Archive for Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Sharon's Billtown Cafe used to be a favorite diner just east of Williamstown. It closed down June 30, 2006. Sharon Dodds operated the cafe for 18 years, and the locals raved about her homemade biscuits and gravy, pies and chicken and noodles. There had been a diner at that site since the 1940s. Introducing the Dear Lawrence community photo project: We need your help!
July 13, 2011
A few weeks back I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a link to the Dear Photograph project which was shared by several of my friends. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to It’s worth a long look. What it involves is people bringing old photographs to the exact locations where they were initially shot however many years ago. Then, quite literally, they are shooting pictures of the old pictures in the same locations as they exist today.
6:00 a.m.
The police department's new patrol car insignia, front, replaces the former phoenix logo with a badge and includes more space for the word "police." The new insignia will be on the eight patrol cars added to the police's fleet this year. During Tuesday night Lawrence City Commission budget talks, Bob Schumm to propose funding fewer new police officers
August 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Friday that it will be closing the Lawrence SRS service center, 1901 Del. Gov. Brownback cancels meeting with Rep. Paul Davis to discuss Lawrence SRS office
August 1, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.

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City approves 2012 budget with four new police officers, 1.88 mill levy increase
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
City commissioners have approved their 2012 budget, increasing the city’s mill levy to pay for an expansion of the Lawrence Public Library and more police officers.
Hot weather dries up farmers’ yields to half of usual harvest
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Furnace-blown temperatures and prolonged dry conditions are tugging soil away from foundations, knocking out power to homes and sending folks to the hospital for heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat-related conditions.
2 men face charges in robbery of KU students on campus
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered two men to face a trial in the robbery of two Kansas University students on campus early June 23 as they were walking on Memorial Drive.
Lawrence city, school board leaders joining county commissioners in effort to fight SRS office closure
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Representatives from three local governments are joining forces to fight a proposed closure of the SRS office in Lawrence.
Forbes calls Lawrence a ‘small best place for business’; KU ranks in 3 top-20 lists in Princeton Review
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence was recognized as one of the country’s top Small Best Places for Businesses and Careers by Forbes Magazine this week, while Kansas University was recognized as one of the Princeton Review’s best 376 colleges in the nation.
Heat triggers power outage at western edge of Lawrence
August 2, 2011
All the air conditioners in the world don’t do any good battling record-setting temperatures unless they have electricity to run them.
Sheriff’s office identifies body found at campground as 64-year-old Lawrence man
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office Tuesday identified the camper who was found dead at Clinton State Park on Monday as Terry W. Neighbors, 64, of Lawrence.
Emporia State dean named associate vice president of Mississippi State University satellite campus
August 2, 2011
Mississippi State University has chosen Steven F. Brown as the new dean and associate vice president of its satellite campus in Meridian.
Wichita police see new trend called ‘dusting’
August 2, 2011
Wichita police say they are seeing a trend of crashes in which drivers have sucked compressed air into their lungs as a way to get high.
Kansas crop condition continues decline amid heat
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says triple-digit temperatures continue to put pressure on Kansas farm crops despite spotty thunderstorms in some locations.
Worker who fell to death at K-State identified as Council Grove man
August 2, 2011
A construction worker who died after falling from scaffolding at Kansas State University has been identified as a Council Grove man.
Soldier from Fort Riley killed in Afghanistan
August 2, 2011
A 1st Infantry Division soldier from Fort Riley has died in fighting in Afghanistan.
Kansas congressional delegation split on debt ceiling bill
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Members of the Kansas congressional delegation are unified in party — Republican — but they were divided on the bill aimed at avoiding a first-ever U.S. government default.
Temperatures hit 111 degrees in Lawrence, just shy of all-time record
August 2, 2011
Temperatures in Lawrence have risen to 111 degrees — a mere three degrees below Lawrence’s all-time high of 114 degrees. The mercury hit its apex at 2:52 p.m. this afternoon, on a day when the temperature was already 84 degrees shortly before 8 a.m.
