Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Guns, jewelry reported stolen
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 36-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police July 12 that someone had stolen three firearms, a welding machine and a white gold wedding ring, valued at a total of $2,482, from his residence in the 1000 block of Natalie Drive. Lawrence Pawn and Jewelry and Jayhawk Pawn were also listed as victims.
Lawrence woman reports more than $5,000 in personal property stolen
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 45-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police July 28 that someone had stolen $5,020 worth of property including a laptop computer, several pieces of jewelry and also some tools in a burglary of her residence in the 200 block of Pinecone Drive.
Police arrest Lawrence man following aggravated assault
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday filed aggravated assault and criminal damage to property charges against a 20-year-old Lawrence man after he was arrested early Thursday morning.
Brock Berglund practices, but will return to Colorado Friday
06:24 p.m., August 4, 2011 Updated 12:18 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman Brock Berglund, a 6-foot-4, dual-threat quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who has been in and out of Lawrence since graduating from Valor Christian High last December was at the Jayhawks’ first practice Thursday and went through all of the team’s drills.
K-State researchers studying safety benefits of rumble strips on Kansas highways
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Those “rumble strips,” the raised patterns along highways that jar drivers to attention when they begin to drift out of their lanes, may be noisy, but some Douglas County residents believe the increased safety is worth it, researchers at Kansas State University have found.
Dow average plunges 513 points, worst drop since 2008
04:26 p.m., August 4, 2011 Updated 12:14 a.m. in print edition on A1
Fears about the global economy led to the biggest panic in financial markets since the 2008 financial crisis. The Dow plunged nearly 513 points Thursday, its biggest point decline since Oct. 22, 2008. Only three of the 500 stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index had gains. Oil fell by 6 percent. The yield on the two-year Treasury note hit a record low as investors sought out relatively stable investments.
$300,000 Beach Foundation gift drives Theatre Lawrence closer to fundraising goal for new building
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A fundraising effort to build a new community theater building is now $900,000 from its goal after a large gift from a well-known foundation.
Iowa man killed by falling hay bale near Newton
August 4, 2011
An Iowa man is dead after being trapped beneath a large bale of hay that fell off the back of a truck near Newton.
State of Kansas orders Dodge City firm to stop selling investments
August 4, 2011
Kansas Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack has ordered a Dodge City firm to stop selling its unregistered securities and stop using unregistered agents to make the sales.
Army veteran honored during Fort Leavenworth ceremony for rescue after car accident
August 4, 2011
An Army veteran has been honored with the highest award for valor that a soldier can earn for an act outside of combat.
Arkansas City commissioners reject their 2012 salaries
August 4, 2011
Although they admit it won’t help the city’s budget much, Arkansas City commissioners are giving up their salaries for the next year.
Thousands without power after storm hits Wichita
August 4, 2011
Thousands of Wichita residents are still without power after a brief but strong storm hit the city Wednesday night.
Consultant advises Reno County to rethink plans for new jail
August 4, 2011
Consultants have told Reno County officials they may have to rethink plans to put a jail on the city’s east side because of possible technological obstacles.
3 juveniles arrested in Clay County farm equipment vandalism
August 4, 2011
Three teenagers have been arrested after a vandalism spree left $68,000 in damage to farm equipment in north central Kansas.
110 water main breaks reported in Topeka in July
August 4, 2011
A Topeka official says extreme heat contributed to 110 water main breaks in the city last month.
Kansas will get $700,000 in settlement with pharmaceutical companies
August 4, 2011
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state of Kansas will receive just over $700,000 from a multi-state settlement of a lawsuit against two pharmaceutical companies.
Nebraska governor doesn’t want special legislative session to discuss oil pipeline
August 4, 2011
A state lawmaker who wants a special session to address concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed route should have passed a bill when the Legislature was convened earlier this year, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said Thursday.
Morton Salt seeks $7 million upgrade to Hutchinson plant
August 4, 2011
Morton Salt Co. has asked South Hutchinson city authorities for a10-year tax abatement as it plans to upgrade its salt evaporation plant.
Minneapolis farmer’s wheat crop yields almost 105 bushels per acre
August 4, 2011
A north central Kansas farmer whose wheat fields entered in a statewide contest yielded nearly 105 bushels an acre said he’s never come close to having that size harvest in the eight years he’s been farming.
Dear Lawrence: Tips for re-photographing
August 4, 2011
Quite a few really nice submissions for the Dear Lawrence Project have come in thus far and it’s easy to tell that people are having fun with it. After the last several weeks of shooting I’ve come across a few helpful tips and suggestions after my own bouts of frustration and error.
Forum on Saturday to focus on issue of redistricting
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A public forum on redistricting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
NOW, Kansas Equality Coalition plan return to Capitol for rally
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two groups whose recent events at the Capitol were disrupted by police will return there Saturday for “A Celebration of the First Amendment.”
KU men’s basketball to play Georgetown in first game of Maui Invitational
01:04 p.m., August 4, 2011 Updated 12:19 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas men’s basketball team will open this year’s Maui Invitational against Georgetown at 11 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 21.
Public invited to attend event on Aug. 19 featuring U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A2
“Coffee with Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins” will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Kansas University School of Pharmacy, 2010 Becker Drive on the West Campus.
Statehouse Live: Legislative committee seeks answers on SRS office closures
11:45 a.m., August 4, 2011 Updated 04:46 p.m. in print edition on A1
A key legislator on Thursday rejected the justification used by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to shut down the Lawrence agency office and eight others.
