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Lawrence Gift Guide Lawrence Holiday Gift Guide 2013
December 5, 2013
With the holiday season in full gear, it’s time to start gathering gifts for everyone on your list. What better way to give a meaningful gift than to find something that can’t be found in any other town or any large commercial shopping center? By Nadia Imafidon
10:26 a.m.
The big team of eight horses with Ames Percheron Farms from Jordan, Minn., appears downtown Saturday during the 17th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Thousands expected downtown Saturday for wintry, Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
December 5, 2013
Even parade director Elaine VanDeventer can count on a handful of surprises with each Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in downtown Lawrence. VanDeventer, at the helm for Saturday’s 21st annual parade, will see many of the dozens of horse-drawn participants for the first time along with a downtown crowd expected to again approach 20,000 despite Saturday’s frigid forecast.
2:08 p.m.
Newly-hired Baker president Lynne Murray tries to hold back her emotions as she talks about her life journey in becoming the next Baker president during a news conference announcing her hiring, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at the Collins House on the Baker campus. New president of Baker University named
10:29 a.m., December 5, 2013 Updated 2:00 p.m.
Lynne Murray, vice president of development and alumni and international relations at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., has been chosen to lead Baker University. By Elvyn Jones
4:56 p.m.
Six road blocks that mark the end of the roadway at the South Lawrence Trafficway stand on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning to go ahead with a six-mile, four-lane extension to Kansas Highway 10 next year. South Lawrence Trafficway construction to close two rural roads into January
December 5, 2013
Construction work on the South Lawrence Trafficway is moving into a new phase, but bulldozers aren’t yet ready to begin rolling through the Baker Wetlands. By Chad Lawhorn
7:59 p.m.
Retired Kansas University professor Malcolm Gibson stands with Nelson Mandela during a 1993 backyard barbecue in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nelson Mandela’s impact was felt by many in KU community
December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, who received the 2013 Dole Leadership Prize in October, is remembered by many Kansans as a leader and an inspiration. Mandela died Thursday at age 95 after a long illness. By Peter Hancock

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 5
December 5, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 5.
KU Faculty Senate approves a post-tenure review policy
December 5, 2013
Faculty members approved a policy creating a post-tenure review process at Kansas University. The policy would allow departments to create committee’s that would evaluate the work of tenured professors within the context of their field. By Ben Unglesbee
Nelson Mandela’s impact was felt by many in KU community
December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, who received the 2013 Dole Leadership Prize in October, is remembered by many Kansans as a leader and an inspiration. Mandela died Thursday at age 95 after a long illness. By Peter Hancock
Editor of Willa Cather’s published letters to speak in Lawrence Saturday
December 5, 2013
To celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather’s 140th birthday, one of the editors of her published collection of letters, Andrew Jewell, will give a talk at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Castle Tea Room, 1307 Massachusetts St.
Firebirds’ Dineen named state’s top football player
December 5, 2013
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, named Free State High senior Joe Dineen the 2013-14 Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year. By Benton Smith
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies
03:55 p.m., December 5, 2013 Updated 04:55 p.m.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says “we’ve lost our greatest son.”
Health advocates say KanCare causing numerous problems
December 5, 2013
Advocates for those with disabilities and chronic health conditions today said Gov. Sam Brownback’s privatization of Medicaid, called KanCare, has produced numerous problems. And on a related issue, the advocates vowed to step up efforts to persuade Brownback and the Republican-dominated Legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
Two people struck by vehicle in Target parking lot taken to area hospitals
December 5, 2013
Two people were taken to area hospitals with serious but not life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in a Target parking lot this afternoon, Lawrence police say.
ECKAN’s adopt-a-family benefit needs 49 more sponsors
December 5, 2013
The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation’s adopt-a-family benefit still has 49 families that require a sponsor.
South Lawrence Trafficway construction to close two rural roads into January
December 5, 2013
Construction work on the South Lawrence Trafficway is moving into a new phase, but bulldozers aren’t yet ready to begin rolling through the Baker Wetlands. By Chad Lawhorn
New president of Baker University named
10:29 a.m., December 5, 2013 Updated 02:00 p.m.
