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Inmate waits more than 30 years for retrial
November 29, 2012
A Kansas man who remains in a Texas prison more than 30 years after his murder conviction was overturned has become the subject of a fight between the state, which insists he’s being legally held, and a federal appeals court that says he’s wrongly imprisoned. Jerry Hartfield, whose conviction was overturned in 1983, maintains his constitutional right to a speedy trial has been violated after the state failed to retry him but also didn’t set him free. Hartfield is originally from Wichita.
Baker University to host 82nd annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers
November 29, 2012
The Baker University music and theatre department’s will host its 82nd annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers Sunday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin City. By Meagan Thomas
British knight, KU alumnus extols importance of Magna Carta at Dole Institute talk
November 29, 2012
The foundations of many Americans’ most deeply held principles, KU graduate Sir Robert Worcester says, lie in a nearly 800-year-old document with a Latin name that many people today know little about. That document is the Magna Carta, and Worcester said Thursday at the Dole Institute of Politics that it’s as important as it’s ever been. By Matt Erickson
Juvenile prison’s OT costs questioned
November 29, 2012
A state senator is raising concerns about the overtime logged by workers at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka because of staff shortages. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Thursday that employees of the juvenile prison worked more than 14,500 hours of overtime from July to November.
Lawrence homeless shelter to host open house at soon-to-be-home on Sunday
November 29, 2012
There will be lots to see at Sunday’s open house for the Lawrence Community Shelter’s soon-to-be-completed new home — everything from a large dining room and kitchen to actual dormitories. But John Tacha, chair of the shelter’s board of directors, suspects that he’ll like seeing the smiles inside the building the most. By Chad Lawhorn
KU Business School to introduce new Overland Park part-time MBA program
November 29, 2012
The Kansas University School of Business will unveil a revamped part-time Master of Business Administration program Friday that will allow students to earn their degrees more quickly and provide more opportunities for specialization. By Matt Erickson.
Blood test shows driver who hit KU student on Tennessee Street was drunk
November 29, 2012
The driver in an Aug. 26 car accident — in which a Kansas University student lost both his legs — registered a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to results released by the Lawrence Police Department. By Shaun Hittle
Texas inmate waits more than 30 years for retrial
November 29, 2012
A Kansas man who remains in a Texas prison more than 30 years after his murder conviction was overturned has become the subject of a fight between the state, which insists he’s being legally held, and a federal appeals court that says he’s wrongly imprisoned.
Feds want answers from Kansas anti-abortion activist
November 29, 2012
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to order a Kansas anti-abortion activist to answer questions about her relationship with the convicted murderer of abortion provider George Tiller.
Convicted murderer seeking DNA testing in 1993 case
01:35 p.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 10:30 a.m.
A Kansas inmate is hoping DNA testing could grant him a new trial in a 1993 Jefferson County murder case. By Shaun Hittle
Elderly Lawrence woman found dead in Oklahoma under suspicious circumstances
November 29, 2012
Police in Oklahoma are trying to get to the bottom of the death of a former Lawrence woman. McIntosh County sheriff’s deputies found the body of 79-year-old Erlene McCune Tuesday wrapped in a sheet in the garage of her daughter’s home in Eufaula, Okla. By Shaun Hittle
Family trying to find dog that bit woman
11:33 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 03:20 p.m.
A woman who was bitten by a dog on Wednesday is trying to track down the dog and its owner because she is about to start a series of painful rabies shots.
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
11:19 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 05:32 p.m.
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough.
State agency working on sex trafficking bill
10:22 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 11:18 a.m.
State officials say they are working with law enforcement on legislation designed to reduce sex trafficking of teenagers and increase penalties for those who entice the children into the industry.
Kansas vote certified amid debate on voter ID law
10:21 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 04:35 p.m.
Kansas officials are preparing to certify results from this month’s general election.
1 of 2 winning Powerball tickets sold in Kansas City area
09:30 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 10:47 a.m.
Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever.
Man arrested after crashing into ditch
November 29, 2012
A 24-year-old Osawatomie man was arrested after he ran his car into a ditch late Tuesday near the intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 59, or Iowa Street. By Shaun Hittle
On eve of NCAA volleyball tourney, KU’s Tolefree happier than ever she stayed
November 29, 2012
Lawrence native and Kansas University volleyball senior Tayler Tolefree spent most of her youth dreaming of playing college volleyball far away from home. But the summer before her senior year of high school Tolefree changed her mind, allowing her to embark upon a career that made her dreams to come true in her hometown. By Matt Tait
County commissioners agree to seek independent expert to review sand pit permit
November 29, 2012
Douglas County commissioners agreed to hire an independent consultant to weigh a mountain of conflicting reports from engineers and hydrogeologists about whether the project would threaten water quality of an underground aquifer that provides drinking water to nearby residents and the city of Eudora. By Peter Hancock
Veritas boasts veterans
November 29, 2012
It never hurts to have a core of experienced players around which to build a basketball team. As Veritas Christian opens the 2012-13 season, both the boys and girls will be able to do just that.
