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Letter: Unhappy Republican
November 12, 2012
Lawrence resident Dan Gayman explains what he believes has warped the Republican message beyond credibility.
No injuries, but a close call in train derailment near Grantville
11:05 p.m., November 12, 2012 Updated 12:02 p.m.
No one was injured when a Union Pacific train derailed Monday night just north of the city limits of Grantville. By Meagan Thomas and Shaun Hittle
Virtual school driving enrollment growth in Lawrence
November 12, 2012
The Lawrence school district added 235 students this year, mostly through virtual school enrollment. By Peter Hancock.
Osage County officials confim Corbet’s lead over Mah in tight, contested 54th District race
November 12, 2012
Officials in one northeast Kansas county certified its results Monday in a close state House race, expanding the Republican challenger’s lead over a Democratic incumbent amid a legal battle over another county’s vote counting.
Citywide election on proposed $25 million recreation center not likely
November 12, 2012
A proposed $25 million city recreation center/youth fieldhouse will come with several amenities, but a ballot box likely won’t be one of them. A majority of city commissioners recently have expressed no interest in putting the issue of whether to move forward with the project up to a public vote. By Chad Lawhorn
KU basketball notebook: Prep recruit Joel Embiid to announce college choice today
05:47 p.m., November 12, 2012 Updated 10:24 a.m.
Joel Embiid, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior basketball center from The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., eventually decided to pick his college on Tuesday.
Whooping cough cases persist in Douglas County
04:40 p.m., November 12, 2012 Updated 12:12 a.m.
State and county are seeing a five-fold increase in pertussis, or “whooping cough” cases this year. By Peter Hancock
Fire at apartment building early Sunday morning fits pattern of recent suspected arsons
03:44 p.m., November 12, 2012 Updated 12:06 a.m.
A Sunday morning fire in Lawrence bears similarities to a string of suspected arsons reported by public safety officials during the past couple weeks in an area from 23rd Street south to 25th Street and from Iowa Street east to Naismith Drive. By Shaun Hittle
19-year-old Haskell student arrested for attempted rape
01:54 p.m., November 12, 2012 Updated 05:33 p.m.
A 19-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student was arrested early Monday morning on a charge of attempted rape, according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas sex crime convict in secret Boy Scout files
November 12, 2012
A man placed in the Boy Scouts’ so-called “perversion files” in 1968 went on to sexually assault a 6-year-old in 1992. The next year, Gerald V. Ashworth raped a mentally disabled woman and fondled another disabled woman.
Kansas Supreme Court to hear Kline’s ethics case
November 12, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in the ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline.
Town Talk: City group recommending $75,000 worth of glass artwork for library expansion project; Lawrence Community Shelter working on jobs deal with Berry Plastics
November 12, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
State continues to withhold payment for DMV system, as problems persist
November 12, 2012
The state still has not paid the final $2 million it owes to 3M Co. for a new motor vehicle system that created long delays after it was introduced in May.
Brownback hosting 4-day pheasant-hunting event, Ringneck Classic
November 12, 2012
Dozens of hunters have signed up to join Gov. Sam Brownback in Oakley this week for a four-day event spotlighting pheasant hunting in northwestern Kansas.
Kansas surveys districts about cursive handwriting
November 12, 2012
The Kansas Department of Education is asking school districts how extensively they’re teaching cursive handwriting, the Associated Press reports. Results of a survey will be presented to the state Board of Education at a meeting this week in Topeka.
Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress fetches $480,000 in auction
November 12, 2012
Auction house Julien’s Auctions says the pinafore fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world. The auction ended Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Heard on the Hill: This week’s events include panel on amateurism in college sports, Pulitzer-winning author’s lecture; roundup of recent faculty, staff honors
November 12, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Lawrence district to conduct telephone survey
November 12, 2012
District seeking input on bond issue, facility planning and other issues.
25 years ago: Trafficway hits federal funding snag
November 12, 2012
The planned south Lawrence trafficway had run into a technical snag in Washington, D.C.
Fix-It Chick: Test for radon
November 12, 2012
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas created by the decay of uranium in soil and rock. Radon enters the home through cracks and crevices in the foundation, through exposed soil and sometimes through well water.
Marriages
November 12, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 9, 2012.
