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Archive for Thursday, November 1, 2012

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12:49 a.m.
Kansas University, seen from the air. KU optimistic about Bold Aspirations strategic plan, though results will take time to measure
October 31, 2012
Since Kansas University’s “Bold Aspirations” plan was unveiled last fall, many of its wheels have begun spinning, Provost Jeff Vitter says.
6:00 a.m.

From left, Sara Hill-Nelson, one of the owners of Bowersock Mills & Power Co., and project personnel Matt Rothermel and Nathan Walker watch as the water begins to flow Wednesday morning at the new hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River. New Bowersock power plant to start producing electricity on Friday
October 31, 2012
A new $25 million hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River is expected to start producing electricity as early as Friday, about a month ahead of schedule. Leaders with the Bowersock Mills & Power Company said the project just north of the Kansas River bridges in Downtown Lawrence has progressed remarkably smooth, in part because the summer’s drought allowed construction crews to work at a quick pace. But now as the plant is ready to produce electricity, water levels in the Kansas River are so low that the plant is able to produce electricity only at a fraction of its designed capacity. By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
A damaged flag stands among the remnants of the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach the damage caused during hurricane Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York. Kansans busy with relief efforts on East Coast
October 31, 2012
Local area sends Red Cross volunteers, emergency responders and utility repair workers to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. By Peter Hancock
12:32 p.m.
Online chat
Kansas House candidate John Wilson chats on LJWorld.com
November 1, 2012
2:00 p.m.
A map of the proposed layout of the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, proposed for about 90 acres north of the northeast intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. Note that north on the map is to the right. Town Talk: City to have public meeting on proposed sports complex; speculation that Fritzel will get to build $25M rec center without going through city bid process; ugly sweaters coming to downtown
November 1, 2012
A public meeting is scheduled to discuss the proposed sports complex at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway, but new questions arise about the bidding process that could see the construction project awarded to a local developer. By Chad Lawhorn
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. GOP suggests it might lose seats in Kansas House
November 1, 2012
Top Republicans say Tuesday’s elections could cost them a few seats in the Kansas House and reduce the influence of the chamber’s GOP conservatives. Republicans now hold a 92-33 majority in the House. The powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce counts 76 as conservatives. By John Milburn, Associated Press
10:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse is seen in downtown Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Mailers on Kansas tax cuts go out ahead of election
4:17 p.m., November 2, 2012 Updated 4:17 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is using tax dollars to inform Kansas businesses about the huge tax break they will get. By Scott Rothschild.

