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Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. County appraiser uncertain about direction of tax bills
November 16, 2010 in print edition on 1A
With taxes going up and the values of homes remaining stagnant or going down, the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office isn’t sure which direction tax bills will go.
6:00 a.m.
City of Lawrence street crews use a new machine Wednesday that repairs potholes with a method called spray injection patching. The method, which also is used by the Kansas Department of Transportation, allows the city to make lasting fixes to potholes during winter. New equipment allows Lawrence road crews to fix potholes in winter
November 17, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The city of Lawrence has a new tool in its arsenal to fight those wretched winter potholes. It’s called spray injection patching.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas running back Toben Opurum charges up the right side of the field on fourth down against Duke linebacker Abraham Kromah, 8, and cornerback Leon Wright, 7, during the third quarter Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Phone companies set up mobile signal boosters at Memorial Stadium to ease network strain during KU football games
November 17, 2010 in print edition on 1A
All those texts, photos and calls zipping into and out of Memorial Stadium on football game days are putting a strain on wireless phone signals.
11:39 a.m.
Seat backs await fans at Allen Fieldhouse before the Kansas Jayhawks' home opener against the Longwood Lancers Nov. 12, 2010. Federal charges filed against five former Kansas Athletics officials accused of stealing tickets from KU
10:39 a.m., November 18, 2010 Updated 5:47 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The director of ticket operations resigned Thursday morning from Kansas Athletics Inc., as a grand jury indicted her and four others for their roles in an alleged ticket scam prosecutors say cost the department up to $5 million during the past five years.

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All Kansas driver’s license examination centers to close from Nov. 24-28 for electrical maintenance
November 18, 2010
All driver’s license examination centers in Kansas will close at noon on Nov. 24, and re-open on Nov. 29, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Work begins on new apartment, retail building at Ninth and New Hampshire streets
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
In 12 to 14 months, the US Bank Tower will have company up there in the blue sky of Downtown Lawrence. Construction crews started work Thursday on a seven-story, $10 million mixed-use building at the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets that will rival the height of downtown’s tallest building.
New assistant Douglas County administrator to begin work Dec. 13
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
With more than 10 years of experience in city and county government, Sarah Plinsky will be the new assistant county administrator.
Regents approve advanced degrees in women, gender and sexuality studies at KU
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
Higher education officials on Thursday approved an advanced degree unit in women’s studies at Kansas University that they said will cost the state nothing extra.
Regents approve KU’s proposal to make Jayhawk Generations Scholarship program permanent
Additional incentive added for those who score 34 or higher on ACT
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved making Kansas University’s legacy tuition program permanent.
Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
12:55 p.m., November 18, 2010 Updated 10:08 p.m.
A performance unlike any other.
Regents critical of KU School of Business handling of extra course fees
KU business school criticized for taking away student input
11:48 a.m., November 18, 2010 Updated 03:20 p.m. in print edition on A1
Regent Chairman Gary Sherrer said business school students were inappropriately taken out of the loop during discussions on increases in course fees and how the funds were to be used.
Town Talk: City takes junk action; ground broken on seven-story project; Kansas economy measured; water awards announced
November 18, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Need presents? Try some Lawrence originals and give holiday charity at the same time
November 18, 2010
Consider these special sales before blowing your whole budget on Black Friday.
Federal charges filed against five former Kansas Athletics officials accused of stealing tickets from KU
KU’s current head of ticket operations resigns just hours before her name is listed in indictment
10:39 a.m., November 18, 2010 Updated 05:47 p.m. in print edition on A1
The director of ticket operations resigned Thursday morning from Kansas Athletics Inc., as a grand jury indicted her and four others for their roles in an alleged ticket scam prosecutors say cost the department up to $5 million during the past five years.
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback inaugural to include community service events, prayer service
November 18, 2010
Inaugural festivities for Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback will include community service events and a prayer service.
Douglas County Commissioners decide to postpone decision on allowing annexation of 51 acres into city of Lawrence
12:00 a.m., November 18, 2010 Updated 08:56 a.m. in print edition on A3
After a meeting lasting more than four hours, Douglas County commissioners have resolved to postpone their decision on a 51-acre land annexation request.
