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Archive for Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Ryan Leibold, 13, left, Carolyn Weiler, 15, top left, and Maria Matamoros, 10, are the Lawrence Journal-World scary story winners. Scary story contest yields thrilling results
October 29, 2012
This year, when we put out the call for scary stories from students in elementary, middle and high schools, we weren’t disappointed. About 200 writers tried to spook us, and many did.
6:00 a.m.
Lee Howe, who lives at 2920 Pebble Lane, has created a musically synchronized flashing light display for Halloween. The display, which includes lighted pumpkins, gravestones and a pirate ship, puts on a nine-minute show in Howe’s front yard. Holiday lights aren’t just for Christmas anymore
October 29, 2012
If you’re looking for a real treat this Halloween, take a drive past Lee Howe’s home at 2920 Pebble Lane. Howe has gone all out and created a Halloween light display in his front yard that he’s set to music. Howe says he loves the challenge of coordinating the lights and the music. By Adam Strunk
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. LMH receives sizable donation for birthing center, will rename unit to honor former nurse, birthing educator
October 29, 2012
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials announced they are preparing to rename the hospital’s birthing center the Cindy Murray Family Birthing Center, in honor of the trailblazing nurse who died from complications of lung cancer in August. By Chad Lawhorn
11:00 a.m.
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State Sen. Marci Francisco chats on LJWorld.com
October 30, 2012

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12:00 p.m.
Deon Rhoutt escaped from a prisoner transport van Monday evening. He's 5'5", about 140 pounds. Escaped sex offender captured Tuesday in Oread neighborhood
12:00 a.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 5:26 p.m.
Less than 24 hours after an escape from a prison transport van in Lawrence, a convicted Colorado sex offender is back in custody. Deon Gregory Routt, 22, was spotted by police on foot patrol at about 3 p.m. Tuesday near 12th and Indiana streets. By Shaun Hittle
2:00 p.m.
Gene Cusic, second from right on top, is shown in this 1947 Emporia State yearbook photograph. Emporia State upset KU basketball? It happened 65 years ago
October 30, 2012
Gene Cusic only missed one game during his collegiate basketball career because of sickness. Sixty-five years later, he wishes it hadn’t been when his Emporia State Teachers College team defeated Phog Allen-coached Kansas University, 67-44. Story by Jesse Newell
11:11 p.m.
Kansas forward Perry Ellis catches a hand to the face from Emporia State forward Daniel Shaw during the first half, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Also pictured is ESU forward Michael Harris. Stoic Perry Ellis shines in KU’s exhibition win over Emporia State
October 30, 2012
Kansas freshman guard Perry Ellis didn’t show much emotion in his major-college debut, but that didn’t stop him from pouring in a team-high 15 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting in Kansas’ 88-54 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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School building plans reflect modernized instruction
October 30, 2012
Architects’ plans call for more spacious classrooms to match modern practices, which could mean constructing new space at several schools. By Peter Hancock
KU paying tribute to museum namesake
October 30, 2012
Former KU faculty member Lewis Lindsay Dyche explored the Arctic, was one of the first to help protect Kansas wildlife and helped create the KU Natural History Museum. Next month, the museum will honor and remember Dyche, who died in 1915, with a special program that will recall his storytelling tours across the state. By Matt Erickson
Notebook: Elijah Johnson starts on bench after showing up late to class
October 30, 2012
Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson did not start Tuesday’s exhibition opener against Emporia State. “Elijah was substantially late to a class today. He knows the deal. (It’s) not a big deal,” Self said.
Stoic Perry Ellis shines in KU’s exhibition win over Emporia State
October 30, 2012
Kansas freshman guard Perry Ellis didn’t show much emotion in his major-college debut, but that didn’t stop him from pouring in a team-high 15 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting in Kansas’ 88-54 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore jumps but nowhere near as high as his ceiling
October 30, 2012
To watch red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore play basketball is to wonder just how his ceiling is as a player. His put-back dunk was the highlight of the night for Kansas, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says.
Jayhawks’ pressure defense overwhelms Hornets
October 30, 2012
Emporia State men’s basketball coach Shaun Vandiver knew when he saw the starting lineup for Tuesday’s exhibition contest with Kansas University that his undersized squad would have its struggles. The Jayhawks outrebounded the Hornets, 43-23, including a 13-7 advantage on the offensive glass. By Matt Tait
LHS soccer season ends with 1-0 loss to SM East
October 30, 2012
The Lawrence High Lions, in disbelief seconds after their season ended, needed a few moments to contemplate their 1-0 setback against Shawnee Mission East in the Class 6A state quarterfinals. By Benton Smith
Advance voting continues
October 30, 2012
If you want to beat the crowd on Election Day, which is Tuesday, advance voting continues through Monday.
