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Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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12:14 a.m.
Kansas guard Elijah Johnson slaps hands with teammate Travis Releford after a breakaway bucket by Releford against Saint Louis in the first half of the championship game of the CBE Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Travis Releford MVP as KU upends Billikens
November 21, 2012
Kansas University senior Travis Releford felt disrespected by Saint Louis when the Billikens didn’t guard him closely in the first half. He responded with 23 points, leaving with the CBE Classic MVP trophy following KU’s 73-59 win on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame press conference • Jeff Withey and Travis Releford audio
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Travis Releford celebrates a bucket by center Jeff Withey and a foul by Saint Louis in the second half of the championship game of the CBE Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Opinion: Jeff Withey does it all for KU
November 21, 2012
The outrageously wide wingspan of Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey never touched more facets of a basketball game in the finishing minutes than it did Tuesday night in the CBE Classic title game in the Sprint Center. By Tom Keegan
10:00 a.m.

Annie Shew, a first-grader at Kennedy School, reacts after realizing she forgot to draw glasses on a picture of her brother in her “I Am Thankful For” book Tuesday at the school. At right is her teacher, Rebecca Hout. Students were studying Thanksgiving and making drawings that will be distributed to Meals on Wheels clients on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday. Teaching about Thanksgiving in a multicultural society
November 21, 2012
Lawrence teachers moving away from traditional stereotypes of Indians in feathered headdress and Pilgrims with buckled hats. By Peter Hancock
2:00 p.m.
Smoke rises from the destroyed Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra in Gaza City, early Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. 3 Overland Park children brave bombings in Gaza Strip
12:46 p.m., November 21, 2012 Updated 2:16 p.m.
A divorced Palestinian man accused of illegally moving his three young children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza amid an international custody dispute with their American mother says the family can hear and feel the bombings, but insists they are all doing fine. By Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press
6:00 p.m.
The Lawrence Iwig Family Dairy store opened in 2012 at 1901 Mass. In addition to fresh milk, butter and ice cream from the family dairy in Tecumseh, the store sells other local produce and food items. Iwig dairy files for bankruptcy, plans to keep retail stores open for reorganization
November 21, 2012
Iwig Family Dairy has filed for bankruptcy but will continue to operate its Lawrence and Topeka retail stores. The owner says increasing sales at the Lawrence store — bemoaned by some for its difficult-to-access location at 1901 Massachusetts St. — is critical to the dairy pulling through the bankruptcy. By Sara Shepherd.

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Our Town Sports
November 21, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
In wake of election, family gatherings can be more full of friction than fun
November 21, 2012
Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness. On second thought: Scratch that. What were we thinking? This was an election year. By Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
Family of six getting back on its feet after being homeless
November 21, 2012
It’s been an arduous journey for the Linnear family, from their life in West Chicago to the nights they’ve spent in local churches and with friends in the Midwest. Single father Isiah Linnear, 41, brought his five children to Lawrence a year ago, hoping to escape an urban environment he described as inadequate for raising children. By Angelique McNaughton
Lawrence man dies in single-vehicle crash in eastern Douglas County
10:34 p.m., November 21, 2012 Updated 09:54 a.m.
A Lawrence man has died in a single-vehicle crash in eastern Douglas County.By Adam Strunk
Kansas volleyball team sweeps Saint Louis at Allen Fieldhouse
Junior libero Brianne Riley breaks one school record, sits on the brink of another
November 21, 2012
Playing in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since 1999, the Kansas University volleyball team rolled over St. Louis University, 25-16, 25-16, 25-12, on Wednesday night and watched junior libero Brianne Riley set one school record and climb closer to another. By Matt Tait
Drought worsens after weeks of improvement
November 21, 2012
The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.
KU’s Dole Institute bringing in experts to analyze election results at conference
November 21, 2012
Journalists, pollsters and strategists from both sides of the aisle will dissect the results of this month’s election at a conference next month at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics.
Whooping cough suspected in employee at Lawrence dialysis clinic
November 21, 2012
A Lawrence dialysis clinic is providing vaccines and antibiotics to its staff and patients after an employee was suspected of contracting pertussis, or whooping cough.
New Kansas Bioscience Authority president to be paid $265,000 salary
November 21, 2012
The employment contract for newly hired Kansas Bioscience Authority president and CEO Duane Cantrell calls for a salary of $265,000 plus up to $150,000 in annual bonuses.
Iwig dairy files for bankruptcy, plans to keep retail stores open for reorganization
November 21, 2012
Iwig Family Dairy has filed for bankruptcy but will continue to operate its Lawrence and Topeka retail stores. The owner says increasing sales at the Lawrence store — bemoaned by some for its difficult-to-access location at 1901 Massachusetts St. — is critical to the dairy pulling through the bankruptcy. By Sara Shepherd.