MLS’ Kansas City Wizards change team name to Sporting Kansas City
November 18, 2010
It’s a new era for Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team. And that means a new name, new stadium and new logo.
Bristol Palin on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ provokes Wisconsin man to shoot TV
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
A rural Wisconsin man apparently enraged by Bristol Palin’s “Dancing with the Stars” routine blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an all-night standoff with a SWAT team, investigators said.
Air Force warns troops about location-based features on social networks like Facebook, Gowalla and Foursquare
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
The Air Force is warning its troops to be careful when using Facebook and other popular networking sites because some new features could show the enemy exactly where U.S. forces are located in war zones.
Obama presses foreign policy efforts with Russia, Mideast
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
Setbacks are piling up for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy efforts as he struggles to salvage his signature nuclear weapons treaty with Russia and to keep Mideast peace talks alive.
Coach Self: Elijah Johnson to play for Jayhawks Friday against North Texas
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Elijah Johnson, who has missed two games because of disciplinary reasons, likely will play Friday against North Texas.
Padres’ Bud Black, Twins’ Ron Gardenhire MLB managers of year
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Bud Black hung on to win this race. Ron Gardenhire became a first-time Manager of the Year, too, after so many near misses.
After being embarrassed by Broncos, Chiefs get back to basics in practice
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
When he mapped out long-range plans for rebuilding the Kansas City Chiefs, Todd Haley never figured on spending November practices retracing steps that were covered in training camp.
MLB playoff expansion likely in 2012
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Little opposition has emerged to Major League Baseball expanding its playoffs for 2012 as the sport’s top officials discussed the concept during two days of meetings.
Let’s talk KU women’s sports
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Meaningful, eyeball-to-eyeball conversations rank as the No. 1 victim of the mass shift to those so-impersonal communication methods, e-mails and texts. So what do we all do? Talk about the weather. Surely, we can do better, so let today be city-wide, “Don’t Talk About the Weather Day.”
Free State Firebirds Cody Kukuk, Colin Toalson sign with KU baseball
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
If all goes according to plan, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price just officially added two talented, home-grown players to next year’s recruiting class.
Kansas proud of homecourt winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Allen Fieldhouse has been heaven for the home team, a house of horrors for the opposition in Bill Self’s seven-plus seasons at Kansas University.
Study: 4 in 10 say marriage becoming obsolete, 1 in 3 kids living with a single parent
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren’t needed to have a family.
Baylor defeats KU volleyball
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s volleyball team, which defeated Baylor in Texas earlier this season, fell to the Bears, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-12), on Wednesday in Horejsi Center.
Too tall an order: Islanders can’t match up with Jayhawks
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Even as Kansas University women’s basketball forward Carolyn Davis crouched at midcourt awaiting the opening tip, she was easily a full head taller than her opponent. Davis won the tip before floating in a layup on KU’s opening possession, then used her superior size and length to control the game whenever she was on the floor.
Saturday’s KU football game vs. Oklahoma State finally it for running back Angus Quigley
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B5
You’ll have to excuse Kansas University running back Angus Quigley if you see him shaking his head or taking a little extra time to soak up the scenery during Saturday’s home finale against Oklahoma State. The game will be Quigley’s last at Memorial Stadium, an emotional milestone to be sure. But it actually will be the second “last game at Memorial Stadium” of Quigley’s career.
Kansas swimming team signs four
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University swimming and diving coach Clark Campbell announced the signing of four athletes for the 2011-12 season.
Kansas soccer honored for academics
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award for the eighth straight season.
Our Town Sports
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B5
Thanksgiving Run: Registration is under way for the seventh annual runLawrence Thanksgiving Day Run, Nov 25. Start the holiday with a morning 5K run. A free 1K kids fun run starts after the 5K. Sign up online at http://www.runlawrence.org/10TDayentry.html. Or pick up entry forms at Francis Sporting Goods. For info, contact Dee Boeck, runlawrence@gmail.com or 785-841-3587.
