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Accident on Kansas Turnpike blocks eastbound traffic in construction zone east of Lawrence
06:04 p.m., September 2, 2010 Updated 07:05 p.m.
Another accident on the Kansas Turnpike temporarily blocked eastbound traffic between Lawrence and Eudora.
City Commissioner wants to discuss pay-as-you-throw pricing for trash removal, as well as privatizing the service
No decisions expected immediately
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Changes in how people are charged for their trash service, and the idea of turning the city-operated enterprise over to a private company are set for discussion at Lawrence City Hall.
Baldwin City man charged in altercation with bicyclists south of Lawrence
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a Baldwin City man in connection with a July 15 altercation with a group of bicyclists south of Lawrence.
Spokesman says Brownback has concerns over Kansas system for selecting judges
GOP candidate and opponent disagree on need for reform
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman said Thursday that the U.S. senator and Republican nominee for Kansas governor questions whether the process for picking new state Supreme Court justices is constitutional.
Insiders Guide to the 2010 Ren Fest
Organizers share how to get the most of your trip through history — and turkey legs
September 2, 2010
Whether you’re a Ren Fest rookie or regular, these insider tips from local festival participants will make your 16th-century Canterbury experience the merriest ever.
Severe thunderstorm warning canceled
04:41 p.m., September 2, 2010 Updated 05:09 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Douglas County until 5:15 p.m.
Four Lawrence High alumni to be inducted into school’s hall of honor
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Four graduates of Lawrence High School will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor during a ceremony later this month, the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association announced Thursday.
Despite gains, financial problems continue to plague KPERS
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Kansas public employee pension system made investment gains last year, but still faces significant funding problems that need to be addressed soon, officials said Thursday.
Kline’s ethics case postponed until February
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A professional ethics hearing for former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has been postponed until February.
Douglas County treasurer: Property tax delinquencies holding steady
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
A key deadline is approaching for people who are quite a bit behind on paying their property taxes.
Statehouse Live: KPERS makes investment gains but longterm problems persist
September 2, 2010
The Kansas Public Employee Retirement System had a record unfunded actuarial liability of $8.3 billion as of Dec. 31, 2008 — the day officials took a snapshot of the system. On Dec. 31, 2009, that figure was lowered by $600 million to $7.7 billion.
KDOT reinstates program that provides loans to communities for transportation projects
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Transportation is renewing a revolving loan program designed to help local governments complete some types of projects.
Kansas purchases 60,000 exams to help students prepare for college, post-secondary job training
September 2, 2010
Kansas plans to buy 60,000 exams so that public schools can help eighth- and 10th-graders prepare for college or job training after high school.
People in the news
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B7
People in the news for September 2, 2010.
100 years ago: William Allen White to deliver opening address at Baker
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Baker University will open September 15 with a materially increased enrollment, according to the News Bulletin. William Allen White will deliver the opening address.
Mosque or memorial?
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
For the last few weeks, there has been a debate about Muslims in New York attempting to build a new mosque just five blocks from Ground Zero where the twin towers used to stand. This group of Muslims have adamantly refused to build it elsewhere, will not budge; rather they strongly insist it is their “right” to build their mosque on this exact location, so close to where the hijacked airplanes flew into the towers.
Farm survival
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Thank you for your Aug. 20 editorial paying tribute to farmers in Douglas County. I also am a fifth generation farmer. Farming has always been close to my heart. The greatest blessing given to our family was to be able to raise our four children on the farm.
Retail opportunity
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Tuesday’s letter to the editor titled “No gain” says there is no economic benefit to adding a new business in Lawrence. The main premise seems to be that economic growth is a zero sum where all financial transactions net to zero. If that were true U.S. GDP would not have grown by about 50 percent in ten years. Economic growth occurs by increasing the economic pie.
Commission may tread into partnership
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
Some Douglas County residents would like the county’s assistance in retiring tires.
Taxes owed at Delaware Commons
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
Rich Minder understands that getting “into the housing business” isn’t easy for anyone.
