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Brownback accused of rejecting $31.5 million federal grant because of pressure from health-reform opponents
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
In June, Gov. Sam Brownback stood before a standing-room-only crowd at the Johnson County Republican Party’s Elephant Club in Leawood and defended the state’s acceptance of a $31.5 million federal grant to set up an insurance exchange, which is part of the federal health care reform law.
Trial begins for man accused of stealing bowl rings from former KU football players’ home
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A trial opened Wednesday for a man accused in four March burglaries in west Lawrence, including one in which it’s alleged he stole an Orange Bowl ring and Insight Bowl ring from the home of former Kansas University football players.
Flags stolen from Lawrence VFW post
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Members of the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post are working to get new flags to fly in front of the post hall, 138 Ala., after someone stole an American flag and POW/MIA flag last week.
Hank Booth named interim president and CEO of Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A2
A current chamber executive and longtime radio personality will serve as the interim president and CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Local wineries win awards at Indiana wine competition
August 10, 2011
Four area wine producers won awards at the Indy International Wine Competition, held last week in West Lafayette, Ind.
Kansas National Guard member pleads guilty to helping Liberian falsely obtain US visa
August 10, 2011
A Kansas National Guard member has admitted helping an AWOL Liberian soldier make false statements to obtain a U.S. entry visa.
Fire causes $400,000 damage to Topeka High School
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A10
Topeka fire officials say a blaze at the city’s public high school caused $400,000 damage.
Wichita businessmen buy Wichita Thunder hockey team
August 10, 2011
Three Wichita brothers are the new owners of the Wichita Thunder hockey team.
Funeral set for Holton soldier killed in Afghanistan
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A10
A 19-year-old Holton soldier who died in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Saturday in his hometown.
Site options narrow for new Reno County jail
August 10, 2011
Reno County commissioners say they hope to talk to state prison officials about the possibility of locating a new county jail near a state-run prison.
Two accused of selling Hummers with fake titles
03:29 p.m., August 10, 2011 Updated 05:13 p.m.
Two people who authorities believe helped sell more than 200 Hummers with phony titles and improperly export many of them are now facing federal fraud charges.
Sheriff says overcrowding causing violence at Saline County jail
August 10, 2011
Overcrowding at the Saline County jail has caused more than a dozen violent incidents in the jail since June 1 and might force the county to begin housing inmates elsewhere, the sheriff said.
Researchers to study mammoth bones unearthed near Scott City
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Researchers say that by examining mammoth bones that were recently found in west-central Kansas, they hope to determine how the animal died and learn more about the earliest humans in the region.
Defense begins for soldier charged in Iraq health clinic shootings
02:58 p.m., August 10, 2011 Updated 05:12 p.m.
Conflicting opinions emerged Wednesday about the mental state of an Army soldier charged with the 2009 shooting deaths of five service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.
Feds sue former KU athletics official Ben Kirtland and his ex-wife
02:44 p.m., August 10, 2011 Updated 04:22 p.m. in print edition on A1
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday sued the highest-ranking official caught in a ticket scalping scandal at the University of Kansas and his ex-wife, alleging the property settlement in their divorce defrauded the United States.
85th Leavenworth County Fair under way this week in Tonganoxie
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
At 85 years, the Leavenworth County Fair is going strong.
Town Talk: Something spooky coming to vacant Borders store; comedy, bum steers and elastic waistbands at 19th and Haskell; another big fight looming near the airport
10:07 a.m., August 10, 2011 Updated 11:17 a.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Jury selected for Osage County trial of man accused of killing his family
August 10, 2011
A pool of 45 potential jurors has been selected for the trial of a man accused of killing four family members in Kansas in November 2009.
Heard on the Hill: Art exhibit focuses on campus history; new Edwards Campus building taking shape; old grade report finds GPAs at KU are going up
August 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Stocks soar after Fed pledges low rates
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Federal Reserve offered super-low interest rates for two more years Tuesday — an unprecedented step to arrest an economic free fall that dragged down the stock market. Wall Street roared its approval and finished a wild day with a 429-point gain.
Lecompton woman listed in good condition after one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 61-year-old Lecompton woman was listed in good condition Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after she was injured Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Award-winning recipes from the Douglas County Fair
August 10, 2011
From whole wheat bread to apple carrot raisin muffins, we’ve got all of the recipes from this year’s fair.
Douglas County Commission to consider SRS plan at meeting today
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
Douglas County commissioners today will work through a loaded agenda that includes public discussion of the 2012 budget and a public hearing regarding plans to fund the Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence.
KU coach Turner Gill ‘more relaxed’
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B4
As he enters his second season in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Turner Gill definitely has a much more Zen-like approach than he did a year ago.
