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12:49 a.m.
Kansas players Elijah Johnson, left, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis make their way off the court after losing to Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. KU drops down-to-the-wire thriller with Michigan State
November 13, 2012
Travis Releford’s last-gasp three-pointer missed, and Kansas University fell to Michigan State, 67-64, on Tuesday at the Georgia Dome. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self audio • Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson audio • Jamari Traylor tops ratings
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Perry Ellis looks to pass around Michigan State center Adreian Payne during the first half, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Opinion: Perry Ellis will get the hang of banging
November 13, 2012
Perry Ellis used beyond-his-years basketball skills to lead Wichita Heights High to four consecutive state titles. But he never had faced a band of bruisers akin to Michigan State’s big men and his long night amounted to a valuable basketball education. By Tom Keegan
10:00 a.m.
The proposed site plan for the Rock Chalk Park Sports Complex in northwest Lawrence. City takes step toward committing to rec center
November 14, 2012
City commissioners at their weekly meeting took their biggest step yet toward committing to a $25 million city recreation center/youth fieldhouse in northwest Lawrence after about 35 KU student-athletes and a host of other community members told stories of how the community’s indoor recreation spaces were sorely lacking. By Chad Lawhorn
2:00 p.m.
Former KU student Egor Agafonov in summer 2011 on Russky Island, Vladivostok City, Russia. Dreaming of America
November 14, 2012
Residing in Russia, former KU athlete Egor Agafonov wants a permanent home in Kansas for his family. Based on his track record of setting goals and reaching them, chances are good Agafonov will get his wish, but given the bureaucratic hurdles he has to get over, he knows there is no guarantee that he’ll achieve his American dream. By Tom Keegan
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis holds a news conference at KU on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the day before the Jayhawks’ fall camp starts. Weis spoke about the team’s depth chart and his eagerness for the season to start, saying, “I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been.” Weis hopes packed house will honor KU football seniors Saturday night
3:02 p.m., November 13, 2012 Updated 11:47 p.m.
KU football coach Charlie Weis is passionate about his first bunch of KU seniors, which will play the final home games of their careers Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Iowa State. Tuesday, the first-year coach shared his thoughts on why these guys are so important to him and the program. By Matt Tait
10:00 p.m.
Wichita North senior and Kansas University recruit Conner Frankamp is pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Pleasant Valley Middle School in Wichita, where he works out daily with his father, Marty Frankamp. Frankamp said that although he is looked at as a shooter, he is preparing to play the point if needed for KU. Conner Frankamp officially signs with KU
5:51 p.m., November 14, 2012 Updated 12:27 a.m.
Conner Frankamp, a 6-foot, 160-pound guard from Wichita, officially signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at Kansas, head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

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Bonnie Henrickson announces KU women’s basketball signings
November 14, 2012
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced that Jada Brown (Las Vegas), Dakota Gonzalez (Pocatello, Idaho), Dylan Gonzalez (Pocatello, Idaho), Caelynn Manning-Allen (Chicago) and Keyla Morgan (Rancho Dominguez, Calif.) each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) Wednesday with KU during the early-signing period.
North Sixth Street to open Friday
November 14, 2012
Baldwin City motorists frustrated with driving out-of-route on a gravel road for miles to get to Lawrence will have an early reason to be thankful Friday with the removal of barriers on North Sixth Street. By Elvyn Jones
At Dole Institute, Gingrich says GOP must change course
November 14, 2012
It’s time for the Republican Party to take a serious look at itself, Newt Gingrich says. The former U.S. House Speaker and candidate for this year’s GOP presidential nomination said in a talk Wednesday at the Dole Institute of Politics that he was surprised by the outcome of last week’s election, and it should prompt the party to change its strategies. By Matt Erickson
Davis helps Jayhawks survive vs. SE Missouri St.
