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KU volleyball exits NCAA tourney in three-set loss to Washington
Huskies advance by downing Jayhawks, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24
09:01 p.m., December 13, 2013 Updated 12:12 a.m.
Kansas University’s tenacity proved insufficient against superior serving and blocking in the NCAA volleyball tournament regional semifinals Friday night. Third-seeded Washington dominated the first two sets in a 25-18, 25-13, 26-24 sweep of the 14th-seeded Jayhawks at USC’s Galen Center.
Watkins Memorial Health Center names new director
December 13, 2013
Watkins Memorial Student Health Center named Douglas Dechairo as its new director.
Wind energy company NextEra eyeing Douglas County
December 13, 2013
Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources says it’s in the early stages of studying Douglas County as a possible site for a large-scale wind farm. County commissioners voted this week to begin drafting development regulations for wind farms, in case one is proposed. By Peter Hancock
Salvation Army donations lagging
December 13, 2013
It’s one of the most familiar signs of the holiday season: The Salvation Army’s bright Red Kettles, set up outside stores all over town. But this year, those kettles are a little emptier than usual.
GAO looking at Kansas voting law
December 13, 2013
Democrats in Congress have requested a Government Accountability Office report on the impact in Kansas of the voter ID law, according U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. By Scott Rothschild
Winter weather advisory issued for freezing rain tonight
December 13, 2013
Drivers should be cautious of slippery roads and delays due to periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain. Total snow and ice accumulations are estimated to be less than a tenth of an inch during this time.
KU moving up in federal research rankings
December 13, 2013
Kansas University ranked 32nd in the nation among public universities in 2012 for federal research dollars expended. But KU officials are still concerned about the long-term impact that federal budget cuts could have on the future of all university-based research in the U.S. By Peter Hancock
Man arrested in car bomb plot at Kansas airport
01:18 p.m., December 13, 2013 Updated 03:48 p.m.
Authorities: Kansas man accused of planning to detonate car bomb at Wichita airport arrested WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities: Kansas man accused of planning to detonate car bomb at Wichita airport arrested.
Local artists join to help one of their own
December 13, 2013
When Kim Brook heard her friend and fellow artist Rose Kopf was facing financial hardship due to a torn meniscus and a lack of health insurance, she turned to the community the two shared for help. Brook partnered with local artists Karen Hanneman and Sorcha Hyland to organize “Raising for Rose,” an art sale from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Building, 200 W 9th St., to help with Kopf’s medical bills.
Brownback not moving toward Medicaid expansion; criticizes health exchanges
December 13, 2013
For now, Gov. Sam Brownback is content to not provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Kansans under the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
City’s advice to motorists on slick streets: Slow down
07:55 a.m., December 13, 2013 Updated 03:54 p.m.
By 7:30 a.m. Douglas County dispatchers reported responding to multiple non-injury accidents, particularly along Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora and U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence. Dispatchers confirmed reports of slick roadways.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 12
December 13, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 12.
2013 Journal-World All-Area Football Team
December 13, 2013
A look at the 2013 Journal-World All-Area Football Team
Guards lift outsized LHS boys past Grandview
December 13, 2013
Grandview, Mo., had enough talent and size to knock Lawrence High’s boys basketball team out of title contention on the very first night of the Blue Valley Shootout, but the Lions’ bunch of heady guards and outsized forwards kept a comfortable lead and didn’t have to stress in the fourth quarter, either, in a 74-63 victory. By Benton Smith
Lions girls fall to BVSW
December 13, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a 12-point first-quarter deficit and fell to Blue Valley Southwest, 67-43, on Thursday night.
Second-half run lifts Veritas girls over Midland Adventist
December 13, 2013
Tori Huslig scored 19 points and made three steals, and Macie Dressler pulled down 12 rebounds as Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team defeated Midland Adventist, 44-32, on Thursday night.
Eudora boys beat Ward
December 13, 2013
Mitchell Ballock scored 15 points and Austin Downing added 13 to lead the Cardinals’ boys basketball team past Kansas City Ward, 53-31, on Thursday night.
