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12:51 a.m.
Kansas center Jeff Withey grabs a pass in the paint over Washington State forward Brock Motum during the first half of the CBE Classic, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. 200 and counting: KU gets milestone win in rout over Washington State
November 20, 2012
Though Kansas players didn’t don party hats for their 200th victory in Kansas City, there was some reason for celebration, as the Jayhawks broke out of an offensive funk in a 78-41 victory over Washington State. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Travis Releford and Kevin Young audio
6:00 a.m.
Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist narrowly avoids getting snagged by Iowa State defensivel lineman Jake McDonough, who is pushed away by KU lineman Aslam Sterling during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at Memorial Stadium. Opinion: Dayne Crist can still help KU
November 19, 2012
Dayne Crist obviously fell short of his billing as the short-term savior of the downtrodden Kansas University football program, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help KU in the long term. In fact, he already does every time he opens his mouth. By Tom Keegan
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Kevin Young and Washington State guard Will DiIorio chase down a loose ball during the second half of the CBE Classic, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Opinion: Jayhawks get production from 3 at the 4
November 20, 2012
Though Kansas coach Bill Self has started three power forwards in his team’s first four games, he received an encouraging sign when all of them played well in Monday’s blowout victory over Washington State, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Travis Releford and Kevin Young audio
10:00 a.m.
Traffic and pedestrians move about Massachusetts Street in this Aug. 2011 file photo. Businesses began filling up vacant spaces in many parts of Lawrence in 2011, but downtown Lawrence wasn’t necessarily one of them. A new study by the Lawrence office of Colliers International found the city’s overall retail, office and industrial vacancy rates all fell in 2011, and all were significantly less than national averages. City, Westar to partner on downtown Lawrence project to cut energy usage
November 20, 2012
The city is partnering with Westar Energy, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to create a pilot program aimed at getting downtown businesses and building owners to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. By Chad Lawhorn
2:00 p.m.
Springtime is mating season for wild turkeys, like those pictured in this file photo taken in March northeast of Lawrence. While many people like the idea of shooting their own wild turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, hunters say it can be more difficult to harvest one in the fall season than the spring season, when they are mating. Area hunters enjoy wild turkey on Thanksgiving - if they can get one
November 20, 2012
It sounds quaint and pastoral, the idea of traipsing through a field just before Thanksgiving and shooting your own turkey to bring home for the holiday meal. But wild turkeys are very different birds — and, hunters say, a lot harder to bag this time of year — than the fat, oven-ready Butterballs most of us are accustomed to. By Sara Shepherd

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How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 20 NBA games
November 20, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Humane Society waiving fees on cats
November 20, 2012
The Lawrence Humane Society is offering its own version of Black Friday by waiving adoption fees on all cats and kittens from Friday through Sunday.
Museum hosting gift-wrap fundraiser
November 20, 2012
Volunteers from the Watkins Community Museum of History in downtown Lawrence will conduct a gift-wrapping fundraiser on Saturdays during the holiday season. Wrapping will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
City approves $75K for glass artwork for library, $5.2 million for parking garage bids
November 20, 2012
City commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously approved $5.2 million worth of bids to begin construction work on the parking garage for the library, but they actually spent more time getting acquainted with the $75,000 piece of public art planned for the building. By Chad Lawhorn
City stiffens terms but agrees to $50K settlement over Varsity House dispute
November 20, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday agreed to a proposed $50,000 settlement to end a dispute over whether the old Varsity House was improperly moved to make way for an apartment complex. By Chad Lawhorn
KU researchers using $5.75 million in grants to help reunite parents, children affected by substance abuse
November 20, 2012
Substance abuse is common among families involved with child-welfare systems. So researchers from Kansas University’s School of Social Welfare will make use of two federal grants totaling $5.75 million to work with the states of Oklahoma and Iowa to install new programs designed to help reunite children with parents who’ve abused drugs or alcohol, and to keep them together. By Matt Erickson.