November 14, 2012
Even though Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson had every intention of limiting senior forward Carolyn Davis’s minutes Wednesday night against Southeast Missouri State, she couldn’t resist going back to her star post player late and KU held on for a 68-58 victory. By Benton Smith
State board of education debates course credit for JROTC
November 14, 2012
The Kansas State Board of Education is weighing arguments about whether students should get full course credit for military-like training programs. By Peter Hancock
KU’s Malott Hall reopens after evacuation for report of possible chemical leak
November 14, 2012
Malott Hall on the Kansas University campus was evacuated for concerns of a possible chemical leak at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday after a skunk-like smell was reported on the fourth and fifth floors. By Adam Strunk
Survey shows cursive writing still taught in most Kansas school districts
November 14, 2012
The age of computers hasn’t yet made handwriting obsolete. But many state school officials are still worried that the traditional loops and slants of cursive penmanship could become a lost art. By Peter Hancock
Gingerbread Festival still accepting entries
06:05 p.m., November 14, 2012 Updated 09:26 p.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County has room for more entries in its annual Gingerbread Festival, so construction artists of both gingerbread and graham cracker houses are urged to get building.
KU football coach Charlie Weis uses ‘window dressing’ to keep KU’s running game humming
November 14, 2012
Despite getting very little from its passing game throughout the 2012 season, the Kansas University football team has run the ball successfully week in and week out and the Jayhawks rank as the Big 12’s second best rushing team.
Conner Frankamp officially signs with KU
Self: Wichita product ‘one of the best guards we have recruited since we’ve been here’
05:51 p.m., November 14, 2012 Updated 12:27 a.m.
Conner Frankamp, a 6-foot, 160-pound guard from Wichita, officially signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at Kansas, head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.
Two Douglas County sites recommended for National Register of Historic Places
November 14, 2012
The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review has recommended the B’nai Israel Cemetery near Eudora and the Trail Park and Trail Park DAR Marker near Baldwin City be added to the national register. By Chad Lawhorn
Judge rules against Kobach, will allow Kansas House hopefuls to contact voters
November 14, 2012
A federal judge says candidates in a close Kansas House race can contact voters who cast uncounted provisional ballots.
Natural gas prices expected to rise for first time in three years, local gas supplier predicts
November 14, 2012
Winter in Lawrence this year may not be such a day at the beach. Leaders with Black Hills Energy, the city’s largest provider of natural gas, are predicting natural gas prices will rise for the first time in three years, although prices will still be near historic lows. By Chad Lawhorn
Dean of LSU medical school named second finalist for KU Medical Center executive job
November 14, 2012
The second candidate named this month for the top position at the Kansas University Medical Center is the dean of the School of Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
Names of driver and cyclist in Tuesday accident released
November 14, 2012
Police identified a cyclist hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday afternoon near 11th and Kentucky streets as Donald L. Varnau, of Lawrence. Varnau, who was wearing a helmet, was sent by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after suffering critical injuries when he collided with an SUV about 3:15 p.m. By Shaun Hittle
Topeka lawyer pleads guilty to defrauding trust fund benefiting KU
November 14, 2012
A former Topeka lawyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud for stealing funds established to benefit the Kansas University School of Business. Robert M. Telthorst, 52, was charged last month in federal court, accused of diverting nearly $80,000 provided by “Albert and Bertha J” in May 2010 to support a charitable trust for the business school. By Shaun Hittle
Lecompton hoping new Spielberg movie ‘Lincoln’ generates interest in historic town
November 14, 2012
The movie, which will be released this week, is based on the book “Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In that book, events in Kansas and Lecompton that led up to the Civil War are covered. By Scott Rothschild.
Town Talk: Floor plans taking shape in new rec center design; will sports complex become concert venue?; possible events Rock Chalk Park may try to attract
November 14, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Emerging winter wheat crop blankets Kansas fields
November 14, 2012
The emerging winter wheat crop is now blanketing fields across Kansas.
Dreaming of America
Back in Russia, former KU athlete longs to return to his beloved Kansas
November 14, 2012
Residing in Russia, former KU athlete Egor Agafonov wants a permanent home in Kansas for his family. Based on his track record of setting goals and reaching them, chances are good Agafonov will get his wish, but given the bureaucratic hurdles he has to get over, he knows there is no guarantee that he’ll achieve his American dream. By Tom Keegan
City takes step toward committing to rec center
November 14, 2012
City commissioners at their weekly meeting took their biggest step yet toward committing to a $25 million city recreation center/youth fieldhouse in northwest Lawrence after about 35 KU student-athletes and a host of other community members told stories of how the community’s indoor recreation spaces were sorely lacking. By Chad Lawhorn
KU volleyball lands eight on Academic All-Big 12 first team
November 14, 2012
Eight Kansas University volleyball players earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced Tuesday.
