Archive for Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lead stories

12:21 a.m.
Police investigate a house at 837 Avalon on Monday, Dec. 9.
Police awaiting autopsy results as community mourns KU student Villagomez-Saldana
12:29 p.m., December 10, 2013 Updated 4:45 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.
10:21 a.m.
Work continues on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex near Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The track and field stadium, far left, is the furthest along, with a projected opening set for spring 2014. The concrete pad for the city's eight-gym recreation center, top center, also has been poured. The center is expected to open in  summer 2014.  The concrete pads along the right edge of the photo are parking lots to serve the entire complex. In the center of the site are a soccer field and a softball stadium for Kansas University. 
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
2:21 p.m.
Sarah Pembrook, a counselor with Headquarters Counseling Center, 211 E. Eighth St., listens to a local caller who is expressing feelings of depression and being overwhelmed, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Headquarters, which has been in operation for 43 years, not only takes calls from distressed individuals who sometimes are feeling suicidal, but also offers support for family members who have lost loved ones to suicide. 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
5:18 p.m.
Marios Sophocleous was censured by KU for alleged plagiarism. Former KGS senior scientist censured for allegations of plagiarism
12:23 p.m., December 11, 2013 Updated 5:59 p.m.
Marios Sophocleous, a former senior scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey, was censured by Kansas University for plagiarizing scholarly work in seven journal articles.

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Kansas state school funding falling short of legislators’ plan
December 11, 2013
Public schools will face a cut in funding if Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators don’t approve more money when the 2014 legislative session starts next month. By Scott Rothschild
Plans for tighter fingerprint requirements for teachers raising concerns
December 11, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education is still drafting new regulations that would require all teachers to be fingerprinted and undergo extensive criminal background checks as a condition of maintaining a license. But those plans are raising concerns about the cost being imposed on teachers. By Peter Hancock
Roberts says no to budget deal; Jenkins reviewing the plan
December 11, 2013
A bipartisan budget deal endorsed by President Barack Obama won’t get U.S. Sen Pat Roberts’ support. By Scott Rothschild
Report: Students admitted to college without meeting minimum standards have tougher time
December 11, 2013
Students who enter public colleges in Kansas through exceptions to the minimum admission standards fare worse than other students, according to a new report. By Scott Rothschild
Letter: Real injustice
December 11, 2013
Recently, perimeter construction on the South Lawrence Trafficway was mentioned in this paper.
Opinion: Venturing to leadership-starved Mideast
December 11, 2013
There is something sadly appropriate about arriving in the Mideast on the weekend when the world is mourning Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a visionary who managed to reconcile a long-repressed black majority with the white minority that had ruled them. His name became synonymous with forgiveness, in this case of the new black rulers
Opinion: Spying on game players? Really?
December 11, 2013
Sometimes I find myself wondering whether the American intelligence community secretly takes its inspiration, if not its directions, from old episodes of the classic British comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”
Editorial: Good start
Bookings more than a year out for events at the city’s new recreation center bode well for the facility’s financial future.
December 11, 2013
Bookings for the new city recreation center in far west Lawrence appear to be off to a strong start. City officials hope to have the recreation center open by next July, but they’re being conservative in accepting reservations too close to that date. Nonetheless, the city already has received $70,000 in bookings
Momentum builds for adding director of arts and culture at City Hall
December 11, 2013
The idea of whether the city should add about $100,000 to its budget for a new director of arts and culture may come to the forefront at City Hall sooner rather than later. By Chad Lawhorn
Fernandez stepping down as South Middle School principal
December 11, 2013
Will Fernandez, principal at South Middle School in Lawrence, will retire at the end of this year. He has worked in the Lawrence school district since 2005.
Kansans slow to embrace health marketplace in November
December 11, 2013
New figures show that Kansans remained slow to embrace a federally run online health insurance marketplace in November even though the pace of enrollments in health plans increased.
Former KGS senior scientist censured for allegations of plagiarism
12:23 p.m., December 11, 2013 Updated 05:59 p.m.
Marios Sophocleous, a former senior scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey, was censured by Kansas University for plagiarizing scholarly work in seven journal articles.
