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Articles from November 16, 2014

Atlanta Day Trip: Finding Serenity at Serenbe
Much of the trip from Atlanta to Serenbe is riddled with long, winding roads -- some of them gravel -- giving the sense that your final destination is another world. In some ways, it is. Only a 40- minute drive from the capital of Georgia, the 900-acre...
Big 12
BIG 12 OKLAHOMA 42, TEXAS TECH 30 Oklahoma__ 0__ 7__ 14__ 21__ --__ 42 Texas Tech__ 7__ 7__ 7__ 9__ --__ 30 FIRST QUARTER TT -- Grant 6 pass from Mahomes (Bustin kick), 4:03. SECOND QUARTER Okl...
Briefly
BOSTON -- From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The St. Louis County grand jury,...
Business Watch: Gift Shop Adds Holiday Hours
Prairie Meadow Greenhouse's gift shop will be open Saturdays through Christmas. Owner Amy Naylor said the greenhouse is closed for the season, but she still has herbs and Christmas decorations to sell, as well as gift items, such as candles, sachets,...
Cowboy Hall of Fame Inducts Council Grove Brothers
Bob and Wayne Alexander have always been cowboys. Their cowboy dad, O.E. "Bud" Alexander, had his sons on horseback before they could walk. The boys went on to excel in pastures, where they looked after cattle, and in rodeo arenas. For...
Dozens of Christmas Trees Fill Lecompton Museum
LECOMPTON -- Elsie Middleton examines the ornaments on a 2-foot- tall Christmas tree made in Germany in the early 1910s that is displayed at the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton. The leaves are made of goose feathers; the trunk is a paper- wrapped...
Editorial: Council Must Do Right Thing on HPT
Absent further legal wrangling about the issue, the Topeka City Council is free to proceed with its planned purchase of Heartland Park Topeka. As the process moves forward, council members must decide whether the proposed deal is good for the...
First Committee Meeting on Topeka Nudity Ban Scheduled Tuesday
The Topeka City Council's public health and safety committee on Tuesday will take up a nudity ban that didn't make it past the council in September, but it likely won't be the only meeting on the topic. Councilman T.J. Brown, who is one of three...
Freshman Lawmakers Preparing for Debuts ; Lawmakers: Trio of Legislators Inherit $278M Hurdle
Lane Hemsley experienced a range of feelings in the weeklong wait between Election Day and when a final vote count gave the Topeka attorney a 40-vote win over his opponent in the race for Kansas House District 56. "It had its waves of disappointment...
Freshman Winslow Leads No. 4 Duke Past Fairfield
Freshman Winslow leads No. 4 Duke past Fairfield DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman Justise Winslow scored 18 points and No. 4 Duke beat Fairfield, 109-59, on Saturday night in its second game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Preseason All-American...
George Will: Rethinking U.S. Foreign Policy
President Barack Obama's coming request for Congress to "right- size and update" the Authorization for Use of Military Force against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They,...
Girls on the Run Brave Frigid Forecast to Finish Strong
Hundreds of girls and adults took to the streets of Topeka on Saturday despite frigid temperatures and threatening skies. The YWCA had to make a few last-minute changes to its Run for a Reason, which also marked the end of the fall Girls on the...
Guilty Plea Leads to Probation Instead of Jail Time
A man was put on probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors on the last day of October. Jeremiah Ray Ely, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic battery and one count of intimidation of a witness, according to Shawnee County...
Half-Sisters Try to Make Up for Lost Time
HUTCHINSON -- Going at their own pace, sisters Cheryl Poole, 56, and Teresa Wynn, 53, strolled through Carey Park. Both women, beaming with a grin from ear to ear, proudly walked announcing to the world "This is my sister." The two met...
Holton Couple Renovating Old Bell Graphics Building
HOLTON -- Holton resident Gary Bell walked through what used to be his printing business at 118 E. 5th St. in Holton a few weeks ago and reminisced about his offset press days, explaining how the left- behind equipment worked. "There's a lot of...
Horoscopes
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Take a vacation. You need to get some peace and quiet. Rejuvenate and make plans for the upcoming year. Let go of the past. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Travel or hosting social activities in your home will occupy...
HTK Architects Started Humbly in Farmhouse
Architecture firms don't always start in impressive surroundings.The firm that would become HTK Architects started in a farmhouse near the corner of S.W. 29th and MacVicar in 1958, said Chuck Smith, who is one of four partners now running the business....
Hunting Seasons
HUNTING SEASONS CURRENT June 1-Feb. 28, 2015 -- Squirrel, statewide. Sept. 1-Dec. 16 -- Snipe, statewide. Sept. 15-Dec. 31 -- Deer and elk, archery, statewide. Oct. 1-Dec. 2 -- Fall turkey, archery/shotgun,...
Ichabod Men Fall, 77-70, against Minnesota State
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Washburn men's basketball team came up empty in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase, falling 77-70 to Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday to finish the Showcase 0-2. Washburn led by 10 with 17:15 remaining before Minnesota State went...
Ichabods on NCAA Volleyball Bubble after Loss
Washburn's 13th-ranked volleyball team went into Saturday night's MIAA match against No. 6 Nebraska-Kearney knowing it needed to make a statement to the NCAA Division II Central Region committee. Instead, a four-set loss to the Lopers left Washburn...
It's Your Business
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KanCare Restraints Disputed ; KanCare: System Totals $3 Billion
Hays resident Tamera Checketts' double-knee replacement operation interrupted work on a college degree. Aftermath of major surgery -- stint in a nursing home, unexpected fracture of a femur, mobility-zapping pain -- compounded obstacles to building...
