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Statehouse Live: Parkinson delays last call on cheap drinks; puts brakes on new alcoholic beverage pricing policy
04:25 p.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 06:29 p.m. in print edition on A3
Gov. Mark Parkinson gave a reprieve to bar owners Thursday by delaying implementation of a policy that some complained would have driven up the cost of alcoholic beverages.
Lawrence Police looking for suspects in downtown vandalism
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police are seeking the public’s help in solving another round of vandalism in Downtown Lawrence.
BP: Cap has stopped Gulf oil leak
July 15, 2010
A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory — long awaited by weary residents along the coast — is the most significant milestone yet in BP’s effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Audits of Kansas school districts show possible areas of improvement
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
Auditors have completed the last reviews of Kansas school districts, suggesting there may be ways to make public education more fiscally efficient.
Former KU Athletics employee Brandon Simmons pleads guilty in ticket scandal
12:06 p.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 02:41 p.m. in print edition on A1
A former assistant athletics director became the second Kansas Athletics Inc. employee to plead guilty in connection with a scandal involving more than $1 million worth of tickets the university says were stolen by insiders.
ACLU, other groups, file briefs in support of Phelps’ right to protest funerals
11:41 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 03:09 p.m. in print edition on A6
Supporters of a fundamentalist church’s right to protest at funerals have filed seven briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.
With $2.95 million offer, couple outbid development group for prime property near Lecompton interchange
11:20 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 05:50 p.m. in print edition on A1
A crowded room watched as multimillion-dollar bids bounced from one side of the room and then the other. At stake in this closely watched Douglas County Sheriff’s auction was the future of one of Lawrence’s prime pieces of industrial property: 155 acres just north of the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.
Federal charges filed against KU Credit Union robbery suspect
11:19 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 01:25 p.m. in print edition on A3
Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a 21-year-old Lawrence man accused of robbing the KU Credit Union.
Gas service restored to downtown businesses, street reopened
10:30 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 05:56 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence resident Toni Dudley knows the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is always an adventure, but she didn’t quite realize what she was in for as she shopped for bargains Thursday morning inside Talbots.
Portion of West Ninth Street closed for waterline break
July 15, 2010
A portion of Ninth Street will be closed Thursday while crews repair a water main.
Wedding pushed back as search for father continues
July 15, 2010
The wedding of a Topeka man and Lenexa woman planned for Saturday is on hold as the search continues for the woman’s dad.
Kansas high school students to learn about public service at KU leadership conference
July 15, 2010
About 60 high school seniors from across Kansas are attending the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas this week to learn about government and public service.
Kansas State Treasurer launches effort to get unclaimed property to businesses, nonprofits
July 15, 2010
Kansas State Treasurer Dennis McKinney has launched a new effort to help return unclaimed property to businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Refreshments, entertainment a popular draw for those who have shopped Sidewalk Sale a bit too much
Live updates from the Sidewalk Sale
06:00 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 02:49 p.m.
A band. Free water. Cookies. Massages. While some were shopping, others were taking advantage of the free refreshments and entertainment available to those who came downtown for the annual sidewalk sale.
Kansas attorney general criticizes immigration lawsuit
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
Attorney General Steve Six on Wednesday criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for filing a lawsuit seeking to block Arizona’s new immigration law.
Downtown’ Terry Brown finds ‘second passion’ in graphic design
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Some of Kansas University’s basketball players slept on the team bus on long road trips to Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State during the 1990-91 season.
GOP sees advantage in opposing finance bill
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Cast this debate as big banks versus big government.
Officials: Baldwin City ambulance staff won’t be cut
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
Turns out an ambulance will remain based out of Baldwin City next year after all, now that officials in Lawrence have dropped plans to recall an employee position from a station near the high school.
KU golfer Barbee earns scholar honors
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior golfer Nate Barbee was recently named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar for his work both in the classroom and on the golf course.
Stuckey recognized by K.C. Sports Commission
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas football safety Darrell Stuckey was named as the co-Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission at its 38th annual Awards Show on Wednesday night.
Collins likely to garner preseason invitation
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins likely will be invited to the Charlotte Bobcats’ preseason training camp, the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell reported Wednesday.
Northern Iowa wins best upset at ESPYs
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
The University of Northern Iowa basketball team was honored for its second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Kansas University at Wednesday’s ESPY Awards show in Los Angeles.
Armstrong’s team finally wins one
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
Something finally went right for Lance Armstrong’s squad at the Tour de France.