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Summit addresses state of local LGBT community
November 1, 2012
More than 200 people met Thursday night for the second annual Lawrence LGBT Summit at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St., to continue the group’s community participation and to stay informed. By Adam Strunk
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 1 NBA games
November 1, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
18 computers, valued at $30k, reported stolen from Art & Design building
09:54 p.m., November 1, 2012 Updated 12:46 p.m.
Eighteen laptop computers, valued at more than $30,000, were reported stolen from the Kansas University Art & Design building, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Tuesday morning, according to a report from KU Public Safety. By Shaun Hittle
Test excavation of possible grave site at Ninth and New Hampshire likely to happen in next few days
November 1, 2012
It now appears that the mystery of whether there are Civil War-era graves at a vacant lot at Ninth and New Hampshire streets may be solved in a matter of days. By Chad Lawhorn
Details on proposed city/KU sports complex emerging; deal likely won’t involve standard bidding process
November 1, 2012
Lawrence city officials are getting closer to striking a deal with Kansas University Endowment leaders on a proposed sports complex in northwest Lawrence. But the terms of the deal, parties on both sides said Thursday, likely will involve allowing controversial Lawrence contractor Thomas Fritzel to build the city’s $25 million recreation center without going through the city’s standard bidding process. By Chad Lawhorn
Aqib Talib traded to Patriots
03:43 p.m., November 1, 2012 Updated 05:06 p.m.
The New England Patriots have obtained former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib for their shaky secondary from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
GOP suggests it might lose seats in Kansas House
November 1, 2012
Top Republicans say Tuesday’s elections could cost them a few seats in the Kansas House and reduce the influence of the chamber’s GOP conservatives. Republicans now hold a 92-33 majority in the House. The powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce counts 76 as conservatives. By John Milburn, Associated Press
Kobach predicts 68 percent election turnout in Kansas
03:30 p.m., November 1, 2012 Updated 05:28 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 68 percent voter turnout in Tuesday’s elections.
Survey suggests economic slump looming in Midwest
November 1, 2012
Another economic slump may be developing in the Midwest and Plains states, according to a survey of business leaders released Thursday.
Town Talk: Testing for possible grave sites at Ninth and New Hampshire likely in next few days
November 1, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
2 Ottawa men face federal drug charges
November 1, 2012
Federal prosecutors have charged two Ottawa men with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Lawrence mom guilty of manslaughter in death of her 5-year-old
November 1, 2012
A 25-year-old Lawrence woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of her 5-year-old child in April. Wynne’s child died after ingesting opiates found in a purple plastic Easter egg.
Town Talk: City to have public meeting on proposed sports complex; speculation that Fritzel will get to build $25M rec center without going through city bid process; ugly sweaters coming to downtown
November 1, 2012
A public meeting is scheduled to discuss the proposed sports complex at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway, but new questions arise about the bidding process that could see the construction project awarded to a local developer. By Chad Lawhorn
KU soccer falls in Big 12 tourney, 2-0 to Texas Tech
November 1, 2012
The postseason might be a short one for the Kansas University soccer team, which was eliminated, 2-0 by Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday afternoon.
Tharpe shooter: Self, Jayhawks counting on sophomore guard for offense
November 1, 2012
Kansas University guard Naadir Tharpe is a much better shooter than last year’s percentage of .289 would indicate, KU basketball coach Bill Self says. Story by Gary Bedore
First Bell: Some notes about enrollment figures
November 1, 2012
Enrollment figures are harder to track than one might think.
Heard on the Hill: More details on KU’s room and board rate proposal; drive this month collecting professional clothing for students
November 1, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Poll shows McGovern leading Nixon in Lawrence
November 1, 2012
However, more Lawrence voters said they were undecided.
100 years ago: Not enough gas heat on first chilly morning
November 1, 2012
“Better get some coal or wood to burn.”
Free State football still ranked No. 2 in 6A; Lawrence High drops out
November 1, 2012
Another Free State High football victory last week wasn’t enough to push the Firebirds to No. 1 in this week’s Class 6A Kansas Football Media Poll. The Firebirds (8-1) stayed put at No. 2, behind top-ranked Hutchinson (7-2).
Royals acquire Angels’ Santana
November 1, 2012
The Los Angeles Angels traded right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk.
How former Jayhawks fared in Oct. 31 NBA games
November 1, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
25 years ago: New statue installed outside Green Hall
November 1, 2012
The massive piece was 8 feet tall and 16 feet long.
Style Scout: Jacque Beattie
November 1, 2012
What were you doing when scouted? Shopping at Brits for a little taste of home.
Style Scout: Zachary Dillon
November 1, 2012
Describe your style: Rock ‘n’ roll lumberjack
LHS football’s playoff opener to be televised
November 1, 2012
The Lawrence High football team’s opening-round playoff game on Friday will be televised live.
City volleyball players earn All-Sunflower League honors
November 1, 2012
City volleyball players earned five of the 16 available spots on this year’s All-Sunflower League first team.
Demarko Bobo bringing the boom on defense for FSHS football
November 1, 2012
Free State cornerback Demarko Bobo has been a cornerstone on defense for the Firebirds football team all season. Story by Benton Smith
Kansas kicker Nick Prolago makes the most of his moment
November 1, 2012
If Kansas University would have beaten Texas in a football game Saturday, walk-on kicker Nick Prolago would have been the unlikeliest hero in the history of KU football. Instead, Texas came from behind to win the game in Memorial Stadium with 12 seconds left. Sports editor Tom Keegan tells the story of Prolago’s journey to KU.
Reeling rivals Chargers, Chiefs both desperate for a win
November 1, 2012
At the last minute, a group of corporate sponsors stepped up to bail out the struggling San Diego Chargers and make sure that tonight’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be televised in Southern California.
Our Town Sports
November 1, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
Editorial: Slow search
November 1, 2012
Delay in filling top leadership positions is damaging to the Kansas University Medical Center and its medical school.
Garden Calendar: Save seeds for next year’s garden
November 1, 2012
Collecting seeds from garden flowers is a simple task to get children into the garden or just for your own enjoyment. By Jennifer Smith
Kovel’s Antiques: Spiders were once considered lucky, not scary
November 1, 2012
Halloween decorations today include jack-o’-lanterns, black cats, spiders, bats, ghosts, vampires, witches and other spooky, scary things. But in past years, many of these creatures were not threatening.
ABC woos country fans
November 1, 2012
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-host the 46th Annual CMA Awards (7 p.m., ABC). They will also perform, along with Eric Church, who has the most nominations with five. Other scheduled performers include the Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.
Horoscopes for Nov. 1
November 1, 2012
For Thursday, Nov. 1: This year you are very strong-willed about what you want, and you do not take “no” easily. You will tap into your intellectual side in order to display your determination. If you are single, your sensuality and wit emerge. If you are attached, you will relate more effectively.
Opinion: Timeline would clarify Libya events
November 1, 2012 in print edition on A7
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has become a political football in the presidential campaign, with all the grandstanding and misinformation that entails. But Fox News has raised some questions about the attack that deserve a clearer answer from the Obama administration.