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No surprise to pastor religion tied to community engagement
January 1, 2012
Forty percent of Americans are actively involved in some form of religion, and that might be a good thing for the 60 percent who aren’t.
Law enforcement budgets to be key factor in 2012
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A3
For law enforcement agencies and the courts in Douglas County, 2012 could be called the “wait-and-see” year at this point.
How to Help: 2012 offers plenty of volunteer opportunities
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A5
Resolve to volunteer in 2012!
Pricey picks: Powerball tickets doubling to $2
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A5
Powerball lottery organizers are betting that bigger jackpots will entice more people to play, but gamblers are going to have to dig deeper into their wallets to try their luck.
Little Claire is 1st baby of 2012
January 1, 2012
No one chooses to give birth to the first Lawrence baby in the new year; there are too many variables, and it just comes down to luck.
Gallery searching for boy who drew picture that sold for $18
January 1, 2012
The folks who run the Copt/Feiden Holiday Gallery are on the lookout for a young boy who was in the gallery not too long ago. They figure they owe him some cash.
School consolidation: Student numbers factor into talks
Elementary school task force reviewing district’s enrollment projections as part of closure decision
January 1, 2012
As the new year begins, the Lawrence school district is gathering projections for how many more students will be expected to enroll in elementary schools during the next five years. Even if it’s not clear which schools will be open then.
Kansas towns adapting after losing Duckwall stores
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A2
Envelopes, paper clips, quick and easy meals, socks. You name it, Duckwall stores in northwest Kansas carried it. That is until the parent company, Duckwall-Alco Stores Inc., decided to close its Duckwall stores at the beginning of 2011, leaving residents in Atwood, La Crosse, Ness City and Plainville without a variety store and those grab-it-and-go items.
Midwest officials explore passenger rail expansion
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A2
Expanding passenger rail service through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas would cost the federal and state governments hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a recently released study that looked at several proposals for the region.
Fundraising goes on for planned Kansas war memorial
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A10
From holding golf tournaments to running marathons to selling granite paving stones, a dedicated group is steadily raising money for a monument to Kansans who have lost their lives to wars starting with 1991’s Operation Desert Storm.
Brownback’s daughter weds at Topeka church
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A10
The first family of Kansas closed out 2011 with a happy celebration.
Obama seeks right tone on economy
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
Bullish yet wary, President Barack Obama is highlighting recent economic bright spots while taking care not to overstate a recovery that still has not put millions back to work.
Medicare debate all about the baby boomers
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it.
Romney’s chief Iowa rivals press electability
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
With time running short, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and other Republican presidential contenders insisted they could beat President Barack Obama as they worked to persuade undecided Iowa Republicans aching to win the White House to choose them over chief rival Mitt Romney.
2011 a year of closure for several significant crime stories in Lawrence area
January 1, 2012
Every year, hundreds of stories end up in the Journal-World about criminal events in Lawrence and the surrounding communities: sexual assaults, burglaries, drunken driving and the occasional shooting.
2011 LJWorld Investigations
January 1, 2012
In 2011, our staff worked diligently investigating a wide variety of topics important to our readers. Some of those ideas came from brainstorming, some from interested readers, and a few from the all-too-mysterious “anonymous source.”
Busy New Year’s night for police, but no serious incidents
January 1, 2012
It was a busy New Year’s night for Lawrence Police, as officers responded to fights, domestic disturbances and noise complaints. But nothing serious, said Sgt. Kirk Fultz.
Eudora mobile home fire contained
January 1, 2012
A fire at a mobile home park in Eudora was reported early New Year’s Day. At 12:20 a.m., emergency crews were called 501 E. 10th Street in Eudora for a report of a mobile home on fire. When first responders arrived on the scene, they said light smoke was showing. By 12:45 a.m. the fire was reported under control.
Romney in position of strength in Iowa
January 1, 2012 in print edition on C6
Mitt Romney is the clear Republican front-runner in Iowa in the final days before the first voting in the 2012 presidential election. But that’s where the clarity ends in this unpredictable nomination race.
NYC, world ring in 2012, bid adieu to a tough year
January 1, 2012 in print edition on C6
Revelers erupted in cheers amid a confetti-filled celebration in New York’s Times Square to welcome in the new year, part of star-studded celebrations and glittering fireworks displays around the world to usher in 2012.
Occupy protesters arrested
January 1, 2012
Eighteen protesters connected to the nationwide Occupy movement were arrested Saturday outside the presidential campaign headquarters of Republicans Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
NASA probe circling the moon
January 1, 2012
As planet Earth rang in the new year, a different kind of countdown was happening at the moon.
