Archive for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lead stories

12:04 a.m.
Shelly Bennett, of Lawrence, holds her 1-day-old daughter, Madeline, and goes over information on postpartum depression with Amy Johnson, a registered nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. At the LMH Birthing Center, discharge nurses provide new parents with information on postpartum mental health symptoms to be aware of. Local advocates help grow awareness of postpartum mood disorders
December 31, 2013
A local task force, led by a mother who went through postpartum depression, aims to raise awareness about perinatal mood disorders in this community and beyond. By Giles Bruce
11:00 a.m.
Saunny Scott is a longtime advocate for the homeless and other causes in Lawrence. Saunny balances her determination to help others with her own struggles, including the possibility of losing her house in East Lawrence. She also cares for an adult daughter with cerebral palsy. Longtime advocate for the homeless struggles to keep her own home
December 31, 2013
Saunny Scott has done a lot over the years to ensure that people in Lawrence had a place to rest their head at night. Now she not might have a place of her own. Saunny, a longtime advocate for the homeless in Lawrence, is at risk of losing her own home in East Lawrence after her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, had her disability benefits cut. By Giles Bruce
1:47 p.m.
Donald Hinck gets a fluoride varnish put on his teeth by Mary Marshall, a Douglas County Dental Clinic dental hygienist, at the Lawrence Community Shelter on Tuesday. Outreach offers dental health boost to guests at homeless shelter
December 31, 2013
Donald Hinck, who’s been living at the Lawrence Community Shelter about two months, hasn’t been to the dentist in four years. It’s hard to prioritize, he said. Hinck was among guests at the homeless shelter, located at 3655 E. 25th St., who got a dental refresher on Tuesday when volunteers came to them, free of charge. By Sara Shepherd
4:38 p.m.
Twitter's homepage Regents call for review of recently approved social media policy
2:38 p.m., December 31, 2013 Updated 5:40 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan today ordered a review of the board’s newly approved social media policy, which has been under fire. By Scott Rothschild

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 31
December 31, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Keyla Morgan solid in first stretch as starting guard for KU women
December 31, 2013
Toughness, energy, consistency. All are things Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has searched for from her young team during the 2013-14 season, and all are strengths of freshman guard Keyla Morgan. So it makes sense that, out of nowhere, Morgan has found her way into the Jayhawks’ starting lineup during the past four games. By Matt Tait
Better every day: After relaxing break, KU freshman Embiid all about improvement
December 31, 2013
Cameroon native Joel Embiid stayed in Lawrence over the Kansas University men’s basketball team’s recent four-day break, eating well and checking out a comedy. He also scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Toledo on Monday night. By Gary Bedore
Haskell men top Baker, 72-62
December 31, 2013
The Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball team defeated nearby Baker University, 72-62, on Tuesday at HINU’s Coffin Sports Complex.
Lawrence man dies after accident on Saddlehorn Drive
December 31, 2013
Fire and medical personnel were called to the 3200 block of Saddlehorn Drive at approximately 2 p.m. today. Captain Anthony Brixius said emergency crews loaded a man into an ambulance, but his name and the extent of his injuries is not known.A 48-year-old Lawrence man died Tuesday after Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical personnel removed him from underneath a Ford Excursion that afternoon, a Fire Medical spokesperson said.
Regents call for review of recently approved social media policy
02:38 p.m., December 31, 2013 Updated 05:40 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan today ordered a review of the board’s newly approved social media policy, which has been under fire. By Scott Rothschild
Same-sex married couples file lawsuit against state over tax treatment
01:19 p.m., December 31, 2013 Updated 03:38 p.m.
