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Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday said he would push to reduce the state personal income tax rate and overhaul the school finance system. Speaking to reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World, Brownback said growing the state economy was his primary goal as he prepares for his second legislative session as governor. The 2012 session starts Jan. 9. The state needed to be ready for The govera “federal storm” of nor said he b u d g e t planned to cuts from revisit his Washingveto of state ton, said funding of the B r o w n back, a forKansas Arts mer U.S. Commission. s e n a t o r . Whoever the next president is, he said, “is going to cut.” Brownback, a Republican, said he wanted to lower the state’s individual income tax rate to make it the second lowest in the region, behind Colorado. Kansas now has the second highest personal income tax rate in relation to neighboring states. He predicted the lowered tax rates would spur economic growth, which then should be plowed back into more tax cuts. At this point, he said, he would not propose lowering the state corporate income tax. Brownback also reiterated his desire to revamp the school finance formula, saying the current funding system was under constant legal challenge. General concepts of his plan include allowing more Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo local property tax funding KANSAS GOV. SAM BROWNBACK SPEAKS TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS Tuesday at the News Center, of schools, which has raised 645 N.H. Brownback said he would try to reduce the state’s personal income tax rate and overconcerns about increasing the haul school finance. Growing the economy is his primary goal for the 2012 legislative session. Please see GOVERNOR, page 2A
One of the city’s larger recycling centers is in jeopardy of being shut down by City Hall. Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting primarily sided with a group of east Lawrence residents who said the 12th and Haskell Recycling Center is operating in violation of city zoning laws and has become a neighborhood nuisance. “Who wants to live next to a dump?” asked Byron Wiley, who lives near the recycling business that takes everything from paper to junk cars. “We have a right to enjoy our property both inside and outside, and that is not happening now.” Please see RECYCLING, page 6A
City interested in switching to vehicles that run on natural gas By Chad Lawhorn email@example.com
City leaders on Tuesday were told that there is a big difference between gasoline and gas these days. At a luncheon hosted by Black Hills Energy, the city’s natural gas utility, city commissioners were told that compressed natural gas currently is selling for about 40 percent less than a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel. “There is a high level of interest in compressed natural gas right now from cities and other operators of vehicle fleets,” said Tim Hess, manager of Black Hills’ gas marketing program. Count Lawrence City Hall among those interested. The city already has confirmed that it plans to convert one standard pickup in its Public Works Department to a natural gas vehicle in 2012 to test the technology. But on Tuesday, City Commissioner Bob Schumm said he wanted the city to be open to an even larger test of the alternative fuel source. Schumm said the city should have serious discussions with the city of Kansas City, Mo., which has more than 200 compressed-natural-gas vehicles in its fleet. Please see GAS, page 6A
Thin line can separate coaching and bullying in schools By Mark Fagan firstname.lastname@example.org
For three weeks, a Tonganoxie High School football player had been delivering unwarranted hits at practice — too much, too often and, one day in particular, too unexpected. After a quarterback protected by a green jersey had been flattened by yet another improper tackle, coach Mark Elston pulled the defender up off a pile of others around the QB and started Special to the Journal-World screaming. FORMER TONGANOXIE FOOTBALL COACH Mark “I love him to death,” Elston Elston resigned after a possible bullying incident with would explain soon afterward, a player that school officials regard as a “gray area.” “but I’ve been on him for three
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tolerance. The bystander witnessed the exchange and reported it to the Tonganoxie school district, which then suspended Elston the next day. District officials never fully established whether the incident indicated a case of bullying or a simple act of outright aggression. By then the point was moot: Elston had resigned a day after the witness report, leaving folks to wonder both exactly what had happened and what would be an weeks now to stop it, and I reached appropriate response. my limit.” Randy Weseman, serving this Someone across the street, in year as interim superintendent in the parking lot of the Dollar GenPlease see BULLYING, page 4A eral, reached a different limit of
“The old adage ‘Boys will be boys’? That doesn’t work anymore,” said Mike Hill, the Free State Firebirds’ athletic director. “That’s just absolutely not acceptable anymore.”
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RICHARD HARRY SMITH Funeral services for Richard Harry Smith, 71, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial with military honors will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton. Mr. Smith died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 1, 1940, in Lecompton, the son of Joseph and Rose Parrish Smith. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Navy for 29 years. He worked for Allen Press and was a forklift operator for the Kmart Distribution Center. He was a lifetime member of the Lecompton Historical Society. Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Campbell and husband Jack, Lawrence, and Kristi Quist and husband
Mitch Holloway, Grain Valley, Mo.; a son, Tracy Smith and wife Julie, Wellsville; a brother, William Smith Smith and wife Dorothy; and two sisters, Virginia Allen and Betty Mitchell and husband Michael. The family will greet friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. The family suggests memorials to The United States Navy Memorial, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain. com.
Mary Joan (Pauly) Stice Mary Joan (Pauly) Stice, 81, of Parkville, MO., passed away on December 13, 2011. Private family services are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to NorthCare Hospice House at 2900 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO 64116 or online at www. northcarehospice.org. The Family would especially like to thank the staff at NorthCare Hospice House for their kindness and compassion. Her family loved her dearly and will greatly miss her. Mary was born August 10, 1930 in Chicago, Ill., to Thomas A. and Very Iorns Pauly, and the family moved to San Diego, California, when Mary was a toddler. After graduation from Kearny High School, she completed her education to become a dental assistant. It was in San Diego that she met the love of her life, Harold D. Stice, Sr., who was based there while in the Navy, and
they started their family. They later moved to Herington, Kansas, where Mary made her family her priority. The family moved to Kansas City, Kansas, and then later to the country outside Lawrence, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers James, David and Richard Pauly, sister Linda Lind, niece Jennifer Lankovich and nephew Timothy Lind. She is survived by seven children: Glen (Randa) Stice, Harold (Christine) Stice, Jr., Debbie (Greg) Sturtridge, Denise (Dan) King, David (Natalie) Stice, Denette Stice (Donal Haertl) and Warren (Cristin) Stice; 17 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; a brother, Thomas A. Pauly, Jr. of Perth, Australia; and other extended family. Barnett Family Funeral Home in Oskaloosa is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.barnett familyfh.com.
Virginia R. Hird Funeral services for Virginia R. Hird, 83, of Lakeland, Fla., will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery. She died Saturday, December 10, 2011, in Lakeland. She was born on January 4, 1928 in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of W.O. and Bessie Churchbaugh Boehle. She married Howard Lee Hird; he preceded her in death on January 6, 1968. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Boehle, who died April 18, 1988. She is survived by her daughters Judy Eager
(Jim) and Sharon Brown (Steve); and two grandchildren, Bekki and Lee Hird Brown. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rumsey-yost.com.
Charles Wood ‘Butch’ Clark Jr. Butch died of a heart attack at his Lawrence home on Friday, December 9, 2011. He was 64 years old. He was born January 16, 1947 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, the son of Charles Wood Clark and Ann Clark. He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas, in 1965. For the last twenty years he lived in Lawrence and worked as a carpenter. Survivors include his daughter, Sunina Upshaw; his brother Jackson
Clark and wife Brigid Murphy and their daughter Aubin Murphy, all of Lawrence; his nephew Clark Adam Clark, Hong Kong; and many loving friends. There will be a party in Butch’s honor at 7:00 PM, Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Johnny’s Tavern, North Lawrence.
Funeral services for Dr. James L. Ruble Jr., 85, Overbrook, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Overbrook.
JAMES E. STONE Funeral services for James E. Stone, 65, Princeton, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery, Princ-
eton. Mr. Stone died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at his home. The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CHARLES BISHOP SCARBOROUGH JR. Funeral services for Charles Bishop Scarborough Jr., 89, Atchison, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the BeckerDyer-Stanton Funeral Home in Atchison with the Rev. Cindy Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Moriah Cemetery in
Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Scarborough, formerly of Lawrence, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Atchison Senior Village. The family will greet friends at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
PAUL KENNETH LAUGHLIN Memorial services for Paul Kenneth Laughlin, 88, Tahlequah, Okla., formerly of Vinland, were Dec. 7, 2011, in Tahlequah. Inurnment with military honors will
be at a later date in Vinland Cemetery. Mr. Laughlin died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Tahlequah.
ROBERT E. BEDORE Funeral services for Robert E. Bedore, 78, will begin at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Lisle, Ill., and proceed to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, Ill. Mr. Bedore died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a former member of the Chicago Board of Trade. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Peterson Bedore; his children, Gary Bedore, of Lawrence, Robert A. Bedore and wife Joan, Gail Jungels and Tim Bedore; five grandchildren, Julianne, Elizabeth, Ryan, Sean and Nathan; three great-grandchildren, Haley,
Ethan and Gabrielle; a brother, Jack Bedore and wife Lois; a sister, Joyce Kole and husband John; a sister-in-law, Bedore Carol Coffman and husband Jack; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at stjude.org. Online condolences may be sent at blake-lambfuneral home.com.
LONNIE W. WELSH Funeral services for Lonnie W. Welsh, 65, rural Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Military and Masonic graveside services will follow at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton. Mr. Welsh died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at his home near Clinton. He was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Lawrence, the son of Homer and Velva Hardister Welsh. Mr. Welsh was a retired construction manager with Lawrence Construction Company and then was the assistant director of construction for Kansas University. In later years, he worked part time in the Clinton Store. He was a member of the Clinton Presbyterian Church, the Albert Neese Masonic Lodge of Tecumseh, the Arab Shrine in Topeka, the National Rifle Association and Quail Unlimited. Survivors include two sons, Derek and wife Brenda, of Lawrence, and J.T., of
Lawrence; his companion, Marilyn Stone, of the home; his father and stepmother, Homer and Judy Welsh, of Eudora; a Welsh sister, Pennie Scribner and husband James, of Perry; a stepdaughter, Janice Pasley, of Lawrence; two stepsons, Loren Stone, of Lawrence, and Bryan Stone, of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Dalton Welsh, Delanie Stone, Cody Stone, Kaylee Stone, Ashley Stone, Jackson Pasley, and Jalie Pasley; and one greatgrandson, Anthony James Wayne Welsh. The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. The family suggests memorials to the Clinton Presbyterian Church, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain. com.
