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Archive for Friday, November 23, 2012

Also from November 23

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU women v. Alabama A&M Santa rescue and downtown lighting ceremony
Polls
Did you brave the crowds on Black Friday?

Poll results

Response Percent
No way, the crowds kept me away
 
73%
Yes, there were great deals to be had
 
15%
Black Friday? How about Cyber Monday?
 
11%
Total 474
Do you think high school students should be taught how to take care of a child as part of a curriculum?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
62%
No
 
33%
I don’t know
 
4%
Total 590
Do you think the Big 12 should try to expand this offseason?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, the Big 12 should be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to realignment.
 
79%
No, the Big 12 is fine with 10 teams and is stable for the long term.
 
16%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 932

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
In honor of Cooper Keefer's fourth birthday, the Cooper's Cause Foundation had a benefit to help in November. 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
6:00 a.m.
Sean Smith, Lawrence, helps his son, J.J. Smith, 10, serve pumpkin pie to another boy at the annual LINK community Thanksgiving meal served Thursday at the First Christian Church, 221 W. 10th St. J.J.’s mother and three siblings also helped serve at the event.  The Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen also delivered more than 400 meals. Smiles, warmth abound at LINK community Thanksgiving dinner
November 22, 2012
Since her husband died nine years ago, this is where Donna Obenland spends her Thanksgiving Day: exchanging smiles and warm greetings through the steam rising from pans of food below with the folks moving through the serving line at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. She and other volunteers come to give back, but also to enjoy the happy feelings in the air. By Matt Erickson
9:00 a.m.
Personnel at Lawrence Fire Station No. 5, 1911 Stewart Ave., gather with family members for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday afternoon. Station members from left at center are John Darling, Matt Dohrn and Zane Morgan. At Lawrence fire station, another kind of family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner
November 22, 2012
It could have been a scene from any number of family Thanksgiving gatherings Thursday. But this one was happening at Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Station No. 5, where firefighters and paramedics on duty gathered with their families for their own celebration. By Matt Erickson.
2:00 p.m.
Downtown Holiday Lighting and Santa Rescue Annual lighting ceremony, Santa rescue set for Friday
November 22, 2012 in print edition on 1A
The annual holiday lighting ceremony and Santa rescue, hosted by Downtown Lawrence, Inc., will begin at 6 p.m. Friday on Ninth and Massachusetts streets. By Meagan Thomas
2:00 p.m.
The former Supreme Court room in the Kansas Capitol was devoted to groups for prayer and song on Gov. Sam Brownback’s inauguration day in January 2011. Army’s failure to provide records of son’s death in Iraq multiplies family’s anguish
November 23, 2012
Nine years after his son was killed in Iraq, Jim Butler is still waiting for a report he may never get. As an investigation by ProPublica and The Seattle Times revealed, the Army has lost or failed to keep that document and many other field records from Iraq and Afghanistan.