40 years ago: Lawrence man steals barber pole for souvenir
November 12, 2012
A 19-year-old Lawrence man had been charged this week with grand larceny.
Tune In Tonight: The rich are very different
November 12, 2012
American television has no monopoly on banality. Proof can be found on “Made in Chelsea” (7 p.m., Style), an import from the U.K. that documents stylists and party planners in a rich London neighborhood.
Horoscopes for Nov. 12
November 12, 2012
For Monday, Nov. 12: This year easily could be one of your most creative years yet, and you’ll look back on it as being a very special time in your life. You often see the successful path to nearly any objective. If you are single, your desirability speaks for itself. If you are attached, your sweetie will say “yes” more easily.
Remnant Rehab: Handmade holidays
Planning to make gifts this year? Start now (if you haven’t already)
November 12, 2012
Believe it or not, Christmas is only a month and a half away. If you’re planning to give handmade gifts, it’s time to get started — if you haven’t already.
Divorces
November 12, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending November 9, 2012.
Double Take: Drunken driving rampant among young adults
November 12, 2012
Jordan is not an alcoholic, at least not by the standards we’ve set for formal diagnosis. Jordan is a good student who I suspect will eventually knock back a six-figure salary. However, like a great many young people, Jordan binge drinks in a way that for any other demographic would indicate severe addiction. We have as a society decided to look the other way and now consider this a normal rite of passage — kids being kids.
100 years ago: Lawrence police consider adding ‘police matron’ to force
November 12, 2012
“The idea of a matron has been considered for some time, but it is understood now that the W.C.T.U. has taken it up.”
Editorial: Election integrity
Voting and vote-counting glitches in Wichita carry a cautionary message for the rest of the state.
November 12, 2012
Voters in Wichita and the rest of Sedgwick County have a right to be upset with the handling of Tuesday’s general election.
Delicious/Nutritious: Crazy for cranberries
November 12, 2012
Cranberries are a staple this time of year. Use them fresh in a traditional relish or add the dried variety to a salad.
Opinion: Will Obama now lead the charge?
November 12, 2012 in print edition on A8
More than a half century ago, after he defeated Richard M. Nixon in one of the closest presidential races of all time, John F. Kennedy was persuaded to fly from his Palm Beach retreat to the vice president’s Key Biscayne redoubt as a symbol of national unity. The two men were far closer than Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are, but still there was some awkwardness in the gesture, which had been cooked up by former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and former President Herbert Hoover.
Opinion: Obama must focus on foreign policy
November 12, 2012 in print edition on A8
On foreign policy, President Obama effectively posted a sign on the White House lawn last summer that said: Come back after Election Day. Now, the moment has arrived and the world’s problems are lining up for Obama’s attention.
Apps offer holiday help
Smartphones can assist with meals, gift shopping and more
November 12, 2012
Diana Buchanan manages all her grocery shopping and to-do lists with smartphone apps, and her Thanksgiving cooking and Christmas shopping lists will be no different. By Sara Shepherd.
River City Jules: Homonym headaches
November 12, 2012
“Spell-check is great for words like ‘enumeration’ and ‘effervescent,’ but it isn’t going to help you distinguish ‘your’ from ‘you’re,’” I interjected. “And you can’t go into the world without knowing how to spell. No one will ever want to date or hire you.”
Lawrence Laundry: How trends catch on
November 12, 2012
I’ll be honest with you: To some, fashion seems superficial. It seems inconsequential. It seems, well, kind of pointless. And for some, style might be inconsequential. There are those who choose to express themselves using other methods or art forms. Some use their words; some use their work; some use their homes or cars; most use their actions.
Everyday Life: Predicting the future
November 12, 2012
I’m writing this nine days before the presidential election. This piece is due before the election but will appear six days afterwards. When you read this, you’ll know who won. When I write this, I don’t.
As I See Fit: Arthritis sufferers can work out with specially modified exercises
November 12, 2012
Yes, studies have shown that exercise helps people with arthritis in many ways. Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness and increases flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. It also helps with weight reduction and contributes to an improved sense of well-being.
How to Help: East Lawrence sidewalks need sprucing up
November 12, 2012
The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association is seeking community volunteers to help with its sidewalk workday from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.