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Iowa State upends Texas, 77-71
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B3
Iowa State’s transfer-laden team has struggled with consistency at times this season. The newcomers didn’t have any trouble carrying the Cyclones in their Big 12 debuts.
Oklahoma State holds off Texas Tech rally, 67-59
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B3
In a game filled with newcomers to Big 12 basketball, one of the few veterans made sure Oklahoma State came out on top.
$77K in property stolen from storage unit
January 4, 2012
Police in Salina are investigating another big theft from a commercial storage unit.
Police: Search for student Aisha Khan cost $36K in overtime
January 4, 2012
A northeast Kansas police department says its officers racked up nearly $36,000 in overtime searching for a college student who disappeared for five days last month.
Basketball tournament to raise money for scholarship in memory of 21-year-old killed in accident
January 4, 2012
A basketball tournament will be held this weekend in memory of Preston Lee Scheibler.
Hutchinson struggling with city’s housing stock
January 4, 2012
The city of Hutchinson may be about to hire a housing director and create a Community Housing Trust fund, but Mayor Ron Sellers thinks that whatever it’s doing, it’s not enough and not fast enough to stem the deterioration of the city’s housing.
Officials move ahead with 2012 Reno air races
January 4, 2012
After considering canceling this year’s competition, officials are moving ahead with plans for the 2012 National Championship Air Races despite a tragic crash at September’s event that killed 11 and injured more than 70 spectators on the edge of the grandstand, the head of the Reno Air Races said Wednesday.
Grass fires near 10th and Connecticut streets being investigated
January 4, 2012
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews are investigating multiple grass fires in the area of Tenth and Connecticut streets Wednesday night as a possible arson.
Father faces child endangerment charges after arrest near levee
January 4, 2012
A 33-year-old Lawrence man faces misdemeanor child endangerment charges after a Tuesday incident on the Kansas River levee in North Lawrence.
Man charged with battery, threat against girlfriend
January 4, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old Lawrence man with aggravated battery and making a criminal threat after a domestic incident Tuesday at a Lawrence apartment.
Over $3,000 in items reported stolen in burglary
January 4, 2012
A 30-year-old Lawrence woman reported a burglary and theft of a television and other items valued at $3,175 from the 1700 block of Maple Lane on Tuesday.
Woman reports stolen purse, items valued at over $1,200
January 4, 2012
A 19-year-old Alabama woman reported a stolen purse and items valued at $1,240 in the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road on Sunday.
Over $5,000 in items stolen from Haworth Hall on KU campus
January 4, 2012
A suspect pushed a Haworth Hall lab door open some time between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday and stole $5,520 in items from the Kansas University building, 1200 Sunnyside Ave., according to a KU police report.
Man charged with stealing ring from Hurst Fine Diamonds
January 4, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have filed a felony theft charge against a 32-year-old Lawrence man accused of stealing a diamond ring from Hurst Fine Diamonds in November.
Chevron drops trademark lawsuit against Lawrence company that owns Salina gas station
January 4, 2012
Chevron has dropped a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against a Lawrence company that owns a Salina gas station.
Boardwalk Apartment owners say insurance company still owes $1M in wake of deadly 2005 fire
January 4, 2012
The owners of the former Boardwalk Apartments say their insurance company should have paid an additional $1 million in claims after a deadly 2005 fire destroyed a building at the west Lawrence complex.
Kansas professors remember Mount Rainier shooting victim
January 4, 2012
A park ranger who was shot to death while on duty at Mount Rainier was a friendly, dedicated student who was passionate about protecting the country’s natural resources, according to professors who taught her while she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kansas.
Stirring up a fight, Obama names consumer watchdog
January 4, 2012
Defying Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama on Wednesday barreled by the Senate and installed a national consumer watchdog on his own, provoking GOP threats of a constitutional showdown in the courts. Setting a fierce tone in the election-year fight for middle-class voters, Obama said: “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer.”
Now you see it, now you don’t: Time cloak created
January 4, 2012
It’s one thing to make an object invisible, like Harry Potter’s mythical cloak. But scientists have made an entire event impossible to see. They have invented a time masker.
Kansas officials outraged, saddened by announced Boeing departure
January 4, 2012
Kansas political leaders Wednesday expressed outrage and disappointment over Boeing Co.’s announcement that it was closing its Wichita defense plant, sending more than 2,160 jobs to three other states.
County road north of Baldwin City to be closed on Thursday
January 4, 2012
The county will close East 1750 Road, immediately south of Douglas County Road 12, north of Baldwin City from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday so a new drainage structure can be installed.
Memphis Grizzlies trade Xavier Henry to New Orleans Hornets
January 4, 2012
The 76ers are sending Marreese Speights to Memphis, the Grizzlies will move Xavier Henry to New Orleans and the Grizzlies and Hornets each will send a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia.
