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Our Town Sports for Dec. 5
December 4, 2013
A weekly compilation of local sporting events, opportunities and results.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 4
December 4, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 4.
KU women fall to .500 after home loss to Arkansas
December 4, 2013
The Kansas University women’s basketball team fell to .500 on the season Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse thanks to a 64-53 loss to Arkansas, which improved to 9-0.
Emotional artwork promotes domestic abuse awareness on KU campus
December 4, 2013
In one of the most popular Kansas University dining facilities, a string of daunting messages hangs above the young students eating lunch. “Ma, I’m sorry you had to die to escape your pain. Watch over us tonight,” one read. The emotionally haunting words are scrawled onto T-shirts pinned to a clothesline in KU’s The Underground as part of a collaborative effort with the Willow Domestic Violence Center to raise awareness of domestic abuse. By Caitlin Doornbos
Flood insurance rates to rise
December 4, 2013
FEMA says 168 property owners in Douglas County will have to pay higher rates for flood insurance as the federal government ends subsidies for most property in “special flood hazard areas.” Congress authorized the rate hikes in 2012 following a string of natural disasters that depleted the National Flood Insurance Program’s reserves. By Peter Hancock
Business school dean touts importance of United Way campaign
December 4, 2013
The latest data for the annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of Douglas County shows the agency still has a ways to go to meet its $1.8 million goal by the end of the year.By Chad Lawhorn
McLouth man convicted for trying to run over KHP Trooper
December 4, 2013
A Leavenworth County District Court jury found a 33-year-old McLouth man guilty of aggravated assault and obstruction of official duty for trying to run over a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper.
Stun gun, marijuana discovered in car abandoned after pursuit in South Lawrence
December 4, 2013
Police have identified but not yet located a Lawrence man suspected to have led police on a pursuit Tuesday before later abandoning a rental car containing a stun gun and marijuana.
Heartland fundraiser set for Thursday
December 4, 2013
Heartland Community Health Center is holding its third annual Fill Up Pour Out benefit from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Arterra Event Gallery, 2161 Quail Creek Drive.
Salvation Army still seeking Adopt-A-Family volunteers
December 4, 2013
The Salvation Army in Lawrence still has 18 families that need to be adopted through its Adopt-A-Family program.
Local law enforcement reports quiet holiday weekend
December 4, 2013
Lawrence police increased patrols during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, and effort funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police department spokesman. Even so, the increased patrols did not yield a similar increase in citations.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 3
December 4, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Old, new Firebirds set to start winter seasons
December 4, 2013
Some are young, some old and some in-between. The experience level varies greatly from team to team among winter sports programs at Free State High. Here is a look at each that gets its season started this week. By Benton Smith
Lions ready to open winter campaigns
December 4, 2013
December is here, and for the athletes at Lawrence High, that means it is time for winter sports. Here is a look at each LHS team that begins competing this week. By Benton Smith
Self: Shooting just one of KU’s struggles
December 4, 2013
Maybe it was the low ceiling or dim lighting in the resort ballroom that affected Kansas University’s basketball players last week in the Bahamas. Or the basketballs. Or the rims. Whatever the reason(s) … “we couldn’t throw it in the ocean, and we were really close to the ocean,” KU coach Bill Self cracked Monday on his Hawk Talk radio show. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Wiggins’ growing pains worth it
December 4, 2013
Andrew Wiggins played one lousy basketball game in the Bahamas. During the three-game Battle 4 Atlantis, he was no better than Kansas University’s third-best freshman, ranking behind Joel Embiid and Frank Mason. Columnist Tom Keegan has two words to say about that: So what?
KU women use game to support Summitt, Alzheimer’s awareness
December 4, 2013
None of the players on the Kansas University women’s basketball roster were recruited to Tennessee by legendary Volunteers coach Pat Summitt, but at 7 tonight, when the Jayhawks host Arkansas at Allen Fieldhouse, they’ll all be playing for her. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: Local volunteers vital part of social services
December 4, 2013
“I don’t think that the federal government’s going to have a lot of money to spend for these programs.”
40 years ago: Lawrence gas stations adjusting to fuel shortage
December 4, 2013
“Sorry, no gas” signs were beginning to appear at some Lawrence service stations this week.
100 years ago: City police declare ‘war on loafing’
December 4, 2013
“One reason for the boys loafing in barber shops and pool halls instead of at the Y. M. C. A., they say, is that they cannot smoke in the Y. M. C. A. building while they can do as they please elsewhere.”
Grilled cheese makes for quick, fancy dinner
December 4, 2013
While I typically do a good job of mapping out our dinners each week, sometimes the plan goes awry as the holiday season picks up. With tree festivals and jingle jogs and cookies to make in the evenings, often we just want something simple but still delicious. Enter the fancy grilled cheese sandwich.
Opinion: Material wealth doesn’t satisfy
December 4, 2013
“Black Friday” was a metaphor beyond the merchants’ bottom line. Headlines on last Friday’s Drudge Report reflect a culture that is being trampled by the greed and me-only attitude of a growing number of us:
Editorial: Boeing plans
If a last-minute pitch for a new Boeing plant in Wichita falls short, state officials should revisit their strategy to reduce the possibility of similar disappointments in the future.
December 4, 2013
According to recent news reports, Boeing executives are meeting with senior officials from five to 15 states trying to land a new Boeing commercial aircraft manufacturing plant. The plant would produce the Boeing 777X passenger airliner and would create thousands of jobs.
Opinion: Al-Qaida strength growing in Syria
December 4, 2013
As al-Qaida grows more powerful in Syria — seeking “complete control over the liberated areas,” according to a new Syrian rebel intelligence report — moderate opposition leaders are voicing new interest in a political settlement of the grinding civil war. But a peace agreement may just be a prelude to a new war against the terrorists.