Prosecutors will not seek second trial against Durrell Jones in Anthony Vital slaying, citing credibility problem with key witness
03:32 p.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 05:05 p.m. in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors on Tuesday said that they would not seek a second first-degree murder trial against a 24-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who was accused of shooting and killing Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital.
Statehouse Live: Brownback proposes voluntary retirement program; savings predicted at more than $25 millon
03:31 p.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 07:22 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday continued his effort to shrink the government payroll by offering incentives to state employees eligible to retire.
Doctors’ group intervenes in Kansas abortion case
03:11 p.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 05:40 p.m.
A Michigan-based anti-abortion physicians group wants to appeal a federal injunction prohibiting the enforcement of restrictive new abortion regulations in Kansas.
Lawrence firefighters bring blaze under control
02:56 p.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 03:00 p.m.
Lawrence firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 2200 block of Ohio Street.
Town Talk special update: Commissioner Hugh Carter proposes City Hall layoffs, rather than decreasing number of new police officers
August 2, 2011
This just in this afternoon. City Commissioner Hugh Carter tells me he plans to present his own plan this evening that would involve City Hall layoffs rather than cut back on a planned expansion of the city’s police force.
Kansas Arts Commission asks National Endowment for the Arts for continued funding
01:00 p.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 02:27 p.m. in print edition on A4
The chairwoman of the reorganized Kansas Arts Commission has asked the National Endowment for the Arts to continue funding programs in the state amid concerns from commission members about how much money will be available for awarding grants in the state.
KU women’s basketball releases schedule
August 2, 2011
The Kansas University women’s basketball team will play 19 teams that advanced to the postseason last year in its 2011-12 schedule, which was released Tuesday.
Obama signs debt bill after final Senate vote
11:37 a.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 01:12 p.m.
The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26. Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.
Douglas County native hired as new Baldwin City administrator
11:13 a.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 11:12 a.m.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Chris Lowe.
Athletic director Sheahon Zenger ready to take charge after getting feel for KU
August 2, 2011
After being hired on Jan. 3, new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s intention for the first few months was to “walk beside his staff” and observe them without being obtrusive. That changed June 1.
Town Talk: Laird Noller on Iowa to undertake $1.5 million expansion; Tsunami impacts Ellena Honda; police and fire negotiations drag on at City Hall
August 2, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas SRS increases efforts to fight fraud
08:19 a.m., August 2, 2011 Updated 01:38 p.m.
Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki has hired a new staff attorney to investigate Medicaid fraud cases.
Heard on the Hill: Law school assistant dean headed to Colorado; Park University hires student housing assistant director for residence life; Texas approves Jayhawk license plates
August 2, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Skip ‘Money’ and run to another show
August 2, 2011
The new hybrid drama/reality series “Take the Money and Run” (8 p.m., ABC) must have seemed like a good idea to somebody when it was dreamed up. Jerry Bruckheimer and company, the producers of “The Amazing Race” and “CSI,” mangle genres here.
World Company hires V.P. of sales, marketing
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
The new vice president of sales and marketing for The World Company’s media division is ready to grow the marketability of the Lawrence company’s newspapers and websites.
Pump patrol
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
NASA going green with solar-powered probe
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter can’t get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft.
Coverage with no copay extended to birth control
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as prevention, with no copays.
Giffords makes surprise appearance for debt vote
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the Capitol on Monday, her first appearance there since she was shot in the head in January, to cast an emotionally charged vote in favor of the debt-reduction deal.
25 years ago: Lawrence ski resort seeks water source for snow machines
August 2, 2011
A proposed ski resort at Mont Bleu was in need of water for its snow-making machines.
40 years ago: Area club members prepare fairgrounds
August 2, 2011
Several hundred 4-H club members were out at the fairgrounds cleaning up buildings.
Somali refugees: No food to break Ramadan fast
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins, Faduma Aden is fasting all day even though she doesn’t have enough food to celebrate with a sundown feast. The Somali mother of three, who fled starvation in her homeland, says she fasts because she fears God.