KBA to consider investment in medical device company By Andy Hyland email@example.com
A Kansas Bioscience Authority committee recommended on Tuesday that a $600,000 investment in a Lenexa medical device company be considered by the authority’s full board. The committee discussed investing $600,000 with Spinal Simplicity, LLC, of Lenexa. Founded by a physician and an entrepreneur, the company has developed a medical device for spinal fusion as an alternative to open spinal surgery, according to UBLE R its website. The committee passed the Friends may call from 4 recommendation along to p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the full board without a recthe church, where the family ommendation of approval or will greet friends from 6 p.m. denial. to 8 p.m. Keith Harrington, director of commercialization for Heartland BioVentures,
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which is the commercialization arm of the KBA, worked most closely with the applicant. He said that while the investment committee typically makes a recommendation of approval on matters submitted to the board, in this case committee members wanted to solicit more opinions from board members before making a decision. Dan Watkins, KBA board chairman, is on the investment committee and was not able to attend the committee meeting, Harrington said. The committee decided to seek input from him, as well as other members of the board before making a recommendation. — Higher education reporter Andy Hyland can be reached at 832-6388. Follow him at Twitter.com/LJW_KU.
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disparity between rich and poor districts. But he backed off a key part of his proposal, saying he would not recommend allowing counties to raise sales taxes for schools. He said a lot of opposition had arisen to that idea. Details of his school funding method are scheduled to be released today. On other issues, Brownback:
Said the budget proposal he will send to legislators would recommend resumption of state funding of the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The city and county picked up the lease costs of the local SRS office after Brownback and SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. proposed closing nine offices, including the one in Lawrence. That closure proposal prompted a public outcry from local officials who said closing the Lawrence office would have created havoc in the community and disrupted services to thousands of needy people. Later, Siedlecki agreed to a plan for city of Lawrence and Douglas County taxpayers to pay the rent for the SRS building, saying he would pursue legislative approval to fund the office in future years. Asked if he would have done anything differently during the controversy, Brownback said he probably should have asked for advice from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat. Brownback said Sebelius closed numerous SRS offices without any controversy.
Called for construction of the controversial, $150 million South Lawrence Trafficway. “This one has got to get done. It is going to get done,” he said.
Said he planned to revisit his veto of state funding of the Kansas Arts Commission but refused to elaborate. Brownback’s veto of funds made Kansas the only state to not fund the arts and cost Kansas $1.2 million in federal matching dollars.
Voiced support for a study commission’s recommendation to replace the state’s traditional pension plan for a 401(k)-like plan for public employees hired after July 1, 2013.
Continued his support of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Republican nomination for president. “He has a great track record,” Brownback said. He said Republican voters have become more conservative and they are “anxious to scared” about the future of the country. — Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can be reached at 785-423-0668.
BRIEFLY Fire that displaced family ruled accidental A fire at a west Lawrence home Monday night has displaced a family of four and caused an estimated $80,000 in damage to the house, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman said. Division Chief Eve Tolefree said Tuesday investigators determined the fire at 3404 Oxford Court was an accident caused by combustible materials being too close to a water heater. The fire was reported about 6 p.m. Monday at the residence near Bob Billings Parkway and Kasold Drive. Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the agency provided hotel lodging and financial assistance for food, clothing and other emergency needs to the parents and their two daughters. The family’s cat also escaped the blaze, Blocher said. The family does have insurance, Blocher said, and are expected to be displaced from the house for quite some time. “There is extensive damage in both levels of the house,” Blocher said. According to Douglas County records, the home’s appraised value is $149,200.
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Tax cut bill pushed through House Defiant Republicans pushed legislation through the House Tuesday night that would keep alive Social Security payroll tax cuts for some 160 million Americans at President Barack Obama’s request — but also would require construction of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that has sparked a White House veto threat. Passage, on a largely party-line vote of 234-193, sent the measure toward its certain demise in the Democratic-controlled Senate, triggering the final partisan showdown of a remarkably quarrelsome year of divided government. The legislation “extends the payroll tax relief, extends and reforms unemployment insurance and protects Social Security — without job-killing tax hikes,” Republican House Speaker John Boehner declared after the measure had cleared. Referring to the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, he added, “Our bill includes sensible, bipartisan measures to help the private sector create jobs.” On a long day of finger pointing, however, House Democrats accused Republicans of protecting “millionaires and billionaires, “ and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derided the GOP-backed pipeline provision as “ideological candy” for the tea party-set.
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Tickets scandal payments approach $500K By Mark Fagan email@example.com
Kansas Athletics Inc. has collected nearly $500,000 toward defraying at least $2 million in losses from a scheme in which employees stole football and basketball tickets for redistribution through brokers and others. As of this week, the department thus far had recovered a total of $496,952 lost in the scheme. An internal investigation conducted for Kansas University determined that thefts involved more than 17,000 tick-
ets for regular-season basketball games and at least 2,000 tickets for football games. The recovered revenue comes from two sources: $250,000 from a settlement on an insurance policy Kansas Ath-
letics carried to protect against employee theft and $246,952 from defendants convicted in federal court as participants in the scheme. Here are defendants ordered to pay restitution, identified
along with their locations in federal custody and expected release dates:
Ben Kirtland, former associate athletic director for deLiebsch velopment, is west of Boston and scheduled for release in August 2015.
Charlette Blubaugh, former associate athletic director for ticket operations, is in Fort Please see TICKETS, page 4A
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Attack leaves 5 dead, 122 wounded Summoned for questioning by Belgian police, a man with a history of weapons and drug offenses left home armed with hand grenades, a revolver and an assault rifle. Stopping at a central square filled with holiday shoppers, he lobbed three grenades into the crowd, then opened fire. Four people were killed, including an 18-monthold toddler, and 122 were wounded in the assault Tuesday that brought tragedy to the pre-Christmas season. Authorities said the shooter also died, but they were at a loss to explain the reason for the onslaught. The prime minister said it was not related to terrorism. The midday attack in the eastern Belgian city of Liege sent hundreds of panicked shoppers stampeding down the cobbled streets of the old city, fleeing explosions and bullets. Belgian authorities identified the shooter as Nordine Amrani, a 33-year-old Liege resident who had done jail time for offenses involving guns and drugs, and had been called in for questioning Tuesday in a sexual abuse case. 3 | PENNSYLVANIA
Sandusky waives preliminary hearing Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky stunned a packed courtroom and backed out of a preliminary hearing at the last minute Tuesday, avoiding a face-to-face confrontation with accusers who his lawyer said were just trying to cash in by making up stories of child sex abuse. Sandusky pleaded not guilty and vowed afterward to “stay the course, to fight for four quarters.” His lawyer, Joe Amendola, then took the defense to the courthouse steps and spoke before dozens of news cameras for an hour, saying some of the 10 men who accuse Sandusky of molesting them as children were only out to profit from civil lawsuits against the coach and Penn State. A prosecutor said about 11 witnesses, most of them alleged victims, were ready to testify at the hearing. 4 | NEW YORK CITY
Trump backs out of hosting debate Donald Trump says he is pulling out of a Republican presidential debate he had agreed to moderate in Iowa. The real estate mogul announced Tuesday that he was stepping back in order to preserve the option of running for president in case he’s not satisfied that the eventual Republican nominee can defeat President Barack Obama. The conservative website Newsmax was to host the debate Dec. 27. But the debate has been in jeopardy ever since Mitt Romney signaled he would not participate. Other candidates bowed out. Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum agreed to take part. Many Republican strategists warned that a presidential debate moderated by Trump, star of “Celebrity Apprentice,” would create a circus-like atmosphere that might diminish the candidates vying to challenge Obama.
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State leaders to consider settlement in Kline case By John Hanna Associated Press
TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislative leaders expect to consider a proposed settlement today of a lawsuit against former Attorney General Phill Kline that was filed by a woman who claimed he fired her from a county prosecutor’s office for complaining about sex discrimination. The governor and the Legislature’s eight top leaders were set to meet as the State Finance Council, which must Kline approve settlements of lawsuits against state employees. The claims against Kline arise from his actions as Johnson County district attorney in 2007, but he still was considered a state official. The Finance Council’s agenda said it
would consider a request from current Attorney General Derek Schmidt for approval of a settlement in the case but provided no further details. Schmidt’s office declined to comment Tuesday. Reid Holbrook, an attorney for Kline, and Joe Colantuono, an attorney representing Kline’s accuser, Jacqie Spradling, declined to discuss details of the proposed settlement, citing confidentiality requirements. But Holbrook said the settlement would end not only the lawsuit but also a separate claim before a federal administrative judge in Washington. “A meeting of the minds has been reached,” he said. The lawsuit against Kline had been scheduled to go to trial in October in Johnson County District Court, but the presiding judge delayed the trial until January so that attorneys could finish working on a settlement. The federal claim also has been on hold.
Student killed in accident A 19-year-old Kansas University student from Changsha, China, died in a Leavenworth County car accident on Monday afternoon, according to a statement from the university. Yujie He was in her third semester at KU and was enrolled at the university’s Applied English Center. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Monday near County Road 1 and Hemphill Road just north of the Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange on Interstate 70. According to the LeavenKANSAS worth County sheriff’s office, UNIVERSITY the woman was heading north on County Road 1 in a Volkswagen Beetle when she went to turn around at Hemphill Road and head back south on CR 1. A man driving a Dodge truck was headed south on the county road when his vehicle struck the passenger side of the Beetle. The vehicles came to rest southwest of the intersection. Leavenworth County sheriff’s officers identified the other driver as 45-year-old Rob Linsin, of Prairie Village, who was taken by air ambulance to KU Hospital, where a spokesman said he was listed in serious condition.
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Tonganoxie, admittedly regards the case as something of a “gray area,” something inherently common in the world of school sports. “His behavior on the field, when he’s reprimanding a player, could be interpreted by some people as bullying because he’s in a position of power,” said Weseman, who spent 34 years in the Lawrence school district, including his last nine as superintendent. “On the other hand, that’s how coaches coach. In football, it’s physical in nature, and emotions run pretty high. “You don’t expect someone in a classroom setting to be yelling at someone. But that’s not out of the ordinary on a football field.” Such observations and differentiations can complicate relations among players and coaches, parents and district administrators. “Is it bullying or is it motivation?” said Kevin Harrell, the Lawrence district’s division director for student intervention services. “There’s that line where athletic people work, trying to figure out just where things are.” School plans, district policies and state regulations don’t differentiate between instances of bullying in the
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Kline, a Republican who gained national attention as attorney general for investigating abortion providers, became district attorney in January 2007, two months losing re-election as attorney general. In April 2007, Kline dismissed Spradling, a senior prosecutor, who’d worked in the district attorney’s office for 15 years. He contends Spradling was fired over issues such as insubordination, failure to follow office policy and a
classroom or on the field. Bullying — cyber, verbal and physical — is not tolerated, no matter where or when it occurs. But sports provides a different context and, therefore, can spur different interpretations of the same rules.