Restaurants to participate in Cooper’s Cause fundraiser
November 21, 2012
To celebrate Cooper Keefer’s fifth birthday, Cooper’s Cause Foundation is hosting a fundraiser on Nov. 28. By Meagan Thomas
Ottawa woman pleads guilty to drug trafficking
November 21, 2012
A 60-year-old Ottawa woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to prescription drug trafficking and could face 25 years in prison, according to a news release issued by the office of U.S. District Attorney Barry Grissom. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence street crews gear up for snow, whenever it may come
November 21, 2012
After one of the milder winters on record last year, city street crews are in a good position to deal with what is expected to be a wetter winter this year, according to a new City Hall report. By Chad Lawhorn
Changes to Kansas motor vehicle system put on hold
November 21, 2012
A Kansas agency is delaying fixing problems with its motor vehicle system as a software vendor implements changes under a new state law.
3 Overland Park children brave bombings in Gaza Strip
Father defends taking children abroad during custody dispute
12:46 p.m., November 21, 2012 Updated 02:16 p.m.
A divorced Palestinian man accused of illegally moving his three young children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza amid an international custody dispute with their American mother says the family can hear and feel the bombings, but insists they are all doing fine. By Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press
Around and About in Local Business
November 21, 2012 in print edition on A7
Happenings on the local business scene.
Teaching about Thanksgiving in a multicultural society
November 21, 2012
Lawrence teachers moving away from traditional stereotypes of Indians in feathered headdress and Pilgrims with buckled hats. By Peter Hancock
Kansas volleyball fired up over playing in Allen Fieldhouse
November 21, 2012
Kansas University’s volleyball team has organized its own recruiting for today’s 6:30 p.m. match against Saint Louis. By Jesse Newell
Firebird Alex Green to golf for ’Bods
November 21, 2012
Free State High senior golfer Alex Green made his college choice official Tuesday afternoon at FSHS.
FSHS’ Kennedy Kirkpatrick goes Bowling
November 21, 2012
A year ago, as a junior at Free State High, Kennedy Kirkpatrick thought she had firmly carved out her path to college basketball. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Jeff Withey does it all for KU
November 21, 2012
The outrageously wide wingspan of Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey never touched more facets of a basketball game in the finishing minutes than it did Tuesday night in the CBE Classic title game in the Sprint Center. By Tom Keegan
Firebirds’ Ben Sloan selects UMass
November 21, 2012
When Ben Sloan arrives at the University of Massachusetts campus next fall, he might owe an old swimming rival a huge favor. By Benton Smith
Lions’ Shane Willoughby picks Youngstown
November 21, 2012
For those who know him, the big speech that followed Lawrence High senior Shane Willoughby’s Tuesday signing with Youngstown State University hardly came as a surprise. By Matt Tait
Notebook: KU puts 3 on all-CBE team; Bill Self says team ‘got better’ in K.C.
November 21, 2012
Kansas University dominated the five-player CBE Hall of Fame Classic all-tournament team.
SLU coach impressed by Jeff Withey, KU ‘quarterbacks’
November 21, 2012
As soon as his post players fought around Kansas University center Jeff Withey, Saint Louis coach Jim Crews watched helplessly as the Jayhawks countered with a lob over the top.
Travis Releford MVP as KU upends Billikens
November 21, 2012
Kansas University senior Travis Releford felt disrespected by Saint Louis when the Billikens didn’t guard him closely in the first half. He responded with 23 points, leaving with the CBE Classic MVP trophy following KU’s 73-59 win on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame press conference • Jeff Withey and Travis Releford audio
Editorial: Training progress
A coalition of local education and business officials seems to be making real progress on increasing vocational training in Lawrence.
November 21, 2012
It’s great to see local officials working together on plans to beef up vocational and technical education opportunities in Lawrence. Many local residents have seen a need to expand those opportunities for some time, but their efforts never really took off. Now, it appears that a strong coalition of business and education interests in the city may be the key to meaningful progress.
25 years ago: Increased deer population causing problems for farmers, motorists
November 21, 2012
Kansas was in the middle of a deer population explosion.
40 years ago: Area at 31st and Iowa to be included within city limits
November 21, 2012
The agenda for an upcoming City Commission meeting included consideration of the ordinance.
Opinion: U.S. should enter Mideast fray again
November 21, 2012 in print edition on A8
An Israeli official was listening a few days ago to the familiar critique that Israel doesn’t have any strategy in Gaza, just periodic tactical assaults on Hamas. The official finally exploded: “That is our strategy. Don’t you understand? We don’t have any other choice except to punch our adversary in the face every few years.”
Tune In Tonight: A brother’s keeper no longer
November 21, 2012
Families gather together for Thanksgiving. And not everyone enjoys it. But chances are, even your worst holiday nightmare can’t compare to the grim sibling dynamics described in “My Brother the Serial Killer” (8 p.m., ID).
100 years ago: Civil court docket includes musician complaints, tree damages
November 21, 2012
“It is charged that several shade trees in front of the property of Mrs. Holliday were killed by electric light wires which the city connected to the trees.”
Horoscopes for Nov. 21
November 21, 2012
For Wednesday, Nov. 21: This year you might find that you are under pressure more often than not. As a result, you frequently send out mixed messages. If you are single, you could have more than one suitor coming forward at the same time. If you are attached, the two of you might decide to plan and take that special trip.