Archive for Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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12:09 a.m.
Mary Seyk and Shai Jackson, 18, have been paired for 13 years, the longest match in the history of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. Big Brothers Big Sisters match flourishes beyond program
November 13, 2013
When Shai Jackson was just a little girl, she would ask her “big sister,” Mary Seyk, one question, over and over: “Will we still be friends next year?” After 13 years of being paired with Seyk, the longest match in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County’s history, Jackson knows she doesn’t have to ask. Now 18, Jackson is confident that though they won’t be known as “Big” and “Little” to each other anymore, she and Seyk will be friends for a lifetime. By Nikki Wentling
1:33 a.m.
The Kansas Jayhawks go wild after a dunk by Andrew Wiggins, center,  during the second half of the Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago. Classic win: Ellis, Wiggins lift KU past Duke
November 13, 2013
Kansas University’s first victory in three tries at the Champions Classic proved to be one worth waiting for. By Gary Bedore
11:37 a.m.
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Advisory Board toured the Rock Chalk Park sports complex in northwest Lawrence on Tuesday. The running surface of the track and field stadium is installed. Tour shows off work at Rock Chalk Park sports complex
November 12, 2013
A big, thick set of concrete walls would be a perfectly fine Christmas gift at the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. By Christmas, work is expected to be underway on raising walls at the city’s new 181,000-square-foot recreation center at the Rock Chalk Park sports complex in northwest Lawrence, parks and recreation leaders said on Tuesday as they provided a tour of the construction site. By Chad Lawhorn
4:43 p.m.
Larry Leon Hopkins, Lawrence, waits for a first-appearance teleconference to begin at the Douglas County Jail on Nov. 6, 2013. Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting death of Margaret E. Hopkins at his home in the 1600 block of West Second Terrace. Facing first-degree murder charges in wife’s death, Lawrence man’s competency to stand trial to be evaluated
3:18 p.m., November 13, 2013 Updated 9:13 a.m.
The 67-year-old Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife last week will be evaluated by a community mental health specialist to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. By Stephen Montemayor

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Kansas women handle SIU-Edwardsville, 72-56
09:12 p.m., November 13, 2013 Updated 12:20 a.m.
After winning the season-opener at the free-throw line three days earlier, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team earned its second victory of the young season with its defense Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith
Lawrence business owner to receive restitution after falling victim to 10-year embezzlement scheme
November 13, 2013
When James Bieker, a Lawrence man who owns JB Environmental Drilling, discovered that he was one of the victims of an embezzlement scheme that would eventually total more than $1.3 million, he had to spend two months working with the author of the fraud. By Stephen Montemayor
Reports released by progressive groups are critical of Kansas Policy Institute
November 13, 2013
The Kansas Policy Institute, whose research is used frequently by Republican leaders in Kansas, is cited in a report that says the think tank is part of a web of groups pushing a corporate agenda. By Scott Rothschild
Bonner Springs man pleads guilty on charge related to May escape from Lansing prison
November 13, 2013
One of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison in May pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated escape from custody, according to the Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office.
KU basketball receives letter of intent from Kelly Oubre Jr.
05:22 p.m., November 13, 2013 Updated 12:32 a.m.
Kelly Oubre Jr., a versatile 6-foot-7, 200-pound shooting guard/small forward from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev., on Wednesday signed a letter of intent with Kansas University on the first day of the week-long early signing period. By Gary Bedore
Family violence prevention grants announced
November 13, 2013
More than $1 million in federal grants for domestic violence prevention programs statewide, including a grant to the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence, were announced by Gov. Sam Brownback’s office.
Facing first-degree murder charges in wife’s death, Lawrence man’s competency to stand trial to be evaluated
03:18 p.m., November 13, 2013 Updated 09:13 a.m.
The 67-year-old Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife last week will be evaluated by a community mental health specialist to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. By Stephen Montemayor
High school students may have choice in future tests
November 13, 2013
As schools shift to Common Core reading and math standards, state officials are recommending a common test for elementary and middle school students. But high school students would have a choice, depending on their post-graduation goals. By Peter Hancock
Just Food challenges Douglas County residents to live on food-stamplike grocery budget
November 13, 2013
The Douglas County food bank Just Food is recruiting volunteers to live on a grocery budget of $3.96 a day next week to spotlight the challenges food stamp recipients face, the group announced Wednesday.
