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Sheriff’s officers investigating death of man found in mobile home
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers are investigating the death of an adult male camper who was found Monday morning in a mobile home in a campground near Clinton Lake.
Durrell Jones facing second trial in death of hip-hop artist Anthony Vital
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
Durrell Jones, 24, is scheduled to face his second trial next Monday as prosecutors accuse him of killing Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital, whose body was found in 2006 west of Lawrence. A jury in March was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in Jones’ case.
Musical benefit for Reading tornado victims raises more than $1,500
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
A musical benefit for the victims of a May tornado that hit Reading helped raise more than $1,500 for the cause, said an event organizer on Monday.
Gov. Brownback cancels meeting with Rep. Paul Davis to discuss Lawrence SRS office
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback has canceled a meeting scheduled with House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, to discuss the planned closure of the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Critics blast Brownback for attending prayer day hosted by ‘inhumane’ anti-gay groups
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
The leader of a Kansas gay rights group on Monday expressed outrage that Gov. Sam Brownback was going to a highly publicized prayer event put on by anti-gay groups.
Forgery investigation leads Lawrence police to suspects at local hotel; local man arrested
03:10 p.m., August 1, 2011 Updated 06:06 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence police officers Monday morning arrested a 36-year-old Lawrence man on outstanding warrants after a forgery investigation Monday morning at a Lawrence hotel, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman.
During Tuesday night Lawrence City Commission budget talks, Bob Schumm to propose funding fewer new police officers
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
The dickering is not done yet. Lawrence city commissioners are set to finalize their 2012 budget on Tuesday. But commissioners are indicating there will be a last-minute proposal to cut back on a planned expansion of the city’s police force, in an effort to limit a property tax increase.
Fort Riley team places 2nd in close-combat competition
August 1, 2011
For the ninth year in a row, a team of Fort Riley soldiers has placed in the top three at a national competition testing close-combat fighting skills.
Proceeds from Wichita house sale to help hunger relief
August 1, 2011
A new house is on the market in Wichita but the seller isn’t looking to make a personal profit.
Wichita police say couple’s deaths were murder-suicide
August 1, 2011
Wichita police say a couple died in a murder-suicide.
PIttsburg woman starts national efort to give new outfits to Joplin kids
August 1, 2011
Some Joplin students returning to school after a summer of recovering from a devastating tornado will be sporting new, handmade outfits donated by strangers from across the country.
Debt debate shakes Midwest economic confidence
August 1, 2011
The contentious debate in Washington in recent weeks over raising the nation’s debt ceiling shook the confidence of business leaders in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey released Monday.
House passes bill to raise debt limit, cut spending; Senate to vote Tuesday
10:40 a.m., August 1, 2011 Updated 12:24 a.m. in print edition on A1
Crisis legislation to yank the nation past the threat of a historic financial default sped through the House Monday night, breaking weeks of deadlock.
Town Talk: Bert Nash land purchase may open door for outdoor wellness area; Jos. A. Bank rumored for downtown; city fees set to increase
August 1, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
August begins with another 100+ degree day, excessive heat warning
August 1, 2011
According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures for today are forecast to be 103 degrees, with a heat index as high as 111. On Tuesday, high temperatures are forecast to be 106, with a heat index of 109.
Judge blocks Kan. law defunding Planned Parenthood
08:27 a.m., August 1, 2011 Updated 12:22 a.m. in print edition on A1
A federal judge ruled Monday that Planned Parenthood would likely succeed in overturning a new Kansas law that would deny the group access to federal family planning funding, saying he believes the law is unconstitutional and was intended to punish Planned Parenthood for advocating for abortion rights.
Elderly in remote towns especially at risk in heat wave
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
The air is cool inside Ray Knight’s makeshift coffee shop on the main strip in this tiny northern Oklahoma farming community, but there aren’t many customers.
Holy month of Ramadan marred by unrest, high food prices
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
From Syria to Libya and Egypt, the uprisings and unrest gripping the Arab world have cast a pall on the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when the traditional focus on piety will likely be eclipsed by more unrest.
2 Lawrence men report damage to cars, stolen items
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Two 24-year-old Lawrence men reported to police that their cars had been broken into on the 2300 block of Lowell Drive on July 26.
Lawrence man reports stolen 2001 Honda CR-V
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 64-year-old Lawrence man reported to police that on July 27, someone had stolen his 2001 Honda CR-V from the 2700 block of Century Drive.
Douglas County Child Development Association looking for help at Fall Festival
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Child Development Association is seeking volunteers to help with an upcoming event. DCCDA will be celebrating the first-year successes of its program “Families, Farmers and Educators United for Healthy Child Development” at its Fall Festival.
In general, Americans exasperated over news of debt-limit deal
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
From the right and center: mild disgust. From the left: outright anger.
Kansas law defunding clinic faces first legal test
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
Planned Parenthood has portrayed a new state statute defunding its Kansas chapter as the product of abortion politics — even though none of the federal monies it receives goes to pay for abortions.
As investigations of 2 area bank robberies continue, experts warn that robbers face long odds
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
It’s pretty easy to rob a bank. You don’t need much of a plan, don’t really need a weapon, probably won’t get much resistance from a bank teller and can get in and out quickly. Two men — still not captured — followed that formula in two recent bank robberies, one in Lawrence on July 14 and one in Ottawa on July 15.
No horsing around at fair contest
Area riders flaunt talent in Open Horse Show
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Fair continued Sunday morning with the Open Horse Show.
25 years ago: Douglas County tests new ballot-counting machine
August 1, 2011
A photo showed the new AIS-315 ballot counter which was having a test run at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Royals complete road trip with win
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Royals aren’t playing like a last-place team.