Eudora woman sentenced to probation for lying to obtain federal benefits
November 20, 2012
A 58-year-old Eudora woman was sentenced to five years’ probation last week in federal court for making a false statement that allowed her to receive about $61,000 in Social Security disability benefits for which she was not eligible. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence man gets probation in explosives case
November 20, 2012
A 20-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Tuesday to two years’ probation for attempted criminal use of explosives stemming from a July incident in Lawrence. By Shaun Hittle
Conviction and sentence upheld in highway worker deaths
November 20, 2012
Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin earlier this month upheld the conviction and sentence of a 53-year-old woman convicted of killing two highway workers while driving south of Lawrence in 2007. Ramona Morgan, of Chewelah, Wash., filed a petition in Douglas County, arguing that she received ineffective assistance of counsel and that her sentence — 26 years — was excessive. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas Bioscience Authority hires former Payless ShoeSource executive as new president, CEO
02:36 p.m., November 20, 2012 Updated 04:30 p.m.
The Kansas Bioscience Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday hired Duane Cantrell, a former president of Payless ShoeSource, as the KBA’s new president and CEO. By Matt Erickson.
KU football announces 2013 schedule
November 20, 2012
The Kansas football will host seven home games in 2013, including the regular-season finale against Kansas State, as the team’s 2013 schedule was approved by the Big 12 athletic directors Tuesday morning.
Sporting KC’s Matt Besler voted MLS Defender of the Year
November 20, 2012
Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler has been voted Major League Soccer’s Defender of the Year.
Jefferson County woman accused of child abuse, ordered to stand trial
November 20, 2012
A 22-year-old Jefferson County woman was ordered Monday to stand trial on several charges related to injuring a 2-year-old Oskaloosa girl in July, said Jefferson County Attorney Jason Belveal. By Shaun Hittle
Southwest Airlines to offer Wichita flights
12:05 p.m., November 20, 2012 Updated 01:57 p.m.
Southwest Airlines says it will begin service in June from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
Juco offensive lineman Ngalu Fusimalohi picks Kansas
November 20, 2012
The Kansas University football program picked up its third oral commitment in two days on Monday night, when Ngalu Fusimalohi, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard from City College of San Francisco pledged his services to Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks.
Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation
November 20, 2012
Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.
Monday evening and Tuesday morning fires in area of suspected arson cases, no injuries
08:23 a.m., November 20, 2012 Updated 11:20 a.m.
Fire crews responded to two apartment complex fires — one Monday night and one Tuesday morning — that bear similarities to a string of recent unsolved suspected arsons in Lawrence, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford. By Shaun Hittle
Notebook: Zach Peters not on KU bench because of illness
November 20, 2012
Kansas University freshman forward Zach Peters did not sit on the bench or behind the bench during the Jayhawks’ 78-41 rout of Washington State on Monday night in Sprint Center.
Eudora not awed by title berth this time around
November 20, 2012
There is a new Thanksgiving-week tradition in Eudora: preparing for the Class 4A football state championship game. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Jayhawks get production from 3 at the 4
November 20, 2012
Though Kansas coach Bill Self has started three power forwards in his team’s first four games, he received an encouraging sign when all of them played well in Monday’s blowout victory over Washington State, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Travis Releford and Kevin Young audio
Douglas County ranks 18th in state for child well-being
November 20, 2012
A new state report released Monday on the well-being of children in Kansas shows that child-poverty rates are increasing, but other negative indicators, such as high school dropout and mortality rates, are declining. By Scott Rothschild
Unwed births leading cause of poverty, panel told
November 20, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s newly formed task force on child poverty was told Monday that the increase in “nonmarital births” was a leading cause of child poverty. By Scott Rothschild
200 and counting: KU gets milestone win in rout over Washington State
November 20, 2012
Though Kansas players didn’t don party hats for their 200th victory in Kansas City, there was some reason for celebration, as the Jayhawks broke out of an offensive funk in a 78-41 victory over Washington State. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Travis Releford and Kevin Young audio
Royce Woolridge frustrated after getting blown out by ‘friends’
November 20, 2012
Washington State guard Royce Woolridge, who transferred after playing one year at Kansas University, said he didn’t have to work hard to convince his Cougars teammates they were facing a good team. By Jesse Newell
Heard on the Hill: This blog’s about to get a lot bloggier
November 20, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Blog changes; Facility evaluations online; More pertussis cases reported; Fall break
November 20, 2012
News and notes from schools in and around the Lawrence area.
KU swimming and diving places second at Kansas Classic
November 20, 2012
Freshman Bryce Hinde and junior Alison Lusk finished 2-3 in the 200-yard breaststroke to help Kansas University swimming and diving lock up a second-place finish at the Kansas Classic, which concluded Sunday at Capitol Federal Natatorium.
