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Prospect Perry Ellis trims list to four schools
August 11, 2011
Perry Ellis, a 6-8 senior forward from Wichita Heights, has cut his list of prospective colleges from seven to four, Heights coach Joe Auer announced Thursday night.
City adds 3 hybrid diesel-electric buses to public transit fleet
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Three new hybrid diesel-electric buses joined Lawrence’s public transit fleet on Thursday. The 40-foot buses operate similarly to a hybrid car, and the end results, city leaders hope, are significant reductions in fuel costs, maintenance costs and pollution.
Lawrence man accused of making threat with gun in downtown Lawrence early Thursday
August 11, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 32-year-old Lawrence man with threatening another man with a gun during an incident early Thursday downtown.
Woman pleads guilty to serving as lookout during robbery at South Iowa Street Walmart
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 21-year-old woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a conspiracy charge for serving as a lookout in connection with a December robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Therapist charged with stalking soldier planning insanity defense
August 11, 2011
The attorney for a Manhattan therapist charged with stalking a Fort Riley soldier has notified prosecutors he plans to present an insanity defense.
Hutchinson man sentenced for role in 2010 beating death
August 11, 2011
A Hutchinson man who was originally charged with first-degree murder has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a plea agreement in the beating death of another man during a robbery.
Kansas State Board of Education cleared of open meetings violation after eating at restaurant
August 11, 2011
A district attorney has ruled that the Kansas State Board of Education didn’t violate the state’s open meetings law when members ate together at a Topeka restaurant.
Increase of structure fires reported in Wichita
August 11, 2011
The number of structure fires in Wichita has spiked this summer, and the hot weather could be part of the problem.
Miranda Cosgrove breaks ankle in tour bus accident; was to perform in Wichita Friday
August 11, 2011
Actress and singer Miranda Cosgrove has broken her ankle in a tour bus accident in southern Illinois.
Kansas fossil find shows ancient plesiosaur gave birth, didn’t lay eggs
August 11, 2011
The remains of a giant sea creature are providing the first proof that these prehistoric reptiles gave birth to their young rather than laying eggs.
Cramped Fort Hays State moves students to motel
August 11, 2011
Dozens of students at Fort Hays State University will be housed in a motel miles from campus this fall because of a late boost in enrollment and a delay in replacing a former dormitory.
Federal prosecutors charge 12 hunters in Kansas hunting camp investigation
August 11, 2011
Federal prosecutors have charged 12 people in the ongoing investigation of a Kansas camp where hunters paid thousands of dollars to kill deer illegally.
2nd man who collapsed during Kansas City obstacle course dies
August 11, 2011
A second contestant who collapsed in the sweltering heat during an extreme obstacle course event in Kansas City last month has died.
New forecast slashes outlook for Kansas crops after heat wave
03:01 p.m., August 11, 2011 Updated 04:55 p.m. in print edition on A3
A newly released government forecast shows Kansas crops have taken a heavy beating in the past month from the scorching heat and drought.
Work on Sixth Street to resume at 2 a.m. Friday
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Motorists should expect another round of lane reductions on portions of Sixth Street.
Attorney: Soldier accused of Iraq clinic shooting had deteriorating mental health
August 11, 2011
An Army sergeant accused of fatally shooting five service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq does not deserve the death penalty, a defense attorney said Thursday, arguing his client’s actions could not have been premeditated because of his deteriorating mental health.
Cab driver alleges Eudora police officer injured her during ride to strip club
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Bonner Springs woman alleges a Eudora police officer lunged at her and put her in a head lock early Sunday morning as she was driving him in a taxi to a Douglas County strip club.
Statehouse Live: Kansas state senator to lead NCSL
August 11, 2011
Morris is serving his fifth four-year term in the Senate, and has been active in NCSL for more than a decade.
KU-Northern Illinois football game to be televised on Fox College Sports
August 11, 2011
The Kansas football team’s home game against Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 will be televised by Fox College Sports, KU announced Thursday.
15th Street now open to all traffic
11:13 a.m., August 11, 2011 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Construction crews have completed work on 15th Street, and it’s now open to traffic.
Town Talk: Peking Taste to move to 23rd and Louisiana; Mirth Cafe has new owners; city rolls out hybrid buses; lane changes at Kasold construction; chamber may not conduct national search
August 11, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
GameDay chooses KU-MU hoops
ESPN selects Feb. 4 contest in Columbia as part of showcase
09:46 a.m., August 11, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas men’s basketball team will be a part of one and perhaps two ESPN College GameDays in 2012.
Heard on the Hill: Methodology used in list of best colleges to work for looks a bit odd; Texas Tech offers addiction recovery help for students; Study Abroad looks to reach into schools, departments
August 11, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump Patrol
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.52 at several stations.
Woman released from hospital after accident on U.S. 40
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Lecompton woman has been released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after she was injured Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40 near Big Springs.
Walmart gift cards stolen from company
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
An employee of Asset Management Plus reported 17 Walmart gift cards stolen.
Grants to help Lawrence groups fund projects for victims’ services
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that four Lawrence organizations have been awarded $172,670 for victims’ services programs.
Dozens arrested in massive drug bust
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A10
Authorities have carried out a massive drug bust following a months-long investigation in south-central Kansas.
County Commission OKs city annexation of property, 2012 budget
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 67-acre plot of rural property on the northwestern edge of Lawrence was approved for annexation into the city of Lawrence during Wednesday’s Douglas County Commission meeting.
Fed’s continued low rates are no fix for economy, retirees
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Federal Reserve’s plan to keep interest rates super-low for at least two more years is great news for mortgage refinancers and other borrowers.