Is a coach who continually criticizes a player’s lack of strength regarded as motivation in the weight room, or as a persistent personal attack on a student’s character?
Is singling out a player to repeatedly run laps considered a strategy to boost endurance and, therefore, performance? Or is it a punitive move to demean someone who doesn’t measure up to classmates? Such questions apparently came to a head last month, after some parents of students associated with the volleyball program at Eudora High School had complained about Coach Jill Stutler’s handling of players. The Eudora school board ultimately sided with the school’s principal, who chose not to renew Stutler’s coaching contract for next year. Mark Johnson, whose daughter played and went on to become an all-conference player under Stutler, said he appreciated Stutler’s work as a coach, describing her as an old-school, hard-nosed disciplinarian along the lines of legendary Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and Paul “Bear” Bryant of the Al-
I don’t call that bully- spect and dignity just to on the playing field isn’t ing. I call that coaching.” win worth the pain and lasting ef-
negative attitude. She alleged Kline and a former top deputy, Stephen Maxwell, tolerated incompetence in male attorneys but singled out female attorneys for “unwarranted criticism,” and Kline fired her in retaliation for complaining about it. The county also had been a defendant in the lawsuit, but it agreed in October to pay $7,500 to help settle the case, leaving Kline, Maxwell and the state as defendants. The state is the only defendant in the case before the federal administrative judge. Spradling had become leader of the office’s domestic violence unit under Dis-
trict Attorney Paul Morrison, who defeated Kline in the 2006 attorney general’s race. Morrison had switched parties to run against Kline as a Democrat, allowing GOP officials in Johnson County to fill the vacancy in the DA’s office — and they picked Kline. Kline left the district attorney’s office in January 2009, having lost a Republican primary in August 2008. He’s now a visiting assistant professor of law at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the late evangelist and Rev. Jerry Falwell. Spradling is deputy district
— Mark Johnson, father of a Eudora High School student who played volleyball under Coach Jill Stutler abama Crimson Tide. Sure, Johnson said, players ran laps, endured screams and participated in intense diving drills as part of Stutler’s drive for excellence, which resulted in a state title in 2006. “I don’t call that bullying,” said Johnson, a retired officer who served in the U.S. Army’s special forces. “I call that coaching.” But with the number of girls participating in volleyball at Eudora steadily declining in recent years, critics had argued that such tactics were inappropriate when taken to extremes. Johnson doesn’t agree, but that isn’t the point. “When you’re a disciplinarian, it’s a thin line,” Johnson said. “Especially these days.” Belinda Rehmer, in her fifth year on the Eudora school board, declined to discuss Stutler’s coaching tactics, nor the board’s vote to uphold seeking a new coach for next year. But, in general, Rehmer maintains that bullying — any bullying — is not to be tolerated at school or during any school activities. Sacrificing personal re-
fects that bullying can cause, she said. “I believe there is a better way to get people to do what you want them to do without being intimidating,” Rehmer said. “However, there are many people who don’t — they believe you can’t get anyone motivated without being intimidating. … “Is there a different test for bullying in sports? I think there is. I just don’t agree with it.” At Free State High School in Lawrence, coaches regularly discuss the importance of not engaging in bullying activities, said Mike Hill, the Firebirds’ athletic director. Actions that might have been regarded as acceptable in the “old days” — taping a freshman football player to a goalpost, snapping a teammate with towels in the locker room or shaving someone’s head against their will before practice — are neither welcomed nor embraced in any teambuilding environment. “The old adage ‘Boys will be boys’? That doesn’t work anymore,” said Hill, who also coaches baseball and serves as an assistant principal. “That’s just absolutely not acceptable anymore.” — Schools reporter Mark Fagan can be reached at 832-7188. Follow him at Twitter. com/MarkFaganLJW.
attorney and leads the staff of prosecutors in Shawnee County, under District Attorney Chad Taylor, a Democrat. Maxwell is senior assistant district attorney in Reno County. Morrison was forced to resign as attorney general in January 2008 because of a sex scandal, and Schmidt, a Republican, defeated Morrison’s appointed replacement last year. Brownback and six of the legislative leaders on the Finance Council are Republicans. Approval of the settlement requires Brownback’s support, as well as five of the eight lawmakers.
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Kansas Athletics has recovered nearly $157,000 during the past seven months. Back in May, the department reported havCONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A ing received nearly $340,000: Worth, Texas, scheduled for $250,000 from the insurance release in July 2015. settlement plus $64,500 from
Thomas Blubaugh, Char- Kirtland and nearly $25,500 tolette Blubaugh’s husband and tal from Jeffries and Simmons. a former consultant to the — Schools reporter Mark Fagan can be ticket office, is west of Oklareached at 832-7188. homa City, scheduled for release in October 2014.
Rodney Jones, former assistant athletic director for the Williams Fund, also is west of Oklahoma City, scheduled for release in September 2014.
Kassie Liebsch, a former systems analyst who assumed ticket operations following Charlette Blubaugh’s resignation, is in Illinois, east of St. Louis, scheduled for release in January 2014. Two other former employees have paid money back to the department through garnishments of wages. Those employees, Jason Jeffries and Brandon Simmons, were convicted of failing to notify authorities about the scheme.
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Megan Gilliland, communications manager for the city, provides this answer: No, parking will be enforced as normal on Saturday, Dec. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking meters in downtown Lawrence will be free on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2.
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KU basketball player McLemore arrested for not appearing in court By George Diepenbrock firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben McLemore, a Kansas University freshman basketball player who is ineligible to play this year, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday morning for failing to appear to court. According to Douglas County District Court records, McLemore, 18, received a ticket Nov. 4 from a state Alcoholic Beverage Control officer for being a minor in possession of alcohol. The officer alleged that McLemore was found with a Red Bull and vodka at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. The freshman from St. Louis was given notice to appear
in court Dec. 6, but a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest when he didn’t show up, according to court records. According to Douglas County Jail records, a sheriff’s officer arrested McLemore on the warrant at 11 a.m. Tuesday on campus. At 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, McLemore posted $500 bond through a bondsman and was given notice to appear in court Dec. 27. The NCAA in October declared McLemore, as a partial academic qualifier, ineligible to play in games in the 20112012 season, and, according to the ruling, he would be allowed to practice beginning in January. “Ben was arrested today for missing a Dec. 6 court date, which is obviously not
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acceptable. Ben, not 21, was given a citation earlier for possession of alcohol at Abe and Jake’s, a local Lawrence establishment. He exercised poor judgment,” KU coach Bill Self said in statement. “He also did not let anyone know that he had been cited and had a court appearance because, certainly, we would have made sure he was there. “This will be a learning experience for him and probably a fairly costly one. Any other discipline will be handled in-house. He should begin practicing with our team when grades are turned in (following the fall semester).”
— Reporter George Diepenbrock can be reached at 832-7144.
BRIEFLY 13-year-old hurt in car accident
get on the ground. Thibodo said he came to Lawrence but didn’t go into the A 13-year-old Lawrence house that night. He said he Men to stand trial in boy was taken to Lawrence saw that Words and Jackson 2008 robbery case Memorial Hospital after a were with another man and crash Tuesday morning east of that both later returned with A Douglas County judge Lawrence. the safe. Thibodo alleged JackBy Alex Garrison Tuesday ordered two Kansas Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas son said he had pulled a gun City, Kan., men to stand trial on Read more responses and add County Sheriff’s spokesman, on a woman and then ripped charges in a 2008 Lawrence your thoughts at LJWorld.com said Kionna Coleman, 16, also open the safe. The men divided robbery case. of Lawrence, lost control of the up the marijuana inside. He the District Judge Kay Huff safe had $200 inside. Do you send or receive sport utility vehicle she was made the ruling after Loren Prosecutors have not identiholiday cards or letters? driving west on North 1500 Thibodo, a cousin of one of the Road, which is an extension fied the third suspect. men, testified at a preliminary Asked at Checkers, 2300 La. of 15th Street, and struck the Craig Stancliffe, a defense hearing that the two defenconcrete barrier of a culvert at attorney for Words, said dants, John T. Words, 21, and East 1625 Road. The SUV came prosecutors had not presented Christopher J. Jackson, 22, to rest on its passenger side in enough evidence to show came to Lawrence on Dec. 3, the center of North 1500 Road. Words participated, but Huff 2008, to rob an alleged drug The crash occurred just after 6 still ordered him to face a trial. dealer in the 3400 block of a.m. Tuesday. Huff scheduled Jackson’s Augusta Drive. Another westbound vehicle trial for Feb. 8. The trial for Prosecutors in November driven by Joseph Weber, 27, Words is Feb. 15. charged Jackson and Words of Lawrence, struck the top of with one count each of aggraColeman’s vehicle. Lewis said vated robbery, aggravated burWeber was unable to see Coleglary, aggravated assault and man’s vehicle in the road. misdemeanor theft. Thibodo, Coleman’s passenger, Zach 27, earlier this year as part Sanders, 13, of Lawrence, was of a plea agreement pleaded the only person injured in the Connie Avey, guilty to one count of burglary crash. He was taken to LawContinental Title Co. and received two years of rence Memorial Hospital. His employee, probation in exchange for his injuries were not believed to Lawrence testimony in the case. be life-threatening, Lewis said, “Yes, Christmas cards with a Lawrence police have and LMH officials confirmed he family letter.” said that they believed three had been released by Tuesday suspects were involved and evening. that they took a safe from the Coleman was ticketed for home. A woman testified on speeding, according to the Monday that one man held a sheriff’s office. Darkness and gun to her head and made her a wet roadway were listed as
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Danni Lotton-Barker, teacher, Lawrence “We send cards, sometimes with letters, sometimes not, just depends on how busy we are. But it’s a nice way to catch up.”
Charles Martinez, student, Lawrence “I try to send them, mainly to people who have sent me something in the past.”
• A 23-year-old Lawrence man who was already convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior once this year was arrested Tuesday on a warrant in a new case. Perry Lee Alexander was given notice to appear in court Dec. 27 on one count of lewd and lascivious behavior, a misdemeanor, after prosecutors filed charges, according to Douglas County Jail records. Alexander posted $750 bond. Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the alleged incident occurred about 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the 3300 block of Iowa Street. According to court records, Alexander pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious behavior Oct. 13, and District Judge Paula Martin sentenced him to serve one year on probation. • A 41-year-old Lawrence
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woman reported a battery in the 3300 block of Iowa Street on Monday. • A 23-year-old Kansas University student reported his 1997 Honda Civic stolen by deception from the 1700 block of Ohio Street on Monday. He reported the car was worth $3,000. • A 61-year-old Lawrence man reported his 1996 Honda Civic stolen from the 1700 block of Bullene Avenue on Dec. 9. He reported the car was worth $2,300. • A 37-year-old Lawrence man reported a Nikon camera lens stolen from the 2500 block of Alabama Street on Dec. 9. He reported the lens was worth $2,200. The Journal-World does not print accounts of all police reports filed. The newspaper generally reports: • Burglaries, only with a loss of $1,000 or more, unless there are unusual circumstances. To protect victims, we generally don’t identify them by name. • The names and circumstances of people arrested, only after they are charged. • Assaults and batteries, only if major injuries are reported. • Holdups and robberies.
