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Lawrence district planning to expand career and tech ed opportunities
January 5, 2013
Lawrence may be home to the largest university in the state of Kansas, but for people who grow up here and whose career plans involve something other than a four-year college degree, access to other kinds of post-secondary education has traditionally been limited. By Peter Hancock
Questions for working adults going back to school include finances, time management
January 5, 2013
You’ve decided you’re heading back to school, and you’ve picked a program that will serve you well. But still, a lot of questions remain: How will you fit in your studies among work, family, friends, church or other commitments that may dot your life? How will you get the hang of being a student again, especially if it’s been years since you last sat in a classroom? And, of course, how will you pay for it? By Matt Erickson
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A search for Moses’ grave in Lawrence
January 5, 2013
Much to the chagrin of many in my household, I already had found my Indiana Jones hat, and was in search of my Indiana Jones whip. I thought I had made a major archeological discovery. By Chad Lawhorn
St. John School undergoing $2.18 million expansion
January 5, 2013
St. John Catholic School is expanding its building and education programs as an incoming middle school class increases its student population. Church members, parents and outside sources donated enough money to fund the construction project, which will cost $2.18 million, at the school at 1208 Kentucky St. in Lawrence. By Rebekka Schlichting
KU women rally for 60-59 road win over West Virginia
11:14 p.m., January 5, 2013 Updated 11:51 a.m.
Carolyn Davis hit a go-ahead layup with 42 seconds remaining, and No. 21 Kansas University defeated West Virginia, 60-59, for a Big 12 women’s basketball victory Saturday night.
Unplugging from electronics, escaping into nature makes for 50 percent boost in creativity, KU psychologists find
January 5, 2013
Kansas University psychologists Ruth Ann and Paul Atchley combined their interests to see what happened to people’s creativity after they spent several days backpacking in the wilderness, totally disconnected from technology. The result: scores on a creative problem-solving test improved by 50 percent. By Matt Erickson
Former Douglas County woman’s fight for custody of daughter resolved
January 5, 2013
Karen Williams, a former Douglas County woman, was awarded full custody of her 11-year-old daughter last month after a years-long battled that helped change Kansas laws. By Shaun Hittle
Budding jazz pianist plans hometown performance
January 5, 2013
Lawrence native and ascending young jazz pianist Addison Frei is bringing his jazz group, AMP Trio, to his hometown for an upcoming performance.
Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday
January 5, 2013
Many in the community were saddened when Linda Lassen, a longtime program director for the Penn House community services organization, was laid off Friday with another staffer. By Ian Cummings
Some Lawrence sidewalks remain snowbound despite $20 fines
January 5, 2013
Some Lawrence sidewalks remained snowbound Saturday, despite a city ordinance that levies fines of $20 per day against property owners for failing to clear them.One example could be found Saturday on a walkway between the intersection of Vantyle and Oaktree drives and Quail Run School. By Ian Cummings
Area basketball roundup: Ojeleye scores 57 as Ottawa wins big
January 5, 2013
Semi Ojeleye scored 57 points, 40 in the first half, as Ottawa (8-0) rolled Friday night in high school basketball.
ONW overpowers LHS girls, 77-26
January 5, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team finished with more turnovers (36) than points as Olathe Northwest annihilated LHS, 77-26, on Friday in Olathe. By Benton Smith
Free State boys’ comeback too late in loss at Olathe East
January 5, 2013
The Free State boys lost a game, but they might have just found an identity. After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, the Firebirds closed the deficit to three in the fourth quarter before eventually falling, 48-44, to No. 7 Olathe East on Friday night. By Jesse Newell
End-game defense vexes LHS boys in loss at ONW
January 5, 2013
Olathe Northwest’s Trey Bales torched the Lawrence High boys basketball team’s defense in the fourth quarter as the Lions lost, 70-60, on Friday in Olathe. By Benton Smith
Kirkpatrick sparks Free State girls late against Olathe East
January 5, 2013
Kennedy Kirkpatrick scored 13 second-half points as the Free State girls basketball team edged Olathe East, 47-44, on Friday in Olathe. By Jesse Newell
40 years ago: City acquires land for Naismith Park
January 5, 2013
The area to be acquired ran south from 23rd Street to the south city limits.
Tune In Tonight: Cable’s crass menagerie
January 5, 2013
The same, but different, is not always better. Cesar Millan’s new series “Leader of the Pack” (9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild) is nothing more, or less, than the mirror image of “Dog Whisperer.” Instead of visiting with the owners of untrainable pets, Millan auditions three potential owners for a slightly troublesome dog languishing unclaimed in a pound or shelter
Simons’ Saturday Column: Lawmakers should focus on nation, not re-election
January 5, 2013
How can Congress fail to take positive action relative to the “fiscal cliff” matter and allow continued, uncontrolled growth of government?
LHS, FSHS bowlers hit the lanes today for season opener
January 5, 2013
Bowlers from Free State and Lawrence high schools will begin their seasons today at the Free State Invitational. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: Developer granted curb cuts for tract southwest of Lawrence
January 5, 2013
He was planning to build 13 houses on the south side of Road 458.
Horoscopes for Jan. 5
January 5, 2013
For Saturday, Jan. 5: This year you focus on your goals. Update them as you do your friendships. Be aware that they might be changing as a result of your recent transformation. If you are single, a friendship could become even more. If you are attached, make sure to tend to the friendship that exists under the romance.
100 years ago: Doctor speaks out against use of ‘rouge and powders’
January 5, 2013
“‘Paint and powder are in reality a kind of dirt that clogs up the pores of the skin,’ declares Dean Crumbine. ‘In the end, they make the skin look worse than ever.’”
Opinion: ATM culture grips federal government
January 5, 2013 in print edition on A7
Everything that everyone loathes about Washington was present in the “fiscal cliff” bill just passed by Congress. It is 153 pages long; most members probably hadn’t read all of it before voting on it; it was delivered in the middle of the night; it was loaded with pork — the mother’s milk (to mix a metaphor) of politicians — and while the country is already swamped with massive debt, it contains massive giveaways to satisfy interest groups and campaign contributors. Did I mention the bill raises taxes on top of the coming Obamacare taxes, but does nothing — nothing — to address the debt problem?
Opinion: Obama retreats to politics of gridlock
January 5, 2013 in print edition on A7
It would be hard to imagine a more dispiriting prelude to a new presidential term than this week’s sorry “fiscal cliff” deal to defer (and perhaps multiply) the nation’s financial problems. After President Obama failed to negotiate a serious “grand bargain,” he had to be rescued with a mini-bargain brokered by Vice President Joe Biden, the loquacious master of old-time, cracker-barrel politics.