General Motors sees rebirth after crash, government control
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
The last time General Motors threw a big party was two years ago, for its 100th birthday. Two months later, its CEO was before Congress, begging for bailout money. Now GM is getting ready for another celebration — this time for its future.
Experts: Pre-oil spill warning signs on doomed Gulf well ignored by BP
November 18, 2010 in print edition on B10
BP and its contractors missed and ignored warning signs before to the massive oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, showing an “insufficient consideration of risk” and raising questions about the know-how of key personnel, a group of technical experts concluded.
City loses exemplary leaders
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
It was a tough week for those of us lucky enough to work with people who make things happen in our community.
No subsidy
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
Where do we get in line to apply for a city subsidy? Sounds like another person with their hand out?
Library thanks
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
After years working towards expanding and renovating the Lawrence Public Library, we were incredibly pleased with the support Lawrencians showed for their library on Election Day.
Dual mandate politicizes the Fed
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
This lame-duck Congress — its mandate exhausted, many of its members repudiated — should merely fund the government for a few months at current spending levels with a “continuing resolution,” then apologize for almost everything else it has done, and depart. If, however, the 111th Congress wants to make amends, it should repeal something the 95th did.
Dodge City’s landmark steer statue El Capitan to be repaired
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A10
Dodge City’s El Capitan just hasn’t been the same since the night last month when the life-size bronze longhorn steer was hit by a minivan.
Record-setting motorcylist Leslie Porterfield uses Wichita State University wind tunnel to increase speed
November 18, 2010
Wichita State University is helping a record-setting motorcyclist increase her speed.
Wichita residents honor teenager Katrina Cheely 26 years after her murder
November 18, 2010
A Wichita teenager who was killed in the 1980s has not been forgotten.
Kansas community activists seeking boost in tomato pickers’ wages
November 18, 2010
A group of Kansas community activists has joined an effort seeking pay raises for workers picking tomatoes in Florida.
Hutchinson plant produces first wind turbine part
November 18, 2010
A Hutchison plant that builds parts for wind turbines has reached an important milestone.
Hippo at Topeka Zoo to be sent to San Francisco
November 18, 2010
The Topeka Zoo will send an 8-year-old hippo who recently fathered a baby to San Francisco.
25 years ago: No sign of AIDS yet in Lawrence or Douglas County
November 18, 2010
An administrator and health officer reported that there were no signs of the AIDS virus so far in Lawrence and Douglas County. That assessment was echoed by the director of the gay and Lesbian Services of Kansas, who said “AIDS hasn’t hit Lawrence. It isn’t a reality here that we know of.”
40 years ago: Architectural group recommends off-campus housing, powwow grounds at Haskell
November 18, 2010
An architectural study group, speaking at a planning conference at Haskell Indian Junior College, recommended off-campus housing to enable students to “mix more freely with Lawrence residents.”
100 years ago: Thousands of KU students burn stuffed tiger at campus pep rally
November 18, 2010
“A stuffed Tiger was offered up to the Goddess of Victory in front of Fraser hall this morning. Two thousand wildly cheering students did the war dance with variations around the funeral pyre of kindling wood while his tigership went up in smoke.”
Uneasy House Democrats keep Pelosi as leader
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
House Democrats gambled Wednesday they can return to power under the same leaders who just oversaw a 61-seat election loss, choosing Nancy Pelosi to remain their party chief when they become the minority in January.
Wealthy hedge fund manager anonymously lent private jet to fly dying Salina man to see his children
November 18, 2010
A wealthy hedge fund manager who was the target of political attacks during his fiancee’s re-election campaign to Congress was the person who anonymously provided his private jet to fly a dying Kansas man to Maine to see his children.
Kansas officials, Department of Homeland Security ready for progress on National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility
November 18, 2010
Kansas officials said Tuesday that they hope ongoing construction and design of a new biodefense lab will not be derailed by politics.
Laws or guidelines?
Without adequate penalties and enforcement, traffic laws don’t have much effect.
November 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
Having a traffic law on the books isn’t always enough. If a law isn’t adequately enforced or has a penalty so insignificant that it doesn’t encourage compliance, it will have little impact.