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City commissioners on Tuesday did not issue a formal order for the business to shut down, but it did direct staff members to move forward on enforcement action against the business, which may result in a cease and desist order. Agitated after Tuesday evening’s meeting, owner Bo Killough said he was immediately closing the facility to all curbside recycling companies and residents who routinely bring their household recycling to the business. Killough indicated that he would shut out six curbside recycling businesses that routinely use the facility, and he expected that the closing would make recycling in the community more difficult. The city’s largest curbside recycling operation, run by Deffenbaugh Industries, does not use the facility. Smaller recycling companies, including Curbside Recycle, Sunflower Curbside, Tree Huggers, Ball Recycling, Honey Creek, and Home Recycling Service do use the facility, according to Killough. It wasn’t clear late Tuesday how the operations of those companies would be affected by Killough’s sudden decision. City commissioners heard more than an hour’s worth of public comment against the operation that included video of car crushing, fires, excavation equipment and other industrial activities taking place at the site. Commissioners generally expressed concern that such uses were happening right across the street from a neighborhood. The property is zoned for residential use. But when the property entered the city in 1966, it was home to a salvage business. The business had some rights to continue to exist under a grandfather provision of the code. But neighbors argue that the property long ago lost its grandfather status and that it has been operating in violation of the city’s zoning code. Killough and his attorney dispute that assertion.
“If the information we get from them looks good, I think we should proceed with buying one new trash truck and see how it really works for us,” Schumm said. At Tuesday’s meeting, leaders with Black Hills Energy said they were ready to work with the city on a pilot project. Black Hills has a compressed-naturalgas fueling station at its east Lawrence operations facility. The fueling station is not open to the public, but Black Hills officials said they were willing to open the facility to the city and other organizations that want to test the feasibility of compressed-natural-gas vehicles. Scott Zaremba, an owner of the Lawrence-based Zarco convenience store chain, has filed plans at City Hall to build a retail compressednatural-gas fueling station as part of a remodeling of his convenience store properties at Ninth and Iowa streets. Zaremba has city approval to build the station, but he said having a major fleet operator like the city become a customer would make it easier for the approximately $1 million station to proceed. Not surprisingly, Black Hills officials are bullish on the future of compressed natural gas for vehicles. Hess said fueling stations already are prevalent on parts of the West Coast. The trend is making it way to the Midwest with about 30 retail stations currently in Oklahoma, and stations have opened recently in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. “I don’t think it is going to take 10 or 20 years to see major changes,” Hess said. “I think in the next three to five years you will be able to buy natural gas about anywhere.” Officials at Kansas University’s Transportation Research Institute said it was too soon to say whether such an aggressive time line would prove to be true for compressed-natural-gas vehicles. But Ilya Tabakh, a research associate at the institute, said the technology was getting a lot of discussion in the transportation industry. — City reporter Chad Lawhorn can be “There is definitely poten-
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City rejects apartment expansion plan A controversial proposal to expand an apartment complex near Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive was struck down by Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night. Commissioners on a 3-2 vote rejected a plan to add 136 onebedroom apartments to the Remington Square apartment complex, which already has 224 one-bedroom apartments. Several neighbors near the development objected to the plans, arguing that the area already has an excess of apartments. The development group, led by Lawrence businessman Tim Stultz, argued that a recently approved district plan designated the area as appropriate for additional apartment development. City staff members recommended approval of the apartment project, but a majority of commissioners said they believed that neighbors had a reasonable expectation that the Remington Square complex was not going to be expanded in the future. Mayor Aron Cromwell and commissioners Mike Amyx and Bob Schumm voted against the project.
Report recommends ways to fight ‘peak oil’ The city of Lawrence now has a plan to deal with the problem of “peak oil.” City commissioners unanimously agreed to receive the final report from the city’s Peak Oil Task Force. The report provides a series of recommendations on how the community should react to the rising price of oil and possible disruptions in availability as world oil supplies fail to keep up with worldwide demand. Among the recommendations are: Continue planning for “complete streets” that promote pedestrian and bicycle uses; commit to a growth pattern that supports mixed-use developments that promote biking and walking; reduce Lawrence’s water consumption by changing city water rates; and add edible landscape features such as fruit trees, nut trees and community gardens to city parks
BILLS THIS WINTER As long as the weather cooperates, natural gas bills for Lawrence residents should be about the same or lower than they were last winter. Officials with Black Hills Energy, the city’s largest natural-gas utility, said the price of natural gas is at about the same level it was a year ago. That means that a customer’s heating bill will be determined more by how much gas they use rather than the price of gas this season. Curt Floerchinger, a Black Hills spokesman, said forecasting services the utility subscribes to predict winter temperatures to be below normal from January through March. Natural gas prices are down about 70 percent from levels in 2008 as more domestic supplies have been tapped using new extraction technologies. tial because you have a ready fuel supply,” Tabakh said. “It all kind of depends on how you get the gas, how you get it to the stations, how you use it in vehicles. You’ll need to do a cradle-to-grave type of analysis to really understand its benefits and drawbacks.” Natural gas supplies have been on a steady rise since 2008, when “fracking,” a new type of extraction technology, became more prevalent in the industry. As a result, natural gas prices are down about 70 percent from 2008 levels. Fracking, though, has drawn concern from some environmentalists over worries that it can contaminate groundwater supplies. Currently it costs about $10,000 to convert a standard vehicle to operate on compressed natural gas. But Schumm said research suggests that for fuel-guzzling vehicles, such as trash trucks, the payback can be about three years. “I think it is a technology that has a future,” Schumm said.
Cat-shooting case going to trial A Lawrence man accused of shooting a stray cat twice last May is taking his case to trial, and his attorney says he has an alibi. Lawrence Municipal Court officials said Tuesday a judge scheduled a Jan. 19 trial for Jimmy R. Wilkins, 73, who faces charges of animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Lawrence police said animal control officers rescued the 2-year-old cat, later named Bullet, from a trap at a mobile home park in the 100 block of Michigan Street. Police said a witness alleged he heard a neighbor shoot what sounded like a gun earlier in the day and then observed the cat in the trap. Officers said the cat had been shot twice. But Wilkins’ defense attorney Hatem Chahine said Tuesday he was filing a motion for an alibi witness to show Wilkins was visiting his sister that Memorial Day weekend and not in the area when the shooting occurred. Chahine said that Wilkins and his wife are animal lovers and that his family has often given stray cats they’ve trapped to the humane society or released them in other areas. According to the Lawrence Humane Society, Bullet recovered from his injuries. A family later adopted him.
Dads retreat set for Saturday
Dads of Douglas County is inviting fathers to attend a retreat from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. The group, which helps equip men with the tools they need to be successful fathers, will develop a mission statement, clarify core values and discuss plans for the coming year. Let them know you’re com— City reporter Chad Lawhorn can be ing by going to http://j.mp/ reached at 832-6362. Follow him at dadsretreat. For more informaTwitter.com/clawhorn_ljw.
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Santa to chat at LJWorld.com Calling all kids! Santa Claus will be answering your questions about Christmas, the naughty list, reindeer, life at the North Pole and more on Thursday as he participates in a live chat on LJWorld.com. The chat begins after school at 4 p.m. and will last for roughly 30 minutes. Parents, now is the time to
shoo the kids away from the paper. Joining the Journal-World for this online chat is “Santa” Bob Beebe, a longtime Lawrence resident who has played Santa for nearly 30 years. Each year, he picks a charity to benefit from his numerous appearances in Lawrence, and this year all donations he receives will go toward a brightly painted Van Go Mobile Arts bench at Kansas University’s Schiefelbusch Speech-Hearing-Language Clinic. Donations should be mailed to Van Go, 715 N.J., Lawrence 66044, in care of Santa Bob project.
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Jingle Jog set for Thursday By Christine Metz firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Thursday, a barrage of Christmas spirit will sweep down Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street. Every year, members of the community workout group led by Don “Red Dog” Gardner celebrate the season by donning festive garb and holiday lights and run through downtown. This year’s event, which is open to anyone, begins at 6 p.m. in the parking lot behind Kizer-Cummings, 833 Mass. The run, which is about a mile, loops runners along Massachusetts from Sixth Street to South Park. “I can always stand there at Kizer-Cummings and tell where they are at by all the horn honks,” Gardner said. Gardner is best known for the summer workouts he leads at Memorial Stadium, guiding hundreds of Lawrence residents through situps, pushups, runs, sprints and other forms of exercise. Laura Dahnert proposed the Jingle Jog nearly a decade ago. She got the idea from a running group in Kansas City that would run from bar to bar decked out in holiday lights. “I thought the idea of running in Christmas lights and tying jingle bells to your shoes sounded like a blast,” said Dahnert, who also admits to being prone to throwing theme parties. The Red Dog group decided to spread the joy downtown and picked Thursday night, when stores are open later. “I thought she was crazy. But it has turned out to be a really great thing,” Gardner said about the idea. Runners come decked in ornaments, tinsel, Santa hats, reindeer antlers and elf costumes. During several runs, Dahnert has dressed as Santa. Of course, as a runner, she doesn’t quite have the traditional Santa build, so she has to pull the belt extra tight. “There’s lots of silliness,” Dahnert said. Along with spreading holiday cheer, the group passes around a velvet red stocking to raise money for local nonprofits. This year, money will be raised for Toys for Tots and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Gardner said the event is for runners or walkers. Wellbehaved dogs are allowed, and young children are encouraged to come. Afterward, treats will be served, and the group will visit downtown drinking establishments.