Even as Obama plan reduces nuclear arsenal, overall spending increases
July 15, 2010 in print edition on C10
Even as it touts U.S. efforts to sharply reduce its number of nuclear warheads, the Obama administration plans to increase spending on the aging nuclear weapons infrastructure to levels reminiscent of the Cold War, a new budget document shows.
Questions over abortion in new federal health plan
July 15, 2010 in print edition on C10
Abortion opponents are raising questions about a critical new insurance program under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.
Airline fees make it hard to shop for best deal
July 15, 2010 in print edition on C10
Finding the best deal on a flight has become a lot more difficult, thanks to hefty baggage and service fees that consumers often don’t know about until they show up at the airline counter, congressional investigators say.
Some preventive care to have no out-of-pocket cost
July 15, 2010 in print edition on C10
From counseling for kids who struggle with their weight, to cancer screenings for their parents, preventive health care will soon be available at no out-of-pocket cost under consumer rules the Obama administration unveiled Wednesday.
Kansas authorities continue efforts to ID body in barrel
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
It’s been more than two months since the woman’s remains turned up in a 55-gallon barrel, and years since she was killed. But Wyandotte County authorities have not given up trying to identify her — and possibly her killer.
Bishop Seabury Honor Roll
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
Bishop Seabury Academy has announced students named to its spring 2010 honor roll, by earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.
Companies beef up technology spending
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
Companies finally appear to be muscling up their spending on the most expensive kinds of computers after slashing budgets during the recession, but fears of more economic uncertainty are proving tough for the technology industry to shake.
Alcohol worries plague kombucha tea
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s a fermented, pungent tea, but it’s the alcohol that can lurk inside kombucha that’s causing a stink.
Advocates: Suspending benefits motivates unemployed workers
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
Unemployment benefits are a lifeline, but some economists contend they can give job seekers a reason to turn down work.
Critics debunk ghost stories
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
When is a “ghost car” not a ghost car? Who are you going to call to debunk a UFO sighting? Just how much of what you see on YouTube can be believed? These are the big questions submitted to the new series “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” (9 p.m., SyFy).
People in the news
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for July 15, 2010.
Bristol Palin, Johnston engaged
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
The tumultuous relationship between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston took another surprising turn Wednesday, when the couple announced they were back together and recently got engaged.
Horoscope for July 15, 2010
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, note the mood swings you or your compatriots might go through. There are no answers, only an understanding that everything changes quickly. If you are single, you could develop an interesting bond, but don’t trust that it is forever unless it is. If you are attached, your communication is certainly vibrant and active. Virgo can be feisty, but also very kind.
U.S. allows Iroquois lacrosse team out, but U.K. won’t let it in for tourney
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
An American Indian lacrosse team will not be allowed entry into England for the world championship of the sport the Iroquois helped invent unless members accept U.S. or Canadian passports, the British government said Wednesday.
Iranian nuclear scientist back home
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
An Iranian nuclear scientist claimed today that he suffered extreme mental and physical torture at the hands of U.S. interrogators after disappearing last year, adding to Tehran’s allegations he was abducted by American agents.
Extra pounds can mean less brain power for older women
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
They say that what goes up must come down. But in the U.S., some trends seem to go in only one direction. For instance, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese just keeps growing.
Experimental diet pill shows promise, little risk
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
An experimental diet pill helped about half the people who tried it lose some weight and keep it off a year later, without the heart problems that some earlier drugs caused, a study found.
FDA panel: Avandia should stay on market
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
GlaxoSmith-Kline’s drug Avandia should stay on the market, federal health experts voted Wednesday, but the controversial diabetes pill should be subject to new restrictions because of risky heart side effects.
73% of Americans oppose deepwater drilling ban
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s ban on deepwater oil drilling in response to BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico spill, even as they hold the company primarily responsible for the incident.
BP begins testing new cap over leak
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP allayed last-minute government fears of making the disaster worse and started trying to slowly choke off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, in the hope of finally stopping the leak.
Armstrong warns against ‘witch hunt’
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
Lance Armstrong said Wednesday he will cooperate with a “fair investigation” but not a “witch hunt” into allegations that he and his former cycling team were involved in doping.
Offensive tea party billboard removed
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
An Iowa tea party group on Wednesday replaced a billboard comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin, calling the sign a bad decision that reflected poorly on the organization.
Attacks kill 8 U.S. troops in 24 hours
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
American forces suffered a deadly 24 hours in Afghanistan, with eight troops killed in attacks including an audacious Taliban raid on a police compound in the key southern city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday.
Iraq faces test in prison handover
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
The U.S. military has handed over Tariq Aziz and dozens of other members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle to Iraqi authorities who will assume control today of the last American-run detention facility in the country.