Transfer to join KU women’s golf for spring semester
November 20, 2012
A former top-100 golfer in the Class of 2011 will join the Kansas University women’s golf team in the spring semester, KU coach Erin O’Neil announced Monday.
Weis, KU football thankful for bye week over holiday
November 20, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis says the upcoming bye week — after a draining loss and during the Thanksgiving holiday — came at the perfect time for his team. By Matt Tait
KU offers free admission to Wednesday volleyball match at Allen Fieldhouse
November 20, 2012
No. 20 Kansas University volleyball’s match on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse will be free of charge, Kansas Athletics announced.
KU women’s basketball returns to AP poll at No. 22
November 20, 2012
Kansas University returned to the Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday after an absence of almost three years.
KU men’s golf adds transfer for fall 2013
November 20, 2012
Kansas University men’s golf coach Jamie Bermel added a fourth signee to his first recruiting class on Monday.
KU’s Carolyn Davis earns Big 12 Player of the Week award
November 20, 2012
Kansas University senior forward Carolyn Davis earned the fourth Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of her career, the conference announced Monday.
Latest girls soccer coach hopes to bring stability to LHS program
November 20, 2012
Lawrence High, in search of some stability for its girls soccer program, introduced Monday afternoon a new head coach, Justin Young, who hopes to provide just that. By Benton Smith
Letter: Dog danger
November 20, 2012
Lawrence resident Karen Wiley warns pet owners of the danger of xylitol to dogs.
Opinion: Safety paramount for Scouts
November 20, 2012
Mark Gleeson, Pelathe District chair for the Boy Scouts of America, reminds others of the importance and responsibility of keeping children safe.
40 years ago: No street decorations for downtown this Christmas
November 20, 2012
Decoration was being left entirely up to the individual businesses.
Editorial: Strings attached
A local developer’s $50,000 good-will gesture shouldn’t influence the city’s decision on a $25 million recreation center project.
November 20, 2012
The $50,000 good-will gesture local developer Thomas Fritzel is offering shouldn’t influence the city’s decision on a $25 million recreation center project, which would be built by Fritzel.
25 years ago: Kansas scraps reciprocal tuition agreement with Missouri
November 20, 2012
The agreement had been in place because no Missouri state universities offered architecture programs.
100 years ago: Two dozen horses perish in downtown stable fire
November 20, 2012
“Only one of the animals quartered in the barn escaped the flames.”
City, Westar to partner on downtown Lawrence project to cut energy usage
November 20, 2012
The city is partnering with Westar Energy, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to create a pilot program aimed at getting downtown businesses and building owners to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. By Chad Lawhorn
Opinion: U.S., Latin America need engineers
November 20, 2012 in print edition on A10
When Xi Jinping was appointed China’s new leader last week, one of the things that caught my attention about his resume is that he’s an engineer. More exactly, that he is an engineer who has replaced another engineer as leader of the world’s most populous country.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Masters’ explores David Geffen’s star-making machinery
November 20, 2012
“American Masters: Inventing David Geffen” (7 p.m., PBS) offers a brisk and entertaining history of the popular culture of the past five decades.
Area hunters enjoy wild turkey on Thanksgiving - if they can get one
November 20, 2012
It sounds quaint and pastoral, the idea of traipsing through a field just before Thanksgiving and shooting your own turkey to bring home for the holiday meal. But wild turkeys are very different birds — and, hunters say, a lot harder to bag this time of year — than the fat, oven-ready Butterballs most of us are accustomed to. By Sara Shepherd
Free State’s Katy Davis signs to play college volleyball
November 20, 2012
Free State High senior Katy Davis became the third member of the school’s volleyball program to sign a national letter of intent in the past week.
Veritas volleyball players earn all-conference honors
November 20, 2012
Five members of Veritas Christian School’s 2012 state championship volleyball team earned all-conference honors from the Kansas Christian Athletic Association.
Horoscopes for Nov. 20
November 20, 2012
For Tuesday, Nov. 20: This year you open up to your creativity and your heartfelt desires. When sharing those dreams, you are taking the first step in making them so. If you are single, a very significant romance could blow in this year. If you are attached, you might find that you could be welcoming a new addition to your family.