Archive for Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lead stories

1:34 a.m.
Chase Phillips, 3, and his father, Craig, of Berryton, search for the perfect Christmas tree Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm, located just west of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 40. Deciding on Christmas tree can be tricky
November 24, 2012
When it comes to choosing and caring for a suitable specimen, most Christmas tree farmers will advise you the same as Catherine Wright Howard, publisher and editor-in-chief of Christmas Trees Magazine, an industry journal based in Lecompton. A lot of time and effort can be saved, Howard said, by first measuring your tree stand and living room so you can check the base and height of a tree and make sure it will fit. By Ian Cummings
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. Self: Among power forward trio, Kevin Young is best fit for KU now
November 24, 2012
The Kansas University men’s basketball team has had three different players start at power forward thus far this basketball season, but KU coach Bill Self says Kevin Young is the best fit for the Jayhawks right now. By Gary Bedore
10:00 a.m.

The Carttar family, clockwise from bottom left, Lene, Peter, David, Hans, Stephen and Paul, talk over drinks at Teller’s restaurant on Thursday during the monthly Carttar Sibling Night. Since 2001, on the second Thursday of every month, the six grown children of Maggie Carttar and the late Donald Carttar gather at a Lawrence restaurant for drinks and conversation. A family tradition endures
November 24, 2012
They probably got over it in the front yard of a Lawrence home, where the adult of the house was known to send group members to settle their differences however they wished — as long as the blows didn’t land above the neck or below the belt. Yes, these six have to be siblings. In fact, you’ve landed at Sibling Night for the Carttar family of Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
6:00 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. Prayer in public meetings common in Kansas
November 25, 2012
In Kansas, mixing politics and prayer is commonplace. Many public meetings start with a prayer or a moment of silence. In the Statehouse, the House and Senate begin every daily session with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. By Scott Rothschild

