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KU women snap three-game skid with 105-78 victory over Texas Southern
08:59 p.m., December 12, 2013 Updated 12:12 a.m.
The Kansas University women’s basketball used a blazing start and a school-record tying 12 three-pointers to knock off Texas Southern, 105-78, Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Kansas House delegation splits on budget deal
December 12, 2013
Kansas’ U.S. House delegation, all Republicans, split on the bipartisan budget deal that was passed by the House on Thursday. Reps. Lynn Jenkins, whose district includes Lawrence, and Kevin Yoder, of Overland Park, voted for it, while Tim Huelskamp, of Fowler, and Mike Pompeo, of Wichita. voted against. By Scott Rothschild
18 indicted in alleged methamphetamine conspiracy linked to Mexican cartel
December 12, 2013
Eighteen people thought by law enforcement officials to be connected with a Mexican drug cartel have been indicted by a grand jury accusing them of being involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy that included using a rural Douglas County home as a manufacturing hub. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau seeking new leader
December 12, 2013
The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau will begin a search for a new leader in 2014 as the organization seeks to capitalize off of new opportunities related to sporting events and history-based tourism. By Chad Lawhorn
Debate teams head to national qualifying tournament
December 12, 2013
Lawrence and Free State high schools are taking three teams each to this weekend’s National Forensics League district tournament in Olathe. The top three teams at the tournament will win a berth at the national tournament this summer. By Peter Hancock
Rain, snow expected Friday
December 12, 2013
Road crews in Lawrence have pre-treated roadways for possible precipitation Friday.
Officials hope new K-12 tests will meet higher education standards
December 12, 2013
Kansas University’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation will develop new tests for K-12 students to measure how well they’re meeting the new Common Core educational standards. Officials hope the new tests will also be useful in deciding whether students are ready for college-level study. By Peter Hancock
Jayhawks held players-only team meeting day after loss to Florida
Sophomore forward Perry Ellis calls session productive
03:54 p.m., December 12, 2013 Updated 12:20 a.m.
The members of the Kansas University men’s basketball team held a players-only pow wow in the locker room Wednesday, a day after suffering their third loss in four games at No. 19 Florida in Gainesville. By Gary Bedore
Sen. Hensley expects Gov. Brownback to make supplemental budget request to fill in school shortfall
December 12, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday declined to say whether he would make a supplemental budget request to fill a nearly $38 million shortfall in public school funding. By Scott Rothschild
Judge declares mistrial in 2012 manslaughter case
11:43 a.m., December 12, 2013 Updated 02:14 p.m.
Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel has declared a mistrial in the case against a 22-year-old Mission man accused of causing the 2012 death of a 27-year-old Lawrence man.
Memorial services, fund planned for KU student
10:20 a.m., December 12, 2013 Updated 07:10 p.m.
Memorial services have been set for Kansas University student Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana, and friends have created an online fundraiser to help his family with funeral and travel costs. By Sara Shepherd
Muriel McBrien Kauffman foundation donates $1 million for KU recital hall
10:15 a.m., December 12, 2013 Updated 06:11 p.m.
The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation donated $1 million to help renovate and upgrade Kansas University’s Swarthout Recital Hall. The gift brings the total funds raised for Swarthout at $2.5 million. School officials hope construction can begin at the end of the spring semester.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 11
December 12, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 11
2013 Journal-World All-Area Volleyball Team
December 12, 2013
A look at the 2013 Journal-World All-Area Volleyball Team
Column: Like predecessors, Mason should grow out of inconsistency, into talent
December 12, 2013
In Kansas University’s meeting with Florida on Nov. 25, 2006, the Jayhawks brought a quick, confident relentless competitor of a freshman off the bench. Sherron Collins triggered the imagination the way Frank Mason does now. Collins didn’t have it that night in Las Vegas against the Gators. Three seasons later, he was a first-team All-American. No reason to think Mason can’t make the same strides and earn the same accolades. Column by Tom Keegan
FSHS swimming wins Manhattan tri; LHS 3rd
December 12, 2013
Senior Hunter Robinson and junior Jack Ziegler led the Free State High swimming and diving team to a first-place finish on Wednesday at the Manhattan triangular.
KU to host NCAA cross country, track regionals in 2015-16
December 12, 2013
The Kansas University cross country and track teams will host NCAA regionals in the 2015-16 school year, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
KU rowing signs five in fall class
December 12, 2013
Kansas University’s rowing team has signed five athletes in its latest recruiting class, KU coach Rob Catloth announced Wednesday.
KU swimmer Chelsie Miller wins Big 12 weekly award
December 12, 2013
Kansas University sophomore Chelsie Miller was named the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week by conference coaches on Wednesday.
Area basketball roundup: Baldwin girls, boys advance to tourney finals
December 12, 2013
Baldwin High’s girls and boys basketball teams won their pools at the Bulldog/Wildcat Classic with blowout victories over Iola on Wednesday.
