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City represents in Class 6A football playoffs
November 5, 2012
The high school football season is over for most Class 6A programs in Kansas. But two of the eight teams still in the hunt for the 2012 state championship reside right here in Lawrence. By Benton Smith
Notebook: Young resumes shooting at practice; McLemore snares 10 boards
November 5, 2012
Kansas University senior forward Kevin Young, who suffered a broken bone in his right hand on Oct. 25, took part in shooting drills on Monday.
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 5 NBA games
November 5, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Self upset with ‘miserable’ offense following KU’s 62-50 win over Washburn
November 5, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team’s 62 points were by far the fewest points scored by the Jayhawks in a home exhibition contest in school history. KU coach Bill Self called his team’s offense ‘beyond bad.’ By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Be kind to Jayhawks, because Self won’t be
10:56 p.m., November 5, 2012 Updated 11:32 p.m.
Pity the poor Kansas basketball players at practice Tuesday, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. They put their coach in a miserable mood Monday night, and Tuesday’s practice is his chance to exact revenge with the regular-season opener lurking Friday.
Kansas Turnpike rates to increase Feb. 1
November 5, 2012
The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced Monday that cash rates for cars and light trucks will increase an average of 10 percent starting Feb. 1. Rates for K-TAG users will increase an average of 5 percent. By Associated Press
Washburn coach Chipman proud of team’s fight against KU
November 5, 2012
Despite shooting just 26 percent for the game, the Washburn Ichabods, ranked second in the preseason Div. II college basketball polls, forced 24 Kansas turnovers and forced a long night for the home team in Kansas’ 62-50 exhibition victory on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
State cuts assistance list by one-third
Program is meant to help Kansans with disabilities
November 5, 2012
Approximately one-third of the people with physical disabilities who have been waiting for assistance from the state have been removed from the list, many because they could not be reached, Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced Monday. By Scott Rothschild
KBA panel recommends $700K to help animal-health companies open Kansas operations
November 5, 2012
A Kansas Bioscience Authority committee on Monday gave the nod to $700,000 in funding for two animal-health companies to open operations in Kansas. One $400,000 grant will go to an Australian veterinary pharmaceutical company establishing its North American headquarters in Kansas. By Matt Erickson
States scramble to help displaced residents vote
November 5, 2012
One storm-battered New Jersey county was delivering ballots to emergency shelters Monday while New York City was lining up shuttle buses to ferry people in hard-hit coastal areas to the polls. With the presidential election looming just a week after Superstorm Sandy’s devastation, authorities were scrambling to make voting as manageable as possible while election watchers warned any shortcuts could compromise the integrity of the balloting.
Cuomo to allow affidavit ballots for Sandy victims
November 5, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to issue an executive order that will allow displaced voters to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling site they can reach Tuesday.
Why do we vote? Not to pick the winner, probably
November 5, 2012
There’s always grousing about the many people who don’t bother to vote. But look at it the other way: An estimated 133 million Americans will cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. Some will persevere despite long lines, pressing personal burdens or the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy. Why do they do it?
Former KU football star Jon Cornish sets CFL record
November 5, 2012
Former Kansas University running back Jon Cornish broke a 56-year-old CFL record by becoming the first Canadian-born player since 1956 to lead the league in rushing. Amazingly, Cornish’s total of 1,457 yards was the exact number he finished with in 2006 when he set the KU single-season record.
Fake war hero sentenced in Kansas for fraud
November 5, 2012
A western Missouri man who lied about being a disabled war hero to get federal contracts has been sentenced to prison in Kansas.
Strong turnout’ predicted at polls
03:39 p.m., November 5, 2012 Updated 03:53 p.m.
After the close of early voting, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew predicted a healthy showing of voters at the polls Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
Douglas County Commission to discuss priorities for road and bridge projects
November 5, 2012
Work session will focus on allocating about $4 million for roads, bridges and other capital improvements. By Peter Hancock.
Public safety officials ask for information on recent arsons
12:01 p.m., November 5, 2012 Updated 04:29 p.m.
Police and fire officials are asking the public for any information about a recent series of fires that have been intentionally set at occupied apartment complexes in Lawrence. The fires have been set between Oct. 19 and Nov. 4 at apartment complexes “in an area from West 23rd Street to West 25th Street and from Iowa east to Naismith Drive,” according to the release. By Shaun Hittle
State archeologist finds no Civil War graves at Ninth and New Hampshire development site; plans no more testing
11:33 a.m., November 5, 2012 Updated 06:17 p.m.
