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Jobs pitted against environment at coal-fired plant hearing
Department hears arguments on jobs, environment
06:53 p.m., August 4, 2010 Updated 08:27 a.m. in print edition on A1
About 100 people attended the first portion of a hearing on a proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the 895-megawatt plant. Another 75 people were on hand for the evening portion of the hearing.
Vehicle crashes into Supercuts
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
A woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon when her vehicle crashed into a retail building in western Lawrence.
With economy still tight, elementary schools try to pare down school supply lists
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
The replacement of perceived extras with bonafide essentials comes by design, as administrators working on the Elementary School Supply List for 2010-11 took note of the struggling economy and worked to keep expenses to a minimum.
Annual series commemorates Lawrence’s role in the Civil War
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
One is the picture of calm determination; the other, of fierce passion.
Defensive end Travis Stephens dismissed from KU football team
KU coach Turner Gill cites academic issues
August 4, 2010
Though excitement and energy ran rampant during the first day of fall practices Wednesday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced some negative news concerning the Jayhawks.
Eudora ACES society to hold autism fundraiser
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Eudora autism advocacy group will hold a fundraiser this weekend to raise money for their group.
Republicans pledge unity at Victory Breakfast
August 4, 2010
Republican Party members and their newly anointed candidates pledged Wednesday morning to make a “clean sweep” of Kansas races in the November general election.
Retiring Police Chief Olin says he’s leaving department better than he found it
Leader praises officers and staff as he weighs next stage of career
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
Ron Olin, Lawrence’s longtime police chief, said Wednesday he was proud of the department’s accomplishments heading into his Sept. 1 retirement.
Jam judge brings over 30 years of expertise to the Douglas County Fair
There’s more to it than you think
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A1
Ask Douglas County Fair jam judge Mary Ellen Barnes nearly any question about canning fruit, and she has the answer.
Phelps church prepares for U.S. Supreme Court case
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case of a Kansas church that claims its protests outside a 2006 funeral of a Marine killed in Iraq is protected free speech.
One quarter of Kansans say they are obese
10:10 a.m., August 4, 2010 Updated 11:14 a.m. in print edition on A5
Kansans are getting fatter, with more than a fourth of them now saying they are obese, according to a report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Knology statement on its pending purchase of Sunflower Broadband
August 4, 2010
Subsequent to quarter end, Knology executed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Sunflower Broadband (“Sunflower”), a provider of video, voice and data services to residential and business customers in Douglas County and Lawrence, Kansas for $165 million cash. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Sunflower Broadband acquired by Georgia-based company
08:59 a.m., August 4, 2010 Updated 09:05 a.m.
In the beginning there was the vision. Forty-five years later, it was a spectacular reality. Today, the baton is being passed to a new owner.
Keeping faith, losing religion
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
“Today, I quit being a Christian.” With those words last week on Facebook, Anne Rice delivered a wake-up call for organized religion. The question is whether it will be recognized as such.
Ottawa man dies in car accident
August 4, 2010
A 29-year-old Ottawa man died Tuesday night after his car went off a road, rolled over and he was ejected.
City OKs raises for police, fire personnel
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
New pay plans for city police and firefighters won approval at City Hall on Tuesday night, but not without some objection.
100 years ago: Couple killed by train they fail to see approaching
August 4, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for August 4, 1910: “An umbrella tipped to the southeast to cut off the sun, prevented Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin B. Boyd from seeing the approach of a Santa Fe passenger this morning. They were struck by passenger train No. 5, at the Quincy street crossing at 10:55 this morning. The train struck the rear wheel of their buggy, hurling both occupants a hundred feet down the track. Death was instantaneous.”
KU path
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
During the past several weeks Mr. Simons has written a number of Saturday Columns expressing concern over what he sees as a decline in the quality of KU’s top leadership. He has described past times when “KU was a leader in every respect,” and then lamented, “My, how times have changed.” (Journal-World, June 12)
British woes
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
Cal Thomas’ jubilant column about the troubles of Britain’s National Health Service (Journal-World, July 31) fails to mention that the troubles are largely being managed by the newly elected Conservative government. Of course a party that does not believe in government-supported health care (or railways or anything else) will happily demand austerity of the type Thomas describes.
Positive project
The Thursday night movies at Ninth and New Hampshire were nice, but a new mixed-use development at that site looks like a positive step for the future of downtown.
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s great to see a major redevelopment project moving forward on the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets.
Ethics probes aren’t about race
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
There’s a troubling story line to the ethics travails faced by Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Both The Post and Politico ran stories Monday that highlight concern that African American lawmakers are facing added scrutiny. Some would say they are being targeted. And I would say that’s absolutely ridiculous.
40 years ago: 13 of 67 fire calls for July in response to incendiary devices
August 4, 2010
A report issued by the Lawrence Fire Department showed that 13 of the 67 runs made by the department in July were caused by fire bombs, dynamite, or pipe bombs.
How to diet without getting cranky
August 4, 2010 in print edition on C3
It is possible to cut calories and lose weight without constantly feeling hungry and irritable, dietitians say. Here’s how:
25 years ago: Montgomery Ward ending catelog sales
August 4, 2010
The local Montgomery Ward & Co. branch store at Sixth and Kasold had an uncertain future after receiving word by telegram about the company’s decision to end all catalog sales operations. The local store was considered a catalog store, even though it also sold appliances. The 113-year-old catalog sales business had been losing money since 1980, and the company had decided to focus on store sales.
KU swimmers compete at national meet
12:00 a.m., August 4, 2010 Updated 04:23 p.m. in print edition on B3
Kansas University swimmers Abigail Anderson, Joy Bunting and Stephanie Payne and former Jayhawk Danielle Herrmann completed the first day of the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships.