Expert sees Kansas recovering from Boeing decision
January 4, 2012
A Wichita State University official who follows the aviation industry sees Boeing’s planned closing of its defense plant in the city as more of a psychological blow than an economic one.
Investigation continues into cause of head-on crash on U.S. Highway 56
January 4, 2012
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers Wednesday were still investigating the cause of a head-on collision Tuesday that injured five people, including two Baldwin City children, on U.S. Highway 56 in southwestern Douglas County.
Snowy owl injured near Lawrence post office has died
January 4, 2012
On Monday afternoon visitors to the Jayhawk Station post office, 1901 W. 31st St., saw the bird fall and hit the concrete. The onlookers, who believed the bird hit a power line, called Operation Wildlife to save the bird. At that time, Operation Wildlife executive director Diane Johnson believed the snowy owl had just broken his left wing.
Lawrence Salvation Army’s Red Kettle holiday campaign raises $97,000, $3,000 short of goal
January 4, 2012
The Lawrence Salvation Army wrapped up its annual Red Kettle Campaign a few thousand dollars short of its $100,000 goal, said Wes Dahlberg, executive director.
Rep. Mike Pompeo says he’ll keep pressuring Boeing
January 4, 2012
The Kansas congressman whose district includes Boeing’s soon-to-close defense plant is promising to keep pressure on the company to bring new jobs to the state.
Brownback ‘deeply saddened’ about Boeing decision
January 4, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s disappointed in Boeing Co.’s decision to close its Wichita plant despite efforts by what he calls “Team Kansas” to help the company in recent years.
Leavenworth man pleads guilty to burglary, federal gun charges in Jefferson County case
January 4, 2012
A 19-year-old Leavenworth man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in connection with a May burglary of a Jefferson County gun shop, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
After Iowa, questions grow about Occupy’s impact
January 4, 2012
With several attention-grabbing protests before Iowa’s caucuses, Occupy Wall Street activists proved their movement did not end when its encampments in big cities dispersed. But they also showed the group hasn’t matured into a political force, and it’s not clear whether it will become a liberal counterweight to the tea party this election year.
Santorum declares ‘game on’ after Iowa surge
January 4, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum declared that his strong Iowa showing means it’s “game on” for the party’s presidential nomination, and he’s heading to New Hampshire for round two.
Artist exploring options for replacing Massachusetts Street mural
January 4, 2012
For 18 years, the vibrant colors of a community mural greeted anyone walking through the alleyway between 716 Mass. and 722 Mass.
Sen. Pat Roberts disappointed, Sen. Jerry Moran ‘outraged’ by Boeing decision
11:25 a.m., January 4, 2012 Updated 11:37 a.m.
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says he’s hugely disappointed by Boeing Co.’s decision to close its defense plant in Wichita by the end of 2013.
2,100 jobs lost as Boeing announces plan to shut down operations in Wichita by 2013
10:50 a.m., January 4, 2012 Updated 11:24 a.m.
Boeing to shut down operations in Wichita by 2013
Bachmann quits GOP race; Romney on to New Hampshire
10:48 a.m., January 4, 2012 Updated 07:53 p.m.
Mitt Romney eagerly pocketed an endorsement from two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain on Wednesday and bid to convert a single-digit victory in Iowa into a Republican presidential campaign juggernaut. Unimpressed, Newt Gingrich ridiculed the former Massachusetts governor as a liberal turned moderate now masquerading as a conservative.
Weis taps Scott Holsopple as KU football’s strength and conditioning coach
January 4, 2012
The past connections continue to roll in to shape Charlie Weis’ future at Kansas University. Wednesday, one day after naming former Notre Dame assistant Rob Ianello as KU’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, Weis hired Scott Holsopple to lead KU’s strength and conditioning program.
Town Talk: Old Navy sets date for Lawrence store closing; speculation heating up on future of Sears site; in defense of developers at City Hall
January 4, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Santorum in Iowa
January 4, 2012
Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
Dead heat? Romney, Santorum seesaw in Iowa vote
January 4, 2012
Vote by precious vote, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney battled improbably to a virtual draw in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses early Wednesday, the opening round in the race to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
City gives preliminary approval of incentives for new Ninth and New Hampshire building
January 4, 2012 in print edition on A1
A deal is a deal, even if it is a few years late.
Factories, builders boost economy at end of year
January 4, 2012
U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since the late spring. And the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months.
Woman sues Honda in small claims court
January 4, 2012
A Los Angeles woman who expected her hybrid Honda Civic to be a high-mileage machine wants the automaker to pay for not delivering the 50 mpg it promised. But rather than being one of thousands in a class-action lawsuit, she took her case Tuesday to small claims court.
