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Douglas County Commission approves rezoning of property for rural retreat
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday evening unanimously approved the rezoning of about 209 acres of rural property for use as a rural retreat.
Hiratsuka students introduced to Kansas during sister city exchange
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Asami Takashima is a first-time visitor to the United States, and she’s already chosen the word that best describes it: “big.”
Statehouse Live: KOSE files actions against Brownback’s voluntary retirement plan
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Organization of State Employees asked a state district court to restrain the state from implementing the program, which Brownback officials have said will save the state millions of dollars.
Going nowhere: Economy struggles to find footing
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Shoppers won’t shop. Companies won’t hire. The government won’t spend on economic stimulus — it’s cutting instead. And the Federal Reserve is reluctant to do anything more.
Oklahoma woman claims famed hijacker D.B. Cooper is her uncle
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
When an FBI agent pleaded several years ago for help finding notorious skyjacker D.B. Cooper, he wondered, off-handedly, if someone’s “odd uncle” might be their guy.
Obama urges Congress to resolve Federal Aviation Administration shutdown
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, which began nearly two weeks ago because of a partisan standoff over air service to rural communities and union organizing.
Wal-Mart files suit over retaining wall built at Sixth and Wakarusa store
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging a Minnesota-based company was negligent in supervising construction of a retaining wall on property of the Lawrence store near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Jefferson County officers arrest Oskaloosa man suspected of domestic battery
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 32-year-old rural Oskaloosa man in Winchester who was wanted in connection with a domestic battery Wednesday morning, Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.
Kansas University changing scholarship offerings for incoming freshman
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University will dramatically change the way it offers scholarships to incoming freshmen, putting more of a focus on four-year renewable scholarships and letting students know upfront what level of aid they can expect based on their high school GPA and standardized test scores.
Lawrence produced just about all the water it could this week — but still came up short of all-time record
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
The search for a solution to the woes at the Kaw Water Treatment Plant continues as City Hall leaders confirmed that the hot weather pushed the city close to its water treatment capacity earlier this week.
Rain delays work on Sixth Street; repaving planned for Thursday afternoon, early Friday
05:43 p.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 11:55 a.m. in print edition on A2
One phase of the major repaving project on Sixth Street is about to wrap up, and another is set to begin next week.
Crews scrambling to have ‘Extreme Makeover’ house completed in next few days
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
With about three days left to build, crews are hustling to complete the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” house in Ottawa.
Judge rejects claims in Newton nude servitude case
August 3, 2011
A federal judge has rebuffed claims of ineffective legal counsel from a Kansas social worker sentenced to 30 years for enslaving mentally ill residents of a Newton group home.
Work to start Monday on two stretches of U.S. Highway 59
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
Two resurfacing projects are set to begin Monday along U.S. 59 highway, outside both ends of Lawrence.
Military officers convening at Fort Leavenworth for start of Command and General Staff College
August 3, 2011
More than 1,000 military officers from the United States and several foreign nations are making their way toward Fort Leavenworth for the start of the next session of the Army Command and General Staff College.
FBI seeks man suspected of robbing banks in 3 states
August 3, 2011
Federal agents are looking for a serial bank robber who dons a fake beard and has held up banks in three states.
1 person dies after propane explosion in Butler County
02:59 p.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 05:49 p.m. in print edition on A10
One of three people injured after a series of explosions at a Butler County propane company has died.
Buhler starts voluntary water conservation plan
August 3, 2011
Buhler residents are being asked to voluntarily cut back on their use of water.
Reward increases to $16,000 for information in Hutchinson homicide
August 3, 2011
The reward fund for information in the shooting death of a Hutchinson woman has grown to at least $16,000.
Western ND pipeline project scaled back
August 3, 2011
A proposal for a western North Dakota oil pipeline has been scaled back because of uncertainty about whether another pipeline will be built.
Pennsylvania man says he’s father of girl who died in locker
August 3, 2011
A western Pennsylvania man claims he’s the biological father of a 10-year-old girl found suffocated in a foot locker in Phoenix after months of alleged abuse at the hands of four adults, a television news station reported.
Segdwick County official wants to allow concealed guns in public buildings
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A10
A Sedgwick County commissioner believes prohibitions against carrying concealed weapons in public buildings infringes on the rights of people with permits to carry the weapons and he wants the commission to change the rules.
Kobach plans to move voter ID laws’ start date up to 2012
01:26 p.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 02:40 p.m. in print edition on A4
Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will renew a push next year to move up the start date for new Kansas voter identification laws.
Douglas County Commission’s meeting about SRS includes former Kansas attorney general Steve Six
10:37 a.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 08:00 p.m.
Douglas County commissioners gathered behind closed doors Wednesday evening for yet another session to discuss progress toward a potential deal intended to retain a home in Lawrence for SRS services.
Lawrence man, 26, arrested on charges of raping girlfriend
10:22 a.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 02:08 p.m. in print edition on A2
Lawrence police arrested a 26-year-old Lawrence man on charges of rape and domestic battery after his girlfriend alleged Tuesday he sexually assaulted her.
Lawrence police arrest woman on charge of stabbing boyfriend
10:19 a.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 05:21 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 26-year-old Gardner woman early Wednesday morning after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend Tuesday night during an altercation the 1200 block of Almira Street in east Lawrence.
Town Talk: Lawrence’s slide down the rankings; West Lawrence recreation center to get discussed; a parade of leg warmers?