County seconds plan to help fund SRS office
City Commission approved funding Tuesday
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday echoed the City Commission, unanimously approving a memorandum to provide for the continued operation of the Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence.
Latest picks for debt panel spark some pessimism
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
Republicans named a mix of partisans and pragmatists on Wednesday to the new congressional committee charged with striking a debt-cutting compromise. While members of both parties expressed urgency over controlling surging budget shortfalls, others were pessimistic that the bipartisan panel would overcome deep political divides.
Stocks resume sell-off; Dow finishes down 519
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
Back to reality and back down, Wall Street focused on the bleak landscape ahead for the economy Wednesday and wiped out its big gains from a day earlier — and then some.
Airstrike kills Taliban insurgents who downed helicopter in Afghanistan
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
An airstrike by international forces has killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for the downing of a U.S. helicopter this weekend in which 38 U.S. and Afghan troops died, including the militant who launched the fatal rocket-propelled grenade, the military claimed Wednesday.
Texas plant will turn sewage into safe drinking water
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
In parched West Texas, it’s often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water.
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann points to foster parenting — on her terms
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
From her first campaign to her latest, Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has used her time as a foster parent to help create an image of a family-focused Christian driven by compassion and social conviction.
Former Eudora Middle School razed
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
A piece of Eudora history was torn down this week. The old Eudora Middle School, at 10th and Main streets, which was constructed in the 1940s, was bulldozed.
Cutbacks force retreat in war on meth
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Police and sheriff’s departments in states that produce much of the nation’s methamphetamine have made a sudden retreat in the war on meth, at times virtually abandoning pursuit of the drug because they can no longer afford to clean up the toxic waste generated by labs.
Our Town Sports
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
A 70-foot outdoor batting cage that is sent up for softball is available for team use. If interested, please contact Barry Johnson at 218-9155 or email
Five-run ninth stuns Royals
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was at a loss for words after the Royals blew a late four-run lead.
After 14 years, Eric Chenowith earns KU degree
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Southern California native Eric Chenowith is expecting an important document to arrive in the mail any day now. That’d be his 2011 Kansas University diploma.
GM: Chiefs ‘making progress’
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
After the NFL lockout wiped away most of the offseason, resulting in a most unusual training camp, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli believes things are finally getting back to normal.
‘Lockdown’ Brown says KU looks all sped up
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Any prediction as to which potential star will develop into the Most Valuable Player on the 2011 Kansas University football team is no easy task.
Kansas WR Chris Omigie hopes this is his breakout season
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore Chris Omigie is one of those guys on the Jayhawks’ football roster you probably should know something about.
Major expectations: Former KU golfer Gary Woodland has high hopes for PGA
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Gary Woodland’s PGA Championship game plan is set, and priority No. 1 is to find the fairway.
U.S. soccer ties Mexico, 1-1, in coach’s debut
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Jurgen Klinsmann’s debut is out of the way. All he needs now is a win.
Tiger Woods in spotlight for wrong reasons
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Even as he took the high road Wednesday in a nasty split with his longtime caddie, Tiger Woods lowered his standard of success on the eve of the PGA Championship.
Is Texas A&M going to leave the Big 12 for the SEC?
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
With one response, Gov. Rick Perry elevated the rumors linking Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference beyond message board chatter and Twitter.
Markieff Morris weighs Athens interest
August 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Panathinaikos, a pro basketball team in Athens, Greece, is pursuing former Kansas University basketball player Markieff Morris, Morris’ agent Tony Dutt told the Tucson Citizen newspaper Wednesday.
U.S. blessings
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Monday’s 10 o’clock television news told us how blessed we are here in this country and here in this city.
Spidey switch spurs undue angst
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
OK, people: chill out. Breathe. Relax. Spider-Man is still white. He’ll always be white. He’s been white since that day in 1962 when Peter Parker, a high school science nerd, was bitten by that radioactive bug.
British also in dire economic straits
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
The chancellor of the exchequer has a dry, sly sense of humor. George Osborne, 40, says Britain escaped the sort of housing bubble and crash that staggered America because, whereas America recklessly expanded its housing stock, “We were saved by the fact that you can’t build anything in this country.”
What’s next?
Top state officials are making a lot of decisions that aren’t in the best interests of Kansas.
August 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration are on a roll when it comes to ill-conceived, autocratic decisions that have a negative impact on the state.
Horoscopes for August 11
August 11, 2011
This year, you take your time. If you do not completely think through a problem, you might have to do a repeat otherwise. The advantage of being methodical and reflective starts to become clear, especially in your day-to-day life. If you are single, you could meet someone quite unique who you decide to get to know better. If you are attached, the two of you need to make more space to be your individual selves. Aquarius can be challenging.
Lifetime’s ‘Russian Dolls’ explores immigrant experience
August 11, 2011
“Russian Dolls” (9:30 p.m., Lifetime) is not the first attempt to clone “Jersey Shore,” but it could be the most watchable. Originally titled “Brighton Beach,” Lifetime’s new reality series examines the close-knit Russian-American community on the Brooklyn seashore.
40 years ago: Bicyclist collides with city vehicle
August 11, 2011
A bicyclist and a motorcyclist had been injured in separate accidents recently.
100 years ago: Children set fire in alley; nearby barn saved from destruction
August 11, 2011
“Some children playing in the alley back of 124 Locust street this morning set fire to some trash that had accumulated there and then left the fire.”
25 years ago: Fair concludes with record-breaking crowds
August 11, 2011
The 1986 Douglas County Fair had broken “all kinds of records.”