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Teachers union in Lawrence district OKs new master agreement
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Teachers and other licensed personnel in the Lawrence school district ratified a master agreement that includes pay raises of $1,250 for the coming year.
Officials working on SRS deal remain mum about closed-door proceedings
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Two high-ranking officials with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services met Friday with local leaders behind closed doors to discuss ways to avoid closing the Lawrence SRS office.
KU officials decide not to pursue civil lawsuit against defendants convicted in athletic ticket scandal
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University officials won’t file a civil lawsuit against former athletic department employees who stole $2 million in a football and basketball ticket scheme, a KU spokesman said Friday.
Heat advisory issued for Saturday afternoon
August 5, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a brief heat advisory for areas of northeast Kansas. The advisory goes into effect Saturday at 11 a.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.
KDHE officials add Milford Lake to list of unsafe lakes because of blue-green algae
August 5, 2011
Kansas health officials have added a northeast Kansas lake to a list of lakes that are unsafe for wading, swimming and water skiing because of high levels of a toxic blue-green algae.
USDA approves more counties for grazing, haying on Conservation Reserve Program land
August 5, 2011
The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency has approved more Kansas counties for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acreage.
Central Kansas food banks to give away produce
August 5, 2011
Food banks in central Kansas will be giving out free produce to families in need on Friday.
Dodge City to ask federal government to continue subsidizing flights to Denver
August 5, 2011
Dodge City officials have chosen to ask the federal government to continue subsidizing flights from Dodge City to Denver.
Fiber optics project to wire all of Ellis County
August 5, 2011
Some residents of Hays are getting service from a new fiber optic project that will eventually wire all of Ellis County.
Number of zebra mussel larvae increasing in El Dorado Reservoir
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Zebra mussels have returned in force to the El Dorado Reservoir this summer.
FBI using billboards to target Fake Beard Bandit
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Federal investigators are hoping electronic billboards along highways in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will help it nab a suspect in seven robberies in those states.
Former Westar exec gets $36 million settlement with utility
Wittig will also get $3.1 million in legal fees and $2.7 million in stock compensation
10:06 a.m., August 5, 2011 Updated 10:59 a.m. in print edition on A1
Former Westar Energy executive David Wittig will receive $36 million plus legal fees to settle a long-running dispute with the utility company.
KDOT simulates winter weather to test road conditions map
August 5, 2011
Despite record-setting heat and humidity outdoors, it will look and feel much cooler on a Kansas Department of Transportation website.
Town Talk: Latino convenience store set to open; city to publicly discuss SRS options; dirtwork for Sixth Street apartments begins
August 5, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Man transported to Kansas City area hospital following downtown altercation
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 22-year-old man suffered serious injuries early Friday morning following an altercation in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.
Heard on the Hill: New scholarship grid will still use weighted GPAs; no mass retirements coming to KU; Hot Dog Man will be on campus for sixth year
August 5, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Military money on chopping block in austere time
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Pentagon got nearly everything it asked for during a decade of two wars shadowed by the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the rise of al-Qaida. No more.
Congress reaches agreement to reopen FAA
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise to end the two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has idled 74,000 federal employees and construction workers and cost the government about $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Thursday.
Head of massive KC drug ring gets life in prison
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
A 43-year-old Kansas City man who considered himself the “Michael Corleone of Kansas City” has been sentenced to life in federal prison without parole for his role in a multimillion dollar drug trafficking conspiracy.
Bigs in Schools program provides mentors for at-risk youths
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
Talk about a power lunch. Once a week for five years, Sheila Immel took a lunch break from the Kansas University Alumni Association, where she served as senior vice president for membership before retiring to pursue a career in art, and spent time at an area elementary school with a little girl who had just experienced a great personal loss. They read, horsed around on the playground, talked, worked on homework and played games. But mostly they knit their lives together.
City to discuss brick street maintenance
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
In the small town of Holton, about 45 minutes north of Lawrence, it has become a ritual of sorts for high school students to head down to City Hall to apply for what surely must be one of the more physically demanding summer jobs, but evidently one of the more sought-after as well: bricklayer.
Lighted LHS sign approved
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence Sign Code Board of Appeals approved a variance Thursday night to permit completion of a new illuminated scoreboard enclosure at the Lawrence High School football stadium.
Questions and answers about the stock market fall
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Fears of another global recession on Thursday sent the stock market into its steepest dive since the 2008 financial crisis.
New Haskell president confident in school unity
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
The new president of Haskell Indian Nations University said he wants to move on from challenges Haskell has faced in the past few years and focus on expanding opportunities for the university’s students.
Off and running (and passing and catching and blocking and … ): KU football camp gets under way
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
The first day of fall football practice is different for every player just about every year. That held true Thursday, when Kansas University’s football team ran through its first official practice of the 2011 season, determined to move forward and leave behind the painful memories of last year’s disappointing season.
