p.m.
The National Weather Service predicts 1 to 2 inches in the area throughout Monday, with snow tapering off around midnight. Staff Reports

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Broncos rout K.C., take top spot
December 30, 2012
The Broncos claimed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after a 38-3 runaway victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lately, Naadir Tharpe incomparable
KU backup guard credits brother for his recent emergence
December 30, 2012
Naadir Tharpe, who has been on quite a roll with 22 assists against no turnovers the last four games, grinned Saturday night when asked if he’d compare himself to another height-challenged point guard, Allen Iverson. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Can KU keep on streakin’?
December 30, 2012
No Big 12 basketball team looks to have what it will take to deny Kansas University (11-1) a ninth consecutive conference title, and the gap between the best and the rest appears wider than in most seasons. By Tom Keegan
Break ’em, Hawks: KU women’s clinic breaks up break-within-a-break
December 30, 2012
A 12-day gap in the schedule between their nonconference finale at Cal and their Big 12 opener at home against Kansas State afforded members of Kansas University’s women’s basketball team the chance to get away for the holidays. By Benton Smith
Game time set for KU-Temple basketball game
Tip for next Sunday’s contest is 3:30 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse
December 30, 2012
Tip for Sunday’s KU-Temple game will be 3:30 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse
Roads around Lawrence grow slick as snow, freezing drizzle, fall Monday night
12:57 p.m., December 30, 2012 Updated 03:25 p.m.
The National Weather Service predicts 1 to 2 inches in the area throughout Monday, with snow tapering off around midnight. Staff Reports
Walton charter school focuses on rural life
December 30, 2012
A small elementary school in south-central Kansas has rebounded from low enrollments to become an example of charter school success by focusing on elements of rural life. By The Associated Press
Lawrence Libations: Hot Hard Cider at Henry’s Upstairs
December 30, 2012
Tis the season for hot drinks, and Henry’s Upstairs serves a local favorite of the alcoholic variety. It’s just what it sounds like — Hot Hard Cider. By Sara Shepherd.
25 years ago: County nursing home to raise daily rates
December 30, 2012
Medicaid had been paying close to $41 per day since Oct. 1.
40 years ago: LPD hires first female for patrol duty
December 30, 2012
The department had received some criticism in the past for not having a woman on patrol.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 29 NBA games
December 30, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday’s NBA games.
Letter: Board integrity
December 30, 2012
A recent article noted that voters were concerned that 2005 school bond funds were not used for their intended purpose and may still cause suspicion among voters. School Superintendent Rick Doll disagrees, stating that such arguments are not accurate. As a former school board member, I have to disagree with Dr. Doll.
Editorial: Guns on campus
Kansas university officials should continue to push back on the contention that it makes sense to sanction the carrying of concealed weapons on campuses.
December 30, 2012
In the wake of the recent mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents predicted another heated battle in the Kansas Legislature over allowing concealed guns to be carried on university campuses across the state.
Auditions this week for Arts Center’s ‘Escape from the Labyrinth’
December 30, 2012
Auditions are this week for the Lawrence Arts Center’s upcoming all-ages production of “Escape from the Labyrinth: The Adventures of Thesus and Icarus.”
Editorial: Step aside
December 30, 2012
I think John Boehner and the Republicans should step aside (and let Obama do what he does best, tax and spend) with the understanding he does not like anything about Obama’s plan. If we go over the “fiscal cliff,” the Republicans will get blamed and hurt our chances in 2016. Give Obama enough rope and he will … well, you know what I mean. This will be his legacy. ‘Nuff said.
13 things to kick off 2013
December 30, 2012
The arts and entertainment events and news you need to know going on the first few months of the year.
The top 10 local stories of 2012
December 30, 2012
A squirrel-ignited brush fire and a multimillion dollar drug bust are among the top local stories of 2012. Here’s a look at the the Journal-World’s top 10 most-read local stories for 2012, based on the number of online page views. By Adam Strunk
Tune In Tonight: Road trip has sizzle
December 30, 2012
Many cable networks have wandered and wavered from their original plan. The History Channel has never been more popular. And it occasionally airs series about history. On a recent episode of the soon-to-depart “30 Rock,” Liz Lemon jokes about the vulgarity of one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” shows, while her boss, Jack Donaghy, shows his age by musing, “I remember when they used to show opera on Bravo.”
Opinion: Writer disdains limited government
December 30, 2012 in print edition on A9
While accusing the Supreme Court’s conservative justices of “disdain for democracy,” Pamela S. Karlan proves herself talented at dispensing disdain. The Stanford law professor is, however, less talented at her chosen task of presenting a coherent understanding of judicial review. Still, her “Democracy and Disdain” in the November Harvard Law Review usefully illustrates progressivism’s consistent disdain for the Founders’ project of limiting government.
100 years ago: Natural gas wasted in oil fields, Lawrence man claims
December 30, 2012
“After the gas is all blown out the oil men continue their search for oil.”
Horoscopes for Dec. 30
December 30, 2012
For Sunday, Dec. 30: This year you express more warmth through your behavior and personality. As a result, many people are drawn to you. If you are single, your status could change, as you will attract many suitors. If you are attached, your sweetie will enjoy the change and bask in your sunniness.