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Archive for Friday, November 2, 2012

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1:06 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
This view of the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire, foreground center, looks to the northwest from the second floor of the Lawrence Arts Center. At right is the alley between New Hampshire Street at left and Rhode Island Street, not visible, to right. The City Commission was presented an appeal Tuesday night, related to a controversial multistory hotel/retail building at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The city’s Historic Resources Commission had rejected the project, ruling that it would negatively affect the historic neighborhood immediately east of the site. 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
10:00 a.m.
Online chat
State Sen. Anthony Hensley chats on LJWorld.com
November 2, 2012
11:15 a.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. 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
2:11 p.m.
Online chat
State Board of Education incumbent Carolyn Campbell chats on LJWorld.com
November 2, 2012
3:21 p.m.
KU Public Safety Officers have set up a perimeter around McCollum Hall in response to an incident with a gun at KU's largest residence hall. 18 computers, valued at $30k, reported stolen from Art & Design building
9:54 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
6:00 p.m.
Kansas coach Bill Self, right, listens as Blair Kerkhoff shares his opinion of the one-and-done rule during Bill Self's Courtside roundtable discussion on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Crown Toyota Pavilion. Other panel members were Jay Bilas, Mike DeCourcy,  and Fran Fraschilla. Coming around: Panelists have high praise for Jayhawks
November 2, 2012
The panelists at Thursday night’s inaugural “Courtside View” at Crown Toyota Pavilion agreed: KU will have a heck of a team again this season. By Gary Bedore
10:00 p.m.
A man leaves the media center for the New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the race Friday amid criticism stemming from the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Lawrence runners surprised, disappointed by New York City Marathon cancellation
6:18 p.m., November 2, 2012 Updated 3:12 p.m.
Lawrence residents Jay Jenkins and Grant Catloth were confident they’d be able to lace up their sneakers and run the New York City Marathon when they left Kansas City Thursday. But Friday’s announcement that the marathon was canceled, less than two days before more than 40,000 people would participate in the 26.2-mile run, left the pair without a plan. By Alex Parker

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Abortions, births both decline in Kansas
November 2, 2012
Kansas Department of Health and Environment says in its annual vital statistics report that the number of abortions declined 4.6 percent from 2010 to 2011. That continued a trend of declining abortions that began in 1996.At the same time, the number of births dropped to 13.8 live births per 1,000 residents, the lowest number recorded since the state started tracking births in 1912.
2 elementaries win Challenge Awards
November 2, 2012
New York and Schwegler schools each received one or more Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force, a group that includes the Kansas State Department of Education as well as organizations representing school boards, administrators, teachers and other education professionals. By Peter Hancock
Violent crime numbers decline in city
November 2, 2012
Violent crime dropped in Lawrence in 2011 by nearly 19 percent, according to officials FBI numbers released this week. Property crime also dipped slightly. By Shaun Hittle
Authorities allege multiple drinking violations at local party
November 2, 2012
More than 200 people were at the party where officials said residents were serving alcohol to underage individuals. The party occurred last Friday, Oct. 26.
Jayhawks haunted by last year’s loss to Baylor
November 2, 2012
With 12 minutes remaining in last year’s game against Baylor in Lawrence, Kansas University’s football team led the Bears, 24-3, and seemed headed toward its first victory in two months. But Baylor rallied … and don’t think KU has forgotten. By Matt Tait
PACs make final push
November 2, 2012
The late-spending by party groups and PACs underscored that legislative races are the hottest contests on the ballot in Kansas this year as Brownback’s allies try to ensure that his fellow conservatives gain control of both legislative chambers. By John Hanna, Associated Press
Kansas vs. Baylor: Tale of the tape
November 2, 2012
A unit-by-unit look at today’s Kansas-Baylor football game.
Easy-going: QB Michael Cummings proves unflappable
November 2, 2012
There was a time when being the starting quarterback for a Big 12 football program in a game that took place just 60 miles from his childhood home seemed like a pipe dream for Kansas University quarterback Michael Cummings. By Matt Tait
LHS, Free State football teams earn first-round playoff victories
November 2, 2012
The Free State and Lawrence High football teams picked up first-round playoff victories Friday night to advance to next week’s Class 6A state quarterfinals.
Lawrence runners surprised, disappointed by New York City Marathon cancellation
06:18 p.m., November 2, 2012 Updated 03:12 p.m.
Lawrence residents Jay Jenkins and Grant Catloth were confident they’d be able to lace up their sneakers and run the New York City Marathon when they left Kansas City Thursday. But Friday’s announcement that the marathon was canceled, less than two days before more than 40,000 people would participate in the 26.2-mile run, left the pair without a plan. By Alex Parker
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Nov. 6 meeting
November 2, 2012
Lawrence City Commission meeting agenda for Nov. 6, 2012.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon is canceled
04:27 p.m., November 2, 2012 Updated 05:22 p.m.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon is canceled.
Opinion: ESPN analyst Bilas shows why NCAA should listen to his constructive criticism
November 2, 2012
As a panelist at Bill Self’s Assists Foundation round-table discussion, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas again shows why the NCAA should listen to his constructive criticism. Column by Tom Keegan.
Mailers on Kansas tax cuts go out ahead of election
Kansas Department of Revenue spends $52,000 on brochures sent to businesses touting Brownback tax cuts three days before the election
04:17 p.m., November 2, 2012 Updated 04:17 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.
Davis: Brownback’s campaign should pay for mailers
November 2, 2012
Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis says Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign fund should reimburse the state for the costs of a brochure about income tax cuts mailed to 146,000 business owners.