Kansas swimmer earns another Trials invite
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University swimmer Stephanie Payne will compete in two events during the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Tiger gives gallery taste of old magic
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Until the 16th hole, the most striking thing about Tiger Woods’ first competitive round in 12 weeks was the silence.
Tiger Woods shoots 2-under in return at Firestone
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
The day brought out some of the vintage Tiger Woods, like the low, hard cut that nearly reached the end of the short grass at No. 16. There also were a few putts that stayed out, plus a continued aversion to the fairway.
NFL lockout over; new CBA ratified
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Quarterback Donovan McNabb eagerly bounded onto the practice field with his Minnesota Vikings teammates in Mankato, Minn., on Thursday afternoon, before being told he and other NFL players with new contracts still needed to be patient.
Tamba Hali, rest of Chiefs veterans finally report to camp
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Tamba Hali jogged down the long, grassy hillside to the practice field at Missouri Western State University, the modest crowd on hand for the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice bursting into applause. Yes, the veterans have finally arrived at training camp.
’Horns eager to move forward
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Texas Longhorns reported to training camp Thursday ready to leave behind the smoldering wreckage of their dismal 2010, but even the fresh start on a new season came with the news they’ll be without yet another veteran receiver.
Big 12 football preview: Despite change, OU still rules
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B5
There are no more divisions and two fewer teams. Welcome to the new-look Big 12, where one thing hasn’t changed. Oklahoma is still king.
Chiefs sign pair of defenders
CB Brandon Carr, DE Justin Houston join fold
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up deals with two important pieces of their roster Thursday, signing cornerback Brandon Carr to his free-agent tender and agreeing to terms with third-round pick Justin Houston on a four-year contract.
Gordon’s four hits lift Royals over Orioles
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Alex Gordon whom the Kansas City Royals drafted second overall in 2005 is finally reaching expectations six years later.
Texas drought may last another year
August 5, 2011 in print edition on C8
The drought that has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of cracked earth could persist into next year, prolonging the misery of farmers and ranchers who have endured a dry spell that is now expected to be the state’s worst since the 1950s.
Arts transition
It’s hard for the Kansas Arts Commission to get back on its feet when so many key questions remain unanswered.
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
The transition to private financing of the Kansas Arts Commission doesn’t appear to be going very smoothly.
Priorities
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
Gov. Brownback will travel to Texas to attend an Aug. 6 rally advocating fasting and prayer in response to national crises. But on Aug. 2, he would not meet with Rep. Paul Davis to discuss the closing of Lawrence’s SRS office. Making time for the Texas rally while neglecting the plight of some of the least fortunate Kansans is shameful.
Israel-Palestine status quo won’t last
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s time to start thinking about what will happen to Israel — and U.S. policy in the Middle East — when the peace process ends.
Gov. Perry seems ready to run
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
Some wives don’t want their husbands to run for president — Alma Powell (Colin Powell) and Cheri Daniels (Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels).
FBI has chased ghosts of D.B. Cooper before
August 5, 2011 in print edition on C8
One suspect made a deathbed confession that he was the never-captured skyjacker D.B. Cooper. Another was a fugitive at the time of the hijacking. Still another was an airline worker and former paratrooper.
Why did turkey recall take so long?
First sickness was reported in March
August 5, 2011 in print edition on C8
The first sickness was in March and the first signs of a salmonella outbreak appeared in May. Two months later, investigators linked the outbreak to ground turkey and a Cargill meat processing plant in Arkansas.
KU track members get academic award
August 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Eight members of the 2011 Kansas University track and field team Thursday were named to the all-academic squad of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
100 years ago: Lawrence well water under scrutiny from health board
August 5, 2011
“Lawrence wells are at present coming in for a great deal of criticism by the state board of health and the local health authorities.”
25 years ago: Four months of AIDS testing in Lawrence yields no positive results so far
August 5, 2011
It had been four months since the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department had begun offering an AIDS screening.
40 years ago: Lawrence schools to continue serving milk in paper cartons
August 5, 2011
Students in the Lawrence school district were to continue receiving their lunchtime milk in paper half-pint cartons for the immediate future, in spite of objections from some school board members.
Horoscope for August 5
August 5, 2011
This year, you become more concerned with your family and your priorities. You want to build security, but the cost might be that some family secrets are revealed. Make the right decision for you, but don’t forget the greater good. If you are single, you might long for a close relationship. If you are attached, the two of you might choose to spend more time nestled in at home.
Pump patrol
August 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.57 at BP, 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
Penguin eats, sleeps, waddles to Web’s delight
August 5, 2011 in print edition on C8
Happy Feet is now a creature of the Internet age.
Retailers report solid sales gains for July
August 5, 2011 in print edition on C8
The back-to-school season got off to a strong start as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls.