Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Also from July 17

On the street
Photo galleries
Legends of KU Kansas City Golf Tournament
Should City Hall budget for a 3.5-percent sales tax increase, or bet more conservatively?

Poll results

Response Percent
Be conservative
Be optimistic
Total 205

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
In a sign of the city's fiscal woes, City Manager David Corliss turned down a raise in his salary as part of his annual evaluation in October 2006. Corliss is pictured in his office at that time. The current fiscal status isn't any better. Numbers still fuzzy on city budget
July 16, 2007 in print edition on 1A
City commissioners have a major question to wrestle with as they work to create a budget for 2008: How big of a gamble do they want to take? Commissioners didn’t fully answer that question at Monday morning’s budget study session, which left up in the air issues such as funding for the public transit system, swimming pool fee increases and the size of property tax bills.
10:00 a.m.
Innovations in mass communication and mobile devices make it easier than ever before to notify students, parents and co-workers in case of an emergency.  Kansas University and the Lawrence School District both hope to implement their new emergency notification systems some time this fall. Schools press ahead on emergency response
July 17, 2007 in print edition on 1A
In the aftermath of April’s Virginia Tech shootings and the Douglas County bomb threats, KU and the Lawrence school district are finding instant message capability a necessity. KU administrators are confident students, faculty and staff will be able to receive emergency text messages starting in August.
2:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat with the Kansas Director of the American Fastpitch Association
July 17, 2007
Lawrence is hosting nearly 1,000 teenage girls from 75 teams throughout the United States who are competing in the American Fastpitch Association National Championship tournament, July 16-22. Ed Kimminau, the Kansas director of the AFA, will be here to talk about the competition and what the tournament means to Lawrence and Northeast Kansas.
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Joe Spradlin, 78, plans to participate in the Eastern Kansas MS 150 Bike Ride on Sept. 22-23. The 150 mile fundraiser tour will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Spradlin says he trains by cycling 20 or 30 miles on nice days. Crazy’ cyclist ready to ride again for a good cause
July 17, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Crazy. That’s one word Lawrence resident Joe Spradlin uses to describe his decision to bike across the United States in 1995. His 36-day and approximately 2,500 mile trek took him from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla.
10:00 p.m.
John Vesecky, looks over a hay field of his on Tuesday, while Douglas County Commissioners have been looking over two requests for outdoor venues owned by Vesecky,  who wants to have a farmers market and and a dinner theater on his land. Rural couple seek permit for theater
July 17, 2007 in print edition on 3A
John and Sharon Vesecky say they are looking for ways to expand their farm income while providing a rural entertainment venue for visitors.

All stories

Lawrence Datebook
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Nine-run inning lifts ChiSox
Chicago takes big lead and holds on for dear life
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to highlight Chicago’s nine-run sixth inning.
Hospital honor
A national ranking for Kansas University Hospital’s heart program may be the first of many recognitions unless political motives undermine the hospital’s future.
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
The U.S. News & World Report ranking that placed Kansas University Hospital as 30th on the list of the nation’s best heart and heart surgery hospitals should be great news to all those interested in quality health care.