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Archive for Sunday, December 8, 2013

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12:10 a.m.
The L. Bullene store, far right, which later became Weaver's, is pictured in this photo of Massachusetts Street in the 1880s. Unique mix of old, new keeps 156-year-old Weaver’s department store in business
December 8, 2013
Opening weekend of Christmas shopping season saw customers cramming the usual south Lawrence box stores and sprawling parking lots. But plenty of others were merrily browsing bargains at Weaver’s department store at 901 Massachusetts St. — a retail relic where new trends and upscale brands are displayed between creaky old stairs and a midcentury façade. By Sara Shepherd
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Harlan Miller sits at his desk with a collection of stories and literature relating to his uncle Will Green and the Lawrence Zoo that once existed on the property located behind the former VFW building at 138 Alabama Street, during an interview on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in his Lawrence home. Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Suzie the Monkey and the Lawrence zoo
December 8, 2013
You don’t know about Suzie the Monkey? Well, you must not know about the days when Lawrence had its own zoo. No, I don’t mean the Oread Neighborhood on a Saturday night. I mean a real live zoo, complete with a resident monkey. And while we’re not likely to have a zoo again, we might soon have new occasion to think about the days when we did. By Chad Lawhorn
5:00 p.m.
Kansas University theater and film graduates Matt Hislope of Austin, left, and Josh Meyer of Los Angeles organized a pop-up artist colony in a renovated church at 10th and New York streets. They call the year-long project, which has attracted artists from across the country, the Pilot Balloon Church-House. Pop-up artist colony finds home in East Lawrence church-turned-house
December 8, 2013
Just another day at Pilot Balloon Church-House? There’s probably no such thing. The historic-church-turned-house at 10th and New York streets in East Lawrence is spending the year as a pop-up artist colony, where creatives from across the country stay a week or three and, basically, create whatever they want while here. By Sara Shepherd
9:00 p.m.
This is one of about 400 Nativity scenes on display at Centernary United Methodist Church, 245 N. 4th Street, during the 19th annual Festival of Nativities. Festival of Nativities continues to share the meaning of Christmas
December 8, 2013
The glow of Christmas lights illuminated the hundreds of nativity scenes on display at Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday, the second day of the annual Festival of Nativities, a 19-year-old event that aims to show people the meaning of Christmas. The nativity scenes displayed represent more than 30 countries across five continents, they are made from a variety of materials, and range in size from two feet to two inches tall. By Nikki Wentling

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KU volleyball to meet Huskies in Sweet 16
December 8, 2013
Kansas University will make its first appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday against Washington at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
UF point guard to play against KU
December 8, 2013
University of Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin was cleared to practice and will play Tuesday against Kansas University at the O’Connell Center, the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported.
Warm Florida welcome awaits Joel Embiid
December 8, 2013
Justin Harden wishes he could get his hands on dozens of tickets for the Kansas University-Florida Big 12/SEC Challenge basketball showdown at 6 p.m. Tuesday in O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. By Gary Bedore
Back on track: Chiefs rout hapless Washington
December 8, 2013
The Chiefs (10-3) broke their three-game skid by doing what they did so well during their 9-0 start — beat up on a bad team. They scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once, and returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in Sunday’s 45-10 rout of the Redskins.
Accident partially blocks I-70 westbound outside Lawrence
December 8, 2013
Westbound traffic along I-70 outside of Lawrence is partially blocked due to an injury accident, according to an alert from the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Festival of Nativities continues to share the meaning of Christmas
December 8, 2013
The glow of Christmas lights illuminated the hundreds of nativity scenes on display at Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday, the second day of the annual Festival of Nativities, a 19-year-old event that aims to show people the meaning of Christmas. The nativity scenes displayed represent more than 30 countries across five continents, they are made from a variety of materials, and range in size from two feet to two inches tall. By Nikki Wentling
Police, friends continue to search for missing KU student
01:07 p.m., December 8, 2013 Updated 01:31 p.m.
Officers with the Lawrence Police Department are investigating the case of a missing Kansas University student last seen early Saturday morning.
Opinion: Even when the cameras are rolling…
December 8, 2013
You want to know the worst part? It isn’t the incident where a police officer stopped a man at the 207 Quickstop convenience store and threw his purchases — cans of Red Bull — to the sidewalk.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 7
December 8, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Dec. 7.
Slumping Chiefs focused on clinching playoff berth
December 8, 2013
Just as everyone expected: One team is on the cusp of the playoffs, and the other is sinking like a stone. Except that the roles are reversed. It’s the Kansas City Chiefs who can clinch a postseason berth, and it’s the Washington Redskins who are mired in last place as the teams meet today.
Sporting KC converts PKs for MLS title
December 8, 2013
Aurelien Collin drove home the deciding penalty kick after Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-all draw Saturday night, giving his club its first league championship since 2000.