LHS boys tackle tough field at tourney
December 12, 2013
Lawrence High’s boys basketball players and coaches knew the next three days wouldn’t be easy. In his four previous trips to the Blue Valley Shootout, Lions coach Mike Lewis has seen some talented fields, but this year figures to be the deepest in his five-year tenure. By Benton Smith
KU volleyball elated to be one of ‘elite 16’
December 12, 2013
The excruciating wait aside, there could not have been a much more fitting year for Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard to finally break through the second round of the NCAA Tournament and reach the regional semifinals. The feat, after postseason dancing ended earlier than he had hoped for in 2003, ‘04, ‘05 and ‘12, finally came in Bechard’s 16th season — a Sweet 16, indeed. By Benton Smith
KU women hope to reverse losing streak tonight
December 12, 2013
According to the schedule, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team should have been over its three-game losing streak by now. Whether the Jayhawks would have handled their business this past Sunday at home against Texas Southern or extended their skid to four games, no one will ever know for certain, because dangerous winter weather conditions kept the Tigers homebound, in Houston. By Benton Smith
Self: KU reacting too slow vs. zone
December 12, 2013
Kansas University’s basketball rotation players work on attacking the zone defense regularly at practice. That just hasn’t been evident in the past two games — Saturday’s 75-72 loss at Colorado and Tuesday’s 67-61 setback at Florida — in which the Jayhawks labored offensively. “The ball sticks now. Guys are indecisive,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday, noting, “we haven’t reacted very well.” By Gary Bedore
Naughty nurses’ raising funds for Red Cross
December 12, 2013
The Bottleneck is hosting a Naughty Nurses for the Needy burlesque show Friday to raise money for the Red Cross disaster relief fund.
40 years ago: Heating fuel, gasoline shortages affect Lawrence
December 12, 2013
Two Lawrence businesses this week were temporarily affected by cuts in natural gas service.
Fix-It Chick: Cut your own Christmas tree
December 12, 2013
When it comes to holiday decor, a locally harvested Christmas tree is the most ecologically friendly and fiscally responsible way to go.
Our Town Sports (Dec. 12)
December 12, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Dec. 12.
Style Scout: Andrew Chavez
December 12, 2013
Fashion trends you hate: Really long basketball shorts or sweatpants. It looks like you’re really not trying at all.
Style Scout: Francesca Whatley
December 12, 2013
Fashion trends you love: Skinny jeans, colorful clothes, fluffies and winged eyeliner.
Names of vehicle occupants that crashed through storefront released
December 12, 2013
Lawrence police released the names of the two occupants of the vehicle that crashed into a Massachusetts Street storefront early Saturday morning.
Birdwatchers gear up for census-taking event this weekend
December 12, 2013
This weekend marks the beginning of Christmas Bird Count, a national campaign organized by the National Audubon Society to take a census of bird populations.
Donations sought for Christmas day dinner at local church
December 12, 2013
The Community Christmas Dinner Committee, a Lawrence-based ad hoc group, is looking for food donations to supply a Christmas day dinner at a local church.
Off the Beaten Plate: Tom Yum Shrimp at Thai Siam
December 12, 2013
“Yum” is right there in the name.
Mrs. Mass.: Waxing poetic
December 12, 2013
Candles seem like a kind of magical home decor item, don’t you think? What’s even better is that they make a great gift item for almost anyone. With that in mind, I headed to Waxman Candles, 609 Massachusetts St., to check out the goods and get a few holiday gift ideas. By Jessica Pauly
Garden Variety: Gifts for the gardener
December 12, 2013
This is the time of year for gift-giving, and a gardener should be given a gift they can use, not one that uses them.
The Fashion Column Twins: Sporty winter style
December 12, 2013
When searching for stylish sportswear, I like to keep it simple and go for brands that I know will last.
Editorial: Tax challenge
In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sales tax, Kansas should immediately examine how the state can collect on online purchases.
December 12, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a key piece of news for traditional retailers: The court declined to hear a case that sought to overturn a New York law that allows the state to charge sales tax on most online purchases made in the state. The decision should spark an immediate examination by Kansas lawmakers on how the state can begin charging sales tax for online purchases.
History may hold a tale of two Mandelas
December 12, 2013
When John Lofton of The Washington Times and I were granted an interview with Nelson Mandela inside Pollsmoor Prison near Capetown, South Africa, in August 1985, it was a rare occurrence. The Mandela celebrated by world leaders following his death was not the Mandela we interviewed.
Obama’s diplomacy relentlessly pragmatic
December 12, 2013
This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making former secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III.
Kansas Public Radio to host Big Band Christmas Concert
December 12, 2013
Kansas Public Radio is hosting its Big Band Christmas Concert at 8 p.m., on Dec. 14, at Liberty Hall this year.
25 years ago: County committed to south Lawrence bypass, commissioners say
December 12, 2013
“Trafficway agreement is halfway home” was the optimistic headline today.
De-stress with all-natural pampering treatments
December 12, 2013
Along with the joyous holidays, comes inevitable holiday stress.
Who knew rabbits tasted this good?
December 12, 2013
Rabbit is a favorite of many chefs in Lawrence. But why, and where does the meat come from?
100 years ago: Stray dog rescued from Kansas River
December 12, 2013
“He came down the river this morning riding on a bunch of drift wood.”