Lynne Murray, vice president of development and alumni and international relations at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., has been chosen to lead Baker University. By Elvyn Jones
Westar says scammers are calling customers
December 5, 2013
Westar Energy reports that scammers may be calling customers purporting to represent Westar and asking for personal financial information.
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of felony drug charges
December 5, 2013
A 25-year-old Lawrence man was booked into Douglas County Jail and later released on a $10,000 bond Wednesday after an arrest on suspicion of multiple felony drug charges alleged to have been committed earlier this year.
FSHS swimmers win home quad
December 5, 2013
Free State High won six individual events and all three relays and cruised to the team title at a four-team swimming and diving quadrangular on Wednesday at the Indoor Aquatic Center.
Lions’ Broadwell picks Kearney
December 5, 2013
Lawrence High senior Caitlin Broadwell signed a national volleyball letter of intent with the University of Nebraska-Kearney during a ceremony at LHS.
Meet the Jayhawks: A look at KU’s volleyball players
December 5, 2013
In the weeks and months following their run to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the best season in school history, the members of Kansas University’s volleyball team began to notice a change in the way they were received by the public. By Matt Tait
Veritas hoops squads young
December 5, 2013
There are young basketball teams, and then there is the Veritas Christian boys basketball team. By Benton Smith
Can Buffs get blue out?
December 5, 2013
Coors Events Center, the home of the Colorado Buffaloes, used to be known as “Allen Fieldhouse West” when the Jayhawks and their legion of loyal fans descended upon Boulder for KU-CU men’s basketball games contested in the Big 12 and Big Eight conferences. By Gary Bedore
Help wanted: Harper solid, but KU women fall to Arkansas
December 5, 2013
Between handling point-guard duties, leading the team in points (19) and assists (7) and finishing as the Jayhawks’ second-leading rebounder (6), senior guard CeCe Harper did all she could to help the Kansas University women’s basketball team battle Arkansas on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. It wasn’t enough. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: New laptop available for holiday shopping
December 5, 2013
The Epson Equity LT came equipped with GW-BASIC.
Death at Arrowhead ruled homicide
December 5, 2013
The death of a Missouri man in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot during Kansas City’s game this weekend was ruled a homicide Wednesday, but police said it could still take weeks before they know what killed him.
Style Scout: Greg Lang
December 5, 2013
Describe your style: I try to keep a modern look with an element of classy. I like a style that is a little bit more well-crafted.
Style Scout: Rachel Smalter Hall
December 5, 2013
Tell us a secret: Well, I’m a Scorpio and I do have a secret Scorpio handshake.
Fix-It Chick: Flaring copper tubing
December 5, 2013
With a wide variety of compression fittings and push-on pipe connectors readily available in the marketplace, flaring copper tubing has become all but obsolete. Relegated primarily for use with liquefied petroleum gas appliances, flare fittings used with flexible copper tubing require a properly shaped and sized flared tubing end to create a leak-proof seal.
Lawrence Holiday Gift Guide 2013
December 5, 2013
With the holiday season in full gear, it’s time to start gathering gifts for everyone on your list. What better way to give a meaningful gift than to find something that can’t be found in any other town or any large commercial shopping center? By Nadia Imafidon
Eagle Rock Church to put on anti-suicide play
December 5, 2013
Beginning this weekend, Eagle Rock Church will perform an anti-suicide play, titled “Eli’s Amazing Workshop.”
Garden Variety: Poinsettias, the dependable diva
December 5, 2013
“Poinsettias are the dependable diva of winter blooming houseplants” is a phrase coined by Ward Upham, horticulturist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, and he adds, “They are divas because they are fairly specific about the care they require.”
Lawrence Libations: Ruest at Bourgeois Pig
December 5, 2013
Taking the classic hot hard cider, and kicking it up a notch.