KU basketball notes
August 4, 2010
Former KU guard Russell Robinson has agreed to play basketball in Spain next season.
Pick ’em: Freshman Webb still co-leader with sophomore Pick for KU starting QB spot
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long has a simple theory on quarterbacks that might help explain why the KU coaching staff has yet to pick a starter for the 2010 season.
Favre tells players he’s retiring
Official word still pending from fickle Minnesota QB
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
Even though Brett Favre has told some of his teammates he’s calling it a career, the Minnesota Vikings are hoping for one last change of heart from the quarterback who just can’t stay retired.
Former House Speaker Neufeld loses seat
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A8
Former Kansas House Speaker Melvin Neufeld has lost his bid for re-election.
Mo. voters reject key part of health reform
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A8
Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, sending a clear message of discontent to Washington and Democrats less than 100 days before the midterm elections.
KDHE hears comments on coal plant
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B8
Holcomb resident Bryce Nolde drove across the state Monday to endorse construction of a $3 billion coal-fired electricity plant in far southwest Kansas.
Heat blamed in 2 deaths
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B8
At least two people have died because of recent blistering temperatures across the Midwest, and health officials urged residents Tuesday to keep an eye on those who could be vulnerable as the mercury continues to rise.
Recovery falls to thrifty consumers
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
American shoppers are being careful about how much they spend, and that’s making businesses cautious about hiring.
Kagan vote expected Thursday
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
Democrats and Republicans presented dueling portraits Tuesday of Elena Kagan and the Supreme Court she’s seeking to join at the start of a politically charged debate over her fitness to be a justice, making what amounted to closing arguments before a near-certain confirmation vote by week’s end.
Americans more honest about weight
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
Are Americans becoming more honest about their weight?
Beer company driver kills 8, himself
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
A driver caught stealing beer from the warehouse where he worked agreed to resign his job Tuesday and then as “cold as ice,” one of his victims said, went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people and injuring two before committing suicide.
BP begins pumping mud to cut off gusher
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP embarked Tuesday on an operation that could seal the biggest offshore oil leak in U.S. history once and for all, forcing mud down the throat of its blown-out well in a tactic known variously as “bullheading” or a “static kill.”
Obama celebrating birthday at home
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama is heading home to Chicago to celebrate his 49th birthday today.
McLouth ready for threshing bee
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
In 1953, the first McLouth Threshing Bee took place in the western Jefferson County community.
Jury selected in Anna Nicole case
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B6
A jury has been selected in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial in Los Angeles. Opening statements are expected to begin today.
Wyclef Jean to run for Haiti president
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B6
Singer Wyclef Jean is about to announce his candidacy for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the former head of the country’s Chamber of Deputies said Tuesday.
Bristol Palin calls it quits with Johnston
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B6
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have called off their second engagement after he told her he may have fathered a baby with another woman.
‘Dark Blue’ returns to TV even darker
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B6
Undercover agent Lt. Carter Shaw (Dylan McDermott) returns to brood again as “Dark Blue” (8 p.m., TNT) enters its second season.
Royals snap streak against Athletics
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
Alex Gordon hit a leadoff double and scored on Greg Blanco’s groundout in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 3-2, on Tuesday night.Alex Gordon hit a leadoff double and scored on Greg Blanco’s groundout in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 3-2, on Tuesday night.
Bieber set to star in film about his life
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B6
Justin Bieber is adding movie star to his résumé.
K-9 PTSD? Veterinarians say dogs stressed by war
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military, conducting door-to-door searches and witnessing all sorts of noisy explosions.
Lions lock up Suh with five-year deal
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth $40 million guaranteed, giving one of the NFL’s worst defenses a big boost up front.
Huskers buzz of Big Ten media day
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
Not too long after Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema approached the league with a request: How about a Badgers-Huskers game to finish the season?
Justice Department gives Arizona sheriff deadline in civil rights case
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
The Justice Department on Tuesday notified an Arizona sheriff’s office known for its efforts against illegal immigrants that it has refused to cooperate with a civil rights investigation, is not in compliance with federal law and the department is threatening to sue.
Six teens drown in Louisiana river
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
DeKendrix Warner was splashing around in the waist-high waters of the Red River with his cousins and friends, trying to escape the oppressive Louisiana heat, when he stepped off a slippery ledge — and was plunged into water 25-feet deep.
Fair animals have a tough time keeping cool
August 4, 2010
This year’s Douglas County Fair has already seen the hottest day of the summer, with temperatures soaring to over 100 degrees on Monday. With weather like that, fair-goers will need to stay hydrated, find a nice shady spot, and … maybe get a hose-down? And it’s not just the two-legged visitors who need to stay cool.
Pump patrol
August 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations.
Two transfer to Baker to play basketball
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B3
A pair of transfers will be playing basketball at Baker University next year, coach Brett Ballard announced Tuesday.
New household product features make life easier — and more fun
August 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s not always easy to part with your trusty old computer or fridge. Sometimes you have to make the tough choice between getting it repaired and replacing it, notes ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports.
First Lady and 4-H teach ways to get healthy
August 4, 2010 in print edition on C3
Stop by the 4-H Foods Exhibit at the fair and see how our 4-H foods superintendents, Twilla Brown and Lori Queen, are highlighting the nationwide Let’s Move! campaign, started by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Man vs. Food vs. KC BBQ: Restaurant challenges TV host with a mountain of meat
August 4, 2010 in print edition on C1
With a crowd of 120 people yelling, and the high-fives flying, Adam Richman makes his way to a single table at the front of Papa Bob’s Bar-B-Que in Bonner Springs.