Tamba Hali happy to get back to work
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Tamba Hali thanked Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and his family, then talked about getting back to work.
National briefs: L.A. council OKs framework for NFL venue
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
The developers seeking to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles were granted a City Council endorsement Tuesday that they had long stressed was necessary to prove to league officials that their plan has public support.
Klinsmann to make U.S. soccer debut
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Soccer is on the brink of being huge in America. That’s what they told us as we formed circles for passing drills on the Liberty Bell Youth Organization fields in Northeast Philadelphia, and as we watched the Atoms in a nearly empty Veterans Stadium.
Olympic host city under scrutiny amid riots
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
A few miles from the worst violence to hit the city in 25 years, beach volleyball players dived headlong in the sand, the most summery of Olympic sports on display less than a year before the London Games.
Shields shuts down Royals
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Royals’ offense was silenced by James Shields.
KU can, must run first
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Nobody knows better than Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long that shifting from a pass-first to run-first football team doesn’t always require a long, arduous process.
Head and shoulders: James Sims obvious No. 1 running back for Jayhawks
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
He arrived with a killer hairdo, tons of potential and no known role.
Charity choices
It’s not always easy for people to know whether their charitable donations will be well used.
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
Charitable dollars are precious both to donors and recipients. That’s why people who write the checks or drop some cash in a collection box want to make sure their contributions are directed to organizations that will put them to good use. A couple of stories in Sunday and Monday’s Journal-World raise questions about some groups that are collecting local charitable dollars. Although we hope the stories don’t discourage giving in general, they may serve as a reminder that donors should try to learn something about the organizations they choose to support.
Consequences
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s good to see the law of unintended consequences is still in effect. Although the tea party folks were unable to starve the government machine and its nefarious functions like Medicare, Social Security, food chain protection, infrastructure repair, environmental protection, education and research by blocking a raise in its debt limit, at least they were able to diminish its credit rating, which would lead investors to quit buying its bonds.
Farm Aid
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
Sarah Henning’s Aug. 7 story (“Funding channels for Farm Aid in Kansas lack adequate cultivation”) points out the need for stronger family farm networks throughout the state. We know that Kansas farm groups haven’t been looking to Farm Aid for help as much in recent years, but with our annual benefit concert set for this Saturday in Kansas, we look forward to bringing family farm advocates together to learn more about our organization.
Lawmakers must act, not posture
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
As I write this column early on Monday morning the debt ceiling crisis has ended, but the signs that the so-called economic “recovery” has stalled, if not died, are everywhere. Wall Street is again showing signs of long-term weakness as the Dow plunges. Gold has topped $1,700 per ounce, the Eurodollar situation continues to be problematic and China, as one of America’s largest creditors has begun to use harsh rhetoric to tell us to get our economic house in order. And, of course, Standard & Poor’s — as well as a Chinese credit rating agency — has for the first time since 1917 downgraded its rating of U.S. creditworthiness.
Nation needs Eisenhower calm
August 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
When Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president in 1952, he came to office convinced that among the obligations he assumed was that of calming the nation. His predecessors, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman, had governed through a series of crises and calamities — World War II, the Berlin Crisis, the Soviet atomic bomb, the Korean War, the 1952 steel strike — and Ike believed that Washington’s fixation with crisis was unsettling to the American people and destabilizing to the economy.
40 years ago: County fallout-shelter plan nearly ready for distribution
August 10, 2011
The 12-page plan listed fallout shelters in Lawrence and Baldwin, as well as precautions area residents should take in case of a nuclear attack.
Horoscopes for August 10
August 10, 2011
This year, you have a special opportunity to change your daily life. If you are honest with yourself, there are certain areas of your life that don’t work. If you are single, you could meet someone in your day-to-day travels. You don’t need to go looking. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from focusing on a key mutual interest. Capricorn pitches in.
‘Conan’ needs to wise up
August 10, 2011
Whatever happened to Conan O’Brien? The move to cable television was supposed to liberate him, but too often, he still acts like he’s on NBC. Or still wants to be.
100 years ago: Lawrence creamery sends record-breaking ice cream order to Eudora
August 10, 2011
“The capacity of the Lawrence Creamery was shown today when it supplied the C.P.A. picnic at Eudora with 135 gallons of ice cream.”
25 years ago: Tombstone tally completed by local volunteers
August 10, 2011
In a project that was hoped to provide help to later historians and genealogists, a group of women had recently completed a “census of the dead.”
Allen Fieldhouse floor getting spruced up
August 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
There’s no better time than now to spruce up the Allen Fieldhouse floor for the 2011-12 season.