Former Jayhawk and Heat guard Chalmers sprains ankle
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
Two weeks ago, former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers was the last man standing for the Miami Heat, the only player the team had under contract. Now he no longer is standing.
Our town sports
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B4
A weekly roundup of local events, results and happenings.
Missouri woman reports Jeep cover stolen
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 48-year-old Lee’s Summit, Mo., woman reported Tuesday the burglary and theft of personal property from the 2300 block of West 26th Street.
Eudora man reports vehicle stolen
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Eudora man reported Wednesday the theft of a vehicle from the 2900 block of West Sixth Street.
Downtown Lawrence sprinkler program was trimmed in ’08
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A fire at Marks Jewelers, 817 Mass., last week was successfully extinguished thanks to an alarm, but debate over which downtown stores should have sprinklers could start again.
Steinbrenner’s baseball impact stretched beyond Yankees
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
George Steinbrenner’s impact on baseball went far beyond his New York Yankees.
Watson looking for magic again at British Open
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Tom Watson knew the old guys were in his corner.
Pump patrol
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several stations.
Attorney named to appeals panel
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Gov. Mark Parkinson has appointed a Kansas City-area attorney to the state Court of Appeals, choosing him over two lower-court judges.
Topeka hospital lays off 105 people
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
St. Francis Health Center is laying off 105 employees in response to a decline in patient admissions.
Advance voting begins slowly for Aug. 3 primary
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Advance voting for the Aug. 3 primary began Wednesday, and Douglas County elections officials said even though the first day was relatively slow, they expect things to pick up.
Level playing field: Rule change would prohibit schools from offering scholarships early
July 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
A proposed NCAA rule change that would alter the landscape of summer recruiting in all sports could help even out recruiting battles across the country, says Kansas University assistant football coach Reggie Mitchell, who doubles as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
KU Hospital improves in U.S. News rankings
6 categories receive distinction in latest report, an increase from 3 a year ago
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Hospital has been ranked in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list in six categories.
Lilith’s fare: Three Kansas City artists earn the opportunity to take the stage at female-powered festival
July 15, 2010 in print edition on C1
After an 11-year absence, the eclectic celebration of women and music has returned.
100 years ago: Three heat-related deaths reported
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
The record for deaths in Lawrence this summer was established today, when four were reported to local undertakers. Three were directly traceable to the excessively warm weather which induced heart trouble. The cause of the death of the infant child of Louis Washington was also largely due to the hot weather….
Another try
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Journal-World editorial, “Opportunity lost,” was right: The use of sales tax revenue for “library expansion deserved more consideration than it received” from Lawrence city commissioners. Of course, a good idea deserves consideration whenever it comes up, but Richard Heckler’s thoughtful idea came up too late for anything but deferral, which was not discussed. To have had a chance, it should have been presented to the commission early on and the J-W should have supported it in print, thus encouraging consideration. Even earlier, the library board should have seen the existing sales tax as a funding source more “marketable” than property tax.
25 years ago: City, county come to agreement over bypass study
July 15, 2010
An informal agreement was reached between Douglas County and the city of Lawrence regarding the funding of a preliminary design study for the southern and western bypass. Administrators agreed that the county would pay about two-thirds of the cost of the $150,000 study, and the city would pay the remainder.
40 years ago: Douglas County one of its own delinquent taxpayers
July 15, 2010
Douglas County turned out to be one of its own delinquent taxpayers, according to officials. 2.3 parcels of land between New Hampshire and Rhode Island and between 11th and 12th Streets had been condemned the previous fall by the county for its building program, and the county had to pay the prorated taxes for December and part of November, amounting to $469.43.
Damaging details
Each additional detail that comes out of legal action in the Kansas University ticket scandal chips away at the athletic department’s credibility and support.
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
As former Kansas University athletics employees head into court, the damaging details of the ticket scandal will become increasingly clear to season-ticket holders who participated in what turned out to be a rigged process for selecting their seats.
Putting LeBron in perspective
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
An open letter to 24th century historians. I’ve left this note for you as a public service. Three hundred years from now, when you study the things that dominated American thought in the summer of 2010, I suspect one pressing question will rise above all others: Who the heck was LeBron James?
A glimmer of hope on fiscal reform
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
Sometimes you can see events in Washington more clearly when you get out of town. Before I came here last weekend to cover the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association, I shared the general Beltway view that the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is an exercise in futility.
Style Scout: Ashley Tippin
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
I like to wear things that my grandma would wear when she was my age.
Style Scout: Timur Sengun
July 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
I don’t have a single fashion influence, but I am influenced by indigenous peoples and traditional clothing of different cultures.