Kansas State Researchers Fighting World Hunger
MANHATTAN -- Can a wasp feed the world? It can help. If its larvae are nurtured near millet fields where a devastating moth steals harvests from the field, they can grow to become predators that destroy the pests and save a crop. And that...
Kansas Trying Software Partnership for Mental Health Treatment
Kansas is piloting a software program that led to improved health for people with serious mental illnesses in Missouri. The Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas received a $40,000 grant from the Tower Mental Health Foundation...
Kevin Haskin: Bowen Providing a Convincing Audition Coaching KU
LAWRENCE -- Calling off the search for a Kansas football coach -- right here, right now -- would not be a knee-jerk reaction. Not after a near-upset of Big 12 leader TCU. The improvement the Jayhawks have made, the hope that has been renewed,...
K-State Shows Depth in Season-Opening Win over Southern Utah
MANHATTAN -- With eight second left, the Kansas State Wildcats ran out on a fast break with a chance to hit the century mark. To the dismay of the fans in purple, K-State elected not to try for one final bucket in its 98-68 win over Southern Utah on...
KU Football Can't Hold on as No. 5 TCU Rallies for 34-30 Victory
LAWRENCE -- The yell came from a student section that had stayed to the end, a group that had realized this upset bid wasn't going to end in victory. In the final seconds of fifth-ranked TCU's 34-30 escape against Kansas on Saturday afternoon,...
KU Notebook: Clint Bowen Upset Pick-Six Called Back
LAWRENCE -- Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen remained miffed after KU's 34-30 loss to TCU on Saturday at Memorial Stadium when asked about an illegal substitution penalty that cost his team a touchdown. Early in the second quarter, KU defensive...
KU's Selden Shooting for Better Performance against Kentucky
LAWRENCE -- No coach instructed Wayne Selden Jr. to get in the gym. No one suggested that he needed to put more work in, or that his effort against UC Santa Barbara could've cost Kansas a season- opening victory on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. No one...
Letters
ELECTIONS Results unsettling On Nov. 4, I voted, as I always do, hoping my little hash marks might move the state and country just a nanometer closer to sanity and away from the status quo. Obviously, that did not happen and we are again...
MIAA Football Roundup: Pitt State Wins Share of MIAA Title; ESU Comeback Falls Short
EDMOND, Okla. -- No. 6 Pittsburg State wrapped up a share of the MIAA football crown Saturday with a 41-14 victory over Central Oklahoma. At 10-1 overall and in the MIAA, the Gorillas split the conference title with Northwest Missouri (10-1, 10-1)....
Northeast Kansas Happenings
CHRISTMAS PLAY -- "A Cricket Country Christmas Wedding" will be staged at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Lecompton High School. Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for ages 12 and younger. Information and tickets: (785) 887-6691. SHAKESPEARE FAVORITE...
Officials: Buy Firewood Locally to Stop Spread of Diseases
State officals urged Kansans to stick to local sources for their firewood, so as to avoid spreading disease-carrying pests. Transporting firewood could put ash, walnut and pine trees in uninfected areas at risk from pests, news releases from the...
Over the Limit, under Arrest
Hunting laws, rules and regulations are in place to protect resources and provide equal opportunities for all sportsmen and women. Bag limits are used to regulate the harvest, providing seasons and generations of game to be enjoyed by all. Unfortunately,...
Sports Briefs: Elliott Celebrates Nationwide Title at Homestead
ELLIOTT CELEBRATES NATIONWIDE TITLE AT HOMESTEAD: Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane. Elliott finally got to enjoy...
State Plans More Reclamation Projects in S.E. Kansas
CHEROKEE -- Some residents are criticizing three planned reclamation projects on formerly mined land at a wildlife area in southeast Kansas, contending they might not be necessary and could harm endangered species. But officials with Kansas Department...
The Problem Here Isn't the Car, It's That the Owner Has Fallen out of Love with It
Dear Tom and Ray: From the time she was 14 years old, our daughter was dying for a New Beetle, and she finally bought a brand- new one after college, in 2009. The car is now five years old, and she is complaining that it is a "disposable car," meaning...
Tight End Jimmay Mundine on Target for KU in Loss
LAWRENCE -- Kansas senior tight end Jimmay Mundine knows making plays after the catch is all about understanding angles. If a defender is running at him with full speed he knows when to take a step back, or slide over, to avoid a tackle. And they have...
Topeka Fire Department Offers Tips on Safely Using Space Heaters
The Topeka Fire Department advised people who use space heaters to follow safety precautions to reduce the odds of a fire. Improper use of space heaters causes numerous structure fires each year, according to TFD. It advised the following precautions...
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Washburn Falls to Northwest in Snow at Maryville
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- It wasn't the Arrowhead Stadium experience Washburn was hoping for, but the opportunity to play on a snow- covered field Saturday at Northwest Missouri State wasn't a bad consolation prize. The conditions might have played in...
Washburn Plans Residence Hall ; $30M Facility to Have 350 Beds, Dining Area
Plans are underway for a $30 million student residence hall and dining area at Washburn University, part of efforts to revamp campus facilities over the next several years. About 9 percent of Washburn's undergraduate and graduate students live...
Washburn Women's Basketball Wins Season Opener in Puerto Rico
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- Behind a career high in scoring from Honor Duvall and a career high in rebounds from Dana Channel, the Washburn women's basketball team won its season opener, 65-46, on Saturday against Puerto Rico Bayamon. Duvall was one...
Weather Causes Rollovers, Injuries ; Winter: Life-Threatening Injuries Sustained
Topeka received only a dusting of snow, but it was enough to send a series of accidents around the region. The National Weather Service had predicted 1 to 4 inches of snow for northeast Kansas, but Topeka received only a trace, with the equivalent...
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