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Area basketball: Baldwin wins a pair
December 9, 2013
Baldwin High boys basketball guard Cornell Brown led a second-quarter surge Monday as the Bulldogs downed Chanute in the first round of the Bulldog/Wildcat Classic
Depth charge: Reserves like Tiana Dockery give KU volleyball boost
December 9, 2013
When a coach has as much talent to work with as Kansas University volleyball’s Ray Bechard, it’s easy to get away with keeping capable, if not dominant, players waiting in the wings and call on their expertise at just the right time. By Benton Smith
2013 Journal-World All-Area Boys Soccer Team
December 9, 2013
A look at the 2013 Journal-World All-Area Boys Soccer Team: from left, Dustin Seibolt, De Soto, Asher Huseman, Tonganoxie, Austin Johanning, Perry-Lecompton, Chris Allen, Free State, coach Mark Joslyn Baldwin, Nicholas Joslyn, Baldwin, Eric Williams, De Soto, Russell Cloon, Baldwin, Connor Henrichs, Lawrence, Brandon Church, Ottawa. By Benton Smith
School board updates policies on bullying, e-cigarettes, other issues
December 9, 2013
The Lawrence school board formally updated several policies Monday night, including one that now prohibits parents from engaging in bullying behavior. Most of the updates reflect recent changes in state law and were recommended by the Kansas Association of School Boards. By Peter Hancock
School board mulling $12.5 million capital improvements plan
December 9, 2013
Lawrence school officials are proposing a $12.5 million capital improvements plan for this year for building repairs, furniture replacement and other improvements. That plan is separate from the recent $92.5 million bond issue, but many of the projects are related. By Peter Hancock
KU community mourns loss of bright, friendly student
December 9, 2013
Grieving friends of Kansas University student Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana described him Monday evening as a smiling, positive man whose apparent death after a weekend disappearance had shocked the campus. By Elliot Hughes
Kansas RB James Sims first-team, LB Ben Heeney second-team All-Big 12
December 9, 2013
Kansas University running back James Sims was named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team, and KU linebacker Ben Heeney repeated on the second team when the AP released its annual selections today.
KU researcher helps develop implant that can restore brain function in rats
December 9, 2013
A KU School of Medicine professor and his colleague developed a brain implant that helped restore motor skills to brain-injured rats. The researchers hope the implant might one day lead to devices that can help people who have suffered strokes and brain injuries recover brain function.
Douglas County may put hold on wind farm development
December 9, 2013
Douglas County commissioners are expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution that would impose a moratorium through April on wind farm development in unincorporated parts of the county. The county currently has no development codes related specifically to wind farms, but there are reports that a developer may be interested in building one in southern Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
Body found at Avalon Road address believed to be missing KU student, police say
03:24 p.m., December 9, 2013 Updated 07:35 p.m.
Lawrence police have found a body at 837 Avalon Road matching the description of a KU student who has been missing since early Saturday.
Audit finds ‘chronic weaknesses’ in state agencies protecting confidential information
December 9, 2013
State agencies need to do a better job protecting sensitive information stored on their computer systems, a new audit said. By Scott Rothschild
Report proposes Lawrence add new director of arts and culture to city staff
December 9, 2013
If Lawrence wants to get serious about creating a more vibrant cultural district in downtown and East Lawrence, a new $100,000 a year position at City Hall is likely going to be required. By Chad Lawhorn
Jayhawks drop out of top 10 in new AP poll
December 9, 2013
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team dropped out of the top 10, down to No. 13, in the latest AP Top 25, released Monday.
Former day care provider convicted in cocaine case
December 9, 2013
A Douglas County jury has convicted Tiffany C. Hubbard, 38, of distributing crack cocaine out of her home, which was also the site of a Lawrence day care.
Chairman of Kansas Corporation Commission resigns
11:32 a.m., December 9, 2013 Updated 12:47 p.m.
Mark Sievers, chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission since May 2011, has resigned, according to a news release today by Gov. Sam Brownback’s office.
Lawrence school board moves meeting to 7 p.m. today
December 9, 2013
Tonight’s Lawrence school board meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 8
December 9, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 8.
Marriages for Dec. 9
December 9, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
40 years ago: Camping trailer explodes in North Lawrence
December 9, 2013
The trailer was destroyed in the blast and fire.
Editorial: Baker leader
As is the case for most university presidents these days, fundraising will be a top priority for Baker University’s new CEO.
December 9, 2013
Lynne Murray has big shoes to fill, but we wish her well as she prepares to take over the presidency of Baker University from Pat Long next summer.
Business briefcase Dec. 9
December 9, 2013
Free State Insurance, an Allstate Insurance agency, recently opened for business at 4106 W. 6th St. in Lawrence.
Bankruptcies for Dec. 9
December 9, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for Dec. 9
December 9, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
25 years ago: Second high school would be most expensive option
December 9, 2013
The final decision was expected to come in January.
KU’s Student Senate examining student fees paid to athletics association
December 9, 2013
KU’s Student Senate is looking closely at student fees paid for university services, including fees paid to Kansas Athletics. By Ben Unglesbee
State to decide standards for student handwriting
December 9, 2013
Teaching children how to write on paper with a pen or pencil may be going by the wayside in some parts of the country, but not in Kansas. By Peter Hancock
US Bank to host open house for longtime employee
December 9, 2013
Officials at Lawrence’s US Bank are honoring a longtime employee who is retiring.
Anti-tobacco advocates say Kansas has underfunded smoking prevention
December 9, 2013
On the fifteenth anniversary of the multi-billion-dollar settlement between the tobacco industry and states, tobacco prevention advocates say Kansas has underfunded programs to prevent or stop people from smoking. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence United Way effort helped reduce summer skills loss in elementary students
December 9, 2013
The Lawrence School District discovered that this summer, students involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s summer program retained more of what they learned last year.
Letter: Moral compass
December 9, 2013
The editorial, “Terrorist threat” (Dec. 5) supplied no new facts to bolster the arguments for exhaustive government tracking of the activities and lifestyles of, “all those living in the U.S.” The prevarications of two political hacks (Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Roberts) that there are “probably” more al-Qaida-linked organizations now making interdiction “exponentially” more difficult for law enforcement lacks evidence. This might be true if you include Wal-mart labor organizers in the totals.
Letter: Food stamp funds
December 9, 2013
Somebody you know is receiving food stamps — but you probably don’t know it. The stigma persists; we don’t talk about it. The working poor are now getting less in food stamps. Life is harder this year due to changes in food stamp policy. Inequality for all is the norm. In Douglas County, 8,000 residents are receiving food stamps.
Opinion: Isolation won’t solve U.S. problems
December 9, 2013
The chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees stated last weekend that the world was getting more unsafe. A few days later, the Pew Research Center reported that 52 percent of Americans think the U.S. should “mind its own business internationally,” the highest such total in the nearly 50-year history of that query. Taken together, these two items symbolize a serious emerging national problem.
100 years ago: Lawrence official suggests plan for protecting winter birds
December 9, 2013
“There are three parks in this city and there are a lot of birds here during the winter that need attention.”
Kansas Rural Center working to increase number of bees
December 9, 2013
The Kansas Rural Center, with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation, is going to train more beekeepers, increase the amount and quality of habitat for bees and other “pollinators,” and increase access to locally produced honey. By Nikki Wentling
United Way effort helped reduce summer skills loss in elementary students
December 9, 2013
This fall, when the Lawrence School District evaluated Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) reading scores, they discovered that students who had been involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s summer program retained more of the skills and abilities than usual.