Man to be tried on capital murder charge
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
A prosecutor says he won’t seek the death penalty against a northeast Kansas farmer accused in the death of a 58-year-old woman.
New TB test seen as big advance
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Scientists are reporting a major advance in diagnosing tuberculosis: A new test can reveal in less than two hours, with very high accuracy, whether someone has the disease and if it’s resistant to the main drug for treating it.
Editors question sale of diet pill
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Editors of a top medical journal call Meridia “another flawed diet pill” and question whether it should stay on the market as a study shows it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with heart problems.
Debate: First burqas, now burgers
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The bacon is gone from the bacon burgers, replaced by smoked turkey. At a fast food restaurant outside Paris, a new certificate on the wall proclaims that its beef comes from cows slaughtered in line with Islamic law.
ID required to buy cell phone numbers
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
China wants people who buy new cell phone numbers to register their personal details, joining many European and Asian countries in curbing the anonymous use of mobile technology.
Militants kill 35 despite floods
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The triple bombing of a religious procession in Pakistan adds to the strains on a government already struggling with devastating floods and shows that Islamist militants are back in business despite the natural disaster.
Shortage of donations forces Salvation Army to close food pantry
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Just as Gov. Mark Parkinson calls attention to the state’s hunger problems, the Salvation Army in Lawrence has closed its food pantry because of a lack of food donations.
Number of illegal immigrants in U.S. now declining
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in two decades — decreasing by 8 percent since 2007, a new study finds.
Rangers snag victory
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B4
David Murphy had three hits, and Nelson Cruz drove in two runs, yet their late-inning catches in the outfield drew the most praise in the Texas clubhouse.
U.S.— yawn — rolls over Iran, 88-51
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
In the political arena, Iran vs. the United States is a matchup that gets attention. In a basketball arena, not so much
Coalition receives grant to combat teen drug use, drinking
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
In 2009, 36 percent of seniors at Lawrence high schools reported drinking five or more alcoholic drinks in a row within two weeks before taking a state survey.
25 years ago: Vandals spray-paint walls in downtown Lawrence
September 2, 2010
Vandals were spray-painting some easily accessible walls in downtown Lawrence, particularly an area between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets, north of Eighth Street. Cleaning and repairing the work of vandals in general was costing the city more than $20,000 per year, and according to Fred DeVictor, the city’s director of parks and recreation, a large part of that cost was cleaning up graffiti.
40 years ago: City to enforce sign ordinance more strictly
September 2, 2010
City officials were declaring war on what City Manager Buford Watson was calling “clutteritis” along public rights-of-way. The city’s sign ordinance, which placed restrictions on the size, shape, and number of signs allowed by businesses, was going to be more strictly enforced.
Fairness issue
Private businesses have a right to be peeved that the state has exempted its own casinos from a statewide smoking ban.
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
A Wichita judge was right on target with both his ruling and his comments concerning an effort to exempt that city from the statewide smoking ban that went into effect July 1.
Dinner with family needed for many reasons
September 2, 2010 in print edition on C2
Put a star on Sept. 27 on your calendar and make a date for dinner with your family.
Our town sports
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B5
Local sports information for September 2, 2010.
Lions tennis washed
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High varsity tennis matches scheduled for Wednesday in Leavenworth were postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.
LHS shortstop signs
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Landon Moseley, the Lawrence High shortstop who missed the end of the season because of a concussion, signed recently and has enrolled at Northern Colorado University, where he will play baseball.
BYU looking for Big 12 partner?
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Children of the Corn, your harvest awaits. Brigham Young fans, don’t hold your breath waiting for a Big 12 invitation unless you can secure a higher-profile expansion partner.
Releford confident in tweaked jump shot
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore Travis Releford should have no trouble rolling out of bed for 6 a.m. basketball Boot Camp conditioning sessions later this month.
Look familiar? Younger Sands embraces underdog role just like dad
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Vertically challenged and not capable of getting to the tape first in a straight-ahead sprint against most featured Div. I running backs, Kansas University red-shirt freshman running back Deshaun Sands is the pitching prospect just up from Triple A labeled marginal because his fastball and body type are a tad on the short side, the guy who doesn’t get as long a trial as the first-round draft choice who short-circuits radar guns.