Seabury hoops reloads
November 29, 2012
It might take a little time this winter for the basketball teams at Bishop Seabury Academy to reach their full potential.
Firebirds dominate home swim quad
November 29, 2012
As their victory total kept increasing throughout the afternoon Wednesday at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, Free State High’s swimmers almost couldn’t believe their debut success.
‘Big, scary man’ helps KU volleyball get tough
November 29, 2012
She occasionally wears protective headgear during practices because she plays so hard, always wears a mouthpiece during matches and really never has been intimidated by anyone or anything on a volleyball court.
Kansas’ Andrew White III student of game
November 29, 2012
A student of the game of basketball, particularly the art of shooting, Kansas University freshman guard Andrew White III regularly pores over film of NBA greats Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Reggie Miller. By Gary Bedore
Our Town Sports for Nov. 29
November 29, 2012
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, happenings and results.
Journal-World All-Area Soccer Team
November 29, 2012
The Journal-World’s 2012 All-Area Boys Soccer Team is revealed.
Tune In Tonight: Wedding bells ring on ‘30 Rock’
November 29, 2012
Look for a hesitant, postfeminist and self-consciously ridiculous walk down the aisle by Liz Lemon tonight as “30 Rock” (7 p.m., NBC) hurtles through its deliriously silly final season. Then again, the same could be said of the first.
Style Scout: David Hattan
November 29, 2012
Fashion trends you hate: Aztec print and people hanging out in spandex bike wear.
Letter: Excellent care
November 29, 2012
Last weekend, I had the misfortune of landing in the emergency room of your hospital as a result of an apparent allergic reaction. Starting with the concerned people in the Dusty Bookshelf, and including the EMTs, I felt I was in excellent hands and could not have asked for a higher standard of care.
Letter: Pointless lines
November 29, 2012
Leonard Pitts was right: It is destructive to set lowered goals for people by race (Journal-World, Nov. 25). But I was thinking what a pointless category “race” is.
40 years ago: City staff say commission absenteeism not a problem
November 29, 2012
League of Women Voters members said that “the attendance record of certain appointed commissioners has been far from good.”
25 years ago: Old Franklin cemetery not in danger from East Hills development
November 29, 2012
A second cemetery, the Franklin Catholic Cemetery, also was excluded from the development plans.
Opinion: Obama overreaching on tax plans
November 29, 2012 in print edition on A7
With a chip on his shoulder larger than his margin of victory, Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first. Then his overreaching involved health care — expanding the entitlement state at the expense of economic growth. Now he seeks another surge of statism, enlarging the portion of gross domestic product grasped by government and dispensed by politics. The occasion is the misnamed “fiscal cliff,” the proper name for which is: the Democratic Party’s agenda.
Style Scout: Solace Naeymi
November 29, 2012
Fashion trends you love: High-waisted pants, combat boots, red lipstick, cat-eye makeup, menswear like denim and chambray shirts.
Opinion: State’s judge selection undemocratic
November 29, 2012
In a democracy like ours, should lawmakers be selected democratically? Not according to the Journal-World (“Court, politics,” Nov. 23), which wants some of our state’s most important lawmakers selected in a deeply undemocratic process that makes the votes of some residents count far more than the votes of others.
100 years ago: Young man suffers injuries from hunting accident
November 29, 2012
“He received the full charge of a shotgun shell in his back.”
Horoscopes for Nov. 29
November 29, 2012
For Thursday, Nov. 29: This year you often feel challenged by others. As a result, you are unusually verbal and frequently get into heated discussions. If you are single, you could meet your next sweetie, so be sure to check out people with care. If you are attached, the two of you will experience an easier year than in the recent past.
Editorial: Shelter milestone
November 29, 2012
Sunday marks another milestone – a major one – for the Lawrence Community Shelter as the facility for the area’s homeless nears its opening. From noon to 4 p.m. it will have an open house for the public. Meanwhile, it will complete its preparations to host its targeted guests in its new location in a renovated former industrial building at 3701 Franklin Park Circle east of the Douglas County Jail; the site is south of 23rd Street on the eastern edge of the city.