Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Congress sends Obama legislation to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
January 1, 2013
Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit.
6:00 a.m.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Roberts, Moran vote for bill avoiding fiscal cliff; Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, Huelskamp vote against it
January 1, 2013
Kansas’ all-Republican delegation split Tuesday on the bill that avoided sending the federal government over the so-called fiscal cliff. U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran voted for the bill, and all four U.S. representatives voted against it. Those are Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence; Kevin Yoder of Overland Park, Mike Pompeo of Wichita and Tim Huelskamp of Fowler. By Scott Rothschild.
12:00 p.m.
Marjorie Baker holds  newborn daughter Alexis in her room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. Alexis, born at 2:51 a.m., was the first baby born in Lawrence in 2013. First Lawrence baby of 2013 a ‘Jayhawk’
January 1, 2013
While some were still out celebrating the New Year, Marjorie and Maurice Baker of Lawrence were celebrating a new addition. At 2:51 a.m. Tuesday, Marjorie gave birth to Alexis Baker, the first child of 2013 for the city. “It’s the first Jayhawk born this year so I like it,” husband Maurice Baker said. “No one will ever forget her birthday.” Marjorie was excited to have the first 2013 baby at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but noted, “I really didn’t care as long as she was healthy.”By Adam Strunk

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Editorial: Cooperative effort
Just Food’s plan to take over supplying three other local food pantries is the kind of coordinated effort that can help social service agencies provide more and better services.
January 2, 2013
When the Just Food pantry was founded in 2009, we were among those who questioned whether the agency would simply duplicate services already being provided by other local social service entities.