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Royals sign Medlen to two-year contract
December 18, 2014
After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance. The defending AL champions were willing to take the gamble.
Regents ask for delay in performance-based funding
December 18, 2014
Republican leaders in the Kansas Legislature have urged the Board of Regents to come up with a proposal to tie higher education funding to specific performance benchmarks. But the Regents said Thursday they would only want to use that for additional funding on top of the universities’ base budgets, and, given the state’s current financial condition, they don’t think that’s likely to happen in the coming year. By Peter Hancock
Woman charged after near accident, cellphone theft
December 18, 2014
A woman arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing a man’s phone following a near car accident was charged Thursday with one count of battery and theft.
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
Technical training center receives $20,000 donation from local builders
December 18, 2014
A new vocational education center that plans to open this fall in Lawrence has received a $20,000 gift to create a training program for people wanting to enter the construction industry. By Chad Lawhorn
University leaders say liberal arts programs are struggling for recognition, respect
December 18, 2014
Leaders of university liberal arts programs told the Kansas Board of Regents that traditional liberal arts programs produce value for the economy and society at large. But in an era when universities are under pressure to produce more doctors, engineers and business professionals, liberal arts programs have become a lower priority in funding and the hiring of faculty. By Peter Hancock
New jury trial date set for woman charged in slaying of Cici’s Pizza owner
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a new jury trial date for a 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with first-degree murder in the January death of Cici’s Pizza franchise owner Harold M. Sasko. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, previously scheduled for a Jan. 5 court date, will now face her jury on March 16.
Kansas House speaker changes leaders of key panels
December 18, 2014
Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has replaced the leaders of two key committees and filled vacancies in two other chairmanships.
United Way fundraising drive falling short of goal
December 18, 2014
Leaders with the United Way said the campaign is projected to fall about $125,000 short of its $1.8 million goal, unless giving increases significantly before the end of the year.By Chad Lawhorn
KU center releases report saying state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved
December 18, 2014
The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, a newly released report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence indicates.
Bedbugs found in Kansas state office building
December 18, 2014
Kansas officials say bedbugs have been found inside a state office building near the Statehouse targeted for demolition.
Lawrence area receives up to 2 inches of snow overnight
08:27 a.m., December 18, 2014 Updated 04:10 p.m.
A Winter Weather Advisory was allowed to expire at 9 a.m. Thursday after snow moved through Lawrence and Douglas County overnight. The National Weather Service reported 0.6 inches of snow in Lawrence as of 7:33 a.m. Higher amounts, in the 1 to 2 inch range, were reported throughout the city by residents. Road crews estimated Lawrence received 2 to 3 inches of snow, according to City Hall.
Closings for Dec. 18
December 18, 2014
School and event closings for Dec. 18
Today in Lawrence: Snow showers; get fresh at Cottins’ indoor farmers’ market; BongoTini brings retro holiday cheer
December 18, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Snow showers; get fresh at Cottins’ indoor farmers’ market; BongoTini brings retro holiday cheer
100 years ago: A ‘loud Hurrah’ for the holidays: Schoolchildren look forward to break
December 18, 2014
“The ice on the lake and river is strong and the coasting is good and these are the thing that appeal to the boys and girls….”
Opinion: Plates spur Texas-sized dispute
December 18, 2014
The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.
Editorial: Crisis situation
Where are people who need inpatient care for serious mental illness supposed to turn when state hospitals turn them away?
December 18, 2014
State officials have arrived at a plan to stabilize Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for patients at Osawatomie State Hospital. Unfortunately, that plan will create even more problems for community mental health centers across the state.
Letter: Basic needs
December 18, 2014
Lend a Hand is a program to help three Prairie Park Elementary families by having the community donate gifts to meet their holiday needs. I would like to thank all the very generous families in the Prairie Park community for donating gifts to this program. We were able to meet almost all the needs of our first three families and, just at the point when Courtney Nowak, Prairie Park PTA president, and I were deliberating how to fill the unmet needs of our families, she explained our problem to her employer, Great American Bank, who, along with its employees, generously donated to the program.
Letter: Not a ‘war’
December 18, 2014
The Nov. 11 issue of the Journal-World included a story on the front page of the sports section with the headline “More war.” The piece was about an upcoming women’s soccer game between Kansas University and the University of Missouri, and the headline was obviously in reference to something called the “Border War,” even though my research indicates that this is no longer the official name of the athletic rivalry between KU and MU and hasn’t been for a full decade.
Letter: Christmas theft
December 18, 2014
In the late 1980s, I found a pattern for a Santa, sleigh and reindeer. I cut them out of wood and painted them in 1990. My kids and I have put them in the yard every year since then.

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