Incumbent Carolyn Campbell unchallenged in fundraising for Board of Education race
October 30, 2012
If campaign fundraising is any indication of a candidate’s strength, then incumbent Carolyn Campbell should have a commanding lead over challenger Jack Wu in the 4th District State Board of Education race. According to her campaign finance report filed this week, Campbell raised $13,518 between July 27 and Oct. 25. She spent $12,101 during that period, mainly on advertising and printing. Wu’s financial report shows he did not raise or spend any money on his campaign during that period.
Jeff Withey selected as AP preseason All-America honorable mention
October 30, 2012
Kansas senior Jeff Withey has been named honorable mention for the 2012-13 Associated Press preseason All-America Team released Monday.
Judge finds rural Lawrence man not guilty by reason of insanity in murder of cousin in Illinois
October 30, 2012
A 68-year-old Lawrence area man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the October 2011 shooting death of his cousin on a family soybean field near Champaign, Ill. Gerard James, who lives just south of Lawrence, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Harlan James, 80, Champaign. Harlan was Gerard’s cousin, and Gerard was working with Harlan on family-owned property at the time of the shooting. By Shaun Hittle
Assault charges dismissed after two witnesses don’t show up for court
October 30, 2012
After two witnesses didn’t show up for a court hearing on Tuesday, a Douglas County district judge dismissed two assault charges against a 27-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man. Aaron J. Epps had been accused of using a handgun to threaten a 17-year-old juvenile and another man during a domestic disturbance in August at a Lawrence apartment complex. By Shaun Hittle
Eudora man given two-year probation term in connection with child’s broken arm
October 30, 2012
A 24-year-old Eudora man was sentenced to two years probation stemming from an April incident in which the man’s 4-year-old daughter suffered a broken arm. Max A. Alcanter, as part of a plea bargain, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery. By Shaun Hittle
Candidate questionnaire: 2nd Senate District
October 30, 2012
State Sen. Marci Francisco and Republican challenger Ronald Ellis are running to represent the state’s 2nd Senate District. They were asked to respond to questions about some of the major issues in this campaign. The questions and answers are below.
Town Talk: City trying to determine what type of fine it can levy on Varsity House project; Deciphera undertaking new strategy, rumors of layoffs
October 30, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Candidate questionnaire: 19th Senate District
October 30, 2012
Sen. Anthony Hensley and Casey Moore, his Republican challenger in the race for the state’s 19th Senate District, were asked to answer a questionnaire about some important issues. The questions and their answers are below.
Journal-World wins two prestigious first-place awards from Editor & Publisher for online excellence
01:45 p.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 01:45 p.m.
The Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday won two top awards for online excellence.
Candidate questionnaire: Congress
October 30, 2012
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and Democratic challenger Tobias Schilingensiepen, who are running to represent the 2nd Kansas Congressional District, were asked to respond to a series of questions about important issues. The questions and their answers are below.
Douglas County’s Kids Voting group needs help with Election Day poll work
October 30, 2012
If you have a few hours on Election Day to volunteer, Kids Voting Douglas County could use your help. Young people will be accompanying their parents or other adults to the polls, where they will cast separate, age-appropriate ballots that are tallied and reported after the polls close. By Peter Hancock
Body found near Clinton Lake dam; no foul play suspected
11:18 a.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 12:41 p.m.
Law enforcement officers responded Monday afternoon to a report of a body near the south end of the Clinton Lake dam, said Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger. Officers do not suspect foul play, he said. By Shaun Hittle
Journal-World honored for digital journalism, photography in national competition
10:14 a.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 10:32 a.m.
The Journal-World won three first-place awards in the Inland Press Association’s 2012 journalism contest. The awards were presented this morning in Chicago. By Alex Parker
Land transfers for the weeks ending Oct. 15, Oct. 22, and Oct. 29, 2012
October 30, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the weeks ending Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, 2012.
Lions soccer out for revenge in state quarterfinal at SME
October 30, 2012
Considering that Shawnee Mission East handed Lawrence High’s boys soccer team its worst loss of the season, the Lions sure feel confident entering today’s rematch — 6 p.m. at Shawnee Mission District Soccer Complex — in the Class 6A state quarterfinals. Story by Benton Smith
Armed robbery reported at Grove Apartments
12:59 a.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 10:00 a.m.