Man with explosives detained at airport
January 1, 2012
A man was detained Saturday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said.
In reversal, Saleh opts to stay
January 1, 2012
Yemen’s outgoing president decided to stay in the country, reversing plans to leave, his ruling party said Saturday, in an apparent attempt to salvage his control over the regime, which has appeared to unravel in the face of internal revolts and relentless street protests.
Obama signs defense bill
January 1, 2012
President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having “serious reservations” about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. The bill also applies penalties against Iran’s central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran’s ability to fund its nuclear enrichment program.
Warming up to unexpected weather
Spring-like temperatures inspire outdoor activities
January 1, 2012
Before New Year’s Eve parties got started, many people on Saturday got to celebrate a less-annual joviality: unseasonably warm weather.
Bioscience industry aims to continue growth
January 1, 2012
If building and filling a building equals success, then the bioscience industry in Kansas should have a promising year in 2012.
Kansas sheriff accused of distributing meth
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
A northwest Kansas sheriff has been arrested on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine after an investigation involving several agencies.
Rural hospital lures doctors with unusual offer
January 1, 2012
The hospital had lost the last doctor in a succession of those who came to the remote Kansas town and left again. A sole physician assistant kept watch over the 24-bed facility and its adjacent nursing home. It was on the verge of closing.
Around and about in local business
January 1, 2012
Local business news for the week ending December 31, 2011
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
January 1, 2012
Road work planned for the week of January 1, 2012.
25 years ago: Nearly-finished Eldridge plays host to New Year’s Eve revelers
January 1, 2012
“The Eldridge Lives!”
40 years ago: Lawrence greets 1972 with pleasant weather
January 1, 2012
The previous evening had been called “relatively calm” by police, fire, and hospital officials.
100 years ago: Coca-Cola factory to open in Lawrence
January 1, 2012
“Lawrence is to have a Coca Cola factory, and a big one.”
Dave Barry’s 2011 in review: A ‘train-wreck of a year’
January 1, 2012
It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill. Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the Festival of Sleaze that was 2011.
Views questioned
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
I’m visiting Lawrence for the holiday and felt compelled to write a response to the article by Karrey Britt (Dec. 26) on the book written by a radiologist, I hope readers of his book will be cautious with what they believe.
Christmas caring
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
Thanks to all of the people who again made the Community Christmas Dinner possible.
Happiness is hard to quantify
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
Economist Carol Graham claims to have created a new science that can measure “the economics of happiness.”
’12 may be good year for conservatives
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
Although they have become prone to apocalyptic forebodings about the fragility of the nation’s institutions and traditions under the current president, conservatives should stride confidently into 2012.
Challenges ahead
A new year is filled with challenges but also opportunities
January 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
We’re not much good at predictions, but here are a few wishes for the new year.
Boomer Girl Diary: Resolving to play more Twister in 2012
January 1, 2012 in print edition on C12
In case you haven’t fully gained consciousness after last night’s champagne-fueled Twister tournament (oh, wait! That was me), today is the first Sunday AND the first day of a new year.
Kovel’s Antiques: Figurines captured famous likenesses
January 1, 2012 in print edition on C7
Figurines were the “photographs” of the 18th and 19th centuries. Well-known politicians, royalty, sports figures, actors, writers, religious subjects and newsworthy criminals, places and events were the inspiration for the figurines.
Garden Calendar: How will your garden grow in 2012?
January 1, 2012 in print edition on C7
Need New Year’s resolutions you can stick to? How about making some changes in the way you garden? Or starting gardening? The physical and mental benefits gardening provides just might help with any other resolutions you make, and better gardening practices benefit the entire community.
Behind the Lens: a look back and a look ahead
January 1, 2012 in print edition on C12
As I look forward to new adventures and photographs in 2012, here are some observations and notes to sweep out 2011.
Mockumentary a bad move for HBO
January 1, 2012
HBO rings in the new year with “Angry Boys” (9 p.m.), a mock-documentary from Australia starring Chris Lilley as characters old and young, male and female. He plays Nathan and Daniel Sims, identical twins in a dusty rural town who curse and swear at each other almost all of the time. One is nearly deaf and the other is brutally insensitive to his condition. Lilley also plays “Gran,” a spunky 65-year-old guard at a juvenile detention facility where she dispenses tough love. Look for him as an American rapper, a Japanese wife and an aging Australian surfer.
Horoscope for Jan. 1
January 1, 2012
For Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012: Strong feelings open you up. You become more willing to express your vulnerability. As a result, you attract many people and opportunities. Aries wants what they want. Watch out.