Pair of city volleyball players earn All-State honors
November 14, 2012
Though neither had a chance to play in the state tournament, two city volleyball players earned all-state recognition from the Kansas Volleyball Association.
KU women to focus on finishing shots against SEMO
November 14, 2012
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson thinks her team needs to be more physical on offense and finish through contact. The Jayhawks will get their chance to play tough when they face Southeast Missouri State tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith
First Bell: Recognizing volunteers; Science Fair; pre-bond input sessions
November 14, 2012
News and notes about schools in and around Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Engineering dean candidate coming this week; Regents, faculty appear on same page with post-tenure review; KUMC gastroenterologist talks heartburn with WSJ
November 14, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Free State defensive line imposing its will, powering Firebirds’ defense
November 14, 2012
Free State High’s football team has advanced to the state semifinals on the strength of its defense. Nowhere is that defense stronger than up front with linemen Riley Buller, Cody Stanclift and Fred Wyatt. By Benton Smith
Letter: Price point
November 14, 2012
I recently bought an elegant pair of pants in a Lawrence shop for $39.99. I liked them so much that I put them on without looking where they were made. I checked this on returning home and found they were produced in Swaziland.
Letter: GOP change
November 14, 2012
If the current soul-searching of the Republican Party leads the devoted members to change their ideology to be more demographically attuned to the times, will they then change the long-held planks in their noninclusive platform?
Editorial: Help wanted?
Members of the public would be better able to assist the investigation of a string of local arson fires if they had more information.
November 14, 2012
The public has been asked to help local law enforcement as it continues to focus on halting what apparently is a string of arson fires in apartment buildings. Everyone, particularly those of us in the news media, wants to help. Nobody wants another Boardwalk situation.
Editorial: Quick resolution
It was nice to see the question of a potential gravesite quickly resolved so a planned development can move forward.
November 14, 2012
For once it didn’t involve late-night meetings, teeth-gnashing with attorneys, and city and county agencies conferring and compromising to move a Lawrence development project a step forward.
25 years ago: City stalled on nondiscrimination ordinance
November 14, 2012
Commissioners had not initiated any recommended action for nearly five months.
40 years ago: Southbound lane construction to kick off Hwy 59 rebuild
November 14, 2012
Their completion depended on “if the weather cooperates.”
100 years ago: ‘Love at first sight’ not sound basis for marriage, Kansas judge says
November 14, 2012
“‘These hurry-up weddings nearly always result disastrously.’”
Horoscopes for Nov. 14
November 14, 2012
For Wednesday, Nov. 14: This year you express how unusually savvy you can be with your finances, though you might want to be more willing to take risks. You brainstorm easily with others, and you always seem to come up with more ideas as a result. If you are single, you might fuss a lot as you spruce up for dates. If you are attached, most of your problems stem from misunderstandings.
Opinion: A private life, a public loss
November 14, 2012 in print edition on B8
The sudden resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director over an affair makes me very sad, and quite angry. There’s something wrong with a political system that destroys men of his talent over a very human mistake.
Chiefs coach Crennel: Discipline to be addressed
November 14, 2012
Romeo Crennel isn’t sure why the Chiefs decided to start playing Dance Dance Revolution on the turf of Heinz Field with a national television audience watching on Monday Night Football.
Vietnam vets deserve better
November 14, 2012
I am writing this column on Veterans Day, a day for celebrating all of the men and women who have sacrificed for our country by serving in our armed forces. It is also a day for sober reflection, reflection on how we have treated these veterans over the years. It is this which I want to discuss briefly here.
Letter: No easy choices
November 14, 2012
The Nov. 7 Lawrence Journal-World editorial, regarding the new Bowersock hydropower plant in Lawrence, asks if it is reasonable, should drought conditions persist, for the Bowersock plant to release “900 million gallons of water ultimately” from the Kansas River system upon which people depend, to drive the turbines to produce clean, renewable energy, when the same electricity “could be generated easily by coal-fired or nuclear plants.”
Paul Giamatti narrates Nature’s ‘DUCKumentary’
November 14, 2012
Paul Giamatti’s (”John Adams”) voice is popping up all over. I heard it recently in some insurance commercial, and tonight he narrates “An Original DUCKumentary” on “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS).