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Archive for Thursday, November 15, 2012

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12:36 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, center, and Bill Forstchen, right, answer questions from Dole Institute director Bill Lacy about their latest historical fiction novel, Victory At Yorktown, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at the Dole Institute of Politics. 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
10:00 a.m.
Traffic travels on 31st Street between the Baker University Wetlands on the south and Haskell Indian Nations University on the north between Haskell Ave., and Louisiana St. A federal appeals judge in Denver heard oral arguments Thursday in the case regarding the South Lawrence Trafficway and whether the road should be built through the Baker Wetlands SLT 2nd most expensive project on state’s list
November 15, 2012
The South Lawrence Trafficway project is the second most expensive project on the state’s transportation to-do list, which was released Wednesday. The estimated construction costs for the nearly six-mile stretch is $150 million, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. By Scott Rothschild
2:00 p.m.
Ira Schreiber, part owner of the Kansas Belle Dinner Train, descends Monday from a dining car, which will be one of several cars to be moved to Baldwin City from Fremont, Neb. The owners hope the dinner train will be operating on Midland Railway’s 21-mile line sometime in December. BELOW: Schreiber talks about the train’s interior. All aboard the dinner train
November 15, 2012
Monday morning in a rock quarry north of Ottawa, a crane operator gently picked a 75-foot red dining car from the back of a semitrailer to place on two sets of wheel assemblies already on railroad tracks. The car was pulled later in the day to Midland Railway’s Baldwin City yard, where it will be part of what is now called the Kansas Belle Dinner Train. By Elvyn Jones
5:00 p.m.
Kansas center Jeff Withey celebrates a put-back dunk by forward Jamari Traylor during a timeout against Michigan State during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kansas men eager to play again
November 15, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team has been too busy to dwell on Tuesday night’s 67-64 loss to Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Atlanta. The Jayhawks (1-1), who arrived back in Lawrence at 1 a.m. Wednesday, held a cram session Wednesday afternoon for Chattanooga (1-0) — today’s opponent in a 7 p.m. CBE Classic game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
11:53 p.m.
Kansas guard Ben McLemore defends against a pass from Chattanooga guard Gee McGhee during the first half on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Chattanooga chew-chew: Bill Self’s halftime words spur KU to 69-55 win
November 15, 2012
Kansas coach Bill Self had a lot to say to his shell-shocked players at halftime of the Jayhawks’ 69-55 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse. First, he asked if they were awake. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey postgame audio • McLemore tops KUsports.com ratings

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Opinion: Ben McLemore slams home beauty of the dunk
November 15, 2012
Red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore’s five dunks transformed Allen Fieldhouse and served as a loud reminder of what a foolish thing the NCAA did when it banned the dunk in college basketball from 1967 to 1976, writes Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan.
Brownback says little chance of funding increase to higher ed
November 15, 2012
With state revenue shortfalls looming, Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday said there was little chance of an overall spending increase for higher education. But in a talk with the Kansas Board of Regents, Brownback said the possibility existed to provide additional dollars for specific projects at the schools. By Scott Rothschild
Kline says he didn’t lie in abortion investigation
November 15, 2012
Former Attorney General Phill Kline told the Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday that he never lied or intentionally misled authorities as he conducted an extensive investigation of abortion providers during his term in office. By John Milburn
Near a state title, Free State coach has past and present on his mind
November 15, 2012
When the Free State Firebirds kick off against Shawnee Mission West in a state football semifinal game at 7 tonight in Shawnee Mission South District Stadium, Bob Lisher’s eyes will be focused on the field. Looking into the stands could put the longtime Free State coach in jeopardy of getting distracted by all the memories the faces in the crowd might trigger. By Tom Keegan
Chattanooga chew-chew: Bill Self’s halftime words spur KU to 69-55 win
November 15, 2012
Kansas coach Bill Self had a lot to say to his shell-shocked players at halftime of the Jayhawks’ 69-55 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse. First, he asked if they were awake. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey postgame audio • McLemore tops KUsports.com ratings
Event supports suicide survivors
November 15, 2012
Headquarters Counseling Center and First United Methodist Church will host an International Survivors of Suicide Day national broadcast and local panel on Saturday. The event will run from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. By Adam Strunk
Chattanooga guard Farad Cobb puts scare into KU
November 15, 2012
More than one third of the Chattanooga basketball team’s made shots on Thursday night came from the right hand of freshman guard Farad Cobb. • Box score • Photo gallery • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey postgame audio • McLemore tops KUsports.com ratings
No changes after official Douglas County canvass
November 15, 2012
Provisional and write-in ballots make no significant changes in local election results.