KU volleyball braced for tough regional foe
December 13, 2013
One of collegiate volleyball’s perennial powers stands between Kansas University and its first appearance in the NCAA regional finals. Third-seeded Washington, briefly the nation’s top-ranked team in October, faces 14th-seeded KU in the regional semifinals at 7 tonight, Central time, in USC’s Galen Center.
Column: Loaded schedule should help young Jayhawks prepare for March
December 13, 2013
The soft early schedule most college basketball teams prefer not only boosts their win-loss record, it gives young players time to adjust to the college game before entering conference play. Kansas University, which started four freshmen Tuesday against a Florida team that started four seniors, has no such luxury. Column by Tom Keegan
Former KU O-line coach Grunhard returns to Bishop Miege
December 13, 2013
Former Kansas University offensive line coach Tim Grunhard was not out of work long. Twelve days after resigning from his post with the Jayhawks after spending two seasons working in Lawrence, Grunhard was announced as the new Bishop Miege High offensive line coach by Stags coach Jon Holmes. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: Cooking fire causes smoke damage at Jayhawker Towers
December 13, 2013
A pan of grease had ignited in a third-floor apartment.
Letter: Wrong priority
December 13, 2013
Anything for the team, Florida State University alumni, the state of Florida? Is that how it works?
Letter: Repeal mortgage tax
December 13, 2013
A coalition of groups in Kansas is currently working to repeal the tax charged by Kansas counties to record mortgages on real property (commonly known as the mortgage registration tax). Kansas is one of only nine states to levy this tax. The tax is based on the amount of the mortgage being recorded and is separate and apart from the recording fee (a flat fee designed to cover the costs of recording).
Editorial: Musical gift
The Kansas University orchestra and choirs delivered another stellar holiday program at the Lied Center on Sunday.
December 13, 2013
Congratulations to the hundreds of Kansas University students and faculty members who presented the 89th annual “Holiday Vespers” Sunday at the Lied Center.
Editorial: Arts advocate
A proposal to create a new city position to promote arts and culture in Lawrence should be measured against other city needs for that money.
December 13, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t be in a rush to add about $100,000 a year to the city budget to hire a new director of arts and culture.
County puts brakes on wind farms
December 13, 2013
Douglas County commissioners voted Wednesday to impose a moratorium on large-scale wind energy development in unincorporated parts of the county. The move came amid reports that a wind energy developer is seeking to acquire easements in southern Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
100 years ago: Fraternities to stop providing details of parties
December 13, 2013
“Parents over the state have read of the frequent parties and have calculated the useless expense and extravagance.”
Opinion: Consolidation doesn’t cut government
December 13, 2013
The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly”: “We’ve got, for example, 16 different agencies that have some responsibility to help businesses, large and small, in all kinds of ways, whether it’s helping to finance them, helping them to export. … So, we’ve proposed, let’s consolidate a bunch of that stuff. The challenge we’ve got is that that requires a law to pass. And, frankly, there are a lot of members of Congress who are chairmen of a particular committee. And they don’t want necessarily consolidations where they would lose jurisdiction over certain aspects of certain policies.”
40 years ago: Eastern Kansas schools consider early closing due to fuel shortage
December 13, 2013
More than 1,200 public school students in Osawatomie were possibly going to start their Christmas vacation early.
K.C. relying on unlikely cast for surprising success
December 13, 2013
Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles make the headlines for the Kansas City Chiefs, and rightfully so. The quarterback and running back are the biggest names on one of the NFL’s surprise teams.
Chiefs’ special teams making a difference
December 13, 2013
The most accurate description of Dave Toub may be that he’s a special teams savant.
Letter: Volleyball coverage
December 13, 2013
The Journal-World may take pride in its sports reporting about the Kansas Jayhawk teams, but without a J-W sports reporter advocating for women’s competition and the J-W sports editor providing adequate and appropriate space for coverage of KU women’s athletics, the KU women’s teams will continue to receive marginal media recognition for their superlative successes. For the more than 4,000 volleyball fans, reported to be in attendance at the NCAA regional competition in Allen Fieldhouse this past weekend, wishing to learn the arena destination and opponent of their favorite Jayhawk team, barely four inches of newsprint was devoted on the Monday J-W sports page to the KU volleyball team’s next foe in Los Angeles in the NCAA Sweet 16.