Obama applauds help of Iowa Democrats
January 4, 2012
Confronting his Republican opponents, President Barack Obama told Iowa Democrats on Tuesday that the stakes of the 2012 election are much higher than when the state launched his presidential bid four years ago.
Celebrities try to fake out fans
January 4, 2012
Television has become a losing battle between the fake and the real. What’s the use of concocting a scripted comedy and drama when folks would just as soon watch “Swamp Loggers”? Our 10-year reality TV binge has robbed so many would-be actors of their chance to become famous that our few remaining celebrities have banded together to retaliate by pretending to be “real” people.
Heard on the Hill: Two professors pen New York Times article on football coaching contracts; thanks for the help in finding that ‘JAYHAWK’ personalized license plate; new vice provost job posted
12:01 a.m., January 4, 2012 Updated 10:58 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Chiefs hope to get healthy in offseason
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B2
Every once in a while, Tony Moeaki would try to slip an extra 10 pounds onto the leg press, or try to squeeze out a couple more leg curls when nobody was looking.
No. 7 Missouri routs Oklahoma 87-49
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B5
Missouri played as if its 13-0 start was no big deal. So much for Oklahoma’s impressive start.
Veritas boys 51, Topeka Cornerstone 37
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B3
The Veritas boys had a habit of starting games off slow and making up for it with explosive second halves.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B5
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
VaTech squanders Sugar, loses to Michigan 23-20
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B2
Virginia Tech wanted to prove itself worthy of a BCS bid. The Hokies blew it in the Sugar Bowl.
Area high school basketball roundup: Bonner Springs ‘D’ stifles Tonganoxie boys, 59-28
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B3
Colby Yates scored 13 points for Tonganoxie in a 31-point loss to Bonner Springs. Nine players scored for Tonganoxie, including six with eight points for more.
Veritas girls play tough but lose 38-31
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B3
Before the holiday break, the Veritas Christian School girls basketball team had concerns about its toughness.
‘Hawks kick off conference play against ‘Horns
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team is about to encounter its biggest challenge of the season.
Charlie Weis’ defensive line a priority
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B1
When Charlie Weis was introduced as the new football coach at Kansas University in early December, he was asked how much he knew about the KU program.
Talking toughness: Jayhawks say they’re ready to grind it out with rival KSU
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson has watched Kansas State’s basketball team on television this season … and also studied the Wildcats in person.
Good and bad, Tyshawn Taylor is key to KU
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B1
Using your own brain to judge someone who has a different brain type invites trouble. Generally, the best approach lies in challenging yourself to look for something to appreciate about the person who thinks not at all the way you think.
Free State boys fall behind early, lose 61-49
January 4, 2012 in print edition on B3
The winter break didn’t help Free State High’s boys basketball team shake a recurring problem.
Horoscope for Jan. 4
January 4, 2012
You easily could go overboard this year. This behavior might shake you up as you let your normal self-discipline melt away. If you are single, many people are drawn to you. So many choices lie ahead. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy each other more and more. You enjoy being with Taurus.
25 years ago: State legislature ponders microbreweries
January 4, 2012
“I do think there is room for a fresh flavorful brew in the state.”
40 years ago: Frigid weather spreads over state
January 4, 2012
Wind chills were down to 35 and 40 degrees below zero.
100 years ago: Lawrence joins in national week of prayer
January 4, 2012
“The coming week is to be solemnized throughout the United States as the official week of prayer.”
Time’s up
More time probably won’t produce more definitive recommendations from the group studying elementary school consolidation issues.
January 4, 2012
The community should appreciate the time that members of a local working group have contributed to studying the consolidation of elementary schools in Lawrence, but it is looking less and less likely that the group will supply any meaningful guidance for the Lawrence school board.
Consistency or just foolishness?
January 4, 2012
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ralph Waldo Emerson, meet Ronald Ernest Paul. He is the very soul of a foolish consistency. Meaning that he is willing, often to a fault, to follow his ideology to its logical and most extreme conclusions.
Hunting benefit
January 4, 2012
I am writing this letter to encourage the “city farmers” who own property in the county to allow the hunters to hunt deer and turkeys on their farms.
Casino message
January 4, 2012
In these troubled economic times, using casinos to generate state revenue makes about as much sense as making a cash deposit during a bank robbery (“Casino crowd,” Journal-World, Dec 28).
Birthday spurs a look back
January 4, 2012
In a few days I will celebrate my 60th birthday, although I’m not at all sure that celebrate is the right word. These days, when I look in the mirror, the face I see more and more resembles that of my grandfather. Recently a student wanted to know whether I had been at Yale with her grandfather. Another student in the class is the daughter of a former student. All these, obviously, are signs that I’m getting older.