Joel Embiid, Brannen Greene officially sign with KU basketball
Coach Bill Self fired up after landing Cameroon big man, Georgia wing
05:35 p.m., November 15, 2012 Updated 01:37 a.m.
Center Joel Embiid and forward Brannen Greene have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Kansas, coach Bill Self announced Thursday.
Mah criticizes voter ID law, Kobach as counting of 54th District votes continues
05:18 p.m., November 15, 2012 Updated 06:22 p.m.
A Democratic legislator in a close re-election fight alleged Thursday that Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach was trying to deflect scrutiny of a voter ID law he championed when he filed an unsuccessful lawsuit aimed at preventing her from contacting constituents who cast provisional ballots.
Lawrence Salvation Army hopes to raise $125,000 in this year’s Red Kettle campaign
November 15, 2012
With Thanksgiving a week away and holiday spirit beginning to fill the air, Lawrence residents can expect to see bell ringers for The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign as early as Friday.
Merriam man shoots brother outside KU Hospital office building, then kills himself
November 15, 2012
Police in northeastern Kansas say a Merriam man shot and killed his 52-year-old brother outside an office building and then later killed himself.
Kansas panel’s choices will spur debate on courts
November 15, 2012
A commission bypassed Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s top attorney and a prominent conservative judge in naming finalists for a Kansas Court of Appeals seat on Thursday, an announcement certain to inspire a legislative debate about the selection process.
Kline argues ethics case to Kansas Supreme Court
01:40 p.m., November 15, 2012 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Former Attorney General Phill Kline told the Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday that he never lied or intentionally misled authorities as he conducted an extensive investigation of abortion providers during his term in office.
Douglas County canvass gives Mah net gain of 2 votes in 54th District
November 15, 2012
Results mean Republican challenger Ken Corbet now leads by 42 votes, with a canvass of votes from Shawnee County still pending.
Town Talk: Soup and sandwich shop opens near Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee; Meritrust Credit Union signs deal for new eastern Lawrence branch; city to host trash can recycling event Friday
November 15, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Overland Park to seek AG opinion on open carry
November 15, 2012
Overland Park officials will ask the Kansas attorney general whether the city can impose more restrictions on people who want to openly carry firearms.
Autopsy: KU grad who died in Maine was intoxicated
November 15, 2012
An autopsy showed that the Harvard University graduate student who fell into Portland Harbor and drowned in May just days before his graduation had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit to drive in Maine.
Opinion: Girl makes miracle recovery
November 15, 2012
I am not here to tell you God’s will. The temptation to do so is powerful, in light of the news out of a hospital in the United Kingdom: Malala has received a miracle.
Two Lions on all-state soccer
November 15, 2012
A pair of Lawrence High boys soccer players — senior midfielder Justin Riley and junior defender Connor Henrichs — earned first-team All-State honors in Class 6A from the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association.
KU volleyball sweeps OU
November 15, 2012
Sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Albers set a career-high with 13 kills as No. 22-ranked Kansas University swept Oklahoma and set the school record with their 14th home victory this season.
Firebird Shelby Holmes signs with Ark. St.
