Archive for Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lead stories

12:08 a.m.
Chad Richards, personal trainer and owner of The Summit, watches as Chris McGrew works through a set. New Year, new you: Lawrence services help to tackle resolutions
January 2, 2014
Another year has passed, and you’ve once again promised to follow through with your New Year’s resolutions. To help make those promises stick in 2014, several Lawrence services available to people commit to them. Here are five resolutions to get you started. By Nadia Imafidon
10:00 a.m.
In this Journal-World file photo, KU anthropology professor David Frayer displays casts of a mandible and partial cranium found at the same site where he and other researchers found evidence of a tumor in a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton. It is the oldest evidence of a tumor ever found in the human fossil record, by about 100,000 years. After lifetime studying human origins, longtime KU prof retiring
January 2, 2014
Kansas University anthropology professor David Frayer began his career at KU nearly 40 years ago. During his career he helped discover the close physical and cultural ties between humans and Neanderthals. Now he’s preparing to say goodbye to KU. By Ben Unglesbee
12:00 p.m.
References to pistachios date back to 6,000 B.C. and are even mentioned in the Bible. The shells and fruit are sometimes dyed red or green. Garden Variety: History in a nutshell
January 2, 2014
I’m nuts about the holidays. “Grandpa, will you open some pistachios for me and where do they come from?” Same answer; no and don’t know. Second grandson, “I know, I know! They all come from trees.” They were correct. All nuts come from trees. Sorta.
2:00 p.m.
Variety of Cheer Up Cups at Phoenix Gallery. Off the Beaten Buy: Mugs that aim to please
January 2, 2014
Like Buzzfeed in mug, it seems Kathleen and Dee Swayze from Oregon have found another way to use cute, cuddly animal to get a rise out of people. By Nadia Imafidon
4:35 p.m.
 The Kid pulls his new toboggan before going sledding for the first time. Family Adventures: It’s all downhill from here
January 2, 2014
At almost 3 years old, this was the Kid’s first real sledding trip. As I plunked him down on our toboggan between his dada’s legs, I knew it was even odds — either he’d be thrilled or scarred for life. I pushed them off, and held my breath. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

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KU women drop Big 12 opener, 65-55, to West Virginia
08:58 p.m., January 2, 2014 Updated 11:57 p.m.
The Kansas University women’s basketball team opened Big 12 Conference play with a fall-from-in-front loss Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse, losing to West Virginia, 65-55. By Matt Tait
Lawrence man killed in Tuesday emergency identified
January 2, 2014
The Lawrence man who died Tuesday after emergency personnel removed him from underneath a Ford Excursion has been identified as Ewart Herbert Wyle, according to Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokesperson.
Pepsi wants to sell low-calorie drinks in schools
January 2, 2014
A request by Pepsi-Cola aimed at allowing the sale of low-calorie sodas in vending machines in schools would probably fall flat in Lawrence.
Number of flu cases appears to be leveling off
January 2, 2014
The number of people in Lawrence with influenza appears to have leveled off a week after a spike in flu cases. By Giles Bruce
New Year’s baby came earlier than expected
January 2, 2014
Carrie Johnson and Jesus Chacon didn’t plan to have their new baby right after New Year’s. But little Canela had other plans. By Giles Bruce
Read Across Lawrence kickoff event scheduled for Feb. 9
January 2, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library announced its kickoff event for the 2014 Read Across Lawrence program is set for 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Arraignment set in case of man accused of fatally shooting ailing wife
January 2, 2014
A judge on Thursday set an arraignment date for a Lawrence man accused of shooting and killing his ailing wife. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nuss to talk about budget problems in live webcast of State of Judiciary
January 2, 2014
Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will be making a public appeal that legislators cover an $8.25 million budget shortfall in the judicial system, it was announced Thursday. By Scott Rothschild
Man stabbed in domestic altercation and later arrested
January 2, 2014
A man was treated at the hospital for a stab wound, then taken to jail following a domestic altercation early Thursday morning.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 1
January 2, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Chiefs’ Bowe cleared to play; Fisher hurts groin
January 2, 2014
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cleared to play in Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against Indianapolis after sustaining a concussion, though the status of linebacker Tamba Hali and right tackle Eric Fisher remains uncertain.
Firebird Joe Dineen gives Kansas football recruit blessing
January 2, 2014
In the typically cut-throat world of college football recruiting, where coaches often hand out more scholarship offers than they have to give and occasionally pull them at the last minute, Kansas University recently made a gesture that is almost unheard-of with one of its prospects in the Class of 2014. By Matt Tait
Chelsea Gardner returns to start for KU women
January 2, 2014
After a one-game absence from the starting lineup, Kansas University junior forward Chelsea Gardner is back on track to hear her name called during introductions at 7 tonight, when the KU women’s basketball team opens Big 12 play against West Virginia. By Matt Tait
Big patience: Transfer Hunter Mickelson using year to learn
January 2, 2014
Patience has paid off for outdoors enthusiast Hunter Mickelson on hunting and fishing excursions in his home state of Arkansas. It’s a virtue that has also translated well into his red-shirt season as a basketball transfer at Kansas University. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Consultants recommend axing KU architectural engineering program
January 2, 2014
“The proposal is to take down a first-class program, with stable enrollment, a strong research mission. That is not a wise decision….”