All stories

How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 23 NBA games
November 23, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA games.
Lights, Santa, Action!
Downtown kicks off holiday season
November 23, 2012
Though Thanksgiving leftovers had barely cooled, downtown Lawrence was beginning to look a lot like Christmas. On Friday evening, more than a thousand people braved 30-degree weather in front of Weaver’s Department Store, 901 Massachusetts St., to watch the annual Downtown Lawrence Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa Rescue. By Adam Strunk
Jayhawks beat Alabama A&M for Henrickson’s 300th ‘W’
09:01 p.m., November 23, 2012 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team beat Alabama A&M 76-59 Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse for the Jayhawks’ most lopsided win of the young season and the 300th victory of coach Bonnie Henrickson’s career. By Benton Smith
Dispute with EPA plays into possible water and sewer rate increases in Lawrence
November 23, 2012
City leaders are pointing to a dispute with the EPA as a reason city commissioners should seriously consider a five-year plan to raise water and sewer rates by about 28 percent. By Chad Lawhorn
Longtime Health Care Access director leaving in February
November 23, 2012
The longtime director of Lawrence’s Health Care Access is leaving in early February. Brian Iverson, the president of the non-profit organization that provides health care to the uninsured, said a search committee has been formed to find a replacement for Nikki White, who is resigning after 14 years on the job. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas honor flights halted after money goes missing
02:10 p.m., November 23, 2012 Updated 03:19 p.m.
As many as 100 World War II veterans missed their chance to travel to Washington to see their war’s memorial after about $110,000 disappeared from a Kansas nonprofit that organized free trips for them.
Lawrence man identified as fatality victim in Wednesday vehicle accident
November 23, 2012
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Lawrence man who died in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday evening as Charles L. Read, 56. By Shaun Hittle
Another fire reported at apartment complex in south central Lawrence
November 23, 2012
Fire crews responded to another fire at an apartment complex in south central Lawrence Thursday night, which has been the area of a string of suspected arson cases. By Shaun Hittle
Topeka high school students assist at funerals as pallbearers
November 23, 2012
A Topeka high school has started a group that encourages its students to serve as pallbearers at funerals where they’re needed.
Kobach touts success of Kansas photo ID law
10:35 a.m., November 23, 2012 Updated 02:21 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says fewer than expected registered voters cast provisional ballots in the Nov. 6 general election in response to the new state photo identification law.
Army’s failure to provide records of son’s death in Iraq multiplies family’s anguish
Parents piece together details of tragedy
November 23, 2012
Nine years after his son was killed in Iraq, Jim Butler is still waiting for a report he may never get. As an investigation by ProPublica and The Seattle Times revealed, the Army has lost or failed to keep that document and many other field records from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Students building shelter for cyclists
November 23, 2012
Construction students at two colleges and a high school are spearheading a project to make the southeastern Kansas community of Pittsburg a more welcoming place for hundreds of cross-country bicycle riders who stop in the city each year.
25 years ago: KU football coach fired after two-year stint
November 23, 2012
“It was simply a matter of not making enough progress on the football field.”
100 years ago: Lawrence hosts record crowd for Kansas-Missouri game
November 23, 2012
“It was estimated that there would be close to 200 strange motor cars in town today for the game.”
Letter: GOP concern
November 23, 2012
As a registered Republican, political events in recent years have left me feeling distanced from my original party. The article in Sunday’s Journal-World covering the new leadership in the Douglas County GOP was even more disheartening for me. Two thoughts jumped to my mind when reading the comments of the new chairwoman, Jana Rea.
Letter: Not too bright
November 23, 2012
A headline in Tuesday’s Journal-World reads: “City and Westar to partner on project to reduce energy use in downtown.” This is an excellent idea. When will Westar partner with Kansas University to do the same, at least with the stadium lights, brightly burning at 4 p.m. Tuesday and at other inappropriate times?
40 years ago: Thanksgiving celebrated across U.S. by astronauts, prisoners, and President Nixon
November 23, 2012
In Lawrence, pleasant weather today and tomorrow was giving area residents the chance to walk off their “turkey day” meals.
Tune In Tonight: Nickelodeon hit ‘iCarly’ signs off
November 23, 2012
The tween comedy “iCarly” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon) says goodbye after five seasons. The show stood out by trying to integrate Web content and old-fashioned sitcoms. Or, at least it was a sitcom about a kid (Miranda Cosgrove) with her own website.
Opinion: Rubio may be new Reagan
November 23, 2012 in print edition on A9
Conservatives have been dreaming that a political reincarnation of Ronald Reagan would lead them to an electoral promised land. I never put my faith in such a possibility, because the past is a dangerous place in which to live. Reagan never lived in the past, though he learned from it.
Editorial: Court, politics
Any proposed Any proposed changes in how Kansas Court of Appeals judges are chosen would only make the process more political.
November 23, 2012
The pool of Kansas Court of Appeals nominees forwarded to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week is likely to add fuel to an already expected debate in the coming legislative session about how state appeals court judges are selected. By statute, the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission is charged with screening applicants for open Court of Appeals seats and forwarding three names to the governor, who must select from among the three.
Horoscopes for Nov. 23
November 23, 2012
For Friday, Nov. 23: This year you often become angry and frustrated if you feel that others are not being as sensitive as you would like them to be. Recognize that you are more dynamic than in past years. If you are single, you have many admirers circling around you. If you are attached, try not to be controlling.