Federal land leased for solar power, but no action taken
September 2, 2010 in print edition on C8
Not a light bulb’s worth of solar electricity has been produced on the millions of acres of public desert set aside for it. Not one project to build glimmering solar farms has even broken ground.
Selection of Kan. Supreme Court justice proceeds under legal cloud
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas moved ahead toward selecting a new state Supreme Court justice on Wednesday, while facing a federal lawsuit alleging that voters’ rights are being violated because lawyers unfairly dominate the process.
‘Futurama’ reaches a major milestone
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B7
“Futurama” (9 p.m., Comedy Central) ends its sixth season and celebrates its 100th episode with a story as timely as the contemporary immigration debate and as vintage as H.G. Well’s “Time Machine.”
Horoscope for September 2, 2010
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you plunge ahead and experience new ideas. Often, you find others to be abrupt or unpredictable. Make that OK, as you won’t be able to change others, and you have never really been able to. If you are single, you meet people with ease, but proceed with care. Relationships have a wild, unpredictable tone. If you are attached, enjoy your partner’s quirkiness rather than criticize it. Gemini is demanding.
Manufacturing in U.S., abroad lifts economy
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A8
Manufacturing is growing in the United States and abroad, easing fears that the economy might be on the verge of a second recession.
Gunman who took 3 hostages at Discovery Channel killed
Suspect had explosive device on his body; no one else hurt
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A8
A man who railed against the Discovery Channel’s environmental programming for years burst into the company’s headquarters with at least one explosive device strapped to his body Wednesday and took three people hostage at gunpoint before police shot him to death, officials said.
Colorado Senate race bears watching
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Put away the pitchfork metaphors that are prevalent in this season of populist ferment: Colorado’s Senate contest is a duel of distinguished diplomas. Tea partiers toiled mightily to nominate Ken Buck as the Republican candidate to run against Sen. Michael Bennet, who is a direct descendant of a Mayflower passenger, grandson of an economic adviser to Franklin Roosevelt and son of an official in the Carter and Clinton administrations. He attended tony St. Alban’s school in Washington, D.C., and Yale Law School. Buck is a Princetonian.
Muslims seek to create their own cemetery
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
Muslim leaders in southwest Kansas are considering opening a private cemetery after city officials turned down their request to create a separate burial area at a municipal cemetery.
‘Cautiously hopeful’ peace talks begin
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Under the shadow of fresh violence, President Barack Obama solemnly convened the first direct Israeli-Palestinian talks in two years Wednesday, challenging Mideast leaders to seize a fleeting opportunity to deliver peace to a region haunted by decades of hostility.
Man plunges 39 stories, survives
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
A New York City man who plunged 39 stories from the roof of an apartment building has survived after crashing onto a parked car.
Man arrested after hitting man with paint can
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old transient man was arrested Wednesday on charges stemming from an incident that occurred Tuesday.
Pump patrol
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.49 at several stations.
Lawrence High girls golf takes third
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls golf team fired a 188 on Wednesday in the Olathe North Invitational, good for third place out of 11 teams.
Missouri dismisses accused RB Washington
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Missouri running back Derrick Washington was dismissed from the team Wednesday, two days after being charged with sexual assaulting a former tutor in her bedroom over the summer.
Kansas softball finalizes roster
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University softball coach coach Megan Smith announced Wednesday that freshman Marisa Malazzo will round out the 2011 KU softball roster.
DE Kevin Young looks to break out, with help from Laptad
September 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kevin Young hasn’t played so much as a down of major-college football.
Special housing for city’s teachers suggested
September 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
As school districts grapple with budget cuts that show no signs of healing, administrators are searching for new ways to use their limited money even more effectively.
Celebrate Jewish New Year with new kosher wines
September 2, 2010 in print edition on C2
Since Rosh Hashana is all about clean slates and fresh starts, perhaps it’s time to give kosher wines another chance.