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U.S. urges full ban on cellphones for drivers By Joan Lowy Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Texting, emailing or chatting on a cellphone while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed, federal safety investigators declared Tuesday, urging all states to impose total bans except for emergencies. Inspired by recent deadly crashes, including one in which a teenager sent or received 11 text messages in 11 minutes before an accident, the recommendation would apply even to hands-free devices, a much stricter rule than any current state law. The unanimous recommendation by the five-member National Transportation Safety Board would make an exception for devices deemed to aid driver safety such as GPS navigation systems. A group representing state highway safety offices called the recommendation “a game-changer.” “States aren’t ready to support a total ban yet, but this may start the discussion,” Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association, said. NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman acknowledged that the recommendation would be unpopular with many people and that complying would involve changing what has become ingrained behavior for many Americans. While the NTSB doesn’t have the power to impose restrictions, its recommendations carry significant weight with federal regulators and congressional and state lawmakers. Another recommendation issued Tuesday urges states to aggressively enforce current bans on text messag-
ing and the use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices while driving. “We’re not here to win a popularity contest,” she said. “No email, no text, no update, no call is worth a human life.” Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving, while nine states and D.C. bar hand-held cellphone use. Thirty states ban all cellphone use for beginning drivers. But enforcement is generally not a high priority, and no states ban the use of hands-free devices for all drivers. A total cellphone ban would be the hardest to accept for many people. Leila Noelliste, 26, a Chicago blogger and business owner, said being able to talk on the cellphone “when I’m running around town” is important to self-employed people like herself. “I don’t think they should ban cellphones because I don’t think you’re really distracted when you’re talking, it’s when you’re texting,” she said. When you’re driving and talking, “your eyes are still on the road.” The immediate impetus for the recommendation of state bans was a deadly highway pileup near Gray Summit, Mo., last year in which a 19-year-old pickup driver sent and received 11 texts in 11 minutes just before the accident. NTSB investigators said they are seeing increasing texting, cellphone calls and other distracting behavior by drivers in accidents involving all kinds of transportation. It has become routine to immediately request the preservation of cellphone and texting records when an investigation is begun.
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Man gets probation for Eudora burglaries A Douglas County judge sentenced a 29-year-old Eudora man to serve two years on probation for his role in a series of Eudora burglaries earlier this year. District Judge Kay Huff ordered COURTS David Allen Thomas to also undergo a mental health evaluation as a special condition of his probation. In November, he pleaded no contest to three felony charges — two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count of burglary — and eight misdemeanor charges. Eudora police in July linked Thomas to 18 burglaries of vehicles and sheds. Two other Eudora residents were charged in the case: Leah D. Thomas and Joseph L. Klebenstein. Klebenstein entered a plea and has not been sentenced. Leah Thomas faces a trial in 2012. If David Thomas is found to violate terms of his probation, he faces 13 months in prison in this case and likely additional time for a drug possession conviction. He also must pay $820 in restitution.
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Upcoming issues A visit with the Kansas governor produced a few items of interest to Lawrence and the rest of the state.
hile discussing a number of issues facing the state Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback provided several tidbits of information that will be of interest to local residents. During a meeting with Journal-World staff members, the governor confirmed that his budget would include funding to replace the city and county funds currently committed to pay rent for the local office of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The deal worked out to keep the Lawrence SRS office open called for the SRS secretary to make a good-faith effort to find state funding for that purpose. Although it remains to be seen whether that funding will be in the final budget approved by state legislators and signed by Brownback, it’s good news that the appropriation will be in the governor’s initial proposal. Local officials should work with the state to reduce the cost of keeping the local SRS office open, but that cost ultimately is a state, not a local, responsibility. Another state action that has drawn considerable local attention is the current status of the Kansas Arts Commission and its companion Kansas Arts Foundation. Brownback used his line-item veto to eliminate all funding for the KAC from the state budget this year. He pointed out on Tuesday that the current situation wasn’t what he had initially proposed for the arts and acknowledged that he wasn’t completely satisfied with the current structure. When asked, he confirmed that he planned to revisit the situation in his proposed budget for next year but declined to give any details. The destruction of the KAC has been broadly criticized across the state, and it’s good Brownback is willing to take another look at the plan. Hopefully, the governor will be able to work with legislators to forge a good solution for arts funding that will avoid the kind of standoff that occurred in the last legislative session. At minimum, such a plan should provide some support for the staff and structure that allowed KAC to provide so much benefit to arts across the state. Most people in Lawrence also will applaud the governor’s assertion concerning the South Lawrence Trafficway. Brownback said the SLT is an important part of the state’s overall traffic system and he plans to make sure funding is available to finish it. “This one has got to get done,” he said. “It is going to get done.” After decades of debate, it’s good to know that funding will be available to build this road if no new legal obstacles occur. More details on revisions to the state school finance formula will be announced today, and the governor said he still is working on his tax overhaul. Both will be part of a huge agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Many issues that could fundamentally change the social and economic fabric of Kansas will be on the table. The governor is providing a few details on his plans now but many remain to be revealed or, perhaps, worked out. Kansans who care about the future of the state should keep a close eye on Topeka and stay in close contact with their elected representatives during the upcoming session.
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U.S., Israel must coordinate on Iran Early this month, the top U.S. military officer was asked whether he thought Israel would alert the United States ahead of time if it attacked Iran’s nuclear program. “I don’t know,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs, in a blunt assessment. In other words, our military is unsure whether our closest Mideast ally would give us advance notice of an act that could drag us into another Mideast war. I’m aware that Dempsey’s remarks might have been a bit of psychological warfare. There’s the obvious advantage of giving us deniability. And there might be benefit to portraying Israel as beyond U.S. control. It might give the Iranian regime pause if it believed Israel was getting ready to take matters into its own hands. And China might be more willing to endorse tough sanctions on Iran, as Washington has fruitlessly urged, if Beijing thought the alternative was an Israeli military attack. Yet, there is something about Dempsey’s words that should make us uneasy. They exemplify a disturbing level of mistrust between Washington and Jerusalem that makes them ring true. This mistrust is not, as Republican election campaign rhetoric would claim, a product of the administration’s failure to support Israel. On the contrary, defense cooperation between the two countries has never been closer. Moreover, President Obama has twisted himself in knots to support Israel’s opposition to Palestinian statehood efforts at the United Nations. Nor is the mistrust — on the surface, anyway — a product of public differences over approaching Iran’s nuclear program. After early attempts at engaging Iran failed, Obama adopted a tough stance toward Tehran, including harsh economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation. The presi-
Yet the forum — and my talks with individual participants — still left me with the impression that Israel might attack Iran without giving us advance notice, especially because Jerusalem fears Obama would say no.”
dent repeats at every opportunity that Iran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that all options (including military) are on the table. Yet, as I witnessed at a fascinating, high-level dialogue in Washington between current and former Israeli and American officials, along with journalists and intellectuals, Israelis don’t believe Obama. At the eighth Saban Forum, sponsored by the Brookings Institution, I heard Israelis say repeatedly that Obama and his team were not credible when they said Iran wouldn’t be permitted to have nuclear weapons. By the end of the forum, however, I was convinced that the issue isn’t so much credibility, as it is the Israeli conviction that the United States and Israel have a different take on the urgency of the threat. Washington thinks the costs of a military strike on Iran would be so high that it shouldn’t be considered unless every other option is exhausted. Israel, on the other hand, thinks the Iran threat is immediate.
As Dempsey said, the United States believes sanctions and diplomatic pressure are the right path, while leaving open the possibility of future military action. “I’m not sure the Israelis share our assessment (of how to handle Iran and its nuclear program),” the chairman told Reuters. “And because they don’t and because to them this is an existential threat, I think probably that it’s fair to say our expectations are different right now.” In other words, the United States thinks there is still plenty of time to explore options other than military — although many Israelis don’t. At the forum, Israeli participants expressed concern that a U.S. decision on using force would come too late, perhaps not until Iran publicly announces it is withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and kicks out international inspectors. By that time, they worry, most of the program may be deep underground. Yet the most salient point, I believe, was made by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, in the only forum address that was on the record. He pointed out that, at best, a military strike “might postpone (Iran’s nuclear program) maybe one, possibly two years.” It wouldn’t destroy, merely delay, Iran’s ability to produce an atomic weapon. However, the “unintended consequences” of such a strike would be enormous, Panetta cautioned. Now isolated, Iran’s rulers would get renewed regional support. Prospects for regime change within the country would shrink. An oil price spike would undermine the fragile global economy, while rewarding the ayatollahs. A military strike could precipitate another regional war at a time when the Mideast is already going through convulsions. It could embroil us in a new Mideast war, at a time when
nuclear-armed Pakistan presents a greater danger to U.S. interests than Iran does. (Careless talk by Republican presidential candidates in support of hitting Tehran ignores the strategic implications of such an act.) Israeli participants at the forum criticized Panetta for discussing the downside of an attack in public. Yet most of them also stressed that force must be the last option. Some even made clear that they believe it is preferable to use covert means, along with tougher sanctions, to delay Iran’s program — although they don’t think U.S. sanctions are tough enough. In other words, their approach was not that different from the administration’s. After all, if a military strike would only push the program back by one or two years, why not try other options? Yet the forum — and my talks with individual participants — still left me with the impression that Israel might attack Iran without giving us advance notice, especially because Jerusalem fears Obama would say no. Such an Israeli move would cost America dearly. Israel’s military capacity doesn’t match America’s, and the United States would be dragged into any military action. Moreover, we would inevitably be blamed for an Israeli strike, with Iran and its proxies striking back at U.S. interests in the Muslim world. More to the point, the United States is Israel’s closest ally. For Jerusalem to ignore U.S. concerns and go it alone would be a betrayal of that friendship. Yet one can’t rule this prospect out. I came away from the Saban Forum thinking how urgent it is that U.S. and Israeli officials do better at coordinating Iran strategy in private. And Israel must factor in American interests. Otherwise, one can envision disaster ahead. — Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial board member for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
OLD HOME TOWN
From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 14, 1911: “The Lawrence Creamery Co. is now installing steam cooking vats YEARS and machinery for the manufacAGO ture of mush and hominy, which IN 1911 they intend to put up in parafinned cartons of convenient size for family use and distribute to the Lawrence people through the agency of the groceries and meat markets. Who does not like fried mush? And what dish is cheaper or better? In this venture the Lawrence Creamery is following the lead of several creameries that have been engaged in the business for some years in Kansas City where the products have proven very popular.” “The Spirit of Christmas has arrived. In fact it has been hovering about for quite a while but now it has settled down, bringing its usual message of good cheer and gift giving. One way that the Spirit of Christmas manifests itself is in the decorations, and also the display of articles.” — Compiled by Sarah St. John
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America once was a nation of ‘makers’ As regular readers of this column know, I have a passion for old books and American history. The other day I was in Topeka and had the opportunity to visit the used book shop owned by my friend Lloyd Zimmer. While looking through his shelves I came across I book that I knew I had to own: “Cincinnati in 1851” by Charles Cist. This small volume contains a study of the population, industry and architecture of the city of Cincinnati 160 years ago. Among the most interesting chapters is one on the various trades and professions carried out by residents based on the 1850 national census. Given all the attention in the media these days about the employment market, about what jobs are disappearing and what jobs seem like good bets for the future, I thought that this analysis of the job market in 1851 was fascinating. To put it mildly, the nature of work in America, judged by this book, has changed greatly in the past century and a half. In 1851, Cincinnati had 1,569 bootmakers, 868 coopers (barrel makers), 2,318 carpenters, 40 daguerreotypists (photographers on silvercoated metal plates), 298 printers,
This was an America in which those who could make things and fix things were praised and held up as examples of success.”