Two legally married same-sex couples, including one in Lawrence, have filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Revenue, which won’t allow them to file as married on their state taxes. By Scott Rothschild
Outreach offers dental health boost to guests at homeless shelter
December 31, 2013
Donald Hinck, who’s been living at the Lawrence Community Shelter about two months, hasn’t been to the dentist in four years. It’s hard to prioritize, he said. Hinck was among guests at the homeless shelter, located at 3655 E. 25th St., who got a dental refresher on Tuesday when volunteers came to them, free of charge. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas to check for voter birth records
December 31, 2013
Kansas will start combing through its birth certificates within a few weeks to whittle down the list of voters with registrations on hold because they haven’t complied with the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirement, Secretary of State Kris Kobach said.
Lawrence man arrested after pulling knife during dispute over bowl of rice
December 31, 2013
A Lawrence man is in jail after allegedly pulling a knife during an argument over a bowl of rice, police report.
Preliminary hearing set for Lawrence woman charged in Christmas stabbing
10:40 a.m., December 31, 2013 Updated 03:52 p.m.
A Lawrence woman charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend early Christmas morning will return to Douglas County District Court in February for a preliminary hearing.
Jefferson County resident presumed dead after early morning house fire
December 31, 2013
A Jefferson County resident is presumed dead after an early morning house fire Tuesday in rural Ozawkie.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 30
December 31, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 30.
NFL: Officials erred on KC’s missed field goal
December 31, 2013
The NFL acknowledged that referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with 4 seconds left in regulation on Sunday.
Work on southeast Lawrence trail unlikely to begin before fall
December 31, 2013
Chuck Soules, Lawrence’s director of public works, said work to convert the existing Haskell rail trail will be impacted by a detour planed as part of the SLT construction. By Chad Lawhorn
Area high school students spend semester break volunteering in community
December 31, 2013
Area high school students take part in semester break service projects of the Student United Way of Douglas County, a new student group created by alumni of the United Way of Douglas County’s 2013 Summer of Service program who wanted more volunteer opportunities as the year progressed. By Caitlin Doornbos
Local advocates help grow awareness of postpartum mood disorders
December 31, 2013
A local task force, led by a mother who went through postpartum depression, aims to raise awareness about perinatal mood disorders in this community and beyond. By Giles Bruce
Double Take: Son hacks mom’s email account to block messages from school
December 31, 2013
At the end of the semester, (my son’s) school contacted me because I hadn’t responded to several emails. To make a long story short, I found out my son had hacked my email account and was preventing me from getting them.
Longtime advocate for the homeless struggles to keep her own home
December 31, 2013
Saunny Scott has done a lot over the years to ensure that people in Lawrence had a place to rest their head at night. Now she not might have a place of her own. Saunny, a longtime advocate for the homeless in Lawrence, is at risk of losing her own home in East Lawrence after her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, had her disability benefits cut. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: Positive delay
Federal and state officials should take all the time they need to refine — or reject‚ a plan to place long-term support services for Kansans with disabilities under KanCare.
December 31, 2013
A federal decision that will force Kansas officials to revise, or perhaps reconsider, some of their plans for the KanCare program is good news for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the families who care for them.
25 years ago: KU professors face racist attacks from unknown vandals
December 31, 2013
For the second time this year, the office door of a KU faculty member had been defaced with a Nazi symbol.
40 years ago: Lawrence ends year with heavy snowfall, sub-zero temps
December 31, 2013
Temperatures had plummeted to an all-year low of minus 6 degrees.
100 years ago: Quiet New Year’s Day expected in Lawrence
December 31, 2013
“Business will be practically suspended down town tomorrow.”
Opinion: Tax mumbo jumbo spurs frustration
December 31, 2013
In real life when you find yourself paying more and getting less, you usually search for another product or service. With the federal government, it isn’t possible to take your business elsewhere unless you are prepared to give up your citizenship, as some have done. Such a drastic step is rejected by most of us because we still believe in the ideal that once was America, though not in the direction in which the country is currently headed.
Opinion: U.S. must resist urge to turn inward
December 31, 2013
When it comes to foreign policy, 2013 was a great year for autocrats and radical Islamists. For democracies and would-be democrats, the last 12 months were pretty grim.