August 3, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: KU avoids top party schools list; professor honored by German consulate in Chicago; staff members help provide more than 2,800 meals for needy families in Douglas County
August 3, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Rural retreat proposal up for approval at Douglas County Commission
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Plans for a 209-acre retreat for hunters, birdwatchers and corporate clients south of Lawrence are drawing fire from neighbors concerned about losing the area’s rural nature.
Peace pact proves short-lived as debt limit bill signed
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
With scant time to spare, President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday to avoid an unprecedented national default that he said would have devastated the U.S. economy. But the truce with Republicans that defused the crisis seemed to be fading already.
Kansas City man reports stolen personal property
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 25-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man reported Sunday the theft of personal property from the 3400 block of West 24th Street.
Lawrence woman reports burglary in 900 block of Christie Court
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police May 19 that someone had stolen $5,734 worth of property including a 42-inch LG flat-screen television in a burglary of her residence in the 900 block of Christie Court.
4-H’ers parade young cows in Bucket Calf Show
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
He may be a beginner, but there was no luck involved when Bryce Wheeler claimed the grand champion title in Tuesday night’s 4-H Bucket Calf Show.
Eudora man ordered to stand trial on aggravated assault counts
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
District Judge Kay Huff on Tuesday ordered a 21-year-old Eudora man to stand trial on three counts of aggravated assault after he was accused of pointing a handgun in June at people in another vehicle while traveling west on Kansas Highway 10.
Prosecutors file 3 charges against Lawrence man accused of running from officer
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday filed three charges against a 20-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of running from a police officer after a reported theft Monday from Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Judge dismisses jurors in Douglas County sex crime trial after prosecutors move to dismiss charges
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
A judge dismissed a pool of Douglas County jurors who were called for a Douglas County sex crime trial originally scheduled for Tuesday after prosecutors moved to dismiss the charges against a 32-year-old man in the case.
Lawrence man dismissed of aggravated arson charge in North Lawrence incident
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors have dismissed an aggravated arson charge against a 32-year-old Lawrence man accused of trying to set an occupied North Lawrence mobile home on fire in June, but they say they expect to re-file the case later.
No deal yet reached on new employment contracts for police, fire unions
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
City commissioners and the police and fire unions still have not reached an agreement on new employment contracts for 2012.
Excessive heat warning for Douglas County expires
12:00 a.m., August 3, 2011 Updated 08:13 p.m.
An excessive heat warning that has blanketed the county the past several days is set to expire at 7 p.m. tonight.
Lawrence school district must seek city variance to finish construction of LHS scoreboard
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Chesty Lion stands proud in an unfinished stack of bricks along 19th Street, and whether the mascot gets to remain on its perch is set to be decided this evening at City Hall.
Observe & report: Six KU football storylines to follow as fall practices begin
August 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
They won’t put on pads, aren’t planning on picking up a football and certainly won’t be game-planning for their first opponent, which comes to town one month from now in the form of the McNeese State Cowboys.
National briefs: Angels’ Weaver suspended 6 games
August 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver will appeal the six-game suspension he drew Tuesday from Major League Baseball for throwing a pitch over the head of Detroit’s Alex Avila last weekend.
Commentary: The more Tiger’s world changes…
August 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Almost everything has changed, but nothing has changed.
NBA takes legal action against players
August 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Trying to head off the chance of an antitrust lawsuit from the NBA Players Association, the league went ahead and beat the union to court.
Royals steamrolled by O’s on steamy night
August 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Rather than get steamed, Mark Reynolds got busy.
Gurley pleased in new role
Former KU guard thrilled in position with Williams fund
August 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Greg Gurley played in 124 games — while starting just one — during his four-year Kansas University basketball career.
Moral compass
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
“Falling Into Poverty” meets “Kansas Athletics — Zenger reviewing 6-figure salaries,” a juxtaposition of tragic irony.
ALEC alarm
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
I first read about ALEC in The Nation magazine. A day or two later, I read the excellent article in the Lawrence Journal-World by Scott Rothschild.
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Our Constitution was a document of compromise, a compromise made between 13 states, each with different ideals, different backgrounds and different hopes.
Early blunders will haunt Obama
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
The story is that as Mark Twain and novelist William Dean Howells stepped outside one morning, a downpour began and Howells asked Twain, “Do you think it will stop?” Twain answered, “It always has.”
Census change
The state’s census adjustment process is expensive, unfair and unnecessary.
August 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Kansas is the only state in the nation that attempts to adjust the U.S. Census by statistically sending students and military personnel who are living in one Kansas community back to their “home” communities in Kansas or out of state.
100 years ago: Paper mill shuts down for new engine installations
August 3, 2011
“The principal improvements will consist in the installation of three Corliss steam engines of 250, 200 and 100 horse power.”
25 years ago: Seven Republican candidates vie for gubernatorial race
August 3, 2011
A primary election was just a few days away, and there were plenty of candidates on the ballot.
40 years ago: City commission considers two ordinances, 20 planning items
August 3, 2011
A lengthy and important agenda was awaiting the Lawrence City Commission at their upcoming meeting.
‘Truck Stop’ goes nowhere
August 3, 2011
When the road itself becomes your destination, are you going anywhere at all?
Horoscope for August 3
August 3, 2011
This year, decide to manage your less-comfortable emotions. In time, you will be clued in to whether you are suppressing your feelings. You could develop health problems, which might be a side effect of stress and holding your feelings in. If you are single, your unusually charming way attracts many people. If you are attached, your sweetie will help you see what you are not conscious of.