The Classic Sartorialist: Bundle up in style
December 5, 2013
Staying warm in the blustery cold of winter can all too easily translate into oversized parkas, ski gloves and orange-knit hunting hats. All of these have their place in winter hobbies, but they don’t belong on Massachusetts Street. When strolling across town, consider a few of these stylish updates for your winter wardrobe.
Letter: Biased view
December 5, 2013
How fortunate that a spokesman for the local idle rich writes readable pieces for the Journal-World. George Gurley on “fracking” in North Dakota (Dec. 1) is a case in point, although it presents a keen observer’s vision blurred by cataracts of political bias.
Family Adventures: Holiday on the rails
December 5, 2013
When people more commonly traveled by train, the train station was likely the first place you’d see your loved ones coming home for the holidays. Those beautiful Christmas packages under the tree would also have likely been delivered by train. In that light, it’s easy to see how trains and Christmas became linked in holiday nostalgia.
Mrs. Mass.: Loving the holidays in Lawrence
December 5, 2013
It is no secret that I love Lawrence. The people, the local shops and restaurants, the enthusiastic events and parades seemingly every other month — what’s not to love?
Layered performance
Actor, city employee shares trait with title character in Theatre Lawrence’s ‘Shrek’
December 5, 2013
If you’re looking for the perfect actor to play Shrek, the green-skinned ogre who is the subject of the beloved film and now a Broadway musical coming to Theatre Lawrence for the holidays, it would be hard to find someone better suited to the role than Knute Pittenger.
40 years ago: Prisoner sets small fire in county jail
December 5, 2013
Firefighters estimated damage at $100, mostly caused by smoke.
100 years ago: Lawrence appears on the silver screen
December 5, 2013
“The movie show of Lawrence is a three reel production.”
Training helps volunteers provide more compassionate care to homeless families
December 5, 2013
The volunteer was just trying to help homeless families in Lawrence. He didn’t know that, through no fault of his own, he was doing more harm than good. It was all because he reminded one of the homeless people of a relative who had abused her as a child. When the volunteer left, her anxiety went away. This example highlights why the program, Lawrence Family Promise, recently had its volunteers take part in trauma-informed care training: to make sure they aren’t retraumatizing people who went through situations like abuse, violence and neglect as children. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: Terrorist threat
A growing terrorist threat raises ongoing questions about how to balance security measures against American freedoms.
December 5, 2013
According to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees, this nation and its citizens are more susceptible to terrorist attacks today than they were a year or two ago.
Letter: Recognition due
December 5, 2013
Marcia Epstein deserves a parade down Massachusetts Street.
Opinion: Role of college athletics grows
December 5, 2013
For my 23 years as a university president/chancellor, I encouraged increased emphasis on intercollegiate athletics, believing at the time that the reasons were well founded. In the main, they were.
Opinion: Sharing the wealth not a radical idea
December 5, 2013
I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly. A system where everyone gets the same reward regardless of quality or quantity of work is inconsistent with excellence and innovation, as the mediocrity and inefficiency that beset the Soviet Union readily proves.
KU part of new project using mobile technology in K-12 science and math classrooms
December 5, 2013
Kansas University’s UKan Teach, which trains science and technology majors to become K-12 teachers, is part of a pilot project to use tablet computers equipped with mobile wireless to teach math and science. KU students giving lessons at middle schools have used the tablets to teach about angles, sound and other science topics. By Ben Unglesbee
Infamous Stringdusters on tour to aid Colorado flood relief
December 5, 2013
The five-piece bluegrass Infamous Stringdusters are stopping in Lawrence on their winter “Road to Boulder” tour, while raising money and the profile of the devastating floods that took place in Colorado in September.
Thousands expected downtown Saturday for wintry, Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
December 5, 2013
Even parade director Elaine VanDeventer can count on a handful of surprises with each Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in downtown Lawrence. VanDeventer, at the helm for Saturday’s 21st annual parade, will see many of the dozens of horse-drawn participants for the first time along with a downtown crowd expected to again approach 20,000 despite Saturday’s frigid forecast.