176 saddlers and 7,864 laborers. Among the more unusual jobs we see very little of today were 11 gilders, 130 riverboat pilots, seven bedstead makers, five bonnet pressers, 42 carriage drivers, and four city criers. Today’s professions were well represented in 1851 Cincinnati. There were 10 architects, 11 professors, five civil engineers, 26 editors (presumably newspaper editors), 176 lawyers, 153 druggists, nine nurses, four opticians and 278 physicians. There were also 11 people who listed their profession as “gen-
tleman,” one bishop, four patent medicine makers, two congressmen and 42 people who listed their occupation on the census as “thieves”! To combat the latter there were 28 policemen, six magistrates, and two judges. To put these various numbers in perspective, it is important to know that the overall population of Cincinnati in 1850 was 115,000. Thus, there were only 278 physicians and 176 lawyers for 115,000 people. Of course, these figures come from a time when the industrial revolution was just starting up in the western United States and when the word “outsourcing” had not been invented. It was also a period during which the idea of craft and being a craftsman was held in high regard. To be a carpenter, cooper or printer was to follow a proud trade. There were office workers in Cincinnati in 1851; the census listed 1,853 “clerks” but it was not nearly so prestigious as being a member of one of the skilled trades. This was an America in which those who could make things and fix things were praised and held up as examples of success. It was a nation of “makers” and inventors and the 1850 census
illustrates this fact. The text accompanying these statistics also includes comments about the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy: “To the industry of foreigners, Cincinnati is indebted In a great degree, for its rapid growth. Their presence here has accelerated the execution of our public improvements, and given an impulse to our immense manufacturing operations, without which, they could not have reached their present extent and importance.” I think that it is extremely important for us to remember what made this great country great: hard-working folks, many of them who came to the U.S. seeking a chance to better themselves. These were people who took on whatever tasks needed to be done, took pride in their skills and the products they made, and understood that their labors would not only provide financial support for themselves and their families but would also make America great. There are lessons we can learn from them. — Mike Hoeflich, a distinguished professor in the Kansas University School of Law, writes a regular column for the Journal-World.
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HI AND LOIS
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE
GREG BROWNE/CHANCE WALKER
MORT, GREG & BRIAN WALKER
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
OFF THE MARK
CHIP SANSOM/ART SANSOM
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Warmer with rain tapering off
Cooler with partial sunshine
Times of clouds and sun
High 65° Low 32° POP: 80%
High 42° Low 20° POP: 5%
High 39° Low 19° POP: 5%
High 45° Low 23° POP: 5%
High 50° Low 30° POP: 25%
Wind S 10-20 mph
Wind NNW 8-16 mph
Wind SSE 4-8 mph
Wind WNW 6-12 mph
Wind SSW 7-14 mph
POP: Probability of Precipitation
Oberlin 46/18 Goodland 46/18
Manhattan Russell Salina 65/28 54/24 Topeka 62/27 62/32 Emporia 62/30
Great Bend 56/26 Dodge City 56/23
Garden City 52/23 Liberal 54/24
Kansas City 64/36
Chillicothe 62/38 Marshall 64/40
Lawrence Kansas City 64/34 65/32
Hutchinson 64/27 Wichita Pratt 64/30 59/29
St. Joseph 60/32
Concordia 59/27 Hays 54/23
Grand Island 46/21
Coffeyville Joplin 64/39 62/41
Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.
Temperature High/low Normal high/low today Record high today Record low today
45°/39° 41°/22° 71° in 1933 -7° in 1901
Precipitation in inches 24 hours through 8 p.m. yest. Month to date Normal month to date Year to date Normal year to date
0.24 1.37 0.74 27.78 39.03
SUN & MOON Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Last
7:31 a.m. 4:59 p.m. 9:18 p.m. 10:18 a.m. New
Today Thu. Today Thu. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W 48 24 pc Atchison 62 31 r 41 16 pc Independence 65 38 r 62 28 r 41 14 pc Belton 61 35 r 43 23 pc Fort Riley 63 35 r 42 23 pc Burlington 66 32 r 45 21 pc Olathe 52 27 pc Coffeyville 64 39 r 48 25 pc Osage Beach 66 46 r Osage City 62 31 r 42 20 pc Concordia 59 27 r 38 20 s Ottawa 62 34 r 41 23 pc Dodge City 56 23 r 42 18 s 64 30 r 43 19 s Holton 62 32 r 41 20 pc Wichita Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.
7:32 a.m. 4:59 p.m. 10:24 p.m. 10:51 a.m.
San Francisco 53/43
Kansas City 64/34
Los Angeles 63/49
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday Lake
Clinton Perry Pomona
873.11 892.01 972.00
9 1200 25
Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for today.
Today Cities Hi Lo W Acapulco 90 72 s Amsterdam 41 36 sh Athens 63 54 s Baghdad 65 45 pc Bangkok 89 73 s Beijing 36 18 s Berlin 43 34 sh Brussels 45 29 sh Buenos Aires 75 61 sh Cairo 68 51 c Calgary 25 6 pc Dublin 43 36 pc Geneva 45 40 sh Hong Kong 68 63 pc Jerusalem 63 48 pc Kabul 53 22 s London 45 36 pc Madrid 55 37 sh Mexico City 75 45 s Montreal 36 34 c Moscow 36 32 sf New Delhi 79 41 s Oslo 37 23 sn Paris 45 38 r Rio de Janeiro 89 75 t Rome 62 51 c Seoul 45 21 c Singapore 86 77 t Stockholm 39 34 c Sydney 70 57 pc Tokyo 54 46 sh Toronto 44 39 r Vancouver 38 35 r Vienna 48 43 c Warsaw 45 36 pc Winnipeg 28 9 pc
Thu. Hi Lo W 90 72 pc 41 38 r 65 55 pc 68 46 pc 88 74 s 32 14 s 37 32 pc 40 37 sh 77 57 sh 68 48 s 20 8 pc 41 32 pc 41 39 sh 68 61 pc 58 41 s 52 22 s 46 37 sh 50 34 pc 77 45 s 43 32 r 38 34 r 79 41 s 30 24 c 47 46 sh 85 74 t 59 38 sh 30 19 s 88 77 t 39 32 sn 72 59 pc 57 41 s 52 28 r 42 33 sh 45 36 r 43 30 pc 11 -6 pc
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El Paso 53/31
-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s National Summary: A large storm will affect the Central states today with mostly rain, but also snow and ice on its northwestern flank and thunderstorms on its southeastern fringe. Spotty snow will linger in the Four Corners region and affect the northern Rockies. Today Thu. Today Thu. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Memphis 67 59 c 69 44 r Albuquerque 44 28 sf 41 25 s 80 67 pc 78 68 pc Anchorage 21 14 sn 29 25 sn Miami 48 40 r 43 25 pc Atlanta 65 49 s 64 55 pc Milwaukee 40 25 r 29 13 pc Austin 76 55 c 61 44 sh Minneapolis 66 53 pc 66 44 r Baltimore 54 36 pc 61 42 sh Nashville New Orleans 74 62 pc 76 61 sh Birmingham 70 54 pc 69 56 r 48 42 pc 56 45 sh Boise 38 24 pc 40 24 sn New York Omaha 50 26 r 33 17 pc Boston 42 36 s 52 44 r Orlando 78 57 pc 79 60 c Buffalo 46 40 r 55 32 r 48 39 pc 58 46 sh Cheyenne 40 17 pc 36 22 pc Philadelphia 60 44 pc 63 44 s Chicago 50 44 r 50 26 pc Phoenix Pittsburgh 48 44 r 57 36 r Cincinnati 60 51 c 60 36 r Portland, ME 40 30 s 44 35 r Cleveland 48 45 r 59 33 r Dallas 72 46 t 63 37 pc Portland, OR 46 32 pc 44 33 sh 43 22 pc 43 22 c Denver 44 18 pc 41 20 pc Reno 57 38 pc 65 50 pc Des Moines 51 31 r 35 19 pc Richmond 52 34 s 52 33 c Detroit 46 43 r 53 31 sh Sacramento St. Louis 64 48 t 53 29 pc El Paso 53 31 pc 51 30 s Salt Lake City 38 22 pc 40 23 c Fairbanks -1 -16 pc -4 -17 c San Diego 60 47 pc 60 48 pc Honolulu 80 70 s 80 70 s Houston 76 63 pc 76 56 sh San Francisco 53 43 pc 51 42 sh Seattle 42 35 c 46 33 sh Indianapolis 58 51 r 56 28 c 30 22 pc 30 18 sf Kansas City 64 34 r 41 22 pc Spokane Tucson 56 37 pc 62 40 s Las Vegas 53 39 s 56 39 s 64 39 r 52 27 pc Little Rock 67 56 c 66 43 pc Tulsa 52 39 pc 58 47 sh Los Angeles 63 49 pc 63 48 pc Wash., DC National extremes yesterday for the 48 contiguous states High: Harlingen, TX 86° Low: West Yellowstone, MT -11°
On Dec. 14, 1895, in Rayne, La., snow accumulated 24 inches in 24 hours. Precipitation in Rayne usually falls as rain. On that day, rain did not reign there.
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No. Daily average temperatures reach bottom in late January.
New York 48/42
LAWRENCE ALMANAC Through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Group names Roberts’ aide Kansan of Year TOPEKA — An aide to U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has been named Kansan of the Year by a group that celebrates the state’s heritage. Harold Stones, of Topeka, will be honored Jan. 27 in Topeka at the annual banquet of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. The group picks both a Kansan of the Year, honoring a native of the state, and a Distinguished Kansan of the Year, which can honor someone born elsewhere. Stones has been director of special projects for Roberts since 1997. He serves primarily as the Kansas Republican’s liaison to military bases, local governments, chambers of commerce, economic development groups and private companies. Stones also is a former CEO for the Kansas Bankers Association. Roberts himself was Distinguished Kansan in 1999.
