Archive for Sunday, November 11, 2012

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12:39 a.m.
Vanja Mehmedovic works as a exterminator for Haley Pest Control. On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, he looked under cupboards and sinks seeking out where pests might hide. Offbeat Occupations: Exterminator loves to help people, not bugs
November 10, 2012
Numerous enemies assail him as he explores dark tunnels and long-vacant buildings. He experiences work as an adventure — a “puzzle.” And he hates snakes. We are not talking about Indiana Jones, but Vanja Mehmedovic, Lawrence exterminator. By Adam Strunk
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis argues with game officials over a call on a Kansas punt during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Opinion: Weis not winning yet, but he gets his team ready
November 10, 2012
How did an undermanned Kansas football team push Texas Tech beyond regulation? Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says the Jayhawks were prepared to play, and a lot of the credit for that has to go to the man at the top.
10:00 a.m.
A calf and her mother  graze on the 1,100 acre Windmill Pasture at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City. 22 bison now populate the preserve. In 2009, 13 of them were brought from Wind Cave National Park site in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Chase County herd proves that bison still rule the range
November 10, 2012
It has been three years since officials from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve outside of Strong City brought back a herd of bison from South Dakota. The herd is growing, and its historic role as ruler of the range is returning too. By Chad Lawhorn
2:00 p.m.
Inmates sit in the pews of the East Unit chapel during rehearsal of the East Hill Singers at the Lansing Correctional Facility. For inmates, prison chorus is a cause worth singing for
November 9, 2012
The East Hill Singers, an inmate chorus from Lansing Correctional Facility, will sing Sunday in Lawrence. One inmate says of the prison chorus: “There’s not a lot of opportunities to feel good here — this actually puts a smile on my face.” By Sara Shepherd.
6:00 p.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. State officials disagree over consequences of tax cuts
November 11, 2012
Brownback, a conservative Republican, will send to the Legislature in January a budget proposal that “keeps K-12 fully funded (and) covers all essential services,” according to Steve Anderson, the governor’s budget director. Democrats, however, are doubtful, given new state revenue projections released last week. By Scott Rothschild

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Chiefs, Steelers headed in opposite ways
November 11, 2012
Ask any of the people involved in the current — and at the moment only — drama surrounding the surging Pittsburgh Steelers about who should be the starting running back and you’ll get a variety of answers. None of them definitive.
Board has steep learning curve
With 4 new members, State Board of Ed faces many tough issues
November 11, 2012
Kansas voters on Tuesday elected four new members and re-elected one to the 10-member State Board of Education, the body that supervises all public K-12 education in the state. By Peter Hancock
Baker gets NAIA football berth
November 11, 2012
Baker University has earned a spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series Playoffs for the first time since 2008.
100-year-old Lawrence woman recalls World War II service
In family of 5 girls, Emma Pogge, answered nation’s call of duty
November 11, 2012
100-year-old Lawrence resident Emma Pogge is one of the oldest World War II female veterans and decades after her service in the Women’s Army Corps, she emerged relatively unscathed from her experiences in post-war Germany. By Angelique McNaughton
Wichita advocates to take anti-fluoride movement across state, nation
November 11, 2012
Wichita voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to add fluoride to the city’s water by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.
Small town in big pinch after audit reveals theft
Longtime city clerk of Thayer caught stealing $120,000
November 11, 2012
Longtime city clerk of Thayer, a town of 500 people two hours east of Wichita, was caught stealing $120,000 after an audit of the town’s finances revealed discrepancies. By Deb Gruver
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 11 NBA games
November 11, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday’s NBA games.
Veterans organizations offer support, way to connect
November 11, 2012
As Lawrence paused to thank those who have served their country, local veterans says fewer younger vets are joining support organizations like the American Legion. By Ian Cummings
RBs Sims, Pierson provide KU football with dynamic 1-2 punch
November 11, 2012
They don’t have a flashy nickname just yet, but KU running backs James Sims and Tony Pierson have emerged as KU’s version of “Thunder and Lightning.” By Matt Tait
City likely to consider expansion of rental registration, apartment inspection program
November 11, 2012
Residents of predominantly renter-occupied neighborhoods are making a push to expand the city’s limited rental registration program to require inspections of thousands of additional rental units in the city. By Chad Lawhorn
KU women’s basketball not thrilled by 52-36 victory
04:09 p.m., November 11, 2012 Updated 06:01 p.m.
More interested in becoming a finished product than winning a season opener, members of Kansas University’s women’s basketball team had self-critiques instead of flowery reviews following a 52-36 victory over Idaho State University Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith
Kevin Young practices, is scheduled to play against Michigan State on Tuesday
Teammates say senior forward to provide much-needed energy to Jayhawk attack
12:22 p.m., November 11, 2012 Updated 11:31 p.m.
Kevin Young will play in Tuesday’s game against Michigan State, coach Bill Self said Sunday. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Change won’t be easy for Republicans
November 11, 2012 in print edition on A9
“How ya like me now?” — Barack Obama OK, so Obama didn’t really say that but surely, he must have thought it behind a private smile at some point Tuesday night.