Coveting the Comet: Texas A&M RB Gray’s all-time favorite? KU’s Sayers
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
For most young football players who grew up as fans of the game during the past couple of decades, there was no shortage of running backs for which they could root for and fall in love with.
Sluggers victorious in Texas tourney
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Sluggers picked a pretty good time to win their first baseball tournament of the summer on Sunday.
Phenix win regional World Series
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Before the weekend, Lawrence’s Phenix-Fyler 18-and-under USSSA softball team had never won a national tournament.
Tigers-Angels more like pro wrestling
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
For much of Sunday afternoon, I thought we would need a baseball historian to put the Tigers-Angels game in perspective. As it turns out, we needed a mediator.
Scott Stallings nabs first PGA win; Gary Woodland stroke back
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
Scott Stallings made a birdie on the final hole to qualify for a three-way playoff, then sprinted in excitement toward the 18th tee and showed he could repeat the feat on the first extra hole.
Simple grilled pizza: Lawrence pros offer tips on great outdoor pies
August 1, 2011
Grilling pizza is a win-win-win for pie lovers all around.
Libertarian trends undercut government
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
August is upon us, beaches beckon, and Michele Bachmann has set the self-improvement bar high.
Stepping up
Local residents should appreciate the creative efforts of county officials to help Lawrence Community Shelter plans move forward.
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s always nice to see a plan come together. That seems to be the case with Douglas County’s plan to purchase land for a consolidated public works operation and, at the same time, open a door that may allow plans to move forward for a new facility to serve the local homeless population.
Iranian threat still looms as U.S. leaves Iraq
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Of all the leftover business for the Obama administration as U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq at the end of the year, nothing is more symbolic of the continuing threats there — and throughout the region — than the case of a Lebanese Hezbollah operative named Ali Mussa Daqduq.
Chiefs lack experience behind QB Cassel
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
If Kansas City Chiefs fans could make a wish, they should probably plead for Matt Cassel’s continued good health.
Auctioneers’ calls beckon Kansas bidders
August 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
On hot summer days, the cries of auctioneers can be heard in almost any corner of Kansas. In the midst of bawling cattle, clucking chickens, oinking pigs, estate and land sales, the chants and sing-songs go on.
‘Moby Dick’ assumes viewer hasn’t read book
August 1, 2011
Some books you just have to read. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” has suffered any number of unsatisfying screen adaptations. A book so filled with strange ruminations and poetry just doesn’t hold up when boiled down for action.
KU Alternative Breaks program expanding its volunteer opportunities
12:00 a.m., August 1, 2011 Updated 10:07 a.m.
A program that plugs Kansas University students into volunteer work opportunities during times when school isn’t in session is expanding.
Mind Matters: Differences in grieving process can create tension
August 1, 2011
Our differences in grieving can lead to further upset when we take offense with another’s process.
Mass St. Chic: Chunky heels, criss-cross lacing dominate shoe trends
August 1, 2011
Purchasing trendy, in-style shoes and accessories is one of the easiest ways to update your style from season to season.
Fix It Chick: Fix a hollow core door
August 1, 2011
Holes in hollow core doors are problematic to be certain, but often, repairing the hole is a viable option over replacing the entire door.
40 years ago: Police dispatcher pleads guilty to disclosure of upcoming arrests
August 1, 2011
A Lawrence police dispatcher had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of premature disclosure of arrest and search warrants.
Horoscope for August 1
August 1, 2011
Don’t underestimate your capabilities. You often think your fussiness over details isn’t an asset. But it is. You have the ability to carry a broad concept into reality this year because of your attention to detail. You have a strong mix of precision and broad vision. You can understand big concepts yet deal with the details. If you are single, you could attract someone quite interesting. This person might be quite understated. If you are attached, once more, the two of you juggle the different roles involved in a union. VIRGO can be critical.
Tallgrass Voices exhibits diverse range of Kansas poetry
August 1, 2011
Despite his greater love for writing historical novels and short stories, last March, Tom Mach had an idea to assemble a collection of poems from other authors to highlight the talent he knew resided in Kansas.
Slice of Life: Volunteer Rex Russell embraces opportunity in New Orleans
August 1, 2011
Rex Russell experienced the importance of community first-hand growing up in Newton in the ’70s.
River City Jules: Will daughter’s self-image be healthy? Outlook good
August 1, 2011
Our baby, Caroline, had never seemed too concerned about the future until this summer, when I overheard her interrogating her Magic 8 Ball with a couple of friends.
Go Green: Put summer heat to use with a solar cooker
August 1, 2011
I’d heard you could fry eggs on a hot sidewalk.
Carrot Cake Cookies make healthy afterschool snack
August 1, 2011
Cookies as an afterschool snack? No trouble selling the kids on that one. Now to convince the adults…
Double Take: Departing columnist realizes advice easier to give than follow
August 1, 2011
In a few short weeks many of our 18-year-old friends, neighbors and children will head off to college.
100 years ago: Local Masonic Lodge ready to move into new building
August 1, 2011
“The occasional visitor to Lawrence will look in vain for the familiar Masonic emblems beaming from the upper story of the Lawrence National Bank building.”
Receiver Plaxico Burress makes jump from jail to Jets
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
Stuck in prison and his NFL career derailed, Plaxico Burress insisted he’d be back one day. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are giving him that second chance.
K.C. Pump N Run’s title run finally ends
August 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
Two-time defending champion Kansas City Pump N Run’s reign is over at the Metro Sports/Kansas City Prep Invitational.