A crew with the state archeologist’s office is excavating a 50-foot-by-50-foot area on the southeast corner of the Ninth and New Hampshire streets in search of unmarked graves from Quantrill’s raid. The search for unmarked graves at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets turned up a single bone Monday morning, but it’s not the type of bone that sheds any light on whether victims of Quantrill’s raid are buried at the site. It was a cow bone. By Chad Lawhorn
GOP, Dems make last push on legislative races
November 5, 2012
Republicans and Democrats are making their final push to woo voters in hot races for the Kansas Legislature.
Retired KU history professor mystified after federal government opens his mail — again
November 5, 2012
A Kansas University retired history professor is no stranger to having his mail opened by the federal government. It happened about seven years ago. Still, he doesn’t quite get why a letter from a friend in the Philippines recently was targeted. By Ian Cummings
Town Talk: Cottin’s Hardware undergoing major remodel; city set to start paying for retiree attraction efforts; land transfers, including liquor store, business park sales
November 5, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU football to host Iowa State at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17
November 5, 2012
The Kansas University football team’s final home game of the 2012 season — Nov. 17 vs. Iowa State — will kickoff at 6 p.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.
Help needed at gingerbread house viewings
November 5, 2012
Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Gingerbread House Festival, which is an auction of gingerbread and graham cracker houses in December that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. By Staff Reports
Two killed in explosion off Kansas Turnpike
November 5, 2012
Authorities said a tanker truck veered off the Kansas Turnpike south of Wichita and crashed, causing a powerful explosion and killing both people onboard.
GOP raises specter of Medicaid expansion as campaign issue
November 5, 2012
Republicans seeking to bind Democrats to President Barack Obama and the federal health care overhaul. The federal law enacted in 2010 contemplates an expansion of Medicaid to cover millions of uninsured Americans, and it promises that the federal government will pick up the full cost until 2016 and most of it afterward. By John Hanna, Associated Press
Library celebrates author’s imprint on literature
Sara Paretsky returns to hometown to accept award
November 5, 2012
The best-selling author, a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas University who makes her home in Chicago, will be in Lawrence this week to accept the Lawrence Public Library Foundation’s Community Enrichment Award, to be presented Friday during a public event at Liberty Hall. By Sara Shepherd
Reviews of tenured professors proposed
Trend may be aimed at ensuring accountability
November 5, 2012
Post-tenure review has been a trend in higher education in recent years, said Andrew Torrance, a KU professor of law who also serves as Faculty Senate president. He said he believes it’s partially motivated by a desire to keep faculty members accountable. By Matt Erickson
First Bell: A peek into next year’s legislative agenda for education
November 5, 2012
School finance, charter schools, discipline policies, achievement gaps and more are on the agenda for the next Legislative Educational Planning Committee.
Heard on the Hill: Events this week include Dance Marathon, talks on doctoral education transformation, U.S. housing policy
November 5, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Homeless shelter expecting move to new facility to happen near New Year’s
November 5, 2012
The city’s new homeless shelter in southeast Lawrence likely will open shortly after Christmas. Work is well underway on the $3 million refuge, which also will include a dining room and day room, as well as other amenities not available at the existing shelter at 10th and Kentucky streets. By Chad Lawhorn
November 5, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 2, 2012.
Editorial: Wary officials
County officials are understandably wary of state funding cuts that could lead to reduced services or new financial burdens for local taxpayers.
November 5, 2012
Douglas County officials should be forgiven for expressing some skepticism during a visit last week by the secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families.
November 5, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
40 years ago: $100k of counterfeit bills seized in Topeka
November 5, 2012
It was reported to be the largest amount of counterfeit money confiscated in Kansas in recent years.
100 years ago: Election Day 1912: Nearly all registered Lawrence voters flock to polls
November 5, 2012
“The three cornered presidential contest sent to the polls today many voters who took unprecedented interest in the outcome of a campaign which had been waged with unusual bitterness.”