November 15, 2012
Free State High senior Shelby Holmes signed to play volleyball at Arkansas State University. By Benton Smith
All aboard the dinner train
Kansas Belle hopes to be offering mobile meals, entertainment soon
November 15, 2012
Monday morning in a rock quarry north of Ottawa, a crane operator gently picked a 75-foot red dining car from the back of a semitrailer to place on two sets of wheel assemblies already on railroad tracks. The car was pulled later in the day to Midland Railway’s Baldwin City yard, where it will be part of what is now called the Kansas Belle Dinner Train. By Elvyn Jones
Eudora Cardinals happily proving coaches wrong
November 15, 2012
After reaching the Class 4A state championship for the first time in school history in 2011, Eudora High coach Gregg Webb and his staff had significantly lower expectations heading into this season. By Benton Smith
Kansas men eager to play again
November 15, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team has been too busy to dwell on Tuesday night’s 67-64 loss to Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Atlanta. The Jayhawks (1-1), who arrived back in Lawrence at 1 a.m. Wednesday, held a cram session Wednesday afternoon for Chattanooga (1-0) — today’s opponent in a 7 p.m. CBE Classic game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
SLT 2nd most expensive project on state’s list
November 15, 2012
The South Lawrence Trafficway project is the second most expensive project on the state’s transportation to-do list, which was released Wednesday. The estimated construction costs for the nearly six-mile stretch is $150 million, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. By Scott Rothschild
First Bell: Lawrence schools honor parents and volunteers
November 15, 2012
Community partners in each of Lawrence’s schools were recognized Wednesday for their contributions to local education.
Heard on the Hill: Kansas first lady helped Code Talker receive degree; KU prof says Mayan apocalypse business is nonsense; 1996 Dole campaign site still up
November 15, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Letter: Fluoride evil?
November 15, 2012
Would someone please explain exactly what evil fluoride is supposed to do?
25 years ago: Engineering professor wins HOPE award
November 15, 2012
Don Green admitted that he was “surprised and tickled and excited” to finally win.
40 years ago: Mass Street reconstruction stretches slightly past deadline
November 15, 2012
The project carried a price tag of more than $1 million.
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 14 NBA games
November 15, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Style Scout: Bryan Wilcox
November 15, 2012
Describe your style: Pee-wee Herman with a touch of Rudy Giuliani
Style Scout: Kelly Matthews
November 15, 2012
Tell us a secret … I used to have a Harley.
Horoscopes for Nov. 15
November 15, 2012
For Thursday, Nov. 15: This year emotional extremes mark your year. Know that whatever your mood might be it could be subject to change. If you are single, you could meet a foreigner or someone unusual who piques your interest. If you are attached, take a workshop or go on a trip that you have been talking about.
Our Town Sports
November 15, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
Editorial: Waiting game
What will be the state’s next excuse to delay providing Medicaid services to Kansans with physical disabilities?
November 15, 2012
Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced earlier this month that they now have what they believe is an accurate list of people awaiting home and community-based Medicaid services and they are ready to move forward on providing those services — but not very quickly.
Cassel to start for Chiefs
November 15, 2012
Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday against Cincinnati because Brady Quinn still has not been cleared to play following a concussion.
Kovel’s Antiques: Figural tobacco jars often confused with cookie jars
November 15, 2012
Tobacco jars range from 6 inches to 13 inches tall. They sometimes are confused with cookie jars. But a jar-humidor has a section with a hole inside the lid that held a moist sponge. By Terry Kovel
Garden Calendar: Dig and store summer-flowering bulbs for winter
November 15, 2012
Elephant ears and canna lilies add a great tropical look to the garden with their broad and sometimes bright leaves, but Kansas winters are generally a little too much for them. Instead of leaving them outside to freeze, though, you can easily overwinter their bulbs in a dry basement, garage or a cool spot in your house. By Jennifer Smith
Tune In Tonight: A brief history of the Rolling Stones
November 15, 2012
There’s something about the holiday season that inspires the owners of a classic rock catalog to dust off their material. For years, every Christmas brought a new way to spend money on Beatles songs and albums, repurposed and reorganized as CDs and downloads. This year, it’s back to the future with “new” vinyl reissues.
Opinion: CIA should get back to basics
November 15, 2012
So it turns out that the top brass at the CIA had an inbox of secrets of the all-too-human, sexual variety. Titillating, unquestionably. But what about the other secrets — the intelligence secrets that are the agency’s reason for existence? How are they doing on this score?
100 years ago: KU speaker recommends international outlook for young people
November 15, 2012
“‘One of the largest problems of a modern education is to get a world’s consciousness.’”