Seabury girls win opener, 44-16
December 8, 2013
Seabury Academy’s girls basketball team held Independence Home School scoreless in the first quarter and won its season opener, 44-16, on Saturday at Seabury.
Veritas girls place third at Shea Invitational
December 8, 2013
The Veritas Christian girls basketball team won the third-place game of the Shea Invitational, 48-21, over Chanute Christian on Saturday.
Veritas boys take third at tourney
December 8, 2013
Winston Wiebe had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team defeated Tyro Christian, 76-42, on Saturday for third place in the Shea Invitational.
Haskell women lose at William Penn
December 8, 2013
The Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team fell, 84-68, on Saturday at William Penn University.
KU swimmers set records at Winter Nationals, win at dual
December 8, 2013
Kansas University swimmers Alison Lusk and Chelsie Miller broke school records on Saturday at the USA Winter Nationals.
KU track begins indoor season
December 8, 2013
Kansas University men’s and women’s track and field teams won seven events as they opened the 2013-14 indoor season with the Bob Timmons Challenge on Saturday at Anschutz Pavilion.
25 years ago: City leaders attending national conference
December 8, 2013
Attendees were especially looking forward to the sessions on waste management and curbside recycling.
40 years ago: Clinton Parkway construction funding delayed
December 8, 2013
The $6 million parkway was to be the main access between Lawrence and Clinton Lake, then under construction.
Furniture artist Wendell Castle donates piece to Spencer Museum
December 8, 2013
In May, Kansas University gave Wendell Castle, father of the art furniture movement and a KU alumnus, an honorary doctorate of arts degree. On Thursday, Castle gave the university an honorary gift — a new piece of his artwork.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
December 8, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.
Concerts at Lied Center to feature traditional band, jazz Christmas music
December 8, 2013
The Kansas University Band and Symphonic Band will perform traditional and contemporary music, and the KU School of Music is presenting its annual jazz vespers performance in two separate concerts at the Lied Center this week.
Unique mix of old, new keeps 156-year-old Weaver’s department store in business
December 8, 2013
Opening weekend of Christmas shopping season saw customers cramming the usual south Lawrence box stores and sprawling parking lots. But plenty of others were merrily browsing bargains at Weaver’s department store at 901 Massachusetts St. — a retail relic where new trends and upscale brands are displayed between creaky old stairs and a midcentury façade. By Sara Shepherd
Designs for Free State, Kennedy to be unveiled at Lawrence school board meeting
12:00 a.m., December 8, 2013 Updated 08:10 p.m.
Architects will unveil schematic plans for upgrades and renovations at Free State High School and Kennedy School when the Lawrence school board meets Monday night. The projects are being funded with the $92.5 million bond issue voters approved in April. By Peter Hancock
KU putting best foot forward in central, western Kansas
December 8, 2013
With total student enrollment dropping five straight years and a sometimes-tense relationship with the Kansas legislature, KU officials have hit the road this fall trying to tout their impact on all parts of the state. That includes trips by top KU officials to rural communities in Kansas where populations are smaller than some KU classes. By Ben Unglesbee
Local writers of ‘Echoes from the Prairie’ find universality in each other’s memories
December 8, 2013
The Great Plains Writers Group are a local group of writers who recently published their second collection of short memoirs, “Echoes from the Prairie.”
Editorial: Inspection bumps
Privacy concerns are important, but they shouldn’t be a major roadblock to a new rental inspection program.
December 8, 2013
It’s not a bad thing that Lawrence city commissioners are taking the time to address various concerns with an expanded rental inspection program. This is a significant change, and now is the time to try to anticipate problems and write the ordinance in a way to avoid those issues.
Opinion: Containment is best option in Iran
December 8, 2013
In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program.” But if the program, now several decades old, had really been “halted” shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.
100 years ago: Traveling ‘clairvoyant’ fleeces Lawrence girl
December 8, 2013
“She returned to the rooms once occupied by the man who had taken her money, who had promised her so much in return. She found that he had gone….”
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Suzie the Monkey and the Lawrence zoo
December 8, 2013
You don’t know about Suzie the Monkey? Well, you must not know about the days when Lawrence had its own zoo. No, I don’t mean the Oread Neighborhood on a Saturday night. I mean a real live zoo, complete with a resident monkey. And while we’re not likely to have a zoo again, we might soon have new occasion to think about the days when we did. By Chad Lawhorn
Pop-up artist colony finds home in East Lawrence church-turned-house
December 8, 2013
Just another day at Pilot Balloon Church-House? There’s probably no such thing. The historic-church-turned-house at 10th and New York streets in East Lawrence is spending the year as a pop-up artist colony, where creatives from across the country stay a week or three and, basically, create whatever they want while here. By Sara Shepherd