Commentary: Ten storylines as college football nears opening day
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ten things you may, or may not, know in advance of the 2011 college football season:
Stern: Nothing encouraging in talks
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
David Stern returned to the bargaining table Monday and said “nothing” gave him reason for encouragement.
Agent: WR Randy Moss retiring from NFL
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B2
Randy Moss dominated when he wanted to dominate.
Royals, KU football similar
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Royals are 46-62, in last place in the AL Central and are once again in line to have a top-five pick in next year’s MLB Draft. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see K.C. might not be as far from respectability as it appears.
Chiefs’ training-camp roster shaping up
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Barry Richardson signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, while the team added free-agent linebacker Brandon Siler to help shore up the defense.
Big 12 hooks ’Horns’ prep plans
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Big 12 Conference athletic directors voted Monday to prohibit the broadcast of any high school sporting events on the newly created Longhorn Network for at least the next year.
It’s BEER-ee: KU tight end Tim Biere hopes to brew up big season
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
By now, Kansas University football fans are well aware of how to pronounce senior tight end Tim Biere’s last name.
Kansas rowing assistant promoted
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University rower Emily Martin was named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Jayhawks’ rowing team on Monday.
KU basketball offers Texas prep
Phil Forte’s father former football Jayhawk
August 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s basketball team has offered a scholarship to Phil Forte, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior-to-be from Marcus High in Flower Mound, Texas, reported Monday.
‘Desert heat’ to envelop Lawrence ; excessive heat warning in place through Wednesday
Temperature likely to hit 110 after reaching 107 Monday
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Few would confuse Massachusetts Street for Las Vegas Boulevard, but forecasters are laying odds that the Lawrence area will be shedding its usual conditions for those more typical of the Sin City come Tuesday afternoon.
Stirring performance
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Once again, the Lawrence Arts Center and the Summer Youth Theater directed by Ric Averill in their masterful production of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” of the middle of the 20th century have brought us to consider universal thoughts in our century.
Family matter
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
If you’re going to compare our government’s budget to a household, then Uncle Fox is blowing smoke. Yes, he hates Uncle Obama.
Early retirement
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
So, once again we have the proposal to have an early retirement for state employees which will help reduce the work force by attrition or allow the filling of positions by those making a much lower rate.
Out of balance
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Steve Six was seen as the right man for the judgeship, including among those so judging, many Republicans.
Honest tea: KANbucha gives kombucha lovers a Lawrence option
August 2, 2011
Kombucha is rocketing in popularity because of both its health benefits and its unique sweet-yet-sour fizzy flavor.
‘Credible lead’ surfaces in D.B. Cooper case
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
The FBI is investigating whether a dead man in the Pacific Northwest is D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a passenger jet in 1971 over Washington state and parachuted with $200,000 in ransom.
Hispanic group urges immigration action
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
When President Barack Obama spoke to a major U.S. Hispanic group last week about his unsuccessful efforts to change this country’s outdated immigration rules, many in the crowd broke out in a spontaneous chant: “Yes you can!”
Parking perceptions
Discussions about expanded downtown parking should include ways to change the area’s perception problem.
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Sometimes we wonder whether downtown parking was an issue even in the days when Massachusetts Street was lined with hitching posts instead of sawtooth parking spaces. It certainly seems it has been drawing concern for that long.
Debt deal would have little effect on economy until 2014
August 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
The deal reached by Congress to raise the debt ceiling and cut more than $2 trillion in public spending should have only a minor impact on the economy for the next two years.
Horoscope for August 2
August 2, 2011
This year, work on clarity and direction. Misunderstandings seem to happen often. You will become an expert at preventing them from happening. If you are single, your vitality draws quite a few people. If you are attached, the two of you might opt to participate in some type of relationship seminar on communication.
100 years ago: Lawrence streetcars adopt new boarding method
August 2, 2011
“Everyone will enter and depart from the front door where they are under the eye of the motorman.”