Haskell football wins first, final game of season
November 11, 2012
Haskell Indian Nations University averted a winless football season with a 39-34 victory against Trinity Bible College on Saturday at Haskell Stadium.
Baker football wins regular-season finale, 40-7
November 11, 2012
Baker University’s football team ended the regular season with a 40-7, Senior Day victory over Graceland University on Saturday at Liston Stadium.
Local boxer Shawn Hawk falls in WBO title fight
November 11, 2012
Lawrence resident and professional boxer Shawn Hawk lost his challenge for the World Boxing Organization’s light-heavyweight title belt Saturday night at Staples Center.
Regional rematch, not showdown sequel, awaits Free State football at sub-state
November 11, 2012
If the ongoing narrative that is the 2012 high school football season were a Hollywood script, a City Showdown sequel in the Class 6A state semifinals would have been inevitable.
Vulgar license plates are OUTALUK in Kansas
12:08 a.m., November 11, 2012 Updated 09:49 a.m.
In all, nearly 1,800 combinations of words, numbers and phrases are banned from Kansas license plates, according to a list maintained by the State Department of Revenue and obtained by the Journal-World. Not surprisingly, the list is full of variations on sexual references, drug slang and ethnic or racial epithets — even if they’re cleverly misspelled. By Alex Parker
Jayhawks doubles duo wins draw at SDSU tennis tourney
November 11, 2012
Kansas University doubles partners Victoria Khanevskaya and Anastasija Trubica won their doubles draw Saturday on Day Two of the San Diego State Fall Classic.
Third-ranked Texas edges KU volleyball in five sets
November 11, 2012
The 23rd-ranked Kansas University volleyball team lost its first home match of the season, a five-set fight against No. 3 Texas on Saturday night at Horejsi Center.
State officials disagree over consequences of tax cuts
November 11, 2012
Brownback, a conservative Republican, will send to the Legislature in January a budget proposal that “keeps K-12 fully funded (and) covers all essential services,” according to Steve Anderson, the governor’s budget director. Democrats, however, are doubtful, given new state revenue projections released last week. By Scott Rothschild
Off the Beaten Plate: Sumac Chicken at Aladdin Cafe
November 11, 2012
This week in Off the Beaten Plate, Sara Shepherd tries the Sumac Chicken at Aladdin Cafe.
100 years ago: Police arrest several men in downtown gambling raid
November 11, 2012
“The police yesterday afternoon swooped down upon a room upstairs in the 700 block of Massachusetts street….”
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 10 NBA games
November 11, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday’s NBA games.
Baker jazz festival this week
November 11, 2012
The 15th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival, featuring the Baker Jazz Ensemble, is this week in Baldwin City. By Sara Shepherd
Artist to discuss race-inspired sculpture
November 11, 2012
Artist Randy Regier will visit the Spencer Museum of Art to discuss his racially themed sculpture “Impending Future Bus,” which is this year’s Kansas University Common Work of Art. By Sara Shepherd
25 years ago: Kansas retailers prepare to launch Kansas Lottery
November 11, 2012
Few retailers were planning any special promotions for the lottery.
40 years ago: New KU childcare center borrows to pay construction costs
November 11, 2012
The decision to take out the loan had been made last summer when plans were being made to construct the center.
Tune In Tonight: Veterans Day can’t escape crudeness
November 11, 2012
“Family Guy” (8 p.m. Sunday, Fox) celebrates its 200th episode with a clever time-travel theme. Actually, it’s mostly about what happens when Brian the dog breaks Stewie’s time machine, an event that makes time run backward, depicted with extended sight gags unfolding in reverse. If you think watching characters vomit backward is clever, then this show is for you.
Horoscopes for Nov. 11
November 11, 2012
For Sunday, Nov. 11: This year you often seek clarity by taking a walk, doing yoga and/or participating in some other activity that helps ground you. Your psychic energy is unusually high, and you frequently will test it out. If you are single, check out a new person very carefully … even if you are introduced to him or her by a friend or family member. If you are attached, a partner could be very helpful.
Four new faces to join Kansas State Board of Education
November 11, 2012
Newly elected board members all have teaching backgrounds, but varied outlooks on public education.
Editorial: Worst outcome
The governor’s decision takes away any role the state would have had in setting up health insurance exchanges that provide the best service for Kansans.
November 11, 2012
Kansas is primed to get the worst possible outcome of a federally run health insurance exchange, thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision not to support an application for a state-federal partnership.
Opinion: GOP should ‘start all over again’
November 11, 2012 in print edition on A9
Conservatives should jauntily sing as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers did in a year in which the country’s chin was on the ground. Conservatives are hardly starting from scratch in their continuing courtship of an electorate half of which embraced their message more warmly than it did this year’s messenger.
Local author Louise Krug’s memoir named to best-of-2012 list
November 11, 2012
Publishers Weekly has named a Lawrence resident’s memoir one of its Best Books of 2012.
Students excited to perform at Kauffman Center
November 11, 2012
About 275 Kansas University School of Music students will play instruments and sing Tuesday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. By Meagan Thomas
Kansas City Connection: Quote along with The Dude and Blue
November 11, 2012
Quote along with cult movies, food nerds unite and the Dropkick Murphys and The Wallflowers come to Kansas City. By Emily Farris