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Bill Self: Jayhawks need to pick up pace
November 25, 2012
It was tough for Kansas University’s basketball players to play as fast as coach Bill Self wants them to play at practice the day after Thanksgiving. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Ray Bechard needed big year, got it
November 25, 2012
Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger was seated to my left, volleyball coach Ray Bechard to my right Sunday afternoon in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse. Bechard’s seat was cool and comfortable. Zenger had nothing but praise for the 15th-year KU volleyball coach. By Tom Keegan
‘Wireless babies’ provide life lessons
Students get taste of parenthood’s highs and lows through programmable children
November 25, 2012
Some students at Lawrence High School are learning about the realities of caring for a newborn child through an electronic, programmable doll that is designed to simulate, as closely as possible, the actual experience. By Peter Hancock
Kline lawyer wants review of research attorneys
November 25, 2012
An attorney representing Phill Kline against ethics charges is alleging that the court record may have been tainted by a research attorney who was later fired for posting disparaging Twitter comments about the former Kansas attorney general. By John Milburn
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 25 NBA games
November 25, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday’s NBA games.
Chiefs get only FGs again in 17-9 loss to Broncos
November 25, 2012
Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and the Denver Broncos rallied to beat the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 17-9 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.
Kobach: Immigration bills likely in next legislative session
November 25, 2012
Opposing sides in the debate over illegal immigration agree on one thing: When the 2013 Kansas Legislature convenes in January, there will be renewed attempts to tackle the politically explosive issue.
How to help: Salvation Army seeks help for the holiday season
November 25, 2012
The Salvation Army has many holiday programs for which volunteers are needed.
State education board to revisit decline in science education
November 25, 2012
The Kansas State Board of Education will discuss the complete data from a study showing many teachers have greatly reduced, or even eliminated, the time they spend in class teaching science. By Peter Hancock
Carolyn Davis joins 1,400 club; KU women down Creighton
November 25, 2012
Kansas University senior Carolyn Davis joined the 1,400-point club as No. 22 Kansas University remained undefeated with a 58-48 nonconference women’s basketball victory over Creighton on Sunday at D.J. Sokol Arena.
New media center at KU Union aims to provide storytelling opportunities for community
November 25, 2012
Just about every day, Cal Butcher says, someone pokes his or her head into the room on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union with the one bright green wall and asks what’s going on in there. By Matt Erickson
KU volleyball to host 1st and 2nd rounds, will play Cleveland State on Friday
03:14 p.m., November 25, 2012 Updated 11:59 p.m.
The Kansas volleyball team has been named one of 16 hosting sites for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and the Jayhawks will open play in the first round against Cleveland State on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Jesse Newell
School board to look at preliminary bond numbers
November 25, 2012
The Lawrence Board of Education will begin winnowing down its wish list for building improvements, technology upgrades and tech-ed enhancements. By Peter Hancock.
Opinion: Lowering bar is wrong move
November 25, 2012 in print edition on A9
I take this one personally. Let me tell you why. As I recall, I scored 960 on my SAT. This was good enough for second best in my class and many congratulations and backslaps from teachers and administrators. Based on that, I thought I’d done pretty well.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
November 25, 2012
City construction projects are now mapped at
Prayer in public meetings common in Kansas
November 25, 2012
In Kansas, mixing politics and prayer is commonplace. Many public meetings start with a prayer or a moment of silence. In the Statehouse, the House and Senate begin every daily session with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. By Scott Rothschild
At public meetings across the U.S., fights over prayer drag on
November 25, 2012
It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup. But citizens are increasingly taking issue with these prayers, some of which have been in place for decades. By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
Lawrence Libations: Horsefeather at The Bourgeois Pig
November 25, 2012
Rye whiskey and ginger beer with a cherry on top — the Horsefeather at Bourgeois Pig. By Sara Shepherd.
KU women’s basketball to make road debut at Creighton
November 25, 2012
The No. 22-ranked Kansas University women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season at 2 p.m. today at Creighton.
25 years ago: Downtown parking meters to be covered until Christmas
November 25, 2012
Cars were to be permitted to park in the hooded spaces for free for two hours.
100 years ago: Cost of ingredients for holiday feasts staying steady this year
November 25, 2012
“The turkey, the center decoration for the table, will cost about twenty-five cents a pound.”
Editorial: Promises kept
November 25, 2012
It was great to read last week about the continuing success of the Family Promise program in Lawrence. The story in Wednesday’s Journal-World focused on Isiah Linnear, who ended up in Lawrence with his five children after deciding to flee the urban environment of West Chicago a year ago.
Watkins Museum exhibit looks at how Douglas County coped with Great Depression
November 25, 2012
A new exhibit on view at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., explores how Lawrencians coped with the Great Depression.
Play about genocide to be staged at KU
November 25, 2012
“If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide,” by Robert Skloot, will be staged by the Kansas University Theatre with the playwright in the title role.
KU School of Music’s annual vespers concerts Dec. 2
November 25, 2012
The Kansas University School of Music’s 88th annual Vespers concerts and pre-Vespers organ and brass concerts are planned for Dec. 2.
Familiar sound
Theatre Lawrence production of ‘Sound of Music’ has timeless, universal appeal
November 25, 2012
There is just something about “The Sound of Music” that speaks to young hearts. Maybe it’s the music; maybe it’s the romance; maybe it’s just the charm of the Austrian setting. Whatever it is, it is both undeniable and omnipresent. By John R. Phythyon, Jr.
Tune In Tonight: Lindsay Lohan misses mark in ‘Liz & Dick’
November 25, 2012
I was halfway hoping the much anticipated “Liz & Dick” (8 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime) might pave a comeback for Lindsay Lohan. After all, she was good, even charming, as a teenager playing other teenagers. Why shouldn’t a tabloid train wreck excel at playing Elizabeth Taylor, a name all but synonymous with excess?
40 years ago: It all started with a can of sardines
November 25, 2012
Seven persons had been booked into the Douglas County Jail on kidnapping and grand theft charges.
Opinion: Truces in Mideast always temporary
November 25, 2012 in print edition on A7
Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media.
Horoscopes for Nov. 25
November 25, 2012
For Sunday, Nov. 25: This year you often feel stretched to the max. Your work and your day-to-day life habits become even more dominant. If you are single, you could meet someone through one of your daily activities. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from taking up a new mutual hobby or interest together.