Go Green: Growing Food, Growing Health takes long view on school gardens
November 5, 2012
As a nutrition educator, Nancy O’Connor had worked with children for years. She invented many creative ways to talk about calories and nutrients, such as spooning 10 teaspoons of sugar into a pile to show them how much they were getting in one can of pop. But she still wasn’t entirely getting through. What could she do, she wondered, to “crack the nut” of children’s disconnect with food?
November 5, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 2, 2012.
Not your everyday pie: Persimmons yield a break from the ordinary — if you can find them
November 5, 2012
Everyone knows I like to cook. This pie came about as sort of a dare.
Tune In Tonight: Cameras go outside U.S.
November 5, 2012
Less than a week before Veterans Day, “Inside the Afghanistan War” (7 p.m., National Geographic) takes a two-hour look at the conflict — now America’s most prolonged combat operation — and the men and women serving there.
Fix-It Chick: Install a foam threshold sealer
November 5, 2012
Installing a foam threshold sealer beneath the door threshold will prevent damage and create a weather-tight seal, helping to keep weather and water at bay.
River City Jules: Rooting for Americans this election
November 5, 2012
“Mom, who do you want to win the election?” my favorite child asked. “I want the American people to win,” I replied.
Double Take: It’s a dangerous world for teens
November 5, 2012
Homicide is the second leading cause of teen deaths in America, accounting for 13 percent of lost lives from age 12 to 19. Though accidents, most of them in automobiles, kill three times as many teens, 13 percent is still a sobering number to consider. For black teens, the rate is even higher.
Offbeat Occupations: Tobacconist aspires to ‘effortless excellence’
November 5, 2012
Bryan Newbury lives and breathes cigars. It’s his job. “I have a little rule that I can’t work anywhere where I can’t smoke, and that kind of limits you in 2012,” he said.
Opinion: Medical crisis yields new respect, friends
November 5, 2012
One thing I have learned is a keener appreciation for the miracles of modern medicine. Above all, I’m in awe of Lawrence’s outstanding hospital.
Opinion: Some intriguing election sidelights
November 5, 2012 in print edition on A10
Tuesday night, as returns reveal whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney has the smaller gigantic number of Americans not wanting him to be president, notice other indexes of political change:
Horoscopes for Nov. 5
November 5, 2012
For Monday, Nov. 5: This year your family and love life become even higher priorities. You set the tone in everyday situations, and you’ll be a role model to others. If you are single, you manage to meet people with ease, and you could meet someone of significance this year. If you are attached, do your best to include your significant other in a few of your many activities.
Learning together: Parent-child classes offer benefits to both
November 5, 2012
Lawrence parent-tot instructors say the gatherings, which range from art classes to gymnastics, have advantages for both parents and children. Classes provide an opportunity to foster development in children who are too young to be dropped off at such classes alone, parents learn skills they can model at home, and parents and children bond by having fun together.
25 years ago: Lawrence water supply not yet affected by low Kansas River levels
November 5, 2012
Topeka water reportedly had been tasting saltier than usual lately, but there were no complaints about Lawrence water.
Mind Matters: Understanding ‘the second brain’
November 5, 2012
The underpinnings to discomforts such as butterflies in the stomach (or worse) lie in the relationship between two nervous systems: one located in the brain (the central nervous system) and one located in the gut (the enteric nervous system).
Style for the Ages: Take a hint from history to get the most out of clothes
November 5, 2012
With the dragging economy and another winter on its way, perhaps you can save some money this season by repairing and upgrading clothes you already own rather than rushing out to spend more money on clothes you probably don’t need. We don’t live in 18th century Boston, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take some fashion advice from our forefathers.
KU rowing places boat second at Head of the Hooch
November 5, 2012
Kansas University rowing finished the fall season Sunday at The Head of the Hooch, placing second and fifth in the Open Quad.
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 4 NBA games
November 5, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday’s NBA games.
Houston tops Sporting K.C., 2-0 in first leg of MLS playoff
November 5, 2012
Adam Moffat and Will Bruin scored for Houston to give the Dynamo a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Div. II elite Ichabods may offer Jayhawks stiffer test in final tuneup
November 5, 2012
Basketball fans will find out tonight what happens when one of the top teams in NCAA Div. I takes on one of the elite teams in Div. II. Tipoff for an intriguing exhibition contest between No. 7-ranked Kansas University and No. 2 Washburn is 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. Story by Gary Bedore