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Good/Bad reunion Friends since birth 92 years ago, Betty Dobbins and retired Dr. Gene Manahan, Lawrence, met again recently. Unfortunately, their reunion was Nov. 22 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital while both were recovering from falls. Dobbins and Manahan went to high school in Wellington. Their mothers were also good friends. Their daughters, Sherri Millsap and Kylee Manahan, submitted the photo.
The Salvation Army Christmas JOY shop, 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., 946 N.H. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County, noon, 536 Fireside Court, Suite B. Information meeting for prospective volunteers. For more information, call 843-7359. Douglas County Commission meeting, 6:35 p.m., Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. Conroy’s Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Conroy’s Pub, 3115 W. Sixth St. Spaghetti supper fundraiser for Douglas County Senior Services, 5:30 p.m., Meadowlark Estates, 4430 Bauer Farm Road “White Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H. Dark Times at The Granada with Jay Maus, 8 p.m., The Granada, 1020 Mass. Free salsa lessons, 8:309:30 p.m., Taste Lounge, 804 W. 24th St. Pride Night, 9 p.m., Wilde’s Chateau, 2412 Iowa. Dollar Bowling, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa.
Red Dog’s Dog Days winter workout, 6 a.m., Allen Fieldhouse, Enter through the south doors and meet on the southeast corner of the second floor. The Salvation Army Christmas JOY shop, 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., 946 N.H. Proposal writing basics, noon, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Theology on Tap, discussion of a selected religion topic, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Henry’s, 11 E. Eighth St. Jingle Jog, a Dog Days fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club and Toys for Tots, 6 p.m., starts behind KizerCummings Jewelry at Ninth and Vermont streets. Sgt. Samuel J. Churchill Camp 4 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 6:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Lawrence Arts & Crafts group, 7-9 p.m., Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St. Junkyard Jazz Band, 7 p.m., American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St. “White Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H. Poker Night, 8 p.m., Applebee’s, 2520 Iowa. Team trivia, 9 p.m., Johnny’s West, 721 Wakarusa Drive.
Amazing Olive Press Workshop for children, 10:30 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
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Mannheim Steamroller It may be Christmastime, but the holiday season isn’t officially here until it’s welcomed with thundering bombast usually reserved for epic movie soundtracks and any time Michael Bay does anything. Enter Mannheim Steamroller, champions of arena Christmas music. Led by mastermind Chip Davis, the most successful Christmas musicians of all time stop by the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, tonight as part of their annual Christmas tour. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30, and tickets start at $50.
Magazine Give Away Day, purging 2010 issues of most of the library’s magazines, noon-6 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. New Horizons Band Concert, 4 p.m. Drury Place at Alvamar, 1510 St. Andrews Drive. Ecumenical Advent Taize Service, 7 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church,, 925 Vt. The Kansas Nutcracker, 2011 Sesquicentennial Edition with Mandolin Orchestra, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. “White Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H. Stranger Creek Band, 8 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2206 E. 23rd St. The Wilders 8 p.m., Liberty Hall
Red Dog’s Dog Days, 7:30 a.m., parking lot behind Kizer-Cummings Jewelry, Ninth and Vermont streets. Photos with Santa, 9:3011:30 a.m., Orscheln, 1541 E. 23rd St. Festival of Nativities, noon-4 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, North Fourth and Elm streets in North Lawrence, donations accepted. December Music Series, The Topeka Brass Quintet, 1 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass., free. Ragtime Piano Rehearsal / Jam Session, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Teen Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament, 3 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Mass. The Kansas Nutcracker, 2011 Sesquicentennial Edition with Mandolin Orchestra, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. “White Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H. Community Contra Dance, 7:30 p.m., Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. Video Jerry / DJ John, 9 p.m., Slow Ride Roadhouse, 1350 N. Second St.
Van Go Adornment Sale, 715 N.J., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. The Territorial Capital Museum Christmas display, with three floors of vintage Christmas decorations including 21 trees with various period decorations; 11 a.m to 4 p.m. WednesdaySaturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 1, 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton. Watkins Community Museum of History exhibit: “It Happened on Mass Street: 150 Years in Lawrence,” featuring historic photographs and objects illustrating the growth of downtown Lawrence, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 1047 Mass. Freedom’s Frontier exhibit, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St.
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CHIEFS: GM Scott Pioli takes some blame for recent woes. 4B ON THE BIG STAGE Former Lawrence High standout Jared Vinoverski will play for a national championship with Pitt State on Saturday. Story on page 3B
LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD LJWorld.com/sports Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Weis adds coaches to staff
HASKELL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
KANSAS MEN’S BASKETBALL
Self: Taylor criticisms unfair By Jesse Newell
By Matt Tait
Kansas coach Bill Self beWhen asked at his introduclieves guard Tyshawn Taylor is tory news conference last week taking more criticism this seawhat he would do if his son son than is warranted. wanted to coach defense, Kan“I can do that probably more sas University football coach so than anybody, because he’s Charlie Weis painted a clear and the point guard and he’s the comedic picture. quarterback and he’s more re“I would say he’s a commusponsible than anything,” Self nist if he went over to defense,” said during his Hawk Talk raWeis said of his son, Charlie Jr., dio show on Monday. “But the who recently transferred to KU bottom line is, instead of seeand plans to learn the ins and ing sometimes what he doesn’t outs of coaching under his fado, I think we should look at ther. what he does It’s no wonder, then, that five do. Because days into his if you look at KU career, us, we don’t Weis already beat Long had filled four Beach State offensive poif he doesn’t sitions on his play. And we coaching staff certainly don’t and none on beat Ohio the defensive Taylor State if he side of the ball. doesn’t play.” Grunhard Two of Playing with a torn meniscus those posiin his right knee, Taylor scored Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo tions were 12 points with four assists and HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH SHANE FLANAGAN, a former assistant at made official five turnovers in 34 minutes New Mexico, took over the program from Phil Homeratha, who served as head coach since 1995 before his on Tuesday, against LBSU on Dec. 6. retirement earlier this year. when Weis anAgainst Ohio State, Taylor nounced the contributed nine points to go hiring of offenwith a career-high 13 assists in sive line coach 35 minutes. He also had seven Tim Grunhard turnovers. and quarterPowlus “He can do so many things to backs coach get in the paint to force help to Ron Powlus. get us easy baskets that when Like Weis, both men graduated he doesn’t make some plays, we from Notre Dame, and both look at the negatives as opposed By Tom Keegan have long-standing relationfrom Green Bay, Wis., and the There is a reason player-coachto all the positive things that ships with KU’s new head coach. email@example.com three other seniors on the roster es are rare. he does,” Self said. “He’s got The other offensive positions — Kayla Davis, Sharon Forte and “It’s hard being the one to tell to tighten his game up. We’ve Once battling colon cancer Nataska Rouse — agreed to do everybody what to do, but somethat have been filled belong to talked about it. We’re going to became a full-time job for Phil their best to keep the team togeth- body had to do it,” Stevens said. Weis, who also will serve as watch a lot more tape. He’s got Homeratha, he stepped down er until they found a coach. KU’s offensive coordinator, and “The main thing I wanted to do a chance to watch a lot of tape from his work as athletic director former interim head coach Reg“We were on our own all sum- was make sure everybody stayed right now and (we can) try to gie Mitchell, who coached KU’s and women’s basketball coach at mer and for the here and looked forward to the fuhelp him with that. running backs from 2010-11 and Haskell Indian Nations University first few weeks ture, not the present.” “But gosh, does he have a lot will continue in that role during in February. of school,” SteThe future of Haskell women’s of talent. I mean, that is one tal2012. Winter turned to spring, which vens said. “We basketball arrived on campus ented kid that’s a phenomenal Tuesday afternoon, durbecame summer, but Haskell still still had condi- in mid-September. His name is athlete.” ing his weekly radio spot with had no basketball coach. tioning, and we Shane Flanagan, his pedigree DiviSelf has his own theories Soren Petro, Grunhard, a forSome seniors in Lois Stevens’ would play pick- sion I. about why Taylor is criticized mer sports talk radio host with sneakers might have put basketup games whenFlanagan, 37 and a native of more than others. For one, the 810 WHB, explained what it was ball behind them and gotten on ever we could Albuquerque, N.M., played point guard has been at Kansas a long about Weis that made him jump with their education. That wasn’t Stevens find a court to guard for Boise State, where he time. He’s also had some offat the chance to join his staff. an option for her. play on.” earned Big Sky all-tournament the-court incidents in the past. “He’s as happy as I’ve seen “Both my parents played here In the process, honors in 1996. He spent the last Taylor had surgery to repair him in a long time,” Grunhard in the ’80s,” Stevens said. “My two the seniors learned something five seasons as assistant coach to the torn meniscus Sunday. The said. “He’s excited and he’s moolder brothers played for Haskell. about coaching. his father, Don Flanagan, at the senior could miss up to three tivated. I know one thing about So did my two older sisters. I’ve “It’s not easy,” Stevens said. University of New Mexico. His weeks depending on his recovCharlie Weis, when he’s excited known coach Homeratha for 15 Agreed Davis: “I just couldn’t father retired, and Shane was out ery time, though Self said it’s and he’s motivated, great things years. He’s just like a grandpa to wait for us to actually have a per- of work. possible Taylor could be back happen.” me.” son in charge. It was really diffiPlease see FLANAGAN, page 3B as soon as KU’s game Monday Grunhard, who played 11 seaSo Stevens, a 5-foot-10 center cult.” against Davidson. sons with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving on to coach high Please see KU MEN, page 6B school football in Kansas City, has had his eye on joining Weis’ staff for quite some time. When Weis was hired at Notre Dame HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL in 2005, he and Grunhard talked about a collaboration, but Grunhard’s family and its ties to the Kansas City area kept him from heading to South Bend, Ind. When the opportunity to join We don’t have enough By Benton Smith for a bucket inside, junior Kyle Weis at Kansas presented itself firstname.lastname@example.org firepower to dig ourselves a McFarland gathered an oflast Sunday, the offer was too fensive rebound after getting hole like that.” good for Grunhard to pass up. With one of the top teams in blocked and went up for a score, This time, his family agreed. the state coming to Free State and Dabney drained a baseline “I don’t know if this is good High on Tuesday night, it would — Free State boys coach Chuck Law jumper in the final seconds of or bad, but it was a unanimous the quarter. By the half, FSHS have taken four quarters of exvote for me to (take the job),” trailed 32-26. cellence for the Firebirds’ boys said Grunhard, who has four Law was very pleased