Notebook: Signing period begins today
November 13, 2013
Kansas University has one possible McDonald’s All-American in the fold — with three others to announce their college choices on Friday — as the weeklong early signing period for high school basketball players begins today. By Gary Bedore
Coach K: It’s not about freshmen
November 13, 2013
Jabari Parker scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Duke in 33 minutes. On the opposite side, Andrew Wiggins went for 22 points and eight boards for Kansas University in 25 minutes. By Gary Bedore
Classic win: Ellis, Wiggins lift KU past Duke
November 13, 2013
Kansas University’s first victory in three tries at the Champions Classic proved to be one worth waiting for. By Gary Bedore
KU treating final football games as ‘playoffs’
November 13, 2013
With his team officially eliminated from bowl contention after last week’s loss at Oklahoma State, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is moving forward with a new mentality for KU’s final three games. By Matt Tait
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 12
November 13, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Opinion: Wiggins, fellow freshmen shine, beat Duke
November 13, 2013
Somehow, the players on Bill Self’s 11th Kansas team, the most talented, least experienced one he has coached, looked as if they had been playing together since Biddy Basketball. As freshman Andrew Wiggins sat out the latter portion of the first half with two fouls, classmates Wayne Selden and Frank Mason made sure Duke didn’t exploit his absence. By Tom Keegan
Firebirds eager for rematch
November 13, 2013
The first inkling of a rematch crept into the heads of Free State High’s football players on a Thursday night in early October. The Firebirds, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A at the time, had just lost their first game of the season, at Olathe North.
Bowe arrested on marijuana charge
November 13, 2013
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, throwing his status for a pivotal AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos into question.
Bell ringing season kicks off Saturday
November 13, 2013
That time of year where bell-ringers line the streets all over the city arrives Saturday when the Salvation Army of Douglas County launches its 2013 Bell Ringing Season.
Letter:No groveling
November 13, 2013
With all due respect to my esteemed colleague Emeritus Prof. Grant Goodman (Public Forum, Nov. 1), KU faculty (with a few notable exceptions) are not supine and do not grovel before administrative supervisors at any level from departmental heads to chancellors, or the Legislature, or the public. We do not bow and scrape before our chairs, deans, provosts etc., because we and they are equals before the law and fellow members of the international syndicate known as “academia.”
Opinion: U.S. shouldn’t trust Iran
November 13, 2013
In Geneva, Switzerland, the United States and other major powers appeared close to a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions against the terrorist-sponsoring state. Negotiations, however, fell apart at the last minute when France and Iran balked at the final wording on the interim draft. Talks are expected to resume within a few weeks, but it is worth pausing to consider what was nearly agreed to and what the outcome could likely be.
Opinion: U.S. must focus on the possible in Iran
November 13, 2013
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees it, almost any deal between Iran and the West to limit Tehran’s nuclear program would be a bad deal.
Big Brothers Big Sisters match flourishes beyond program
November 13, 2013
When Shai Jackson was just a little girl, she would ask her “big sister,” Mary Seyk, one question, over and over: “Will we still be friends next year?” After 13 years of being paired with Seyk, the longest match in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County’s history, Jackson knows she doesn’t have to ask. Now 18, Jackson is confident that though they won’t be known as “Big” and “Little” to each other anymore, she and Seyk will be friends for a lifetime. By Nikki Wentling
25 years ago: Angry party-goers suspected in apartment fire
November 13, 2013
The fire had broken out in an unoccupied basement apartment in four-plex in the 800 block of West 25th Street.
40 years ago: City to crack down on code violations in rental housing
November 13, 2013
The City Commission agreed to take legal action against landlords who failed to correct housing code violations.
100 years ago: Peterson found not guilty in Warren murder
November 13, 2013
“Peterson alleges that [Warren] ‘punched him the in ribs with a big revolver’ and called him vile names….”
K.C.-Denver Dec. 1 time moved
November 13, 2013
The NFL has switched Denver’s game at Kansas City on Dec. 1 from early afternoon to a 3:25 p.m. kickoff.
Chiefs back at work as showdown looms
November 13, 2013
It was supposed to be a week off for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, the one time during the grueling 17-week season where there are hardly any practices and no stressful game. Thanks to his handy iPad, Reid managed to squeeze in a little bit of work anyway.
Haskell men’s basketball claims first win of season
November 13, 2013
Dillion Thompson scored 20 points, and Grant Proctor added 18 points to lead Haskell Indian Nations University to its first men’s basketball victory of the season, 88-84, over William Woods on Tuesday night at Coffin Complex.
KU women set for SIU-Edwardsville
November 13, 2013
Coach Bonnie Henrickson’s shot-selection rules don’t apply to every Kansas University women’s basketball player. By Benton Smith
Several U.S. Bank locations now accepting donations to Just Food
November 13, 2013
Community members are invited to visit several U.S. Bank locations in Lawrence between now and Nov. 22 to donate food to Just Food.
Ten Thousand Villages sets up fundraiser for three local charities
November 13, 2013
Ten Thousand Villages in Lawrence will help raise funds for three local nonprofits on three specific days between Nov. 14 and Dec. 8.
Natives of Philippines concerned for relatives in typhoon’s path
November 13, 2013
Since late last week, natives of the area hit by Typhoon Haiyan have been glued to news of what’s happening in their homeland and anxiously awaiting word on loved ones. “I hope they’re safe,” Ray Arnado said of yet unaccounted for relatives. “I’m just praying.” By Sara Shepherd
Editorial: Parks plan
If Kansas officials want to take over park facilities at federal lakes, they need a plan that ensures those facilities will be well managed and maintained.
November 13, 2013
There may be some sound reasons for Kansas to take control of park facilities at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs across the state, but there are a number of factors that warrant careful consideration before moving forward on such a plan.