KU men’s basketball opens with K-State in 2011-12 conference slate; Self calls sked toughest he’s had at KU
11:18 a.m., August 4, 2011 Updated 01:16 p.m.
The Kansas men’s basketball team will open the new 18-game Big 12 slate with a home game against Kansas State on Jan. 4.
District attorney: Prosecutors need more information about rape allegation
10:57 a.m., August 4, 2011 Updated 05:29 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors are seeking more information from investigators before deciding whether to file charges against a 26-year-old Lawrence man accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend, District Attorney Charles Branson said Thursday.
Town Talk: Brick streets to get discussion; popular federal grant program likely done; yoga on the west side
August 4, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Baby Jay bests Big Jay at Mascot Games; researchers go to Antarctica to find really old plant roots; hypnosis event scheduled after first day of classes
August 4, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Motorcycle reported stolen
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Tuesday that someone stole his Honda motorcycle.
Two moons? It’s not lunacy, but new theory
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
In a spectacle that might have beguiled poets, lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it, Earth once had two moons, astronomers now think. But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the “big splat.”
Bedridden and caged, former Egypt ruler Hosni Mubarak goes on trial
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
From a bed inside the defendants’ cage, an ashen-faced Hosni Mubarak showed a glimmer of his old defiance.
New Baldwin City administrator has ties to Douglas County
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Chris Lowe. Lowe is returning to Douglas County after beating out 51 other applicants for the city administrator’s job in Baldwin City.
Lawrence faith leaders to hold prayer vigil for SRS situation
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
An interfaith event to lament the planned closing by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration of the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be Saturday.
KU men’s golf earns academic honor
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B10
Kansas University’s men’s golf team earned All-Academic honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.
LHS girls tennis coach gives up football job
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B10
In order to accept an offer to become Lawrence High’s new girls tennis coach Wednesday, Chris Marshall had to make a sacrifice.
Hochevar continues post-break tear
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Luke Hochevar took some time to reflect during the All-Star break. He has pitched like an All-Star since then.
Recruit Zach Peters resumes football career
KU hoops pledge returns to field amid tragedy
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Zach Peters’ first football practice of the 2011 season ended in tragedy Monday at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.
Moving forward: Jayhawks’ football preseason gets under way today
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Some carried extra blankets and pillows, while others hauled in televisions and video-game systems, and a couple even teamed up to transport a mini-fridge into their temporary homes. Yep, it’s that time of year again, and Wednesday the entire Kansas University football team reported on time and in style to the Jayhawks’ preseason football camp.
Our Town Sports for August 4
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
A weekly roundup of local events, results and happenings.
Sporting KC beats Real Salt Lake
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Roger Espinoza scored a rare goal before getting red-carded, and Sporting Kansas City went on to beat Real Salt Lake, 2-0, on Wednesday night to extend its club-record unbeaten streak to 14 games.
K.C., Tamba Hali reach deal
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that top pass rusher Tamba Hali and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $60 million.
Chiefs’ rookies forced to play catch-up
August 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ricky Stanzi didn’t pick up his first NFL playbook until about a week ago. He’d better be good at digesting that thick binder full of information, though, because his first preseason game with the Kansas City Chiefs is little more than a week away.
Silly salaries
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
What a pathetic comment on our world today: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Unfair action
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The actions of Sens. Roberts and Moran to torpedo the nomination of Steve Six to the federal bench are a disgrace to the state of Kansas and to the Senate.
Foreign films are summer’s best
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
We are living in what New York Times called “a golden age of foreign films.” But American audiences wouldn’t know it unless they are lucky enough to live near an art-house cinema, or can tolerate subtitles on rented DVDs.
The camera’s eye doesn’t lie
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
This all started with Rodney King. More to the point, it started with a plumber named George Holliday.
Heat stress
The recent extreme heat is hard on everyone, but it takes a special toll on farmers.
August 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Exhibitors at the Douglas County Fair expect hot weather, but the recent stretch of 100-degree-plus days is putting an extra strain on families who make their living from the land.
‘Jersey Shore’ goes abroad
August 4, 2011
For all of the hype, “Jersey Shore” (9 p.m., MTV) is basically a variation on “Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS), with exaggerated ethnic stereotypes in starring roles. The cable show amplifies the violence, vulgarity, promiscuity and self-delusion, but there’s little to distinguish it except the fact that “Shore” attracts millions of bored and jaded viewers every week.
100 years ago: Open storm sewer in ravine to be replaced with closed system
August 4, 2011
“Mayor Bishop and the councilmen are much interested in the proposition to build a storm sewer to do away with the unsightly and unhealthy open storm sewer which follows the ravine from McCook field to Central park at Henry street.”
25 years ago: Racial restrictions still exist on some old Lawrence deeds
August 4, 2011
Deed restrictions that limited land or housing ownership to people of certain races had been illegal for some time, but the wording still appeared on the deeds of some older Lawrence properties.
40 years ago: New city bus service takes trial run
August 4, 2011
A new bus service was temporarily available to the residents of North and East Lawrence.
Horoscope for August 4
August 4, 2011
This year, you open up to a more easygoing lifestyle. You socialize and network a lot more. You also might feel that someone could be deceiving you, or someone is deceiving you. You might not believe it. Be as realistic as possible. If you are single, you walk into a very exciting relationship, perhaps after several romps with different people. If you are attached, your charm works wonders; you also need to give more of yourself.