with basketball team to knock off that I think they’re the secondchildren. “They’re excited. They Blue Valley North. best team in the state,” the that stretch, which carried over were born here. They grew up Though FSHS played well coach said, giving the No. 1 spot into the opening minutes of the here. They’re KU fans.” third quarter. at times, it was nowhere near to Wichita Heights. A native of Chicago, Grun“I thought we played beautienough to counter the balance It didn’t help Free State (2-2), hard said his home and adopted and precision of the Mustangs either, that the Firebirds began fully for 10 minutes,” Law said. cities would be his primary re“I honestly believe that was the in a 75-49 loss. the game in a 23-7 hole. cruiting areas at Kansas. He ofFour BVN players — Conner “We don’t have enough fire- best basketball we’ve played in ficially will begin his new job on Crooker, Erik Higginbotham, power to dig ourselves a hole the first four games of the year.” Jan. 1. Free State kept it close early Jawan Emery and Matthew like that,” Law said, noting that “I’m just thrilled and excited,” McHugh — scored in double slow starts have been a recur- in the second half with four he said. “It’s such a great chalpoints in the paint from Patterfigures. Free State coach Chuck ring issue. lenge.... I wouldn’t have taken Law said every player Blue ValFortunately for the Firebirds, son (10 points on the night) and the job if I didn’t believe Charlie ley North put on the floor had they put together a much better a pair of free throws from DabWeis could win. And I wouldn’t athleticism and the ability to second quarter. Oddly enough, ney (11), but in the final six minhave taken the job if that wasn’t handle, pass or shoot at any it began when sophomore sub- utes of the third, the Mustangs one of the finer universities in time. On top of that, Law went stitute guard Joe Dineen banked outscored FSHS, 25-6, dashing the country.” on, the Mustangs ran their sets in a three-pointer, sparking a any thoughts of an upset. Grunhard comes to KU on “They’re so explosive,” Law “exceptionally well,” played 15-4 run. the heels of a successful, sixJohn Young/Journal-World Photo hard and hustled for loose balls. Dineen scored again with a said of BVN. “You can’t allow year coaching stint at Bishop FREE STATE SENIOR GUARD SHAWN KNIGHTON, As far as the coach was con- steal and lay-in, senior Tyler that to happen, and then you’ve Miege High, where he led the CENTER, LOOKS FOR A TEAMMATE to pass the cerned, not many teams are bet- Self made a reverse layup, se- got to organize and get good Stags to five straight district ball to as he is smothered by defenders during ter than BVN (4-0). nior Cameron Dabney scored shots.” titles and the 2009 Class 4A Free State’s game against Blue Valley North on “They’ve got a ton of weap- in the paint, senior Brett Frantz Please see FOOTBALL, page 5B Tuesday at FSHS. Please see FREE STATE, page 3B ons. I’m adamant about the fact found senior Gabe Patterson
First-year HINU coach Shane Flanagan is following in the footsteps of family, heritage
Free State boys fall to BVN, 75-49 “
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MLB deal includes extra replay NEW YORK (AP) â€” Baseballâ€™s new labor contract includes more video replay, the chance for a longer All-Star break and a small, but likely welcome perk for players: the chance to get a private room instead of a roommate during spring training. The Associated Press obtained the document that includes several changes, many starting next year. They include allowing teams from the same division to meet in the playoffs before the league championship series, a ban on players getting tattoos with cor-
porate logos and the possibility of players wearing microphones during games. Players already have ratified the hundreds of pages contained in Major League Baseballâ€™s Memorandum of Understanding. Owners are scheduled to vote Thursday. Also part of the deal: Any big leaguer who wants to change uniform numbers without switching teams better give eight monthsâ€™ notice unless heâ€™s willing to buy warehouses full of his overstocked jerseys.
MLB wants to expand replay to include fair-or-foul calls, â€œwhether a fly ball or line drive was trappedâ€? and fan interference all around the ballpark. Umpires still must give their approval, and itâ€™s uncertain whether the extra replay will be in place by opening day. Video review began in August 2008, but only to look at potential home runs. The All-Star break will be expanded to four days, rather than the traditional three-day gap. The five-year deal says starting in 2013 that MLB â€œshall have the right to
elect to switch the All-Star game from Tuesday to Wednesday and the Home Run Derby from Monday to Tuesday.â€? Sixty-nine of 82 All-Star games have been played on Tuesday, according to STATS LLC. Gone, too, are the days of roommates, something that dates back decades, to the days players rode the rails to Florida. Now, all players on 40-man rosters are assured of single rooms during spring training. Theyâ€™ve had that perk during the regular season since 1997.
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Stern now public enemy No. 1 in L.A.
Steelersâ€™ Harrison suspended for one game
By Bill Plaschke Los Angeles Times
Five days into this new NBA, there is already a new rivalry. The city of Los Angeles versus David Stern. We donâ€™t like each other, not anymore, not one bit, not after the NBA commissionerâ€™s misuse of his powers has ripped out the heart of one Los Angeles team and the hopes of the other. Stern is the Boston Celtics with a smug grin. He is the Dallas Mavericks with a weak spine. He wears a suit, but he has shamefully spent the last week as if sitting in a Sacramento cheap seat screaming a chant that can be heard from here to Bourbon Street. â€œBeat L.A!â€? David Stern hollered, speaking as the de facto owner of the New Orleans Hornets, a position that should never be held by the boss of any league. Yes, since last season, the NBA has owned the failing Hornets. So, yes, as the NBAâ€™s top executive, Stern has the right to veto Hornets trades like Jerry Buss can veto Lakers trades. But should he? Shouldnâ€™t those calls be made by an independent consultant working in close conjunction with the New Orleans basketball people? Shouldnâ€™t basketball learn from baseball, which in recent years has quietly and successfully overseen transitions within the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals? Stern has the right to run the Hornets, but the duty to stay out of their business, a duty he has recently ignored, such that the integrity of the league has suffered more in five days than during the lockoutâ€™s 149 days. â€œCompletely unexpected,â€? is how Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak describes Sternâ€™s behavior, and heâ€™s being completely kind, because Stern has been completely derelict in his mandate to treat all 30 NBA teams equally. First, on Thursday, Stern and his lieutenants killed a trade of star point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers, under pressure from other league owners, which included a venomous email from Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert. Then, Monday, under the direction of Sternâ€™s office, the Hornets ground down the Clippers until their proposed trade also vanished. The Lakers and Clippers deals werenâ€™t killed in the same fashion; Sternâ€™s involvement in the Clippers deal was less direct, as the Clippers have dealt only with Hornets General Manager Dell Demps, and there is still a chance that Demps can sell some form of this deal to Stern. But in both cases, the damage caused by a commissionerâ€™s office with a huge conflict of interest could be considerable. Start with the Lakers. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol were gone. Then they werenâ€™t. Then Odom became so upset at the idea that the Lakers didnâ€™t want him, he demanded to be gone, giving the Lakers the excuse they needed to ship him out and save about $34 million in salary and luxury taxes. Iâ€™d be screaming at Mitch Kupchak right now if I werenâ€™t so mad at Stern. Next up, the Clippers, who waded through the Lakers carnage to forge a solid deal that would send to the Hornets Chris Kaman, Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu and a 2012 first-round draft pick from Minnesota that would surely be high lottery. Sternâ€™s biggest complaints about the Lakers deal seemingly were all answered in the Clippers deal. These guys were younger and more athletic, with Kamanâ€™s huge contract coming off the books after this season and that draft pick potentially worthy of a franchise cornerstone. As owner of the Hornets, if he canâ€™t approve a deal that would give the franchise a future in the wake of the impending departure of its best player, then he should just shut down the franchise.
PITTSBURGH â€” Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has carved out a niche as one of the NFLâ€™s most feared defenders over the last five years by straddling the line between clean and dirty play. After one dangerous hit too many, the league apparently has seen enough. The NFL suspended Harrison for one game following his helmet-to-facemask hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday, making Harrison the first player to miss game time as a penalty under the leagueâ€™s revamped policy on such collisions. Harrisonâ€™s agent, Bill Parise, said Tuesday afternoon Harrison already had filed an appeal and expected it to be heard later this week by Art Shell or Ted Cottrell, jointly appointed by the NFL and the playersâ€™ association to hear such cases. Theyâ€™ll have to determine Harrisonâ€™s intent when he laid out McCoy late in the fourth quarter of Pittsburghâ€™s 14-3 victory. The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was penalized for roughing the passer on the play and said Monday he believed the hit didnâ€™t warrant further punishment. NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson disagreed, pointing out the violation marked the fifth illegal hit on a quarterback by Harrison in the last three seasons. The fourtime Pro Bowler also has been fined on two other occasions for unnecessary roughness over the same period. Though Harrison hasnâ€™t been fined for such a hit in over a year, he was considered a repeat offender under the 2011 League Policies for Players manual, leading to the suspension. Harrison, who has been highly critical of the leagueâ€™s crackdown on vicious hits, thanked his fans for their support on his Twitter account after the suspension was levied, adding, â€œIâ€™m just going to move on from here and get ready for my next game.â€? Barring a successful appeal, that wonâ€™t be until the Steelers (10-3) face St. Louis on Christmas Eve.
procedures and protocol on head injuries. McCoy sustained a concussion when he was hit last week by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who was suspended for one game for the helmet-to-helmet hit, his fifth illegal one on a quarterback in the past three seasons. McCoy was off the field for less than four minutes after the hit. Medical representatives from the league and NFLPA met Tuesday with the Brownsâ€™ medical staff and discussed the teamâ€™s response and treatment of McCoyâ€™s injury, which may have exposed some previously unaddressed issues tied to concussion policies.
ST. LOUIS â€” Second baseman Skip Schumaker has agreed to a $3 million, two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, who did not tender a contract offer to infielder Ryan Theriot before Monday nightâ€™s deadline. The 31-year-old Schumaker batted .283 in 117 games for the Cardinals this year.
McCoy handling under review CLEVELAND â€” An investigation by the NFL and Players Association into the Brownsâ€™ handling of Colt McCoyâ€™s concussion could lead to changes in the leagueâ€™s medical
Wallace gets probation PONTIAC, MICH. â€” Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation but avoided jail time on drunken driving and gun possession charges stemming from a September traffic stop in suburban Detroit. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar also sentenced Wallace to fines, court costs and 30 hours of community service. Wallace was arrested at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 24 in Bloomfield Township after officers spotted him driving a Cadillac Escalade erratically. An unloaded pistol was in a backpack.
Nuggets trade for Mavs pair DENVER â€” The Denver Nuggets acquired versatile swingman Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer from the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday for a future second-round pick. The trade gives the Nuggets added depth as the team attempts to work out deals with free agent big man Nene and guard Arron Afflalo, who is a restricted free agent.
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