An armed robbery was reported at the Grove Apartments, 4301 W. 24th Place, on Monday night. By Meagan Thomas and Shaun Hittle
Low penalties a positive for Weis’ Jayhawks
October 30, 2012
Charlie Weis’ first Kansas University football team might be 1-7, but it’s in elite company in one area of the game. Through eight games, the Jayhawks are tied for second nationally for fewest penalties. Story by Matt Tait
Man to stand trial on attempted rape, criminal restraint charges
October 30, 2012
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin ordered a 31-year-old man to stand trial on charges of attempted rape and criminal restraint in connection with an alleged incident Aug. 20 at a central Lawrence apartment. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence man, 31, pleads guilty to attempted aggravated burglary
October 30, 2012
A Lawrence man could receive two years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to attempted aggravated burglary. By Shaun Hittle
Game nights present parking peeve to campus workers
Some contend that students and employees should have priority
October 30, 2012
As Kansas University basketball fans cheer the beginning of the men’s team’s season tonight, another group of people who park their cars on the KU campus on weeknights so they can work, study or attend night classes will mark a different, but related, milestone. By Matt Erickson
First Bell: School finance lawsuit decision looms
October 30, 2012
A decision in the school finance lawsuit is expected soon.
Heard on the Hill: Student body president issues first-ever YouTube address; event this week to examine Lauryn Hill’s lyrics; reminder: advance voting on campus
October 30, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Escaped sex offender captured Tuesday in Oread neighborhood
12:00 a.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
Less than 24 hours after an escape from a prison transport van in Lawrence, a convicted Colorado sex offender is back in custody. Deon Gregory Routt, 22, was spotted by police on foot patrol at about 3 p.m. Tuesday near 12th and Indiana streets. By Shaun Hittle
KU soccer trio on All-Big 12 teams
October 30, 2012
Kansas University senior Whitney Berry claimed first-team All-Big 12 honors, junior Caroline Kastor and sophomore Jamie Fletcher earned second-team honors on Monday. Freshman Ashley Williams was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.
Your Turn: Every vote is important
October 30, 2012
The Lawrence/Douglas County League of Women Voters — thanks to 33 volunteers — registered nearly 300 voters at 29 events this summer and fall. Now we are hoping every newly registered voter does vote on Nov. 6, along with the nearly 80,000 other registered voters in Douglas County. By Melinda Henderson
Editorial: Experience counts
October 30, 2012
It’s great to see accident statistics for young Kansas drivers moving in the right direction.
25 years ago: Student killed in KU debate team crash
October 30, 2012
A van carrying nine members of the Kansas University debate squad had crashed on the previous night in Tennessee.
40 years ago: Driving to KCI in the days before I-435
October 30, 2012
The shortest route to KCI at this time was via Leavenworth.
Sitcoms carve out stories for the season
October 30, 2012
Nobody this side of grammar school pays as much attention to holidays as television writers. Every season seems to be awash with Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Valentine’s Day episodes. This spring, both “Modern Family” and “30 Rock” carved out special commemorations of Leap Year’s extra day — a fascinating milestone for the fourth-grader in all of us.
Horoscopes for Oct. 30
October 30, 2012
For Tuesday, Oct. 30: Life events this year will encourage you to transform and grow in new ways. When change emanates from the person as his or her choice, it is far easier to adapt to than when it is forced. If you are single, you will attract many admirers. If you are attached, your relationship evolves, which is a reflection of the transformation happening within yourself.
100 years ago: High school officials still cracking down on forbidden fraternities
October 30, 2012
“Excitement of no mild nature prevailed this morning in High School circles.”
Emporia State upset KU basketball? It happened 65 years ago
October 30, 2012
Gene Cusic only missed one game during his collegiate basketball career because of sickness. Sixty-five years later, he wishes it hadn’t been when his Emporia State Teachers College team defeated Phog Allen-coached Kansas University, 67-44. Story by Jesse Newell
FSHS, LHS football focused on state playoffs, not possible rematch
October 30, 2012
Free State football will open the Class 6A state playoffs at home on Friday, while Lawrence High begins the postseason on the road. Two wins by both would set up a rematch of the rivals, but both teams say they’re focused on the foes at hand. Story by Benton Smith
KU women’s golf seventh, golfer fifth in S.C.
October 30, 2012
Kansas University junior golfer Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for fifth place individually on Monday at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.
KU’s Jamari Traylor sees wait, work rewarded with start vs. Emporia State
October 30, 2012
The long wait is over for Kansas University red-shirt freshman basketball power forward Jamari Traylor. The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder from Chicago — who, as a partial qualifier was ineligible to play in games all last season — has been slotted a spot in the starting lineup for today’s exhibition opener against Emporia State. Story by Gary Bedore
Opinion: Slain Arab leader talented, unusual
October 30, 2012
This is a real war, and one that jumped the border into Lebanon and killed a man who may have been the Syrian opposition’s best advocate in the Arab world. By David Ignatius