Kansas Chamber puts $96K into legislative races
November 2, 2012
Campaign finance reports show the Kansas Chamber of Commerce spent more than $96,000 in just three days to help conservative Republican candidates in their final push for the Kansas Legislature.
KU graduate a finalist for Rhodes Scholarship
November 2, 2012
A graduate of Kansas University and Lawrence High School is a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship.
Town Talk: Water line breaks up 80 percent in city, more than $72M of lines to replace by 2030; KU duo proposes plan to reuse more than a dozen trees to be cut down by library project
November 2, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Letter: Hurricane Koch?
November 2, 2012
Hurricane Sandy looks to be the worst storm in recorded history. It was caused by the hottest year in recorded history, which was caused by three decades of the highest CO2 production in history, which was caused by the feeblest government environmental policy response since the environmental movement got going, which was caused by a massive campaign of climate change denial, which was caused by funding from carbon fuel industries, which was caused more than anything else by decisions reached by the Koch Industries of Wichita.
Letter: Premise questioned
November 2, 2012
It’s taken me a few days to come up with a response to the Lawrence Journal-World’s endorsement of Gov. Romney (Oct. 24). I’m not surprised by the endorsement; I’ve been reading the LJW for well over 25 years. But one of the LJW’s reasons was that Romney is “knowledgeable and up-to-date about both domestic and foreign affairs.” Really, LJW? Romney does not seem to know where Iran is.
Letter: Honesty lauded
November 2, 2012
I want to thank the kindest and most honest person in Lawrence for turning in my green purse to the Walmart office after I left it in a shopping cart in the parking lot yesterday afternoon. How does one do such a silly thing, you ask? I have no idea, but I did, and didn’t discover my loss until this morning.
Editorial: Other choices
November 2, 2012
Republican legislators are needed to ensure Lawrence has a more influential seat at the table.
Editorial: The right person
November 2, 2012
Mitt Romney is the right person to lead the nation for the next four years.
Lawrence man arrested for attempted attack
November 2, 2012
Lawrence Police Sgt. Craig Shanks said police were called to the 1100 block of East 13th Street after numerous complaints that a man, wielding either a knife, hatchet or baseball bat, was trying to attack another man. Police found the man whom witnesses had described and took him to jail on charges of disorderly conduct. By Adam Strunk
Area candidates to chat online today
November 2, 2012
Two candidates running for state office will participate in online chats today on LJWorld.com.
Firebirds expect fight in rematch with O-North
November 2, 2012
It’s often said in football circles that beating a team twice in one season isn’t easy. Free State High will find out just how true that is today with its playoff opener against Olathe North. By Benton Smith
First Bell: Pre-weekend updates on school schedules, football playoffs and pre-bond meetings
November 2, 2012
Elementary schools in Lawrence are out Friday; high school football playoffs are on; and district officials have more pre-bond public input sessions lined up next week.
Heard on the Hill: What’s the KU Ombuds Office? We’ll tell you; sculptor to demonstrate how to bend wood; N.J. KU fan featured on ‘GMA
November 2, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Coming around: Panelists have high praise for Jayhawks
November 2, 2012
The panelists at Thursday night’s inaugural “Courtside View” at Crown Toyota Pavilion agreed: KU will have a heck of a team again this season. By Gary Bedore
KUsports.com staff’s Week 10 college football picks
November 2, 2012
The following are the Journal-World staffers’ picks for Week 10 of the college football season.
25 years ago: Nursing home improvement group holds annual meeting
November 2, 2012
Both supporters and opponents of the organization’s founder Petey Cerf were in attendance.
40 years ago: Turnpike drivers complain about Howard Johnsons
November 2, 2012
An official denied that the KTA was “cracking down” on the six restaurants located along the turnpike.
100 years ago: J-W to provide Election Day updates for ‘news-hungry public’
November 2, 2012
“A lantern will be installed n the second story on this evening and the picture man will flash the pictures on a screen across the street.”
Chargers bolt past K.C., 31-13
November 2, 2012
Norv Turner is off the hot seat, at least for 10 days. Romeo Crennel is perched squarely on it after the Chiefs lost to the Chargers, 31-13.
LHS football wary of scary RB
November 2, 2012
Perhaps it is appropriate on Halloween week that Lawrence High’s football team will be tasked with stopping a monster running back. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Coaching legends Wier, Diener await city teams in playoffs
November 2, 2012
Free State and Lawrence High kick off the state high school football playoffs tonight against two coaching legends. By Tom Witherspoon
Lions inspired by latest loss
November 2, 2012
Lawrence High’s football team hopes to put its regular-season-ending loss to Free State behind when it takes on Gardner-Edgerton in the first round of the playoffs. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Voter racism is hard to prove
November 2, 2012 in print edition on A8
On MSNBC’s Ed Schultz program last Friday, the former chief of staff for Colin Powell, retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, said, of the Republican Party, “My party is full of racists … and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander in chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin … that’s despicable.”
Tune In Tonight: Reba returns in new sitcom
November 2, 2012
Imagine a combination of “The Good Wife” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” and you’re getting close to the thinking behind “Malibu Country” (7:30 p.m., ABC).
Horoscopes for Nov. 2
November 2, 2012
For Friday, Nov. 2: This year you are direct and say what you think. Know that you can be open without having to hurt anyone’s feelings, though do be aware that you will need to make a conscious effort. If you are single, your high magnetic energy attracts many potential sweeties. If you are attached, you often might have a row with your partner.