U.S. Supreme Court rules that Kansas death sentence shouldn’t be thrown out
December 11, 2013
The Supreme Court says a lower court should not have overturned the conviction and death sentence of a man who admitted killing a Kansas sheriff.
Colorado man indicted on suspicion of robbing US Bank in Lawrence
12:11 p.m., December 11, 2013 Updated 12:33 p.m.
A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of robbing a bank in Lawrence U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today in a news release.
Safety Isaiah Johnson named Big 12’s top newcomer on ‘D’
LB Heeney, RB Sims named second team all-Big 12
December 11, 2013
Sophomore safety Isaiah Johnson’s Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year tag highlighted a day in which the Kansas University football team learned that eight players had been honored by the conference’s football coaches.
Water main break at 2447 W. Sixth St. closes eastbound lane of traffic
December 11, 2013
A water main break at 2447 W. Sixth St. has closed the right eastbound lane of traffic, according to a news release from the city.
KU names new dean of Graduate Studies
09:56 a.m., December 11, 2013 Updated 05:31 p.m.
Kansas University administrators have named MIchael Roberts, currently the director of the KU Clinical Child Psychology Program, as the new dean of Graduate Studies. Roberts will succeed Thomas Heilke, who announced in September he would leave the post for a new job with the University of British Columbia.
Eudora boys edge K.C. Harmon
December 11, 2013
Mitchell Ballock scored 23 points and Austin Downing added 17 as Eudora High defeated Kansas City (Kan.) Harmon, 59-52.
Kansas baseball signs 10
December 11, 2013
Kansas University signed 10 student-athletes to baseball letters of intent during the early signing period, coach Ritch Price announced Tuesday.
KU volleyball gets regional awards
December 11, 2013
Four Kansas University players made the first team of the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region Team, Tayler Soucie was named the region’s Freshman of the Year, and Ray Bechard was tapped Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Veritas drops twinbill
December 11, 2013
Veritas Christian dropped both ends of a high school basketball doubleheader at Topeka Cair Paravel.
Free State girls fall to Seaman
December 11, 2013
Without the firepower, depth and experience of last year’s team, the young Firebirds did not fold from an early deficit and actually threatened the Vikings early in the second half before falling.
Free State boys cruise past Seaman
December 11, 2013
Forgive the Free State High boys basketball players if they didn’t realize pregame warmups were over before the start of their game against visiting Topeka Seaman. The Firebirds just continued their layup drill through the first quarter and actually throughout the game.
LHS girls fall just short, 66-63
December 11, 2013
One of these nights, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team will play in a game that doesn’t come down to the final seconds. And one of these nights, the Lions will leave the court victorious. By Benton Smith
2013 Journal-World All-Area Boys Cross Country Team
December 11, 2013
A look at the 2013 Journal-World All-Area Boys Cross Country Team
2013 Journal-World All-Area Girls Cross Country Team
December 11, 2013
A look at the 2013 Journal-World All-Area Girls Cross Country Team
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 10
December 11, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 10.
25 years ago: Young reviewer of toys recommends Nintendo games
December 11, 2013
“My very favorite Nintendo game is Super Mario Brothers II.”
40 years ago: County officials brainstorm funding ideas for Clinton Parkway construction
December 11, 2013
“It looks as though we may have a completed lake and no road to get there.”
Toys for Tots store opens
December 11, 2013
The store, located at 4931 W. 6th St., suite 118, will be open until Dec. 24 and operate Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Chicken and noodles a comfort food classic
December 11, 2013
With nods to the women who’ve handed it down to me, here is my version of our family chicken and noodles recipe.
Delicious/Nutritious: Cinnamon spice makes anything nice
December 11, 2013
This month’s ingredient: Cinnamon
100 years ago: Popular police officer struck by sudden illness
December 11, 2013
“Everyone knows Charley Prentice and is grieved to know of his illness.”
KU professor joins climate lawsuit filed by American Indians
December 11, 2013
Members of some of the country’s native nations are suing the federal government — children being among the plaintiffs — arguing that it has not adequately protected natural resources and air quality. And now a Kansas University associate law professor has joined their cause. By Stephen Montemayor