Archive for Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Column: Wiggins makes headway, now needs help
December 10, 2013
When all around him looked too green to handle what Kansas University coach Bill Self likes to call “a big-boy game,” Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins represented hope. He didn’t shy from a physical opponent and the mistakes he did make were those of aggression, not passivity. By Tom Keegan
City hears concerns about lighting plan at Rock Chalk Park complex
December 10, 2013
City leaders and a neighbor to the Rock Chalk Park sports complex will meet in the coming days after city officials conceded Tuesday that a lighting plan for the complex hadn’t been properly approved.By Chad Lawhorn
Armed robbery reported at AutoZone on Iowa Street
December 10, 2013
Lawrence police are searching for a suspect after an armed robbery occurred at an AutoZone on the 2700 block of Iowa Street Tuesday night.
KU men’s basketball notebook: Road unkind to Jayhawks so far
December 10, 2013
Life on the road hasn’t been rosy for Kansas University’s basketball team this nonconference season. The (6-3) Jayhawks’ recent excursions to Colorado and Florida resulted in two losses in four days — on the heels of a 2-1 performance in the Bahamas. By Gary Bedore
Gator Bait: KU basketball chomped, 67-61, by No. 19 Florida
December 10, 2013
Going with four freshman starters for what is believed to be the first time in Kansas University basketball history looked like a fine game plan against Florida on Tuesday night in O’Connell Center. “It wasn’t who we started that was the problem. We were up 10-3,” KU coach Bill Self exclaimed after the Jayhawks’ group of rookies Joel Embiid, Frank Mason, Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins plus sophomore Perry Ellis opened strong, then were victimized by a 21-0 run during a 67-61 loss to the Gators. By Gary Bedore
Florida coach Billy Donovan says KU ‘ceiling’ may be highest in country
December 10, 2013
The number of areas in which Florida’s basketball team outdid visiting Kansas University during a 67-61 UF victory on Tuesday at the O’Connell Center reached double digits. But few told the story or made the difference as much as the experience of Florida’s guards against the youth of the Jayhawks, who fell to 6-3 and dropped their third game in the four tries. By Matt Tait
Police search for driver in hit-and-run accident
December 10, 2013
The Lawrence Police Department is searching for the driver of a hit-and-run accident that left one person with a minor injury Tuesday afternoon.
State board rejects SmarterBalanced; chooses KU to develop Common Core tests
December 10, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education rejected a testing system being developed by a consortium of 22 states and instead hire Kansas University’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation to develop tests aligned to the new Common Core standards. The move would save about $1 million a year compared to the SmarterBalanced tests, but it is unclear whether the U.S. Department of Education will approve the board’s overall plan. By Peter Hancock
Headquarters officials say they want to reopen at night, remain independent
December 10, 2013
Pictured: Sarah Pembrook, a counselor with Headquarters Counseling Center, listens to a local caller who is expressing feelings of depression and being overwhelmed, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Steve Lopes, who became interim director at Lawrence-based Headquarters Counseling Center this week, said he plans to lead Headquarters into the “21st century,” making improvements in the way the center does business to keep it an independent entity serving Douglas County and the rest of Kansas. By Giles Bruce
State board approves handwriting standards
December 10, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education voted 10-0 today to approve new handwriting standards for public schools. The model standards still give local schools discretion about teaching, but includes language saying the board “expects” them to ensure all students can write legibly in cursive. By Peter Hancock
Police awaiting autopsy results as community mourns KU student Villagomez-Saldana
12:29 p.m., December 10, 2013 Updated 04:45 p.m.
Kansas University officials today are mourning the death of graduate student Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana, who was reported missing early Saturday. Police believe a body found Monday is the student’s.
Fire damages West Lawrence home
12:16 p.m., December 10, 2013 Updated 02:03 p.m.
An electrical heater caught fire on the second story in a home on the 900 block of Chalk Hill Court in West Lawrence at approximately 11 a.m. today.
Sebelius a finalist for Time Person of Year
December 10, 2013
Feelings are mixed in Kansas over the inclusion of former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as one of 10 finalists for Time magazine’s Person of the Year award.
Novel by KU professor chosen as 2014-15 Common Book
09:41 a.m., December 10, 2013 Updated 06:10 p.m.
A novel by Laura Moriarty, a KU professor of English who teaches creative writing, was chosen as the KU Common Book for the 2014-15 school year. Moriarty’s is the first novel to be chosen in the program.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 9
December 10, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 9.
Column: Kansas-Florida thriller in Vegas riddled with NBA talent
December 10, 2013
The last time Kansas University and Florida met in a basketball game, it was played in an arena inside a hotel-casino, the Orleans in Las Vegas. It’s interesting to look back and see just how much talent was in that game against the Gators. Twelve players who played in that game went on to play in the NBA. By Tom Keegan
Last Kansas-Florida meeting a doozy
December 10, 2013
It has been seven years since Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks and Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators thrilled the college basketball world in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational. By Gary Bedore
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen retires
December 10, 2013
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen announced his retirement Monday night, two days after he made a pair of dramatic saves in a penalty kick shootout against Real Salt Lake to secure his club its first MLS Cup in more than a decade.
LHS grad Lance Kilburn gets ‘Good Works’ honor
December 10, 2013
Lance Kilburn, a 2009 Lawrence High graduate, joined Kansas University’s Perry Ellis as one of 201 NCAA and NAIA collegiate basketball players to be selected to the Good Works Team. By Chris Duderstadt
25 years ago: Public defender program takes shape in Lawrence
December 10, 2013
Final preparations were being made for a public defender program to provide lawyers for people involved in juvenile court matters.
Letter: Honestly?
December 10, 2013
In response to the Dec. 7 Saturday Column on honesty. What should Lawrencians think when the editor of the local newspaper does not tell the truth?
Letter: A losing game
December 10, 2013
Where is the Kansas University leadership today? Just as former football players are now suing programs for brain damage, KU is hiring a couple of additional high-dollar experts to again help transform the sorry football program after yet another losing season.
Opinion: Forgiveness at heart of Mandela legacy
December 10, 2013
Every once in a very great while, we get these people who rise above the confines of self. Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95, was one of those. He navigated his life by the polestar not of self, but of freedom and in so doing, became the founding father of a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal.
Letter: Well said
December 10, 2013
Congratulations to Dolph C. Simons Jr. on his article on the lack of presidential honesty. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Editorial: Ag leadership
The new secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture should draw on her strong Kansas ties as she seeks ways to support Kansas farmers and build the state’s agriculture economy.
December 10, 2013
The number of Kansans directly involved in agriculture production has dropped significantly in the last several decades, but agriculture remains an important part of the state’s economy and the selection of a state agriculture secretary is still a critical choice.
40 years ago: Penitentiary inmate escapes weightlifting show
December 10, 2013
Five inmates had participated in the event and at least one guard had accompanied the group to Lawrence.
Double Take: Scholarship shouldn’t dictate college choice
December 10, 2013
Should students choose a college because they receive “free” money? Increasingly, I think the answer might be “no,” particularly if that college is an expensive out-of-state institution
Important time of year to make sure car seats are installed properly
December 10, 2013
It’s the holiday travel season, making it as good a time as any to make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly. By Giles Bruce
100 years ago: Elks Lodge to provide Christmas party for Lawrence children
December 10, 2013
“Toys and candy and nuts and other Christmas cheer in abundance will be supplied.”