State legislator wants review of federal mandates
January 2, 2014
A legislator has requested a review to determine what demands are being made by the federal government on the state government of Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Fix-It Chick: Mount a flat-screen TV
January 2, 2014
With the right tools and fasteners, mounting a flat-screen television on a wall can be a snap.
Style Scout: Kelsey Ranjbar
January 2, 2014
Tell us a secret: Usually people are shocked when they hear that I don’t like cheesecake!
Style Scout: Devan Ryan
January 2, 2014
Describe your style: Well, I don’t always wear what I am wearing, but I’m big into the steampunk culture. It’s a combination of the Victorian era with the future. It’s very interesting!
Family Adventures: It’s all downhill from here
January 2, 2014
At almost 3 years old, this was the Kid’s first real sledding trip. As I plunked him down on our toboggan between his dada’s legs, I knew it was even odds — either he’d be thrilled or scarred for life. I pushed them off, and held my breath. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
40 years ago: New snow covers local ice rinks
January 2, 2014
The skating rinks (flooded tennis courts) at the three junior high schools and at Lawrence High School were open today, but the snow had not yet been cleared.
100 years ago: Drunken man invades home, threatens to ‘clean out’ family
January 2, 2014
“John Wey, Jr., found himself in the county jail when he sobered up some time last night.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Homemade Marshmallows at The Roost
January 2, 2014
What better way to complete a cup of hot cocoa or coffee than by submerging a giant homemade marshmallow into the beverage.
Garden Variety: History in a nutshell
January 2, 2014
I’m nuts about the holidays. “Grandpa, will you open some pistachios for me and where do they come from?” Same answer; no and don’t know. Second grandson, “I know, I know! They all come from trees.” They were correct. All nuts come from trees. Sorta.
KU Endowment closing in on $1.2 billion goal
January 2, 2014
After another record-breaking year the Kansas University Endowment Association is about 80 percent of the way to its eight-year, $1.2 billion fundraising campaign for KU. In the 2013 fiscal year it raised $174.2 million and won its second award for educational fundraising.By Ben Unglesbee
The Classic Sartorialist: Fitness fashion
January 2, 2014
Health-related goals top the list of New Year’s resolutions every year. Unfortunately, goals like eating healthier and getting fit usually get pushed aside by the time Valentine’s Day candy hits the shelves. And while plenty of websites and apps help you set and track fitness goals, few offer guidance on what to wear.
Mrs. Mass.: Peak performance
January 2, 2014
To say it can be difficult to make exercise a daily/weekly/fill-in-the-blank habit is an understatement, but there are certainly a few places around town that make this lifestyle change a little easier on us. One of these places is The Summit.
Editorial: System failure
State legislators have a duty to either fix or repeal a new voter registration requirement that could keep thousands of eligible Kansas voters from casting their ballots.
January 2, 2014
An Associated Press interview with Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan earlier this week helps clarify — but offers no solution to — the problems plaguing the state’s voter registration system.
Local officials managed around federal housing cuts in 2013
January 2, 2014
Dozens of Lawrence area residents have been able to stay in their homes this year, in spite of cuts to federal housing funds, because local housing officials were able to move other funds into the Section 8 program.
Opinion: Education reform a complex challenge
January 2, 2014
Every few weeks, we read stories about the failure of our schools and colleges. They point to our poor international rankings, low tests scores and graduation rates, high tuition and the problems businesses have in finding skilled employees. 
Opinion: WWII an antidote to U.S. pessimism
January 2, 2014
For an optimistic country, 2013 was a heck of a downbeat year, perhaps most of all for the nation’s chief executive. The entire top half of the Dec. 15 Outlook section cover in the Washington Post carried the bleak review: “President Obama, you had the worst year in Washington.”
Off the Beaten Buy: Mugs that aim to please
January 2, 2014
Like Buzzfeed in mug, it seems Kathleen and Dee Swayze from Oregon have found another way to use cute, cuddly animal to get a rise out of people. By Nadia Imafidon
New Year, new you: Lawrence services help to tackle resolutions
January 2, 2014
Another year has passed, and you’ve once again promised to follow through with your New Year’s resolutions. To help make those promises stick in 2014, several Lawrence services available to people commit to them. Here are five resolutions to get you started. By Nadia Imafidon
New year brings new technology for public safety
January 2, 2014
The new year will find area public safety agencies welcoming new technologies while upgrading old ones that, in some cases, are pushing 20 years old. By Stephen Montemayor
After lifetime studying human origins, longtime KU prof retiring
January 2, 2014
Kansas University anthropology professor David Frayer began his career at KU nearly 40 years ago. During his career he helped discover the close physical and cultural ties between humans and Neanderthals. Now he’s preparing to say goodbye to KU. By Ben Unglesbee